TEDxBerlin "Let's Celebrate" - Ooooota Adepo
Ooooota Adepo is the founder of Cross Culture Creative, a consultancy which creates business solutions in Technology, Education and Real Estate between Africa, Europe and Asia. Motivated by her drive to creatively address social challenges and to capture the business opportunities of a more globalized market place, Ooooota seeks to build a world, in which all cultures are uplifted and respected.
As director of TheTip, Ooooota feeds her passion for food and travel through culinary insights and anecdotes from some of the world’s most interesting food lovers. She is a fan of the Arts in all its manifestations.
Ooooota holds a Master’s degree from Cambridge University in Urban Planning and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is fluent in English, Yoruba, French, Spanish and Italian.
Twitter: - | Website: crossculturecreative.com
TEDxBerlin "Let's Celebrate" - Tomas Björkman
Tomas Björkman is an author and social entrepreneur with great interest in science and philosophy. He used to be an investment banker and property developer working all over Europe. He has founded several companies and organizations, including Investment Banking Partners AB. He has also served as chairman of EFG Investment Bank and is a member of the Club of Rome. Ten years ago, he founded the Ekskäret Foundation in Stockholm, with the aim of supporting the co-creation of a more conscious society. He has also founded the research institute Perspectiva in London and the Co-creation Loft in Berlin.
Tomas is the author of three books: The Market Myth (2016), Världen vi skapar (eng. The World we Create) (2017) and, together with Lene Andersen, The Nordic Secret (2017). He divides his time between London, Stockholm and Berlin.
TEDxBerlin "Let's Celebrate" - ‚Cookie‘ Heinz Gindullis
Unlike any other, Cookie has shaped Berlin’s club and hospitality scene. A vegetarian himself since the age of 8, he opened Cookies Cream in 2007. Cookies Cream was awarded a Michelin star in 2017, as the first strictly vegetarian restaurant in Germany and one of very few worldwide.
In 2014, Crackers, a restaurant with internationally inspired dishes, was opened. Crackers is located at the last premises of the legendary Cookies Club that was first opened in 1994.
The most recent gastronomic project is Data Kitchen - a digital concept in cooperation with SAP where guests use an app to order.
In addition, Cookies Events organizes and develops international events and caterings.
Twitter: - | Website: cookiescream.com
TEDxBerlin "Let's Celebrate" - Anne Philippi
Anne Philippi was born in Saarlouis, close to the french border to Germany. She began her writing career at Vogue, wrote for the "Berliner Seiten" of FAZ, worked for GQas a reporter, met international celebrities for several Conde Nast magazines. In 2007 she went to work as a reporter for the German Vanity Fair where she mainly wrote about Hollywood topics and America. In 2009 she moved to Los Angeles as a Hollywood reporter for Süddeutsche Zeitung and GQ, meeting and interviewing Jeff Bridges, Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, George Clooney, Meryl Streep ect. She was also interested in Hollywoods rapidly changeing, new social media entertainment world.
In 2015 Philippis much discussed first novel Giraffes came out in which she is describing her life in the partyloving Berlin in the mid 2000nds. Now she is working on the second book, about her time in Los Angeles and the female midlife crisis. She writes for FAS and FAQ.
Philippi is very interested in the digital world, moderated at the "DLD" in New York, wrote for refinery29.de, heywoman.com and iconist.de. She is interested how writing in the digital age works. For her upcoming book she is already thinking of a digital strategy and is working on a digital business idea with her business partner Claudia Hofmann. Philippi is currently commuting between Los Angeles and Berlin.
Twitter: | Website:
TEDxBerlin "Let's Celebrate" - Mark Levy
Mark is a seasoned globally minded Employee Experience Leader who has chosen to work for big hearted companies and focus on how he and his team can unleash the talents and passions of a company’s employees. Early in his career, he worked with the likes of Best Buy, Levi Strauss & Company and Gap Inc. partnering with business leaders to support their HR needs including innovative ways to create a learning organization and ensure integration between work and life. Mark also spent two years living and working in Paris, France for Thomson/Technicolor.
Most recently, Mark was the pioneer of designing the Employee Experience at Airbnb, which has since created significant changes in the way organizations globally are looking at expanding the HR function to focus on the entire employee journey. This group included traditional HR functions, in addition to broader teams focused on social impact, culture and workplace. Mark helped to further Airbnb’s mission “to create a world where you can belong anywhere,” by establishing the employee experience mission that employee’s feel they belong at Airbnb. Glassdoor recognized Mark and his team’s work by naming them the #1 Place to Work in 2016.
Mark is now taking his learnings to consult with companies, from start ups to large global brands, to advise on how to evolve from HR to Employee Experience, how to create an integrated internal and external brand, how to bring the mission and values to life, and how to create a greater connection between the company and their employees, between employees, with the company’s customers, as well as the communities in which they operate.
Mark has his JD/MBA from the University of Colorado after four formative years at Colorado College. Mark chose to leave the practice of law after one year to focus his career on helping organizations do the right thing and to attract, develop, engage and retain creative and diverse talent to drive business results, curate the culture and create community connections.
In addition, Mark has been actively involved in giving back, including helping organizations enable their employees to help those less fortunate through volunteering programs and community involvement. He served on the Gap Foundation Board of Directors, and is currently on the Board of First Graduate, a non profit which helps those who are first in their family to attend and graduate college.
TEDxBerlin "Let's Celebrate" - Daniel Wehrenfennig
Daniel is motivated to resolve conflicts. He grew up in Germany but traveled to the Middle East during his youth, where he witnessed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace efforts firsthand. His early exposure to conflict was sometimes by choice, like working with children traumatized by the war in Kosovo and sometimes by chance, like when he interned for the US Congress during 9/11. How to address conflict is at core of his academic work, he got his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. His desire to put research into practice lead him found the Olive Tree Initiative (OTI), an experiential learning program that takes students into conflict regions. OTI has grown from a single campus to ten chapters in the US and the UK. It studies conflicts in the Middle East, the South Caucasus, and race-relations in the U.S. Daniel has mentored over 500 student leaders and seen how studying conflicts helps them develop leadership skills and become engaged citizens.
TEDxBerlin "Let's Celebrate" - Johannes Vogel
Johannes Vogel is the Director-General of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and Professor for Biodiversity and Public Science at the Humboldt University Berlin. He chairs the Leibniz Research Alliance Biodiversity and is Deputy Chair of the German National Bioeconomy Council. In 2016 he was appointed Chair of the European Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP), which brings many important stakeholders across Europe together to advise the EU Commission, the Intergovernmental Competiveness Council and national stakeholders on a Europe-wide transition towards Open Science. Supporting bottom-up scientific and civic engagement he chairs the European Citizen Science Association. Studying biology in Bielefeld he moved to the University of Cambridge in 1989, obtaining a Ph.D. in Genetis in 1995. Thereafter he pursued a research career at the Natural History Museum in London, becoming Keeper of Botany in 2004. His interests are the role of museums in science and society, public engagement with science, open science, democracy and innovation, (inter-) national science policy, biodiversity and plant evolutionary biology.
MORE SPEAKERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY