TEDxBerlin "Let's Celebrate" Ooooota Adepo

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.

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TEDxBerlin "Let's Celebrate" Melissa Fleming

Melissa Fleming

Melissa Fleming is Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and recently served as Senior Advisor for UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. She travels to war zones and refugee camps to give voice, drive empathy and build support for the millions of people forcibly displaced from their homes. To garner support for a humanitarian cause, she believes communications must not only inform but also generate empathy and stir action . She leads global media outreach and campaigns to generate news coverage, and operates a multi-media news and feature service to distribute and place refugee stories. A leader in social media engagement, she encourages front-line staff to bear witness through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. She is a frequent interview guest on international media platforms, and her talks are featured on TED.com. She is the author of the book, A Hope More Powerful than the Sea.

Twitter: @melissarfleming  | Website: facebook.com/MelissaFlemingUNHCR


TEDxBerlin "Let's Celebrate" Anne Philippi

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 GQ as 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, as in her Ted talk, about the female midlife crisis. She writes for ”FAS" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntags-Zeitung) and FAQ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Quaterly, Lifestyle-Medium of the FAZ) on a regular basis. 

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. 

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TEDxBerlin "Let's Celebrate" Daniel Wehrenfennig

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.

Twitter: @Wehrenfennig | Website: olivetreeinitiative.org




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