TEDxBerlinSalon "Chances. Challenges. Changes. Development 2015 and Beyond"


Speaker Mallence Bart-Williams

Mallence Bart-Williams

Mallence Bart-Williams was born in Cologne, Germany. She is a Sierra Leonean writer and filmmaker and a German fashion designer. She pursued her studies in economics and finance in Paris, Singapore, and Great Britain. Today she lives across the globe, produces an all-natural cosmetics line in Hong Kong, and is the founder and creative director of the Freetown-based creative collective FOLORUNSHO, a ‘SHARITY’ that she initiated with street kids in Sierra Leone.

Due to her German-Sierra Leonean roots she perceives herself as a bridge connecting two vastly different worlds. Her diverse background enables her to see creative solutions to common problems. Within their three years of operation, her collective has taken homeless children off the streets and into school, developed a sneaker and clothing collection, published a book and documentary of their story, and has held fine art exhibitions. Through her work with FOLORUNSHO she connects cultural contrast, enabling people to share ideas, take action, and get results.


Speaker David Hermlin

David Hermlin

David Hermlin was born on 21st August 2000 in Berlin Germany. At the age of three years, David began developing interest in playing the drums, so he began teaching himself how to play the drums going around drumming everywhere and on anything typically as a three year old would do. David kept growing day by day in his talent being natured by his mother and father and performing to multitudes of people both in Germany and other countries including Italy, Switzerland and the USA.

As the years passed by, David began developing interest in dance. At the age of nine years, he caught the eyes of the makers of Friedrichstadtpalast – Berlin. Due to his exceptional performance, David found himself the soloist of all the performances which included singing, dancing and acting. He still does this to date.

Having a Kenyan mother, Joyce Hermlin, David has been spending much of his time in Kenya – owing to the fact that they own a home in the Thumaita village of Kirinyaga District that is on the slopes of Mt. Kenya. In time he grew interest in singing something about his maternal homeland. „Perfect Paradise“ is the first song that he has worked on with Dr. Eddie, a well-knwon producer and song writer. It is about the way he would love to see the country be like in contrary to what he sees and that is people living in poverty and only a few of them living in paradise which makes it an imperfect paradise. 

David is dreaming of becoming an international performer and is working hard to make his dream come true.


Speaker Ola Orekunrin

Ola Orekunrin

Ola Orekunin is a medical doctor, a trainee helicopter pilot and an entrepreneur who founded West Africa’s first indigenous air ambulance service, the Flying Doctors Nigeria which saves hundreds of lives across the region every year.
She is extremely passionate about healthcare in Africa and works with various foundations, charities and governments to improve standards of healthcare. Ola was born and bred in the UK. She studied medicine and surgery at the University of York after which she worked in acute medicine across the UK. She then went on to be awarded the Japanese MEXT scholarship which allowed her to further her studies in Tokyo, Japan.

She has published two medical textbooks ‘EMQ’s in Paediatrics’ and ‘Pre-Hospital Care For Africa’ as well as articles in the British Medical Journal, New York Times and the Huffington Post. She returned to Nigeria to start the air ambulance service which uses a pool of aircrafts and doctors to save lives across West Africa. 

 Follow her on Twitter at @NaijaFlyingDr!


Speaker Taiye Selasi

Taiye Selasi

Taiye Selasi is writer and photographer of Nigerian and Ghanaian descent, born in London and raised in Boston, now living in Rome and Berlin. In 2005 she published the much-discussed essay "Bye-Bye, Babar (Or: What Is an Afropolitan?)," offering an alternative vision of African identity for a transnational generation. Her first novel Ghana Must Go was published in 2013 and was elected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by the Wall Street Journal and The Economist. It has been sold in 22 countries as of 2014.


Speaker Gavin Yamey

Gavin Yamey

Gavin Yamey is a physician and medical journal editor with training in public health who leads the Evidence to Policy initiative (E2Pi) in the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is also an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the UCSF School of Medicine.  His policy research focuses on achieving large-scale change in global health, particularly related to infectious diseases of poverty and to reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health. He teaches masters courses in global health policy at UCSF and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Gavin has been an External Advisor to the World Health Organization and to TDR, the Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. He is a member of the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health, chaired by Lawrence Summers and co-chaired by Dean Jamison, which recently published the Global Health 2035 report, and he chairs the Economics and Finance Working Group of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.


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