TEDxBerlin "Leading in a Complex World" | Speaker Hermann Arnold

Hermann Arnold
Hermann Arnold

Hermann Arnold has been founding CEO of Haufe-umantis and has grown the company from its beginning as a university basement start-up to become a company with a thousand customers, millions of  users and a team of 100 employees. In 2013 he recommended his successor Marc Stoffel as CEO to be elected by all employees, because he didn’t see himself as being the best to lead the company in the next phase. Afterwards he worked in the team of Marc, reporting to him. And during this time, he discovered a new way of leadership careers, better preparing to lead in a complex world.


TEDxBerlin "Leading in a Complex World" | Speaker Regina von Flemming

Regina von Flemming
Regina von Flemming

Regina von Flemming has lived and worked in Russia for 20 years. From 1996 to 1999 she was CEO of the telecommunication company Krone Russia in Moscow. She then worked as Vice President of Delta Capital, a Private Equity fund focused on media, TV, telecoms and retail in Moscow from 1999 to 2003. In 2003 she founded her Berlin and Moscow based consulting company Flemming & Partner, dealing with crisis management, start-ups, interim management and restructuring of Russian entities. She sold the company in 2009. For the last ten years Regina was the CEO of Axel Springer Russia and the Publisher of Forbes and Newsweek Russia.

Regina is a founding member of the German Business Club (today German Russian Chamber of Commerce) and has been acting as a Board Member of the German Russian Chamber of Commerce (AHK) since 2014. Since 2015, she also acts as a member of PJSC “MTS” Board of Directors. 


TEDxBerlin "Leading in a Complex World" | Speaker Amel Karboul

Amel Karboul
Amel Karboul

Dr. Amel Karboul is Founder of Change, Leadership & Partners, Secretary-General of MEF (Maghreb Economic Forum) and former Minister in the Tunisian Government. She is an entrepreneur, businesswoman, author of the book Coffin Corner (Midas Verlag), keynote speaker and politician. She is passionate about working with leaders, teams and organizations assisting them in creating breakthroughs in their thinking and in the way they operate.

Amel’s areas of expertise include aligning and developing leadership and critical thinking, managing large-scale change and transformation, implementing innovative strategies as well as enabling communities of practice and global networks.

She was until recently Tunisian minister of tourism. Her mission was to revamp Tourism, which represents 8% of Tunisia’s GDP and enables the livelihood of 1/5 of the population. She was cabinet minister of the Tunisian interim government with the mission of ending the transition phase, organizing transparent elections and ensuring good economic and social governance and policy. Her innovative use of social media to promote the country and youth empowerment in the digital world has earned her international awards.

Amel’s extensive corporate and consulting experience since 1996 includes being a project leader for innovation management and supplier relationship for the Mercedes-Benz Brand in South Africa and Germany as well as executive for knowledge transfer and leadership development at the DaimlerChrysler Corporate University in USA, Singapore and Germany. She later became a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in Germany and was then managing partner of the consulting group Neuwaldegg in Vienna, Austria. She founded in 2007 an international leadership and change consulting firm: Change, Leadership & Partners. She is an award winning executive coach, published author and a trusted sparring partner for CEO’s of global corporations as well as family owned businesses and entrepreneurs. She is visiting professor at DukeCE-ranked #1 in the world in Custom Executive Education by Financial Times and BusinessWeek, 2003 – 2014.

Amel, Tunisian born and bred, Europe and U.S.-educated, is truly global. Amel is native speaker in Arabic, French, English and German. She also has knowledge of Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Greek. Amel holds a masters degree with honors in mechanical engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany and won her doctorate in coaching and mentoring from Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has done postgraduate education in economics in the USA and has accomplished an intensive systemic coaching certification program. Amel is mother of two wonderful daughters.

Twitter: @amelkarboul


TEDxBerlin "Leading in a Complex World" | Speaker Janina Kugel

Janina Kugel
Janina Kugel

Janina Kugel is Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG. She is globally responsible for the areas of Human Resources, Diversity, EHS (Environmental Health and Safety) and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Before she served as the Chief Human Resources Officer of Osram and held various leadership positions in Siemens in the areas of Human Resources, Corporate Executive Development, Strategy and Innovation Management in Germany, Italy and China.

Prior to joining Siemens, Janina worked several years in Management Consulting at Accenture. During this period she worked for major companies throughout Europe and the United States of America, mainly focusing on process re-engineering, restructuring and organizational design.

Having worked and lived throughout the globe, she became an active member and supporter of Diversity and LGBTI initiatives in Germany as well a on an international basis.

She is also member of the Practice Advisory Council of Hertie School of Governance and Member of the University Council, University of Applied Sciences Ingolstadt.

Janina earned a Master of Economics from the University of Mainz, Germany, and the Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy

The mother of two is now living in Munich and likes to go running and playing the piano when time allows.

Twitter: @janinakugel


TEDxBerlin "Leading in a Complex World" | Speaker Yörük Kurtaran

Yörük Kurtaran
Yörük Kurtaran

Yörük Kurtaran has 18 years of professional experience of civil society working in think tanks of Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) and Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), on youth work related issues in Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG) and on women’s reproductive rights in Willows Foundation. He was the General Manager of TOG between 2010 - 2014.

Since 2006, he has also been the Coordinator of Istanbul Bilgi University’s Youth Studies Unit. He is actively involved in the creation of the same University's Social Incubation Centre since summer 2014.

He has published several articles on youth work and youth policy since 2006 and co-edited the book "Youth Work and Policies in Turkey" in 2009. He has been an undergraduate and masters level lecturer on civil society, civil society theory, youth policy and history of video games since 2006. He has also been a youth trainer since 2004 and organized a radio program titled All Different All Equal in Open Radio for 2 years that discussed issues of young people and human rights between 2007 - 2009.

Currently he is a Board Member of Ali Ismail Korkmaz Foundation (since summer 2014), Anadolu Kultur (since 2012) and Mother Child Education Foundation - ACEV (since 2014). He is a founder, member of Trustees and the President of the Board of Support Foundation for Civil Society since 2015; an organization that supports philanthropic giving in Turkey. His current interests includes philanthropy, new technologies and youth work/policy.

Twitter: @yorukkurtaran


TEDxBerlin "Leading in a Complex World" | Speaker Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig
Lawrence Lessig | Foto: Yanai Yechiel

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, former director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and founder of Rootstrikers, a network of activists leading the fight against government corruption. He has authored numerous books, including Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Our Congress—and a Plan to Stop It, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, Free Culture, and Remix.

Lessig serves on the Boards of Creative Commons, AXA Research Fund and iCommons.org, and on the Advisory Boards of the Sunlight Foundation, the Better Future Project, and Democracy Café. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries.

Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale. As Professor at Stanford Law School, Lessig founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

Twitter: @lessig


TEDxBerlin "Leading in a Complex World" | Performance Astrid North & Illay Chester

Astrid North
Astrid North

On July 20th 2012 Astrid North released her first solo album „NORTH“ in Germany. And with this release her journey, search and story began a new chapter.

In the 90´s and early 2000´s Astrid was part of „Cultured Pearls“ a well-known and very successful band in Germany at that time.Together they released 4 Studio Albums,one DVD, one Best of and one live album. After almost 12 years their ways parted and each of them continued on in musik.

For Astrid this became a very personal journey to a very personal, honest and enrapturingly edgy solo album "NORTH" with intoxicating, catchy songs. Astrid North´s voice takes the lead filled with emotions. And because Astrid North´s songs, stories burst with life and a hunger for it, more than yet a nice voice, she creates pictures, and leaves melodies and sounds that will linger. Soft, angry, demanding and sparklng like the Northstar.

While writing songs for her new album, she has been playing concerts in Germany with two wonderfully inspiring and skilled musicians. These new songs are soon to be recorded and then released as her second solo album named after her Grandmother „Precious Ruby“. To finance this production North is running a crowdfunding campagne with Pledgemusic until October 26th 2015: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/preciousruby


Illay Chester
Illay Chester

ILLAY is a multifaceted musician based in Berlin. She uses foremost her cello in an extraordinary way, creating rhythms and sounds, utilizing looping, piano, strings and electronic sounds.

Having grown up in Israel, she forms an unique mixture of East and West - from classical, contemporary and electronic music, to everyday sounds and voices from the nearby synagogue and mosque. Collaborating with fellow artists, she touches and shapes other forms of art. Whether it is film, dance or a song: she transforms it and adds another dimension that hadn't existed before. Writing arrangements for albums, movie soundtracks, dance performances and her own original music give an impression of her extensive repertoire.


TEDxBerlin "Leading in a Complex World" | Speaker Roni Porat

Roni Porat
Roni Porat

The variety of Roni Porat’s professional talents – orchestra conductor, composer in a number of genres, interdisciplinary artist, scriptwriter, actor, double bass player, lecturer and presenter of leadership seminars, coach, radio show host and presenter – are based on his exceptional interpersonal communication abilities, which enable him to communicate naturally with a variety of audiences of all age groups and sectors.

Roni perfected his unique way of communicating during ten years in which travelled all over Europe as a street performer, musician, juggler and magician, during the 1980’s. 

Roni is a leader in his native Israel in the arena of creativity and innovation on the concert stage. He’s a frequent guest composer and conductor for the world-renowned Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.  He is also invited to conduct his leadership seminars and lectures entitled “Conducting Success”, for different audiences including government agencies, private companies and more.

Roni Porat is known for his originality and creativity, which characterize both his artistic and presentational activities. He possesses a unique charisma and captivating stage personality which make his lectures and seminars unforgettable, enjoyable experiences which provide participants with real tools for personal development.

People’s most common reaction to meetings with Roni Porat are to the warmth and connection that is felt with the person.  Roni is fond of saying “My real career is being a human being” and his main focus is to do everything he can to create a better world.  Therefore, “The most significant barrier we have to overcome, is our unawakened persona.” In this statement Roni hints at the challenge of conducting ourselves, which stands at the center of his vision.

Roni’s motto for self-management and leadership is “Be the person that you would want to follow.” 

Roni Porat  was born in 1958, married to Naama and a father to 4 boys.


TEDxBerlin "Leading in a Complex World" | Speaker Ratna Omidvar

Ratna Omidvar
Ratna Omidvar

Ratna is an internationally recognized expert on migration, diversity and inclusion. She came to Canada from Iran in 1981 and her own experiences of displacement, integration and citizen engagement have been the foundation of her work.

Ratna Omidvar is the founding Executive Director of the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX) at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. GDX is a think and do tank on diversity, migration and inclusion that connects local experience and ideas with global networks. It is dedicated to building a community of international leaders who see prosperity in migration. Previously, Ratna was the President of Maytree, where she played a lead role in local, national and international efforts to promote the integration of immigrants. She is also the co-founder and Chair Emeritar of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.

Ratna is Chair of Lifeline Syria, a citizen led program that is supporting residents of Toronto to privately sponsor 1,000 Syrian refugees and bring them to the region over the next two years. She is also the co-author of the newly released book Flight and Freedom: Stories of Escape to Canada (2015). 

Ratna is both a Member of the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario with these honours recognizing her advocacy work on behalf of immigrants and her devotion to reducing inequality in Canada. In 2014, Ratna received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of German-Canadian relations.

Twitter: @ratnaomi


TEDxBerlin "Leading in a Complex World" | Speaker Nuhu Ribadu

Nuhu Ribadu
Nuhu Ribadu

Nuhu Ribadu is the much hailed founding chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the organization that changed the narrative of the fight against corruption and financial crimes in Nigeria. He built the EFCC from a piece of paper to make it a pride of the nation and exemplary government agency in the country.

The results of his work at the EFCC, most notable amongst which are the delisting of Nigeria from the FATF’s List of Non-Cooperative Countries & Territories, admission into the prestigious Egmont Group and the withdrawal of the US Treasury advisory on Nigeria by the FINCEN, were critical to the perception of Nigeria, globally. He had also attracted donor supports from European Union (EU), UNODC, UNDP, World Bank, and a host of others running into millions of US dollars, and also built an effective collaborative effort with the FBI, SOCA [UK], Metropolitan Police, Dutch Police, German Police, South African Police and a host of other law enforcement agencies in the world.

Prior to his appointment as the Chairman of the EFCC, Ribadu served as a leading prosecutor with the Nigerian Police. He was also a member of the highly commended Failed Banks Tribunal that sanitized the rot in the Nigerian banking sector in the late 1980s.

Ribadu was a Senior Fellow at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University, as well as a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development, Washington, DC.

He was appointed UN Senior Monitor in Afghanistan, a position he held between 2011 and 2012 when he was invited by the Federal Government of Nigeria to head the Special Task Force on the Recovery of Petroleum Revenue.

A recipient of several national and international awards, Ribadu has been in partisan politics since retiring from the Nigeria Police Force as Assistant Inspector General of Police.

Twitter: @NuhuRibadu


TEDxBerlin "Leading in a Complex World" | Speaker Patricia Thielemann

Patricia Thielemann
Patricia Thielemann

Patricia Thielemann is the founder of Spirit Yoga. She had taught yoga in Los Angeles for several years before moving to Berlin in 2004, where she opened her first studio in one of the city’s most upscale locations. With stylish, expansive spaces in the capital’s three locations, along with the licensee company Aachen Spirit, Spirit Yoga has grown to be one of the largest yoga schools in Europe. As an innovator in the field, Patricia is committed to working on her enlightened, hands-on and precisely structured yoga style. Since the new millennium, she has played a decisive role in shaping an identity for modern yoga in German-speaking countries.

Spirit Yoga proves that the rich tradition of yoga can be translated into a contemporary method that empowers practitioners to master the challenges of modern everyday life. Over the years of Patricia’s ever-evolving practice, her love of the unusual, her discipline, and her sensitivity flows into her personal yoga style along with a solid, years long training with internationally renowned teachers such as: Ana Forrest, Colette Crawford, David Life and Sharon Gannon, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Francoise- Barbira Freeman. She was an apprentice to Dr. G. B. Sharma at the Kaivalyadhama Yogic Health Center in Mumbai. Above all, she studied for years with Tias Little (Pajna Yoga) and to this day travels to him once or twice a year.

Patricia produces her own CDs and DVDs. She has gained national renown through her “Spirit Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga Program.” She can also be seen on a regular basis in a variety of media giving interviews and as an author. Due to her reputation of excellence, Patricia’s Spirit Yoga Teacher Training is one of the most highly sought after programs in Germany. Along with her career, the mother of two, committed Yogini, and successful entrepreneur convincingly practices what she preaches when she says: “Step into your Light!”


TEDxBerlin "Leading in a Complex World" | Speaker Ulrich Weinberg

Ulrich Weinberg
Ulrich Weinberg

Ulrich is heading the HPI School of Design Thinking since 2007. With a teaching team of 35 professors and assistants he runs a project- and team-based program for 120 students, representing 70 disciplines, 60 universities and 20 nations. The Design Thinking approach became highly attractive for large corporations throughout the last years, more than half of the German DAX30 companies are using Design Thinking for their digital transformation processes. Prior to HPI Ulrich Weinberg was an expert for computer animation and games, holding a professorship at Potsdam film school and a visiting professorship at Communication University of China, Beijing. He is board member of DGQ German Society for Quality since 2014 and co-founder of WeQ-Foundation.


TEDxBerlin "Leading in a Complex World" | Speaker Waldemar Zeiler

Waldemar Zeiler
Waldemar Zeiler

Waldemar is a serial entrepreneur, having started businesses together with Berlin-based incubators Rocket Internet and Team Europe. At some point, growth, scale and money weren't motivation enough: With the tools and skills he collected over the past years, he decided to use them for a better cause. Together with his co-founder Philip Siefer, he started Entrepreneurs Pledge, a movement that's already gathered about 80 successful entrepreneurs to build a new kind of social companies – and make them grow, scale and with a significant revenue stream of which at least 50 percent must be re-invested in social or environmental cause. Fairstainability is part of their DNA. Waldemar and Philip have also built one of the first fairstainable businesses coming out of the Entrepreneurs Pledge initiative; they are both founders of the fairstainable condom brand, einhorn.

Twitter: @vladiglobe




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