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More than 20 speakers and performers, from all walks of life and corners of the world. A carefully curated array of inspirational individuals transforming and spearheading their field of work or delivering an undeniable value in the community. Scientists, business people, researchers and thought leaders, special performers and creators, all keen on sharing their ideas  morphing our views on the world of today or tomorrow.

Head of ProtoSpace | Airbus

Christophe Debard is the leader of Toulouse ProtoSpace, a lab dedicated to innovation in Airbus, this is a place where new ideas take shape. He is also the founder of the Humanity Lab, an initiative that gives the opportunity to every Airbus employee to contribute to meaningful innovation to make a difference in area such as disability, education, humanitarian and environment. The volunteers join self-organized teams and can use the ProtoSpace facilities (mostly digital fabrication tools) and Airbus emerging technologies to develop their projects in collaboration with the end users: individuals, NGO or institution.

Chief Operating Officer, Entrepreneur | Hintsa

During her career, Annastiina has closely observed – and also personally experienced – the challenges relating to sustainable performance in an uncertain, high pressure, fast paced global context.  After working in top management consulting and experiencing burnout, she was faced with profound questions of balance and meaning.

She found answers in a transformation that involved running 250km (155 mile) ultra-races in deserts, and later joined Hintsa Performance as an entrepreneur, helping people unlock a life of meaning and sustainable high performance. She has worked with a clientele ranging from Formula 1 drivers to female entrepreneurs in rural Guatemala, top CEOs, and leading politicians. She speaks and facilitates workshops around the world, including hosting the Hintsa Performance session in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos 2018.

She is particularly interested in what it will take for companies and individuals to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution, the role of women and millenials in shaping the future of work, and the business case for wellbeing.

Choreographer. Contemporary dance performer

Ana Maria Lucaciu was born in Bucharest, Romania. After graduating from the National Ballet School of Canada she joined Canada’s National Ballet and went on to dance with the Royal Danish Ballet, Augsburg Ballet (Germany), The Portuguese Contemporary Dance Company (Lisbon) and Cedar
Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York, where she danced for seven years. Lucaciu has performed and created works with contemporary dance’s foremost choreographers, including Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Shechter, Jiří Kylián, Alexander Ekman, Jo Stromgren, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and many others.

Holder of a BFA in dance from Empire State College, she collaborates and performs with a wide range of artists and companies, and freelances as a dancer and choreographer in her own right. Ana Maria teaches ballet, contemporary, and improvisation workshops at professional programs and dance companies across the US, Europe and Asia.  Lucaciu assisted Crystal Pite on the Polaris project in New York City. She currently assists Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman with new creations and stages his work around the world.

Co-founder and CEO of EFdeN. Co-Founder & Strategist at energiaTa

Achieving social change through smart design is what Mihai strives for, putting sustainability at the core of everything he is doing. As co-founder and CEO of EFdeN and co-founder & strategist for energiaTa, he incorporates architecture, design, engineering and sustainability into building internationally award-winning sustainable solar homes, creating Romania’s biggest prosumers community and contributing to policy making in household renewable energy production.

He’s been selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, an Aspen Institute Young Leader, one of the 100 Future Energy Leaders of World Energy Council and recently featured in Forbes 30under30, as well as featured in numerous local and international media outlets.

Executive Director of the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute, Author & Executive Coach

Jeff Eggers is the co-author of the U.S. best-selling book Leaders: Myth and Reality. He is passionate about his work as an executive coach and is currently serving as Executive Director of the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute, where he leads research and client training on human and organizational performance.

Previously in public service, Jeff served as a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and worked at the White House in 2006-2007 and again from 2010 through early 2015.  In 2014 President Obama presented Jeff with the Samuel Nelson Drew Award for “Distinguished Contribution in Pursuit of Global Peace” for his role in mediating a solution to the political crisis following the 2014 presidential elections in Afghanistan.

Jeff also served in the military, retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2013, serving over 20 years as a combat veteran Navy SEAL.  Jeff served in the military as Special Assistant to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Branch Chief for Combating Terrorism on the Joint Staff, and White House Fellow and Director for Combating Terrorism at the National Security Council.  Jeff’s operational tours included several SEAL Teams, commander of the Special Operations Task Unit in western Iraq, and Operations Officer and Mission Commander for the U.S. Navy’s undersea special operations command.

Jeff is also a senior fellow at New America researching the behavioral and cognitive science of decision making and an advisor to the Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue where he assists with international conflict mediation efforts.  Jeff also serves on the board of a non-profit that cares for and assists the families of veterans killed in action.  He holds an M.A. from Oxford University and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy.

Ethics & Technology Researcher | Delft University of Technology

Olya works in the ethics of technology to help ensure an informed design and use of technologies. She holds a PhD degree from the University of Twente (the Netherlands), where she explored the way technologies co-shape human values. She continues to examine the
interrelation of values and technologies as a postdoctoral researcher at Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands), looking into how technologies induce value change.

She is particularly interested in the way AI-powered technologies, such as voice assistants in the household domain, already change the norms and values of people.

Advertising Director, Copywriter and Film Writer

Part of the new wave of advertisers, Alex divides his time between directing, copywriting and writing for film – all of them being skills which he credits to his sole source of education in the field: YouTube. After launching one of the first successful Romanian YouTube channels in 2008, he branched out into writing and directing for television, then moved on to produce the number 1 morning radio show in Romania, before turning towards crafting advertising campaigns which permeate popular culture. As a self-taught professional, Alex doesn’t care much about “best practices” and “watch outs”, constantly pushing the boundaries of what an advertising campaign can say and show, or how long an ad should be. His main ambition is that of making brands listen to the audience and their needs, instead of focusing on themselves.

Head of UI/UX, Google Israel

Refael has been with Google for over 11 years in various roles but has always held a great passion for innovation and mobile solutions. He’s worked with various clients globally in order to craft their mobile strategy from A-Z, improve their mSite performance, and increase user satisfaction.

Storyteller & Co-founder of Female Narratives

Tijana is a storyteller and mother hen to creative agency Female Narratives, which operates using a collective of over 100 female freelancers to tell authentic stories for brands, directly.

Maths Teacher @National College “Andrei Saguna”

Cătălin has a PhD in Mathematics and also likes biking. Together with his colleagues, he initiated a Mathematics club – ClubMateSaguna with the principle scope to change the way of thinking and doing Maths. They began with a Virtual Reality Laboratory and they are building a learning platform for students.

Founder | Textile Museum. Ph.D. in Visual Arts with a focus on textile materials & technologies

For twenty-eight years, Dr. Florica Zaharia has been a member of the Department of Textile Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met), thirteen years as Conservator in Charge of the Department, working with a group of world-renowned textile conservators.

After her retirement from The Met in 2016, she returned to her native country, Romania, and opened the “Textile Museum” with a collection that she and her family formed during the last few decades. Currently, Dr. Zaharia is a Conservator Emerita of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Co-Owner of the Muzeul Textilelor, Baita, Hunedoara County, Romania. Dr. Zaharia has researched, published, lectured, curated exhibitions, and taught on the subjects of tapestry conservation, textile materials and technology, Eastern European textiles, and textile conservation and preservation.

Dr. Zaharia’s education includes an M.A. with specialization in tapestry and textile structure and design, and a Ph.D. in Visual Arts with a focus on textile materials and technologies, and their impact on artifacts’ aesthetic qualities. Dr. Zaharia earned her academic degrees from the National University of Art Nicolae Grigorescu in Bucharest.

Architect, Ph.D. Researcher

With a strong interest in innovative ways of approaching the fabrication process and use of materials, Mariana Popescu has received Bachelors and Masters degree in architecture from the Delft University of Technology, specializing in non-standard and interactive architecture. She has been part of multidisciplinary teams designing and building a solar car, a fully self-sustaining house and has worked as a parametric design specialist in the Netherlands.

As of 2015, Mariana is a Ph.D. researcher at the Block Research Group and part of the NCCR Digital Fabrication. Her research focuses on the development of KnitCrete, a novel, material-saving, labor-reducing, cost-effective formwork system for casting of doubly curved geometries in concrete. The system uses a custom, 3d-Knitted, technical textile as a lightweight, stay-in-place shuttering, coated with a special cement paste to create a rigid mold.

Mariana Popescu successfully defending her Ph.D. dissertation on KnitCrete: Stay-in-place knitted fabric formwork for complex concrete structures on June 4, 2019. Additionally, her thesis committee, consisting of Prof. Dr. Chokri Cherif of TU Dresden, Prof. Dr. Jan Knippers of University of Stuttgart and Prof. Block, nominated her for an ETH Medal for outstanding thesis. Also, this gained Mariana a position in the 35 Innovators under 35 top by MIT Technology Review.

Face Reader. Founder | Face Keys Romania

Alexandru Bocunescu is the founder of Face Keys Romania and the creator of Face Keys method that correlates the facial features with personality traits. He started his formal education in arts school, where he developed a passion for portraits and then continued with history – archaeology, where he discovered his passion for anthropology.

For the last 6 years he studied extensively the face muscles and how they correlate with emotional responses and behaviors. This journey keeps revealing fascinating sides of the human personality and social evolution. Face Keys is a method that facilitates a successful communication and teaches you how to look for facts behind the simple appearances.

Director at Brunswick Group, the leading critical issues advisory firm

Dex was formerly a speechwriter for Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and head of communications for SpaceX, Elon Musk’s aerospace company. Dex is a frequent public speaker on the impact of technology on society, and a New York Times-bestselling ghostwriter.

Director of Technology at Rocket Insights

Jorge’s career has touched and has been touched by sound in many of its manifestations: guitar performance. film scoring, sound recording and postproduction, research on 3D sound reproduction and simulation, software development for music and sound applications. As Director of Technology at Rocket Insights, Jorge works on the concept and development of audio wearables, among several other projects. Prior to this, he founded Audreio, a technology company developing audio streaming and remote collaboration tools for musicians.

Co-founder & CEO The College of Extraordinary Experiences

Paul Bulencea is an experience designer, entrepreneur, and author. He researches, designs and produces extraordinary experiences that trigger human transformation. He is the co-founder and CEO of The College of Extraordinary Experiences, one of the world’s top experience design conferences and a community of global immersive experience designers.

Director Brain Academy, TEDxBucharest Metamorphosis Host & Moderator

Gregory’s specialization is the brain. He’s the former Director of the Institute of Neurocognitivism in Brussels (Belgium). In 2014 he founds the Brain Academy which specializes in writing and producing high-quality brain-related content. Through his online courses, he has taught over 100.000 students worldwide how their brain works, and how it impacts their behavior.

The Brain Academy has a partnership with The Economist (UK), PWC (Lux) and is a member of the Max Planck Institute of Brain Research (Germany). It has also been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine (US).

Romanian traditional music ensemble

Haidouks are back. After more than three decades of relentlessly touring all over the world, the founding members of Taraf de Haidouks came back and started a new project: Taraf de Caliu – comprising of: “Gheorghe “Caliu” Anghel – violin, Ionică Tănase – cimbalom, Marius „Marin” Manole – accordion / voice, Sile Neacșu- bass, Filip Simeonov – Clarinet, Viorica Rudăreasa – voice, Ionuț Gulună – voice.

The musicians from Clejani are the last generation of lautari that carry on this authentic traditional music from Southern Romania, the music that made them acclaimed as one of the best gypsy bands in the world. Under the lead of Caliu, the iconic violinist of the Taraf, they are on the road again. Since 1991, the year in which their music began taking on western Europe, the musicians from Clejani have performed all over the world in places as culturally different as possible – Tokyo, Paris, Singapore, New York, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles. If we are to name just a few of their fans and collaborators, we’d go for Yehudi Menuhin, Kronos Quartet (alongside which they produced), Johnny Depp (with whom they starred in “The Man Who Cried”) and Yohji Yamamoto.

Under the name of Taraf de Haidouks, the group was awarded in 2002 with BBC World Music prize for Best Group in Europe &  Middle East.

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What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Our event is called TEDxBucharest, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxBucharest event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.