TEDxJerusalem 2012 Speakers

& Artistic Performances


Fuad Abu Hamed
Improving the quality of community by investing in the environment

Fuad lives in Tsur Baher Jerusalem and holds an M.A. in Management and Public Policy from Hebrew University where Fuad is a lecturer in the business administration school. He`s Chairman of the Al Quds Dialogue Center for Community & Cultural Development and a Chairman of Sur Baher Educational Support Committee. Al Quds Center is a non-profit organization established in 2007 for the purpose of improving the quality of life of the Arab residents of Jerusalem in various areas.


Amir Amedi
Seeing with the ears, hands and bionic eyes

Prof. Dr. Amir Amedi uses music and sounds to make blind people ‘see’ their environment. He uses non-invasive sensory substitution devices and invasive bionic eye procedures to teach blind people to see. He is an award winning brain scientist that suggest new ways to look at brain organization and brain flexibility. His work with blind and normal sighted individuals suggests that the brain is actually a flexible sensory independent task machine, rather than a pure sensory machine, the current dogma in brain research.


Gideon Amichay
No, No, No, No, No, Yes

After graduating with honors from Bezalel Art Academy, Jerusalem, Gideon moved to New York where he persevered to realize his dream to design a cover of the prestigious New Yorker magazine. He’s the chief creative officer of one of the largest Israeli advertising agencies and recently published a book “No, No, No, No, No, No, No, Yes” about innovation and creativity.


Michal Ansky
Breaking a plate – the danger of eating your memories

Michal Ansky is a food journalist and television presenter. Michal holds a master’s in gastronomic sciences from the Slow Food University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. Michal is the founder of 7 farmers markets across Israel. She has a cooking and food culture show and is a judge on the prime time television show Master Chef Israel. Michal published her first cookbook ‘Food from Home’.


Amal Ayoub
Curing cancer cells with golden nano-particles

Dr. Amal Ayoub gained her Post Doctorate, Ph.D and MSc. from the Department of Bio-Medical Engineering at the Ben-Gurion University. She researches the medical use of radiation and is developing methods to introduce heavy metals into cancer cells for several medical applications. 3 years ago, Dr. Ayoub established Metallo Therapy, a start-up company that develops methods to introduce gold nano particles and other heavy metals into cancer cells for several medical applications such as cancer therapy and imaging.

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand 
The Power of Polarities

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand is the Director of JHub, an operating programme of the London-based Pears Foundation. She received her rabbinic ordination in 1993 and has since served as Chief Executive of the UK Movement for Reform Judaism and Vice President of the Wexner Heritage Foundation in New York. She writes a monthly column for the Jewish Chronicle, and also appears regularly on BBC Radio Two Pause for Thought. Her first children’s book, The Barefoot Book of Jewish Folk Tales, will be published in 2013.

Amit Carmeli
Unity and the voice of uniqueness

After playing in successful Israeli rock band ‘Fools of Prophecy’ and performing and touring extensively with the Idan Raichel Project, Amit has expanded his musical explorations with unique vocal workshops. Three years of self exploration at the Carmel Mountains of Israel made him realize that Life is Music and Music is Life. Amit gives sessions and group workshops with people of all ages, exposing and empowering the vital creative force in each and every one of us, teaching us about our nature, our longing for both uniqueness and unity, harmony and wildness.

Masarat Daud 
Breaking stereotypes: taking TEDx to rural India

Masarat Daud founded the 8-Day Academy, which aims to make education a global movement by making it accessible to all by just eight days of teaching and training. She is from Rajasthan, India but has lived her life in Dubai, UAE and currently resides in London, UK. She has extensive journalism experience in the UAE—both broadcast and print. Since February 2009, the 8-Day Academy has empowered hundreds of villagers in Rajasthan by teaching them empowering skills in just eight days. Masarat is also the Curator of TEDxShekhavati, which is the largest TEDx event globally.


Eyal Doron
Why we choose not to choose exceptional conditions?

Eyal Doron is a television creator, researcher and a popular lecturer on the subjects of happiness, meaning and creativity in the 21st century. Eyal Doron has created several original formats for Israeli television. His fresh and innovative philosophical perspective led him to work with top industries in Israel and abroad motivating and inspiring them to adjust to the accelerating and changing world of the 21st century. Currently working on a postdoc at Haifa University that focuses on a model he has developed for enhancing creativity among children.

Adital Ela
Ancient Future Objects

Adital is a designer and teacher incorporating indigenous knowledge into sustainable design. She explores ways in which sustainability designers can envision, illustrate and enable the realization of new and inviting life habits that can thoroughly reform the encounter between man, object and environment. Adital is CEO of S-SENSE-DESIGN, a sustainability design studio, promoting projects with companies, non-profit organizations and social groups. She is also a sustainability design lecturer at the social-environmental design study program at the Faculty of Design at HIT, Israel and a TEDfellow.


Liraz Lasry
Different like everyone else: The story of trends

Dr. Liraz Lasry holds a PhD in Marketing. She is especially fascinated by studying how successful trends spread, sweeping people off their feet. Having a professional background in strategic consulting, she also has a passion for forming academic knowledge into practical insights. This combination, and a passion for teaching, has lead Dr. Lasry to develop and teach an original and popular course about trends. Dr. Lasry is currently a lecturer and academic manager at Tel-Aviv University’s Faculty of Management.

Haneen Magadlh
The Joy of Giving

Originally from Baka Al Ghabira, Haneen now calls Jerusalem home. A trained social worker and with a Masters in non-profit management, Haneen is the Director of Attaa Center a human rights organisation in East Jerusalem. She facilitates dialogue through group work on issues concerning political conflict, empowering the Arab sector, poverty alleviation and women and children’s rights. Haneen also lectures at the Al Qasami educational center in Baka Al Ghabira. Haneen is currently working on her PhD with Hebrew University.

Yanki Margalit
Dream it – Make it!

Yanki Margalit built his first computer at the age of 14, started his first business at 15, and was kicked out of school at 17. In 1984 Yanki built KnowPro, a software program that used artificial intelligence to help human experts in their decision-making process. Yanki has been busy thinking and speaking about technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and human evolution, while nurturing a new love affair with molecular biology and biotechnology.

Hanoch Piven
Living in a playful collage

The colorful and witty collage portraits of Israeli artist Hanoch Piven have appeared in most major magazines and newspapers such as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone and in many European publications from The London Times to the Swiss Die WeltWoche. In Israel, Piven has gained visibility due to his long time collaboration with the daily Haaretz and through his TV shows for young children. Piven’s art is about communicating through fun and playfulness by reinventing the meaning of regular objects. Piven has been conducting workshops internationally for the last 10 years employing the principles of his own collage technique using common objects to stimulate play, creativity and communication


Or Sagy
Magnetic bacteria as agents for self-replicating data

Or Sagy is a 17-year-old scientist. After finishing high-school, he is a student at Tel Aviv University’s Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students (after studying at the university since age 13 through Israel’s national Future Scientists and Inventors Program). The Israeli Ministry of Education classified him as ‘super-gifted’. Or has done research in bioinformatics and biotechnology at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Technion and Harvard Medical School and Tel Aviv University. He is part of SpaceIL, a non-profit aiming to land an Israeli spaceship on the moon.


Yakir Segev
Jerusalem and me: how changing the city can change the world, and how it changed me 

Yakir Segev lives in Jerusalem. He served at the Egoz infantry unit for 7 years. He co-founded The Academy for Young leadership Ein Prat, founded an NGO called ‘New Spirit – students for Jerusalem’ designed to strengthen the ties between students and the city. He also served as the president of the student union at the Hebrew University. Yakir currently runs several bussineses involving high education, and serves as a member of Jerusalem’s City Council, where he holds the young adults and students portfolio.

Hisham Suliman
Eyes that can see

Hisham Suleiman graduated from the Yoram Leowenstein Institute for Acting & Theatrical Arts and is the founding artistic director of the Fringe Ensemble of Nazareth and works at the Minshar cultural center in Tel-Aviv. He acted in the Khayal Theater, Almeidan Theater, The Palestinian National Theater, The Habima Theater, Camery Theater and works with young people in public theater. He has acted in several movies and television programs – including ‘Ajami’ which was nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign feature.  Today Hisham works as an actor in local and international theater.


TEDxJerusalem Artistic Performances

The Vertigo Dance Company 
The Vertigo Dance Company established in Jerusalem, in 1992, by Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha’al has developed a distinct artistic language promoting social and community awareness through contemporary dance. The Vertigo Dance Company repertoire permeates with the holistic and spiritual approach creating a collage of intricate singular dance sagas inviting viewers and co-creators on an exciting and challenging enchanted journey.

Itamar Mendes-Flohr 
Itamar Mendes-Flohr works in cinematography, lighting design, painting and sculpture and seeks to bring these disciplines together, e.g. by painting with light. He examines the space between solid lines and those perceived by the eye, transforming materials into the new and the transitory.

Mayumana is a multicultural troupe, which developed a unique language of skills, rhythm, visual effects, creativity and humor. It offers its spectators a universal theatrical experience. Mayumana has grown to become one of Israel’s greatest cultural exports. It has performed in front of millions of people around the world.  Today, the Mayumana brand is known for high quality entertaining shows full of energy, creativity and virtuoso talent.

Riff Cohen 
Riff Cohen is a rare combination of talent, beauty, simplicity, modesty and joy. Although she’s only 28 years old, her unique musical language is mature, sometimes dramatic, and even dark. Eliasaf Bashari – Oud, Zeev Yaniv – Percussion “Ya Salaaam” by Hamza A-Din from Riff Cohen’s critically acclaimed debut:” A Paris”