2012 Speakers

TED is known for its inspirational talks by people from all walks of life, and we have been working hard to get TEDx Oxbridge up to this standard.  Here is a list of the outstanding speakers who we have lined up for you so far — keep checking back to get updates on who else we’ve added to the list or stay up to date by liking our page on Facebook.

CJ Adams
CJ was an early employee at Polaris Project, a leading anti-human trafficking organization in the US and Japan.  He led the design and implementation of technology-related initiatives including the construction of the US Government’s official 24/7 nation-wide crisis hotline, which identifies and responds to thousands of cases of trafficking each year.  CJ holds a BA from Brown University and is currently an MBA student, Hichens Scholar, and Skoll Associate Fellow at Magdalen College, University of Oxford.



  John Bird

Founder of The Big Issue

John Bird was born into poverty, brought up in care, and has lived through a lot. His life’s journey has included spells as a thief, prison inmate, artist and poet. Now an established iconoclast, activist and publisher, John Bird is the force behind The Big Issue, the world’s most successful street magazine. He is an inspirational business leader with an outstanding record of using business as a tool for social change


Dr. Armand D’Angour

Armand D’Angour teaches Classics at Oxford, and his book The Greeks and the New was published in 2011. Formerly a professional cellist, and for some years a businessman, he combines his experiences in presenting talks about innovation and creativity from the perspective of classical history and of musical composition.




Geeta Dharmarajan Geeta Dharmarajan

Founder, Katha

Geeta is the leader of Katha, a nonprofit organization she founded in India in  1988. Katha seeks to enhance the joy of reading for children and adults through publishing and grassroots education.  Geeta is a Padma Shri awardee, India’s 4th highest civilian award.




Amisha-Ghadiali Amisha Ghadiali

Amisha is a sustainable fashion campaigner, writer and jewellery designer. She is about to publish the collaborative book ‘The Future We Choose’ through the radical think tank she founded, Think Act Vote. She is a trustee of FDSD and a council member of the ERS. Her work has been recognised by selection to the Cultural Leadership Programme and the Courvoisier Future 500, and by receipt of a Future 100 Award.



Tanya Goldhaber

Tanya Goldhaber

Tanya Goldhaber is a PhD student in the Engineering Design Centre at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on designing accessible and inclusive communications technology. A recipient of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, Tanya graduated from MIT in 2010 with a degree in mechanical engineering and minors in cognitive science and music.

If you want to contact Tanya about her talk then please email her at 



Andrew HansonAndrew Hanson

Andrew Hanson is the founder of Men Against the Trafficking of Others (MATTOO) an international not-for-profit that focuses on decreasing the demand of human trafficking. Andrew holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota and is currently a Sainsbury Scholar and MBA at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.
In 1998, having learned of human trafficking, Andrew saw that though men were its main problem, they were also its primary solution. However, doors to stop trafficking closed as he was not female nor a lawyer. So instead, he created the international organization MATTOO that engages and informs men to decrease the demand of human trafficking.

If you want to contact Andrew about his talk then please email him at 


Alastair Humphreys

Alastair Humphreys is a British Adventurer, Author and Blogger. He spent over 4 years cycling round the world, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and 5 continents.

More recently Alastair has walked across southern India, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, run 6 marathons through the Sahara desert, completed a crossing of Iceland, and participated in an expedition in the Arctic, close to the magnetic North Pole. He is currently training for a return journey to the South Pole.

Alastair has written five books. He was named as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the year for 2012.

If you want to contact Alastair about his talk then please email him at


Lucy Kimbell

Designer, Researcher and Educator on Design Thinking and Fellow at Saïd Business School

In herday job Lucy is head of social design at the Young Foundation, an intermediary working in social innovation. But for the last two years she’s been involved with major house refurbishment which among other things has involved sourcing used building materials from e-Bay, Freecycle and Gumtree. she thought she knew quite a lot about design since she’s taught it for a decade, but living through (and in) this project has challenged some assumptions. For anyone wanting to reduce carbon impact and save money, this extreme refurb offers some ways to rethink conventional approaches.

If you want to contact Lucy about her talk then please email her at 

Hristo Laskov


Hristo Laskov, Free Internet Movement

Having worked in the technology field all his life – starting as a web designer, to IT journalist and now – in the digital part of Publicis Bulgaria, Hristo is currently. trying to find the best way for our clients to be present in the online world – and how to be there.


If you want to contact Hristo about his talk then please email him at 



Daniela Papi

Daniela Papi is the founder of PEPY, a Cambodian youth leadership organization, and PEPY Tours, a development education travel company, and is currently a Skoll Scholar at Oxford’s Said Business School.

Before moving to Oxford to get her MBA through the Skoll Scholarship, Daniela spent six years living in Cambodia where she founded PEPY, a youth leadership and education organization, and PEPY Tours, a development education travel company. PEPY Tours, which started as a “voluntourism” organization, is now a leading advocate in the shift from service to learning travel and Daniela blogs frequently about this and other topics through her blog, “Lessons I Learned”.

If you want to contact Daniela about her talk then please email her at 

Shai Reshef

Founder, University of The People

Shai founded the University of the People – a non-profit, tuition-free, online academic institution dedicated to the democratization of higher education. Since 2009, University of the People has grown to more than 1,500  students from over 130 countries. Shai was named as one of “50 People Changing the World” by Wired Magazine.



David Spiegelhalter

David Spiegelhalter

David Spiegelhalter’s background is in medical statistics, particularly the use of Bayesian methods in clinical trials, health technology assessment and drug safety. In his post as Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk he leads a small team (UnderstandingUncertainty.org) that attempts to improve the way in which the quantitative aspects of risk and uncertainty are discussed in society. He gives many presentations to schools and others, advises organisations on risk communication, and is a regular newspaper columnist on current risk issues. He has also appeared on Winter Wipeout. He was elected FRS in 2005 and awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to medical statistics.

If you want to contact David about his talk then please email him at 


Lord Dennis StevensonLord Dennis Stevenson

Dennis spent the first 20 years post university as a serial entrepreneur; then for 15 years chaired large companies (Pearson plc, GPA plc and HBOS plc); has now reverted to his entrepreneurial roots mainly through the VC companies, Loudwater Investment Partners and ManoCap Ltd, a large VC business in Sierra Leone which he helped found a few years ago. He is also a Non Executive Director of The Western Union Company and Waterstones Holdings Ltd. He is Chairman of Aldeburgh Music Ltd, a Director of Glyndebourne Productions and Chairman of Insight: Research for Mental Health. He was Chairman of the Trustees of the Tate Gallery in the 90s; was the Prime Minister’s Special Adviser on the application of ICT in education; was Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission and was Chancellor of the University of the Arts London.  He sits on the cross benches in the House of Lords.

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