Speakers

TEDxNewYork is a full-day event featuring twenty talks. The live audience will comprise up to 400 people – a broad mix of academics, entrepreneurs, city employees, creatives, and students from diverse backgrounds, neighborhoods, and walks of life. Leaders from disparate industries will come together into one space to collaborate on crucial questions facing the city and the globe. Our speakers include:

Sheri Berman  Political scientist Sheri Berman studies the history of democracy – why it works, and why more often than not, it fails. Barnard faculty page

Sheri Berman 

Political scientist Sheri Berman studies the history of democracy – why it works, and why more often than not, it fails.

Barnard faculty page

Ben Lillie  Ben Lillie is a former particle physicist and the director of The Story Collider, a live series that features true stories about science. storycollider.org

Ben Lillie 

Ben Lillie is a former particle physicist and the director of The Story Collider, a live series that features true stories about science.

storycollider.org

Alyssa Loorya Alyssa Loorya is an archaeologist digging beneath the grid of New York, uncovering the most unlikely of artifacts. chrysalisarchaeology.com

Alyssa Loorya

Alyssa Loorya is an archaeologist digging beneath the grid of New York, uncovering the most unlikely of artifacts.

chrysalisarchaeology.com

Ismael Nazario As a teenager, Ismael Nazario was sent to Riker’s Island and into solitary confinement for a total of 300 days before he was ever convicted of a crime. fortunesociety.org

Ismael Nazario

As a teenager, Ismael Nazario was sent to Riker’s Island and into solitary confinement for a total of 300 days before he was ever convicted of a crime.

fortunesociety.org

Rashaad Newsome Rashaad Newsome is a multimedia artist who explores our relationship to status, appropriation, and high and low culture. rashaadnewsome.com

Rashaad Newsome

Rashaad Newsome is a multimedia artist who explores our relationship to status, appropriation, and high and low culture.

rashaadnewsome.com

Azra Raza Oncologist Azra Raza is the director of the MDS Center at Columbia where she moves the latest therapies from theory to practice. Columbia faculty page

Azra Raza

Oncologist Azra Raza is the director of the MDS Center at Columbia where she moves the latest therapies from theory to practice.

Columbia faculty page

Jessamyn Rodriguez Hot Bread Kitchen’s Jessamyn Rodriguez brings together breads from all over the world as part of a program that teaches baking and business skills to foreign-born, low-income earners. hotbreadkitchen.org

Jessamyn Rodriguez

Hot Bread Kitchen’s Jessamyn Rodriguez brings together breads from all over the world as part of a program that teaches baking and business skills to foreign-born, low-income earners.

hotbreadkitchen.org

Stacey Sutton Stacey Sutton teaches urban planning at Columbia University. She thinks deeply about our common misconceptions around gentrification. Columbia faculty page

Stacey Sutton

Stacey Sutton teaches urban planning at Columbia University. She thinks deeply about our common misconceptions around gentrification.

Columbia faculty page

Sue Mi Terry Sue Mi Terry is a North Korean scholar who served in the CIA for seven years. She makes the case for a shift in foreign policy: from reactive and scrambling to strategic and forward-thinking. Columbia faculty page

Sue Mi Terry

Sue Mi Terry is a North Korean scholar who served in the CIA for seven years. She makes the case for a shift in foreign policy: from reactive and scrambling to strategic and forward-thinking.

Columbia faculty page

Lam Thuy Vo Lam Thuy Vo is the interactive editor at Al Jazeera America, bringing stories to life through multimedia. lamthuyvo.com

Lam Thuy Vo

Lam Thuy Vo is the interactive editor at Al Jazeera America, bringing stories to life through multimedia.

lamthuyvo.com

Ben Wellington Ben Wellington teaches city planning at Pratt and is the brains behind I Quant NY, a blog that tells the story of New York City through data. iquantny.tumblr.com

Ben Wellington

Ben Wellington teaches city planning at Pratt and is the brains behind I Quant NY, a blog that tells the story of New York City through data.

iquantny.tumblr.com

Albert Wenger Albert Wenger is a partner at Union Square Ventures whose portfolio includes game-changing companies like Etsy and Tumblr. continuations.com

Albert Wenger

Albert Wenger is a partner at Union Square Ventures whose portfolio includes game-changing companies like Etsy and Tumblr.

continuations.com