At TEDxNewYork 2014, leaders from disparate industries came together into one space to collaborate on crucial questions facing the city and the globe. Our speakers were:

Emily Balcetis


Psychologist Emily Balcetis explores differences in perception and decision-making from conscious and nonconscious levels.

Sheri Berman

Political scientist

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

Michelle Bradbury


Radiologist Michelle Bradbury collaborates with nanotechnologists to bring innovative imaging techniques into the operating room.



Musician Jared Crawford, aka Choclattjared, got his start bucket drumming as a New York subway busker at the age of thirteen.

Safia Elhillo


Spoken word poet Safia Elhillo draws on the universal themes of love, culture, and the Wu-Tang Clan.

Kit Fine


Philosopher Kit Fine explores the boundaries of what we think is real. He asks questions about the nature of math, language, and abstraction.

Travis Gumbs

Master of style

Travis Gumbs makes up one half of Street Etiquette, a creative duo making dandy cool again.

Starlee Kine


Starlee Kine is a writer and a contributor to This American Life. She finds self-help rather unhelpful.

Joshua Kissi

Master of style

Joshua Kissi makes up one half of Street Etiquette, a creative duo making dandy cool again.

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.

Alyssa Loorya


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

Ismael Nazario

Prison reform advocate

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.

Azra Raza


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



Singer Somi merges jazz and musical legacies from across Africa to create a unique and soulful sound.

Sree Sreenivasan

Digital immigrant

Sree Sreenivasan is the first Chief Digital Officer of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previously he taught at the Columbia Journalism School for two decades.

Will Stephen

Funny person

Will Stephen is a writer for, a contributor to The New Yorker, and a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.

Stacey Sutton

Urban planner

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

Sue Mi Terry

Foreign policy expert

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.

Lam Thuy Vo

Multimedia reporter

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

Ben Wellington

Data nerd

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.

Albert Wenger


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