Daan Heerma van Voss


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Everyone lies to himself and to others. In short, we lie to find out whom we really are. The distinction between the truth and a lie is a very thin line.
The world consists of many versions of the truth where one man’s lie is the other man’s truth. Daan as a writer will be explaining to us his view on what is fiction and what is the truth.


Daan Heerma van Voss is a novelist, interviewer and historian. He has written various novels, essays and a book of interviews. He has also written for several newspapers, such as NRC, Humo, De Morgen, De Groene Amsterdammer, Vrij Nederland, Das Magazin, De Morgen, De Volkskrant, Vogue US and The New York Times. His novel, Sunday Man was nominated for the Anton Wachter Prize in 2012 and The Country 32 was nominated for the Halewijn Prize and the Cutting Edge Award.

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Fleur Ravensbergen

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What is it like to engage with armed groups, rebels, freedom fighters and terrorists? People who kill, torture, bomb or fight. Fleur will be sharing with us what it is like to talk to these people? What are they like? They have a sense of humour, a family, a belief, someone’s father, daughter, brother or friend, and they have feelings. Are they different than what we are? The answer is simple yet significant.

Fleur Ravensbergen is assistant director at the Dialogue Advisory Group (DAG) who facilitates political dialogue to reduce violence and hope to create or advance political dialogues between armed groups, governments and international organisations in conflict situations. Fleur manages DAG’s mediation operations.

Denise Jannah


Jazz as never heard before. Denise is one of the few jazz singers at the moment that stands out of the crowd with her beautiful voice. She will be performing for the occasion a new jazz composition based on the TEDxEde theme.

Denise is a Dutch jazz vocalist. She was born in Paramaribo, and currently lives and records in the Netherlands. She is the first Dutch jazz soloist to be signed by the Blue Note recording label. According to the press she is one of the few singers around who truly meets the standards set down by the generations that gave us Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Carman McRae.



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Vera Pauw


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Equality and what does it mean? Which hurtles do you have to overcome and which perseverance is needed to overcome gender segregation? Vera's idea is that women and men are equal in whichever sport they play. She will be speaking from her experience in the football world, which is her life and speciality and about the huge role sport has in the emancipation of young girls and women.

Vera Pauw is a Dutch football coach and the first female to achive a trainers diploma in the Dutch football world. She has quite a lot of experience coaching the Dutch, Scottish en Russian teams. Currentlly she coaches the South African football team. 

Being the only girl of a triplet, Vera grew up like a boy. She could finally play football at the age of 13. Later as national coach and technical director of different countries she used her experiences to influence the approach of creating equal development opportunities for both boys and girls in sport.'

Titia Hoogendoorn

Titia Hoogendoorn is an actress, artist and the initiator of the web site www.dingenoverdingen.nl which supports young teen girls with their self-image.



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What is the influence of the outside world, such as the various media channels, on the lives of young teenage girls - negative and positive? In Titia's view a positive self-image is not dependent on who is dumber, uglier or stranger than you. The time is right, so take your own responsibility now and present yourself as you are via social media.

Mauk den Boer


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Smartphones are being used by millions of people around the globe. Just think what it would mean if we could use them to diagnose and treat sickness. Mauk will be explaning how this works.

Mauk den Boer has developed biophysical medical instruments. His company produces hardware and software solutions, that use coloured light, micro-current and pulsating electro-magnetic fields to diagnose and treat sicknesses.


Olaf Kaper


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Ever heard the story about the Persian king Cambyses who sent his army of 50,000 men into the desert and they never came back? They supposedly just disappeared. This is one of the great mysteries which Olaf has solved.

Olaf Kaper is professor in Egyptology at the university of Leiden. He forms part of an international excavation team in the Dakhla Oasis in the Western Desert of Egypt, and he is reconstructing the history of that area and the temples of the ancient Egyptian religion.




Tango La Zapada: Birkit Wildenburg and Muzaffer Demiray 


Tango dancers, choreographers and teachers Birkit Wildenburg and Muzaffer Demiray have travelled the world teaching, creating and performing and are now settled in Utrecht with their own tango school Tango La Zapada. Many of their performing activities were together with piano player, composer and arranger Katrien Karimoen. She is part from the quintet Zárate and played concerts, at milongas and in theatre shows. She coaches different tango-ensembles and teaches at the Wereldmuziekschool amongst other places.


Argentine Tango is at foremost a social couples dance based on improvisation. One leader, one follower, both of them following the music. Dancers communicate physically and therefore the tango can be looked upon as a language. And when that language is placed in the right setting, with the right
music, it's like poetry.

Anne K. Glick

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Over millions of years humans have learned to be wary of things that feel foreign, to back away rather than approach. In Anne's view, in our globalized world, this is no longer a smart instinct. World citizens of the future will be happier and more successful when they are Globe Smart.

Anne Glick left the field of international development after years of working in the Middle East and Africa, to create an educational iOS app series that encourages cross-group friendship. She’s a writer and photographer who believes that technology can help save the world, just not in the way we expect it to.

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Tako Rietveld


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Listen to the children. Children inspire, surprise, make you think and make you smile. They have stories to tell about what we are doing with their lives, countries and the world. With Tako’s help, we can learn from the children and act on it! 

Tako Rietveld id the world’s first children’s news reporter. As a former reporter for the Dutch NOS “Jeugdjournaal” he has traveled all over the world reporting for children about the various situations in the world, such as Nelson Mandela's death to the Olympics in China. Since the beginning of this year he has set-up the ‘De Kindercorrespondent’ platform so that the stories and the opinions of children can be heard. According to Taco children are rarely heard in the news.


Arthur Brand

Arthur Brand is a specialist dealing with the art and antiquities trade. His company tracks down looted art and investigates forgeries. He is an expert about the shady side of the art business where even terrorists earn their money by selling looted art.


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Rediscovering looted or supposedly lost art objects is one of the key objectives why Arthur Brand often goes undercover, endangering himself. As an art historian Arthur will be talking about his recent adventure in discovering lost Nazi art including the works that were ordered by and made for Hitler himself. For him, the most important thing is not punishing the people that do this but getting the art back.

David Reitsma 


David Reitsma is a 21 year old graduate Business Administration. He is captivated by the power of words and communicating with people in a new way. Spoken Word is one of his passions which he uses to communicate a message on an experience level.

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What is the power of words and how can you use them to communicate in another style to influence and take people to a different experience level. David will be taking us on a journey with his Spoken Word Poetry so that we can experiece the power of words and poetry in another manner.

Vince Watson & Metofa


Many in the music industry think of passion as an in-the-moment thing, as a sudden, short-lived burst of energy. To Vince Watson, it has always been a long and winding road. Every step of the way, the Glaswegian, now living in Amsterdam, has chosen his next move deliberately and with utmost care, arriving at an equally diverse and focused discography. His music is a seamless blend of beguiling soundscapes, crystaline piano-pulses, anthemic synth-melodies and 70s krautrock-moods.

Glasgow native producer Vince Watson has been busy in the electronic music circuit for over 20 years, delivering timeless music for many of the worlds best record labels. In 2014 he debuted on his own on various labels and in 2015 his release topped the charts for 6 weeks solid. Based in Amsterdam, Vince’s live shows are now in demand around the world, and as a former Tresor resident, his DJ sets are also highly requested.




Hidde Boersma


Hidde Boersma has a Ph.D in molecular biology and s since 2009  full time freelance science journalist. He writes for De Correspondent, de Volkskrant and Elsevier, amongst others. He specializes in biotechnology, agriculture and bio-ethics. Hidde is one of the founders of Bureau Wibaut, a large freelance journalist collective based in Amsterdam. 


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It is time to revitalize the green revolution , It is time for a new  movement, it is time for  ecomodernism. Ecomodernist believe that intensive agriculture, large scale urbanisation and investments in high tech green energy are the only way to combine a green planet with a prosperous planet. Hidde will try to enlighten us on how we get there and what this will mean for our society.


Wasima Khan


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Why is it that in many countries only immigrants are required to take a citizenship oath? In The Netherlands we use to have a constitutional citizenship oath that does not exist anymore. In her talk Wasima hopes to convince us that we should revive the citizenship oath for all of us, which could lead to a more vibrant collective public spirit among all of the citizens.

Wasima Khan is a jurist and writer. She is interested in exploring how responsibilities toward justice can be shared and implemented in law, business, and society. Wasima has received awards, honorable mentions, and nominations for her writings from various organizations, including the Global Peter Drucker Society, the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Actal, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Harry Honée Foundation, and the International Corporate Governance Society. She has presented and discussed her scholarly essays and ideas at various conferences and symposia around the world.

Floris van Delft


Floris van Delft is a theologian and theater producer who has directed various performances about crime. He wonders if it's possible to cure criminals.

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Why is it that we’re fascinated by fear and how fear works? The crime rate keeps dropping, but our feeling of insecurity becomes stronger. What is the effect if you know or don’t know if your neighbour has committed a crime? Floris will be asking us of we have lost our faith in the ability of people to change their lives or their habits. Once a criminal, always a criminal, that’s the question.