Announcing the speaker line-up for TEDxByronBay 2013
Author and filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge is founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC).Â A pioneer of the â€˜new economyâ€™ movement, she has been promoting economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than 30 years.
Dr Arne Rubinstein is an expert on adolescent development and Rites of Passage. A GP specialising in adolescent health, preventative and emergency medicine, he is currently CEO of The Australian Rites of Passage Institute.
Ricky Van Der Zwan
Cognitive neuroscientist Rick van der Zwan is an Associate Professor at Southern Cross University and co-director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience and Behaviour. His team is working on the neural mechanisms by which humans recognise the actions of others, mental health care in Local Area Health Services, and the efficacy of parenting programs.
Elected a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, Audette Exel is a founder of the ISIS Group and Chief Executive Officer of its Australian company, ISIS (Asia Pacific). She was recently listed among the top 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review.
Michael Traill was a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Direct Investment. He is founding Chief Executive of Social Ventures Australia (SVA); a not-for-profit organisation that invests in social change by helping to build the impact and sustainability of the social sector.
Professor Peter Harrison is an internationally recognised marine ecologist. A Eureka Prize winner, his is appointed to the Australian Governmentâ€™s Threatened Species Scientific Committee and even has a coral species porites harrisoni named after him!
Ray Moynihan is a researcher, writer and award-winning journalist. The author of four books on the business of medicine, Ray has an international reputation for investigating the corrupting influences within health systems. Heâ€™s currently a columnist for the BMJ and undertaking a PhD on how to prevent the modern epidemic of over-diagnosis.
Atira Tan is Founder and Director of The Art2Healing Project, a non-profit organisation supporting the healing and well-being of trafficked women and children in Asia. She has worked internationally for anti-trafficking NGOs in Laos, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia and Nepal, supporting women and children at risk through movement and art therapies, yoga, ayurveda and meditation.
In 2003, Poulson lost her two children and father under traumatic circumstances. Poulson writes: “It was as if the laws of nature were in question, as if everything was wrong and unnatural and nonsensical.” With a Masters in Cognitive Science, and drawing on her personal experiences, Ingrid now helps others build resilience in the face of adversity.
Formerly ranked #1 in the US for Freestyle Skiing and head coach of the 1998 Australian Olympic Freestyle Ski Team, Chip is an internationally acclaimed coach, author, screenwriter and creative guide. His love of story and reverence for our living planet has propelled him to create the Writing the Story Within experience as a pathway for individuals to bring their creative visions onto the page and out to the world.
In 2008, Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan travelled to Somalia to report on 20 years of conflict, food insecurity and drought. On his way to a camp for 50,000 internally displaced people, Nigel and four others were kidnapped and held prisoner for 462 days. He is the longest-held captive Australian outside of a POW situation. Nigelâ€™s experience is testament to the strength of the human spirit and the unyielding love of a family.
Dan Schreiber is the creator and creative director of Starseed Gardens Nursery and Teahouse, a space dedicated to showcasing harmonic relationships between plants and humans and alternative biotechnologies. His work with organic plant growth enhancers is on the cutting edge of increasing plant and soil biota health to raise human awareness through vibrational nutrition.
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