Team 2017

 

Meet the Team

TEDxBrum is a completely volunteer-led event. Here are a few details on this year's team!

 
Immy Kaur - Curator Hi, I'm Immy, co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham, a network of citizens, makers, doers, entrepreneurs, activists and dreamers committed to building a better Birmingham and better world. Powered by a 6,000 sq. ft. collaborative workshop in the heart of Birmingham, the Impact Hub is an engine for passion, learning and outcomes where together, the community work to build a better, more fair city. I'm also a Director of Project 00, a collaborative studio of architects, strategic designers, programmers, social scientists, economists and urban designers practicing design beyond its traditional borders, ventures including WikiHouse, Open Desk, Civic Systems Lab and more. Also super passionate about Park Run! Favourite TED talk: The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Immy Kaur - Curator

Hi, I'm Immy, co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham, a network of citizens, makers, doers, entrepreneurs, activists and dreamers committed to building a better Birmingham and better world. Powered by a 6,000 sq. ft. collaborative workshop in the heart of Birmingham, the Impact Hub is an engine for passion, learning and outcomes where together, the community work to build a better, more fair city.

I'm also a Director of Project 00, a collaborative studio of architects, strategic designers, programmers, social scientists, economists and urban designers practicing design beyond its traditional borders, ventures including WikiHouse, Open Desk, Civic Systems Lab and more. Also super passionate about Park Run!

Favourite TED talk: The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Sarah Isaacs - Co-Producer As a project manager for TEDxBrum in 2016 working closely with the speaker team, I'm excited to be involved again this year to build on the success of the Power of Us. Having studied Art and History of Art, I've worked on a variety of projects, including the Birmingham Art Map and One Hundred Thousand Welcomes, and I have volunteered with a breadth of organisations, supporting the creative and cultural ventures Birmingham has to offer. With a keen interest in social and cultural history, I enjoy the opportunity to research, and can be found writing about the provenance, history and techniques of particular makers and pieces within the auction world in my full time job. Favourite TED talk: What You Don't See About Depression by Jayne Hardy

Sarah Isaacs - Co-Producer

As a project manager for TEDxBrum in 2016 working closely with the speaker team, I'm excited to be involved again this year to build on the success of the Power of Us. Having studied Art and History of Art, I've worked on a variety of projects, including the Birmingham Art Map and One Hundred Thousand Welcomes, and I have volunteered with a breadth of organisations, supporting the creative and cultural ventures Birmingham has to offer.

With a keen interest in social and cultural history, I enjoy the opportunity to research, and can be found writing about the provenance, history and techniques of particular makers and pieces within the auction world in my full time job.

Favourite TED talk: What You Don't See About Depression by Jayne Hardy


Louise Byng - Brand Lead My name is Byng and I’m an illustrator, designer and wordsmith. I think in stories and imbue everything with meaning, using illustration to look more deeply, share concepts and ask questions. Over the last 5 years I’ve been lucky enough to work with lots of creative and cultural organisations in the West Midlands to grow my skills and communicate their stories in new ways, from designing a colourful risograph calendar for Creative Black Country to painting a mural for performance company Stan’s Cafe. My favourite things to talk about are illustration, art, self-publishing, staying motivated, vegan food, public transport, good design, bad design, grammar, slang, twitter, cocktails, good nights out, bad nights out, future practice & collaboration. Favourite TED talk: The Power of Time Off by Stefan Sagmeister

Louise Byng - Brand Lead

My name is Byng and I’m an illustrator, designer and wordsmith. I think in stories and imbue everything with meaning, using illustration to look more deeply, share concepts and ask questions.

Over the last 5 years I’ve been lucky enough to work with lots of creative and cultural organisations in the West Midlands to grow my skills and communicate their stories in new ways, from designing a colourful risograph calendar for Creative Black Country to painting a mural for performance company Stan’s Cafe.

My favourite things to talk about are illustration, art, self-publishing, staying motivated, vegan food, public transport, good design, bad design, grammar, slang, twitter, cocktails, good nights out, bad nights out, future practice & collaboration.

Favourite TED talk: The Power of Time Off by Stefan Sagmeister

Daniel Blyden - Brand Team (Design) Last year I attended TEDxBrum Power of Us and left supercharged and full to the brim with inspiration, so this year I’ve decided to join the team and will be working to bring the TEDxBrum theme to life through the design and production of various content; from marketing, outreach and workshop materials, right through to the stage and media production. By day I’m a visual and learning experience designer and I spend much of my time thinking about and experimenting with ways that designers can work more openly with people, building communities and taking them on a journey through creative process. I’m also passionate about enabling people who have don’t consider themselves to be creative to harness their creativity and do meaningful things. Favourite TED talk: How to Revive a Neighbourhood... by Theaster Gates

Daniel Blyden - Brand Team (Design)

Last year I attended TEDxBrum Power of Us and left supercharged and full to the brim with inspiration, so this year I’ve decided to join the team and will be working to bring the TEDxBrum theme to life through the design and production of various content; from marketing, outreach and workshop materials, right through to the stage and media production.

By day I’m a visual and learning experience designer and I spend much of my time thinking about and experimenting with ways that designers can work more openly with people, building communities and taking them on a journey through creative process. I’m also passionate about enabling people who have don’t consider themselves to be creative to harness their creativity and do meaningful things.

Favourite TED talk: How to Revive a Neighbourhood... by Theaster Gates


Jade Scott - Brand Team (Press) My name is Jade and I’m a journalist. Some might say that my job is just an excuse to be nosey, and I would have to agree. I’ve always enjoyed learning from people and discovering new things. In a world where connecting with others is growing more challenging, I feel fortunate to be in a profession that gives me permission to be inquisitive. I care deeply about good storytelling, celebrating the qualities that make us unique, and preserving and documenting the memories of underrepresented communities. Over a light lunch, though, you’ll probably find me talking about spices, escaping the city, nature, music, and the latest TEA. Favourite TED talk: The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Jade Scott - Brand Team (Press)

My name is Jade and I’m a journalist. Some might say that my job is just an excuse to be nosey, and I would have to agree. I’ve always enjoyed learning from people and discovering new things. In a world where connecting with others is growing more challenging, I feel fortunate to be in a profession that gives me permission to be inquisitive.

I care deeply about good storytelling, celebrating the qualities that make us unique, and preserving and documenting the memories of underrepresented communities. Over a light lunch, though, you’ll probably find me talking about spices, escaping the city, nature, music, and the latest TEA.

Favourite TED talk: The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Thom Bartley - Photography & Web Yo (yo). I'm Thom and I'm a photographer, videographer, website maker, yoyo maestro and an all round stereotypical nocturnal creative. I made this website and I also made the GIFs you see on this page too so I hope you like them. (If so feel free to tweet praise at me, if not you have bad taste and you should keep your poor opinions to yourself.) I'm a TEDxBrum veteran and this will be my fourth year on the team. Getting involved with TEDxBrum back in 2013 truly changed my life, so I get involved every year in the hope that it changes a few other lives for the better as well. Favourite TED talk: The Call to Learn by Clifford Stoll

Thom Bartley - Photography & Web

Yo (yo). I'm Thom and I'm a photographer, videographer, website maker, yoyo maestro and an all round stereotypical nocturnal creative.

I made this website and I also made the GIFs you see on this page too so I hope you like them. (If so feel free to tweet praise at me, if not you have bad taste and you should keep your poor opinions to yourself.)

I'm a TEDxBrum veteran and this will be my fourth year on the team. Getting involved with TEDxBrum back in 2013 truly changed my life, so I get involved every year in the hope that it changes a few other lives for the better as well.

Favourite TED talk: The Call to Learn by Clifford Stoll


Ben Smith - Videography A filmmaker with a rambling background, I've worked everywhere from the building trade to corporate finance, the fitness industry to television, studied physics and was even a croupier at one point. After becoming a member of Impact Hub Birmingham though, at the start of 2017, and meeting a host of amazing and inspiring people, I’m finally starting to feel like I know what I’m doing! A lot of those great people are part of the team working hard to put on TEDxBrum 2017, an event which I feel very excited, and fortunate, to be a part of.  An endlessly intrigued person, I'm passionate about learning new things, spreading ideas through film, and being the last person to finish their TEDx bio. Favourite TED talk: The Best Stats You've Ever Seen by Hans Rosling

Ben Smith - Videography

A filmmaker with a rambling background, I've worked everywhere from the building trade to corporate finance, the fitness industry to television, studied physics and was even a croupier at one point.

After becoming a member of Impact Hub Birmingham though, at the start of 2017, and meeting a host of amazing and inspiring people, I’m finally starting to feel like I know what I’m doing! A lot of those great people are part of the team working hard to put on TEDxBrum 2017, an event which I feel very excited, and fortunate, to be a part of. 

An endlessly intrigued person, I'm passionate about learning new things, spreading ideas through film, and being the last person to finish their TEDx bio.

Favourite TED talk: The Best Stats You've Ever Seen by Hans Rosling

Alison Baskerville - Visual Curator Birmingham is my home. After almost 20 years of being in the military and later working as a conflict photographer, I’ve decided to lay down my helmet and started to enjoy being part of a different community. Being friends with the TEDxBrum team has been a real privilege and last year I attended my first TEDx event. It blew me away and in many ways changed my life. I felt that spine tingling joy knowing there’s a world full of brilliant ideas and people out there to make them happen. In an era where we desire change for the many it felt right to get involved in bringing art with a strong current for change to TEDxBrum. My role in the team this year is to bring some of the artists from this city together and showcase multiple styles of work. Favourite TED talk: The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown

Alison Baskerville - Visual Curator

Birmingham is my home. After almost 20 years of being in the military and later working as a conflict photographer, I’ve decided to lay down my helmet and started to enjoy being part of a different community. Being friends with the TEDxBrum team has been a real privilege and last year I attended my first TEDx event. It blew me away and in many ways changed my life. I felt that spine tingling joy knowing there’s a world full of brilliant ideas and people out there to make them happen.

In an era where we desire change for the many it felt right to get involved in bringing art with a strong current for change to TEDxBrum. My role in the team this year is to bring some of the artists from this city together and showcase multiple styles of work.

Favourite TED talk: The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown


Anneka Deva - Outreach Lead My journey with TED began in 2010. Quickly hooked on the TED talks online, I realised there wasn’t a TEDx event in Birmingham. So I decided to start it… A call out on social media, a group of random strangers gathering in Urban Coffee and very many Monday evenings later, TEDxBrum began. After leading the team in 2012 and 2013, and coaching speakers for TEDxBrum last year, I’m excited to now be leading the Outreach strand for 2017, getting the chance to work with a brilliant team of community champions to bring TEDxBrum and ideas worth sharing to an audience ‘beyond the usual suspects’. I care deeply about making the world better for everyone, by everyone, and find myself learning how we can go beyond ‘good intentions’ and work together to create systemic change in the world. I currently work as External Relations Officer at the University of Birmingham School, exploring the education system, and sharing the story of this pioneering secondary school with the wider world. Favourite TED talk: Tales of Passion by Isabel Allende

Anneka Deva - Outreach Lead

My journey with TED began in 2010. Quickly hooked on the TED talks online, I realised there wasn’t a TEDx event in Birmingham. So I decided to start it… A call out on social media, a group of random strangers gathering in Urban Coffee and very many Monday evenings later, TEDxBrum began. After leading the team in 2012 and 2013, and coaching speakers for TEDxBrum last year, I’m excited to now be leading the Outreach strand for 2017, getting the chance to work with a brilliant team of community champions to bring TEDxBrum and ideas worth sharing to an audience ‘beyond the usual suspects’.

I care deeply about making the world better for everyone, by everyone, and find myself learning how we can go beyond ‘good intentions’ and work together to create systemic change in the world. I currently work as External Relations Officer at the University of Birmingham School, exploring the education system, and sharing the story of this pioneering secondary school with the wider world.

Favourite TED talk: Tales of Passion by Isabel Allende

Natalie Howard - Outreach Team I’m really excited to have the opportunity to actively engage with people who aren’t already part of the TEDx community this year, and help our ideas worth spreading have their biggest and widest impact. I currently work at the University of Birmingham School, building a new model for education which promises to transform the lives of children and create genuine social mobility. In my spare time, I’m a volunteer counsellor for children. The most exciting part of both my jobs is seeing a direct impact on the lives and wellbeing of children, and trying to remove barriers to learning and personal development. I plan to continue to develop my impact on future generations, starting by retraining as a social worker next year. Favourite TED talk: To This Day... For The Bullied & Beautiful by Shane Koyczan

Natalie Howard - Outreach Team

I’m really excited to have the opportunity to actively engage with people who aren’t already part of the TEDx community this year, and help our ideas worth spreading have their biggest and widest impact.

I currently work at the University of Birmingham School, building a new model for education which promises to transform the lives of children and create genuine social mobility.

In my spare time, I’m a volunteer counsellor for children. The most exciting part of both my jobs is seeing a direct impact on the lives and wellbeing of children, and trying to remove barriers to learning and personal development.

I plan to continue to develop my impact on future generations, starting by retraining as a social worker next year.

Favourite TED talk: To This Day... For The Bullied & Beautiful by Shane Koyczan


Rupsana Khanom - Outreach Team I’m a busy bee and like to remain so. Juggling two jobs, a semi-decent social life and unfortunately still manage to have time to twiddle my thumbs. Initiatives which bring about positive changes fire me up, being the reason why I am excited to be a part of TEDxBrum; bringing people together to inform, discuss and aim towards a better Birmingham. Professionally, I’m a support officer who keeps social work colleagues from pulling their hair out. Personally, I’m an avid Netflix fan who can talk for England and spends much of her time procrastinating. Favourite TED talk: Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator by Tim Urban

Rupsana Khanom - Outreach Team

I’m a busy bee and like to remain so. Juggling two jobs, a semi-decent social life and unfortunately still manage to have time to twiddle my thumbs.

Initiatives which bring about positive changes fire me up, being the reason why I am excited to be a part of TEDxBrum; bringing people together to inform, discuss and aim towards a better Birmingham.

Professionally, I’m a support officer who keeps social work colleagues from pulling their hair out. Personally, I’m an avid Netflix fan who can talk for England and spends much of her time procrastinating.

Favourite TED talk: Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator by Tim Urban

Dan Zastawny - Partnerships Hi, I’m Dan and I’ll be heading up partnerships and sponsorships for this year's mega TEDxBrum 2017. Essentially there’s two parts to my job. First up is to fundraise, fundraise, fundraise. We need to raise enough cash so that we can actually put the day on (it's volunteer led, non-profit making and aspiring to be extremely financially accessible) and make sure it’s as high quality experience for everyone involved. Secondary to this is to build the partnerships which enhance the day and create all the extra sparks and added value which turn it from a good event into a great event. When I’m not doing this I’m busy producing FUN events for the city, developing projects with Impact Hub Birmingham and trying to teach my dog (Ubu!) good manners (and tricks…). Favourite TED talk: Why City Flags May be the Worst-Designed Thing You've Never Noticed by Roman Mars

Dan Zastawny - Partnerships

Hi, I’m Dan and I’ll be heading up partnerships and sponsorships for this year's mega TEDxBrum 2017. Essentially there’s two parts to my job. First up is to fundraise, fundraise, fundraise. We need to raise enough cash so that we can actually put the day on (it's volunteer led, non-profit making and aspiring to be extremely financially accessible) and make sure it’s as high quality experience for everyone involved. Secondary to this is to build the partnerships which enhance the day and create all the extra sparks and added value which turn it from a good event into a great event. When I’m not doing this I’m busy producing FUN events for the city, developing projects with Impact Hub Birmingham and trying to teach my dog (Ubu!) good manners (and tricks…).

Favourite TED talk: Why City Flags May be the Worst-Designed Thing You've Never Noticed by Roman Mars


Andrew Lightheart - Speakers Lead Professionally, I work with individuals, teams and organisations on presentations, conscious leadership and inclusive culture. Some of that inclusive culture work involves a project called Tikbox, a collaboration with Suriya Aisha, who I became friends with when she was a TedxBrum 2016 speaker! In it, we are aiming to bring together people who are working to disrupt and decolonise the "diversity" conversation in Birmingham. In my spare time, I'm a lapsed runner, knitter, webinar-er and roller derby referee. I speak clumsy Spanish, German and BSL. Queer and non-binary, my pronouns are he/they. Working on TEDxBrum is an opportunity to help a wider audience access fascinating and important voices, to raise the profile of my adopted city and to be part of a kickass, leader-full team.

Andrew Lightheart - Speakers Lead

Professionally, I work with individuals, teams and organisations on presentations, conscious leadership and inclusive culture.

Some of that inclusive culture work involves a project called Tikbox, a collaboration with Suriya Aisha, who I became friends with when she was a TedxBrum 2016 speaker! In it, we are aiming to bring together people who are working to disrupt and decolonise the "diversity" conversation in Birmingham.

In my spare time, I'm a lapsed runner, knitter, webinar-er and roller derby referee. I speak clumsy Spanish, German and BSL. Queer and non-binary, my pronouns are he/they.

Working on TEDxBrum is an opportunity to help a wider audience access fascinating and important voices, to raise the profile of my adopted city and to be part of a kickass, leader-full team.

Aliyah Hasinah - Performers Lead In 2014 I attended my first TEDxBrum and it would be an understatement to say elements of that day changed my life. Yeah I know that's bare dramatic / hyperbolic, but I'm a writer, and the day really was programmed incredibly. Last year I performed at TEDxBrum which was an incredible experience and, after working curatorially on a zine for TEDxSkoll and giving a short talk / performance at TEDxAstonUniversity earlier this year, I think it's safe to say I'm a TEDx enthusiast. On an average day you can catch me trying to write poems and subsequently scribbling them out, producing events / programmes or screaming about admin and white supremacy. I'm currently working with Southbank Centre, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Apples & Snakes and many more. I care about artistic development, creating decolonial spaces, amplifying alternative histories (*cough* true non-whitewashed one), plantain and other life-changing veg. Favourite TED talk: A Guerilla Gardener in South Central LA by Ron Finley

Aliyah Hasinah - Performers Lead

In 2014 I attended my first TEDxBrum and it would be an understatement to say elements of that day changed my life. Yeah I know that's bare dramatic / hyperbolic, but I'm a writer, and the day really was programmed incredibly.

Last year I performed at TEDxBrum which was an incredible experience and, after working curatorially on a zine for TEDxSkoll and giving a short talk / performance at TEDxAstonUniversity earlier this year, I think it's safe to say I'm a TEDx enthusiast. On an average day you can catch me trying to write poems and subsequently scribbling them out, producing events / programmes or screaming about admin and white supremacy. I'm currently working with Southbank Centre, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Apples & Snakes and many more.

I care about artistic development, creating decolonial spaces, amplifying alternative histories (*cough* true non-whitewashed one), plantain and other life-changing veg.

Favourite TED talk: A Guerilla Gardener in South Central LA by Ron Finley


Diandra McCalla - Speakers & Performers Team Ever since I can remember, music has been in my life; it's who I am. I grew up in Birmingham, which, with its rich musical heritage, was an ideal city to engage with the arts. I studied Music at the University of Nottingham where I particularly enjoyed conducting the String Orchestra and researching the extent to which music relates to different social contexts and can contribute to social change. After graduating with my BA (Hons) I completed my PGCE and became a music teacher in a secondary academy. The opportunity to share my passion for music with the next generation has been incredibly fulfilling. Currently I work part-time as a music teacher, whilst also working towards my ambition of working in the events industry. I am particularly interested in events that provoke critical discussion about the issues within our society, with the intent to unify and rectify them through the music and the arts. Favourite TED talk: Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself by Thandie Newton

Diandra McCalla - Speakers & Performers Team

Ever since I can remember, music has been in my life; it's who I am. I grew up in Birmingham, which, with its rich musical heritage, was an ideal city to engage with the arts. I studied Music at the University of Nottingham where I particularly enjoyed conducting the String Orchestra and researching the extent to which music relates to different social contexts and can contribute to social change.

After graduating with my BA (Hons) I completed my PGCE and became a music teacher in a secondary academy. The opportunity to share my passion for music with the next generation has been incredibly fulfilling. Currently I work part-time as a music teacher, whilst also working towards my ambition of working in the events industry. I am particularly interested in events that provoke critical discussion about the issues within our society, with the intent to unify and rectify them through the music and the arts.

Favourite TED talk: Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself by Thandie Newton

Liz Holmes - Speakers & Performers Team Having discovered the world of TED some years ago, I am an avid fan of watching talks online. I attended my first TEDxBrum, the Power of Us, last year and came away so inspired by the people that spoke that I jumped at the chance to be part of the team this year. Aside from TEDxBrum, I love the wonderful city that is Birmingham. For the past few years I have worked for property firms who are physically shaping the city. Outside of work I run several social clubs bringing people together around the city. I am passionate about bringing people together, sharing ideas and collaborating to bring about something bigger to make our city (… and the world…) even greater. I’d love to pick my favourite talk but there have been so many that have resonated for different reasons…

Liz Holmes - Speakers & Performers Team

Having discovered the world of TED some years ago, I am an avid fan of watching talks online. I attended my first TEDxBrum, the Power of Us, last year and came away so inspired by the people that spoke that I jumped at the chance to be part of the team this year.

Aside from TEDxBrum, I love the wonderful city that is Birmingham. For the past few years I have worked for property firms who are physically shaping the city. Outside of work I run several social clubs bringing people together around the city. I am passionate about bringing people together, sharing ideas and collaborating to bring about something bigger to make our city (… and the world…) even greater.

I’d love to pick my favourite talk but there have been so many that have resonated for different reasons…


Inderjit Kaur - Guest Experience Lead I am head of Guest Experience at this year's TEDxBrum. I have been involved in TEDxBrum since it came to Birmingham in 2011. Every year just tops the last and creates an overwhelming feeling of joy, inspiration and belonging, so it goes without saying that I joined the team again this year! I am a co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham and Director of People & Events there. I have 17 years experience in corporate systems and sales, and am a fiercely passionate and vibrant host and events organiser. I also have experience in running my own small ethical baking business, Suhaav. In my spare time I love to bake, have two very active boys under the age of 4 and I love to travel. Favourite TED talk: What Adults Can Learn From Kids by Adora Svitak

Inderjit Kaur - Guest Experience Lead

I am head of Guest Experience at this year's TEDxBrum. I have been involved in TEDxBrum since it came to Birmingham in 2011. Every year just tops the last and creates an overwhelming feeling of joy, inspiration and belonging, so it goes without saying that I joined the team again this year!

I am a co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham and Director of People & Events there. I have 17 years experience in corporate systems and sales, and am a fiercely passionate and vibrant host and events organiser.

I also have experience in running my own small ethical baking business, Suhaav. In my spare time I love to bake, have two very active boys under the age of 4 and I love to travel.

Favourite TED talk: What Adults Can Learn From Kids by Adora Svitak

Niki Cody - Guest Experience & Champions I’m Niki and I’ll be involved in looking after all of the lovely people who join us in October and ensure (hopefully) that they leave smiling, feeling inspired and reflective. I worked on TEDxBrum in 2014 and I couldn’t resist coming back after having the most fun the first time round. Being surrounded by super inspirational people who are proud to call Birmingham their home left its mark and motivated me to find out more about the city that I live in and appreciate just how special and unique it really is. I've worked with young people for years and am currently Programme Manager at a youth charity in Brum. I work to motivate and facilitate the next generation to recognise their potential to become change makers in their local communities and beyond. Favourite TED talk: Why Gender Equality is Good for Everyone by Michael Kimmel

Niki Cody - Guest Experience & Champions

I’m Niki and I’ll be involved in looking after all of the lovely people who join us in October and ensure (hopefully) that they leave smiling, feeling inspired and reflective. I worked on TEDxBrum in 2014 and I couldn’t resist coming back after having the most fun the first time round. Being surrounded by super inspirational people who are proud to call Birmingham their home left its mark and motivated me to find out more about the city that I live in and appreciate just how special and unique it really is.

I've worked with young people for years and am currently Programme Manager at a youth charity in Brum. I work to motivate and facilitate the next generation to recognise their potential to become change makers in their local communities and beyond.

Favourite TED talk: Why Gender Equality is Good for Everyone by Michael Kimmel


Vivian Chan - Guest Experience & Champions Hello everyone, I am Vivian. I came across TEDxBrum via Eventbrite and, having lived in Birmingham for years, I thought I should do my bit for the city and the community. Hence, hopefully I will be able to contribute to the guest experience team for TEDxBrum. Other than TEDxBrum, I have started in entering the world of marketing and started my role as a marketing and research assistant at the New Beacon Group, an education institution and innovation network, helping the communications between the national and international parties. Just to add something a bit personal about myself, I have a great interest in experiencing new things, from electronic gadgets to musical instruments. Currently people are amazed by the multi-device keyboard and I am learning drums earlier this year. Favourite TED talk: Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator by Tim Urban

Vivian Chan - Guest Experience & Champions

Hello everyone, I am Vivian. I came across TEDxBrum via Eventbrite and, having lived in Birmingham for years, I thought I should do my bit for the city and the community. Hence, hopefully I will be able to contribute to the guest experience team for TEDxBrum.

Other than TEDxBrum, I have started in entering the world of marketing and started my role as a marketing and research assistant at the New Beacon Group, an education institution and innovation network, helping the communications between the national and international parties. Just to add something a bit personal about myself, I have a great interest in experiencing new things, from electronic gadgets to musical instruments. Currently people are amazed by the multi-device keyboard and I am learning drums earlier this year.

Favourite TED talk: Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator by Tim Urban

Joyjit Sarkar - Production My name is Joyjit. I co-ordinate the production of the event and also dabble in the partnerships side of TEDxBrum. I bring together the production and stage tech teams to deliver the event the ranges from AV to live stream and stage design. I have worked on TEDxBrum since 2013 and here I am again! Aside from TEDxBrum, my interests lie within healthcare and engineering. I am a co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham as well as a running my own small medical device design consultancy JJD Innovations, currently delivering front line assistive technology and clinical engineering services.

Joyjit Sarkar - Production

My name is Joyjit. I co-ordinate the production of the event and also dabble in the partnerships side of TEDxBrum.

I bring together the production and stage tech teams to deliver the event the ranges from AV to live stream and stage design. I have worked on TEDxBrum since 2013 and here I am again!

Aside from TEDxBrum, my interests lie within healthcare and engineering.

I am a co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham as well as a running my own small medical device design consultancy JJD Innovations, currently delivering front line assistive technology and clinical engineering services.