TEDxBrum is a completely volunteer led event. Below are a few details on this year's team.
Immy Kaur - Curator
Immy is a 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.
Immy is Director of Project 00, [zero zero] is a collaborative studio of architects, strategic designers, programmers, social scientists, economists and urban designers practicing design beyond its traditional borders, ventures include WikiHouse, Open Desk, Civic Systems Lab and more.
On behalf of 00, Immy is co founding Dark Matter Laboratories with a global team looking at the dark matter of systems change, in order to grow, research, and develop 21st Century Town Hall’s for system change.
Thom Bartley - Strategic Design & Web
Thom is a designer in the broadest sense of the word. From web development to branding to strategic design Thom dabbles his hand at various different design based thingymajigs for numerous organisations and people to help them work, look, feel and run that little bit smoother.
Previously Thom has worked as a digital consultant for Google, charity liason executive for local charity LoveBrum and on innovation at social housing organisation Bromford.
Thom is however probably best known as a portrait photographer. Thom's work focuses on capturing a persons own style and identity and has been published in various places all over the world.
Lauren Bansal - Marketing & Communications
With a broad range of branding and marketing experience, Lauren is TEDxBrum's Marketing and Communications lead.
Lauren spends her days as the general manager of Birmingham based brand agency ORB (thisisorb.com) where she manages the day-to-day operations of the company and drives the company's strategic direction forward.
ORB works with ambitious and fast growing SMEs that want to maximise their growth potential by becoming brand-led companies.
Pardeep Johal - Project Manager (General)
Pardeep is helping to project manage this year’s TEDxBrum #PowerofUs event.
During the week, you can find her working as a project manager for Digital Life Sciences, a Birmingham based digital health company, where she delivers websites and apps to the healthcare sector.
Pardeep can dip her hands into many things, such as photography, social media and video editing to name but a few.
Previously, she worked for Maverick Television, co-ordinating video production for clients including NHS West Midlands, Teachers TV and Channel 4.
Outside of work, she enjoys cycling, gaming, being the designated family photographer and a good cup of tea!
Louise Byng - Writer & Illustrator
Louise Byng is an award-winning creative communicator with a penchant for learning-through-making. Byng has exhibited work internationally and completed a broad spectrum of commissions, working closely with cultural organisations to inspire audiences in new ways.
Byng co-founded Illustrated Brum to promote exploration of the city through design interventions, curating and producing One Hundred Thousand Welcomes at mac birmingham in 2015; a city-wide creative campaign that clocked up over 300,000 engagements. She is also Assistant Editor of Another Escape magazine, compiling stories from across the globe to catalyse narrative and incite possibilities across themes of creative culture and ways of living.
Helen Page - Branding & Design
Helen is the brains behind this year's visual identity for TEDxBrum #PowerOfUs. You see all those pretty shapes and colours? Yep, that's her.
Helen is this year's creative head and designer. She's extremely conceptual and loves pushing the boundaries and trying new things.
By day, Helen can be found bringing brands to life over at Birmingham-based brand agency, ORB.
Dan Zastawny - Partnerships
Dan works on designing and delivering entrepreneurial coaching and support programmes across Europe. His background is in income generation with a focus on social and civic organisations.
Dan currently runs his own consultancy while leading on prototyping social innovations at a Birmingham based civic enterprise incubator. Dan is driven by creating routes to economic independence for all individuals and organisations.
Joyjit Sarkar - Partnerships
Joy is an engineer and clinical practitioner. He has a background of working within the UK’s National Health Service within an assistive technology service providing clinical engineering and health service development.
Joy is now co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham along with Immy & Dan, and he also runs his own small consultancy designing medical devices and healthcare service delivery. He is passionate about improving the way healthcare is delivered around the world and also interested in open engineering and distributed manufacture.
Amerah Saleh - CreaTEDx
Amerah Saleh is a spoken word artist, workshop facilitator, host, project coordinator and outspoken human rights supporter. Amerah won the Art Award at Youth 4 Excellence and become the Overall Youth 4 Excellence Award Winner in 2015.
Amerah Saleh has performed around the country at events and festivals, and has received commissions from Sampad, BMAG, mac birmingham, Channel 4, Eastern Electronic Festival, TedxBrum, Library of Birmingham, REP Theatre and Watford Palace.
Through her initiative, Creative Superheroes, she has helped develop and support young artists in Birmingham receive paid work and commissions around the West Midlands and beyond, and she was invited to an audience with Prince William for her phenomenal work with young people through her innovative workshop programmes.
Michael Parker – Project Manager (CreaTEDx)
Michael is a Business Change consultant at Curium Solutions, a change management consultancy based in the beautiful and historic Colmore Business District in Birmingham. He previously worked as a Programme Management consultant at a Big 4 consulting firm and a global construction consultancy, delivering complex major transformation projects to a range of public and private sector clients.
Michael is passionate about helping organisations to realise the potential from their investments, by driving through the benefits of change, and measuring their progress across the whole life of a project – not retrospectively at the end when it’s too late. He has been recognised in several industry awards and spoken at conferences on the subject of performance management on projects.
Anneka Deva - Speaker Team
Anneka is the founder of TEDxBrum, bringing TEDx to Birmingham in 2011, and curating TEDxBrum in 2012 and 2013. She works with start-ups, SMEs and future-thinking organisations to help them shape innovation cultures and craft happier workplaces for and with their employees and users.
Anneka previously worked across Europe as Marketing Director at tech start-up accelerator Oxygen, was a Client Relationship Manager at award-winning brand agency ORB, and managed the national alumni community at youth empowerment charity Envision UK.
Andrew Lightheart - Speaker Team
Andrew helps individuals, teams, organisations and movements radically optimise their communication skills. The author of Presentation Now (February's WHSmith Business Book of the Month), he has the weird distinction of having coached nearly 5,000 presentations by speakers from 22 different countries.
A married queer vegan meditator, he is an instigator of U.Lab and Trade School Digbeth at Impact Hub Birmingham and in his spare time is training as a roller derby referee. Andrew actively seeks to work with people from currently underrepresented groups and to find ways to make his feminism more intersectional.
Sarah Isaacs - Project Manager (Speaker Team)
Sarah is an artist, administrator and one half of creative partnership Illustrated Brum. Having studied Art and History of Art, Sarah has worked on a variety of projects including the Birmingham Art Map and One Hundred Thousand Welcomes, and has volunteered with a breadth of organisations across the city, supporting creative and cultural ventures.
With a keen interest in social and cultural history, Sarah enjoys the opportunity to research, and can be found writing about the provenance, history and techniques of particular makers and pieces within the auction world.
Rosie Clements - Champion Lead
Rosie Clements is an emerging composer and events manager working throughout Birmingham and the West Midlands. With a passion for new music, the local area and working together she has worked across a wide range of projects with organisations such as Sound and Music, mac birmingham and internationally with the Gaudeamus Muziekweek.
Rosie helps to run the Birmingham Young Composers Project and is the Artistic Director of the Frontiers Festival.
Laura Stone - Guest Experience Lead
Laura is primarily a theatre designer but also works as an events manager and stage manager for theatre. She has previously worked as an events manager for SKOLL World Forum, Oxford, and annually works with BE Festival, Birmingham, as part of the stage management team.
With her theatre designer hat on, Laura has recently designed productions of‘The Wardrobe’ by Sam Holcroft and ‘So you think you’re a superhero?’ by Paven Virk, both at New Wimbledon Theatre, London. She also works as a prop maker and is currently creating props for Young Shakespeare Company, London.
The essential thread that ties all Laura’s work together is a focus on making performances and events happen, whether in a creative or management capacity. She is most interested in projects that seek to engage new audiences and spread new ideas.