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TEDxSydney Announces Second Round of Speakers


TEDxSydney has announced its second line-up of talented performers and speakers who will be sharing their bold ideas at TEDxSydney 2017 on 16 June at ICC Sydney in Darling Harbour. 

Australia’s leading platform for the propagation of ideas, innovation and creativity, TEDxSydney will feature high profile personalities taking the stage alongside ordinary people with extraordinary stories.

“We’re thrilled to announce our next round of inspirational speakers and performers who will be joining us on the TEDxSydney stage,” says Fenella Kernebone, TEDxSydney’s Head of Curation.

“The dynamic mix includes an award-winning foreign correspondent who became a global headline when he was falsely arrested for terrorism charges in Egypt; a fearless advocate who champions the rights of minority groups; a journalist who is changing the way media portrays men’s violence against women; and one of the world’s only female Deans of Engineering.”

2017 Speakers:

Peter Greste 

Peter is an award-winning foreign correspondent who spent 25 years working for the BBC, Reuters, and CNN on the frontlines in some of the world’s most volatile places. Peter became a headline himself when he was arrested on terrorism charges in Cairo in 2013 while working for Al Jazeera.  He managed to smuggle letters out of prison describing the arrest as an attack on media freedom. These letters helped launch a global campaign that eventually saw him released after more than 400 days in prison. His actions earned him awards from the Royal Television Society, the Walkley Foundation, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Intl Association of Press Clubs. 

Jane Gilmore 

Jane is a freelance journalist with a strong focus on data journalism, feminism and violence against women. She was the founding editor of The King’s Tribune and now writes regularly for the Sydney Morning Herald.  Her work has been published by the Guardian, Meanjin, The Age, SBS, The Saturday Paper, The ABC, and Junkee, amongst many others.  Jane is currently writing a book on the way media portray violent crimes committed by men against women, which is expected to be published next year. 

Professor Elanor Huntington

Excelling in a predominantly male industry, Professor Huntington is one of the world’s few female Deans of Engineering and the first female Dean of Engineering at the Australian National University. 

She holds a PhD in Experimental Quantum Optics from the ANU and has previously held roles at the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. Professor Huntington’s current research interest is in the control of quantum systems, while her personal passion is attracting more young women to take up careers in STEM related fields 

Mariam Veiszadeh

Recently named the Daily Life 2016 Woman of the YearMariam is a lawyer, diversity practitioner, advocate and social commentator.  Proud of her Muslim refugee background and committed to championing the rights of minority groups, Mariam is an Ambassador for Welcome to Australia - which aims to provide a positive voice in the public conversation around asylum seekers, refugees and multiculturalism.  Mariam is used to being both an advocate against and a victim of Xenophobia – she made global headlines in 2015 and endured months of cyber-bullying for speaking out against bigotry.  

2017 Performers: 

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks are becoming known around the world thanks to their signature brand of country, blues, gut-wrenching honesty, and a live show hailed among Australia’s best.  With three studio albums and back-to-back European tours under their belt, Savage bring their heart-pumping show to the TEDxSydney stage.  Expect growling lyrics supported by shredding guitar, hammering banjo and more.


Event starts
Friday 16 June, 2017
Event Ends
Friday 16 June, 2017
ICC Sydney
Venue Address
14 Darling Dr

New South Wales, Sydney

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