TEDxAddis – July 2, 2011 Organizers

Sentayehu SeifuSentayehu Seifu Bedework is a visionary who is passionate about research in science and technology. He believes that individuals can make a difference and change the lives of our society.

Favorite TED talk: "Sixth Sense," Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry


Yodit BeyeneYodit Beyene is an Ethiopian-American professional (who is CRAZY about TED) based in Addis Ababa. She specializes on development issues in Africa and works in the areas of education, leadership and business development.

Favorite TED talk: “Are we in control of our own Decisions?” Dan Ariely


Semhal KidaneSemhal Kidane (Lilly) is a professional in sociology and development who is excited about promoting “Ideas worth spreading” throughout Ethiopia and Africa. Currently, she works in coordinating socially responsible development events in Ethiopia.

Favorite TED: “Why are we happy? Why aren’t we happy?” Dan Gilbert


Bruck SewnetBruck Sewnet is a passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation and crowd-sourcing. He trained as an Electrical Engineer and has worked in the ICT industry for more than a decade.

Favorite TED talk: "How to start a movement." Derek Sivers


Nebeyu BerehanuNebeyu Berehanu is an works on Computer related maintenance and networks and has been teaching Latin dance In Addis Ababa since 2006.

Favorite TED talk: "The Music of a War Child," Emmanuel Jal


Eyerusalem MandefroEyerusalem Mandefro is a graduate in Business Management and doing her Master’s in Social Psychology. She is passionate about serving people.

Favorite TED Talk: “My Stroke of Insight” Jill Taylor Bolte


Gedion MamoGedion Mamo is a graduate in Business Management and Information Technology  who is inspired by the spirit of TED, “Ideas worth spreading” and passionate about living in the moment.

Favorite TED Talk: “Improvisation and making music in the moment“  Henok Temesgen


Daniel NegussieDaniel Negussie is an IT professional who has worked in the ICT industry for more than a decade. Passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation.

Favorite TED talk: “Cameron Sinclair on open-source architecture”


Rediet TeshomeRediet Teshome is a student at New York University Abu Dhabi majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She believes that listening to other is the key to solving the world’s problems; she is passionate about ‘ideas worth spreading’.

Favorite TED Talk: “My Stroke of Insight” Jill Taylor Bolte


Lewi BelayLewi Belay is an Ethiopian who live in Addis Ababa. A professional in Logistics, Business Management, Sales and Marketing, working  in international business organization.

Favorite TED talk: "Melinda French Gates: What nonprofits can learn from Coca-Cola"


Bekure Tamirat KibretBekure Tamirat Kibret is an IT Specialist at ICS Addis. He once heard a person saying, “There are three kinds of people in this world. Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen & those who wonder what happened”. He thinks all people should believe in getting together, brain storming, sharing ideas and making things happen to make this world a better place to live in.

Favorite TED talk: "Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the Learning Revolution"


Hiruy ZemichaelHiruy Zemichael is an IT professional in the banking industry. He is passionate about system and web development. He has been a big fan of the TED movement for the past 3 years and is glad to be part of TEDxAddis.

Favorite TED talk: "Johnny Lee: Demo of Wii remote hacks"