TEDxAddis – December 18, 2010 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


Miks MuizarajsMiks Muizarajs is a TV journalist for the Latvian national news service and a radio show host from Riga. In Ethiopia, he worked for the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC) as an eLearning expert and helped to set up the first student internet radio station in Ethiopia.

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


Omar DawudOmar Dawud is an ICT and eEducation expert who works at the first institute of technology in Ethiopia - the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development  (EiABC). Omar is an activist for “Open Source for All” working on open educational resources for Ethiopia.   

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


Biruh MisganawBiruh Misganaw was a student at Addis Ababa University-EiABC studying construction technology and management. She has also organized the first barcamp event in Ethiopia. She is also worked for a refugee camp project as a volunteer.

Favorite TED talk: “Turning Dunes into Architecture,” Magnus Larsson


Sabrina BlocherSabrina Blocher likes Ethiopia a lot and has spent time in Ethiopia working for an economic development program. She has experience in event management, teaching and eLearning and has graduated in Social Science, French and Pedagogy at the University of Hamburg.  Her interests include theatre, modern art, martial arts, yoga and she speaks German, French, English, Italian, Spanish and very little Amharic.

Favorite Ted talk: "Patrick Awuah on Educating Leaders"