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World renowned TEDx conference will return to Northern Ireland next month

By Christopher Woodhouse

Stormont will once again host the global conference of movers, shakers and opinion makers next month.

Leading thinkers from fields as diverse as politics, law, media, sport, science, entertainment, visual and performance art, music, and business will speak at Parliament Buildings as part of TEDx Stormont 2014.

Compered by broadcaster William Crawley, the event will feature 23 high profile individuals and performers from Northern Ireland and beyond in the Great Hall on September 5, sharing ideas with over 200 guests and viewers watching via a live stream.

The event successfully debuted last year with First Minister Peter Robinson, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody and others addressing attendees.

From a four day conference in California over 26 years ago, TED and the TEDx programme has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives.

TEDxStormont 2014 will be based on the theme of ‘Getting There’, with speakers talking for 18 minutes or less to share their ideas on how together as a society, we can overcome modern day challenges here in Northern Ireland and beyond.

Speaking at the launch of the event at Stormont, Finance Minister Simon Hamilton said: “Through the power of our ideas we can overcome the challenges of the 21st century and TEDxStormont presents a wonderful opportunity for us to hear from some fantastic folk from the worlds of politics, business, entertainment and beyond as they share their ideas”.


Full list of speakers:


Lord Alderdice: Former Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Chairman of Centre for Democracy and Peace Building.

David Meade: Mentalist, researcher and lecturer in international business.

Jeffrey Donaldson: MP for Lagan Valley and Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues.

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir: Former Lord Mayor of Belfast, publisher, author, entrepreneur and civic leader in Belfast.

Seán Sherlock TD: Irish Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation.

Julia Immonen: Sky Sports News presenter and Charity Founder and CEO of Sport for Freedom which aims to protect vulnerable individuals at risk of human trafficking and to reintegrate survivors back into society using the power of sport.

Denise Watson: Currently working for UTV Sport as a reporter and U105 radio, Denise is also an IFA ambassador for Women’s Football in NI and hosts Sport NI Leadership and Community workshops.

Joris Minne: PR man from Belfast agency JPR and a food writer for the Belfast Telegraph.

ACC Stephen Martin: Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Stephen Martin leads the PSNI’s Operational Support Department, with responsibility for a range of both operational and non-operational functions.

Beverley Beattie / Allan Leonard: Beverley and Alan campaign for those who have suffered brain injuries, including participating in the implementation of the Government’s health policy, Transforming Your Care.

Jillian Haslam: Jillian faced a bruising childhood and lived through the deaths of four siblings and found success against impossible odds.

Julie Freeman: TED Senior Fellow, an artist who explores the relationship between us, science and the natural world.

Bridgeen Rea: A fulltime mindfulness teacher from Belfast.

Dana Masters: A wife, home-creator, musician and church leader.

Fergus Cumiskey: Managing Director with Contact, Northern Ireland’s leading counselling charity, Fergus hosts an international annual suicide prevention conference attracting sharing suicide prevention and trauma counselling best practice.

Dave Gill: A UK-based filmmaker, writer and adventure-seeker who recently took a year to cycle a 12,000 mile loop of North America in search of answers about lifestyle choices, doubt, contentment and motivation.

Rachel Smith: Recently awarded Women of the Year for her services to the voluntary sector in Northern Ireland, Rachel leads a project that supports children and their families for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.

Dr John Sturrock QC: Founder of Core Solutions, John Sturrock is “universally regarded as Scotland’s finest mediator”, with involvement in 350 mediations covering disputes in the public and private sectors.

Richard Wasson: Having crossed the world’s oceans working as a professional yachtsman, he is passionate about assisting others to have truly fulfilling, enjoyable careers and to follow their real dreams.

Jarek Zasadzinski: The youngest CEO in the history of the Greiner Group and his company is multi-award winning, both locally and internationally, for the implementation of innovative environmental and green solutions.

Seo Linn, Keith, Stiofán, Jenny, Daithí, Kevin, Conor and Cathal are multi instrumentalists on a mission playing modern trad with a large pop/dance influence.

Katharine Phillipa: Katharine is on journey, where sounds, visuals, words, environment, people, emotions inspire her, and she wants to share it with us.

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