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Ravin Agrawal Ravin Agrawal
Investor
As an emerging markets investor, Ravin Agrawal tries to predict the future, balancing economic, political and technological factors. TED University Session 2
Wed Nov 4, 2009
4:15 – 5:00
Charles Anderson Charles Anderson
Marine biologist
Charles Anderson studies marine life in the Maldives, a nation of coral atolls in the Indian ocean. Session 6: Green and Blue
Fri Nov 6, 2009
2:15 – 4:00
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Alwar Balasubramaniam Alwar Balasubramaniam
Artist
Sculptor, painter and printmaker Alwar Balasubramaniam makes work that crosses the boundary between art, perception and life. Session 9: Within you, without you
Sat Nov 7, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
Harsha Bhogle Harsha Bhogle
Cricket commentator
Harsha Bhogle can talk about the business side of cricket, the technicalities of play and the psychology of the players with equal authority. Session 2: Not business as usual
Thurs Nov 5, 2009
2:15 – 4:00
Shukla Bose Shukla Bose
Education activist
Shukla Bose is the founder and head of the Parikrma Humanity Foundation, a nonprofit that runs four extraordinary schools for poor children. Session 4: Reinventing Development
Thurs Nov 5, 2009
12:00 – 1:45
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Eve Ensler Eve Ensler
Playwright, activist
Eve Ensler created the ground-breaking "Vagina Monologues," whose success propelled her to found V-Day -- a movement to end violence against women and girls everywhere. Session 8: Learning to Learn
Sat Nov 7, 2009
8:30 – 10:15
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Anil Gupta Anil Gupta
Innovation advocate
Anil Gupta created the Honey Bee Network to support grassroots innovators who are rich in knowledge, but not in resources. Session 4: Reinventing Development
Thurs Nov 5, 2009
12:00 – 1:45
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Asher Hasan Asher Hasan
Social entrepreneur
Asher Hasan's social enterprise Naya Jeevan (the name means "new life" in Urdu and Hindi) is the emerging world's first HMO for the urban, working poor. Session 4: Reinventing Development
Thurs Nov 5, 2009
12:00 – 1:45
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Shekhar Kapur Shekhar Kapur
Director and writer
Shekhar Kapur is a visionary filmmaker and storyteller who works at the intersection of art, myth and activism. Session 7: Power of stories
Fri Nov 6, 2009
4:45 – 6:30
His Holiness the Karmapa His Holiness the Karmapa
Spiritual leader
Ogyen Trinley Dorje is the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism devoted to preserving and propagating Buddhist teachings. Session 9: Within you, without you
Sat Nov 7, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
Lalitesh Katragadda Lalitesh Katragadda
Engineer
Lalitesh Katragadda builds tools that help groups of people compile information to build something greater than the sum of its parts. His latest fascination: collaborative maps. Session 5: Redesigning Community
Fri Nov 6, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
Sunitha Krishnan Sunitha Krishnan
Anti-trafficking crusader
Sunitha Krishnan is galvanizing India’s battle against sexual slavery by uniting government, corporations and NGOs to end human trafficking. Session 5: Redesigning Community
Fri Nov 6, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
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Ryan Lobo Ryan Lobo
Photographer
As a photographer and filmmaker, Ryan Lobo uses his exquisite lens to capture humanity and nature at their most open and vulnerable moments. Session 7: Power of stories
Fri Nov 6, 2009
4:45 – 6:30
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R.A. Mashelkar R.A. Mashelkar
Scientist, innovator
Using a principle he calls “convex lens leadership,” R.A. Mashelkar’s vision has catapulted india’s talent for science and innovation onto the international stage. Session 2: Not business as usual
Thurs Nov 5, 2009
2:15 – 4:00
Shaffi Mather Shaffi Mather
Social entrepreneur, lawyer
Shaffi Mather is the founder of 1298 for Ambulance, Education Access for All, and co-promoter of Moksha-Yug Access. Session 4: Reinventing Development
Thurs Nov 5, 2009
12:00 – 1:45
Anupam Mishra Anupam Mishra
Environmental activist
To promote smart water management, Anupam Mishra works to preserve rural India’s traditional rainwater harvesting techniques. Session 6: Green and Blue
Fri Nov 6, 2009
2:15 – 4:00
Pranav Mistry Pranav Mistry
Director of research, Samsung Research America
As an MIT grad student, Pranav Mistry invented SixthSense, a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data. Session 3: Wonder. Wonders.
Thurs Nov 5, 2009
4:45 – 6:30
Sendhil Mullainathan Sendhil Mullainathan
Behavioral economist
Sendhil Mullainathan asks a compelling question: what are the irrational choices we make that perpetuate poverty, corruption, discrimination? Session 4: Reinventing Development
Thurs Nov 5, 2009
12:00 – 1:45
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Alexis Ohanian Alexis Ohanian
Entrepreneur
Alexis Ohanian is the co-founder an executive chairman of Reddit, a social-voting news website with geek allegiances, a small-town feel and a penchant for lighting up the memes your friends IM you about next week. Session 6: Green and Blue
Fri Nov 6, 2009
2:15 – 4:00
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Devdutt Pattanaik Devdutt Pattanaik
Mythologist
Devdutt Pattanaik looks at business and modern life through the lens of mythology. Session 1: Fast forward
Thurs Nov 5, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
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Vilayanur Ramachandran Vilayanur Ramachandran
Brain expert
Neurologist V.S. Ramachandran looks deep into the brain’s most basic mechanisms. By working with those who have very specific mental disabilities caused by brain injury or stroke, he can map functions of the mind to physical structures of the brain. TED University Session 1
Wed Nov 4, 2009
3:00 – 3:45
Kavita Ramdas Kavita Ramdas
Philanthropist
Kavita Ramdas directs the Global Fund for Women, the largest foundation in the world supporting women's human rights across all borders. Session 5: Redesigning Community
Fri Nov 6, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
Thulasiraj Ravilla Thulasiraj Ravilla
Vision activist
Thulasiraj Ravilla is the executive director of the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology, helping eye-care hospitals around the world build capacity to prevent blindness. Session 8: Learning to Learn
Sat Nov 7, 2009
8:30 – 10:15
Hans Rosling Hans Rosling
Global health expert; data visionary
In Hans Rosling’s hands, data sings. Global trends in health and economics come to vivid life. And the big picture of global development—with some surprisingly good news—snaps into sharp focus. Session 1: Fast forward
Thurs Nov 5, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
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Mallika Sarabhai Mallika Sarabhai
Dancer, actor, activist
As the leader of Darpana, Mallika Sarabhai is a pioneer in using dance and the arts for social change. Session 1: Fast forward
Thurs Nov 5, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
Kartick Satyanarayan Kartick Satyanarayan
Wildlife conservationist
Kartick Satyanarayan works tirelessly to save India’s wild animals from illegal captivity and poaching -- most notably rescuing hundreds of “dancing” bears. TED University Session 3
Thurs Nov 5, 2009
8:45 – 10:00
Kiran Sethi Kiran Sethi
Educator
The founder of the Riverside School in Ahmedabad, Kiran Sethi has launched an initiative to make our cities more child-friendly. Session 8: Learning to Learn
Sat Nov 7, 2009
8:30 – 10:15
Ananda Shankar Jayant Ananda Shankar Jayant
Dancer and choreographer
With precision and sparkling grace, Ananda Shankar Jayant performs and teaches the classical dance styles of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. Session 7: Power of stories
Fri Nov 6, 2009
4:45 – 6:30
Aditi Shankardass Aditi Shankardass
Neuroscientist
Aditi Shankardass is pioneering the use of EEG technology to give children with developmental disorders their most accurate diagnosis. TED University Session 3
Thurs Nov 5, 2009
8:45 – 10:00
Pawan Sinha Pawan Sinha
Visual neuroscientist
Pawan Sinha researches how our brains interpret what our eyes see -- and uses that research to give blind children the gift of sight. Session 3: Wonder. Wonders.
Thurs Nov 5, 2009
4:45 – 6:30
Sivamani Sivamani
Percussionist
Sivamani is a versatile and creative drummer, as a soloist, with his band Rhythm Asia, and in hundreds of collaborations. Session 9: Within you, without you
Sat Nov 7, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
Derek Sivers Derek Sivers
Entrepreneur
Through his new project, MuckWork, Derek Sivers wants to lessen the burdens (and boredom) of creative people. TED University Session 2
Wed Nov 4, 2009
4:15 – 5:00
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Shashi Tharoor Shashi Tharoor
Politician and writer
After a long career at the UN, and a parallel life as a novelist, Shashi Tharoor became a member of India's Parliament. He spent 10 months as India's Minister for External Affairs, building connections between India and the world. Session 9: Within you, without you
Sat Nov 7, 2009
11:00 – 12:45
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Romulus Whitaker Romulus Whitaker
Herpetologist
Romulus Whitaker is a scientist and conservationist who slings around the globe to study and protect reptiles. Session 3: Wonder. Wonders.
Thurs Nov 5, 2009
4:45 – 6:30