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Speaker Profiles

Gidon Bromberg (2007 Yale World Fellow)

In 1994, Gidon Bromberg co-founded EcoPeace, a unique regional organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists to promote sustainable development and advance peace efforts in the troubled Middle East, and in 1997 led the entry of the organization into Friends of the Earth International. He has spearheaded the advocacy campaigns of the organization both in Israel and internationally and developed the cross border community peace building program "Good Water Neighbors" that is seen as a model for other programs in conflict areas. Bromberg speaks regularly on water, peace, and security issues, including at the UN Commission for Sustainable Development, the US House of Representatives, the European Parliament, and the UN High Level Panel on Security. He is a member of the EastWest Institute's International Task Force for Preventive Diplomacy. Bromberg was named an 'Environmental Hero' by TIME Magazine, and was, with his co-directors, awarded the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

Alexander Evans (2009 Yale World Fellow)

Alexander Evans OBE is a British diplomat, academic and expert on Pakistan. He is a counsellor in the British diplomatic service and a visiting senior research fellow at King’s College London.  He is currently working in Washington DC as a senior advisor to Ambassador Marc Grossman, the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (and formerly to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke until his death in December 2010).  He has previously served as a British diplomat in Pakistan and India and as a member of the U.K.’s policy planning staff.   Before joining the Foreign Office Alexander was research director at Policy Exchange and director of studies at the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation, both London think-tanks.  He has contributed to books and periodicals including Foreign Affairs and from 2006-2010 held a fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford.  He is speaking at TEDx in a personal capacity.

Claudia Lopez (2009 Yale World Fellow)

Lopez is one of the most respected Colombian political analysts for having exposed the infiltration of paramilitary death squads at some of the highest levels of Colombia’s political system. Her research on the infiltration of paramilitary groups in the Colombian Congress triggered a national scandal known as “parapolitics” which led to the legal investigation of more than a third of all members of Congress. She subsequently helped found the Electoral Observatory Mission, a coalition of NGOs and journalists that monitors political processes in Colombia, and also currently works for the New Rainbow Foundation as an analyst of illegal groups and armed conflict. Her courageous dedication to strengthening human rights and the rule of law makes her one of the most well-known contributors to democratic development in Colombia today.


Maria Corina Machado (2009 Yale World Fellow)


Machado was elected to the National Assembly of Venezuela on September 27, 2010. A co-founder of SUMATE, Venezuela’s leading watchdog for electoral transparency, Machado dedicates herself to defending democratic institutions and civil liberties in Venezuela. Using the right granted by the new Bolivarian Constitution to call popular referendums, SUMATE successfully organized national petition-signing drives that reached more than a quarter of all registered voters in Venezuela. Prior to co-founding SUMATE, Machado founded and directed the Opportunitas Foundation, an NGO that provides support to children and youth from low-income families. She also founded Fundación Atenea, an NGO which managed a children’s safe house.


Nicky Newton-King (2006 Yale World Fellow)

Nicky Newton-King is the Deputy CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and a member of the JSE’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. She heads a team of lawyers which is responsible for advising the JSE on all aspects of law that affect the operation and regulation of a stock exchange. She has been part of various teams which were responsible for drafting key legislation affecting the South African financial markets and the new Companies Act. She is also a member of the Financial Markets Advisory Board and the Standing Advisory Committee on Company Law. Newton-King has just completed the JSE’s acquisition of the Bond Exchange of South Africa which has resulted in the JSE being a completely horizontally and vertically integrated exchange now offering trading, clearing and settlement services in equities, derivatives, interest rate and commodity products. She leads the development of the JSE’s Socially Responsible Investment Index and is also responsible for the development of the JSE’s strategy and its investor relations.

Huzir Sulaiman (2007 Yale World Fellow)

Huzir Sulaiman works across different media, art forms, and genres, telling stories that allow people to access complex ideas in simple, personal, human ways.  He is the Creative Director of Studio Wong Huzir, a brand communications consultancy, and a Joint Artistic Director of Checkpoint Theatre, which the Financial Times (UK) called “a repository of much of [Singapore’s] best stage talent.” A celebrated playwright, his plays include the internationally acclaimed satire Atomic Jaya (1998), which asks what would happen if Malaysia decided to build an atomic bomb, and the forthcoming The Weight of Silk on Skin (August 2011), a meditation on women, beauty, love and loss. Sulaiman also writes for film, television and newspapers, and teaches playwriting at the National University of Singapore. As a brand communications consultant, he has worked as the Creative Director of the observation deck on the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and recently completed a book on the history of Temasek Holdings, the USD147billion investment firm owned by the Singapore government.






















































Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

2.00pm Welcome: Michael Cappello, MD (Director, Yale World Fellows Program)
  Event Introduction: Valerie Belanger (Director of Programs, Yale World Fellows Program)
  Official Introductory TEDx Video
2.10pm Alexander Evans (2009 Yale World Fellow): "Why Pessimism Is Good"
  Nicky Newton-King (2006 Yale World Fellow): "African Capital Markets: The Elephants in the Room"
  Claudia Lopez (2009 Yale World Fellow): "The Power of Voice"
3.30pm Break: Pre-Recorded TED Talks Shown
  Barry Schwartz: Our Loss of Wisdom
  Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement
4.00pm Gidon Bromberg (2007 Yale World Fellow): "Water, Peace, and the Arab Spring"
  Maria Corina Machado (2009 Yale World Fellow): "Democracy: Use It or Lose It"
  Huzir Sulaiman (2007 Yale World Fellow): "Mentoring Creativity"
5.30pm Reception