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Unpaved roads. Uncomfortable truths. Unchallenged limits. Unmeasured depths. Unfamiliar situations. Unmarked territories. Unexplored emotions. Unlimited possibilities.
Have you ever found yourself in unknown circumstances?
This year dive with us in uncharted waters. Unafraid.
How far are you willing to go?
Dimitris G. Kalavros-Gousiou
Roman Krznaric is a cultural thinker and writer on the art of living. He is a founding faculty member of The School of Life in London, and has been named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading lifestyle philosophers.
Olivia Bee is a 19-year-old photographer from Portland, Oregon, based in Brooklyn, New York. She is intrigued by the beauty of every day life and the beauty of memories (real or imagined) and how they touch us.
Chris Alefantis is the founder and Editor In Chief of “Shedia”, Greece’s only street paper. “Shedia” is a social enterprise and self-help model that provides an innovative solution to urban homelessness and unemployment.
From the age of 16 Elli started singing in New York City, but her professional career began at the age of 20, performing classical and Greek songs. She has worked with some of most illustrious Greek artists.
Yannis Tsiomis has a wide and internationally recognized teaching, architectural and city planning work. He has repeatedly taken part and been awarded in international architectural and city planning contests. He is a Professor Emeritus of Architectural Theory and Urban Planning.
Panayotis Tournikiotis is a professor of Architectural Theory at the National Technical University of Athens, School of Architecture. Since 2012 he is a scientific consultant in the implementation of the Re-think Athens project.
Following a trip to Ethiopia in 2008, Ipatia founded a medical and humanitarian, non profit organization, with the aim to support individuals and populations in need.
Spyros Velliniatis is a basketball coach who often coaches teams at degraded city areas. He is the coach who also spotted Giannis Antetokounmpo, who’s already having a career in the NBA.
Alistair Knott is a linguist and cognitive scientist working at Otago University in New Zealand. His current research interest is in how language is implemented in the brain – in particular, in how language interfaces with the brain’s perceptual and motor systems, to allow us to talk about the world we experience.
He started piano lessons at age seven and very soon distinguished himself. He received his musical education at the Royal Academy of Music. Panos keeps a busy performing schedule in Europe and the rest of the world.
The creators of “My Pharmacy”, a mobile app that helps to manage our medicine cabinet and to build a national network for collecting and distributing medicine to socially sensitive groups.
During the last decade, Mr. Antypas has been responsible for the planning and implementation of multitude European Commission and national education, sensitization and development projects in Greece.
Costas Synolakis is an oceanographer and his main academic interests focus on Tsunami research, including inundation field surveys, numerical and analytical modeling and hazard assessment, mitigation and planning.
James Castrission is a Greek/ Australian Explorer. Along side his expedition partner, Justing Jonesy, they completed the longest unsupported polar expedition of all time.
Dimitris Vassilakis is an internationally acclaimed Greek saxophonist, vocalist, composer and educator. He has recorded 5 award winning albums for historic jazz label Candid Records.
Dimitris G. Kalavros-Gousiou
Spyros strongly believes that music represents dedicating one’s soul and energy and that it is an effort of revealing and communicating the inside to the outside. He is one of the few Hang drum players in Greece.
Having been involved in various non-profit organizations around the world, in April 2013, she founded EMFASIS, to address the holistic needs of all vulnerable and socially excluded groups in need of social, psychological & family support.
Özlem was honored as ‘Young Global Leader’ of 2011 by the World Economic Forum and was listed among the ‘Top 100 Powerful Women of Turkey’.
Samer co-organized the first Arab tech conference; created, seeded, advised & accelerated over a dozen million-dollar startups and founded Seeqnce, a critically acclaimed startup accelerator.
Luca Turin got a PhD in biophysics from University College London in 1978. He heads the Quantum Biology lab at the Alexander Fleming Research Centre near Athens. He has written three books and been the subject of one.
Lee Burton, a.k.a. Lefteris Kalampakas, studied classical and jazz guitar, he took part in several music bands and collected LPs until the age of 19 when he began his first steps in both production and DJing.
Does is a multidisciplinary international artist recognised for his dizzying choice of colours, clean style and eye for detail. His art is also featured in collections across the globe.
Dimitris has worked for several Greek and foreign famous restaurants and is now the restaurant manager of The Fat Duck of Heston Blumenthal (renowned for its three Michelin stars).
Iwona Blazwick is Chair of the Cultural Strategy Group at London’s City Hall while in 2007 she was awarded an OBE for services to art. She has served on many juries and is the Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Florian is the Executive Creative Director of Hi-ReS!, a creative agency that has over the years achieved the highest accolades for digital media including D&AD Silver, Cannes Cyberlions, Clios, One Shows, BAFTA and Webby awards.
Amelia Showalter is the former Director of Digital Analytics at President Obama’s re-election campaign.
A natural talent with music in her soul, a guitar in her hands, and rhythm in her feet. She is a vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. But most of all, she is an artist with an extraordinary love of performance, creating music that inspires the soul.
Although educated in law and a specialist in criminal law and comparative criminology, Trivizas has published more than 120 children’s books and is one of the most popular Greek authors.
Dimitri Katsachnias is co-owner and strategic Director of AIR PARIS, a full service advertising agency whose clients include the Estée Lauder Group, Longchamp, Lancôme, Dior, David Beckham, Kate Moss, Guess, Guerlain, Links of London, Moët et Chandon, and others.
Alexandros has made several short films, art films and videos for theater. At this year’s 70th Venice Film Festival, his film “Miss Violence” gave him the Silver Lion award for Best Director.
Ricky Nierva joined Pixar in 1997 as a visual development artist. He lead the character team on “Monsters, Inc.” and was the art director for “Finding Nemo”.
Eleni and Souzana Vougioukli, two Greek world music performers, present their authentic and intense repertoire based mainly on the human voice as an innate musical instrument.
Dr Athanasios Moulakis is President Emeritus of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. Much of his scholarly work has addressed questions of conflict resolution.
Being a photojournalist for Reuters since late 1987, he covered a variety of events including the civil conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo, the wars in Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Afghanistan, Lebanon and the first and second Gulf wars.
Dawa Steven Sherpa is a tourism entrepreneur and an environmental activist. He has climbed Mt. Everest twice and trekked the entire length of the Nepal Himalaya in 99 days.
Dr. Stamatios Krimigis is Principal Investigator on several NASA spacecrafts, including Voyagers 1 and 2 to the Outer Planets, the Voyager Interstellar Mission and the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and Titan.
The trio handles samplers, turntables and controllers in order to create their sound, all handled as live instruments. They have played together opening for artists such as Gramatik, Dub Pistols, Wax Tailor, Chinese Man and others.
Yohannes Gebregeorgis, an Ethiopian native, is the founder of Ethiopia Reads, a philanthropic organization committed to bringing literacy to the children of Ethiopia.
Magnus’s inspired 2009 TED Global Talk, now translated into 25+ languages, set in motion a worldwide trend of speculative projects investigating architecture at the bacterial – and continental – scale.
Gloria is a Greek/Gabonese global education advocate and an iconoclast who likes to question generally accepted beliefs and perceptions. She is a founding member of School UP, a global initiative to promote education.
Steve Fisher is a man that boldly goes where no man has gone before – in a kayak, that is. Since he started paddling at the age of 6, he’s hit the rapids in nearly 50 countries, conquering twice that many first descents.
Iyeoka Okoawo is a Nigerian-American poet, recording artist, singer, activist, educator and TEDGlobal Fellow. Her music includes elements from soul, R&B, rock, hip hop, and jazz.