The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has teamed up with TED for a very special project called TEDxChange – an initiative devoted to ideas worth spreading in the areas of global health and development. The TEDxChange team works with TEDx organizers around the world to help facilitate meaningful discussions on topics such as vaccines, polio, malaria, HIV/AIDS, maternal and newborn child health, and agricultural development.
This year the TEDxChange event takes place in Berlin and you can watch it live here on the ONE Blog on April 5th at 17.30 CET (15.30 GMT/UTC ):
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At this year’s event the speakers will take a step back and look at the big picture: Why should we continue to invest in global health and development? And how can we work across borders and boundaries to make positive change?
The speakers at the event are:
Melinda Gates: Melinda Gates serves as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She helps set the overall direction of the foundation, shaping strategies, reviewing results, and advocating for the foundation’s issues.
Jeff Chapin: Jeff Chapin is a mechanical engineer and product designer for IDEO. He specializes in designing sanitation solutions for the developing world and has conducted projects in both Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Sven Giegold: Sven Giegold is a Member of the European Parliament and one of the founding members of Attac Germany. Sven has dedicated much of his career towards green industry issues.
Theo Sowa: Theo Sowa is an independent advisor and consultant, specializing in international social development with a particular emphasis on children’s rights and protection issues, especially in conflict situations.
Baaba Maal: Baaba Maal is a Senegalese singer and guitarist born in Podor, on the Senegal River. Baaba sings primarily in Pulaar and is the foremost promoter of the traditions of the Pulaar-speaking peoples.
Watch the event live and follow the conversation on twitter via the #TEDxChange hashtag.