Friday, 31 August 2012

Challenging Conventional Wisdom - the video!

On December 1 2012 we will bring together 13 exciting and thought provoking speakers with 500 curious souls at the beautiful Mermaid Center in London to think and talk about
amazing ideas from Africa.  

....then we will sit back and watch what happens! 

You will want to be part of this amazing journey of challenging conventional wisdom on the African continent. Watch this video to catch some of the excitement building and go to to register!

Monday, 20 August 2012

Introducing TEDxEuston 2012 Speakers - Trevor Ncube

We are really excited to bring Trevor Ncube to TEDxEuston 2012! 

On 10 December 2005, Trevor Ncube had his passport taken away by the government of Robert Mugabe, in the first application of restrictive press freedom laws. The passport was later returned after the seizure was exposed to be illegal. The attempt was seen by many as an attempt to close his newspapers which are highly critical of the government of Zimbabwe's president.Trevor will be our first speaker from Zimbabwe and we will begin disentangle the complicated influences of his beautiful country on his life. Trevor has a huge following on twitter, so to find out why so many folk are so interested in what Trevor has to say – watch him at TEDxEuston 2012!

Trevor Ncube is Chairman of Alpha Media Holdings (AMH ) based in Zimbabwe, a company he co-founded 14 years ago. AMH owns three newspaper titles in Zimbabwe namely NewsDay (daily), The Zimbabwe Independent (business weekly) and The Standard (Sunday). Ncube has a BA Honours (First Class) from the University of Zimbabwe. He started in journalism in 1989 when he was appointed assistant editor of the Financial Gazette in Zimbabwe. In 1991 he was promoted to Executive Editor and in 1994 received the Zimbabwe Editor of the Year award. Ncube is also controlling shareholder and Executive Deputy Chairman of the Mail & Guardian Media Group (South Africa). He completed the Said Business School, University of Oxford, Advanced Management and Leadership Programme in June/July 2009. Trevor was awarded a Print Media S.A. Fellowship in 2006. He was awarded the International Publishers Association Freedom Prize Award in 2007, and has also won the German Africa Award in 2008. In 2010 Trevor was bestowed the Nation Media Group Life Achievement Award for his work in media on the continent. He is co-chair of the African Media Initiative (AMI) a continent wide organization focusing on strengthening the sectors viability and enhancing its professionalism and is a Fellow of The Aspen Institute and Africa Leadership Initiative. Ncube is married with children, loves reading and travelling, is a keen golfer and is a devout Christian. Follow Trevor on Twitter @TrevorNcube

Monday, 6 August 2012

30 tickets for Students at TEDxEuston

We know that we have a large pool of African students who attend TEDxEuston from Universities across the UK. In recognition of this, we are making available 30 tickets for available at a 30% discount at £50 to attend TEDxEuston 2012!

If you are a student, take advantage of this offer, but do so soon! When they are gone, they are gone...

Get your tickets HERE

You will be requested to provide your student's  ID at the gate 

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Introducing TEDxEuston 2012 Speakers - Sada Mire

A Somali Archeologist? C'mmon! Well yes - she is Somali, female and an archaeologist. 

But, why would we be surprised to find a Somalian archaeologist? The simple reason is that many of us have also bought into the "Single story" about our own countries, as Chimamanda Adichie so aptly put it in her excellent TED Talk. So we fall prey to the same stereotypes we claim to fight, when we think about Somalia only in terms of pirates and Black Hawk Down. But, maybe we can start changing that at TEDxEuston 2012...where we will be challenging conventional wisdom on several aspects of our continent.

Sada Mire is an archaeologist from Somalia. She lived the first fifteen years of her life in Mogadishu, until 1991, when she settled in Sweden, as a result of the conflict in north-east Africa. In order to learn about the history of her new society, she studied archaeology and zoo-archaeology at Lund University. She continued at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London, for her B.A., and then attended University College London (UCL) for her M.A. and Ph.D., conducting field research in Somaliland. Sada is currently advisor to former Director of the Republic of Somaliland’s Department of Tourism & Archaeology, which she founded in 2007. She is founder and executive director of the Horn Heritage Organization. Sada is a research associate at SOAS, UEA and UCL. Sada has conducted fieldwork in several European and African countries – from the U.K. and Denmark to Kenya and Egypt, as well as lecturing at universities. In the last five years, she and her team have made many archaeological discoveries which feature in her numerous articles and chapters in international scientific publications, such as the African Archaeological Review and Antiquity, as well as in the popular media, e.g. Discover Magazine and New Scientist. She serves as an editorial board member of the peer-reviewed journals, Heritage & Society and Southern African Archaeological Bulletin. Sada believes that cultural heritage is a basic human need. Follow Sada on Twitter @SomaliHeritage