Monday, 29 September 2014

Introducing TEDxEuston 2014 Speaker Sunday Oliseh

Sunday Oliseh, former Captain of the Super Eagles of Nigeria has always loved football.

His career evolved from playing on the streets of Lagos to the Julius Berger FC, from where he was invited to Belgium to start an incredible professional career. At the club level, he was part of the famous Ajax team of the 1990′s with whom he won the league and cup double in 1998. He went on to have an illustrious career with Borussia Dortmund with whom he won the German league title and then to play for Juventus F.C. in Italy. Sunday Oliseh played 63 international matches for Nigeria. From 1994, he was also part of the team, many still consider Nigeria’s best ever that was crowned African champions, winning the title in a an emphatic manner against Zambia, ushering Nigeria unto the world stage as a force to reckon with in world soccer. The team went on to take Nigeria to its first ever World Cup. Oliseh was a tough defensive midfielder but will be  mostly remembered for scoring the winning goal; a cracker, in the group stage match against Spain in the 1998 World Cup, leading Nigeria to a historic 3–2 win. He went on to captain Nigeria for many years including during the during the 2002 African Cup of Nations. In 1996, Oliseh was again part of history as he was a key member of the team that Nigeria that won the Olympics gold medal for soccer. He was voted by the Confederation of African Football as the third best African player of the year in 1998. Today, he is one of the most respected voices on soccer and appears on several TV programmes around the world.

Sport is big on the continent and and there is no better speaker on this than Sunday Oliseh!

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Update on TEDxEuston 2014 tickets

Dear TEDxEuston Community,

Thank you for all your support. This is our 6th year (can you believe it?) and many of you have voted for the event the best way you can by registering. We have had the fastest ticket sales ever and we may well sell out earlier than any previous event. So this email is to reach out to the rest of you so that you are not disappointed. Get one of the tickets now....

Student tickets - £50.00  (SOLD OUT)

EARLY BIRD tickets - £70.00 (until end of October)

FULL TICKETS - £90.00 (from early November – if tickets are still available)

Friends of TEDxEuston - £100.00

This is one day you do not want to be at home in London.

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Introducing TEDxEuston 2014 Speaker Ali Mufuruki

Ali Mufuruki has had an incredibly successful career in the corporate world. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tanzania Central Bank, Member of the Board Directors Technoserve, Inc. of Washington, DC and Board Member of Nation Media Group of Kenya. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board Wananchi Group Holdings Kenya, Chairman of The CEOs’ Roundtable of Tanzania, Trustee–Mandela Institute of Development Studies (MINDS), Johannesburg, South Africa, Chairman of the Board of Chai Bora Ltd, Tanzania, Chairman of Muhimbili University (MUHAS) Grants Committee, Council Member of Dodoma University, Member of the Presidential Investors Roundtable of Uganda (PIRT), Member of the Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC), Member of the Advisory Group on Sub-Saharan Africa (AGSA) for the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute Class of 2001 and Founder and Chairman of The Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) East Africa.

He will be the first speaker on the TEDxEuston stage from Tanzania! We met him at TEDGlobal in Arusha in 2007 and look forward to be reunited with him at TEDxEuston in London. Ali is hard to forget - but to meet him, you will need to get one of the last few tickets for TEDxEuston - HERE>.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Introducing TEDxEuston 2014 Speaker Chude Jideonwo

Chude Jideonwo is often described as a media maverick, activist and youth leader. He is a lawyer and an award winning journalist whose career is centred on using the media as an active tool to galvanise a generation of Africans to action. He is Managing Partner of Red Media Africa, owners of The Future Africa Awards & Summit, Y! Africa, and; and founding Executive Director of The Future Project, which empowers young people across Africa through leadership and enterprise. In 2010, he convened friends and colleagues to hold the historic EnoughisEnough protests and co-founded EnoughisEnough Nigeria, which has become the country’s foremost good governance group for young Nigerians. His second book, the critically acclaimed Are We the Turning Point Generation? was published by Farafina in May 2014, and captures the evolution of youth-led ideas in managing Africa’s leadership and social development challenges. If you are a young African thinking what you can do.

You must listen to Chude speak at TEDxEuston. Half of the student tickets for TEDxEuston are gone, get one of the last ones here.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Introducing TEDxEuston 2014 Speaker Dolika Banda

Dolika Banda recently joined CDC (UK’s Development Finance Institution) from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), where she worked for 16 years. She held a number of senior roles with the IFC, mainly focused on Africa. She began her career with Citibank and then Barclays in Zambia. In her role as Regional Director, Africa, Banda works CDC’s Investment Teams to ensure that CDC’s capital is being invested to meet the demands of the African market. We are delighted that she will be on the TEDxEuston stage.

We do have a few tickets left - get yours here.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Introducing TEDxEuston 2014 Speaker Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and educated at the Kenyatta University, the University of Reading and University of Queensland. She received the 2003 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story, “Weight of Whispers.” Her writing has appeared in numerous publications worldwide including Kwani? and McSweeney’s, and her story "The Knife Grinder’s Tale" was made into a short film in 2005. Her first novel, Dust, was published to critical acclaim by Knopf in 2014  received widespread critical recommendations as a vivid and often poetic portrayal of the violent history of Kenya in the second half of the 20th century.

She has a fascinating story to tell at TEDxEuston 2014. To here her, get one of the remaining tickets here.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Introducing TEDxEuston 2014 Speaker Tutu Agyare

Tutu Agyare is the straight-talking Ghanaian who “baptised” the floor of the London Stock Exchange by being the first African to trade on it in his early 20s. He later pursued a successful career at UBS investment bank for two decades, where he became head of Europe, Middle East and African investment. In 2007 he set up Nubuke Investments, a company solely focused on African investment opportunities. Today, he is a much sought-after business leader and investor, and one of a handful of Africans who sit on the board of a FTSE 100 company. Agyare is known for confronting critics of the African investment trajectory and challenges them to “wake up and smell the coffee” and realise that the rest of the world is making a beeline for Africa. Having experienced the best of the South and the West, Agyare uses his experience to navigate his way through what he describes as a rich environment for opportunity. Most recently voted one of the 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine. He is a keen supporter of the arts and a founder director of the Nubuke Foundation in Ghana, co-Chair of the Tate Modern African Committee and a board member of 1-54 London’s premier Contemporary African Art Fair.

So you can see why we absolutely had to get him on the TEDxEuston stage. This may be the quickest we have ever sold out! Get your ticket today. We have also just released a few student tickets (but only for students! :))

Friday, 5 September 2014

Introducing TEDxEuston 2014 Speaker Zain Asher

Zain Asher was born and raised in London to Nigerian parents. Asher is a business and personal finance correspondent for CNN, where she appears across platforms covering the latest news on money and the economy. She often reports from the New York Stock Exchange, covering equities and IPOs and interviewing entrepreneurs and dignitaries. She served as a contributing reporter for, where she covered business trend and consumer stories. She has lived and worked in Mexico, France and Nigeria. Asher is fluent in French, Spanish and Igbo (her native Nigerian language). Who knows what language she will use for her TEDxEuston talk!

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Introducing TEDxEuston 2014 Speaker Binyavanga Wainana

Born in 1971 in Kenya, popularly known as "The Binj" and often referred to fondly as "a force of nature', Binyavanga Wainana is the  author of "One Day I’ll Write about this Place".  He won the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing. With his prize money,  Binyavanga set up a literary magazine, Kwani?, to publish work by new (Kenyan) writers. One of the short stories  published in Kwani won the 2003 Caine Prize. In that same year, the Kenya Publisher’s Association presented him with an award in recognition of his contributions to Kenyan literature. In 2007, Wainana was nominated by the World Economic Forum as a "Young Global Leader". He declined the award. Until 2012, he was the Director of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists at Bard College. In 2014, he came out publicly as gay. In the same year, he was named by Time magazine as one of "100 most influential people in the world''. Its a no-brainer that "The Binj" will be on the TEDxEuston stage on December 6 2014.

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