Leonor Beleza is a graduate of the University of Lisbon Law School, where she has also worked as an Assistant Professor. During a distinguished professional career she has held a number of high-profile public offices. Among other positions, she was Secretary of State of the Presidency of the Cabinet (1982-83), Secretary of State for Social Security (1983-85), and Minister of Health (1985-1990) in the Portuguese Government. She has been elected as a Member of Parliament on several occasions and on two occasions she has served as Vice-President of the Parliament (1991-94, 2002-2005). In addition to her prominent role in public affairs Mrs Beleza has also played an active role in the private sector.
In 2004, Leonor Beleza was appointed President of the Champalimaud Foundation by the will of Mr António Champalimaud.
Luís Marçal born in 1976, has a degree in Electrotechnical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa. In 2007, he assumed responsibilities in the business development of the Smart Grids and Energy Automation. His expertise has contributed to the development of innovative solutions on smart grid technologies enhancing efficiency in expanding intelligent power grids “Smart Grids”.
Daniela Couto is CEO of Cell2b, a biotechnology start-up dedicated to the development of a new line of healthcare therapies that prevents and treats organ rejection from patients undergoing organ or tissue transplants. Daniela holds a M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Minho, Portugal. She is a Ph.D. candidate in BioEngineering Systems at the MIT-Portugal Program. Daniela studies opportunities of innovation resulting from the interconnection of multiple technologies in healthcare.
Marina do Vale is a medical doctor and for more than a decade embraces Prenatal Medicine. She was a researcher at King’s College Hospital in London. She holds a post graduation degree in Bioethics and since 2008 teaches “Human Embryology, Development and Evolution” at University of Évora. Marina is a certified "Fetal Medicine Foundation" ultrasonographer. In 2003 she founded the Fetus Vitae Medicine Centre. She strongly believes that nowadays, with ultrasound technology, the actual birth takes place in utero.
Joshua Benoliel Ruah is a renowned general surgeon and urology expert. He held several leading positions related with his medical background, both national and European. As a urology specialist he wrote over 100 articles in scientific journals and other publications. In parallel to his career in medicine, he was the president of the “Israeli Community of Lisbon” for 23 years, and a member of the “Portuguese Association for Jewish Studies”. One of his passions and talents is photography.
Father Peter Damian Francis Stilwell holds a doctor degree in theology from Gregorian University in rome and is patriarch of Lisbon since 1973 . He is currently vice rector of Universidade Católica where he lectures in theology focusing in areas such as revelation , tradition, aesthetics, history and Christology. Member of the Center for Philosophy of UCP, under which part of the research project on Phenomenology and Philosophy of Religion. Responsible for the Department of Ecumenical Relations and Inter-religious Dialogue, the Patriarch of Lisbon.
After a decade working as reporter for the main Portuguese newspapers and magazines, João Lopes Marques settled in Estonia in May 2006. From Tallinn he started writing the scripts of "Cuidado com a Língua!" while venturing as a novelist: "O Homem que queria ser Lindbergh" is the caricature of a young man searching for more Eastern longitudes. The author writes chronicles in Estonian and Portuguese media, and is the Baltic correspondent of Lusa news agency. With movie director Filipe Araújo he co-founded Blablabla Media.
Vasco Gaspar grew up experimenting with different activities: he created a pirate radio station (Vertigem), performed comedy sketches (TV Fusca), and formed his own rock band (Jazel). Later, as he started his studies, he wanted to be a computer scientist; a doctor; an engineer, but in the end became a psychologist. He developed an online tool, ZorBuddha, to help people to live happier. He believes that it is possible to change the world, but change must start inside each person: the expression of our uniqueness is the true path for spirituality.
Camilo Lourenço is a journalist, and university lecturer. He graduated in Law from the Law School of Lisbon and also studied at Catholic University of Lisbon, Columbia University and University of Michigan, USA, where he studied Economics and Financial Journalism. He was a founder of the Diário Economico. He is currently a commentator for RTP to economic issues. He is also author and presenter of programs moneybox (analysis of economic affairs), "The Color of Money" (savings investment) and radio host at M80.
Ricardo Cabral, born in Lisbon '79, started as a freelancer illustrator after graduating in Painting from Lisbon Faculty of Fine Arts University in 2005. In 2007, he published comic book "Evereste" then two years later "Israel Sketchbook" after visiting the country. In 2010, he published "Newborn-10 days in Kosovo" and is currently working on another comic book. A year later, Moleskine users from all over the world chose one of his illustration to be on the cover of one of their sketchbooks.
David G. Santos is an independent web consultant and professor at the University of Beira Interior, where he teaches Political Theory, Political Thought and Political Philosophy in the Philosophy, Communication Sciences and Political Science courses. He is the youngest philosophy teacher working in any Portuguese universities. Specialist in Ancient Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion.He was an invited speaker at over ten Universities around the world.
Francisco Fonseca is CEO of AnubisNetworks and Board Member at National Association of Young Business People (ANJE). Francisco graduated with a degree in management and computer science at the University of Minho. He has extensive experience in high tech industry, services and the consulting fields. Francisco often provides talks about entrepreneurship at Universities. He firmly believes that entrepreneurs are a relevant part of the answer for resolving the existing economic scenario.
Artur Arsenio received his doctoral degree in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston/US in 2004 on robotics and artifical intelligence, and both his MSc and Engineering Degree in Electrical and Computer Science from Instituto Superior Técnico. At MIT he introduced pervasive robotics as technologies to bring robots into people's lifes. His research work was featured in several national and international media. He was a co-organizer of first TEDx event ever in Portugal.
Ricardo Diniz, originally from a fishing village in Portugal, Ricardo has travelled the world fast and furious as an offshore sailor and young entrepreneur. Brussels nominated him European Ambassador for the Oceans. Shortly after he was a finalist in Portugal’s Most Motivating Person Award. CNN, BBC, National Geographic and pretty much every single major media entity in Portugal have generously covered Ricardo’s projects since 1996. Co-Founder and President of the Portugal Ocean Race, Ricardo will share his thrilling experience with us.
José Eduardo Reis is an associate professor at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, where he currently teaches literary, cultural and translation studies. He is a member of the Portuguese Buddhist Union, having been vice-president of its Oporto delegation from 2005 to 2008. In 1980 he started attending yearly meditation retreats under the guidance of the Japanese soto-zen master, Hôgen Yamahata, becoming a secular disciple after translating his book On the Open Way.
Naila von Mendelssohn was born in Germany. She is 14 years old and lives since 13 years in Tamera- Peace Research Centre in Southern Portugal. Since her birth she lived in Community with people of all ages. At 8 years old she joined the first Grace-Pilgrimage, led by Sabine Lichtenfels, Co-founder of Tamera. These pilgrimages have led her, and the youthgroup she is part of, to Israel, Palestine, Colombia and Portugal. Theater is important in her life, and the way she wants to change the World.
Dana T. Redford is Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Management at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa Porto and Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Education in Portugal. He founded four start-ups across three continents and has worked as an expert evaluator for the OECD, a consultant for the European Commission and the US Department of Commerce. He is on the Board of the Portuguese Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley.
Born in 1981 in Brazil, Filipe Balestra is an architect, philosopher, musician and visionary. Balestra studied architecture in Edinburgh and urbanism in Stockholm. In 2008 along with Sara Göransson he founded Urban Nouveau* - a global network of human beings to solve problems of everyday life. Balestra is the mentor of TISA (The Informal School of Architecture).Balestra's work was exposed at the Center for architecture in New York and the Museum of Architecture in Sweden.
João Nogueira Santos (39) is the founder of the civilian movement "Adere, vota e intervém dentro de um partido. Cidadania para a mudança" (Citizen for change), that promotes people participation within political parties. João was also gave a talk on Citizen for Change (in Portuguese) at TEDxLisboa in 2010. At TEDxEdges, João will be talking about Portugal great misunderstanding about the idea of citizens' political participation, and why it's contributing to the decline of our Democracy, and what must change.
With an educational background also in Law and development psychology Swami Mahalayananda has spend the last 28 years teaching and lecturing about spirituality around the world. At the age of 23 he had an unexpected realization of his mission in life and made a radical change of carrier. His teachings are based in the classical Yoga and Tantra, but also his many years learning from a Chinese master of Tai Chi Chuan. Swami has as a leader of spiritual centers and schools during these years redefined leadership and decisionmaking.
Ana Mourão earned her MSc and PhD degrees in Physics at the Lomonossov Moscow State University in 1988. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at IST-Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon. She is also Coordinator of the Master´s Degree in Physics and Technology at IST and vice-president of CENTRA - the Multidisciplinary Center for Astrophysics. Currently, she has collaborations with the SNLS-Supernovae Legacy Survey, GEPI-Observatoire de Paris and the ESO-European Southern Observatory (Chile).
General Luís Vasco Valença Pinto (Chief of the General Staff of the Portuguese Armed Forces - retired) was born in Lisbon. He joined the Army as a Cadet in 1963 at the Military Academy and was commissioned into the Engineer Branch. General Valença Pinto’s military education includes, amongst other courses, the Army Command and General Staff Course and the Army War College. He is an “ancien” from the NATO Defence College, Rome (course 72). He also holds a Civil Engineering degree from the Technical University of Lisbon.
Nuno Barros is the owner and the executive chef of brand new "1300 Taberna" at Lx Factory, Lisbon. He is also a Territorial Engineer from Instituto Superior Técnico and has worked in Regional Planning. As a Chef, he likes to work mainly with Portuguese products for his Portuguese traditional inspirational cuisine. Searching for these products leads him to producers that promote sustainability of local economies. " Cooking Sustainably" will be the title of his presentation.
Jorge Buescu is a professor in the Department of Mathematics of Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. He completed his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Warwick, UK. He has authored and co-authored several scientific papers in mathematics, physics and engineering. He wrote the book "O Mistério do Bilhete de Identidade e Outras Histórias" the first of a series on mathematics and science communication. In 2001 he was awarded the Rómulo de Carvalho Research and Science Communication. Visit his personal web page.
Abdool Vakil is the President and co-founder of the Islamic Community of Lisbon since 1988. He also chairs the Abrahamic Forum of Portugal an institution that promotes understanding among all religions and he is also a member of the Committee for Religious Freedom. A 72-year-old banker and financial advisor, Abdool Vakil, is currently also Chairman of BAO –Bank of West Africa, in Guinea-Bissau. He has an international background and brought important personalities to conferences in the Lisbon Mosque such as the Dalai Lama.
José Cabral, born in 1980, studied Sociology. He first worked as a flight attendant then continued his career in the banking sector. However it is only when he walked through the city with a camera and started taking pictures of people in the streets which he started posting in his blog, oalfaiatelisboeta, that his name became a reference of style and fashion in Portugal. He transformed Lisbon streets and other cities in the world into urban catwalks of the XXIst Century. He cooperates with international newspaper Metro and with magazine Vogue.