TEDxLSE 2016 Speakers

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Victor Haghani has spent 30 years actively involved in markets and financial innovation. He started his career in 1984 in the Bond Portfolio Analysis research group at Salomon Brothers, and later became a managing director in the Bond Arbitrage group run by John Meriwether. In 1993 Victor became a founding partner of Long-Term Capital Management. Victor has remained close to the LSE, where he earned his BSc(econ) in 1984. He has given lectures and has conducted research as a Research Associate in the Financial Markets Group. In 2011, Victor founded Elm Partners (www.elmfunds.com) to help investors manage their savings in an efficient and disciplined manner, and to capture the long term returns they ought to earn. Victor has published research papers on various topics in finance, and has given several TEDx talks, including ‘Where are all the billionaires, and why should we care?’ in 2013.

Title Talk: “Liar’s Poker: More than a game”


Joris Luyendijk (Amsterdam, 1971) is a London-based journalist and writer. His most recent book is Swimming with Sharks (2015, Faber Guardian), an anthropological investigation into the world of banking in the City of London. A keen advocate of innovation in journalism, Luyendijk likes to immerse himself in a subject for years while drawing on his training as an anthropologist to bring out the stories ignored or missed by mainstream media. Swimming with Sharks has become an international bestseller. In his native Holland Swimming with Sharks (‘Dit Kan Niet Waar Zijn’) even became the best sold book of 2015. A dozen more foreign editions are forthcoming. Earlier work by Luyendijk focuses on the six years he spent in the Middle East, first as researcher and later as correspondent. ‘Hello Everybody’ (Faber, 2010) offers an account of how Middle-East correspondent really work rather than how they pretend they work. The French edition was awarded with the Prix des Assises du Journalisme in 2010.

Title Talk: “Why do we glorify jobs that make people unhappy”



Rocco van den Berg is a freelance innovation lead, currently working for the Digital Accelerator of Philips, accelerating digital innovation projects in areas such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, pregnancy and elderly care. He has a PhD in Molecular Immunology and over 17 years of experience driving digital strategies and disruptive product innovations at a wide variety of companies such as Elsevier Science, PwC, IBM, Endemol and Aegon Insurances. Rocco is passionate about speeding up the development of health solutions and setting up innovation labs. He is coaching and bridging startups, universities and hospitals to launch first-to-the-world digital health solutions using co-creation and lean startup approaches.

Title Talk:”How to innovate health tech innovation”



Noémie Delfassy is working on the development of her venture, Finer Flavors. Finer Flavors was founded in 2014 to lead the way to a food system we can trust by making packaged foods as close as possible to real food. The first FRECIOUS product line of fresh veggie mixes helps professional chefs and home cooks alike prepare amazing meals and snacks effortlessly. The company is headquartered in Geneva, with customers across Europe. Noémie’s prior professional experience has been focused on growth strategy, operations and change management. Most recently, she was responsible for strategic and operational oversight of the world’s largest chocolate manufacturer, Barry Callebaut, on behalf of its majority shareholder the Jacobs Holding A.G. In past years, Noemie managed a privately owned sushi business of 300 employees in South Florida, and served as independent advisor to a number of start-ups and agricultural enterprises in Colombia, Argentina, and the USA. She started her career as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in Dallas, Texas. Noémie studied international relations and business administration at Boston University, and received her MBA with honors from Harvard Business School in 2010. She lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

Talk title: “Where are your blindspots?”

Peggy Bouchet

After her bachelor and master degrees in France and in England, in 1996 Peggy became export financial engineer at Alcatel in Paris. Meanwhile, her challenge took root :

Being the first woman to dare to row across an ocean”. By Christmas 1997, Peggy 24, had secured her first sponsor and in January 1998, she resigned from her job and created her own company to manage and organize her adventure.After 3000 miles, alone at sea for 79 days, rowing 10 hours a day and one day before arrival (May 29th 1998) in Guadeloupe the boat capsized in a raging sea (7/8 meters high waves), the dream turned into a nightmare.She then endured 9 long hours during which, straddled on the hull of her boat almost sinking, she survived and was rescued at the last minute. But Peggy did not accept this unfinished victory. She showed at this time that a woman could do it and swore to do it again. Eighteen months later, more determined than ever, she left Cape Verde Islands. After 2 500 miles, 800,000 strokes, Peggy arrived in Martinique on January 5th 2000, with the extraordinary satisfaction of having achieved her goal. Peggy is co-founder of a project responding to major technological and environmental challenges facing new industry for clean energy and navigation.

Talk Title: “Be an Adventurer in your Life”

James Wallman is an author, journalist, and futurist who reads the zeitgeist and helps businesses prepare for the future. James’s views on today’s culture and the future have appeared in publications including The Economist, the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, the New York Times, Marketing Week, and The Guardian. In the line of duty, James has interviewed Noam Chomsky, Richard Thaler, the victims of serious crime, child soldiers, and, for a report on the future of relationships, a woman who wanted to marry her alarm clock! Companies that James has helped prepare for the future include Absolut, BMW, Daily Mail and General Trust, Google, HSBC, Selfridges, and Zurich Insurance Group. James recently demonstrated his ability to read and reflect the zeitgeist in his highly acclaimed and bestselling [#11 on Sunday Times nonfiction list and #6 on Amazon.co.uk] book, Stuffocation. It is about one of the defining cultural trends of the 21st century: the shift from materialism to what James calls “experientialism”. That is, instead of looking for happiness, identity, status and meaning in material goods, people are seeking them in experiences instead. James has an MA in Journalism from the University of the Arts London, and an MA in Classics from the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Title Talk: “Suffocation and the Experience Revolution — the greatest problem we face today, and the most important sociocultural trend of the 21st century”


William Browder is the founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management.  He was the largest foreign investor in Russia until November 2005, when he was suddenly denied entry to the country and declared “a threat to national security” by the Russian government for exposing corruption at large Russian companies. Since 2009 when his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, died in a Russian prison after uncovering a US$230 million fraud committed by Russian government officials, Browder has been leading a global campaign to expose the corruption and human rights abuses endemic in Russia.  As a result of this campaign, the ‘Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act’ was signed into US law in 2012, imposing visa bans and asset freezes on certain officials involved in Magnitsky’s death, and on other gross violators of human rights in Russia.  Browder is currently working to have similar legislation passed across the European Union as a means to seek justice for Magnitsky and fight government-backed corruption in Russia.  He is also working on a Global Magnitsky Bill in the US, which is currently making its way through Congress. Mr. Browder recently published a book, a New York Times bestseller entitled Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, which recounts his experience in Russia and ongoing fight for justice for Sergei Magnitsky.  Before founding Hermitage, Browder was Vice-President at Salomon Brothers. He holds a BA (Honours) in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Stanford Business School.

Talk Title: “How I invented the ‘iPad’ from human rights abuse”

Bissan Salman is a MSc in Human Rights student who is focusing on Women’s Rights. She is currently one of the British Chevening Scholarship recipients at LSE. She has a degree in Political Science and a diploma in Communication from Bar-Ilan University in Israel. In 2014 she worked as a dialogue facilitator at Bar-Ilan University where she co-facilitated an academic course called “Musical Dialogue between Arabs and Jews”. At the age of 15 she started to volunteer at an International NGO for Children’s Rights called “Arigatou International” and she joined several international conferences and workshops for peace several times in Geneva, Switzerland and twice in Japan. In 2011 she represented the organization at the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden and a year after she was invited to be a role model for youth in an international conference in Tanzania, Africa. In 2013 she completed an internship at the Israeli fund for UNICEF; during her internship she wrote a position paper for policy change for the Knesset.

Title Talk: “The power of dialogue”

Camilla Born is a climate activist and not afraid to say to say it. Her work in climate diplomacy with E3G sees her crossing a wide range of constituencies across the world, from grassroots campaigners to the global elite. Camilla is particularly concerned with creating the tools and agency to address the dual challenge of dealing with escalating climate impacts whilst accelerating the transition to net zero emissions. Her experience in youth climate campaigning has shown her that the the importance of tackling climate change is an intergenerational issue.

Talk Title: “Who am I to tackle climate change?”


My Lan Nguyen grew up in south western Germany and moved to Berlin for her undergraduate degree in 2010. During and after her studies in Berlin, she had been living in different countries for internships and studies before she moved to London in 2015 to do her Master’s degree in “Organisational and Social Psychology” at the LSE. Her talk is inspired by the personal experiences she gained during her studies.

Title Talk: “Why you don’t have to believe in yourself”




Joelle Eid is currently pursuing a masters degree in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to that, she worked in refugee and humanitarian communications and acted as Spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, covering the Syria crisis. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Political Science from the Lebanese American University in Beirut and has also previously worked with the Permanent Mission of Lebanon to the United Nations, Mercy Corps International and the International Catholic Migration Commission.

Title Talk: “Why stories work”

Barbara Dolgova is a founder and editor behind the International Lifestyle Guide a bilingual online destination for everyone interested in travel, culture and art. She has recently made it to the top of the Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide news section with her publication about Alexander James Artist Residency, gaining more than 140,000 views for her works. Barbara is currently pursuing Media & Cultural Studies degree at the University of the Arts, London and is a summer graduate of the New York Film Academy (Los Angeles) in acting. She is a Director of Brand Strategy & Creative Writer at Chainy – an online platform established to empower creative people to work with the world’s leading brands and artists.

Title Talk: “The psychology behind social media”