TEDxErasmusUniversity 2016 - Building People

In November 2016, TEDxErasmusUniversity in partnership with Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) will bring diverse and talented speakers. This year's theme is Building People. Through this wide ranging theme we hope to explore diverse topics such as development through education, social innovation and human interactions with technology.

A tour-de-force in the entertainment industry, Bob has been all around the world gracing the global stand-up scenes – from his native New Zealand to all over Europe and Asia – you name it, Bob’s been there and done it! His laconic and surprising comedy has earned him a global show on Discovery Channel, “Bob’s World”, and his own comedy drama series ,“The Pretender”, in New Zealand. Bob has directed hundreds of episodes of television and is continuously tickling our funny bones with his talent. Prepare to be amused

Payal Arora is the founder and executive director of Catalyst Lab and Associate Professor at Erasmus University. She will challenge the popular belief that the poor uses technology only to fulfill their basic needs and that leisure is a privilege only for the rich. Payal invites us to look beyond this "leisure-divide" to spur technological innovation that will allow a new internet to emerge for everyone, no matter their status or wealth.
Patrick's lifelong dedication to educating people has brought him to the TEDxErasmusUniversity stage this year, where he will talk about academic crime scene investigation and forensic finance. Currently, Patrick Verwijmeren is Head of the Finance Group at Erasmus School of Economics. His extensive research has been cited by organizations such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Dutch Ministry of Finance. Don't miss Patrick's ideas worth sharing!
Ellen van de Poel is the director of the Rotterdam Global Health Initiative (RGHI). This year, drawing on her own childbirth experience, Ellen will encourage us to put healthcare insurance into perspective and gain a deeper insight into building people from a health economist's standpoint. She has done extensive research on the evaluation of health financing reforms and the measurement of equity in health and health care in developing countries. Don’t miss her inspiring talk at TEDxErasmusUniversity 2016!
Prof. Dr. Kirsten Rohde is an Endowed Professor of Behavioral Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her work includes extensive research in the field of behavioral, mathematical, and health economics to name a few. One of her research, which looks at the gap between planning and doing, highlights how behavioral economics could provide answers that would design better decision making environments, which help people take responsibility of their own future. In 2006, she earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Maastricht University. In addition to having been granted the VENI and Travel Grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research for her outstanding work, Kirsten is also contributing her expertees as a member of the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB). Catch her at this year's TEDxErasmusUniversity!
In a time where the refugee crisis is more salient than ever, Teodor Cataniciu tries to overcome inequality and empower bright-minded student refugees by giving them access to world-class tech education. His deep-seated passion to turn his boldest idea into reality, which is making high quality education accessible for everyone regardless of background and status, has led him to establish two incredible initiatives: Restart Network and Turing Society. The two organizations are dedicated to empower extraordinary individuals to solve big challenges. Restart Network runs 3-month long programming and tech-focused bootcamps for refugees, to help integrate and kick-start their careers. Similarly, Turing Society finds passionately curious university students and gives them the tools and network to shape their world. Join Teodor light up the path with the educational torch for our underpriviledged brothers and sisters: don’t miss his talk at TEDxErasmusUniversity 2016!
Aurelien Baillon is Endowed Professor of Economics of Uncertainty in Erasmus School of Economics. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from Arts et Metiers Paristech. The European Research Council recently presented him a starting grant to continue his work which mainly focuses on individual decision making under risk and ambiguity. Through both empirical and theoretical studies, his research addresses issues in subjective probability elicitation, models of attitude towards risk and ambiguity, and aggregation of expert opinions.
Prof. Dr. Elisabeth van Rossum is internist-endocrinologist, and professor in the field of obesity and biological stress at the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam. Besides her clinical work as an endocrinologist, she is devoted in continuing her research concerning the genetics of individual glucocorticoid sensitivity and the role of long-term cortisol exposure using hair analysis in stress-related diseases (obesity, cardiometabolic diseases, and depression). At present, Elisabeth is head of Obesity Center CGG (Centrum Gezond Gewicht, adult division), an academic center for diagnostics of underlying causes of obesity and innovative treatment strategies. In 2016 she was appointed member of the Young Academy of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (De Jonge Akademie van de KNAW). Catch Elisabeth’s ideas about building people through the health field at this year's TEDxErasmusUniversity!
Ben van Berkel is a Dutch archithect whose work comprises of the infamous Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, and Arnhem Centraal Station in Arnhem among others. He has taught and lectured in prominent business schools around the world. His teaching emphasizes the inclusive approach of architectural works integrating virtual and material organisation and engineering constructions. Health impacts an increasingly broad range of contemporary life. However, until very recently it has never been seen as a primary design concern within the field of architecture. Both physical vitality and psychological wellbeing are understood to be synonymous. This understanding is essential to the notion of ‘building people’. But how exactly can buildings themselves contribute to and impact this understanding of human health? What role can buildings actually play in building people? Stay tuned for Ben’s talk at TEDxErasmusUniversity this year!
Quentin Pleplé is a machine learning and big data enthusiast. He co-founded Short Edition, the French company that invented the internet hit, Short Story Dispenser, a machine that prints out free short stories in waiting areas. In today highly digitized world, it’s hard to imagine life without our smartphones. It could be a great tool to enhance our professional lives, but it could also detach us from the physical world that we live in. Quentin uses innovation to resurrect people’s imagination and the written word in public spaces and reminds us that there is a bigger world beyond our smartphones. Learn more about Quentin’s bright ideas at this year’s TEDxErasmusUniversity!

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TEDxErasmusUniversity 2014
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TEDxErasmusUniversity 2013
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