TEDxFrankfurt 2017 Tarek Alsaleh

Tarek Alsaleh

Tarek Alsaleh, half German, half Syrian, has always been fascinated by the transformative power of play, and how it overcomes all differences.  He set up his first NGO in Syria in 2007 running sport, music and play projects in prisons, with refugees and in safe houses for vulnerable women and girls. Since then Tarek has gone on to support over 60,000 refugees across the Middle East and beyond through using sport and play.

Tarek’s work has been recognised by the BMW Foundation Award for Responsible Leaders, the Anna Lindh Euro-Med Dialogue Award and Beyond Sport in partnership with UNICEF for Sport for Conflict Resolution. 

Tarek is now transforming his organisation into a network model that continues to support the many grassroots projects he started off in the Middle East, as well as amplify the impact of individual Changemakers across the globe.  He believes in local people creating their own change and is now launching a Changemaker Hub.

“Internationals, we want to help, but we step in and then step away. Local people stay. By releasing a Changemakers’ potential we help create change that is sustainable and far reaching.”

An innovative thinker, Tarek was the first person to use sport as a development tool in Syria, the first person to bring capoeira as a psychosocial tool systematically to refugee camps in Palestine and in Jordan, and a pioneer in the use of digital and tech solutions to working in conflict zones, including with the unbanked.

Tarek’s model of a network of support is also thinking beyond more traditional solutions to helping refuges.  “The digital era opens up so many possibilities, but we need to marry a human presence with technology, an app alone is not a solution, only a doorway”

Tarek has an MoU with the Brazilian Government, and is a recognised speaker and thinker on issues on sport, development and refugees. 

Twitter: @tak_als /  /  | Website: http://capoeira4refugees.org


TEDxFrankfurt 2017 Alex Deans

Alex Deans

Alex is a 19-year-old serial inventor, artist, and public speaker. He was awarded as the Queen’s Young Leader by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in June 2017. At age 12, his chance encounter with a visually impaired woman inspired him to develop the iAid, a novel navigation device for the blind. His work on the iAid has taken him from visually impaired communities to winning second place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair as a member of Team Canada. The Organization of American States named the iAid one of the "Top 50 Ideas Worldwide for Technology in Health, Energy, and Medicine". A minor planet was named after Alex by MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, with iAid exhibiting at Canada's national science museum. Alex met with Sir John Major KG, CH, PC and Prince Harry at 10 Downing Street around incubating leadership in July 2017. 


Alex is a highly sought-after speaker and media presence. He is on the national tour of WE Day speaking to over 160,000 youth about the importance of creativity in stadium-sized venues. Alex has shared stages with world-renowned activists including Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Demi Lovato, Magic Johnson, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Alex was recognised as one of “Canada’s Future Leaders under 25” by Maclean’s magazine, and is the face of Mead/Five Star’s 2017 digital campaign around creativity in education.  
Alex’s latest project has him teaming up with McCann Erickson (the team behind #FearlessGirl) and GM/Chevrolet to create a new technology to stop teens from texting and driving. The technology debuted at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France.  
Alex harnesses his talents outside of science to tackle problems in unconventional ways. In his spare time, Alex is an avid artist who was first inspired after painting a portrait of Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl. Alex competed for Team Canada in the 2011 International Children’s Winter Games in Grand Slalom and Ski Cross. 

Twitter: @alexmdeans | Website: https://www.alexdeans.com


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