TEDGlobal 2017: Ugandan Speakers take centre stage

TEDGlobal 2017: Ugandan Speakers take centre stage
Eazzy Banking
  • TED Fellows Robert Hakiza and Judith Adong to speak at conference.

Enterprising young Ugandans Robert Hakiza and Judith Adong are speaking at conference that kicked off in Arusha, Tanzania that marks TED’s first return to Africa since the memorable global 2007 Conference held at the same location.

The Ugandan TED Fellows are representing the country at the nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading.

The event is hosting 700 attendees at the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge for a program of 45+ speakers and performers.

Mr. Hakiza is the co-founder of one of the best-known refugee-run organizations in Kampala – YARID and Judith Adong runs the artistic director of Silent Voices Uganda – a not-for-profit performing arts organization.

Adong Judith speaks at TEDGlobal 2017 – Builders, Truth Tellers, Catalysts – August 27-30, 2017, Arusha, Tanzania.  This week, Ms. Adong is sharing the stage with key speakers including Presidents Ameena Gurib-Fakim of Mauritius and Paul Kagame of Rwanda. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED.

“This gathering couldn’t come a moment too soon,” said TEDGlobal co-curator Emeka Okafor. “Africa has experienced spectacular economic, demographic and creative growth, but both opportunity and danger are rising at an exponential rate. Our conference will gather the idea catalysts, problem-solvers and change-makers already hard at work here charting Africa’s own path to modernity.”


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