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#TEDxCT Speaker: Meet Sam Beckbessinger

Sam Beckbessinger is a writer, user-experience designer and entrepreneur who is on a quest to help the emerging middle class understand how to take charge of their finances. Author of ‘Manage Your Money Like a F*cking Grown Up’, she is also a co-founder of Lettuce, an app that wants to make managing your money as simple as making toast.

#TEDxCT Speaker: Jared Molko

Jared Molko is an ex-Googler who has worked across Africa, Europe and the Middle East, training and educating people on Google products and delivering digital transformation programmes to top multi-nationals across the globe. He is now focusing his attention towards the intersection between technology and psychology, more specifically, leveraging data-driven intelligence to improve job placement and skills development.

#TEDxCT Speaker: Meet Ndoni Mcunu

Ndoni Mcunu is a PhD Candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Global Change Institute and the Founder & CEO of Black Women in Science (BWIS). She's passionate about improving the lives of our youth, specifically young women. “I believe that education is a tool to enable improved and informed personal and professional decisions. It could also be a tool to empowering rural and disadvantaged young women to improve their livelihood, ” she says.

#HumansBehindTEDxCT Wyomia Mouwers

Here follows a small introduction to the force of nature that is Wyomia Mouwers. Wyomia joined the TEDxCapeTown team in 2015 after attending a recruitment drive and she hasn’t looked back since.

As per usual, the first question on our lips is what exactly drew Wyomia to TEDx and what she loves about working with the TEDxCapeTown team. “I enjoy interacting with like-minded people who want to make a positive contribution in society”, she answered. Furthermore, she boasts about how TEDx enables her to explore and develop skills in a safe environment of encouraging individuals.

#TEDxCapeTownSalon Speaker: Kerry Sink

Dr. Kerry Sink is the Marine Programme Manager and Principal Scientist at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). She loves what she does, which entails exploring the ocean and mapping all the habitat types in South Africa’s oceans, assessing the state of marine biodiversity, supporting the establishment of Marine Protected Areas, and training a new generation of marine scientists with a passion for sustainable oceans.

#TEDxCapeTownSalon Speaker: Dane Duplessis

Dane Duplessis is based at the port of Cape Town, where he works as a coordinator for the non-profit organisation Biblia, a South African Christian NGO, that inspects boats in an effort to find victims of slave labour. His key responsibility is to create awareness around slave labour among international fisherman that enter the port. “I am passionate about human rights and business governance,” he says.

#TEDxCapeTownSalon Speaker: Tim Conibear

Tim Conibear is the Founding Director of Waves for Change (W4C), a Surf Therapy organisation that is looking to make the provision of therapy more child-friendly. W4C is a multi-award winning organisation based in Cape Town, led by surfers and mental health professionals, in partnership with township communities and the University of Cape Town.

#TEDxCapeTownSalon Speaker: Michael Markovina

Michael Markovina, is a Consultant for Fisheries Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) SmartFish Programme, and the co-founder of Moving Sushi, a non profit company that ‘uses scientific exploration and open access data to better understand the social, economic and biological needs for the conservation and sustainable use of key African marine resources.’ [Source MovingSushi.com]

#TEDxCapeTownSalon Speaker: Serge Raemaekers

Dr. Serge Raemaekers is the Co-founder and Project Director of ABALOBI, a non-profit organisation. The programme aims to build traditional fishers’ agency to partake in decisions around the state of local marine resources and help fishers empower themselves to connect directly with restaurants and consumers for the sale of their artisanal products.

#TEDxYouthCT: Meet Miranda Bambata

Miranda Bambata is a student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. We asked her what inspired her to apply to become a speaker at [email protected], to which she responded: “I want to discover what else I am capable of. I believe the experience will open my mind, give me the courage to share my ideas and teach me to trust myself more.