TedXSydney Announces 8 Additional Speakers and Performers to Its Line-Up

Grace Tame

In case you missed it, TEDxSydney’s annual event will be held on November 26 this year as a virtual experience, broadcast live from Sydney Opera House. This year’s theme is Possible, and the day promises an exciting line-up of talks, performances, films, workshops, panels and even an online after party.

“With every passing week, we learn more and more about what is Possible… and what is not,” says Remo Giuffre, TEDxSydney founder and licensee. “I’m excited to see what our valiant curators have come up with for 2021. We need new ideas more than ever, and TEDxSydney is proud of its role in bringing bold and brave ideas to the forefront of conversation.”

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This year’s previously-announced speakers and performers included 2021 Australian of the Year Grace Tame, serial entrepreneur George Peppou, Djiribul woman Shelley Reys AO and ecologist Tracey Rogers.

And this week, eight more speakers and performers were added to the event. Among them were Sydney-based artist Jamaica Moana, distinguished professor of biology at Macquarie University Lesley Hughes and investor Jun Bei Lui.

The full list of additional speakers are:

Monica Gagliano

A Research Associate Professor in evolutionary ecology at Southern Cross University who has pioneered the brand-new research field of plant bioacoustics, for the first time experimentally demonstrating that plants emit their own ‘voices’ and detect and respond to the sounds of their environments.

Lesley Hughes

Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development) at Macquarie University, Lesley Hughes’ principal research interest has been the impacts of climate change on species and the implications for conservation.

Zhanwei Hou

Researcher in the Centre for IoT and Telecommunications at the University of Sydney, he is making great strides in the field of Tactile Internet, developing a low-latency communication method which he hopes will one day allow users to experience touch over the internet.

Tim Dean

Sydney-based philosopher and science writer. He has a Doctorate in philosophy from the University of New South Wales on the evolution of morality and has expertise in ethics, philosophy of biology and critical thinking.

Jun Bei Liu

A portfolio manager with over 19 years of investment experience covering a large range of sectors, an effective public speaker about her investment views and a regular participant in prestigious conferences such as Sohn.

Jamaica Moana

Sydney-based artist, rapper, creative director and songwriter of Māori (Ngāpuhi/Tainui) and Samoan descent. As a multidisciplinary artist, she balances her professional career as a rapper & artist whilst being a leader and resident commentator of the Australian ballroom community.

Sally Woellner

Experienced creative leader, designer and product design group lead at Canva. Sally has recently been recognised as one of the Women Leading Tech by B&T and Google.

Martha Marlow

Singer-songwriter and painter, Martha Marlow’s debut album Medicine Man has received widespread critical acclaim since its release in June 2021. Drenched in orchestral pop, it is an evocative, heart-on-sleeve album, exploring recurrent themes of introspection, longing and hope.

TEDxSydney will take place Friday, November 26 virtually. Head here to book your ticket.

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