Speakers 2016

Meet the TEDxMünster 2016 Speakers

YQP and Roman Lipski

Roman Lipski is a Polish painter who has lived and worked in Berlin since 1989. His art has been exhibited in numerous museums all over the world – such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the National Art Museum of China or the Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art in Istanbul. Furthermore his work is part of several art collections such as the Marx Collection at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.

YQP is an artist collective consisting of Maximilian Hoch, Florian Dohmann and Manuel Urbanke from NY & Berlin. With projects like “Der Datenmarkt” the group reflects on topics of our time and blends technology with interactive storytelling. Their interactive art experiments have been featured in the press all over Germany and sparked discussion on digital privacy and the value of labour. The group is collaborating with the media production company derringer productions documenting their experiments.

YQP website

Bea Johnson

Together with her family Bea Johnson doesn´t produce more than one jar full of junk each year. In her bestselling book „Zero Waste Home“ she explains the five principles of a home without waste: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (and only in that order). Anyone who follows those principles will not only save more time, but also live a healthier life.

Martin Wezowski

Martin is the head designer of SAP for User Experience. He thinks highly of design to just leave it up to designers: „Qualify people for design!“ Due to a world, which progresses exponentially rather than lineally in small steps, innovation has to be approached systematically and cultural creativity has to be developed. Therefore, creativity is more important than efficiency. Martin elaborates on his idea further in his talk.

Mazen Faraj and Niv Sarig

Mazen Faraj is a 41 year old father of 3. He lives in Dheishe Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, Palestine. Mazen’s father was killed by an Israeli soldier, mistaking his bags to something else. Mazen spent some major parts of his youth in Israeli prison. He learned there informally -politics, Hebrew and history of the Middle East.

Niv Sarig, aged 39 of Kfar Sava, Israel, married and a father of 3 boys and holds a Ph.D in Mathematics from the Weizmann Institute of Science. His eldest brother Guy was killed in Tul-Karem, on the eve of The Feast of Tabernacles in September of 1996, during the riots that broke out in wake of the opening of the Western Wall Tunnels, 2 months before Guy was due to be released from the IDF.

Niv Sarig and Mazen Faraj are both members of the Parents Circle – Families Forum are an association of Israeli and Palestinian parents, who have lost a child in the Middle East Conflict. Through their desire to end the spiral of violence they convey and promote peace in schools and events.

Carl-A. Fechner

Carl-A. Fechner’s movie „Power to Change“ became one of the most successful documentaries of the year. It is summing up a fast implementation for the energy revolution. Carl Fechner wants to encourage people to take different perspectives and illustrates that the energy transition and the refugee crisis are not their own isolated problems.

Svenja Hövelmann

Svenja Hövelmann wants to encourage people to take action in shaping the future of their own cities. As a planner she wittnessed closing mines and cities becoming deserted, which is the reason she is in charge of the „Herten – Neustart Innenstadt“ (Herten – City Restart) project, believing that cities can revive, if experts as well as laymen are included. Education plays a major part in it.

Abdul Abassi and Allaa Faham

Abdul Abassi and Allaa Faham are the founders of „GermanLifeStyle GLS“, a Facebook Page and YouTube channel that addresses young refugees in Germany in Arabic and German. The two Syrians elaborate cultural differences with a lot of humor and have become famous for their German-Syrian sketches and jokes. While helping many Arabs with their re-start in Germany, they also straighten out the stereotypical image of refugees.

Beranger Gras

Imagine mixing Chopin and Bach with the rhythmical section of a grunge band, all that on the piano and seconded by a startling, silk-deep voice akin to that of Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. Meet Beranger.

Having learned classical piano at the Conservatory since age 6, Beranger left the career path that was destined to be his to play and sing his heart out on the streets to anyone passing by. He describes his style as „classical grunge“, whereby he uses the piano almost as a drum to imbue powerful rhythmical riffs to his classical melodies.


Sandro Engel and Amelie Künzler

Sandro Engel and Amelie Künzler are two designers from Hildesheim, who want to change growing anonymous, functional and impersonal cities by bringing together strangers at public places.
Together, as Urban Invention, they invented a game, which people can play against each other while standing on opposite sides of the street, waiting at the traffic light.

Russell E. Perry

Together with his long-time friends and former colleagues Russell E. Perry founded kompany, a global business intelligence and regtech firm, in 2012. He drives the direction of the business and enjoys finding business opportunities others might have overlooked. At kompany, Russell is also engaged in regulatory efforts to bring a new level of access and transparency to cross-border business information. He believes that the digital transformation of government data and company information can help fight corruption and money laundering. He will talk about the opportunities of blockchain technology as a means to speed up the process of transparency and increase trust at the same time.

Aurelius Thoß

Aurelius takes care of homeless people by starting the project „Ein Rucksack voller Hoffnung“ (A backpack full of hope) in Münster, assembling more and more help through building up on it. Since homeless people are not always instantly likeable, his commitment and work is defined by ongoing setbacks and continuation.

Timo Betz

Timo Betz researches at the interface of physics and biology. His approach is asking simple questions, like for example how cancer cells move around in the body yet delivering groundbreaking insight in this rather new field of research.

Abdul Rahman AlAshraf

Abdul Rahman AlAshraf is a Syrian software engineer who strongly believes in the power of technology in order to achieve peace and freedom. After finishing his master studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart he was able to utilized his own experiences during the war in Syria to research about a new technology that could be game changing for everyone living in a war zone. He developed FreeCom, a tool that aims to allow people communicating using their smart devices even when no internet connection or mobile network signal is available.

Morina Miconnet

A powerful voice with diverse sound facets: Free of conventions she composes her music with experimental joy and playful mixes, influenced by various styles. You can hear her both solo with her guitar as well as with virtuose guitarist and songwriter Phil Wood. Morina Miconnet composes music to dream, dance and sympathize.