TEDxFiesole: world-class speakers tackle burning issues

TEDxFiesole: world-class speakers tackle burning issues

On September 17, Fiesole’s Roman Theatre will host the first edition of TEDxFiesole in an afternoon schedule of world-class speakers tackling the burning issues of our time.

Wed 22 Jun 2022 11:48 AM

On September 17, Fiesole’s Roman Theatre will host the first edition of TEDxFiesole in an afternoon schedule of world-class speakers tackling the burning issues of our time.

Fiesole’s Roman Theatre will set the scene for inspiring talks by inspiring individuals at TEDxFiesole

A Renewed Humanism” is the theme of TEDxFiesole as the future beckons with extraordinary possibilities in clean energy, social entrepreneurship, climate and sustainable finance, and new technologies at a time of great turmoil in human history. As viewed from the TEDxFiesole perspective, the way forward is the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and UN 2030 Agenda, which include empowering women and disadvantaged peoples; eliminating war and poverty; creating universal access to food, water and energy; and reversing climate change and ecosystem destruction.

Tickets include access to the Roman theatre, museum and archaeological site for the duration of the event and discounts at local restaurants, plus a light dinner and concert at night in the arena. The event will host 1,500 people in the striking setting of the Roman Theatre of Fiesole and more than 50,000 in live streaming worldwide.

On September 16, the public will have the unique opportunity to meet the speakers and special guests at a gala reception held at Villa Bardini at 6.30pm, which will also introduce the newly formed The Club of Fiesole Foundation: write to tickets@tedxfiesole.com for more details.

Speakers at TEDxFiesole

The speakers at the September 17 event will include Manuel Pulgar-Vidal (Global Leader, Climate & Energy, WWF-International), Sarah Roberts (CEO di Practical Action NGO), Sennait Ghebreab (Programme Leader BA Business PGCE, SFHEA Sustainability Business Mentor), Alisa Cohn (author, From Start-up to Grown-up and Executive Coach), Andrea Johnson (Executive Director and Green Empowerment), Ralph Chami (Assistant Director, IMF, Financial Economist, Co-Founder, Blue Green Future & Rebalance Earth), Juan Chang (Head of Technical Operations Permian Global) Ryan Phillips-Page (Founder and CEO, Operation Water), Rebecca Bregant (Co-Founder and CMO, PineBerry), Franco Traverso (President, CTO & Co-Founder of Genius Watter, President & co-founder of Silfab Group), Dr. Renee St Jacques (Psychologist & Certified Exec Coach) and Marco Gervasi (Renewable Energy Expert).

The evening will draw to a close at 8.30pm with a performance by singer Giovanni Caccamo.

Manuel Pulgar Vidal: Global Leader of Climate & Energy at WWF, with 35 years of experience in environmental law and policy and having served as Peru’s Minister of the Environment (2011-16) and President of the Twentieth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – COP20 in 2014. Manuel took a crucial role in the negotiations of the Paris Agreement.

Sarah Roberts: CEO, Practical Action, one of the most active NGOs, showing what a sustainable and equitable world could look like.

Andrea Johnson: CEO, Green Empowerment, a US-based NGO that works worldwide to bring drinkable water and renewable energy to remote communities through community owned infrastructures.

TEDxFiesole 2022 is organized by The Club of Fiesole, with the backing of the Comune di Fiesole, Città Metropolitana di Firenze and Regione Toscana, with a contribution from Fondazione CR Firenze. The event’s main partners and sponsors are Unicoop Firenze, Fondazione Noi – Legacoop Toscana, Publiacqua, Green Climate Ventures and O2 Advisory, plus Studio Legale Fimante, Ditta Artigianale, Consorzio del Vino Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Media Partners: The Florentine and Informatore Coop. Academic & Education Partners: New York University Florence, Regis University Denver, Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, AIFS, ISI Florence, Syracuse University.

Details about TEDxFiesole

Earlybird ticket are now available (starting from 20 euro for students, 35 euro for adults).

This article was updated on September 14, 2022.

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