Soneva Fushi to host Maldives’ first ever TEDx talk

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Today: Soneva Fushi to host Maldives’ first ever TEDx talk

The UNESCO protected Baa Atoll is set to host the Maldives’ first-ever edition of TEDx on March 19, 2022 (tomorrow). Hosted by Soneva Fushi, the world-renowned resort on Kunfunadhoo, one of the largest islands in the atoll and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, TEDxBaaAtoll will join the international community of TED-inspired events that celebrate locally-driven ideas and elevate them to a global stage.

The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature local voices and TED Talks videos under the theme of ‘Slow Life’, focusing on ways to find a deeper purpose beyond the superficial: reconnecting with the earth to live in harmony with the natural environment; working hand-in-hand with communities to make the world a better place; and nurturing our physical and mental wellbeing to be the very best we can be.

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Follow this link to register for virtual attendance (and to spend some virtual time in the Maldives this weekend). The event will start at 6:30 PM (Maldives Time) on Saturday 19 March and last until 11:30 PM on Sunday 20 March.

TEDxBaaAtoll will bring together an inspiring line up, from community innovators to business leaders, each sharing their own unique stories and ideas on the TEDx platform. The full line-up features:

Sustainable hospitality pioneer Sonu Shivdasani will look at why businesses should always have a purpose beyond profit, and the ways that luxury can co-exist with sustainability and a deep care for the natural environment.

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A Maldivian professional diver and surfer, Shaziya ‘Saazu’ Saeed, an advocate for marine conservation, will be talking about how the ocean could hold the key to a healthier, happier life.

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Entomologist Akib Jahir will examine how we can tackle one of the world’s most dangerous animals – the mosquito – while fostering our planet’s biodiversity, without the need for toxic chemical solutions that devastate the local environment.

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At just 13 years old, Maldivian school girl Yala Shameem is already driving environmental initiatives in the local community. She will discuss why it is so important for schools to adapt their teaching methods to prepare children to become future leaders.

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Bruce Bromley, a highly experienced chief financial officer, and trustee for a not-for-profit foundation focused on mitigating the impacts of climate charge, will pose the question: Why  every CFO should  also be a company’s Chief Sustainability Officer?

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Local entrepreneur and mentor, Hussain ‘Sendi’ Rasheed, a pioneer of the region’s diving industry and the Maldives’ first PADI-certified course director, will share why seaweed is much more than a weed, and could be an essential ingredient in our fight against climate change.

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Carissa Nimah, a Guardian of the Brand (Chief Commercial Officer), who has worked with some of the world’s leading luxury brands, will look at why a job title might matter more than we think and  what would happen if everyone had a job title that motivated and inspired them to become the most creative and purpose-driven version of themselves?

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About TEDx, x = independently organized event

Launched in 2009, TEDx is program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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