Exciting line up of speakers announced for Richmond’s first TEDx event. Join the event live from 2pm GMT

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Exciting line up of speakers announced for Richmond’s first TEDx event

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Re-evolution – how to stay connected in fast-paced world

Two of Richmond’s students and a Richmond alumnus will be joining an eminent panel of speakers as Richmond hosts its inaugural TEDx event in central London from 2-6pm on Friday 22 March.  Part of the iconic non-profit organisation, TED, which is devoted to spreading ideas, TEDx events are independently run and help share ideas in communities around the world.

The theme for TEDxRAIUL (Richmond, The American International University in London) is Re-Evolution, focusing on the concept that we need to continuously reinvent ourselves to adapt and stay connected in this fast-paced world.   The event has involved months of dedication, planning and hard work by a committee of Richmond students and Student Affairs staff over the last year.

TEDxRAIUL is being held at the University of Notre Dame London Global Gateway, with an audience of 100.  Tickets were sold out in a matter of minutes but people can participate in the event which will be live streamed on Facebook and Instagram (Facebook: TEDxRAIUL).   All of the talks will also be hosted on the TEDx and TEDxRAIUL YouTube channel.

The line-up of eminent speakers promises a captivating event on the exploration of the topic, with the inclusion of an Australian physician who is a best-selling author and presenter, an expert in entrepreneurship, a professor of behavioural neuroscience and a technology researcher.  Together with Richmond students Senayt Tassew and Tala Ammoun, and Richmond alumnus, award-winning film producer Henrik Friis, it will be a fascinating discussion.

Gonzalo Diaz-Rio Varez, President of RAIUL Student Government and TEDxRAIUL Lead Organiser, and  Kieren Bussey, Executive Vice President and Co-organiser, said: “Our goal is to bring together bright minds to give talks that are ideas-focused, and on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter.”

Also part of the team is Fadila Farag, TEDxRAIUL Co-organiser, Curator and Chair of Richmond Psychological Association, who said, “We would like to invite all students, faculty, and staff to attend the event online, to gain insight and provoke thought and conversation.”

Allison Cole-Stutz, Vice President for Student Affairs at Richmond said, “We’re absolutely thrilled to be hosting a TEDx event for the first time.  It’s a fantastic achievement to have been awarded a licence to hold this event, I’d like to thank all of the students and staff who have made it happen.”

Find out more about TEDxRAIUL here:

Instagram: @tedxraiul

Facebook: TEDxRAIUL


The full list of speakers includes:

Carl Miller

Technology Researcher

Carl Miller is a technology researcher who has thrown himself into some of the most important and least familiar parts of the digital age. His first book is The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab. An examination of the new centres of power and control in the twenty-first century, it was published by Penguin Random House in August 2018.

Dr Kate Jeffery

Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience

Dr. Jeffery is a medical graduate and Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience at UCL. Her research involves recording of neurons in the rodent brain during navigation, to understand how the brain represents complex environments. She aims to bring emerging knowledge about the cognitive neuroscience of navigation to the outside world to influence the design of cities and of navigation technology.

Evan Falstrup


Evan Falstrup is a student journalist studying at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. His current objective is to write, speak, film, animate and produce content which can convey the importance of scientific progress.

Henrik Friis

Film Producer

Henrik Friis is an award-winning film producer and Richmond alumnus with a background in politics and business. He was embedded with Kurdish forces in 2015 and 2016 while covering the war against ISIS. He is the Founder and CEO of HF Productions, a production company based in Copenhagen that organises film festivals and promotes short films and documentaries around the world.

Linda Friedland


Dr. Friedland, from Australia is a physician with over twenty year’s medical experience and consults internationally to healthcare, biotech and financial institutions. An author of seven health bestsellers, with a long career in television and radio.

Peter Kash

Executive Chairman of Fixed Focus

Dr. Kash, Ed.D/MBA is the Co-founder of TargImmune Therapeutics and Executive Chairman of Fixed Focus. He served as a Professor of Entrepreneurship and lecturer at the: Wharton Business School, Nihon University and Hebrew University. He has authored three books including the international best seller Make Your Own Luck (2001).

Tala Ammoun


Tala Ammoun is a Lebanese student at Richmond who loves to challenge herself intellectually and enjoys nothing more than debating in areas of her current academic research and analysis. Tala has interests in topics from politics and business, to psychology, sociology, and a breadth in between.


For more information contact Ceri Schooling, schoolc@richmond.ac.uk, 07775 560509

Note to editors

Richmond, The American International University in London is the only University in the UK which can award students both a UK and US degree. The University is based across two campuses in London, in Richmond and Kensington, with additional sites in Florence, Rome and Leeds.

Richmond teaches in the liberal arts tradition which provides students with a broad, multi-disciplinary foundation combined with in-depth study in a specific area of interest.

About TED

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks 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 nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual gathering in Vancouver, Canada, TEDWomen and TEDGlobal conferences, and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world, then made available, free, on TED.com and other channels.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators  from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; and the educational initiative TED-Ed.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED, on Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted and on Snapchat at tedtalkshq.