Our speakers... 

Emma Bale: "Drive, Dare, Different"

Emma Bale's voice is something to behold. The delicate, vulnerable depth of sound contrasted with a strength of tone that has been compared to Adele, Birdy and Gabrielle Aplin. This 16-year-old girl worries about her tests at school, supports her friends as only teenagers can and talks with her mum and dad in a way all parents know and remember... but... only in her spare time... because Emma has a job. She is a singer-songwriter, an award winning pop-star, a headline act at summer festivals, and she is about to release a new single...

Sebastien Bellin: "I should fear, but I don't. Why do you?"

Sebastien Bellin is a professional basketball player who was involved in the worst situation imaginable. He was standing 20 meters away from a bomb which exploded in Brussels Zaventem airport on 22nd March, 2016. Since the event Sebastien has developed a uniquely qualified perspective about the times in which we live. 

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Craig Lewis: "Choose your own adventure."

Once in a while it really hits people that they don't have to experience the world in the way they have been told to. Two years ago, Craig threw in the towel at work and decided to venture into the unknown. Since that moment he has travelled through 54 countries, went scuba diving between tectonic plates in Iceland, base jumping in France, trekking to Mt. Everest Base Camp and started his own business in New York city. Craig will passionately explain his methodology behind setting goals and following your dreams and how we all can do to.

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Rokhaya Diallo: "How I realized that I am black."

Rokhaya Diallo is a journalist, writer, awarded filmmaker and is widely recognized as a social and cultural activist for her work in favor of racial, gender and religious equality. Although she is French, her name does not sound French. People often ask her where she is from, expecting an exotic country. In this talk, Rokhaya will talk about the evolving European identity which we should not be afraid to lose as our continent is multicultural, multiethnic and multicolored. 

Lars Sudmann: "The Spaghetti Principle of Innovation"

How do you structure your organisation, your team, your personal life? You need to have a strategy! You need a plan! Really? Maybe not always. Maybe you need to operate also with the Spaghetti principle. Lars Sudman has been a CFO and a strategy manager at leading organisations. He is now a corporate advisor, university lecturer and explorer of what makes innovation and change possible. 

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Dirk L. Daenen: TEDx Host

Dirk Daenen is Dean at the United Business Institutes - Brussels and guest lectures at universities around the world, including Vietnam National University, Tongji University in China. He regularly gives seminars at the European Parliament and Commission on Intercultural issues and consults for a range of Fortune’s Global 500 companies. 

Ronin: "Movin'art" 

A Ronin is a warrior without a master. It has the ultimate freedom which this Brussels-based collective embraces. Free to exercise their passion, their cultural diversity enhances their multi-disciplinary performance of photography, tricking, dancing, singing, video... 

While others perceive this variety as a problem, the collective sees only opportunity!

Elisabeth Daniel: "Use Your Voice"

Elisabeth Daniel left the trodden path to become a singer-songwriter. For a number of years now, she has been volunteering in Antwerp's Red Light District, where she connects with ladies working in window prostitution. Her discoveries have fuelled her passion to fight human trafficking and forced prostitution. She will share some of the insights gleaned from her experience in her own, creative way.

Mcayla Sarno "Who determines what is real?"

Through a courageous personal journey escaping childhood trauma to professional breakthroughs helping others shape reality, licensed psychotherapist Dr. Mcayla Sarno shares a simple yet unparalleled process for addressing the dissociative continuum and discovering who actually determines what is real.

Thea Dennis: "Just ask."

Thea, an avid fiction writer, photographer and Fulbright Research Scholarship student, comes from a place that is typically unknown to people: Keokuk, Iowa. While traveling, people are often curious how a small town girl ends up in their part of the world. Answering this question at so many different points in her life has allowed Thea to recognize a pattern in the way she takes advantage of opportunities. She asks for them. In a culture that has stigmatized asking for help, many people never do. Asking for what you want is empowering, effective and enables you not only to achieve your goals, but to create totally new ones.

Anik Singal: "Dreams of the Bottom Billion."

Why has the readily available and continuous wide-spread access to information not yet eradicated poverty in much of the world? Anik Singal explores how one initiative is currently accelerating social & economic mobility in slums of India, and offers a framework for how this could accelerate the dreams of the bottom billion.