Africa

TEDxChange 2013 Speaker: Roger Thurow, Shifts in Agriculture

Roger Thurow joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy in January 2010 after three decades at The Wall Street Journal. In 2012, he also became a fellow for the ONE Campaign. For 20 years, he served as a Journal foreign correspondent, based in Europe and Africa. In 2003, he and Journal colleague Scott Kilman wrote a series of stories on famine in Africa that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. Their reporting on humanitarian and development issues was also honored by the United Nations. Thurow and Kilman are authors of the book ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. In 2009, they were awarded Action Against Hunger’s Humanitarian Award. They also received the 2009 Harry Chapin Why Hunger book award. In May 2012, Thurow published his second book, The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change.

Get a taste of his powerful story in this clip:

Here, Roger shares with two other speakers what “positive disruption” means to him.

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TEDxChange 2013 Speaker: Halimatou Hima, Investing in Girls

Halimatou Hima was born in Niger, where she served as the first president of the Youth Parliament at age fifteen. During her tenure, she engaged various stakeholders for national campaigns on girls’ education, especially in rural areas, among other initiatives. She earned a scholarship to the United World College and Wellesley College, where she joined a small group of students to build Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance. Upon her graduation in 2010, Halimatou worked extensively in rural Niger on child marriage, girls’ education, and youth participation with Unicef. She independently spearheaded microenterprise programs with women. Halimatou — selected in 2011 as one of “Africa’s 25 top emerging women leaders under 25 for their commitment to service” — is a candidate for a master’s degree in public policy (MPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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On demand publishing in rural Africa - Arthur Attwell

Arthur Attwell, former Big Publishing employee, left in 2006 to start a socially minded venture called Electric Book Works, a company which applies innovative technology to traditional publishing.

Watch his TED@Johannesburg Talk

A bath without water - Ludwick Marishane

Ludwick Marishane is a 4th-year commerce student from Limpopo province in South Africa. He is currently rated as the best student entrepreneur in the world (Global Champion of the Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards 2011). He is the founder & Chief of Headboy Industries Inc, and is his country’s youngest patentholder after having invented DryBath™. Google has named him as one of the 12 brightest young minds in the world, and he is studying a BBusSc-Finance & Accounting degree at the University of Cape Town.

For his TED@Johannesburg Talk, Ludwick talked about his award-winning invention, the waterless DryBath. The product’s far-reaching potential will be of use to people in many different types of desperate situations.

One woman’s constitutional right to rule - Yvonne Mokgoro

Yvonne Mokgoro has stepped down from the bench at the Constitutional Court having served a full 15-year term. She now serves as Judge in the Office of the Chief Justice. She also serves on a number of law bodies, trusts and boards. She has taught Law at South African, British, American and Dutch universities, and she holds a number of honoraryProfessorships and doctorates in South Africa and abroad.

For her TED@Johanneburg Talk, Yvonne Mokgoro talked about how the South African constitution continues to turn around centuries of tradition and injustice, and in the process, transforms the lives of the ordinary South Africans.