Discover TED’s
remarkable speakers

Browse a complete A–Z list of our leading keynote speakers.

All Speakers

0

 Matched Speakers

Thinkers. Doers. Idea-generators. Browse the speakers who have delivered a talk on the TED stage by topic.
Link to current speaker
Close or exit icon

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Ariel Waldman

Antarctic explorer, NASA advisor
Ariel Waldman

An art school student turned Antarctic explorer and NASA advisor, Ariel Waldman helps people understand science through her fun and creative lens. Her YouTube channel features her science adventures around the globe, exploring the intersections between science fiction, space exploration and pop culture. As global director of Science Hack Day, she’s grown the event to span 30 countries, and she was recognized by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change. She loves creating imaginative projects that explore the world below our feet and beyond our atmosphere, making science fun and accessible to everyone.

Ariel Waldman

An art school student turned Antarctic explorer and NASA advisor, Ariel Waldman helps people understand science through her fun and creative lens. Her YouTube channel features her science adventures around the globe, exploring the intersections between science fiction, space exploration and pop culture. As global director of Science Hack Day, she’s grown the event to span 30 countries, and she was recognized by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change. She loves creating imaginative projects that explore the world below our feet and beyond our atmosphere, making science fun and accessible to everyone.

Ariel Waldman
Personal Growth
Global Issues
Technology
Personal Growth
+
-

Ariel Waldman

Antarctic explorer, NASA advisor
Link to current speaker
Close or exit icon

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Betul Kacar

Astrobiologist, NASA scientist, professor
Betul Kacar

“A good planet is hard to find,” says Betül Kaçar. She should know. As lead scientist of a NASA astrobiology research center focusing on molecular paleobiology, she explores alien planets and ancient DNA to understand the “recipe of life.” Inviting us to imagine life on other planets, she asks: What if instead of moving Earth’s life elsewhere to the universe, entirely new life could be generated from materials that already exist there? What if instead of colonizing planets, we empower them to evolve on their own? Kaçar brings ideas that once lived only within the realm of science fiction fantasy to breathtaking possibilities.

Betul Kacar

“A good planet is hard to find,” says Betül Kaçar. She should know. As lead scientist of a NASA astrobiology research center focusing on molecular paleobiology, she explores alien planets and ancient DNA to understand the “recipe of life.” Inviting us to imagine life on other planets, she asks: What if instead of moving Earth’s life elsewhere to the universe, entirely new life could be generated from materials that already exist there? What if instead of colonizing planets, we empower them to evolve on their own? Kaçar brings ideas that once lived only within the realm of science fiction fantasy to breathtaking possibilities.

Betul Kacar
Technology
Technology
+
-

Betul Kacar

Astrobiologist, NASA scientist, professor
TED Monterey 2021
Link to current speaker
Close or exit icon

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Cecilia Aragon

Professor, pilot, author
Cecilia Aragon

Dr. Cecilia Aragon is an award-winning author, an airshow pilot and the first Latina full professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. She’s worked with Nobel Prize winners and has taught astronauts to fly. Her innovative research—and a stint at NASA designing software for Mars missions—led President Obama to call her “one of the top scientists and engineers in the country.” She loves math and science, and she’s passionate about helping others face their own fears and challenges to achieve their goals.

Cecilia Aragon

Dr. Cecilia Aragon is an award-winning author, an airshow pilot and the first Latina full professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. She’s worked with Nobel Prize winners and has taught astronauts to fly. Her innovative research—and a stint at NASA designing software for Mars missions—led President Obama to call her “one of the top scientists and engineers in the country.” She loves math and science, and she’s passionate about helping others face their own fears and challenges to achieve their goals.

Cecilia Aragon
Technology
Personal Growth
Business
Technology
+
-

Cecilia Aragon

Professor, pilot, author
TED Women 2021
Link to current speaker
Close or exit icon

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Chris Bennett

Entrepreneur, education advocate
Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett is a Silicon Valley–based entrepreneur and early childhood education advocate. He’s co-founder and CEO of Wonderschool, an online platform that helps families find local childcare and preschool options—and supports those who provide it. Born of his own experience with excellent early in-home childcare and seeing the shortage of quality, convenient options for so many parents, he wondered, Why don't more people start their own in-home programs? Recognized by Fast Company as one of the world's most innovative companies, Wonderschool’s mission is to provide high-quality early-childhood education to every student in the country.

Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett is a Silicon Valley–based entrepreneur and early childhood education advocate. He’s co-founder and CEO of Wonderschool, an online platform that helps families find local childcare and preschool options—and supports those who provide it. Born of his own experience with excellent early in-home childcare and seeing the shortage of quality, convenient options for so many parents, he wondered, Why don't more people start their own in-home programs? Recognized by Fast Company as one of the world's most innovative companies, Wonderschool’s mission is to provide high-quality early-childhood education to every student in the country.

Chris Bennett
Global Issues
Business
Technology
Global Issues
+
-

Chris Bennett

Entrepreneur, education advocate
TED Monterey 2021
Link to current speaker
Close or exit icon

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

David S. Rose

Angel Investor, startup mentor
David S. Rose

Angel investor and startup mentor David S. Rose is a legend to the world’s entrepreneurs. He’s raised millions for his own companies, and as an investor, he’s funded millions more. Need to know how to tell your organization’s story for impact? He wrote the book. Literally. His New York Times bestselling book, "Angel Investing," has become the definitive how-to guide for anyone making or receiving angel investments. As associate founder and founding track chair for Finance, Entrepreneurship & Economics at Singularity University, he’s one of the world’s leading theorists on the future of business in a world of exponential technology growth.

David S. Rose

Angel investor and startup mentor David S. Rose is a legend to the world’s entrepreneurs. He’s raised millions for his own companies, and as an investor, he’s funded millions more. Need to know how to tell your organization’s story for impact? He wrote the book. Literally. His New York Times bestselling book, "Angel Investing," has become the definitive how-to guide for anyone making or receiving angel investments. As associate founder and founding track chair for Finance, Entrepreneurship & Economics at Singularity University, he’s one of the world’s leading theorists on the future of business in a world of exponential technology growth.

David S. Rose
Technology
Business
Business
+
-

David S. Rose

Angel Investor, startup mentor
Link to current speaker
Close or exit icon

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Dean Furness

Wheelchair athlete
Dean Furness

Dean Furness speaks about what it takes to succeed when faced with challenges. In 2011, in the middle of his career as a data and analytics professional, an accident left him a paraplegic, without the use of his legs. But after several years of rehabilitation, hard work and encouragement from his physical therapist, he competed as a wheelchair athlete in both the Chicago and Boston Marathons. Furness continues to train for marathons and aims to inspire others through a positive approach to owning each day. He is a husband, a father of three and a basketball coach.

Dean Furness

Dean Furness speaks about what it takes to succeed when faced with challenges. In 2011, in the middle of his career as a data and analytics professional, an accident left him a paraplegic, without the use of his legs. But after several years of rehabilitation, hard work and encouragement from his physical therapist, he competed as a wheelchair athlete in both the Chicago and Boston Marathons. Furness continues to train for marathons and aims to inspire others through a positive approach to owning each day. He is a husband, a father of three and a basketball coach.

Dean Furness
Bridging Divides
Personal Growth
Bridging Divides
+
-

Dean Furness

Wheelchair athlete
Link to current speaker
Close or exit icon

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Diana Adams

Attorney, LGBTQIA advocate
Diana Adams

Diana Adams (they/them) is a leading international lawyer and activist for LGBTQIA and underserved families. Founder of the Chosen Family Law Center and cofounder of the Polyamory Legal Advocacy Coalition, Adams advocates for those in consensually non-monogamous relationships and non-nuclear families.

 They are an expert on international LGBTQ policy, having written and passed the first multi-partner domestic partnership laws in the US and developed model ordinances for families, as well as corporate non-discrimination model provisions.
 A leading mediator and educator on communication skills, Adams also speaks on DEI, conflict resolution, consent, feminist empowerment and relationships.

Diana Adams

Diana Adams (they/them) is a leading international lawyer and activist for LGBTQIA and underserved families. Founder of the Chosen Family Law Center and cofounder of the Polyamory Legal Advocacy Coalition, Adams advocates for those in consensually non-monogamous relationships and non-nuclear families.

 They are an expert on international LGBTQ policy, having written and passed the first multi-partner domestic partnership laws in the US and developed model ordinances for families, as well as corporate non-discrimination model provisions.
 A leading mediator and educator on communication skills, Adams also speaks on DEI, conflict resolution, consent, feminist empowerment and relationships.

Diana Adams
Activism
Bridging Divides
Business
Activism
+
-

Diana Adams

Attorney, LGBTQIA advocate
TED Women 2021
Link to current speaker
Close or exit icon

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Frank Warren

Secret keeper
Frank Warren

Frank Warren is the creator of The PostSecret Project, a collection of highly personal postcards mailed anonymously from around the world. They display soulful secrets we never voice—from shocking to romantic, from tragic to laugh-out-loud funny. The postcards continue to arrive, and today number over 1 million! They have been published in six best-selling books and on the award-winning PostSecret blog. Frank's multimedia live events reveal the stories behind the secrets, what he has learned as “America's most trusted stranger,” and how sharing our stories deepens relationships and transforms lives.

Frank Warren

Frank Warren is the creator of The PostSecret Project, a collection of highly personal postcards mailed anonymously from around the world. They display soulful secrets we never voice—from shocking to romantic, from tragic to laugh-out-loud funny. The postcards continue to arrive, and today number over 1 million! They have been published in six best-selling books and on the award-winning PostSecret blog. Frank's multimedia live events reveal the stories behind the secrets, what he has learned as “America's most trusted stranger,” and how sharing our stories deepens relationships and transforms lives.

Frank Warren
Personal Growth
Bridging Divides
Technology
Bridging Divides
+
-

Frank Warren

Secret keeper
Link to current speaker
Close or exit icon

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Gabrielle Walker

Writer, climate thinker, strategist
Gabrielle Walker

Gabrielle Walker is a passionate advocate for climate action, working with businesses, NGOs, governments and philanthropy. She founded Valence Solutions to tackle the most difficult climate challenges, and advises global leaders across multiple industries on achieving faster climate impact. Walker was Climate Change editor at Nature and has written countless articles for newspapers (including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal), made many programs for the BBC, and authored four books. She moderates high-level debates and panels involving CEOs, former heads of state, government ministers and humanitarian leaders. She has taught at Cambridge and Princeton universities.

Gabrielle Walker

Gabrielle Walker is a passionate advocate for climate action, working with businesses, NGOs, governments and philanthropy. She founded Valence Solutions to tackle the most difficult climate challenges, and advises global leaders across multiple industries on achieving faster climate impact. Walker was Climate Change editor at Nature and has written countless articles for newspapers (including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal), made many programs for the BBC, and authored four books. She moderates high-level debates and panels involving CEOs, former heads of state, government ministers and humanitarian leaders. She has taught at Cambridge and Princeton universities.

Gabrielle Walker
Global Issues
Technology
Business
Global Issues
+
-

Gabrielle Walker

Writer, climate thinker, strategist
TED Countdown
Link to current speaker
Close or exit icon

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Gay Gordon-Byrne

Right-to-repair advocate
Gay Gordon-Byrne

Gay Gordon-Byrne fights for your right to repair things you buy, even if those things happen to contain a computer chip. After a 40-year career in enterprise computing, Gordon-Byrne helped found the Digital Right to Repair Coalition and serves as its Executive Director advocating for repair-friendly legislation, regulations and standards. Buying “new” contributes to raw environmental damage, throwing away clogs waste and recycling systems, and going without is a key reason we have a digital divide. The answer? Make it easier for people across more industries to repair, resell, reuse, remanufacture and recycle technology-enabled products.

Gay Gordon-Byrne

Gay Gordon-Byrne fights for your right to repair things you buy, even if those things happen to contain a computer chip. After a 40-year career in enterprise computing, Gordon-Byrne helped found the Digital Right to Repair Coalition and serves as its Executive Director advocating for repair-friendly legislation, regulations and standards. Buying “new” contributes to raw environmental damage, throwing away clogs waste and recycling systems, and going without is a key reason we have a digital divide. The answer? Make it easier for people across more industries to repair, resell, reuse, remanufacture and recycle technology-enabled products.

Gay Gordon-Byrne
Global Issues
Business
Activism
Global Issues
+
-

Gay Gordon-Byrne

Right-to-repair advocate
TED Monterey 2021
Link to current speaker
Close or exit icon

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Guy Winch

Psychologist & author
Guy Winch

Guy Winch asks us to take our emotional health as seriously as we take our physical health. As a licensed psychologist, he’s spent the last two decades developing tools people can use to enhance and maintain their mental health. A blogger on PsychologyToday.com, he also hosts Dear Guy on TED’s Ideas Blog and co-hosts the Dear Therapists podcast. His books have been translated into 28 languages. For those grappling with personal issues or stress and emotional health in the workplace, Guy’s practical “emotional tool kit” comes with humor and compassion.

Guy Winch

Guy Winch asks us to take our emotional health as seriously as we take our physical health. As a licensed psychologist, he’s spent the last two decades developing tools people can use to enhance and maintain their mental health. A blogger on PsychologyToday.com, he also hosts Dear Guy on TED’s Ideas Blog and co-hosts the Dear Therapists podcast. His books have been translated into 28 languages. For those grappling with personal issues or stress and emotional health in the workplace, Guy’s practical “emotional tool kit” comes with humor and compassion.

Guy Winch
Personal Growth
Health
Bridging Divides
Personal Growth
+
-

Guy Winch

Psychologist & author
Link to current speaker
Close or exit icon

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Ian Kerner

Psychotherapist, author
Ian Kerner

Ian Kerner is a licensed psychotherapist, nationally recognized sexuality counselor and best-selling author and CNN contributor. He specializes in sex therapy, couples therapy and a range of relational issues that often lead to distress. Failure to launch, or the inability to build and maintain sexual momentum, is a common theme. Kerner reminds us that after several years of a pandemic (in our pajamas), if we’re not feeling super sexy, there’s nothing wrong with our libidos — we just need to try some new strategies to get the sparks flying.

Ian Kerner

Ian Kerner is a licensed psychotherapist, nationally recognized sexuality counselor and best-selling author and CNN contributor. He specializes in sex therapy, couples therapy and a range of relational issues that often lead to distress. Failure to launch, or the inability to build and maintain sexual momentum, is a common theme. Kerner reminds us that after several years of a pandemic (in our pajamas), if we’re not feeling super sexy, there’s nothing wrong with our libidos — we just need to try some new strategies to get the sparks flying.

Ian Kerner
Personal Growth
Bridging Divides
Health
Health
+
-

Ian Kerner

Psychotherapist, author
TED Monterey 2021

Oops!
Try resetting or changing your filters for wider results.