PROGRAM 02/11/2017


Ulrike Reinhard

Ulrike Reinhard is a network enabler who forges direct links that connect people across sectors, disciplines and continents. She’s a public speaker, writer (Google’s THINK QUARTERLY) and an expert in modern communication technologies. With innovative formats, she kick-starts co-creation processes in companies and rural villages for long-term change and pushes her client’s boundaries, initiating cultural change, helping them to reach out to new audiences, strengthen their relationships to all their partners and merge their online and offline activities. Being disruptive is her job. 

Steven Laureys

Steven Laureys MD PhD, author of over 350 scientific papers and several bestselling scientific books, is a neurologist and brain scientist working at the University Hospital and University of Liège, Belgium where he is head of the Coma Science Group and GIGA Consciousness Research Centre. He is a world-leading expert in severe brain injury, chair of the World Federation of Neurology Applied Research Group on Comas and has received the prestigious Francqui Prize (2017). 

Céline Parsoud

Céline Parsoud is a young entrepreneur and media specialist who became an "extrapreneure" on digital and gender equality issues after working in the first French media group. In 2017, she founded the start-up Gender Busters, which works with companies to achieve gender equality. Current president for WoMen'Up, she is invested in shattering stereotypes and is the ambassador of a new kind of feminism, both in the workplace and in civil society.

Emmanuelle Duez

Emmanuelle Duez is a serial entrepreneur who studied non-stop and then created Women’Up in 2011, the first organisation mixing gender and generation topics. She launched The Boson Project in 2013, an atypical and committed consulting firm seeking to understand how human capital is the one thing that can transform organisations in the long run. In 2014, she directed her energy towards the French Navy, where she ranks Enseigne de Vaisseau and is now focusing on buildings ‘bridges’ between civil society and the Navy.

Sukina Douglas

Sukina Douglas is a Spoken-Word and Hip Hop artist, Workshop Facilitator and Event Organiser. She makes up one half of the Muslim, female, Hip Hop duo, Poetic Pilgrimage and has performed across the UK, Europe, the USA, and North and South Africa with her group, where their intention is to make progressive Hip Hop music that ‘bridges’ their African and Caribbean roots with their musical tastes such as Jazz, Afrobeat, Soul and beyond, providing a novel backdrop to their message of peace, unity, interfaith relations and freedom. 

Naziha Mestaoui

Naziha Mestaoui is an artist, activist and architect, pioneering in the art of the digital age and is recognised as the inventor of real-time 3D Video Mapping, a patented technique at the crossroads of spatial and imagistic art. Her artworks exhibit across the globe and her travels among aboriginal people (the Amazon, India, Oman) prompted a series of projects based on the plurality of approaches to the Man/Nature relationship. Through her art, she invites us to use our technologies to reconnect with nature, giving us the possibility to inspire our future. One such project was her 1 Heart 1 Tree project, where citizens around the globe transformed the Eiffel Tower into a virtual forest and real trees were planted in a reforestation programme on all five continents.

Sound of Colours

Simon De Cuyper, a freelance pianist and singer and Reinhard Deman, a vocalist and songwriter make up half of the quartet that is Sounds of Colours. Sounds of Colours in an innovative audio-visual project, which aims to bring musicians together from the most varied backgrounds and cultures, young or old, native or immigrant, and give them the opportunity to speak the universal language of music. Through music, the project designers, Joren Cautaers, Simon De Cuyper, Reinhard Deman and Stef Lenaerts, wish to show the unity of the world beyond its diversity.

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The Empty Shop

The Empty Shop, to be filled with donated clothes. This international 'high-end’ give-away-store concept had its premiere in Belgium in 2015 -where else than in fashion city Antwerp.

1. Donate: Every day again, The Empty Shop starts completely empty, and is slowly getting filled with clothing donations. 
2. Style up: All donateurs get a royal treatment. Who wishes, can bring friends or their network to throw a ‚give-party’. Together the donations are being labeled and hung on a mannequin or clothing rack.
Donateurs can share their good deed, after taking their picture with their donation and share on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. (#emptyshopantwerp)
3. Sell for good cause: At the same time you can buy the donated clothes. The profit goes to a good cause.









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The TEDxFlandersWomen team is busy composing another fantastic program around eight speakers, special acts, entertainment, a good cause and a main theme.

Every year, we dare to introduce new ideas and get out of our comfort zones to make TEDxFlandersWomen an extraordinary TEDx event.

TEDxFlandersWomen 2017 will explore this year’s theme ‘Bridges’ - We build them, we traverse them and sometimes we even burn them for better or worse. How appropriate for Antwerp; a city full of crossings and connections.

More details will be announced shortly ... so keep following us!






Born in Hong Kong, Adilia Yip is a music performer and researcher (PhD) at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. Her instrument is the marimba, a beautiful gigantic wooden keyboard of the percussion family. Its first prototype was built in the beginning of the 20th century, based on the structural design of its ethnic origins from Africa, Indonesia (gamelan), and Guatemala.

Adilia Yip
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