PROGRAM 02/11/2017










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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.

Look below for a short introduction to our speakers.





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 building ‘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. 

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 Sound of Colours. Sound 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.

Marie Van den Broeck

Marie Van den Broeck is a young, creative entrepreneur and an Industrial Engineer Designer. She loves mastering new skills and is the founder and head of her company My Add On, where she pimps crutches and wheelchairs to not only make them more beautiful, but also user-friendly. Marie invented My Add On's first product and has already won a series of prizes, such as the Reva Nueva Award for most innovative product as well as Student-Entrepreneur 2017 from Unizo and Vlajo. She believes small changes can make a big difference and she hopes to inspire more people to do the same!

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Ilse De Vis

Ilse De Vis is a talented, multilingual presenter (Dutch, English, French) who kicked-off her career as Belgacom TV’s first digital announcer, where she presented and produced the program ‘Zoom’. She went on to work for the Dutch business TV Channel on various shows and debates as a presenter and has appeared on different panels as a moderator. She’s experienced in navigating various stages and can adapt to new situations easily, which has helped her build up an impressive resume, ranging from company presentations and interviews with Sony, Vlerick Business School, KPMG, Unizo, Q8 and Port of Antwerp to State visits to the Belgian Royal House.

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Live by Jade Derudder

Jade Derudder left Belgium when she was seventeen to study Pina Bausch's dance theatre in the Netherlands. Her lust for creating and new cultures didn't end when she graduated so she decided to study theatre directing in Brussels and later on furniture design at Central Saint Martins in London. The world of mindfulness and yoga opened up to her at age twenty-four and from then on she's been combining all of her intrests into making her own choreographies and performances.

Dancer K-Roll

K-Roll began dancing before the age of 3 and dedicated her whole life to dance. She is a versatile dancer, being trained in ballet, modern jazz, hip-hop, bellydance, flamenco, pole dance and of course Jamaican dancehall. She is the artistic director of Studio Feeling in La Louvière (Belgium) and was asked to judge in various choreographic competitions. In regards to dancehall, she discovered the dance style in 2009 and, after being formed through workshops and trainings, she now travels regularly to Jamaica to learn from the roots of this rich Caribbean culture.

Dancer Marie-Louise Wilderijckx

Marie-Louise started her professional dance career as a solo dancer at the Royal Ballet of Flanders. She was the first Belgian to receive a scholarship for a dance school in Russia. Afterwards she continued her career firstly as a solo dancer in Austria and secondly as the ballet master at the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Marie-Louise also worked as a dance teacher at Studio Herman Teirlinck. Currently she is a full time dance teacher with the Royal Belgian Ballet School Josée Nicola for both professional and amateur dancers of all ages, and shares her knowledge of tai chi with the elderly.


Camera and editing: Pieter Deprez

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