Announcing TEDxTokyoChange 2013 – Positive Disruption

On April 4th, TEDxTokyo is hosting the official satellite event collaborating with TEDxChange.

What is “TEDxTokyoChange 2013”?

“TEDxChange” was established through a partnership between TED and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and is an initiative devoted to ideas worth spreading in the areas of global health and development.

Disruption is usually unwelcome. It represents conflict, chaos, and potential danger. We discourage disruptive behavior in our homes and society, often favoring passivity and compliance. However, under the theme of Global Health and Development and the concept of “Positive Disruption”, TEDxChange views Disruption as a positive – sometimes vital – catalyst for change. Disruption can shed a unique light on difficult issues, giving a fresh urgency and perspective to the challenges of our global community. To solve the most intractable challenges in Health and Development, we need positive disruption. It is the path to true progress.

To approach this theme, TEDxChange will be held in more than 100 places around the world this year including in Tokyo as a part of “TEDxTokyoChange 2013”. TEDxTokyo will share the opportunity with you to watch TEDxChange 2013 in near-real time, as well as give you the opportunity to hear the ideas of local speakers. At the end of the day, we will create and share new ideas through a group workshop session.

Please see below for speaker details.


  • 18:15 – 18:30 Open・Registration
  • 18:30 – 19:30 TEDxChange Livestream
  • 19:30 – 19:50 Local Speaker Session1
  • 20:05 – 20:35 TEDxChange Livestream
  • 20:35 – 20:45 Local Speaker Session2
  • 20:45 – 21:30 Networking

We will invite people from various backgrounds relevant and non-relevant to the field of global Health and Development. The goal is to come up with breakthrough solutions connecting individual thoughts from different backgrounds.

* Some parts of our local speeches will be in Japanese. Please note that no captions/interpretation will be provided.

About Melinda Gates – Host of TEDxChange

Melinda GatesMelinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with Bill Gates, she shapes and approves the foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Melinda will host TEDxChange from the Gates Foundation campus in Seattle, Washington.

You can read more on TEDxChange on

TEDxChange 2013 Speakers

Local Speakers

Emmy Suzuki Harris

Founder and Campaigns Director, Japan

Emmy Suzuki Harris is the Founder and Campaign Director of the Japan team of She grew up in Japan before going on to study at Yale. After working at McKinsey & Company, Inc, on the Obama campaign, she joined a team to start up and develop Purpose, a Social Incubator company. She then joined and from 2012 began to build the Japan team. is a social platform that enables people to take their ideas of “change” and put them in to practice, through the creation of online petitions. Currently, consists of 25 million members worldwide and covers a wide variety of areas from ecology and health to human rights and social justice.

Nhat Vuong

Founder and CEO,

Nhat Vuong is the Founder of, a donation platform for NPOs, and a Global Shaper from the World Economic Forum. Nhat is a second generation Vietnamese refugee who grew up in Switzerland. His visit to Vietnam when he was 15 years old changed his view of the world, as he witnessed the gap between his life and those of Vietnamese street children.

Nhat will share his quest of finding ways to give back to society and his aim for a world where social contributions are a part of our daily lives.

Cathleen Kaveny

John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Theology

Cathleen Kaveny is an American legal of scholar and theologian. She is a John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Theology at Notre Dame Law School since 1995, and is currently a visiting professor at Princeton University.She will offer her unique perspective on reconciling religious traditions and modern life.

Halimatou Hima

Child Protection Division at the United Nations in Niger (UNICEF)

Halimatou Hima is a Masters in Public Policy candidate at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Following an internship in the Women & Population Division at the United Nations Foundation, she worked in the Child Protection Division at the United Nations in her home country of Niger (UNICEF). Her talk will focus on the importance of investing in girls to positively disrupt the course of their lives.

Roger Thurow

Senior Fellow on Global Agriculture and Food Policy, The Chicago Council

Roger Thurow, a journalist and author, joined the Chicago Council in January 2010 after three decades at the Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he was a foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa. He will follow with a talk about the role of people and technology in disrupting natural agricultural cycles and the importance of the 1980s Ethiopian famine in shaping his passion and interest in this space.

Julie Dixon

Deputy Director, Center for Social Impact Communication of Georgetown University

Julie Dixon is the Deputy Director of Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC), an academic initiative that examines the critical role of communication in fostering engagement in social change. She will conclude with a talk that explores the permanent disruption of social media on the way people get involved in social causes and how this has the potential to gradually shift traditional models of donor engagement across the non-profit sector.

David Fasanya

Youth Poet

David Fasanya is a Nigerian-American performance artist and award-winning youth poet residing in Brooklyn, NY.

Salim Shekh and Sikha Patra

Teenager leaders in community work for children in the slum areas

Salim Sheikh and Sikha Patra, youth educators and teenager leaders in community work for children in the slum areas where they live, are engaged in inspire children while balancing their work with studies. A trailer from the feature film Revolutionary Optimists, about how children are saving lives in the slums of Calcutta, will be shown during the session. Salim and Sikha, two of the children featured prominently in the film, will join onstage for Q&A.