Dr Nora Khaldi will represent Ireland at this years' EU TEDx event. The announcement was made yesterday by the Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash.
TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to ideas worth spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics.
TEDxBinnenhof strives to boost entrepreneurs with innovative solutions for global challenges.
The Dutch Presidency of the EU (January-July 2016), together with TEDxBinnenhof and other European TEDx communities, is organising a multidisciplinary event focused on the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.
For the first time the 28 Member States of the European Union will join forces to seek and find the best and most inspiring ideas that have the potential to change the world for the better.
The European entrepreneurs selected by their respective Member States will present solutions to a variety of societal challenges, ranging from job creation to healthcare solutions to climate action.
All national candidates will be invited to Luxembourg to the EU SME Assembly in November. The ten best European solutions for global challenges will then be invited to The Netherlands during the Dutch Presidency in 2016 on 31st March to present their ideas on the TEDx stage in The Hague.
Dr Khaldi is a mathematician with a PhD in molecular evolution and bioinformatics from Trinity College Dublin. She is also the founder and CSO of Nuritas, a biotechnology company which was recently awarded the 2015 SVG Thrive Accelerator Award at the ‘Forbes Reinventing America AgTech’ summit in Salinas, California.
Minister Nash said, “I very much welcome the nomination and participation of Dr Nora Khaldi in this initiative. I believe this event offers a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the pioneering ideas emanating from Ireland and being driven by innovative entrepreneurs like Dr Khaldi.”