Leyla Acaroglu

Leyla Acaroglu is a designer, social scientist and crusader for sustainability. She wants you to think beyond paper or plastic bags. It seems simple at the supermarket checkout line, but as a sustainability strategist, she will show you that the answer is not a given. Leyla Acaroglu has been named one of the top 100 People of Influence in Australia, and has won many awards for innovative design that creates positive change. More about Leyla Acaroglu

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Susanne Bier

Susanne Bier

Although Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier has led a fortunate life, catastrophes are always around the corner in her films. She won an Oscar for In a Better World (Hämnden), where loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. Then she moved on to make Love is All You Need, an unashamedly romantic comedy – about cancer. Despite the painful situations she explores in her 16 films, Susanne Bier says she is scrupulous about ending her movies on a hopeful note. To her, filmmaking is not only about art. It's a mass medium that needs to be able to communicate. More about Susanne Bier

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Andreas Ekström

Andreas-Ekstrom

Andreas Ekström has spent years on the trail of the company with the beautiful mission, “all the world's information, available and searchable.” But in the wake of the NSA scandal, the Google motto “Don’t be evil” seems more complicated than ever. Andreas Ekström works for the Bonnier newspaper Sydsvenskan in southern Sweden and is the author of six books, most notably the internationally acclaimed The Google Code. More about Andreas Ekström

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Paul Hansen

Paul Hansen

When Dagens Nyheter photographer Paul Hansen won the World Press Photo of the Year for his heartbreaking picture of two Palestinian children and their father being carried to their funeral, he confirmed his status as one of the world’s best and most prize-winning press photographers. This loaded image created headlines all over the world – generating praise as well as malicious accusations about its authenticity. At GRID13, Paul Hansen gave the full story. Down to the last pixel. More about Paul Hansen

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Sarah Harper

Sarah Harper

The first person to live to be 200 years old may already have been born. Professor Sarah Harper is wrestling with some of our most challenging questions: the growth in extreme longevity and fall in fertility. How will it impact our lives and societies? A professor of gerontology at the University of Oxford, she leads key demographers, economists, anthropologists, philosophers and environmentalists in addressing the dramatic demographic change. More about Sarah Harper

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Oscar Höglund

Oscar Höglund

Oscar Höglund is the CEO and co-founder of Epidemic Sound, one of the largest and fastest growing production music libraries in the world. He also founded 5th Element, the digital part of Zodiak Media. One of the world’s largest independent media content groups, Zodiak produced the Stieg Larsson Millennium films in Swedish. Now he is one of four top names in the Swedish media industry who have joined together with Bonnier Growth Media to create the media company of the future. More about Oscar Höglund

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Raghava KK

Raghava KK

Raghava KK from India is one of the ten most fascinating people the world has yet to know of, according to CNN. A visionary storyteller and multi-disciplinary artist, working in genres as disparate as painting, film, multimedia, performance – and his own wedding. Raghava KK often collaborates with other artists, such as Erykah Badu and Paul Simon. He charms the world with his talks – but also provokes with his pen. More about Raghava KK

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Shane Koyczan

Shane Koyczan

With over 10 million views on Youtube, Canadian Shane Koyczan is an unusual poet. Treating the subject of bullying, which Koyczan himself was subjected to when growing up, his spoken word poem To This Day created a wave of compassion and empathy with a worldwide audience. Shane Koyczan performed at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and was a huge success at TED this year. Now his work is included in the latest Amnesty International Campaign to raise awareness around the importance of Freedom of Expression. More about Shane Koyczan

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David McCandless

David McCandless

David McCandless, a London-based data journalist and storyteller, is top in the field of information design. He helps readers make sense of countless facts by boiling down big data and turning it into meaningful and beautiful illustrations. David McCandless’ work has appeared in over 40 publications internationally, including The Guardian, Wired and Die Zeit. It has also been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the Tate Britain. “Information is Beautiful” is the telling title of his acclaimed blog. More about David McCandless

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Kees Moeliker

Kees Moeliker

Kees Moeliker, curator at the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam, has a keen eye for strange bird behavior. He was the first to witness a case of homosexual necrophilia in ducks. This earned him the Ig Nobel biology prize, the award that honors “research that first makes you laugh, then makes you think.” Kees Moeliker shows that curiosity and humor can be powerful tools for scientists or anyone trying to explain complex things. More about Kees Moeliker

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Molly Ränge

Molly Ränge, VP of Production and Process Innovation at kids app developer Toca Boca, gives a five-minute talk about the birth and explosion of the global mid-day disco-dance movement Lunch Beat. More about Molly Ränge

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Debra Searle

Debra Searle

Debra Searle amazed the world as the woman who rowed the Atlantic alone. Her husband, an experienced oarsman, left the boat just two weeks into the crossing after developing an uncontrollable fear of the ocean. Debra was not discouraged. After 111 days she rowed into Barbados’ port in her 23-foot plywood boat. Since then she has sailed around Antarctica, finished the longest canoe race in the world, set a new world record for crossing the channel and been awarded by the Queen of England for her achievements. More about Debra Searle

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Jessica Stern

Jessica Stern

Jessica Stern is one of the world’s leading experts on terrorism and serves on the Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security. She fearlessly studies terrorists who kill innocent people for political gain and travels the world to talk to those who commit such acts. She has met terrorists with Kalashnikovs in Pakistan, interviewed neo-Nazis in America and Sweden, and visited the homes of terrorist leaders in Indonesia. But it was only after she faced her own suppressed trauma that she understood why she was more afraid to meet the victims than the terrorists themselves. More about Jessica Stern

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Jill Tarter

Jill Tarter

In the blockbuster movie Contact, Jodie Foster accurately portrays Jill Tarter as a stubborn crusader with a passion for space. The legendary space scientist has spent 35 years in the quest for extraterrestrial life. Now she declares that the discovery of an Earthlike planet – Earth 2.0! – could be just around the corner. NASA gave Jill Tarter two public service medals. She’s also received Women in Aerospace’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the TED Prize. At GRID she wants to change your perspective. More about Jill Tarter

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Marjaana Toiminen

Marjaana Toiminen

Marjaana Toiminen, CEO for Finnish magazine company Bonnier Publications Oy, gives away her biggest secret to save time in her five-minute talk at GRID13. More about Marjaana Toiminen

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Erato

Erato

Swedish vocal trio Erato had been singing together for a long time as part of a larger choir, when one night they sat down at the kitchen table and recorded a video. Within three days, almost 100,000 people had watched them perform Robyn’s Call Your Girlfriend, using only their voices and empty cottage cheese containers. By now, nearly five million have watched the video. When Robyn herself, the Guardian and Perez Hilton all wrote about them, it was the start of a career in harmony. Now Amanda Wikström, Ebba Lovisa Andersson and Petra Brohäll are recording their own songs. More about Erato

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