Speakers

For our TEDxHHL event, we invite inspiring speakers to spread their ideas and knowledge. We put very high efforts into finding the most interesting speakers in the region of Leipzig, Saxonia, Germany and worldwide. We will provide you with all of the speakers of TEDxHHL 2016 soon!

Dr. Henning Beck, neuroscientist and author, supports businesses to use brain-based approaches in order to develop innovative and efficient workflows. By his genuine approach to feature science in a catchy and compelling way he became the German Science Slam Champion in 2012. He continues to deliver recent scientific advancements in several books and articles.

Konstanze Frölich combines the worlds of art and business in a fresh and exciting way in her roles as consultant, writer and speaker. For more than 20 years, Ms. Frölich has worked for major corporations, organizations and educational institutions as both a PR professional and an expert in the field of communication and corporate culture.

Profiler Suzanne Grieger-Langer steps up for top performers, challenging the status quo of cuddly leaderships by freeing performers from pricks and psychopaths. If you want to be a decision making key-player you’ve come to the right person. She is a certified pedagogue, psychologist, psychotherapist – best selling author, publisher, lecturer…

Hendrik Heuermann had to learn how to celebrate failure. Diagnosed with a rare neurological disease at the age of 23, he lost his balance, his motor activity, and his hope. After an initial dark period, he started to look at the positive side: What if you don’t focus on what goes wrong, but instead celebrate the risks that you are taking? Hendrik is the Sustainability Manager at H&M in Germany, a musician, a health evangelist, an author and a proud east frisian.

Maxi Knust is the founder of the digital magazine Fempreneur & the event Fempreneur Summit. Her goal is to encourage women starting their own businesses by showing inspirational female entrepreneurs. In her new project „Female Founders Book“ she is covering together with her co-founder Val Racheeva 30 interviews of female founders across the german-speaking area. Maxi is a passionate speaker about female empowerment and entrepreneurship to motivate people to believe in themselves and go their own way.

Maximilian Twelker, in his role as VP Venture Development at Futury, empowers talented entrepreneurs to transform unexplored business ideas and promising technologies into customer value by helping them to develop new solutions from scratch. Having previously worked on multiple startup projects, he has gained first-hand experience on how to deal with and overcome the set of obstacles founders have.

Dr. Andy Ouderkirk’s role as a 3M corporate scientist,  is to create new business opportunities by combining market trends, manufacturing capabilities and technologies. He is an inventor on 192 issued U.S. patents and has more than 50 publications and invited presentations. Recognitions over the years include amongst others the Finance and Commerce Innovator of the Year and the R&D Magazine Innovator of the Year. 

Andreas Schneider is known as a data scientiest and subject matter expert in the area of unstructured data analysis. Since Agust 2015, Andreas is part of IBM Watson Europe to build cognitive solutions based on unstructured data and natural language processing technologies as a solution architect. He will give a talk on "Cognitive Computing".

Dr. Marc Schumacher has strong ties to the HHL, where he completed his MBA in International Management and his doctorate in Economics. He started his career in Fashion Retail and quickly climbed the corporate ladder: HUGO BOSS, Breuninger and finally the TOM TAILOR Group, where he became Chief Retail Officer and Member of the Board at the age of 34. In 2015 he joined the medium-sized BrandRetail Company LIGANOVA as Managing Director.

Tina Thörner is a Swedish rally co-driver and navigator. Together with German Jutta Kleinschmidt she was in the first female rally team reaching a spot on the podium at Dakar Rally (3rd place in 1999). During her career she reached numerous successes of which her 2nd place in Rally Dakar 2006 together with South-African Giniel de Villiers stands out. Today she is also working as a coach, lecturer and author. She is socially-engaged in sports and the work of UNICEF.

ARTIST: Graham Candy had no idea what awaited him when he boarded his Berlin-bound flight, leaving New Zealand behind him. The boy who skipped classes in school to play guitar and learn chords from his friends, wouldn’t have known that he would be chasing his dream as a man eleven time-zones away. It’s been almost two years since the 25-year-old musician was in Kreuzberg’s Riverside Studios recording “She Moves”. The song with Alle Farben reached gold status in Germany selling over 170,000 copies.

ARTIST: Music like a journey in a  caravan with your best friends Jamiroquai, Jack Johnson and John Mayer. Relaxed. Comfortable. All needs are met. Outside you can see interesting sceneries passing by. And every time you are  overcome by their beauty, you stop and stay a while. Time for a snack. But as in every adventure - surprises and challenges are sure to come. No worries. If you are an expert adventurer, you know that really everything is taken care of – because your travel guide Jan Jakob already took over the steering wheel

*All speakers shown on this homepage have confirmed their attendance. Nevertheless they are subject to change.