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TEDxAcademy 2017 – ‘Our Best Self’

This year at TEDxAcademy we want to ask the simple questions. Are we making a big enough impact in the world?

Do we make a meaningful difference in the lives of others in our community?

Everything begins when we dare to show up as the best version of ourselves. This sounds simple but it requires vigilance and demanding effort. When we are at our best selves, we pursue the future with courage, profound human connection, imagination, thrilling possibility and understanding.

Because ultimately, this is why we are on the planet:

For each of us to show up as the best person we can be – not for selfish reasons, but because our communities and the world deserves our best efforts to help make them better!

Session 1: Global View

At TEDxAcademy we invite some of the world’s biggest dreamers, to give them a platform to share their vision of how the world can be a better place. We want to reignite the spark and passion about the future of the world.

Session 2: Local Communities

Humanity’s greatest “superpower” is the ability to vision the future, ignite excitement, share it with others and make it happen. This year, we are inviting leaders who bring their best selves to their communities to share our stage.

Session 3: Human Dimension

What does the best version of our selves look like? Are we taking on the right job? The right decisions? What motivates us? How do we deal with risk? How do we understand the future? Are we ready to experience our best self?

2017 – Program

12:00-13:30 Session 1: The world at its best

Anastasia Mikova, a film director will speak about giving voice to women all around the world. She is the co-director of a new film to be released in 2019 titled ‘WOMAN’.

Anastasia Mikova

Film Director

Andreas Stavropoulos is a silicon valley technology investor who funds teams that can touch the biggest number of people and leave a positive mark on the world. In his talk he will explain how technology is shaping the world.

Andreas Stavropoulos

Technology Investor

Pavlos Tsimas is a well known and respected Greek Journalist with a career spanning 25 years. He will talk about journalism in the 21st century and how social media have radically changed the way that we are informed.

Pavlos Tsimas


Venture capitalist and advisor Spiros Margaris is one of the foremost global thought leaders in the fintech (financial technology) and insurtech (insurance technology) spaces. Spiros helps us understand how technology and coding will change our lives, corporations, and nations.

Spiros Margaris

Fintech Expert

Jacob Morgan is a three time best-selling author, keynote speaker, and futurist who explores the future of work and employee experience. He will give us a ‘tour de force’ into how we can navigate a world of work where job security doesn't exist.

Jacob Morgan

Best-Selling Author and Futurist

15:00 – 16:30 Session 2: Communities at their best

The El Sistema Greece Chorus is comprised of mixed children’s voices, accompanied by mezzo soprano Betty Harlafti. The chorus members of El Sistema Greece are children who come from the refugee camps of Scaramanga, Elaiona and Schistou, as well as the greater Athens area.

EL Sistema Greece / Betty Harlafti

Music Performance

Maria Efthymiou is a history professor who spends time giving free history lectures all over Greece. So far tens of thousands of people have attended her lectures. Maria will be speaking about the timeless strengths of Hellenism thought that past 4000 years.

Maria Efthymiou

Professor of History

Nikos Vettas been a Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business since 2003, and the General Director of the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) Since 2013. He will talk about how growth can be achieved in Greece despite the deep economic crisis.

Nikos Vettas

Professor of Economics

Melina Taprantzi is a social entrepreneur and founder of an awarded initiative that helps small producers to grow and offers food to people in need. She will talk about social entrepreneurship as an alternative way of doing business and giving back to society.

Melina Taprantzi

Social Entrepreneur

Exponential thinking for David can solve the world’s biggest problems. He is the founder and CEO of an organization that monetizes plastic waste, providing an opportunity for the worlds disadvantaged to collect and trade plastic waste as a bankable currency.

David Katz

Social Entrepreneur

17:30–19:00 Session 3: Our Best Self


Apotosoma – Andonis Foniadakis

Andonis, a world acclaimed dancer and choreographer currently holding the position of ‘Resident Choreographer’ at the Greek National Opera, will discuss how art has shaped him as a person.

Andonis Foniadakis


Robin Farmanfarmaian is a Professional Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur, and Angel Investor, specializing in the intersection of technology and healthcare. She will speak about the how technology is disrupting medicine, empowering patients to be in control of their own healthcare.

Robin Farmanfarmaian

Author & Entrepreneur

Karnazis was named by TIME magazine as one of the ``Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.`` An internationally acclaimed ultramarathoner and endurance athlete, he has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. He will discuss how we can find our best self.

Konstantine ``Dean`` Karnazis


Caspar Berry played professional poker for three years in Las Vegas before finding himself as the poker advisor on the James Bond Movie ‘Casino Royale’. He talks about uncertainty and decision making that brings us at our best.

Caspar Berry

Professional Poker Player

Lina Nikolakopoulou has been one of the most emblematic figures of Greek music for the past 35 years. She is a lyricist, producer and distinguished multifaceted personality, distinguished by her continuous and dynamic creativity.

Lina Nikolakopoulou


19:00-20:00 After Event Party: MEΛISSES


MEΛISSES are commonly considered the number one singing group in Greece. They will close the event during the after event party!