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Mari Winkler - How can we benefit from human waste?

Nitrogen and Phosphore are essential ressources. At TEDxULB, Mari explains how we can transform human waste in those precious ressources and even generate energy.

Mari is an expert in wastewater treatment. She studied at the University Duisburg-Essen (D), at the UBC (CA), Columbia University (US) and at UNSW (AU). She did her PhD at the TUDelft (NL) after which she worked at the engineering company GMB (NL). Currently she works as a PostDoc at the UGent (BE) with a Marie Curie fellowship.

Philippe Lamberts - The debt(s) we will have to live with... or not!

In his talk at TEDxULB, Philippe talks about the challenges and debts we will have to live with unless we find a smart solution. Debt is not only financial, it has different dimensions.

Philippe LAMBERTS was born in 1963 in Brussels, Belgium. He studied Engineering in applied mathematics. He worked at IBM for more than 20 years and was elected for a first term in the European Parliament in June 2009. As Member of the European Parliament, he focuses on economic and financial questions, and has become a specialist on fiscal, banking and macroeconomic issues. He also deals with industrial, research and innovation matters, and has a great interest for relations with China.

Petronela Zainuddin - Creativity comes when you play.

How can we foster creativity ? We might find the answer to that question in our childhood. At TEDxULB, Petronela explores the possibility to generate creativity by playing !

Petronela Zainuddin is Creative Learning Pioneer and founder of Good Morning Creativity, an award winning learning company from Paris. Thanks to game-changing learning programs and creative workshops her clients all over Europe develop hidden creative talents in highly practical, visual and playful ways. She is one of the doodling pioneers in France and has co-created the 1st French Creativity & Doodling MOOC. She is co-author of Amazon best-selling book “My Paris Story” and author of visual blog: 365 Creativity Facilitators.

Jeffrey Baumgartner - Anticonventional thinking (ACT)

At TEDxULB, Jeffrey talks about the concept of Anticonventional thinking (ACT). ACT is a new creative thinking model based on how creative minds have really worked ever since the first human painted on a cave wall.

Jeffrey Baumgartner is an author who speaks and holds workshops on creativity and innovation at all kinds of organizations around the world, from Genetech, a leading biotechnology company in the USA, to the government of Dubai. He is the co-founder of the Brussels Imagination Club, an international group who meet regularly to run experimental workshops on a variety of topics.

Cyril Jamelot - Offering your soul, a disruptive marketing strategy!

How did we come from an age where marketeers were superstars to an age where they are the big vilains? To restore confidence and grow your impact, you need to offer your soul to your customer. That’s what Cyril Jamelot explained at TEDxULB.

Cyril Jamelot studied European Management and Marketing in England and France. The man who says about himself “I love Marketing” is a marketer, consultant, lecturer, university professor and author. In the past he has been working for big brands like Coca Cola. He now specializes in how to bring new life into brands and into the persons who run them.

Aurelie Valtat - Generation -E : the everyday superheroes of tomorrow.

Aurelie Valat talks about “Generation – e ” or Gen-e. Being known not only for being experts in the use of electronic devices but also as being highly educated and connected, may this generation find a way to make an impact and save the world ?

After studying Anthropology and Political science, Aurelie Valtat became an experienced political and corporate communications specialist, with a focus on digital media. She is currently driving the digital communication strategy of the Council of the EU and the European Council.

She’s a seasoned communications and PR professional with a keen interest in politics, international relations and online media. I’m also the President of IABC Belgium, the Belgian chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.

Before joining the European institutions, she was the online communications manager at EUROCONTROL, the European air traffic management agency. She also has previous experience in European lobbying (at PostEurop), in cultural heritage management (at UNESCO’s World heritage center), in internal and external communications Alliance Francaise in Brussels, and as a freelance journalist.

She holds an M.A in Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, a postgraduate degree in International Public Administration and a B.A in Anthropology from the Sorbonne University.

For most small and medium companies in Europe, survival of the fittest implies some radical changes, not just a bright idea. How can our companies pool the best talent, successfully manage these and thrive in a world of global competition? How can our students stand out, facing 100,000 new MBA graduates coming annually on the job market? Keep calm. Adapt. Keep on learning. That is the secret.

Commercial Engineer, graduated from ULB-Solvay, Benjamin is a “serial entrepreneur” passionate about innovation and IT development.

Our educational system didn't change in a 100 years. Philip raises a new mindset that will give a new way to learn, the Hyperthinking and more precisely, hyperlearning.

Philip Weiss is an entrepreneur and strategic thinker who has been working with leading corporations for the past two decades. He speaks for corporate and business audiences around the world on a range of topic related to disruption, innovation and technology. He founded ZN ( the leading digital agency working with companies, political institutions like the European Commission and Parliament and organisations on how to use the Internet to integrate and transform business and communication. He works with household names as Toyota, Microsoft, Sony, Sanofi Pasteur, UCB and various industry associations. His Hyperthinking model was developed to enable the ZN team and their clients manage rapid change and innovation to adapt their strategies and structures to the age of networks. In 2012, he wrote the book 'Hyperthinking', defining the mindset needed to survive and thrive in the age of networks. Information on the book can be found at He blogs at

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