06 March 2014 marked the inaugural TEDx Windhoek event.  We had a great lineup of speakers, tickets sold out quickly and there was a clamour for more.

All of the talks were recorded and put on YouTube, and you can view them through this page.  Click/Tap on a speaker to see their bio, contact information and their TEDx talk.

We have a bunch of photos on Flickr – click/tap here to open in a new window, or here to view them on this page. 

2014: TEDx came to Windhoek for the first time

Monica Kalondo – Businesswoman & Philanthropist

Monica Kalondo

Monica Kalondo is a founding shareholder and Managing Director of Stimulus Private Equity, Namibia's first and largest private equity fund.

This role provides Monica with valuable deal making and corporate expertise. Monica is also a shareholder and Director of Pointbreak Group Holdings and also holds direct equity in e-Bank, a to-be-established commercial Bank of which she is also the Chairperson. 

In addition to Chairing the Association of Unlisted Investment Managers, Monica is also the Chairperson of several Boards in the private sector, including her public sector role as the Deputy Chair of the Public Office Bearers Remuneration Commission which sets the remuneration and benefits of all Namibian public office bearers. 

She serves on numerous Bodies with the mandate to provide high-level advice on national policy formulation and implementation ranging from the Swapo (Namibia's ruling party) Party's Think Tank to the National Council of the Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was recently re-appointed to the nine member Presidents Economic Advisory Council (Deputy Chair). 

Monica has received numerous merit awards, including, the Namibia Chamber of Commerce award as the 'Namibian Business Personality of the Year', the 'Most Innovative Entrepreneur" award from the University of Potchefstroom (South Africa) and Polytechnic of Namibia. Monica has also been inducted in the Namibian Business Hall of Fame.

Monica Kalondo
“Wounded Leadership”

Nangado Kauluma – Wellness Innovator

Nangado Kauluma

Nangado  Kauluma is behind Pulse Health and Wellness, a young, innovative, web-based company that offers African women fitness and nutrition solutions that are contextually relevant yet highly accessible.

She is a graduate of Exercise and Health Science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston with diverse work experience. This includes personal training and group training management at Virgin Active Windhoek, HIV and AIDS research at UCT School of Public Health, community health volunteer, HIV and AIDS project management and monitoring and evaluations of the Namibia Global Fund Programme at its Local Fund Agent (PricewaterhouseCoopers).
She has worked tirelessly at helping many of her clients reach their health, fitness and weight loss goals. She is passionate about all things related to health and wellness, and is inspired daily by the prospect of inspiring Africans with meaningful information, tools and interventions that can positively impact on health behaviours.  Her motto is “Empowerment Through Wellness”.

“Empowerment through Wellness”

Gwen Lister – Media Freedom Expert

Gwen Lister

Gwen Lister was both the founder and editor of The Namibian newspaper from 1985 to 2011. She was the first woman newspaper editor in southern Africa. After 26 years at the helm as editor, and having steered the independent newspaper to financial self-sufficiency through difficult times, including arrests and firebombing; Lister handed over the reins to her successor in 2011.    

The company is owned by the Namibia Media Trust of which Lister is the Chair and promotes media freedom as well as excellence in journalism in Namibia and further afield.
  Currently in her Trust capacity, she devotes much of her time to the mentoring and training of a wide array of journalists from across the media spectrum and an array of other Namibian publications.  She travel regionally and abroad to speak and moderate issues around media freedom and ethics.

Lister has received a number of international and regional awards, including being named a world press freedom hero by the International Press Institute (IPI) in 2000, and has been the recipient of various courage in journalism awards from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the International Womens Media Foundation (IWMF), among others.

“The Power of Passion”

Joris Komen – Tech Innovator

Joris Komen

Joris Komen drives Library Pi in Namibia, a stand-alone, solar-powered, wireless library hotspot solution designed for 24/7 learning. 

It gives teachers and students a school library resource solution and learning platform for use in homes and schools; especially those where children are still trying to do their studies by candlelight.

He played a critical role in launching and driving SchoolNet Namibia, a civil society organisation committed to providing internet access, free/libre and open source software and open educational resources. He is an advocate for Creative Commons licensing of all (open) educational content for schools in Namibia. 

He consults in diverse ICT for education and development projects locally and internationally, renewable energy initiatives for sustainable living, in between growing organic vegetables and herbs.   He is in pursuit of free internet for schools, *cost effective*, robust, free and open source software, hardware and open information content solutions, in all sectors of ICT development.

“Does your child do homework by candlelight?”

Hendrick Ehlers – Humanitarian & Visionary Entrepreneur

Hendrick Ehlers

Twenty years working in war-torn countries demanded their price on Mr.Ehlers’ health and in 2011 he went into early retirement. Together with his wife Lize Ehlers, a well-known singer, actress, playwright and poet, they now run the Uyelele project, also known as the Namibian Solar Bottle Project.

Mr.Ehlers studied political sciences, but after some time changed to get his Business Diploma at the Chamber of Commerce. He then managed large sports stores. Mr.Ehlers travelled the world and speaks various languages.

He turned into a professional hang-gliding pilot, but then started humanitarian demining in Angola in 1992. He founded the NGO MgM in 1996, which became one of the best-known and most innovative NGOs in this field. He was CEO until 2011. 

In Namibia with his company HEC cc he ran a number of rapid-prototyping projects and became a sought after international speaker as well as a member of the standards commission of humanitarian demining in Geneva. Some of his inventions are officially listed as historic milestones in this industry and until to date are widely used.

“Uyelele – the Namibian solar bottle project”

Taleni Shimhopileni – Emerging Leader

Taleni Shimhopileni

Taleni is a 23 year old Namibian who is passionate about Africa’s rising glory, formal education in the 21st Century and Leadership for and within the African continent. Her passion for media had her presenting her first radio and national television show at the age of 13.

Having graduated from Law School at the age of 19, completing a second degree, at the age of 23 in Motion Picture Medium, majoring in Producing &Television Production. 

Selected by Google as one of their Young and Brightest Minds in 2011, she has published poetry and article pieces, participated in community development projects, adjudicated (judged) university debate championships on a local, continental and international level including the World Universities Debate Championships. She is known as a leader amongst her peers and believes the youth of Africa, have begun and will continue the inevitable rise of Africa’s true, uncompromised glory.

Taleni Shimhopileni
“Unleashing potential from an African youth perspective”

Tega Shiimi ya Shiimi – Investment Manager

Tega Shiimi ya Shiimi

Serving in a senior leadership position for over a decade, Tega Shiimi ya Shiimi is a visionary with a broad skill set operating in a multi-faceted environment on the African continent and in the international arena.

Strong business leader and a catalyst of change who chairs the Namibia Financial Services Charter board and birthed the Charter governing the sector, propagating watershed policy changes and transformation therein. Fostering exemplary working relations with stakeholders on the African continent and abroad, Tega holds the relevant industry experience coupled with the drive to steer corporate governance into a new epoch.

During his working career Tega served on the boards of a number of companies and institutions. The most recent of which was his appointment as non‐executive to the Capricorn Holdings Limited (CIH) board of directors, the holding company that is of the latest successful listing on the Namibian Stock Exchange, being Bank Windhoek Limited.

Furthermore he sits on the Advisory Council to Parliament, which advises the Namibian government specifically on the national financial sector strategy on transformation for the Namibian industry. Tega also serves on the Namibia Business Innovation Centre Advisory Council.

Tega Shiimi ya Shiimi
“Investment Leadership – A case for the youth in Africa”

Ally Angula – Businesswoman

Ally Angula

Ally Angula is Group Managing Director and Chief Strategist at Leap Investment Namibia Group. 
Ally by profession is a Chartered Accountant and serves on various corporate Boards as a non-exeuctive Director. She is also the Founding Curator for the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Windhoek Hub as well as an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow.

Ally was appointed by the Minister of Finance to oversee the reform of public expenditure management and financial reporting under the department of State Accounts (Treasury) at the Ministry of Finance. She is also currently enrolled at the University of Stellenbosch Business School doing a Master in Philosophy in Development Finance.

She firmly believe in the power of entrepreneurship and DREAMING BIG! She launched the “Dream Namibia Launchpad” which is an initiative aimed at providing business plan critique advice to aspiring entrepreneurs and business start-ups.

“The Power of the Dream”

Flickr Photos

At the main event

Viewing Party

As any inaugural TEDx event is limited to 100 people, there was a viewing party to allow other less fortunate souls watch the livestream in good company.

This independently organized TEDx event is operated under license from TED.
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