Not for ourselves are we born

Marcus Tullius Cicero writes “Not for ourselves alone are we born; our country, our friends, have a share in us”. This years event will explore the people who contribute to the general greater good of humanity, a positive change, apart from their own interests.

Societal, communal and personal issues might at times feel overwhelming and one can falsely be led to believe that change is impossible. This event will feature those who prove this notion wrong. By highlighting how individuals have transformed obstacles into advantages and brought about improvements, we want to inspire the you to believe that change is possible. The aim is that the speakers will provide inspiration as well as tools  to empower you to be the change you want to see.

Announced Speakers

Robin Palmberg
Researcher at KTH



Robin Palmberg

Robin has a background in Human-Computer Interaction focusing on Multimodal Interaction, Internet of Things and Computer Graphics. In 2017 he was elected winner in the Ultimaker Education Challenge. The Ultimaker Education Challenge is a competition for teachers in 3D-printing where you submit a plan for a lecture combining your field of work with 3D printing. He combined Computer Game Design with the printing of tangible objects for new ways of interacting with games. He is currently working with collecting and processing travel behaviour of elderly people diagnosed with dementia in an attempt to aid them in everyday life while gathering information leading to optimization of future transport planning.

His publications:

2017: When facial expressions dominate emotion perception in groups of virtual characters

2017: Expressive virtual characters for social demonstration games

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Elin Mohlander
Founder of Residus fashion in Sweden



Elin Mohlander

Decomposing clothing releases methane, a harmful greenhouse gas and a significant contributor to global warming. There are dyes and chemicals in fabrics and other components of clothing that can leach into the soil, contaminating both surface and groundwater. It has been recently estimated that half a million tonnes of plastic microfibers shed during washing ends up in the ocean and ultimately enters the food chain. This means we may end up eating our own clothes if nothing is done. 

With this at heart Elin realized that she can combine the passion she has for circular fashion, sustainability, and a strong will to make a change. She co-founded residus a company that creates clothes for women of different body shapes from left-over fabrics.The idea is to create essential and long-lasting pieces in left-over fabrics, to move away from the quick trends, and to create a sustainable and circular movement.

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Mike Debelak
Executive Director and Founder of Inclusive Business Sweden



Mike Debelak

Mike is the Founder and Executive Director of Inclusive Business Sweden - an organisation which inspires and enables business to meet global development needs. Mike has over 20 years experience working across Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia focusing on inclusive business, sustainable development, corporate strategy and management consulting. Mike's initial work in the inclusive business field focussed on researching distribution models to the base of the pyramid (BoP) - the 4 billion individuals who live of less than $8 a day. The research was published into a book "The Bumpy Road to the BoP".

Since founding Inclusive Business Sweden, Mike's work has focussed on inspiring and enabling businesses across Sweden and abroad to work more inclusively. The work has ranged from helping Swedish businesses to be successful in developing markets, to enabling enterprises in Cambodia, Ethiopia Uganda and Zambia to become investment ready, working towards an inclusive clothing industry in Bangladesh and Myanmar and developing sanitation technologies for Kenya.Mike has worked with a diverse range of clients, including the UNDP, Sida, the Asian Development Bank, Volvo Group and Unilever. Mike is a father of two, and has travelled to over 70 countries around the world.

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Gregg Vanourek
Life Entrepreneur



Gregg Vanourek

Gregg is an experienced executive; respected university instructor, speaker, and facilitator on leadership and entrepreneurship; nonprofit board leader; and award-winning author. He is chairman of the board of SE Forum, a leading social entrepreneurship accelerator, and Vice Director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management Program at KTH-Royal Institute of Technology. He served as a tech startup executive for K12 Inc. (now a publicly traded market leader in virtual schooling) and co-founded New Mountain Ventures. He co-authored three influential books, including Triple Crown Leadership (a winner of the International Book Awards) and Life Entrepreneurs.

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Deborah Madelaine
Community Manager


Deborah holds a masters in packaging science and has worked in the FMCG industry in 7 different countries for the last 12 years. With her recent move from Dubai to London, she has taken charge of creating a global movement promoting empathy and human-centered design inside a company of 115,000 employees. Deborah has worked for 12 years as a packaging scientist in large corporations and has always known it wasn’t her calling. But what was her calling? 

She knew she could have a positive impact around her but sometimes felt too small or paralyzed to take action. An unexpected gift from a family member provoked a journey of self-exploration that led to surprising results including collaborating with the former prison guard of Nelson Mandela, writing a personal development book, dying her hair pink and creating her own job to move the empathy needle in her workplace.What if the calling was the journey?

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16:30 - 17:00 Doors open & registration.

17:15 - 18:20 First Session.

18:20 - 18:45 Break for coffee, tea and light snack.

1845 - 20:00 Second Session.

20:00 - 20:45 Dinner break

20:45 - 22:00 Third and closing session.

The sessions will consist of a mix of talks, live performances and video presentations. The whole event will be in English. 


TEDxKTH is more than an a set of talks, it is an evening to meet, connect and share ideas. TEDxKTH  is an event for the curious, those eager to learn and explore themselves, as well as the opinions of others, as a means to grow. Come with an open mind and listen to 5 inspirational speakers,  alternated with live performances, food and drinks. 

Food and drinks are included in the price.


TEDxKTH takes place on Thursday the 17th of January, 2019.
Hours: 17.00 - 22.00.


KTH, Royal Institute of Technology. 
Campus Valhallavägen, Nymble.
Drottning Kristinas väg 19

How do I get my ticket?

We have a limited number of seats, so hurry up and buy a ticket online! 

A subset of the seats are reserved for student tickets with special discount! Don't forget to bring student ID with you, we need to check it on registration before the event. 

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxKTH, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxKTH event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.


Meet the team!

Alexa Edstroöm


Johan Dahl

Project Manager

Madeleine Hoeft

Business Manager

Maryori Girlesa Lizcano Quintero

Business Manager

Carolina Dexwik

PR & Communications manager

Vlada Fedjanina

PR & Communications Manager

Maja Ronca

Event Manager

Ben Slimane Tarek

Event Manager

Shyam Geo Prakash

Event Manager

Zandile Tshabalala

Speaker & Content Manager

Avantika Mohapatra

Speaker & Content Manager