Speakers


Sylvia Hartmann

WHAT WILL HER TEDx TALK BE ABOUT?

Where is the connection between planetary health and human health? How does Planetary Health Concept actually look like? What is human health and does it really depend on our diet and physical exercise? Sylvia Hartmann tackles all of these questions using the very recent examples such as today’s extrem heat waves and COVID-19 pandemic.

WHO IS SYLVIA HARTMANN

Sylvia Hartmann is a passionate nature and environment protection activist. She successfully runs a bvmd-project „Mensch und Umwelt“ («Human and Environment») that offers a great range of events workshops and lectures to raise the awareness of the society about main environmental issues of today. Sylvia states that environmental protection is a source of better health and higher quality of life, that is why nature conservation always equals health protection.


Gigi Kvashilava

WHAT WILL HIS TEDx TALK BE ABOUT?

Why is it so important to overcome your insecurities and keep moving forward? Why is it you who should be making the step? Gigi Kvashilava is convinced that there are no excuses to live in someone’s shadow instead of making your own way into the big and beautiful world we live in. Telling his own story of personal success, Gigi is going to demonstrate that it is worthy to dare to achieve.

WHO IS GIGI KVASHILAVA?

As being the alumni of both the École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) and the Business School of the University of Mannheim, Gigi Kvashilava is an old friend of our university, who maintains a close communication with its community. He has been a member of HeidelbergCement Group family for already more that 12 years having held various management positions in the field of Sales & Marketing.


Josephine Hebling

WHAT WILL HER TEDx TALK BE ABOUT?

Why is the empowerment of young people the key to tackling global issues? The answer to this question can be for sure found in Josephine’s TED talk. Telling her own inspiring story of how she got to be one of the children’s voices at the Commission on the Rights of the Child at the United Nations in Geneva being 14, she is going to demonstrate that children should not be underestimated: even young people can be seen on an equal level with the politicians, diplomats and internationally recognized representatives!

WHO IS JOSEPHINE HEBLING?

Young Josephine Helbing represented the German youth at the 74th session of the General Assembly and the 58th Sessions of the Commission for Social Development being the UN Youth Delegate to the UN General Assembly 2019. Besides that, Josephine is a winner of the honorary prize «Golden Pea Award» for her outstanding activity as Member of the Children and Youth Advisory Board of the German Children's Fund. She has a very special connection to the University of Mannheim as being one of its political sciences students.


Tharaka Sriram

WHAT WILL HER TEDx TALK BE ABOUT?

How is marine conservation connected to women`s rights and racism? Tharaka Sriram will explore this question not only based on her work, but also opening up about her personal life: Growing up in a family of Sri – Lankan Tamil refugees in rural Germany, experiencing racism on a daily basis and how throughout her studies and career women`s rights and the fight for diversity have accompanied her. She wants to give hope to Youth, especially women and girls of color, to overcome roles and expectations that have been imposed on them as their fate, so that they can come forward and shape their own stories.

WHO IS THARAKA SRIRAM?

Tharaka Sriram is a marine conservationist, with a background in Spanish, International Relations and Gender Studies (B.A.) at the University of Mannheim and an M.A. in Governance, Public Policy and Environmental History at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Tharaka has lived and worked on six of the seven continents, in the fields of marine conservation, diversity and youth empowerment, e.g. the UN (Bolivian National Commission UNESCO COMINABOL and United Nations Volunteers UNV /UNDP Côte d`Ivoire), NGOs and development cooperation institutions. She focuses in her work on the SDGs 14 (Preserve oceans), 5 (Achieve gender equality), 13 (Act for climate protection) and 10 & 16 (End racism). In 2015 she founded the ocean literacy initiative „Ocean Education“, in order to fight for the creation of a worldwide network of strictly protected Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). She is one of the 300 women in the EXXpedition sailing team, an interdisciplinary Citizen Science sailing mission, which travels around the world as an all-women team to draw attention to the effects of plastic and environmental toxins.