TED is a non-profit organisation dedicated to disseminating ideas by passionate speakers and specialists through short, compelling talks which are approximately 18 minutes length. TED originated in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment, and Design collided, and has since expanded to embrace nearly every topic imaginable, from science and business to global challenges, in over 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently organized TEDx events provides ths opportunity for communities all around the world communicate ideas.

The University of Johannesburg will be hosting virtual TEDx Talks on the 27th of August 2021. The event is open to the public (how cool is that!!!). The TEDxUniversityOfJohannesburg’s agenda is to “make great ideas accessible and spark conversation”.

Featured speakers of the TEDxUniversityof Johannesburg


Ryan Stramrood

Ryan Stramrood is an ultra-extreme open water and ice swimming adventurer. He has taken on swimming challenges in some of the world’s most inhospitable waters and has survived temperatures that have pushed the boundaries of mankind and the human mind.
Ryan is also a businessman, a father, and, in his own words, the quintessential “average Joe”.
While also focusing on his motivational speaking business, Ryan shares with audiences around the world, unique insights into the human mind, its great power, and surprisingly why the mind’s great power can also be our biggest limitation.


Anthony Brown

Anthony Brown is an Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg in the
Department of Educational Psychology. Anthony was born during the South African Apartheid
era to mixed race parents and his ‘misplaced’ identity has led to numerous moments of exclusion
and discrimination. His personal search for acceptance along the intersections of race, class
and sexuality motivated him to become a teacher of diversity education. His scholarship of
teaching and learning leans towards critical inclusivity for students with minority identities
specifically those with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, expressions and sex
characteristics. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Namibia, M.A
Special Education, Leeds University (U.K) and Doctor of Education from Birmingham
University (U.K). He currently lectures Inclusive Education to undergraduate and postgraduate
students. He is also responsible for teaching methodologies to Life Orientation student
teachers. His participatory pedagogical approaches prepare students for a pluralistic world
that will enable them to confront, re-examine and raise the consciousness of their own assumptions
and identities. Anthony works with various civil society organisations to bridge the gap
between experiential learning and theoretical knowledge. He frequently engages in public
dialogues to facilitate inclusivity and safe socio-educational environments for diverse sexual
orientations and gender expressions. He has authored various scholarly articles that address
notions of social justice and inclusion.


Habib Noorbhai

Prof Habib Noorbhai is an Associate Professor and Director of the Biomedical Engineering and Healthcare Technology (BEAHT) Research Centre at the University of Johannesburg. He also contributes his time as a health & sports scientist, speaker, humanitarian. In 2015, he was nominated among Mail and Guardians top 200 young South Africans and was also included in Fast Company South Africa’s Top 30 creative people in business for 2017. He was later inducted as a UCT Golden Key Honorary Member for 2018. More notably, he won the coveted title of Mr South Africa 2017, using the title to spearhead change within health, sport and education.


Dali Tembo

Dali Tembo is CEO & Co-founder of The Culture Foundry Company – a Global Consumer Insight
& Collaboration Agency. He is recognised as one of the leading strategists canvassing current
and future trends affecting Africa’s youth. Having completed his undergrad in Organisational
Psychology, Business Management and Public Management, Dali went on to study a Post Grad
Honours in Marketing and an MBA specialising in Emerging Markets from the University of
In his young career, Dali has delivered strategic guidance to numerous multi-national
corporations across Africa, the UK, the US and MEA. Dali has also partnered with the UCT
Institute of Strategic Marketing to deliver two of the largest research studies ever presented on
Youth and High Income Earners in South Africa.
Dali has also run his own Youth Trends Columns, contributed to leading magazines on emerging
trends and been a regular guest speaker at notable conferences and universities. Dali is a
contributing author to the book ‘The Future is Now’, featuring commentary from leading
Futurists, such as: Dion Chang, Nikolas Badminton, Bronwyn Williams and Theo Priestley. Dali was
also recently given the prestigious honour of being the closing Keynote Speaker at the biggest
Trade and Finance conference in Africa, GTR


Mosa Kaiser

Mosa Kaiser began her career in the entertainment industry at the age of 6 she
has shot over 6 award winning international films Hotel Rwanda being one. She
studied at The University of Witwatersrand and obtained her honours degree in
film and television. She has been accepted to complete her MFA Master’s Degree
at AFDA.
Mosa is a qualified actor, radio and TV presenter and has an extensive
background in voice-over work, she has just been nominated for a Liberty award
for her Magazine Radio Show Novel Leisure. She has been in the radio industry for
over a decade as a content/technical producer and radio presenter and hopes to
bring about change for the youth through this medium.


Sizwe Ndlovu

“Sizwe is a rower, Olympic Laureat, coach and motivational speaker from Kwa-Zulu Natal. He won an
Olympic Gold Medal in the lightweight men’s coxless fours at the 2012 London Olympic Games,
making him the first and only black man in the history of the sport to achieve an Olympic Medal. His
inspirational story earned him The Order of Ikhamanga award. Currently, Sizwe serves on multiple
athletes commissions, including the World Rowing governing body FISA and SASCOC. He also has a
passion for transformation in rowing, leading the discussion as the current University Sports South
Africa-Rowing Committee Vice Chairperson, as well as the head coach for the University of
Johannesburg and National Para-Rowing squad”


Bolele Polisa

Bolele Polisa is a dynamic presenter who has the ability to draw in a listener with her creative flair and
knowledge of a wide variety of topics and discussions. She understands team dynamics and gives room
for each team talent to be explored and used for the betterment of the show. Her general flair in
conversation, wit, humour and technical ability has kept UJFM Breakfast listeners coming back for more
every weekday from 06h00am – 09h00am.
She started her radio journey as a news anchor in 2015 and quickly found herself moving up the ranks
which lead her to become a presenter in June 2017/18 for a daytime show and for the UJFM Drive in
2019/20. In her 3-year radio journey, Bolele has been nominated three times for the Radio Awards under
the “News bulletin reader” category and was nominated for the Best daytime show last year.
She has spoken on various platforms including the 2017 radio class hosted by Kaya FM’s Shane Ngwenya,
speaking alongside Ayanda MVP, Greg Maloka and many more. She has made an appearance on SABC 1’s
Educational show – Daily Thetha.
Bolele Prides herself in her work is passionate about Education, food and lifestyle. She completed her
National Diploma and B-tech degree at the University of Johannesburg and plans to specialize in Digital
Marketing in 2018.
Bolele defines radio as her first love and a place where magic is fashioned…
Many Call her the simplest sophistication!


Talita Greyling

Talita Greyling is a researcher in the field of well-being economics and development economics. She has published in the top ranked journals in this field of study and is currently the co-editor for Economics of the leading journal in in subjective wellbeing, namely the Journal of Happiness Studies.  She is involved with multiple international research projects and is an active member of ISQoLS (Institute for Quality of Life Studies).  She has also submitted a bid to host the ISQoLS conference in South Africa in 2021.  She presents research at international conferences on a regular basis and was the keynote speaker at a conference on Quality of Life, which was held in Auckland (2017).Talita has supervised masters and PhD students in the field of Development Economics and Well-being Economics and she has been the external examiner of many PhD and Masters theses.She lectures development Economics at an Honours and Masters level and has been the subject head for Development Economics since 2016. She is the external examiner for a number of subjects at various academic institutions.

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