New Beginnings

On December 11th 2013, speakers and audience will journey through the way the Surinamese think, collaborate, communicate, inspire, learn and lead. This edition of TEDxParamaribo will also feature dans and musical acts.

Speakers

Winston Scholsberg

WINSTON SCHOLSBERG: “HOW BODY CLAPPING COULD MAKE YOU SMARTER”

Winston Scholsberg was born in Paramaribo, Suriname and is someone who is bursting with energy and enthusiasm in everything he does! His qualities are best seen in his work as a coach and trainer, and in the entertainment world as master storyteller, drummer, presenter, entertainer and inspirational speaker.

Mayra Essenboom

MAYRA ESSENBOOM: “MARKETING CARAPA SEEDS: USING TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE RAIN FOREST OF SURINAME”

Mayra Essenboom has her M.Sc in Agricultural Economics. She has been working as a researcher at the Centre for Agricultural Research in Suriname (CELOS) for the past 7 years. Her research is often in collaboration with rural communities and concentrates on the commercialization and marketing of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), the empowerment of CBO’s and micro entrepreneurs. She produces popular writings and scientific articles and upon request she advises policy makers within her field of expertise. She also mentors and advises students of the University of Suriname (AdeKUS) and represents the AdeKUS in the Global Environment facility / Small Grants Program (GEF/SGP) national steering committee. In 2012 she was elected as co-chairman of the SGP.

Leo Habers

LEO HABERS: “INTERNET CHANGING HUMANKIND”

Leo Habers is the founder of ReasonNet BV, a full service Internet provider with a wide array of services ranging from cloud to managed services. Leo is currently focusing on cybercrime and the cloud. His experience as an IP-man with a background in marketing and philosophy, gives him the insights to predict future trends of the Internet.

Sean Dilsrosun

SEAN DILROSUN: “WHY BIRDING?

Sean Dilrosun guides curious nature lovers in Suriname. He owns a tour company called Eyes on Nature. Dilrosun, who has been specializing in birds since 1999, considers himself both a guide and self-made naturalist.

John Goedschalk

JOHN GOEDSCHALK: “CLIMATE CHANGE AND ECOSYSTEMS”

John Goedschalk attended the NIMBAS Bradford Graduate School of Management where he achieved an MBA in financial management. After his studies John held positions in different companies including Ernst & Young and the ABN AMRO bank, after which he started his own company, Business Process & Information Technology Consulting. In 2011 John became the director of the Climate Compatible Development Agency responsible for supporting the national climate change agenda and for securing required funding for local climate change initiatives. Today John is the Executive Director of Conservation International Suriname; an environmental organization working to protect nature for the benefit of people.

Warda Marica

WARDA MARICA: “HOW I GOT INSPIRED BY A SURINAMESE FLOWER”

Rumi is 37 and works as a transformation coach on a personal level (adults and teenagers). For companies he works in the field of mind, body and soul. As a transformation coach, Rumi developed his own authentic concept called: ‘Inner Organisation’ which focuses on a positive work attitude and the awareness of inner knowledge and strength, thus … becoming your own inner master. Rumi teaches yoga classes with the focus on coordination of the whole body and mind system, establishing and experiencing the full awareness of the connection between mind and body, resulting in: reduced stress, and mastering your own body and mind system under duress and confronting pain. Rumi works together with professionals in self-defense. He focuses on guiding individuals (especially teenagers) spiritually in the art of self-defense.
Besides coaching, as Rumi perceived the increase in social decadence he introduced his own radio program called “Freedom Vibez”. As an concerned citizen he debates politicians about the current political system, focusing strongly on their personal integrity, the equality of civilian and government, freedom and justice. During this interactive program, he also educates the Surinamese society about the history of (tax)law, school system and other political factors that may influence our daily lives and way of thinking.

John Watkin

JOHN WATKIN: “FAB LAB PARAMARIBO: A NEW WAY TO CREATE”

John Watkin is a humble man but behind that humility hides over four decades of experience in technological capital and innovative projects. He spent the majority of his career at the mining company Suralco. Having a taste for entrepreneurship, he partnered in starting and managing a company in fisheries. He is currently the Senior Advisor to the Vice President of the Republic of Suriname in a number of capital and technological programs, including FAB LAB Paramaribo, a technological facility to drive innovation and entrepreneurship. In his free time he has been known to fly planes as a private pilot, and regenerate old plantations. Notably he has shown excellent skills in leadership, taking many young careerists under his wing.

Jhurny Udenhout

JHURNY UDENHOUT: “A SELF-THOUGHT SCULPTOR SHOWS HIS INTERPRETATION OF LIFE”

Jhunry Udenhout is a young Surinamese sculptor who in his relatively young art career has managed to make quite an impression on the Surinamese art world. This skill wasn’t acquired from an official art education but from an innate sense and feel for the three dimensional form and the undeniable passion to create. His sculptures are recognizable by their smooth and continuous lines and great attention for detail. The artist’s unique style is created with a self made set of tools. At this point in his art career, he uses his outstanding skill to give voice to his opinion of past a nd present political and socio economic events and subjects in Suriname.

Fenna Walhain

FENNA WALHAIN
“BACK TO BASICS: THE INFLUENCES OF LIFESTYLE DIFFERENCES”

Fenna Walhain is 28 years old and born and raised in the Netherlands. She is a human kinetic technologist and Human Movement Scientist. For almost three years she has been working at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the Anton de Kom University of Suriname. She came to Suriname to assist in setting up a human motion laboratory, which is especially equipped to do scientific research and analyze walking disorders in adults and children. She also teaches physiotherapy students. Because of a special interest in the motor development of children, she has been researching the level of physical fitness in children for this past year.

Ray Jong A Lock

RAY JONG A LOCK
FUTURE OF LEADERSHIP

Ray Jong-A-Lock currently serves as the team leader of Get!T Training & Consultancy. His life philosophy is best explained in his mission: “Helping people to find their personal inspiration, build philosophy, become valuable and discover strengths in order to develop themselves to their maximum potential”. Ray has developed leadership, organizational & management programs for more than 100 organizations in the Public, private and non-governmental sector during more than 15 years. He has trained thousands in 30 countries on 4 continents in the areas of personal development, organization and management, leadership, project management and entrepreneurship.

MARIAN SPIER, MODERATOR FOR TEDXPARAMARIBO 2013

Marian Spier is organizer of TEDxAmsterdamWomen. She stood at the beginning of TEDxAmsterdam, where she is also Vice President of the TedxAmsterdam Foundation. She works as a creative producer for the international organization TED.com. Marian has organized several TEDx events in Northern Europe. Now she is the business director of KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Film Festival.

Entertainment

We are proud to present the following outstanding solo artists:

Zulili Blinker: Spoken Word
Biko Zeewijk: Percussion
Kevin Thompson: Dance
Kenneth Neral: Saxophone
Rodney Wongsosoeparto: Guitar
Edward William: Singer and Pianist

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