2015 Speaker Profiles

Leading up to TEDxManhattan 2015, we’ve asked this year’s speakers to introduce themselves by answering a few questions on the Ecocentric blog series “TEDxManhattan Heroes.”

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Speaker Profile: Marcel Van Ooyen

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This week’s TEDxManhattan Hero Marcel Van Ooyen is the executive director of GrowNYC, a non-profit improving quality of life through environmental programs that secure a clean and healthy environment for NYC communities. A former Legislative Director for the New York City Council, Marcel also wrote and ensured the adoption of more than 30 environmental laws in the city.

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Speaker Profile: Shen Tong

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TEDxManhattan Hero Shen Tong is the founder and partner of Food-X, an international business accelerator program focused on launching food-related ventures. An organizer of the democracy movement that occupied Tiananmen Square, Shen was named one of Newsweek’s People of the Year in 1989. Following his exile to the US, Shen pursued PhDs and became an entrepreneur, founding multiple ventures over the past two decades.

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Speaker Profile: Kendra Kimbirauskas

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TEDxManhattan Hero Kendra Kimbirauskas is the Chief Executive Officer of the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP). In addition to her years of experience working to combat factory farming impacts on communities in the northwest and across the country, Kendra currently farms 70 acres with her husband in Oregon, where they raise heritage breeds of pigs, chickens, and turkey.

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Speaker Profile: Robert Graham

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This week’s TEDxManhattan Hero Robert Graham, MD, MPH, ABIHM, FACP, is the Director of Resident Research and the Director of Integrative Health in the Department of Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, NY. As a leader in the field of integrative medicine, his initiatives include the “Fare Share” cooking/nutrition program for health providers, the “Lenox CHill Initiative” yoga and meditation program for medical residents and faculty, the “Victory Greens” rooftop garden at Lenox Hill.

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Speaker Profile: Stephen Reily

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This week’s TEDxManhattan Hero Stephen Reily is the founder and director of Seed Capital Kentucky, a non-profit supporting Kentucky’s local food system. Stephen is focusing his philanthropic energy on bolstering the local food economy in Louisville and securing a more sustainable future for Kentucky farmers.

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Speaker Profile: Henry Hargreaves

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TEDxManhattan Hero and photographer Henry Hargreaves‘ explores our emotional ties to food in a new series at TEDxManhattan.

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Speaker Profile: Ietef ‘DJ Cavem Moetavation’ Vita

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TEDxManhattan Hero Ietef “DJ Cavem Moetavation” Vita is a 2014 Music Educator Award Grammy nominee, international recording artist, food justice activist, organic gardener and more. Watch for DJ Cavem’s new album and vegan recipe book set for release this spring.

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Speaker Profile: Danielle Nierenberg

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TEDxManhattan Hero Danielle Nierenberg is the co-founder and president of Food Tank, expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues, and author and writer on subjects of gender, population, and global agriculture.

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Speaker Profile: Nikiko Masumoto

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TEDxManhattan Hero Nikiko Masumoto, artist, author, and farmer works alongside her father to raise organic peaches, nectarines and grapes on Masumoto Family Farm.  Nikiko will share a portrait of the human side of sustainable agriculture in her talk about three generations of her family coming home to farm.

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