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Leadership


The Team Behind TEDxHarvardCollege

  Cliffton Wang President   Cliff is a sophomore from Scarsdale, New York, living in Pforzheimer house, and planning on concentrating in Chemical and Physical Biology with a secondary in Computer Science. Aside from TEDxHarvardCollege, he is a member of the Harvard Wrestling team and in his free time enjoys skateboarding, running, biking, taking long walks with friends, and going on spontaneous adventures.

Cliffton Wang
President

Cliff is a sophomore from Scarsdale, New York, living in Pforzheimer house, and planning on concentrating in Chemical and Physical Biology with a secondary in Computer Science. Aside from TEDxHarvardCollege, he is a member of the Harvard Wrestling team and in his free time enjoys skateboarding, running, biking, taking long walks with friends, and going on spontaneous adventures.

  Lion Lee   Vice President   Lion is a Sophomore from New York City living in Adams House, and planning on concentrating in Sociology with a secondary in Economics. Outside of TEDxHarvardCollege he is also a member of the Harvard College Consulting Group and enjoys watching all sports in addition to Game of Thrones.

Lion Lee
Vice President

Lion is a Sophomore from New York City living in Adams House, and planning on concentrating in Sociology with a secondary in Economics. Outside of TEDxHarvardCollege he is also a member of the Harvard College Consulting Group and enjoys watching all sports in addition to Game of Thrones.

  Venkata Macha   Former Co-President   Venkata is a senior from Montgomery, Alabama living in Lowell House, and concentrating in Computer Science and Mathematics. Outside of the organization, Venkata is a volunteer at the HSHS and Y2Y Homeless Shelters and a Startup Committee Advisor on the Harvard College Entrepreneurship Forum. In his free time, Venkata enjoys meeting new people and traveling.

Venkata Macha
Former Co-President

Venkata is a senior from Montgomery, Alabama living in Lowell House, and concentrating in Computer Science and Mathematics. Outside of the organization, Venkata is a volunteer at the HSHS and Y2Y Homeless Shelters and a Startup Committee Advisor on the Harvard College Entrepreneurship Forum. In his free time, Venkata enjoys meeting new people and traveling.

  Phillippe Noël Director of Technology   Philippe is a junior from Rivière-du-Loup, Québec living in Leverett house and concentrating in Computer Science -- Mind, Brain, Behavior. Philippe is also a Cheng Fellow at the Kennedy School for his social enterprise work on organic waste recycling, a peer concentration advisor for the computer Science department and a team captain on the Harvard Badminton Club. 

Phillippe Noël
Director of Technology

Philippe is a junior from Rivière-du-Loup, Québec living in Leverett house and concentrating in Computer Science -- Mind, Brain, Behavior. Philippe is also a Cheng Fellow at the Kennedy School for his social enterprise work on organic waste recycling, a peer concentration advisor for the computer Science department and a team captain on the Harvard Badminton Club. 

  Amira Song   Co-Director of Speakers   Amira is a junior from Shenzhen and Toronto living in Currier house, and concentrating in Neurobiology with a citation in French. Her passions include travelling, Go, mental health, and veganism. 

Amira Song
Co-Director of Speakers

Amira is a junior from Shenzhen and Toronto living in Currier house, and concentrating in Neurobiology with a citation in French. Her passions include travelling, Go, mental health, and veganism. 

  Crystal Luo   Director of Sponsorships   Crystal is a junior from Chicago, living in Winthrop House, and concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Outside of TEDxHarvardCollege, Crystal is a peer advisor and a member of HMC. She enjoys traveling, going on adventures, and meeting new people.

Crystal Luo
Director of Sponsorships

Crystal is a junior from Chicago, living in Winthrop House, and concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Outside of TEDxHarvardCollege, Crystal is a peer advisor and a member of HMC. She enjoys traveling, going on adventures, and meeting new people.

  Rachel Levy Director of Design   Rachel is a sophomore from Boca Raton, Florida, living in Pforzheimer house and planning on concentrating in Environmental Science and Public Policy with a secondary in Visual and Environmental Studies. Aside from TEDxHarvardCollege, she is a part of the Women's Basketball Team, volunteers weekly at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, and enjoys hiking, journalism, and going to concerts.

Rachel Levy
Director of Design

Rachel is a sophomore from Boca Raton, Florida, living in Pforzheimer house and planning on concentrating in Environmental Science and Public Policy with a secondary in Visual and Environmental Studies. Aside from TEDxHarvardCollege, she is a part of the Women's Basketball Team, volunteers weekly at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, and enjoys hiking, journalism, and going to concerts.

  Gaby Pelayo   Co-Director of Speakers   Gaby is a sophomore from Palo Alto, California, living in Cabot house, and planning on concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. Beyond TEDxHarvardCollege, she is a member of the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association and in her free time enjoys hiking, playing volleyball, and spending time with friends and family. 

Gaby Pelayo
Co-Director of Speakers

Gaby is a sophomore from Palo Alto, California, living in Cabot house, and planning on concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. Beyond TEDxHarvardCollege, she is a member of the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association and in her free time enjoys hiking, playing volleyball, and spending time with friends and family. 

  Noah Ramos   Director of Logistics   Noah Ramos is a Sophomore from Manila, Philippines living in Cabot house, and concentrating in Psychology. In addition to spreading ideas through TEDxHarvardCollege, he enjoys breakdancing with the Harvard Breakers and promoting Filipino culture.

Noah Ramos
Director of Logistics

Noah Ramos is a Sophomore from Manila, Philippines living in Cabot house, and concentrating in Psychology. In addition to spreading ideas through TEDxHarvardCollege, he enjoys breakdancing with the Harvard Breakers and promoting Filipino culture.

  Sophie Sun   Director of Marketing   Sophie is a sophomore from Baltimore, Maryland, living in Mather house, and planning on concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Computer Science. Outside of TEDxHarvardCollege, she is a setter on the Harvard Womens Club Volleyball team and in her free time loves hiking and playing piano and guitar. 

Sophie Sun
Director of Marketing

Sophie is a sophomore from Baltimore, Maryland, living in Mather house, and planning on concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Computer Science. Outside of TEDxHarvardCollege, she is a setter on the Harvard Womens Club Volleyball team and in her free time loves hiking and playing piano and guitar. 

  James Coleman   Director of Social   James is a sophomore from South San Francisco, California, living in Dunster house, and planning to concentrate in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in Government. Other than TEDxHarvardCollege, he is a member of Club Swim and enjoys playing piano, hiking, and paddle-boarding in his free time.

James Coleman
Director of Social

James is a sophomore from South San Francisco, California, living in Dunster house, and planning to concentrate in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in Government. Other than TEDxHarvardCollege, he is a member of Club Swim and enjoys playing piano, hiking, and paddle-boarding in his free time.

  Marissa Persaud-Lachhman   Design Committee Member   Marissa is in her 5th year undergrad at the University of Waterloo in Canada, in the Honours Biology (specialization Microbiology) Co-operative Education program and is currently partaking in an internship at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health until the end of August. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, hanging out with friends, new adventures, and eating (tacos in specific).

Marissa Persaud-Lachhman
Design Committee Member

Marissa is in her 5th year undergrad at the University of Waterloo in Canada, in the Honours Biology (specialization Microbiology) Co-operative Education program and is currently partaking in an internship at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health until the end of August. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, hanging out with friends, new adventures, and eating (tacos in specific).

  Matthew Mardo   Speakers Committee Member   Matt is a sophomore from Lincoln, Rhode Island, living in Pforzheimer house, and planning on concentrating in Neurobiology with a secondary in Philosophy. Aside from TEDxHarvardCollege, he enjoys playing his guitar, going to concerts, and playing soccer with friends.

Matthew Mardo
Speakers Committee Member

Matt is a sophomore from Lincoln, Rhode Island, living in Pforzheimer house, and planning on concentrating in Neurobiology with a secondary in Philosophy. Aside from TEDxHarvardCollege, he enjoys playing his guitar, going to concerts, and playing soccer with friends.

  Samantha Carrillo   Speakers Committee Member   Sam is a sophomore from Paterson, New Jersey living in Lowell house and considering concentrating in Physics. Aside from TEDxHarvardCollege, she is a member of SICHacks, WICS, and in her free time enjoys tasting interesting foods, exploring, and humor. 

Samantha Carrillo
Speakers Committee Member

Sam is a sophomore from Paterson, New Jersey living in Lowell house and considering concentrating in Physics. Aside from TEDxHarvardCollege, she is a member of SICHacks, WICS, and in her free time enjoys tasting interesting foods, exploring, and humor. 

  Katherine Hess   Marketing Committee Member   Matt is a sophomore from Lincoln, Rhode Island, living in Pforzheimer house, and planning on concentrating in Neurobiology with a secondary in Philosophy. Aside from TEDxHarvardCollege, he enjoys playing his guitar, going to concerts, and playing soccer with friends.

Katherine Hess
Marketing Committee Member

Matt is a sophomore from Lincoln, Rhode Island, living in Pforzheimer house, and planning on concentrating in Neurobiology with a secondary in Philosophy. Aside from TEDxHarvardCollege, he enjoys playing his guitar, going to concerts, and playing soccer with friends.

  Analli Torres   Logistics Committee Member   Analli is a sophomore from West Covina, California, living in Pforzheimer House, planning on concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a citation in Mandarin Chinese. Aside from TEDxHarvardCollege, she is a member of the Harvard Undergraduate Science Olympiad and the Harvard College Escape Room Club.

Analli Torres
Logistics Committee Member

Analli is a sophomore from West Covina, California, living in Pforzheimer House, planning on concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a citation in Mandarin Chinese. Aside from TEDxHarvardCollege, she is a member of the Harvard Undergraduate Science Olympiad and the Harvard College Escape Room Club.

  Jaycee Yegher   Social Committee Member   Jaycee is a sophomore from Darnestown, MD living in Lowell house, and planning on concentrating in social studies. Beyond TEDxHarvardCollege, she is a part of the Harvard Women's Swim and Dive team and a writer for The Independent. 

Jaycee Yegher
Social Committee Member

Jaycee is a sophomore from Darnestown, MD living in Lowell house, and planning on concentrating in social studies. Beyond TEDxHarvardCollege, she is a part of the Harvard Women's Swim and Dive team and a writer for The Independent. 

  Anastasia Lamothe   Design Committee Member   Anastasia is a sophomore from Boston, Massachusetts, living in Dunster house, and planning on concentrating in East Asian Studies with a minor in Computer Science. Outside of TedX, she enjoys dancing, scrapbook journaling, and searching for the perfect combination of essential oils for every mood.

Anastasia Lamothe
Design Committee Member

Anastasia is a sophomore from Boston, Massachusetts, living in Dunster house, and planning on concentrating in East Asian Studies with a minor in Computer Science. Outside of TedX, she enjoys dancing, scrapbook journaling, and searching for the perfect combination of essential oils for every mood.

  Julia DiNovi   Sponsorship Committee Member   Julia is a Junior from Wellesley, Massachusetts living in Adams House, and concentrating in Psychology with a potential secondary in Anthropology.  In addition to TEDxHarvardCollege, she is a member of the Harvard Women's Lacrosse team and enjoys painting. 

Julia DiNovi
Sponsorship Committee Member

Julia is a Junior from Wellesley, Massachusetts living in Adams House, and concentrating in Psychology with a potential secondary in Anthropology.  In addition to TEDxHarvardCollege, she is a member of the Harvard Women's Lacrosse team and enjoys painting. 

Advisors


Advisors


TEDxHarvardCollege is indebted to the numerous Faculty Advisors who have dedicated time and effort to TED's cause. 

Stephen Burt, Co-Licensee, Professor of English, FAS

Margie Zohn, Leadership Coach & Preceptor, Harvard Expos 40 Public Speaking

Hugo Van Vuuren, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

David Ager, Senior Fellow of Executive Education, Harvard Business School. 

Jonathan Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Harvard Divinity School and Pusey Minister of the Memorial Church 

Noah Feldman, Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Beth Porter, Vice President of Product, EdX

Stephen Ervin, Assistant Dean of Information Technology, Harvard Design School

Harry Lewis, Gordon McKay professor of computer science, Interim Dean, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences,

Daniel Gilbert, Professor of Psychology, Harvard College

Colin MaClay, Director of Harvard Business School Digital Initiative

Thank you to the countless others who have helped us along the way!

TEDx


About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende, and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TEDx


About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende, and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.