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The Team Behind TEDxHarvardCollege

Ana Olano Co-Curator and President Ana Olano is a sophomore from Miami, Florida living in Leverett House and planning on concentrating in Physics. Ana wants to become an entrepreneur, and has had a start in initiating and managing the Harvard Coffee House, a campus-wide monthly performance night at the Queen’s Head Pub, for which she won the Community Creation Award her freshman year and received recognition for in the Harvard Works campaign in her sophomore year. Ana is also involved in the music scene at Harvard--she is an alto in Harvard's mixed choir, the Harvard Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and she enjoys starting sporadic ukulele jams in the yard.

Ana Olano
Co-Curator and President

Ana Olano is a sophomore from Miami, Florida living in Leverett House and planning on concentrating in Physics. Ana wants to become an entrepreneur, and has had a start in initiating and managing the Harvard Coffee House, a campus-wide monthly performance night at the Queen’s Head Pub, for which she won the Community Creation Award her freshman year and received recognition for in the Harvard Works campaign in her sophomore year. Ana is also involved in the music scene at Harvard--she is an alto in Harvard's mixed choir, the Harvard Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and she enjoys starting sporadic ukulele jams in the yard.

Venkata Macha Co-Curator and President Venkata is a sophomore in Quincy House concentrating in Mathematics and Computer Science. Outside TEDxHarvardCollege, Venkata is involved with the Harvard Innovation Lab, as well as the Harvard College Entrepreneurship Forum. When free time permits, Venkata's passions include traveling, restaurant-hopping, and startups.

Venkata Macha
Co-Curator and President

Venkata is a sophomore in Quincy House concentrating in Mathematics and Computer Science. Outside TEDxHarvardCollege, Venkata is involved with the Harvard Innovation Lab, as well as the Harvard College Entrepreneurship Forum. When free time permits, Venkata's passions include traveling, restaurant-hopping, and startups.

Nebras Jemel Director of Logistics Nebras Jemel is a Tunisian sophomore at Harvard College, Interested in Computer Science and Economics. Aside from his work at TEDxHarvardCollege, He currently serves as the Treasurer for the Harvard Society of Arab Students and the Technology Chair for the Woodbridge International Society. He is also Involved with the Youth Alliance for the Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA) where he serves as a Public Relations Chair, and ConVRgency Harvard College VR Lab where he is Head Engineer. He Worked as a Research Assistant in the Harvard Center of Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), and is currently a Teaching Fellow at Harvard's CS50.

Nebras Jemel
Director of Logistics

Nebras Jemel is a Tunisian sophomore at Harvard College, Interested in Computer Science and Economics. Aside from his work at TEDxHarvardCollege, He currently serves as the Treasurer for the Harvard Society of Arab Students and the Technology Chair for the Woodbridge International Society. He is also Involved with the Youth Alliance for the Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA) where he serves as a Public Relations Chair, and ConVRgency Harvard College VR Lab where he is Head Engineer. He Worked as a Research Assistant in the Harvard Center of Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), and is currently a Teaching Fellow at Harvard's CS50.

Samuel Oh Director of Event Experience Sam is a junior at Harvard studying Neurobiology and Film Studies. In addition to TEDxHarvardCollege, Sam is also involved with the PBHA Committee on Deaf Awareness, Harvard Model Congress, and Club Swimming. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, his passions include listening to podcasts and audiobooks, jogging, playing video games, and watching classic films.

Samuel Oh
Director of Event Experience

Sam is a junior at Harvard studying Neurobiology and Film Studies. In addition to TEDxHarvardCollege, Sam is also involved with the PBHA Committee on Deaf Awareness, Harvard Model Congress, and Club Swimming. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, his passions include listening to podcasts and audiobooks, jogging, playing video games, and watching classic films.

 
Camille Falézan Director of Speakers Camille is a rising Junior in Dunster House, concentrating in Applied Math in Economics with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. She joined the team during her freshman summer and aside of TEDx, she is involved in HAUSCR (Association of US-China Relations), the Yearbook and the social-entrepreneurial club Innovation Connect. Camille is also very interested in the intersection between economics, health and psychology and hopes to pursue a career in international development. In her free time, she loves backpacking, reading and travelling! 

Camille Falézan
Director of Speakers

Camille is a rising Junior in Dunster House, concentrating in Applied Math in Economics with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. She joined the team during her freshman summer and aside of TEDx, she is involved in HAUSCR (Association of US-China Relations), the Yearbook and the social-entrepreneurial club Innovation Connect. Camille is also very interested in the intersection between economics, health and psychology and hopes to pursue a career in international development. In her free time, she loves backpacking, reading and travelling! 

Amira Song Director of Speakers Amira is a sophomore in Currier House planning on pursuing a pre-med track. Born in Shenzhen, Guangdong, Amira spent the first nine years of her life there before moving to Toronto, Ontario, where she spent another nine. Aside from TEDxHarvardCollege, Amira is part of Harvard Student Mental Health Liaisons, Global Brigades, and various PBHA programs on campus. Some of her favourite things include playing Go, horseback riding, travelling, and listening to Kpop.  

Amira Song
Director of Speakers

Amira is a sophomore in Currier House planning on pursuing a pre-med track. Born in Shenzhen, Guangdong, Amira spent the first nine years of her life there before moving to Toronto, Ontario, where she spent another nine. Aside from TEDxHarvardCollege, Amira is part of Harvard Student Mental Health Liaisons, Global Brigades, and various PBHA programs on campus. Some of her favourite things include playing Go, horseback riding, travelling, and listening to Kpop.

 

Mustafa Bal Director of Finance Mustafa Bal is a junior living in Winthrop House and concentrating in Computer Science and Mathematics. Besides TEDxHarvardCollege, Mustafa is part of the Harvard Crimson, Harvard Computer Society, and the Harvard College Turkish Student Association. Born in Ankara, Turkey and raised in McLean, VA, Mustafa also enjoys helping out as a Course Assistant at Harvard's CS50, consuming books on Middle Eastern history and debating on international politics and economics.

Mustafa Bal
Director of Finance

Mustafa Bal is a junior living in Winthrop House and concentrating in Computer Science and Mathematics. Besides TEDxHarvardCollege, Mustafa is part of the Harvard Crimson, Harvard Computer Society, and the Harvard College Turkish Student Association. Born in Ankara, Turkey and raised in McLean, VA, Mustafa also enjoys helping out as a Course Assistant at Harvard's CS50, consuming books on Middle Eastern history and debating on international politics and economics.

 
Phillippe Noël Director of Technology Originally from Rivière-du-Loup, Québec, Philippe is a sophomore in Leverett House who plans on doing a joint concentration in Computer Science and Physics with a secondary in Economics. Philippe joined TEDxHarvardCollege after giving a TEDx Talk with Harvard College in September 2016. Beside TEDxHarvardCollege, Philippe is part of Harvard Computer Society, HFAC and the Harvard Canadian Club. Outside of Harvard, Philippe spends most of his time involved with the Kairos Society, working on entrepreneurial ventures, and enjoys traveling, skiing, and reading.    

Phillippe Noël
Director of Technology

Originally from Rivière-du-Loup, Québec, Philippe is a sophomore in Leverett House who plans on doing a joint concentration in Computer Science and Physics with a secondary in Economics. Philippe joined TEDxHarvardCollege after giving a TEDx Talk with Harvard College in September 2016. Beside TEDxHarvardCollege, Philippe is part of Harvard Computer Society, HFAC and the Harvard Canadian Club. Outside of Harvard, Philippe spends most of his time involved with the Kairos Society, working on entrepreneurial ventures, and enjoys traveling, skiing, and reading.

 

 

Catherine Hua Director of Logistics Catherine Hua is a sophomore from Brooklyn, New York, living in Kirkland house, and planning on concentrating in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology or Physics. Aside from work with the TEDxHarvardCollege Conference, she is also helping to organize a summer program called HVIET in Vietnam that introduces a liberal aspect to learning to Vietnamese high school students. She also does microbiome and evolutionary research at the Museum of Comparative Zoology and gives tours of Harvard’s campus. She loves trying new things, especially new foods, running around Cambridge with the Running Club, and meeting new people! 

Catherine Hua
Director of Logistics

Catherine Hua is a sophomore from Brooklyn, New York, living in Kirkland house, and planning on concentrating in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology or Physics. Aside from work with the TEDxHarvardCollege Conference, she is also helping to organize a summer program called HVIET in Vietnam that introduces a liberal aspect to learning to Vietnamese high school students. She also does microbiome and evolutionary research at the Museum of Comparative Zoology and gives tours of Harvard’s campus. She loves trying new things, especially new foods, running around Cambridge with the Running Club, and meeting new people! 

Hayoung Ahn Director of Marketing Hayoung is a sophomore in Lowell House who plans on concentrating in Neurobiology. Outside of TEDxHarvardCollege, she serves as the Associate Photo Editor of the Harvard Yearbook, a magazine writer for The Crimson, and the Public Relations/Multimedia Chair for Harvard College in Asia Program (HCAP). Hayoung loves to spend her time journaling and watching documentaries. As a proud New Yorker, a long-held dream of hers is to write for The New York Times.

Hayoung Ahn
Director of Marketing

Hayoung is a sophomore in Lowell House who plans on concentrating in Neurobiology. Outside of TEDxHarvardCollege, she serves as the Associate Photo Editor of the Harvard Yearbook, a magazine writer for The Crimson, and the Public Relations/Multimedia Chair for Harvard College in Asia Program (HCAP). Hayoung loves to spend her time journaling and watching documentaries. As a proud New Yorker, a long-held dream of hers is to write for The New York Times.

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.