Join us at TEDxFukuokaChange! April 4, 2013



Join us at TEDxFukuokaChange!

TEDxFukuokaChange will be held on Thursday, April 4th, Thursday, in Fukuoka City. This TEDx event will feature an on-demand screening of TEDxChange, hosted by Melinda Gates from the Gates Foundation campus in Seattle, Washington, USA. We will also be highlighting a few live local speakers who exhibit the TEDxChange theme of, ‘Positive Disruption.’ For more information on TEDxChange 2013, visit

TEDxFukuokaChange Event

Date: Thursday, April 4th

Time: 18:00 – 21:00 (Doors open at 17:30)

Place: Daio Hall, Fukuoka Kokusai Building B1, 2-6-1 Daimyo, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka

Cost: 2,000 Yen/Adult and 1,000 Yen/Student, JET, ALT

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Capacity: 60 people

  • 18:00 – 19:40: MC + 90 minutes: on-demand screening of TEDxChange from Seattle

  • 19:40 – 20:00: Discussion

  • 20:00 – 20:40: Three live local speakers (10 minutes each)

  • 20:40 – 21:00: Discussion

TEDxChange: Positive Disruption Speaker Line-up

  • Melinda Gates (Host)

    Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with Bill Gates, she shapes and approves the foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Together they meet with grantees and partners to further the foundation’s goal of improving equity in the United States and around the world. While involved in all of the organization’s endeavors, Gates believes that empowering women in developing countries to decide whether and when to have a child is a critical driver of her work at the foundation, since this decision can be the source of transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of whole societies. Gates received a master’s degree in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 1987. After joining Microsoft in 1987, she was appointed as Microsoft’s general manager of Information Products. In 1996, Gates left the organization, and since then has directed her energy toward the nonprofit world.

  • Cathleen Kaveny: Religion, tradition, and modernity

    M. Cathleen Kaveny is the John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, and is currently a visiting professor at Princeton University. Dr. Kaveny focuses her academic work on the intersection of religion, law, and morality. She is the author of Law’s Virtues: Fostering Autonomy and Solidarity in American Society and the forthcoming Prophecy without Contempt: An Ethics of Religious Discourse in the Public Square. She has also authored more than a hundred articles and essays in both scholarly and popular journals. She is a regular columnist for Commonweal. Professor Kaveny is a member of numerous professional societies and has served on a number of editorial boards in both law and religion. In January 2013, she was elected to the vice-presidency of the Society of Christian Ethics. She earned both her J.D. and her Ph.D. from Yale University.

  • Halimatou Hima: Investing in girls

    Halimatou Hima was born in Niger, where she served as the first president of the Youth Parliament at age fifteen. During her tenure, she engaged various stakeholders for national campaigns on girls’ education, especially in rural areas, among other initiatives. She earned a scholarship to the United World College and Wellesley College, where she joined a small group of students to build Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance. Upon her graduation in 2010, Halimatou worked extensively in rural Niger on child marriage, girls’ education, and youth participation with Unicef. She independently spearheaded microenterprise programs with women. Halimatou—selected in 2011 as one of “Africa’s 25 top emerging women leaders under 25 for their commitment to service”—is a candidate for a master’s degree in public policy (MPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

  • Roger Thurow: Shifts in agriculture

    Roger Thurow joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy in January 2010 after three decades at The Wall Street Journal. In 2012, he also became a fellow for the ONE Campaign. For 20 years, he served as a Journal foreign correspondent, based in Europe and Africa. In 2003, he and Journal colleague Scott Kilman wrote a series of stories on famine in Africa that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. Their reporting on humanitarian and development issues was also honored by the United Nations. Thurow and Kilman are authors of the book ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. In 2009, they were awarded Action Against Hunger’s Humanitarian Award. They also received the 2009 Harry Chapin Why Hunger book award. In May 2012, Thurow published his second book, The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change.

  • Salim Shekh and Sikha Patra: Vaccine advocates

Salim Shekh, a boy of 15 years, lives in a polluted slum in East Kolkata, India. Sikha Patra, a girl of 15 years, lives in an Indian slum called Neheru Colony. This dynamic duo has been engaged in eradicating polio from their community, developing a map which they plan to share online with the global audience to make their invisible community visible. Sikha and Salim are child advisors to Prayasam, an India-based NGO that has organized thousands of children in the slum areas to become peer leaders/educators, catalyzing lifestyle changes within their communities. Focusing primarily on preventive health, sanitation, and hygiene, these children are changing the physical and social environment within which they live. Currently they are negotiating with the local government to ward off diseases like dengue. Both Sikha and Salim were speakers at the Skoll World Forum held in Oxford in 2012. They spoke about the active role of the youth as the contributors as well as the change-makers of the society.

  • Julie Dixon: Social Change
  • David Fasanya: Youth poet

Local Speaker Line-up

  • Maki Sugimoto MD Ph.D, Surgeon, Educator, Innovator

As an Associate Professor at Kobe University’s Graduate School of Medicine, Dr. Maki Sugimoto has extensive experience in open source software, OsiriX medical image processing, medical IT systems, surgical navigation, endoscopic surgery, and the next generation of minimally invasive robotic surgery. Also featured in The Japan Times, Dr. Sugimoto continues to contribute to the development of cutting-edge medical technology research by enhancing bio-texture modeling technology with 3D printers and various kinds of resin materials that can reproduce bio-texture accurately.

  • Professor Masaharu Okada, Executive Director, Grameen Creative Lab @Kyushu University

Masharu Okada is a Kyusyu University law professor seeking to promote domestic and foreign social business projects. He established and is the Executive Director of the Yunus and Shiiki Social Business Research Center. Okada is an advocate of business-academia-government collaboration and has worked with the Nippon Telegraph and Telephon Public Corporation (NTT Group) in the past managing their international legal, intellectual property licence, and lobbying affairs among other duties.

  • Bruno Dercon, Human Settlements Officer, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, UN-Habitat

    Bruno Dercon is a senior staff member in the United Nations’ programme for human settlements, UN-Habitat. He is based in its Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and has been supporting UN-Habitat programme teams in Pakistan, Indonesia and Myanmar. He is also the focal point for the agency’s cooperation between China and Asia. With an engineering background, Bruno continued to study environmental management and corporate governance. He has worked for more than 20 years in Asia, on issues of social housing, urban development and regional planning. He started off living in and studying poor urban and rural neighbourhoods and engaged in large housing and regional development programmes, often after earthquakes, floods or wars. He wrote, edited and produced books and films on community empowerment and reconstruction. Within UN-Habitat’s Regional Office in Fukuoka, Japan, Bruno engages with Japanese and Asian partners on innovative environmental planning and management solutions and sustainable transportation.



Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

TEDx: TED is a nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world. To this end, it hosts annual conferences exploring many of the issues facing our world. 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. TEDx events combine TEDTalks videos and live speakers to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

TEDxChange 2013 is a TEDx event co-organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and TED. Convened by Melinda French Gates. TEDxChange will focus on issues surrounding global health and development. TEDxChange type events are TEDx events hosted around the live webcast of TEDxChange, and also feature local speakers. Our event is called TEDxFukuokaChange, and is one of many TEDx events happening around the globe on April 3rd that will expand on the ideas brought up at TEDxChange 2012.

Interested in TED? Want to meet others who are enthusiastic about (ideas worth spreading?) technology, entertainment, and design? Come check out the TEDxFukuoka community and listen to TEDx speakers changing the world one step at a time. If you would like to suggest speakers for this event, feel free to contact us at We hope to see you on April 4th!

TEDxFukuokaChange Co-Organizers Joe Okubo and Eriko Tsukamoto