Speakers / Types: TED Speakers

TED Speakers

What began as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, now also covers topics from science to business to global issues. We’re pleased to represent many of the best speakers from TED stages around the world.

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Elatia Abate

Futurist | Entrepreneur | Future of Work Pioneer

While we live in an age of tremendous change, we’re also in an era of unbelievable opportunity. The future is ours to create. Are you ready? Named a leading female futurist by Forbes, Elatia Abate helps organizations thrive in the face of disruption, pre...

Elatia Abate

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Leadership and Diversity Expert | Social Advocate

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is an engineer, author, broadcaster, and award-winning social advocate. Her powerful TED talk, “What Does My Headscarf Mean to You” has more than 2.5 million views and was selected as one of TED’s top 10 ideas. An internationally ren...

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Shawn Achor

Harvard Researcher | New York Times Bestselling Author

Is there a connection between happiness and success? Having spent over a decade at Harvard University as the Head Teaching Fellow in Positive Psychology, Shawn Achor is the world’s leading expert on the topic. His acclaimed TED Talk, “The Happy Secret to B...

Shawn Achor

Melissa Agnes

Crisis Management Strategist

If crisis were to strike your company tomorrow, would you be ready? Melissa Agnes helps organizations prevent and manage crisis before it becomes catastrophic, with the aim of never having it become catastrophic at all. Her powerful, customized presentations p...

Melissa Agnes

Zahra Al-Harazi

Award-Winning Entrepreneur | Purpose-Driven Leadership Expert

The road to real leadership is rarely a straight one. Among Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs, few have faced more obstacles than Zahra Al-Harazi. With a no-holds-barred attitude, Al-Harazi helps people and organizations realize their potential for succ...

Zahra Al-Harazi

Chris Bailey

Productivity and Performance Expert | Bestselling Author, Hyperfocus and The Productivity Project

Chris Bailey provides audiences with practical and tactical advice for becoming more productive. Called “the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet” by TED Talks, a “productivity mastermind” by Fast Company, “a quirky a...

Chris Bailey

Mark Bowden

Expert in Body Language, Human Behaviour, and Communication

Voted the #1 body language professional in the world for two years running, Mark Bowden is passionate about giving people the most influential and persuasive communication techniques to stand out, win trust, and gain credibility every time they speak. Inspirin...

Kevin Breel

Mental Health Activist | TED Sensation

Kevin Breel’s TEDx Talk, “Confessions of a Depressed Comic”, has garnered more than four million views, making it one of the most watched TED talks ever on mental health. In the years since he delivered it, Breel’s been called one of the “most ...

Kevin Breel

David Burkus

Bestselling Author | Helping Leaders and Teams Do Their Best Work Ever

One of the world’s leading business thinkers, David Burkus’ forward-thinking ideas and bestselling books are changing how companies approach innovation, collaboration, and productivity. He is a skilled researcher and inspiring communicator who has worked w...

David Burkus

Susan Cain

Bestselling Author of Quiet and Bittersweet

In her bestselling book, Quiet, Susan Cain urged our society to cultivate space for the undervalued, indispensable introverts among us, thereby revealing an untapped power hidden in plain sight. With Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole, she once ...

Susan Cain

Choir! Choir! Choir!

International Singing Phenomenon

Choir! Choir! Choir! has sung with Tegan and Sara at the Junos, performed at a David Bowie tribute in New York, and have even taken to the Radio City Music Hall stage with Debbie Harry and The Flaming Lips. A collective led by creative directors Nobu Adilman ...

Daveed and Nobu of Choir! Choir! Choir!

Jamie Clarke

Extreme Adventurer | Entrepreneur | Performance Coach

Business is an adventure, and mountain-climber Jamie Clarke shows audiences how to strategize and succeed in their ventures. An acclaimed adventurer and entrepreneur, Clarke draws parallels between the dynamic environments found in business and nature to share...

Jamie Clarke

Jamie Mason Cohen

Leadership and Performance Expert

Jamie Mason Cohen is a leadership development and resilience expert as well as a certified grapho-therapist. Forbes called his unique and unusual ability to quickly analyze people’s handwriting “impressive and a bit frightening”. He combines this with hi...

Jamie Mason Cohen

Erica Dhawan

Leading Expert on Digital Teamwork, Collaboration, and Innovation | Bestselling Author

Erica Dhawan says we all have the power to drive innovation, but first we need to get past the roadblocks we create for ourselves: endless meetings, cross-team dysfunction, resource-wasting duplication, and a lack of real, meaningful inclusion. Drawing on her ...

Erica Dhawan

Drew Dudley

Internationally Acclaimed Leadership Speaker | Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

Called one of the most inspirational TED speakers in the world, Drew Dudley is on a mission to redefine leadership. With more than five million views, his TED talk “Everyday Leadership (The Lollipop Moment)” proved that leadership is not a characteristic o...

Drew Dudley

Alex Edmans

Professor of Finance, London Business School | Expert on Purposeful Business

Described as a “fresh voice on finance and investment strategies — and much more” by Thinkers50, Alex Edmans is a professor of finance at the London Business School (LBS). He graduated from Oxford University before working for Morgan Stanley in investmen...

Alex Edmans

Robin Esrock

Renowned Travel Writer and TV Host

Robin Esrock’s success as a global adventurer, travel writer, bestselling author, and international TV personality is no accident — although it did start with one. After a bike accident left him with a modest insurance settlement, Esrock quit his job to se...

Robin Esrock

Seth Godin

Author, Entrepreneur and Most of All, A Teacher

Seth Godin is an internationally recognized speaker, popular blogger, and global thought leader in innovative business ideas and marketing strategy. Named one of the Top 21 Speakers For the 21st Century by Successful Meetings magazine, Godin draws on his bests...

Seth Godin

Swish Goswami

CEO, Surf | Startup Canada's Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Swish Goswami has built a multi-hyphenate career at the age of 25. He is currently the CEO of Surf, a tech company providing brands a better way to engage and understand consumers while compensating consumers for their data. His company works with some of the ...

Manu "Swish" Goswami

Chris Hadfield

Astronaut | First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station

Referred to as “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Chris Hadfield is a worldwide sensation whose video of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” — seen by over 75 million people — was called “possibly the most poignant version of th...

Chris Hadfield

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Expert on Resiliency and Workplace Wellness

Described as one of the most sought-after, engaging, thought-provoking, and truly transformative international speakers and scholars in her field, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor who specializes in resilienc...

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Dan Heath

Innovative Business Thought Leader | New York Times Bestselling Author

Dan Heath helps audiences prevent problems before they happen, understand how to create extraordinary moments, and make better choices in life and work. Along with his brother Chip he is the co-author of four long-running bestsellers: Made to Stick, Switch, De...

Dan Heath

Jill Heinerth

Explorer-in-Residence, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society

More people have walked on the moon than have visited many of the places that Jill Heinerth has seen on Earth. From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves, to searching for never-before-seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic icebergs, ...

Mark Henick

Mental Health Advocate and Strategist | Top 50 TEDx Speaker

Having been viewed and shared millions of times, Mark Henick’s TEDx talk, “Why We Choose Suicide,” is among the most watched in the world. He has dedicated his life from an early age to opening minds and creating change when it comes to mental he...

Mark Henick

Todd Hirsch

The Modern Economist

For more than 25 years, Todd Hirsch has worked as an economist for such renowned institutes as ATB Financial, the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation, and the Bank of Canada. With a front row seat to the key issues and trends impacting and tra...

Todd Hirsch

Jamil Jivani

Award-Winning Activist | Lawyer

Jamil Jivani tackles some of the biggest challenges in the world as a lawyer, community organizer, and teacher. With research and teaching appointments at Yale Law School and Osgoode Hall Law School, Jivani focuses on issues that impact youth, immigrants, and ...

Jamil Jivani

Shawn Kanungo

Strategy in a World of Disruption

As a globally recognized innovation and disruption strategist, Shawn Kanungo works at the intersection of creativity, business, and technology. He spent 12 years at Deloitte working closely with leaders to help them better plan for the opportunities associated...

Shawn Kanungo

Peter Katz

JUNO-Nominated Musician and Storyteller

Peter Katz is a Juno Award and Canadian Screen Award-nominated singer-songwriter who has spent the past 15 years touring internationally. He has been described by many of his fans and clients as “a thunderbolt for the soul”. A gifted storyteller, Katz ...

Sarah Kay

Spoken-Word Poet

Sarah Kay uses the power of spoken word to inspire creativity and self-empowerment in others. In her famous TED talk–a talk that inspired two standing ovations and has been seen by over seven million people online–she tells the story of her metamor...

Sarah Kay

Jennifer Keesmaat

CEO, The Keesmaat Group | Partner, Markee Developments

Jennifer Keesmaat is passionate about creating places where people flourish. A renowned urban planner, she was named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by Maclean’s, one of the “most influential” by Toronto Life, and one of the top Women of ...

Jennifer Keesmaat

Hamza Khan

Future of Work Expert | Author of Leadership, Reinvented

Hamza Khan is a multi-award-winning marketer, bestselling author, and global keynote speaker whose TEDx talk “Stop Managing, Start Leading” has been viewed over a million times. He shares actionable insights on resilience, productivity, and leaders...

Hamza Khan

Lital Marom

Innovation Strategist and Visionary

A thought leader on agile business processes, digital transformation, and the future of work, Lital Marom is an expert at helping organizations unlock the potential of their business by leveraging exponential thinking, emerging technologies, and new business m...

Lital Marom

Dr. Danielle Martin

Acclaimed Physician and Health Care Expert

Dr. Danielle Martin is on the frontlines of transforming the healthcare system. An internationally recognized health policy leader and executive, Martin is committed to revolutionizing healthcare to meet the demands of the 21st century. She speaks with passion...

Dr. Danielle Martin

Allison Massari

Inspirational TED Speaker | Burn Survivor | Visual Artist

Hailed by audiences worldwide as “life-changing”, “riveting”, “extraordinary”, “bold”, and “deeply moving”, Allison Massari’s message of courage, kindness, and resilience resonates with participants long after an event has finished. Liste...

Allison Massari

Riaz Meghji

Human Connection Expert | Author of Every Conversation Counts

Riaz Meghji is a human connection keynote speaker and author of the book Every Conversation Counts: The Five Habits of Human Connection That Build Extraordinary Relationships. He is also an accomplished broadcaster with 17 years of television experience, inter...

Riaz Meghji

Nilofer Merchant

Former Tech Executive | Bestselling Author

Nilofer Merchant is a renowned business strategist and innovator on a mission to reinvent work so that it actually works. A bestselling author, TED mainstage speaker, and recipient of the “Future Thinker” Award from Thinkers 50, Merchant says few companies...

Nilofer Merchant

Pamela Meyer

Certified Fraud Examiner | Bestselling Author of LieSpotting

Pamela Meyer’s mission is to help people get to the truth. Extensively trained in the use of visual cues and psychology to detect deception, Meyer teaches audiences how to go from lie-spotting to truth-seeking to trust-building. Her riveting TED Talk, Ho...

Pamela Meyer

Jennifer Moss

Workplace Expert | Author of The Burnout Epidemic

Jennifer Moss is an award-winning journalist and author, international speaker, and workplace culture strategist. Her book, Unlocking Happiness at Work, received the distinguished UK Business Book of the Year Award and her most recent book, The Burnout Epidemi...

Jennifer Moss

Ben Nemtin

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author | Co-Founder of The Buried Life Movement

As the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? and star of MTV’s high rated The Buried Life, Ben Nemtin uses keynote presentations to help empower and motivate groups to make a difference and live courageously. Nemt...

Ben Nemtin

Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa

Physician | Changemaker | Transformative Leadership | Advocate for Diversity and Inclusion

One of Time magazine’s “2021 Next Generational Leaders”, Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa is a medical trailblazer spearheading change in healthcare and beyond. She is an accomplished physician, spoken word poet, and advocate for racialized and marginalized popula...

Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa

Neil Pasricha

Happiness Expert | Bestselling Author of The Book of Awesome

A Harvard MBA, New York Times bestselling author, award-winning blogger, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world, Neil Pasricha is “a pied piper of happiness” who dazzles audiences with ideas that skyrocket happiness into the stratosp...

Neil Pasricha

Mel Robbins

Expert on Defeating Doubt | Award-Winning CNN Commentator | Bestselling Author

In her globally acclaimed TEDx talk, Mel Robbins wowed the world with the science-backed secret to change: The 5 Second Rule. More than 17 million views later, the 5 Second Rule has become a bestselling book and a life-changing movement that challenges thinkin...

Mel Robbins

Jade Simmons

Transformative Leadership Expert | Motivational Pianist

Jade Simmons is a creator of transformational experiences designed to activate audiences into becoming the biggest, boldest version of themselves possible. The world-class concert artist has been called a “musical force of nature” with an “un...

Jade Simmons

Simon Sinek

Renowned Leadership Expert | Author of Start With Why and The Infinite Game

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people, with a bold goal to help bu...

Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci

Co-Founders of Optimist | Award-Winning Documentary Filmmakers

From living in a Syrian refugee camp to surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala and spending 10 years documenting the journey of an undocumented boy living in New York City, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci are award-winning humanitarians, activists, and filmmakers. ...

Eric Termuende

Future of Work and Leadership Expert

A globally recognized thought leader, bestselling author, and speaker, Eric Termuende brings a fresh perspective to workplace culture and the future of work. His actionable and entertaining keynotes combine research, storytelling, and case studies to help lead...

Masai Ujiri

President and Vice-Chairman, Toronto Raptors | Founder, Giants of Africa

As president and vice-chairman of the Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri has led the team through its most successful period in franchise history, including an NBA Championship. In June 2019, the Raptors won their first NBA title with a six-game victory over Golden ...

Masai Ujiri

Dave Wilkin

Founder of TenThousandCoffees.com | Social Entrepreneur | Mentoring Expert

Dave Wilkin turns all kinds of organizations into engagement engines. A celebrated social entrepreneur, he’s the founder of TenThousandCoffees.com, the world’s largest peer-to-peer mentoring service. With deep experience working with prominent brands, orga...

Samra Zafar

Human Rights Activist | Social Entrepreneur | Bestselling Author

After escaping a decade of abuse living as a child bride in Canada, Samra Zafar has became a beacon of hope for many people facing exclusion, abuse, and gender-based violence. Now an award-winning international speaker, bestselling author, and social entrepren...

Samra Zafar

Ray Zahab

Inspirational Ultra-Marathon Runner and Explorer

Ray Zahab wants people to know they are extraordinary. A former sedentary “pack a day smoker”, Zahab turned his life around in 1999 when he decided to get in shape and enter the world of ultra-marathons. Since then, he’s gone on to inspire millions of pe...