Speakers / Types: 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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Shawn Achor

Harvard Researcher | Bestselling Author of The Happiness Advantage

Is there a connection between happiness and success? Shawn Achor is the world’s leading expert on the topic. His acclaimed TED Talk, The Happy Secret to Better Work, has been seen by over ten million people around the world, and his two books, The ...

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 their issues before they become catastrophic, with the aim of never having them become catastrophic at all. Her powerful, customi...

Melissa Agnes

Chris Bailey

Productivity and Performance Expert | Bestselling Author, The Productivity Project

Chris Bailey makes productivity entertaining, as even more importantly, exceptionally practical. Called “the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet” by TED Talks, a “productivity mastermind” by Fast Company, and “a quirky and energet...

Chris Bailey

Lisa Bodell

Global Innovation Expert | Award-winning Author

Lisa Bodell provides a simple approach to the complex topic of innovation. The award-winning founder and CEO of futurethink, an organization which provides  innovation solutions to clients worldwide, she is a globally recognized innovation leader a...

Mark Bowden

Expert in Body Language, Human Behavior, and Communication

Voted the #1 Body Language Professional in the world, Mark Bowden is passionate about giving people the most influential and persuasive communication techniques to stand out, win trust, and build credibility every time they speak. Inspiring, energeti...

Mark Bowden

Mark Brand

Social Entrepreneur | Restaurateur

Mark Brand is one of North America’s foremost social entrepreneurs. With eleven businesses under his belt, he is an example of a new form of leadership that encompasses good in every step. Determined to breathe new life into our struggling and...

Mark Brand

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 and depression. In the four years since he delivered it, Kevin has been ...

Kevin Breel

Susan Cain

Bestselling Author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts

Susan Cain believes society overvalues the gregariousness of extroverts and dramatically undervalues the talents of introverts. In her bestselling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, and in her record-smashi...

Susan Cain

Zane Caplansky

Deli King, Caplansky’s Deli | Food Television Personality

Zane Caplansky was born to own a deli. Now one of Canada’s most successful and well-known restaurateurs, Zane’s path to smoked-meat success was a haphazard one. With jobs along the way that included acting as a political assistant, becoming a bus...

Zane Caplansky

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 Nob...

Daveed and Nobu of Choir! Choir! Choir!

Niall Ferguson

Internationally Renowned Historian

Named by Time magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Niall Ferguson’s work impacts industry, finance, government, and academia. Controversial, expansive, and eloquent, Ferguson’s talks explore themes that have urge...

Niall Ferguson

Porter Gale

Former VP of Marketing at Virgin America | Marketing and Networking Expert | Award-Winning Author

Porter Gale has over 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising. She was awarded the Changing The Game Award by The Advertising Women of New York, was on AdAge’s Digital Hotlist, iMedia’s Top 25-Digital Marketers list, and named a “...

Porter Gale

Chris Hadfield

Astronaut | First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station (2013)

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  online  — was called “p...

Chris Hadfield

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 ...

Jill Heinerth

Mark Henick

Mental Health Strategist

With over three and a half million views, Mark Henick’s TEDx talk, “Why We Choose Suicide,” is among the most watched in the world. His story of searching for “the man in the light brown jacket” who saved his life from a teenage sui...

Mark Henick

Cameron Herold

Author of Double Double | Former COO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?

Cameron Herold is known around the world as “The Business Growth Guru.” He is the mastermind behind hundreds of companies’ exponential growth, helping to guide organizations to double their profit and double their revenue in just thr...

Cameron Herold

Leila Janah

Social Entrepreneur | Founder of Sama and LXMI

Leila Janah is a celebrated social entrepreneur who uses technology and lean business methods to promote social and economic justice. Named one of Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs” in 2013, Janah is the founder of the Sama ...

Leila Janah

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, Jamil focuses on issues that impact youth, immigra...

Jamil Jivani

Shawn Kanungo

Strategy in a World of Disruption

Shawn Kanungo is a strategist and keynote speaker who operates at the intersection of creativity, business and technology. He has been recognized nationally and globally for his work in the innovation space after 12 years working at Deloitte. Shawn&#...

Shawn Kanungo

Peter Katz

JUNO-Nominated Musician and Storyteller

Peter Katz has evolved from a nervous first-timer at an open mic night into to a JUNO Award, Canadian Screen Award, and two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominated singer-songwriter with five albums under his belt. He has toured the world for the pa...

Peter 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 h...

Sarah Kay

Jennifer Keesmaat

Former Chief Planner, City of Toronto | Renowned Urbanist

Jennifer Keesmaat is passionate about creating places where people flourish. Named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by Maclean’s, and one of the “most influential” by Toronto Life, she spent five years as Toronto’s Chief City P...

Jennifer Keesmaat

David Keith

Expert in Energy and Environmental Technology

David Keith studies our climate and the many ideas we’ve come up with to fix it. A wildly original thinker, he challenges us to look at climate solutions that may seem daring, sometimes even shocking. Currently a professor at Harvard University...

David Keith

Isaac Lidsky

Visionary Entrepreneur and Bestselling Author

Isaac Lidsky “may possess the most eclectic resume in entrepreneurship” according to Inc. Magazine. For example, he graduated from Harvard College at 19 years old with a degree in mathematics and computer science; and later graduated from...

Isaac Lidsky

Dr. Danielle Martin

Acclaimed Physician and Health Care Expert

Dr. Danielle Martin sees the cracks and challenges in our health care system every day. A family doctor and national media commentator on the health issues that hit closest to home for Canadians, Dr. Martin speaks with passion on our national health-...

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 finis...

Allison Massari

Nilofer Merchant

Former Tech Executive | Bestselling Author

Nilofer Merchant is a master at turning seemingly “wild” ideas into new realities, and showing the rest of us how we can, too. A bestselling author on innovation and collaboration, a TED mainstage speaker, and the recipient of the “Future Think...

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 TE...

Pamela Meyer

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 strat...

Neil Pasricha

Dr. Jordan Peterson

Award Winning Psychology Professor | Clinical Psychologist

Called “one of the most important thinkers to emerge on the world stage for many years,” by The Spectator, Dr. Jordan Peterson has been a dishwasher, gas jockey, bartender, short-order cook, beekeeper, oil derrick bit re-tipper, plywood mill labo...

Jordan Peterson

Jeremy Rifkin

President of the Foundation on Economic Trends

A futurist of extraordinary vision, Jeremy Rifkin doesn’t just illuminate the complexities of global trends, he helps to mold them. An advisor to heads of state and government officials around the world, Rifkin speaks frequently to government, ...

Jeremy Rifkin

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. Over 12 million views later, the 5 Second Rule has become a bestselling book and a life-changing movement that challenges th...

Mel Robbins

Jade Simmons

Transformative Leadership Expert | Motivational Pianist

How do you get to be named Classical Music’s “No.1 Maverick?” Just ask Jade Simmons. By repeatedly defying expectations,  and delivering riveting performances and innovating at every turn, Simmons is one of the most versatile concert a...

Jade Simmons

Simon Sinek

Renowned Leadership Expert | Author of Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last

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 ...

Simon Sinek Renowned Leadership

Clint Smith

Award-Winning Teacher | Acclaimed Spoken Word Poet

Clint Smith believes we all share a story, the human story. It’s in the telling, he believes, that we emerge as individuals and celebrate what we have in common. His two TED Talks, The Danger of Silence and How to Raise a Black Son in America, have...

Clint Smith

Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci

Co-Founders of Living on One | Award-Winning Documentary Filmmakers

From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as radish farmers and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci are award-winning humanitarians, activists, and filmmakers. On-stage, they demystify some of the world&...

Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci

Adam van Koeverden

World and Olympic Champion Kayaker | Sports Analyst, CBC TV

World Champion kayaker Adam van Koeverden first captured the world’s attention at the 2004 Olympic Games, where he was a double medallist with gold and bronze victories. Since then, he dominated the sport, taking silver at both the 2008 and 2012 Ol...

Adam van Koeverden

Frank Warren

Creator, The PostSecret Project

As the creator of the PostSecret Project, Frank Warren is one of the most trusted people in the world. An online phenomena where people share their private hopes, desires, and fears, the PostSecret website allows people to confess the secrets they c...

Frank Warren

Eric Whitacre

Grammy-Winning Composer | Conductor | Creator of The Virtual Choir

Eric Whitacre is the most popular choral composer in the world today. The creator of the “Virtual Choir,” a digital project that combines thousands of videos into a single stunning choral performance, the choir transcends geography, class, and ba...

Eric Whitacre

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 br...

Ray Zahab

Inspirational Ultra-Marathon Runner and Adventurer

Ray Zahab wants people to know they are extraordinary. A former sedentary “pack a day smoker”, Ray 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 millio...

Benjamin Zander

Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic

Benjamin Zander offers a startling new perspective on leadership. Using stories and music, the world famous conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra awakens possibility in others, demonstrating that tapping into innate creativity can help peopl...