Usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 110 languages.
TED brings together some of the greatest minds in science, politics, and innovative thinking to share ideas that inspire people to change their lives, their future, and ultimately, their world.
TED speakers have included some of the world greatest movers and shakers from esteemed political leaders and business magnates to world renowned physicists, admired musicians, and captivating performers.
Former TED speakers include Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former Vice President Al Gore, billionaire philanthropist and founder of Microsoft Bill Gates, Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee Stephen Hawking, venture capitalist and lead vocalist of U2 Bono, as well as world record breaking magician and endurance artist David Blaine.
“At time our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us”
– Albert Schweitzer
We believe in the power of sharing ideas.
Ideas that spark creativity.
Ideas that spark new connections.
Ideas that spark conversations around shared goals.
In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading”, TEDxForbesPark aims to become a local forum for ideas within that can spark that celestial fire to inspire people to change their lives, their future, and ultimately, their world.
We believe that the spark to ignite positive change should start with the country’s greatest movers and shakers. Located at the heart of the country’s economic epicenter, Forbes Park is home to some of the greatest minds and motivators.
On 25 March 2017 at the Turf Room in Manila Polo Club, join us as we ignite Forbes Spark – together we can share ideas that spark creativity, new connections, and conversations around common goals that can ultimately change the world.
Cesar Purisima is an Asia fellow at the Milken Institute. Previously, he was the Secretary of Finance for the Philippines and chair of the economic development cluster of President Benigno Aquino’s Cabinet. He was named Finance Minister of the Year seven times in five consecutive years by international institutions for restoring investor confidence and sustaining the Philippines’ fastest 6-year economic growth rate in 40 years.
Martin Lorenzo is a serial industrialist and devoted family man, managing eight companies across various sectors while raising 12 children with his wife, Leah de Leon Lorenzo. He is currently Managing Partner of Sierra Madre, a private equity firm as well as chairman of various companies representing diverse industries such food, renewable energy, and finance. One of the most admired restaurateurs in the Philippines, Martin is the former Chief Executive of Pancake House Inc, as well as the former Managing Director of Del Monte Pacific. Martin Holds an MBA in Finance and Corporate Strategy from Wharton Business School in Pennsylvania.
Chatri Sityodtong was named the Most Powerful Person in Asian MMA by Yahoo! Sports. A self-made multimillionaire entrepreneur and Harvard MBA, Sityodtong owns stakes in real estate, sports, retail, technology, and media. Sityodtong is the Chairman of ONE Championship, the largest sports media property in Asian history today with a global broadcast to over one billion homes in more than 118 countries.
A surfer at heart, Katsumi Kubota is the Chief Operating Officer of Uniqlo. He wants nothing less than to make Uniqlo the number one brand in the Philippines. Since opening its first store in 2012, Uniqlo now has 35 stores throughout the Philippines.
Ron Hose is the co-founder and CEO of coins.ph, a mobile first remittance and financial services platform built on Blockchain technology. Prior to coins.ph, Ron was a founding partner at Innovation Endeavors, an early stage venture capital fund backed by Eric Schmidt. Ron’s previous ventures have been backed by Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital, and Silicon Valleys best-known angel investors. Ron holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Cornell University, where he graduated at the top of his class.
Reinabelle Reyes, “The Filipina who proved Einstein right”, confirmed Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity in a cosmic scale while in Princeton. One of her recent projects, ReliefOps.Ph, funded by the country's Department of Science and Technology, is a web-based decision support tool for better logistics during disaster relief and rescue operations. Reyes is a data scientist, astrophysicist and lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila University.
Lorne Lantz is a passionate entrepreneur and educator who has built multiple financial startups that have won awards with PayPal and Swift. Lorne is an O'Reilly bitcoin expert, having produced educational videos on Bitcoin & the Blockchain. Lorne is currently the founder of Instant Padala, providing convenient remittances from Canada to the Philippines.
Nicole CuUnjieng is an academic who holds a Ph.D. from Yale University in Southeast Asian and International History. She also co-founded PAMPUBLIKO, a digital public policy publication that seeks to reorient the mainstream Philippine discourse away from personality politics and toward substantive policy discussion. She currently leads the reform incubation team of the Office of the Chief Economist at the Department of Finance of the Republic of the Philippines, where she shepherds the Economic Development Cluster's priority economic reforms.
Martin Tan is an advocate of supporting small and medium sized businesses in the Philippines. Martin currently works with Sierra Madre, a private equity group that aims to change the growth trajectory of companies through strategy development, operational enhancement and the implementation of sustainable practices.
Winston Damarillo is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, who is based in the US and works in Manila. A serial entrepreneur, he started several VC-backed start ups in Silicon Valley and currently chairs Amihan Global Strategies, a consulting and technology firm helping the largest industries in the Philippines transform themselves towards a digitally-driven future. The author of the book "Ready or Not" - 6 big disruptions that will change the way you do business" and Executive Producer of an upcoming TV show "IM-IN", a show inspired by Shark Tank, to fund the creative economy indiepreneurs of the Philippines, he has clearly taken the extra mile to make our country better.
Paul Soriano is an award-winning TV Commercial and Film director, writer and producer. He created TEN17P, a director-driven company that believes in telling stories with depth and social relevance. TEN17P has produced over 8 films which have received critical acclaim from film festivals all over the world. Most notably, Transit which was the Philippine entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards, also Kid Kulafu which received rave reviews for successfully telling the childhood story of one of the best boxers of all time, Manny Pacquiao and most recently, Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery) which won the prestigious Silver Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.
Clinton Palanca is the Philippine’s premier food writer with his work published in the Philippines Daily Inquirer and Esquire Magazine. He is also the award winning author of My Angkong’s Noodles and The Gullet: Dispatches on Philippine Food. He attended Ateneo de Manila University, has an MSc in Sociology from Oxford University, and a Doctorate in Food Anthropology from SOAS University of London.
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