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5 TEDTalks In Marrakech You Don’t Want To Miss This October

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Updated: 29 September 2016
On Saturday October 8th 2016, the Es Saadi Palace will play host to the fifth edition of TEDx Marrakech, a day filled with promising talks on the theme ‘co-existence or no existence’. While Morocco has traditionally been a place where cultures, religions and beliefs live peacefully and in unison, given all that is happening in the world, the event seems timely. While 11 speakers are scheduled to present as part of the day-long conference, we have highlighted our top five speakers we cannot wait to hear.

Hindi Zahra

Singer-songwriter Hindi Zahra is also a painter and a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who was nurtured by various musical genres from her artistic family in the Souss-region of Morocco. Her albums Handmade and Homeland are known throughout Morocco and Europe. At TEDx Marrakech, Zahra will talk about coexistence musically – her life experiences as an artist on tour, discovering the world and making inter-cultural connections.

Hindi Zahra
Hindi Zahra | ©Hindi Zahra

Kerstin Plehwe

A best-selling author and passionate philanthropist, Kerstin Plehwe is also an inspirational keynote speaker on excellence, change and the need for new leadership. Having written eight books and reported on several USA presidential elections, Plehwe will take the audience on her adventurous journey as the only female ranger in South Africa’s wilderness. Find out what the most fascinating animals of Africa can teach you for your personal and professional life, and understand the true dimension of the drama ivory poachers are causing every 15 minutes to Africa’s elephants. You may be inspired to discover your personal abilities to change the world and understand what each of us can do to avoid a future where elephants could be gone from the wild within a single generation.

© Kerstin Plehwe

Najat Kaanache

Moroccan chef, television host and human rights activist, Najat Kaanache has worked at Michelin starred restaurants Noma, El Bulli, French Laundry, Per Se and Alinea. She is also the founder of Six Ingredients, a social enterprise dedicated to identifying and supporting Guardians of Agriculture by connecting key thought and opinion leaders with their local agricultural communities around the idea that every challenge can be overcome by relying on six ingredients: the five physical senses plus the sense of mindfulness. During her TEDx Marrakech talk, she will enlighten viewers with thoughts on coexistence from a food perspective, by sharing three life lessons about the life she has built on food and its power to unite people. After all, her life has been a roller coaster, as she fought to coexist as an outsider, a visitor, and an immigrant.

Chef Najat Kaanache
Chef Najat Kaanache | © Najat Kaanache

Maha Alouani Bibi

Manager of the Heritage Museum in Marrakech, Maha Alouani Bibi has learned a great deal about her heritage since returning from London to manage the privately owned museum. During her talk, Alouani Bibi will provide insight into historical coexistence in Morocco through the tangible – Moroccan crafts – as well as intangible heritage – specifically Gnaoua music.

© Maha Alouani Bibi

Kamal Hachkar

Historian and filmmaker Kamal Hachkar is the man behind the award-winning film Tinghir-Jerusalem: Echoes from The Mellah. The moving film tells the stories of the Jewish population from Tinghir who fled to Israel, and the challenges they endure and their memories of village life in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. During his talk on October 8th, Hachkar will focus on his artistic commitments and policy, his intent to build bridges and co-exist while referencing his film.

© Kamal Hachkar