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St George’s School, Edinburgh, Announces its First TEDx Youth Event.

St George’s School, Edinburgh, Announces its First TEDx Youth Event.

In its first TEDx event, St George’s is gathering an impressive line-up of women who are leaders in their field, to speak alongside its students under the theme of ‘The Voice of Possibility’.

Held on our beautiful campus, ‘The Voice of Possibility’ is an independently organised event run by St George’s School, licensed by TEDx. It will provide a platform for St George’s students to share their ideas and hopes for the future alongside researchers, doctors, celebrated artists and female role models from Edinburgh talking about the possibilities that exist in their work or lives.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a programme of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks, videos, and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

Carol Chandler-Thompson, Head of St George’s commented:

“We are delighted to be running this TEDxSt GeorgesEdinburghYouth event. As a school with long-held expertise in inspiring girls, this is the perfect event to showcase their talents and to harness the power of strong female role models.

“St George’s is proud of the genuine and active student voice that it cultivates, in the knowledge that this gives its students the best possible start in developing their own individuality and self-belief.

“Over 120 years ago, our original founders were pioneering women wholly focused on providing a superb education for young women. We continue to pioneer in equipping girls to achieve their goals, whatever they might be.

“We are proud of the diversity of our school community and this will be a great opportunity to celebrate the rich variety of ideas and perspectives that stem from that diversity. The theme of ‘The Voice of Possibility’ is particularly apt at a time when positive optimism, creativity and powerful female voices are a precious commodity.

“This TEDx Youth event is an exciting opportunity for our student speakers and guest speakers to contribute to the TEDx mission of bringing great ideas to the world by communicating their ideas and experiences to an audience of local schools as well as to a world-wide audience via the TED Talks video platform. “

Our speakers include:

Aisha Janki Akinola

Architect student at Edinburgh and Director of the BlackED movement

Aisha Janki Akinola is founder and director of the BlackED movement; an organisation pushing for a truly anti-racist culture at Edinburgh University. Aisha is the first ever African to be elected as a sabbatical officer responsible for racial integration and support matters at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in its 438 years history.


Founder of Boda Business Venture - consultancy business within hospitality Chair and Co-investor of Swurf - an app helping remote workers finding spaces to work Co-owner of NDL - a network diagnostic start up tech business.

Dr Kirsten MacLeod

Associate Professor, Creative Media Practice and Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Television at Edinburgh Napier University

Dr. Kirsten MacLeod has worked as a filmmaker and media practitioner for over 20 years in broadcast and community based media. Kirsten was PI on AHRC/GCRF funded "Pacific Community Filmmaking and Gender, Impact and Engagement" project.

Dr Omolabake Fakunle

Chancellor's Fellow, Moray House School of Education and Sport, IECS University of Edinburgh

Dr Fakunle has worked on numerous projects and publications, including Developing a framework for inclusiveness in Internationalisation. Institute for Academic Development PTAS Award; Understanding Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Edinburgh-based school pupils’ higher education decision-making.

Emma Perfect

Business Development Manager (Health and Care) at Heriot Watt University; Director at Anpera Technolo

As CEO at LUX she helped take its technology through proof of concept, lab development, field deployment, commercial growth and sale of its products to oilfield businesses

CEO of ELE Global

In setting up ELE Global she has created the first responsibility-focused strategic communications agency for the legal sector, advocating the Triple Bottom Line, recording and reporting on performance across economic, environmental and social measures.

Dr Lily Battershill

Data scientist, mental health advocate and yoga/meditation instructor

Lily is passionate about providing a voice of hope to those struggling with mental health and believes that unlocking the power of the mind opens a world of possibility.

Artist with a studio at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

Kate Ive is an award-winning Edinburgh based artist and researcher, working from her studio at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Her work is represented in both public and private collections, including the British Museum, NHS, Royal Mint Museum, National Bank of Slovakia, University Museum of Bergen, Norway and The Museum of Paper, Fabriano Italy.

We are looking for sponsors to support our event and are grateful to Healthy Nibbles who are part sponsoring the event. If you would like to be part of something meaningful, please contact us about our sponsorship opportunities.

This event is a public event to a live audience and the event will be available on the TEDxTalks video platform.

TEDxYouthSt GeorgesEdinburgh will take place on Friday 3 March at St George’s School, Edinburgh from 12.30 – 16.30 pm.

TEDx Youth St George’s Edinburgh please visit


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