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TED Talk Speakers

Leading Authorities speakers bureau represents amazing speakers who have spoken on the official TED conference stage. These top speakers represent the TED slogan "ideas worth spreading" with their fantastic keynotes. TED speakers are a great option if you're looking for a veteran speaker, comfortable in front of large, high-profile audiences with a presentation that is guaranteed to spark innovation and provoke action. Here are some of our top recommendations for TED Talk speakers.

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Dr. Kate Darling, Robot Ethics Expert & Research Specialist at MIT Media Lab

Social Robotics Expert & MIT Media Lab Research Specialist

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A leading expert in robot ethics, Dr. Kate Darling is a research specialist at the MIT Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. Forever interested in how technology intersects with society, Kate has a background in law & economics and intellectual property, she explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. Her writing and research anticipate difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers, and the wider public will need to address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades. Dr. Darling’s work has been featured in international media, and she has authored multiple academic publications and contributed to industry publications from Vogue to Die Zeit to the BBC, and in 2017, the American Bar Association honored her legal work with the Mark T. Banner Award in Intellectual Property.
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InnovationFuture TrendsTechnologyDisruptionAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataRobotics & DronesFintechTED SpeakersAuthorsFemale Speakers
Dr. Hakeem M. Oluseyi, Astrophysicist, Educator, Humanitarian, and TED Fellow

Astrophysicist, Space Science Education Lead for NASA, & Inspirational...

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Dr. Hakeem Olyuseyi has three degrees, 8 U.S. patents, four E.U. patents and has hosted shows on the Science Channel and on Discovery. But more impressive is his life story. Olyuseyi grew up in the roughest neighborhoods of America, learned to survive on the street, and still taught himself Einstein’s theory of relativity from an old set of encyclopedias. At every turn he was presented with a compelling option to quit and yet he persevered. Today, he is a NASA astrophysicist, a global educator, and the author of a highly-anticipated upcoming memoir The Stars in My Soul: My Unlikely Journey through Space and Time where he recounts his journey from the streets to the stars. Dr. Olyuseyi is exclusively represented by Leading Authorities.
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Diversity & InclusionInspiration & MotivationOvercoming AdversityTED SpeakersAfrican American SpeakersAuthors

Former Commander of US and International Forces in Afghanistan, Best-Selling...

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General Stanley McChrystal is a four-star general, the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command, which oversees the most sensitive counter-terrorism units. He is widely praised for revolutionizing warfare by fusing intelligence and operations and is credited with the capture of Saddam Hussein and the location and killing al-Qaeda’s leader in Iraq. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called McChrystal “one of America’s greatest warriors.” McChrystal addresses leadership, teambuilding, and geopolitics.
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Change ManagementNational SecurityLeadershipMiddle EastTeamworkGeopoliticsDecision MakingCrisis ManagementCorporate CultureModeratorMilitary LeadersTED SpeakersAuthors
Ben Saunders, World Record-Breaking Polar Explorer

Record-Breaking Explorer & Repeat TED Speaker

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Polar explorer, TED speaker, and record-breaking long-distance skier Ben Saunders fuses the spirit of adventure with impressive technical ingenuity. He has five North Pole expeditions under his belt and is best known for leading one of the most ambitious expeditions in a century. Humble and self-effacing, he is an explorer of limits and his message is one of inspiration, empowerment, and boundless potential. He explores the dichotomy between ideas and action and urges audiences to consider carefully how to spend the “tiny amount of time we each have on this planet.”
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AdventureInnovationInspiration & MotivationPeak PerformanceTeamworkOvercoming AdversityRisk-TakersAthletes & CommentatorsTED Speakers
Ferren-Bran

Former President of Research and Development at Walt Disney Imagineering

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Bran Ferren is a designer and technologist working in entertainment, product development, engineering, architecture, and the sciences. He is former president of research and development, and creative technology for Walt Disney. Once known for entertaining millions by creating special effects for Hollywood, theme parks and Broadway, Applied Minds co-founder Bran Ferren now solves impossible tech challenges with previously unimaginable inventions. He has been named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company.
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InnovationCreativityCustomer ExperienceFuture TrendsTechnologyBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsTED Speakers
Lior Zoref, Researcher, Advisor, TED Speaker, Author, & Former Vice President at Microsoft

Researcher, Advisor, TED Speaker, and Author

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Dr. Lior Zoref is a researcher, advisor, TED speaker, and author of the best-selling book, Mindsharing – the art of crowd sourcing everything about the power of collective intelligence. His book was translated to many languages and was listed by Inc. magazine as one of the best books for entrepreneurs along with books by Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and Tony Hsieh. Dr. Zoref has been invited to speak at some of the world’s most innovative organizations, including Google, MIT Media Lab, Columbia University, The White House, Nike, Microsoft, and LinkedIn.
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InnovationCreativityEntrepreneurshipHuman ResourcesRelationship BuildingBusiness StrategyDecision MakingSomething DifferentTED SpeakersAuthors
Crum-Poppy

Expert in Technology-Driven Innovation & Human Evolution, Stanford...

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Poppy Crum works to bridge the gap between technology and insightful, effective human interaction. As a multi-dimensional advocate of empathetic technology, she builds technologies that best leverage human physiology to enhance our experiences and how we interact with the world. Poppy serves as the Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories and as an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and Program in Symbolic Systems. Poppy is dedicated to the development of immersive technologies that leverage human physiology and perceptual realities to enhance our experiences and interactions in the world. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to the intersection of human experience, artificial intelligence, sensory data-science, and immersive technologies.

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InnovationFuture TrendsTechnologyDisruptionAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataConsumer BehaviorRobotics & DronesSomething DifferentTED SpeakersFemale Speakers
Dustin Garis

Former Chief Troublemaker at Procter & Gamble

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Hailed as "Chief Troublemaker" by some of the world's largest corporations, Dustin Garis is a master of blending innovation and marketing together. His disruptive ideas have been put into play with companies all across the globe, including P&G, Coca-Cola, and many others. With his unique background and larger-than-life personality, Garis helps businesses across industries to deliver new and exciting products and services to consumers.

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InnovationBrandingChange ManagementCreativityCustomer ExperienceFuture TrendsGenerations & DemographicsHealth, Happiness, & WellnessLeadershipMarketingRetailSocial Media & Social NetworkingDisruptionConsumer BehaviorBusiness Leaders From Major Brands
Ramez-Naam

Former Microsoft Executive and Energy Co-Chair at Singularity University

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Ramez Naam is a former Microsoft executive, entrepreneur, inventor, and the Energy Co-Chair at Singularity University. Ramez spent 13 years at Microsoft, where he led teams working on artificial intelligence, big data, and internet search. His software has touched the lives of more than a billion people. He holds more than 20 patents—including several as co-inventor with Bill Gates. Dynamic and personable, Naam speaks around the world, captivating audiences as he illustrates “what disruption looks like” and shares the eight strategies incumbents should draw on to keep the pace of change.

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EnergyInnovationFuture TrendsTechnologyDisruptionAI, Machine Learning, & Big DataSustainability & EnvironmentAuthors

Spread Ideas With A TED Talk Speaker


No matter what kind of event you’re hosting, our TED Talk speakers bring the charisma, experience, insight, energy, and engagement you want in a keynote speaker. Our extensive and ever-evolving bench of talented TED Talk speakers—which includes the discoverer of the Titanic’s wreckage—are also easily recognizable for the vast majority of audiences across the country and around the world and get excited about seeing on stage.

Who else makes up our roster of TED speakers? Best-selling authors, C-suite executives from big name-draw companies and well-known organizations, world record-breaking explorers and world-class athletes, exceptional military leaders and commanders, innovators and disruptors, future trends experts, every day people with incredible and unreal true stories, inspirational individuals who've made the impossible possible, and the list goes on and on. These speakers are all excellent choices to consider if you are looking for someone to educate, enlighten, engage, energize, motivate, and move your high-profile audience.

If you are overwhelmed by our vast selection of top-notch talent at Leading Authorities speakers bureau, don’t worry. Our team of industry veterans will do all the heavy lifting when it comes to sourcing and securing the perfect keynote speaker for your specific event or meeting based on your topic, theme, and audience, etc. We’ll work with you from start to finish to ensure success. We will begin by learning everything there is to know about your event—from the event budget and target audience to the mood and goal of the meeting—and then we will compile a customized list of speaker recommendations based on your specific event criteria, requirements, and needs for you to share with your organization's committee, board, or senior leadership team to help make the speaker decision making process a quicker, easier, and more seamless step to navigate in the overall keynote event planning process.

Explore all of our TED Talk speakers in the list above and click on the speaker links to browse through each of these incredible speaker's profile pages and learn more about their experience, expertise, and speaking topics.

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