The 2018 TEDxUbud Lineup

WILL TRAVIS

Will Travis is a globally renowned creative entrepreneur and global brand builder. He has over 27 years of leadership experience in the brand and marketing communication world; launching, navigating and selling two of the world’s leading and largest creative agencies (Attik and SidLee) to global multinational holding companies (Dentsu and Hakuhodo). He is the founder and CEO brand building consultancy group Elevation Barn, guiding some of the worlds most transformative leaders and he advises global celebrities and executive leaders through his consultancy group Anderson Short. Toyota, BlackRock, The Ministry of Happiness, MissionBlue, Absolut, CocaCola, Intel, Disney, and a list of confidential celebrity figures have all been supported and guided by Will’s laser focussed strategic approach to unique brand messaging.

Throughout his career, Will has paralleled his passions for creative excellence with something that pushes his appetite and confidence in risk beyond others, global exploration. He has summited several of the world’s highest 7 Summits in Antarctica, Europe and Africa, motorbiked with the notorious 5,000mile Dakar Rally through S.America and traversed on bike, the 18,000 ft Ladakh Pass in India. He is a passionate family man of four magical children and one amazing wife, with whom he lives between homes in New York and the island of Bali.

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ANGGA DWI MARTHA

Angga D. Martha is currently the UN Youth Adviser for Sustainable Development Goals in Indonesia and plays an interface role between the government and the UN country team in coordinating and mobilising youth around awareness and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). Recently graduating from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, he has studied sustainable development, human security, and cross-sector partnership.

Angga is also part of the CIVICUS Youth Action team, and is one of the Global Focal Point representatives of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth, focusing on issues relating to peace, justice, and good governance (SDG 16). The Youth Action Team is a group of youth leaders from around the world that are mandated to give input to mainstreaming youth participation and ensuring the availability of civic spaces for youth.  Angga and the team work to ensure that young people are not a just checkbox, but rather that they are key stakeholders and active participants in shaping future development. Angga was awarded as the recipient of the Presidential Awards for Civic Life by Tufts University in 2017 for his youth and community engagement.

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DANIEL CONNELL

Daniel Connell, a visual artist from Adelaide, uses his art to bring change to society. Daniel’s practise is large-scale, often ephemeral, often public, naturalistic portraits which merge into an ongoing practice of work in advocacy for migrants and displaced peoples both in Australia and overseas. He has created public art projects in the UK, Europe, US and Canada.

He has presented paintings of Indigenous Australians at Kochi Biennale in 2012 and also exhibited paintings of Tamil workers in Kochi at the 2014 Kochi Biennale. After living in India for three years and meeting an integral group of people who were to shape his future practise, Daniel’s works are often inspired by Indian people and he is actively involved in the Sikh community in Australia—helping to fight against challenges that newly arrived migrants face in their new country.  He holds degrees in Spanish Language and Latin American Studies, has a Diploma of Education and is currently studying Hindi language. Currently a PhD Candidate in the School of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia, Daniel is also a lecturer in portraiture, drawing and painting at Adelaide Central School of Art.

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MIESKE DEMITRIA WAHYU

‘Indonesia is a country built on multiculturalism and tolerance with its 17,000+ islands and 260 million people, it is even written in the country’s founding philosophy the Pancasila—but understanding your neighbours isn’t always straightforward.’ In 2013, along with her co-founders, Meiske Demitria Wahyu founded a non-profit, student exchange program called Sabang Merauke to promote tolerance between religions in Indonesia. Being from a Chinese/Christian background this is a subject close to Meiske’s heart and she is determined to show people the futility of the prejudices people can hold on to. Each year Sabang Merauke picks 15 students from remote areas in Indonesia to spend two weeks in Jakarta with a family with a different faith to theirs, to meet people in the program and most importantly to learn about diversity. Over 1,170 students signed up for the program this year along with 445 mentors and 33 host families. 

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KELLI SWAZEY

Kelli Swazey manages the Voicing Diversity project, a collaboration between the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawai'i (CSEAS UHM) and the Center for Religious and Cross Cultural Studies (CRCS) at Gadjah Mada University. The project supports the production of digital resources on diversity in Southeast Asia for educational use in the US and Indonesia. Swazey and digital storyteller Matt Colaciello's documentary film focuses on a Bajau community in Wakatobi Marine National Park, who are grappling with the impacts of coral reef extinction, environmental degradation, and discrimination.

Swazey believes biodiversity and cultural diversity are inexorably linked. Her work insists we can't protect one without defending the other.

In her past research, Swazey has looked at Christian-Muslim relations in North Sulawesi, documented Indonesian church services in New England and taken an interest in the funeral practices in Tana Toraja, located in eastern Indonesia. Examining the way Torajans make death a unique part of village life has deeply influenced her own thoughts on the end of life, she says. This is why she loves anthropology: because thinking about human difference has the power to teach us about ourselves. Kelli’s TED talk on this subject has had over 1.5 million views.

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LISWANI SIBAGARIANG

Lisa was born and raised in Siantar, a small town in North Sumatera. After dropping out of college she left her hometown and started a culinary career in Batam island, which eventually led her to Bali.

Joining the Locavore team in early 2017, Lisa went over to Nusantara when it opened in mid-2017, alongside Chef Putu, the former Sous Chef of Locavore.

Lisa loves the flow of a finely tuned kitchen, as she says ‘when I am on the line with my team, dancing through the flow of the ticket printer rhythm and fire the dish right on time, receiving a good feedback from our guests—it’s like an achievement, something that I will carry home’.

Although Lisa has only been cooking for six years, she holds her own in an industry still dominated by men and is currently working in Locavore’s Lab on some special, new experiments remixing the best of Indonesia’s traditional flavours with contemporary culinary techniques.

KIM SO RA

Korean traditional percussionist Kim So Ra is a performer and ambassador of Honam Province Jeongeup folk music, a tradition in which she has been trained under the direct apprenticeship of human cultural asset Master Jihwa Yu.

For ten years, she has been entertaining and educating audiences about Korea’s folk music not only in Korea but also in Japan and the USA.

The Korean drum, Jangu, is a particular traditional percussion instrument that attempts to capture the sound of each raindrop by combining the senses, vision, audition, as well as touch.

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IAN STEVENSON

Lauded by leading Indonesian music journalist Rudolf Dethu as 'Bali’s Musical Einstein’ and `one of the most respected figures in Bali’s music scene’—Ian Joshua Stevenson is a master chameleon, whose voice can seamlessly transition in seconds from heart-soaring heights, to the dark depths of grunge and rock.

From his early days as one of the original members of Dialog Dini Hari, Ian was part of Kaimsasikun and is now the vocalist for Zat Kimia. An accomplished songwriter Ian also writes for a raft of well-known Indonesian acts.

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PANCER LANGIIT

Pancer Langiit is a community of young passionate Balinese dancers founded by Anak Agung Gede Agung Rahma Putra in 2012. The community started with Agung Rahma’s vision to create art without leaving the traditional elements of Bal behind and to have youth to be a vital part of the process. Pancer Langiit has performed in several events including the Bali Art Festival, as well as religious ceremonies in temples in Bali and Java.

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BARNEY BISHOP

Will the antibiotics of the future be made from ancient dragon’s blood? Alongside scientific colleagues at Mason University, Dr Barney Bishop recently isolated a substance in the blood of the Komodo dragon that appears to have powerful germ-killing abilities. Inspired by the discovery, they created a similar chemical in the lab and dubbed it DRGN-1.

The reason for the Komodo dragon’s success may be that the bite of these giant lizards is so poisonous that even a nip can kill. They have more than 50 varieties of bacteria in their mouths yet rarely fall ill. But they’re also immune to the bites of other dragons. Dr Bishop says this is because the blood of Komodo dragon is filled with proteins called antimicrobial peptides, AMPs, an all-purpose infection defence produced by all living creatures, that one day may be used in drugs to protect humans. That would be a welcome development because some anti­biotics are losing their effectiveness as bacteria develop resistance to the drugs.

Dr Bishop is currently part of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at George Mason University and is also Director of Science at Ceres Nanosciences.  His current research interests include molecular engineering, antimicrobial peptides and the design of novel therapeutic agents for combating infection.

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NONA RIA

Nona Ria is Nanin Wardhani (piano and accordion), Nesia Ardi (vocal and snare) and Yasintha Pattiasina (violin). Influenced by old Indonesian songs rooted in ragtime and swing, Nona Ria composes their songs in that genre to critical acclaim. 

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PREHISTORIC SOUL  PROJECT

A performance incorporating contemporary dance and projection mapping, Leviathan Lamalera is the brainchild of Prehistoric Soul Project. The art performance concept reconstructs prehistoric life through multimedia and various scientific disciplines, to remind people of the basic need to not exploit nature. Originally performed with various artists and musicians on a massive bamboo whale installation built on the shore of Lamalera, a village in Flores, Indonesia.