Ideas Worth Spreading

TED is about storytelling. Over the past 30 years, more than 500,000,000 people have viewed a TED Talk from more than 10,000 events worldwide featuring more than 17,000 speakers.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

About TEDx

x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

TED / Universities

Universities exist as pillars of knowledge and share similar values to those shared by TED. Many of the ideas conveyed at TED talks have been imagined, innovated and thought-of in a lab, research centre or classroom of a University. Universities around the world continue to create some of the most fascinating ideas worth spreading. TEDxUniversityofNicosia is the first University TEDx in Cyprus. The University of Nicosia is the largest University in Cyprus and is actively involved in supporting events that contribute to making Cyprus a more knowledge-driven society.



Dimitris Kokkoris

Dimitris is a man of exploration and expedition. His curiosity and restlessness endlessly fuel his quench for creativity. In and out of work he is stimulated by two pillars. To function outside the walls of an office and whatever he creates, to leave a positive impression on others. He fell in love and studied visual…

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Christina Orphanidou

Christina grew up in Limassol but spent 15 years of her life studying and working in the UK. After a PhD in Machine Learning at the University of Oxford, she worked as a researcher in digital healthcare, investigating how machine learning techniques applied to physiological signals can prevent bad things from happening to good people….

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Matt Coyne

Matt Coyne is the creator of the award-winning parenting blog ‘Man vs. Baby’, which currently has over a quarter of a million followers on social media. He is also the author of two Sunday Times bestselling books on the subject of parenting, titled Man vs Baby and Man vs Toddler and is a contributing writer…

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Elsa Sotiriadis (Solaris)

Elsa is a synthetic biologist, futurist and science fiction writer interested in fixing the world by hacking the code of life. As a venture capital investor, she helped build and launch 25 pioneering biotech startups and during her PhD. at Imperial College London, she worked on making DNA nanorobots to stop the growth of cancer….

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Jens-Uwe Meyer

Jens-Uwe began his career as a police commissioner in Germany before moving to the media sector. As a TV correspondent, he reported from more than 25 countries, including the Middle East and the USA. He later became director of programming for radio. After completing a PhD in economics, he went on to create his own…

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Eleanor ‘Nell’ Watson

Eleanor ‘Nell’ Watson CITP FBCS FICS FIAP FIKE FRSA FRSS FLS is a Machine Intelligence engineer who grow up in Northern Ireland. She helped to pioneer Deep Machine Vision at her company QuantaCorp, which enables fast and accurate body measurement from two photos. Later she decided to teach these techniques to others, as author of…

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John Zacharias Theophanous

John was born in Zimbabwe in 1978 and moved to South Africa in 1986. John was born a twin. His brother passed away. John is a non-practising clinical psychologist and software engineer. He is openly gay and a member of the board of Accept LGBTI Cyprus. His roots hail from Paphos. He currently works and…

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Nicolas Miltiadous

Nicolas was born in the USA but lived almost his entire life in Cyprus with his two brothers and sisters. He is a proud father and works in the Cyprus Army as a Non-commissioned Officer since 2009 after graduating military school in Greece. He served for almost 10 years in the Cyprus Special Forces and…

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Tey El-Rjula

Tey’s story is an unlikely one. Labeled as ‘The Invisible Man’ at the age of 5 for not carrying paper-based identification, it is precisely this that stimulated his idea to create a blockchain technology startup. As an early adopter of Bitcoin, Tey has pioneered the use of blockchain to break financial and identity barriers. He…

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Nis Nørgaard

Nis Nørgaard is a Copenhagen based award-winning Sound Designer and founder of Thirty Sounds Good Sound Studio. From his studio Nis works with translating ideas and concepts into audiotive experiences within podcasts, films and interactive design. Nis has worked with companies such as HBO, Virtue and the danish Experimentarium, and his work on ‘The Genderless…

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Muhammed Muheisen

Muhammed Muheisen is a world-renowned photographer. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, a National Geographic Photographer and a Global Ambassador for the Jordan Tourism Board, Royal Jordanian Airlines and Canon. Muheisen is also TIME Magazine Best Wire Photographer, 2013. Muheisen is a Jordanian national who was born in Jerusalem in 1981. He holds a Journalism…

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Lefteris Moumtzis

Lefteris Moumtzis is a musician, songwriter and producer. With a career spanning twenty years, Lefteris has produced acclaimed solo and band recordings and his albums with Trio Tekke represent milestones of contemporary Greek rembetiko music. In 2016 he released his first solo album under his real name, ‘Now Happiness’ and in February 2019 his first…

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Freedom Candlemaker

Freedom Candlemaker is Cypriot musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer Lefteris Moumtzis. He has released various albums over the last 20 years with different monikers and bands like J.Kriste, Master of Disguise, The Low Spark, Trio Tekke, Snakecharmer as well as his own name Lefteris Moumtzis. Freedom Candlemaker is his latest and final name, under which he…

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Julio Kompoloi

JUΛIO is a Cypriot rapper from Limassol who writes all his music in the Cypriot dialect.  His lyrics are direct and provocative, usually addressing social and cultural issues transpired from his own personal experiences.  JUΛIO had his first contact with hip hop as a teenager. At 18 he began rapping and produced his first recording…

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Eleni Era

Eleni Era is a Berlin-based classical pianist and girls’ choir leader who’s trying her hand at assembling her collection of songs into her debut album Rise Love. She has been performing as a classical concert pianist both in her homeland in Cyprus and her base in Berlin, performing in venues including the Konzerthaus Berlin, the…

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Tanyalee Davis

Tanyalee is a standup comedian with a nearly 30-year career. She has performed in over 10 countries and was the first woman finalist in over 10 years at the Seattle Comedy Competition. She has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the San Francisco Comedy Festival, Live at the Apollo and headlined the Melbourne International Comedy…

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We live in an era of amazement. From advanced technological disruption to the stories shared of the sheer will of ordinary people achieving extraordinary feats. Life today is simply unbelievable.

At TEDxUniversityofNicosia we feel there are two categories of unbelievable: the inspiring and the discouraging. While news media more often concentrate on the discouraging, this year’s TEDxUniversityofNicosia wishes to share both, but mainly, those inspiring, unbelievable stories that enrich societies.

On November 30th TEDxUniversityofNicosia will bring to its stage ten speakers and four performers who will share their stories around the concept of unbelievable. By doing so TEDxUniversityofNicosia hopes to play its part in spreading a feeling of… ‘wow’.

The unbelievable theme meets three of the most essential TEDTalk objectives:

  • To democratize knowledge and science
  • To stimulate and arouse audiences around the world
  • To spark deep discussion and connections



  • 9:00 - 10:00 Registration
  • 10:05 - 10:10 Curator Welcome

    Nicholas Nicoli

  • 10:10 - 10:20 Host Welcome

    Dimitris Kokkoris

Session 1

  • 10:20 Freedom Candlemaker

    Beaming Light

  • 10:40 Lefteris Moumtzis

    Bridging two worlds

  • 11:00 Christina Orphanidou

    Decision-making in a future of Big Data and Al

  • 11:20 Nis Nørgaard

    How to create a genderless voice

Session 2

  • 12:15 Eleni Era

    Rise Love

  • 12:35 Muhammed Muheisen

    My Journey, from Pulitzers to humanitarian

  • 12:55 Nicolas Miltiadous

    Running marathons minus one kidney

  • 13:15 Tey El-Rjula

    How did one pizza order change my life

Session 3

  • 14:40 TanyaLee Davis

    #Unstoppable Me

  • 15:00 John Zacharias Theophanous

    I will survive

  • 15:20 Nell Watson

    Gaslighting AI & Cyber Poltergeists

  • 15:40 Matt Coyne

    ‘Be More Toddler’
    How three year olds can teach us to be better humans

Session 4

  • 16:35 Jens-Uwe Meyer

    How money kills creativity

  • 16:55 Elsa Sotiriadis

    The next big tech revolution could change our species forever

  • 17:15 JUΛIO Komboloi

    Cypriot rap

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Nicholas NicoliCurator
John MavrisStakeholder Relations
Nasia LeonidouBranding
Yana NovakVolunteers Coordinator
Poppy AristidouIdentity / Parallel Events
Avyie SavvidouSpeaker Coach
Lydia ZannettouCoordinator
Nearchos ChristofidesPhotography
Stelios KtorasMusic Experience
Demetris PanayiotouDigital Marketing
Panos EfstathiouResearch
John IoannouAudio-Visual Experience / Live Video
Lucia ProtopapaWeb / Stage Manager
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Stella Komninou ArakelianGraphic Communication
Chara ZymaraSocial Media Manager

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