In the spirit of this year’s conference theme, Bridging the Gap, we have curated a lineup of speakers and performers whose personal stories and professional achievements will expose you to thrilling new perspectives, and evoke powerful emotion.



Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean island, is known for its beaches tucked into coves and its expansive coral reefs rich with marine life. The capital, Willemstad, has pastel-colored colonial architecture, floating Queen Emma Bridge and the sand-floored, 17th-century Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue. Colorful and lively Curaçao has so many stories to tell. Of course, the island is a popular holiday destination all year round, because of the climate. Curaçao has a long, interesting and complex story to tell and it’s a melting pot with more than 50 nationalities.

More than a beautiful destination, Curaçao is a nation in motion. To make sure we stay in motion and keep going forward, it’s important to bridge the gaps that are left open.  Due to a rich history & culture, it’s sometimes difficult to pinpoint what’s authentic and what’s not. By communicating we can inform and inspire each other in order to understand and come closer and maybe even find mutual interest. The goal is to find creative ways to inform and inspire each other in order to keep moving forward.


x = independently organized event

In 2017 TEDxCuraçao is back with an inspiring event. The aim is to bring driven, enthusiastic and intuitive individuals together to captivate, inspire and connect. Island economics, a multicultural society and historical ties – our daily reality is filled with instances of, questions about and creative solutions that underline ‘Smashing Boxes’.

The TEDxCuraçao mission, like the TED mission, is to propagate Ideas worth Spreading and Actions worth Doing; to inform and inspire. TEDxCuraçao is an independently organized event licensed from TED to official TEDx licensee Nephtalie Demei and organized by the TEDxCuraçao Foundation in collaboration of a network of fellow thinkers and do-ers and long time collaborators.


Started as a four-day conference in California in 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani,Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.


  • Nephtalie Demei
    Nephtalie Demei Lead Organizer & Curator
  • Kristel van den Elzen
    Kristel van den Elzen Public Relations & Guest Experience
  • Michel Greijmans
    Michel Greijmans ICT Manager
  • Sinuhe Oomen
    Sinuhe Oomen Treasurer TEDxCURAÇAO Foundation & Curator
  • Peter Reijmer
    Peter Reijmer Secretary TEDxCURAÇAO Foundation & Sponsoring Manager
  • Nicole Woodriffe
    Nicole Woodriffe Speakers' Liaison
  • Myrthe Verhulst
    Myrthe Verhulst Sponsoring, PR & Marketing
  • Vincent Zrour
    Vincent Zrour FInance & Sponsoring
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