This year, our Alternative Stage is being Unleashed like never before at TEDxAthens!
We believe that everyone has something to share and that a TED talk is not the only way to do so. Which is why, for our Alternative Stage, we have curated a series of panel discussions and debates that will inspire, inform and spark your curiosity.
Each one of our panel speakers will be sharing their insights and opinions on pressing issues of our time such as energy, future of workspace, sustainability, sexual education, career alternatives, future of workplace and freedom of the press.
Get ready to be challenged and transformed by the power of ideas – and by the incredible people who are working to bring change to our everyday lives!
Main Stage Speakers
Lorenzo Quinn is an artist known for his contemporary sculptures that fuse traditional techniques with modern materials. Born in Rome in 1966, Quinn grew up in an artistic family. His father, Anthony Quinn, was a Oscar winning actor and an artist, and his mother, Yolanda Addolori, was an Italian costume designer. Quinn's exposure to art from a young age instilled in him a passion for creating, which he pursued throughout his life.Quinn's early artistic career was marked by experimentation and exploration. He studied at the American Academy of Fine Arts in New York and later trained as a sculptor at the School of the Arts in Rome. He spent time traveling and working in various countries which broadened his artistic horizons and allowed him to explore different mediums and techniques. Throughout his career, Quinn has maintained a strong philosophy of art. He believes that art should inspire and move people emotionally, and that it has the power to change the world. Quinn's sculptures often have a strong social and political message, addressing issues such as climate change, human rights, and global conflict. One of Quinn's most famous works, created in 2017, is "Support," a sculpture depicting a pair of white hands emerging from Venice’s Grand Canal and holding up a building. The piece raises awareness towards climate change and humanity’s impact on the environment, and the need for us to take responsibility for the world we live in. Quinn's sculptures are often characterized by their dynamic and fluid forms. He uses traditional techniques such as lost-wax casting and patination to create pieces that are both beautiful and technically impressive. Quinn also frequently incorporates modern materials such as steel and resin into his works, which give them a contemporary edge. In addition to his sculptures, Quinn is also known for his large public installations, such as Baby 3.0 during the Venice Biennale of 2022 and prior to that Building Bridges, a sculpture symbolizing the need for more cooperation between countries to insure a more harmonious future for humanity. He has created large-scale works for cities around the world, including New York, Hong Kong, and the Middle East. These installations often incorporate his signature hand motif, which symbolizes the power of human connection and the importance of working together to solve global problems. For Quinn, art is more than just a means of self-expression or entertainment. He sees it as a tool for creating social change and promoting unity and compassion. Through his sculptures and installations, Quinn encourages us to reflect on our relationship with the environment, each other, and the world as a whole. In conclusion, Lorenzo Quinn is a highly respected contemporary artist who has made a significant impact on the art world. His sculptures and installations are not only technically impressive, but also deeply meaningful, addressing important social and political issues. Quinn's philosophy of art is rooted in the belief that art has the power to inspire and move people emotionally, and that it can be used to create positive change in the world. His work serves as a reminder that art is not just a luxury, but a vital component of our cultural and social fabric.
George co-founded ZOE with a mission to improve the health of millions; by moving the world from calorie counting and foods that poison our health to the truth of personalized advice based on how food affects our bodies and health. And with science that gets better & better with every member and more data.
Previously CEO of HouseTrip (acquired by TripAdvisor) and co-founder of efood (acquired by Delivery Hero), one of the leading food delivery platforms in Europe. George studied Mechanical Engineering at Tufts & MIT.
Whether building hyper-growth startups or advising Fortune 500 companies, the Royal Family or the United Nations, Lindsey McInerney has spent her career helping people understand the impact of cutting edge technologies and adopt them early.An internet nerd and tech futurist, Lindsey has launched multiple projects in the metaverse and web3 space and remains excited about the ways crypto, blockchain, NFTs, and extended reality (XR) will change our digital and physical landscape. As Global Head of Technology and Innovation at AB InBev (Anheuser-Busch), the world's largest brewer, she launched Stella Artois into the metaverse in an explosive partnership with ZED RUN, a crypto horse racing game. One of the first major brand executions in the space, the Cannes Lion award- nominated campaign, put Stella Artois on the map as the first beer brand and FMCG company in the metaverse and was well received by traditional and crypto media alike. McInerney was named to the 2023 ‘Thinkers50 Radar List’, a cohort of 30 thinkers whose ideas are predicted to make an important impact on management thinking. She has also been named one of ‘The 30 Most Influential People in the Metaverse’, one of ‘The Most Prominent Digital Futurists to Watch Out For in 2022’, one of the ‘Top Players of the Metaverse' and an 'Adweek Pride Star class of 2022'. As Founder and CEO of Black Sun Labs, Lindsey works with executives, teams and personalities on their web3 and metaverse strategies. She is also the CEO of Sixth Wall, a technology and entertainment company co-founded with actor/producer Mila Kunis and producer Lisa Sterbakov.