WORLD PEACE, VIA A BED
Is world peace possible? We say yes! Inspired by John Lennon’s 1969 Amsterdam-based bed-in to highlight World Peace, BedTalks is Europe’s largest free-entry, free-thinking event that connects extraordinary people working on positive change in the world. From an African Nobel Peace prize winner to a 90-year-old WWII fighter pilot legend, to a young South Korean culture-changing student, BedTalks offers a platform that allows game-changers to further propel their ideas, their initiatives and their projects by inviting them to engage in conversations with each other, inspire each other, learn from each other, and commit to new collaborations and support and encourages all visitors to actively add to the conversations with their own ideas, expertise and experiences. How did this crazy idea come about? Read on!
A few speakers
Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan
PEACE AMBASSADOR / WINNER STUTTGART PEACE PRIZE
Adan was born to parents who were from two warring tribes in Marsabit, Northern Kenya. After her training as a lawyer, she returned to her hometown in order to promote peace between the conflicting Borana Oromo, Gabra and Rendille peoples. In 2003, she founded Horn of Africa Development Initiative, a non-governmental organization she uses to foster peace and advocate for education in Kenya.
Through the Horn of Africa Development Initiative, Adan launched a programme called “Shoot to score, not to Kill”, that uses soccer to engage Kenyan youths in advocacy for peace.
In January 2011, Adan received the Stuttgart Peace Prize for “combining soccer and emancipation”. In 2013 she was invited to talk about her work with the Horn of Africa Development Initiative at the Geneva Peace Talks on 20 September 2013. The talks were organised by the United Nations and other groups for the International Day of Peace.
PRESIDENT UN WOMEN CANADA NATIONAL COMMITTEE
MISSION: Champion gender equality, women’s social economic and political empowerment.
Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee and CEO of Frontier Canada Inc, is a fiercely vocal and internationally renowned champion for gender equality and women’s social, economic, and political empowerment. She spearheads the initiative of corporate growth in relation to humanitarian development. A model of perseverance and determination, Ms. Jiwani’s efforts to strengthen women’s economic capacity as entrepreneurs and producers has earned her accolades. She plays a crucial role in building networks among charitable institutions and socially responsible businesses. She has fostered pivotal ties between UN Women and the Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas (FIPA) and the Parliamentary Confederation of Americas (COPA).
ACTRESS & TV PRESENTER
She is best known for the movie “De Schippers van de Kameleon (film)” and was from June 2007 to April 2010 presenter at the television channel TMF. She also plays one of the two daughters in a series of Essential Claims. At present Saar under contract with Veronica. She is studying hotel management since 2006 at the Tio. In addition, she has been a member since 2006 of the Amsterdam Student Rowing Club Nereus.
HONORARY DUTCH WWII ENGELANDVAARDER
Eddie Jonker (1920) is an ‘Engelandvaarder’, a Dutch honoree title for for all men and women, who during WWII escaped from occupied territory to England by crossing the North Sea by a twelve foot boat to join the Allied forces so as to continue to fight against Germany.
A large number of men and women, however, were killed or arrested on their way to England. Some were shot, most were deported to concentration camps.
After the war Jonker remained to be an instructor on the airbase Soesterberg. Eddie Jonker was closely involved with establishing the Museum of Engelandvaarders in 2015 to commemorate all Engelandvaarders.
Jürgen Griesbeck uses football as a uniting force to drive social change. The Streetfootballworld network unites over 80 global organisations and tackles social challenges like HIV/AIDS, armed conflict, and homelessness. In 2011 Jürgen received the Social Entrepreneur of the Year award for Europe. He’s winner of the coveted 2006 Laureus Sport for Good Award.
Sebastian Gil Miranda
DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER / WINNER SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY 2015
Sebastian Gil Miranda is an award-winning documentary photographer, born in France and based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His work focuses on humanitarian, environmental, cultural and social issues. He work as a freelance, generating independent and collective projects also. He is a Sony Global Ambassador and Getty Images contributor. He has a degree in psychology, studies in architecture, music, writing, drama and photography. He was a university professor in subjects of research, communication and human rights at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Accreditations: 1º prize at 2015 Sony World Photography Award in professional category “Campaign” with its series “Shoot Ball, Not Gun”. His photo “Ball Religion” was selected as the cover of the official catalog of the prize. 1º prize at “People’s Choice Prize” in Photoville 2014 in New York, with its series “Children Playing on the Street of Cuba”. “Performance Award” in the Humanity Photo Award 2015, organized by the China Folklore Photographic Association and UNESCO, for his work entitled “Diversity in Tanzania”. His work was published in world medias like National Geographic, BBC, The Guardian, Vice News, Le Nouvel Observateur, O Globo, British Journal of Photography, among others.
FOUNDER GIRL GENERATION / YOUNG ANTI-FGM CAMPAIGNER
Born in Sweden to Somali parents and now settled in Bristol, Muna Hassan first heard about FGM (female genital mutilation) when she was 13 years old. She was shocked to learn that the practice was rife in Somalia, but that it’s also taking place in Europe today. As a teenager this young anti-FGM campaigner made it her mission to put FGM on the political agenda and get people talking about it. Even if it meant telling UK’s prime minister David Cameron to “grow a pair”. Muna has won recognition for her campaign work and also won a national film competition for “Silent Scream, a drama documentary made to persuade communities that the practice of FGM must stop. She was also presented with the Good Samaritan Award, given annually to a student who has gone out of their way to help other people in the community.
WORLD CHAMPION PARALYMPIC SNOWBOARDER
Bibian Mentel is the reigning World Champion Paralympic Snowboarder and Netherland’s Sportswoman of the year. Bibian has battled cancer 4 times and was forced to amputate her leg as a result. Despite losing her limb due to cancer she was back on the slopes within just 7 months. Today this World Champion is fighting for kids with physical disabilities to be able to play extreme sports through her Mentelity Foundation.
#IAMASTUDENT because as an atlete I know you never stop learning.
Dutch actress Hanna Verboom spent her youth growing up in Kenya, Uganda and Sudan, her parents worked there as development workers and built hospitals in these areas. When Hanna was 12 they moved back to the Netherlands. After high school Hanna attended the Drama Academy and studied philosophy and economics. She made her breakthrough as an actress in 2004 and has starred in both Dutch and American Films and TV series. She continued her mission to help the less fortunate on earth and co-founded “Get It Done” (2007), an organisation that finances small scaled aid projects through crowdfunding. And her love for film didn’t disappear to the background either. She co-founded “Cinetree”, an online platform offering films and documentaries about important themes, social relevance and stories that touch the soul and would otherwise go unnoticed, all hand picked by curators. All profits are used to support the Dutch film industry and documentary makers.
Former Dutch super model Mark Vanderloo was named Male Model of the Year 1995 and is ranked fourth Top Male Icon on models.com. Vanderloo entered the University of Amsterdam to study history. He began modeling after accompanying a model girlfriend to a photoshoot. Soon enough Mark became the primary model for Hugo Boss, and has worked for Calvin Klein, Armani, and many more. He has traveled the world and learned to speak five different languages.
Andre Hazes Jr.
DUTCH SINGER / PRESENTOR
Andre Hazes Jr. is the son of Andre Hazes, one of the most beloved Dutch folk singers of all time. He followed in his father’s musical footsteps as a successful singer, TV presenter and regular performer at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome for an Andre Hazes tribute concert. In September 2010, Andre Hazes Jr released a cover album of his father’s most famous songs, called “Voor Jou, Van Jou,” a collaboration with his sister Roxanne Hazes. He has since gone on to release the albums Samen solo, Mijn beste vriend and Leef.
Johnny de Mol
DUTCH ACTOR / PRESENTOR
Johnny de Mol is well-known as a presenter and actor. Johnny presents successful programs like SynDROOM (Golden Televizier ring 2015), Super Kids, and Wensboom on RTL4. In October 2015 Johnny won the Silver Televizier Star. In 2017 Johnny can be seen on TV with the programmes Hotel SynDROOM, Holland’s Got Talent and a new travelling programme. Besides presenting for RTL Johnny is a passionate ambassador and co-founder of the Het Vergeten Kind Foundation and the Movement on the Ground Foundation.
Photography: Ivo Geskus@SpecialPixels
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