is a free-thinking event that connects extraordinary people working on positive change in the world.
offers them a platform to further propel their ideas, their initiatives and projects.
does so by inviting them to engage in conversations with each other, inspire each other, learn from each other, and hopefully find new collaborations and friends.
encourages the visitors to actively add to the conversations with their own ideas, expertise, initiatives and projects.
WHAT IS BED TALKS?
A few speakers
Gustavo López Expósito
Gustavo is a journalist born in São Paulo and has a Master Degree in New Media & Digital Culture by the University of Amsterdam. He is passionate about communication, arts and everything that involves culture. He has worked many years with educational events, traveling and PR and branding.
In São Paulo Gustavo worked closely with the best restaurants in the country, where he could develop his passion for food even more. He is loving cultural affairs, and lived in many places such Sevilla, Madrid, London and now in Amsterdam for the last 6 years.
His last project included cooking all Ottolenghi’s Plenty.
As a Living In Coordinator, Ed Heerschap works on the international living climate in the Eindhoven region. Living In believes that good living climate enables international talents to anchor more easily. Ed enjoys working with various people and organisations on new initiatives, addressing challenges from various cultural perspectives and getting a motivational boost from the creative energy in the ecosystem.
Andre Hazes Jr.
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.
Rien Stas was born and raised in Eindhoven and is a proud self-made inventor and business man. He is the inventor of the “Stas picture hanging system” and “Goelst curtain rail systems”. 10 years ago, Rien started an environmental friendly coffee system, under the brand “The Coffeeduck Company”. Recently his company launched a Nespresso capsule that is 100% plant based and biodegradable, the Stascafe Biocaps.
Johnny de Mol
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
Wim Bens studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the Eindhoven Technical University and graduated early 1988.
In 1996 Wim started his own interim management & consultancy firm called Bens & Partners. Since 2013 Wim is, in different roles, involved in more than 10 initiatives of Universities for Applied Research in setting up, building and running Centers of Expertise.
Since mid 2016 Wim is the CEO of UM Holding via which Maastricht University participates in strategic joint ventures amongst which the Brightlands Campusses in Limburg, InterUM, Scannexus, BioPartner, Chill, BioMedbooster, Enabling Technologies, DNalysis en TMFI.
Since late 2016, Wim is, on behalf of the Topteam of the Topsector Logistics, the national program manager of the Logistics “KennisDC’s”, a collobaration of 6 Universities of Applied Sciences, the sector associations TLN and Evofenedex and a number of national and regional partners.
Last but not least, Wim holds several positions as a Supervisory / Advisory Board member, is an informal investor in a few startups and is active as a trainer, coach and moderator.
Yama is passionate about management of creativity, innovation and applications of these for social good. His background is in development economics. He has been working in development assistance in countries like Afghanistan, Kosovo and DR Congo. Here Yama found his passion for entrepreneurship and its importance and relevance for sustainable development. Due to his broad background and interests he has not only developed strong analytical skills but also social and communication skills. He enjoys being in a fast-paced environment and solve complex problems together.
Theo grew up in The Netherlands with little awareness of his cultural roots in Uganda. He was born in Kenya, from a Dutch father and mother from Karamoja Uganda. The family immigrated to a small village in The Netherlands when Theo was five years old.
During his young years in The Netherlands Theo didn’t have many interest in his Karamojong roots, especially given that being a teenager in the western world comes with many distractions.
But this changed slowly when he started traveling in his twenties and connecting to people holding dual nationalities. The pride and knowledge they had of their cultural heritage inspired Theo to research more about his background.
So, in 2016 Theo set foot on his mother’s ancestral soil to learn more about his roots and little did he know that this journey was going to change his life…
After his psychology sidestep at the Maastricht University, Siem Nozza graduated cum laude as creative communication manager. He has been concept developer ever since for both events as brands. In 2013 he started to develop new ways of making regions more sustainable by attracting its parties to already existing events like Extrema Outdoor (55.000 people) and the 3 days creative, Burning Man inspired festival Solar Weekend (30.000 each day). In 2015 Siem socially designed the DIT (‘Do It Together’) concept in Eindhoven to make regions more connected and sustainable by events. The DIT events took place twice at Strijp S Eindhoven and once in Taipei during the World Capital of Design 2016. The next DIT will be in the city centre of Eindhoven in May 2017.
Siem Nozza has worked for Extrema Events since 2002. Mainly responsible for brand management and concept development for events like Extrema Outdoor in the Netherlands, Oslo and Belgium, Solar Weekend in Spain and the Netherlands. He is currently developing a new event concept in the Dutch technology capital Eindhoven: DIT (‘Do It Together’), collaborating with local parties such as High Tech Campus, Design Academy Eindhoven, Fontys and University of Technology Eindhoven, connecting with international institutes such as Harvard University, TEDx, Taipei Tech University and MIT Boston to make the region more sustainable by connecting the dots in the quadruple helix.
Recently Robert Schaeffer celebrated his 20th jubilee as a programmer at De Effenaar. “What happens between artist and audience during a performance is pure magic. It’s a connection that takes place on a higher level. At Pop stage ‘De Effenaar’ I see this magic as the core of our work.” Robert also thinks that the relation between artist and audience will change radically in the coming 25 years. This also means that the stage will no longer be bound to one location. The artists will play at any location in the city that fits their performance best. “The intense collaboration with our audience will enable us to continue to create unforgettable musical experiences, even in 2040.” De Effenaar also explores the role of AV/VR In future musical experiences through the Smart Venue program.
René is an experienced designer of models and manifestations that are innovative and advanced in technology, information and networking. As a consultant René helps with the implementation of high tech to experience and product solutions. Since 2007 René has been the managing director for MAD, a laboratory, platform and provider for ‘emergent art’: art that flows out of the tension existing between cultural and technological developments. As manager of Mindhoven he helps to orchestrate bottom-up innovation trajectories for socially relevant themes to strengthen the Eindhoven community. René is also in charge of the program for the Eindhoven Maker Faire.
Peter Kentie is managing director at Eindhoven365, the Eindhoven city marketing body. He loves to work on complex, multi-facetted projects in the area of marketing and brand building. Peter is one of the founders of renowned STRP Festival. In addition he managed marketing and media at Eindhoven’s soccer club PSV. He is chairman at Baltan Laboratories and has been actively involved (and still is) with the Dutch Design Week. Kentie is passionate about everything Estlandic and tries to bring the country into the spotlights wherever he can.