TEDxWHU 2021!

"Embrace Change"

We are looking forward to seeing you soon



January 30th, 2021
Embrace Change
On Saturday January 30th, 2020 TEDxWHU will host the seventh annual TEDx Conference at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany but for the first time since it's founding TEDxWHU will be held in the online format. This year's event theme is going to be "Embrace Change" bringing you once again interesting speakers from diverse backgrounds.
Tony Mamodaly

Tony Mamodaly is a former professional athlete turned sports industry professional. Although he collected two caps for the German youth national team in handball, he made the decision to quit handball and focus on a career in football, which eventually lead him to 8 caps for the national team of his fatherland Madagascar. Yet, Mamodaly ended his professional career at age 21 to move to the United States. With a MBA in his pocket, he founded a sports agency based out of Miami to help rejected, yet highly talented, academy players break out of the one-dimensional German football landscape and discover alternative career paths at American colleges and universities.

Today, in addition to his agency work, Tony is Head of International Operations at TSG Hoffenheim and oversees the Bundesliga’s side internationalization endeavors.

Greta Silver

Greta Silver is a keynote speaker, author, brand ambassador and has her own podcast and youtube channel. As the winner of the international Speaker-Slams in New York in 2019, she encourages people in her speeches to enjoy life despite aging and as a brand ambassador opens new markets to companies, which they have not anticipated before.

Her book “Wie Brausepulver auf der Zunge” has been rewarded as a „Spiegel Bestseller“.

Alex Dogariu

After studying Business Administration in Passau, Espoo and Cologne, Alex Dogariu moved on to be a Consultant at Accenture in Munich where he focused on Management Consulting and Customer Relations Management, before he became a Managing Director at logicsale Europe.

In a sabbatical in 2014 he travelled the world and wrote his first book about using Artificial Intelligence for sales, marketing and services. Alex Dogariu joined Mercedes Benz Consulting in 2015, where he lead the customer management innovation and AI department. During that time, he won the Best of Consulting Competetion by “Wirtschaftswoche” in 2017. Since 2019, Alex is Mercedes Benz´ Executive Manager for AI Strategy and Conversational Intelligence.

Hein Wagner

A blind man with Vision!

He has been blind since birth…

Despite this Hein Wagner has many accomplishments to his name. He has completed the Absa Cape Epic, ran the Antarctica Marathon, the Two Oceans and New York Marathons, completed full Ironman, , , completed the Cape to Rio Yacht Race, holds the World Blind Land Speed Record at 322.52 km/h, and recently received a golden key from the university of Stellenbosch for his ongoing efforts towards social upliftment.

Hein Wagner is living proof that despite the challenges that come our way, anything is possible. He does not allow his blindness to stand in the way of his dreams and people often refer to him as the blind man with exceptional vision.

Verena Hubertz

Verena Hubertz is a well-know German entrepreneur and founder of the start-up AJNS New Media Gmb developing the renowned app “Kitchen Stories”. Kitchen Stories is a free cooking app that offers over 1200 recipe videos, and step-by-step instructions for iOS and Android. Kitchen Stories has gained a major international recognition and is actively used in 150 countries all around the world. Since the launch of the app it was downloaded over 16 million times.

Back in 2013 Hubertz, together with her student friend Mengting Gao founded the start-up AJNS New Media Gmbh and became Managing Director. Prior to that she studied at the University of Applied Sciences in Trier and graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration. From 2011 to 2013 she completed the Master of Science in Business Administration program at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management.

With 2020 coming to an end, so did Verena‘s time with kitchenstories when she decided to leave the company to go into politics. As an active member of the German SPD party, she was nominated for her home constituency of Trier as she is not only passionate about her startup, but also about politics.

Barrett Nash

After studying political sciences in Marburg and Berlin, Katarina Peranic joined the German "Stiftung Bürgermut" as a referent in 2007.

is a Canadian technologist and engineer who has been building tech companies in Africa for over ten years now. He is visionary, socially engaged and will hold an inspiring speech for all of us! Featured as founder of the seventh most innovative company in Africa and in several well-known magazines, such as the Economist or Forbes.


February 1, 2020
Future 2020 - Anything is possible?
On Saturday February 1st, 2020 TEDxWHU will host the sixth annual TEDx Conference at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany. This year's event theme is going to be "Future 2020 - Anything is possible?" bringing you once again interesting speakers from diverse backgrounds.
Roman Lipski
"Unfinished - The First Artificial Muse in the World of Art"

In his most recent project, Roman Lipski developed the first digital muse for artists in collaboration with YQP & Birds on Mars, which is based on the dialogue between artist and computer.

Find his TEDxWHU talk here

Darya Yegorina
"How to make the impossible possible"

Darya Yegorina, founder of CleverBooks and one of young Irish best entrepreneurs, produces personallized books for children, which are designed to teach them life skills and develop their imagination.

Find her TEDxWHU talk here

Herbert Frosch
"Key experiences of Start-Up CEO after exit"

Herbert Frosch is many things at once: Author, successful coach, experienced manager and former member of the German National Ski Team. In his speech Herbert Frosch will exclusively pass on his experience as start-up CEO and talk about venture capital firms and how he sold his firm.

Find his TEDxWHU talk here

Anastasija Lukic
"You grow through what you go through"

Anastasija Lukic is a Cologne based psychologist and social media influencer. Her mission is to inspire people to believe in themselves, to take risks and to follow their dreams.

Find her TEDxWHU talk here

Nicolette Fountaris
"What about us?"

Over the past few years Nicolette Fountaris gained fame and a faithful online community on her social media. Besides that, she entertained about 20,000 viewers on her "One Woman Army"-Tour in 2019, filling big concert halls all over Germany.

Find her TEDxWHU talk here


February 2, 2019
Ctrl + Alt + Delete - Rethink
On Saturday February 2nd, 2019 TEDxWHU will host the fifth annual TEDx Conference at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany. This year's event theme is going to be "Ctrl + Alt + Delete - Rethink" bringing you once again interesting speakers from diverse backgrounds.
Mark A. Young
The Urge to Play is Greater Than the Urge to Fight

Mark Young is an independent consultant, trainer, writer and lecturer in the field of mediation and negotiation skills training and analysis. More

Claudia Kessler
Astronautin - More women to space for the future of Earth

Claudia Kessler is one of the few female leaders in the space business. From 2008 to 2018, she has been CEO of the HE Space group of companies. More

Walter Thurmond III
Innovation and Work Ethic. How we need to reinvent ourselves to create lasting changes.

Former American football safety, founding member of the Seattle Seahawk's "Legion of Boom" and winner of Super Bowl XLVIII. More


The Day After Tomorrow
February 3RD, 2018
On Saturday February 3rd, 2018 TEDxWHU will host the fourth annual TEDx Conference at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany. This year's event theme is going to be "The Day After Tomorrow" bringing you once again interesting speakers from diverse backgrounds.


Perspectives Shape Perceptions
February 4th, 2017
On Saturday February 4th, 2017 TEDxWHU hosted the third annual TEDx Conference. 2017 event theme was „Perspectives Shape Perceptions“. During this event, eight speakers came up with their inspiring personal background and shared their vision of the world on stage at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany.


Future of Society – Digital, Diverse, Dynamic
MARCH 13TH, 2016
On March 13th, 2016, TEDxWHU hosted the annual TEDx conference at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany for the second time. 2016 event theme was „Future of Society – Digital, Diverse, Dynamic“. It brought together seven speakers from very diverse backgrounds. The event was rounded off by the Aon meet&eat dinner at the universities beautiful vaulted cellar where speakers and participants continued discussing the future of society. Michael Dehm, Director Global at Aon Deutschland, welcomed the audience and opened the delectable buffet.


New Horizons and Pioneers
TEDxWHU was founded with the mission to bring the TEDx experience to our university and introduce a conference that not only deals with business related topics, but is open to all kind of ideas that affect as and our society. During our first event that took place on September 18th, 2015 we had incredible speakers who were pioneers in their field of work. They shaped our society with their beliefs, methods and products while pushing the limits and extending the boundaries of ways of thinking.

about TEDxWHU

TED is a global conference devoted to ideas worth spreading.
The conference started out in 1984 bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then, its scope has become even broader. TED talks are filmed and published through the official TED channels, reaching millions all around the world. TEDx events are in the spirit of TED's mission but independently organized under an official TEDx license. WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management is a leading business school located in Vallendar/Koblenz. It is continuously ranked among the best business schools in Europe. TEDxWHU is designed to stimulate dialogues through TED-like experiences. Live presenters spark deep conversation and connections. The TEDxWHU event is fully planned and coordinated by students of WHU and takes place at the Vallendar Campus.

Frequently Asked

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How do I get to the event location by car?
TEDxWHU takes place at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management a leading business school located in Vallendar/Koblenz. A61 and A3 will lead you to Vallendar.  If you use GPS please enter "Heerstraße" as your aim instead of "Burgplatz". There is an underground car parking directly beside the university.  Free Parking is available on the REWE parking space on the main road.

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management
Burgplatz 2, 57169 Vallendar, Germany
How do I get to the event location by train?
Take the train to Koblenz central station (Hauptbahnhof). You can then take a evm bus number 8 or 8a to Vallendar. The journey time is around 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can travel north by train to Cologne and then take the regional express train to Vallendar station.
What is the dress code at the event?
TEDx events are about individuals and their ideas, not so much about the way they dress. So we encourage you to wear what you feel comfortable in. There is no need to suit up but if you feel most comfy in your business clothes, you're welcome to wear them. However, our recommendation is smart casual.


1.00 PM
h building
2.00 PM
block 1
4.00 PM
break & snacks
4.30 PM
block 2
5.30 PM
6.00 PM
block 3
7.00 PM
meet & eat
vaulted cellar