About TEDxJohannesburg

TEDxJohannesburg is an independently organised TED event.

Like TED, we believe that ideas have the power to change the world. Our goal is to make the best ones accessible and, in the process, spark conversations that will help these ideas spread.

For this reason, we are committed to celebrating locally driven ideas, and elevating them to the global stage.

We’ve had the privilege of doing this work, with some success, since the beginning of the TEDx programme in 2009. Over that time, we have developed deep partnerships with TED in New York, and with TEDx communities around the world.

We bring this experience and the value of these connections to every event we stage.

The fee contribution that the TEDxJohannesburg community makes when attending the event goes into curating and producing high quality talks that we then make available online, free to the world.

This contribution also ensures that we are able to create the best possible experience for you, the TEDxJohannesburg audience. For those who are not able to attend the event live, we make a feed available on Livestream, free of charge.

Our event is organised by a dedicated team of highly skilled people. Most are professionals, others are students, and a few are companies. None of them get paid for their work.

Our speakers, like all speakers at TED events, also do not get paid.

Any revenue that TEDxJohannesburg generates is reinvested back into the mission of celebrating locally driven ideas, and elevating them to the global stage.

Kelo Kubu, Convenor, Licensee

Kelo graduated from Natal University with a degree in finance and business administration and then trained as a banker with FNB. In 1995 she won a scholarship to further her studies and career in Germany. On her return she focused initially on development work and then went on to co-found branding and design agency Gamatong Design.

She has attended over 10 TED events, including those in Monterey, Long Beach, Edinburgh, Doha, Vancouver and Rio de Janeiro.

Ithateng Mokgoro, Co-organiser, Curator

Thati enjoys a varied, cross-disciplinary background in the creative industries – he studied architecture at the universities of Natal and Pretoria, he’s worked as a creative for major SA communications agencies including Leo Burnett, Brand Union and Draftfcb, and he’s co-founder and current director of branding and design agency Gamatong Design.

Thati was an attendee at TED 2008, in Monterey.