Saturday, 25th March 2023

In 2023 TEDxStormont will celebrate 10 momentous years.

In 2023 TEDx Stormont will celebrate 10 momentous years. And Northern Ireland will mark 25 even more momentous ones. The anniversary theme of YES talks to a story that is befitting the celebratory backdrop of hope and positivity.

Saturday, 25th March 2023

In spring 2023 we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of TEDxStormont.

This will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Belfast / Good Friday Agreement.

The anniversary theme of YES! talks to a story that is befitting the celebratory backdrop of hope and possibility.

the stage is set

25th March 2023

We have been TEDxStormont licence holders since 2013.
Our team have organised over 20 events and meet-ups, including TEDxStormont, TEDxStormont Women, Salons, City 2.0, TED Global viewing parties, TED Circles, Countdown, and a week-long virtual Summer Camp.
Almost 6 million people globally watched over 140 TEDxStormont talks;
ideas shared, hearts and minds changed, and legacy created. This would not be possible without the support of the TEDxStormont community: speakers, audiences, partners, supporters and sponsors.
TED is a global community, welcoming people
from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas
to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas,
usually in the form of short, powerful talks — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Saturday, 25th March 2023


Sarah Travers

Co-founder and director of Bespoke Communications

Sarah Travers is co-founder and director of Bespoke Communications, a leading training and professional development company serving the UK and Ireland. Sarah is a former BBC news journalist and TV presenter, with a keen interest in stories and the people that shape them. Sarah is a familiar face to many in Northern Ireland, where she was news anchor in the BBC newsroom for 17 years, covering high profile stories throughout the Northern Ireland peace process, and key events like the London 2012 Paralympics and BBC Children in Need. Sarah has also presented lifestyle programming for UTV and is in demand as an event and conference MC and podcast host.

Saturday, 25th March 2023

TEDxStormont 2023 Speakers

Darragh McCarthy


David Blevins

Sky News’ Senior Ireland Correspondent

Janina Ramirez

Historian, documentary
maker and author

Jim Dennison

Chief Executive of the
Simon Community NI

Joan Mulloy

One of Ireland’s most inspiring solo sailors

Karise Hutchinson

Professor of Leadership at Ulster University

Leona O’Neill

Head of Undergraduate Journalism at Ulster University

Lisa Strutt

Leadership coach,
co-founder, trustee

Matthew McEIhinney

A theatre director, a football fan and a child of the peace process

Patrick Dexter

Globally-renowned cellist

Peter Corry

Singer, producer and director

Senator Emer Currie

Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson for Northern Ireland, Special Education and Inclusion

Winnie Ama

Belfast native Northern-Irish-Ghanaian artist

Running order

25th March 2023

Session 1:
10am – 11.15am

  • YES! film
  • David Blevins
  • Leona O’Neill
  • Jim Dennison
  • Emer Currie
  • Patrick Dexter

Session 2:
11.45am – 1.15pm

  • Darragh McCarthy
  • Karise Hutchinson
  • Matthew McElhinney
  • Former Speakers Tribute Video
  • Lisa Strutt
  • Peter Corry

Session 3:
2pm – 3pm

  • Janina Ramirez
  • Joan Mulloy
  • Tom Fletcher
  • Winnie Ama
  • Winnie Ama performance
TEDxStormont 2023 Host: Sarah Travers

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