Ania left Poland with one bag on a bus to study at LSE in London in 1996. Since then she has lived in 9 countries, worked in 17 at senior executive positions; She has climbed the highest peak on every continent, wrote a book; She has built a school in Nepal for 226 kids, is a chairwoman of a large charity in London, she owns her own charity. Among others Ania received the woman of the year award in London and Inclusive and Inspirational Leadership award from UBS chairman.
After having transformed her own life on many levels she now does executive coaching, inspires others through public speaking and leads workshops in leadership and personal development.
At TEDxESADE Ania will awaken the audience with a story about personal transformation.
Rebuild your happy world!
Carlos Piera is just a Happy guy! He has always been. Since very young he’s been following the happiness journey. He won a “Happiest Kid” Award at the age of 11, he did some comedy shows, acting and singing because he realized he wanted to make people smile. At the age of 23 he did an inspiring trip where he sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. After many “looking at the stars” nights, some books and great chats with his dad, best friend and himself, he decided that he wanted to make people happy. He went to India with the thought of creating an NGO; he first worked in a Human Resources Consulting Firm combining it with volunteering with the most needed people and did it for 8 months. The people he was helping were happy…what was happiness all about? Money? That is when it hit him: “I’ll go back and help make happy work”. He joined Grupo CMR but that wasn’t quite it!
In recent years, Carlos Piera worked as a CCI (Terminology for Sales Consultant Innovator) at Grupo CMR the first HR Consulting firm in Spain, they provide companies with training, organizational development, management leadership development, etc. In executive capacities with the company, Carlos oversaw operations, customer service, and marketing and was involved in all the stages of consulting projects. Through a successful 2 year and 8 month tenure, he developed and implemented several Service, Sales and Leadership development projects, leading to revenue and growth.
Furthermore, Carlos started collaborating with Delivering Happiness as a follower of the movement and slowly became one of the key members of the community. Driven by his passion he flew to meet the team and realized that what he had seen was his purpose! He then decided to collaborate as a volunteer and do whatever the DH Family needed. Carlos joined the DH@Work team and he gives all he has to make happy work! Just a few of the leading companies he has with with include: Lindt, Levis, Pans&Company, Desigual, ANGroup, NH Hotels, Reparalia, Henkel and more…
The Neuroscience of Leadership
Prof. Dr. Thomas Maak is the Professor of Leadership and Responsibility in the Department of People Management and Organization at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Prior to joining ESADE, Dr. Maak was a faculty member at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. From 2004 to 2008 he also co-directed a research stream within the PwC-INSEAD initiative on high-performing organizations at INSEAD, France. A management graduate from the University of Bayreuth, Germany, he received his Ph.D., summa cum laude, from the University of St. Gallen. He held visiting positions at Columbia University, New York and at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Business Ethics (FT45/BW20). His research and teaching focuses on business ethics, corporate citizenship, responsible leadership, HRM, and organizational cognitive neuroscience. He co-edited “Responsible Leadership” (London/New York: Routledge, 2006), and is the co-author of the forthcoming "Responsible Leadership: Value Creation in a Connected World (Cambridge University Press; with Nicola Pless). He served on the executive board of the European Business Ethics Network EBEN (2002-2010) and is Vice-President and President-elect of ISBEE, the International Society for Business, Economics, and Ethics. His honors include multiple best paper awards, the Max-Weber-Prize 2008, and the Jef Van Gerwen SJ Chair 2011 at the University of Antwerp.
Happiness is a serious issue
Nic Marks thinks that quality of life is measurable, and that true contentment comes not from the accumulation of material wealth but from our connections with others, engagement with the world, and sense of autonomy. This isn't just theory: pioneer in the field of well-being research, Marks creates statistical methods to measure happiness, analyzing and interpreting the evidence so that it can be applied to such policy fields as education, sustainable development, healthcare, and economics. Founder of the Centre for Well-Being, an independent think tank at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), in London, Marks is particularly keen to promote a balance between sustainable development and quality of life. To investigate this, he devised the Happy Planet Index, a global index of human well-being and environmental impact. The results made headlines: People in the world's ealthiest countries, who consume the most of the planet's resources, don't come out on top in terms of well-being. Which raises the question: What purpose does unfettered economic growth serve? To measure (and possibly improve) your own, or your organization's, happiness and well-being, visit two useful sites: 5 ways to Well-being and Happiness Works.
Richard Watson is a writer, speaker and thinker who helps organisations to think ahead, with a particular focus on strategic foresight. As well as being the founder of What’s Next, he is the co-founder of Futures House Europe (a scenario planning specialist) and is the author of the best selling book Future Files (sixteen worldwide editions). Richard has worked with, amongst others, General Electric, IBM, Ikea, KPMG, London Business School, McDonald’s, McKinsey & Company, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Samsung, Shell, Virgin and Westfield. His subject matter expertise includes global trends, scenario planning and innovation.
The magic of makers
Cecilia Tham is a maker in the digital age. Cecilia draws from her multicultural experience from her upbringing in Hong Kong, her education in the US and her knowledge building a collaborative community in the heart of Barcelona, aptly named: Makers of Barcelona (MOB). Having studied first biology and later received her Master in Architecture from Harvard University, she unexpectedly found her true passion in Art and Design and then decided to move to Europe to find new challenges.
In November of 2010, Cecilia went to her rooftop and called out to all of the creative folks in Barcelona. She invited everyone: from programmers to design junkies, from entrepreneurs to makers- she envisioned them all coming together to unite against the crisis, the lackluster projects, the bad networking events. She wanted to help them find their own space, even if they had to make it from scratch. A year later – Cecilia’s vision has now become MAKERS OF BARCELONA, a collaborative community and facility for the innovative hipsters, the creative geeks and the business-savvy movers and shakers that call Barcelona home. When she’s not busy helping connect people inside the creative community or pushing the city to promote the creative district in Barcelona- you can find her designing a building at Habitan Architects where she is also a partner, or simply making a new stuffed animal for her daughters.
Education: Msc in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at ESADE Barcelona, Bachelor in Business Administration, trilingual program at HEC Montreal
Nationality/Origin: French with a Moroccan mother and an Iranian father
Spoken languages: English, Spanish, French
Favorite Book: Windows on the World, Frederic Beigbeder
Favorite TED Talk: Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!
What are you passionate about? New technologies, entrepreneurship, travels and the football industry
Favourite quote: “Education is about inspiring one’s mind, not just filling their head. And if you don't build your own dreams, someone else will hire you to help build theirs”
Education: Bachelor of Business Administration at ESADE Business School
Spoken Languages: Spanish, Galician, English, French, Chinese
Nationality/Origins: Spanish, lived abroad for 8 years in Belgium and Morocco
What is the last book you read? Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy (Martin Lindstrom)
Favorite TED Talk: Seth Godin: How to get your ideas to spread
What are you passionate about? Discovering new cultures, traveling, reading and of course... Entrepreneurship!
Ainhoa Coll Zurutzar
Education: Bachelor of Business and Administration at ESADE Business School
Spoken languages: Spanish, Catalan, French & English
What is the last book you read? Developing leadership through emotional intelligence. (Boyatzis, R.E.)
Favorite TED Talk: Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish
What are you passionate about? Authenticity, the magic of inspiration, photography, people, the power of emotions, smiling, entrepreneurship and travelling
Education: International Management Double-Degree Bachelor – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy), ESB Business School (Germany); Master of Innovation & Entrepreneurship – ESADE (Spain)
Nationality/Origin: German with Indian traits
Spoken languages: German, English, Italian, Spanish (in progress)
Winter or Summer? Summer
If you were an animal, which one would it be: elephant
Passion: Dancing (Hip-Hop, Ballet, Modern-Jazz), cooking & baking
Motto: You only live once!
Background: Organization Studies
Education: BS, University of Massachusetts; MSc, ESADE Business School
Spoken Languages: English, Spanish, Urdu & French
Favorite TED Talk: Benjamin Bratton: New Perspectives - What's Wrong With TED Talks?
Education: Bachelor of Business and Administration at ESADE Business School - Exchange period to National University of Singapore
Spoken Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English & French
What is the last book you read? Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy (Martin Lindstrom)
Favorite TED Talk: Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
What are you passionate about? Entrepreneurship, different cultures, sports & International Business
Education: BASc. Mechanical Engineering (University of British Columbia)
Nationality/Origin: Born to Lithuanian Parents in Bogota, Colombia, yet have also Canadian and German Passports
Spoken languages: English, Spanish, German, and a little bit of Lithuanian and French
Things that I have build professionally: A Wide Format Flatbed Printer, Fuel Cell Test Stations, and a Cancerous Tissue Measurement Positioning System
Things I used to do when I had free time: Theater Stage Lighting and Sound Design, Ceramics Painting, and Writing Short Stories
Favorite Novel: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Favorite Album of All Time: OK Computer by Radiohead
What do I see myself doing in 5 to 10 years: Leading a dual life as a Professional bridging the gap between Technology and the Market, and as a Designer/Artist