Meet TEDxHHL 2022 Speakers

Coming from different industry fields their background knowledge varies and provides you with a high diversity of viewpoints.

Moon Ribas


Moon is best known for developing the Seismic Sense, an online seismic sensor that allows her to perceive earthquakes taking place anywhere in the planet through vibrations in real time. In order to share her experience, she then translates her seismic sense on stage. In 2010, she co-founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international organisation that aims to help people become cyborgs, defend cyborg rights and promote cyborg art. Ribas also co-founded the Transpecies Society in 2017, an association that gives voice to non-human identities, defends the freedom of self-design and offers the creation of new senses and new organs in community.

Céline Flores Willers

Linkedin top voice & founder of the people branding company

Céline Flores Willers is one of the best-known German influencers on LinkedIn. She was named a LinkedIn Top Voice in 2018, 2019 and 2022 for her contributions on innovation, entrepreneurship and future trends. She is now followed by over 120,000 professionals. She shares her expertise in personal branding and corporate influencing with teams and individuals in various training formats and digital products. Due to the high demand, Céline pursued her project by founding a company, The People Branding Company. Her clients include many prestigious companies such as Accenture, SAP, Fujitsu and IBM. Since the beginning of 2021, Céline could also name herself co-editor and co-author of the Spiegel bestseller “Zukunftsrepublik”.

Niko Romm

personal trainer

A successful athletics trainer and individual coach in various sports disciplines, Romm integrates aspects of the nervous system in his training concept. The co-founder of Valeo Personal Training is here to share his work on training your senses with applied neurology to improve performance in sports, in the corporate world and in day-to-day life.

Dr. Carmen Schwalbe

author, podcaster, and ceo-mindset unleasher

With nothing else than her ambition and determination Carmen learned how our minds create our reality inspite of the cards we are given by birth. 
Ten years ago she left Spain with an old suitcase, three T-Shirts and a Erasmus Fellowship for three months to get her international PhD in Nutrigenetics in Germany. During her MBA (Master in Business Administration) from the renowned HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management in Germany, Boston and India she got head-hunted into executive management, graduated from a highly competitive Management Trainee Program and had two babies, which she brought into her MBA classes. 

Instead of jumping into top consultancy firms or leading hospitals as executive, she decided bringing herself her kids to bed every night and founded her own firm to empower globally women as speaker, trainer, coach and consultant.

Nicole Bastien

Executive Coach & Entrepreneur

With a passion for sustainable corporate governance, Nicole advises and coaches C-level executives and entrepreneurs to give their companies more purpose and public value. She is also an advocate of self-awareness and mindfulness, who connects deeply with how transition shapes us in the past and forms us in the future. Nicole is here to reveal why transitions in life are the most beautiful thing that can happen to all of us and what forces leaders can cultivate in order to create a biotope of transition.

Christoph Bornschein

Founder & ceo TLGG

Christoph Bornschein is the founder and CEO of the agency for digital business TLGG and the consultancy TLGG Consulting GmbH. Based in New York and Berlin, a team of 240 bright minds unlocks the potential and opportunities of digital transformation for international companies and brands. As the author of numerous articles and columnist in Handelsblatt and Manager Magazin, Bornschein regularly writes on the economic, social and political consequences of ongoing transformation. He is also a sought-after speaker on the subject of digitalization. 

Well-founded and opinionated, Bornschein is an active and hands-on driver and visionary of the digital economy. The supervisory board of Talentsconnect AG, Element AG as well as the board of directors of LichtBlick SE and the digital advisory board of KubikX all rely on his expertise. In 2021, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Christoph Bornschein lives in Berlin and works everywhere. 

Prof. Dr. Steffen Rosahl

Neurosurgeon & Professor

Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Helios Clinic in Erfurt, Germany, Dr. Steffen worked as a neurophysiologist and neurosurgeon at the University of California Davis (1992-93), the International Neuroscience Institute Hannover (2000-2003), and the University of Freiburg (Germany) (2003-2006). He led a DFG-funded effort to produce auditory brainstemprostheses and worked on electronic interfaces to the central and peripheral nervous systems for the BMBF and private firms.

In his world “connecting mind and matter” is taken quite literally. As a neurosurgeon and neurophysiologist Steffen led a DFG-funded effort to produce auditory brainstem prostheses and worked on electronic interfaces to the central and peripheral nervous systems. He served as an advisor for designing several medical devices and worked on a smartphone telehealth app that allows patients to access medical records, schedule appointments, and contact clinicians.

Thorsten Havener

body language expert & mind reader

Thoughts are free? Not when Thorsten Havener is present! Profound, inspiring, enigmatic, and mysterious – Thorsten Havener acts with our thoughts, our emotions, and our behavior. The audience is an active part of the experience. With his participation, Thorsten Havener entertains, amazes, and motivates his audience. Thus, the experience lives up to its name – it is an experience: practical, humorous, understandable, and entertaining.

In his talk, Thorsten Havener speaks about the complex connections between our thoughts and our behavior. You will see and experience, among other things, how the body language of your fellow human beings can be read and how the behavior of other people can be influenced.

Father Dr. Dr. Justinus C. Pech

economist and theologist

An alumni from HHL, Justinus did his doctorate with a thesis on business ethics at HHL and has been a visiting professor for leadership of the school since 2017. He is also teaching Fundamental Theology at the Philosophical-Theological University Benedict XVI. He has a strong research interest on leadership and leadership ethics. Justinus continues his expertise in the area by focusing on the area of ​​executive coaching and the design and management of seminars on leadership issues.

Elke Jakubowski

health system & crisis expert

Elke’s passion is health. She has committed her life to improving peoples’ access to health services. Elke believes that access to health services is a fundamental human right. She is a trained medical doctor and also graduated in health economics. She has worked with and for the World Health Organization for about two decades and has contributed to large-scale health system reforms in various European countries and central Asia. This involved post-conflict and disaster settings where she focussed on reconstructing health systems and services – using the crisis as an opportunity to level up. In her current home city in Hamburg in Germany, she is in charge of coordinating the health response to the Corona pandemic for the health ministry since 2019. Elke is currently engaged in improving access to health services for people from Ukraine.

Markus von Hauff

personal coach

It almost seems like a curse. The more developed we become, the further we drift apart from each other. Never in human history was information about everything so accessible to so many people. And never in human history our personal reality could be light years from that of our neighbor. Although analyzing methods have been perfected, it doesn’t add up. Something is holding us back in our demand for mutual understanding. Maybe it is time to rethink our strategy of measuring and perceiving others? Human vibrations might play a key role in understanding one another on a higher and different level, leading to a new collective perspective and bringing up solutions for desperately needed urgent problems.

Markus von Hauff is a former Officer and specialist in training police and military special forces around the world. As a coach, he crosses the lines between the military decision-making process and civilian entrepreneurship. Due to his multilingual and international background, Markus focuses on values and individual responsibility. Based in Hamburg, Markus is the founder of the non-profit organization „Atrium Sports e.V., “ written several books, and trained CEOs in stress management and inner growth.