TEDxLeicester Conference 2019: Fast Forward Speaker Announcement

TEDxLeicester Conference 2019: Fast Forward

Speakers Announced

Over the past few weeks, we’ve announced some of our extraordinary speakers across our social media platforms. Today, we’re giving you a little more insight into who they are, what they do for a living, and what keeps them inspired. Read more about Allan, Vimi and Rekesh below and keep an eye out for more speaker announcements across all our channels.

We invite you to be a part of conversations that inspire ideas into action by engaging with like-minded people who will share their knowledge, stories and ideas about our progress; what we can take from our history and understand about our present as we launch ourselves into an unknown future. 

Come along to The Y Theatre, East St LE1 6EY on Saturday 7th September 2019 from 9:15 am to 5:00 pm to engage with a wonderful audience that will leave you energised and inspired towards a better future. For more info, go to: bit.ly/tedxleicester 


Allan Hayes

After a career in Mathematics (PhD Cambridge, MIT, Purdue University and The University of Leicester, followed by work with Wolfram Research, makers of Mathematica), Allan has devoted himself to bringing people, religions and science together. He’s served nationally on the boards of Humanists UK, The Sea of Faith Network, and All Faiths and None; and locally as President of Leicester Secular Society. In 2015 he founded TEDxLeicester. At 86 he’s a member of the Leicester Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education, and particularly looks forward to meeting young people, both as a School Speaker for Humanists UK and as a member of the St. Philips Travelling Roadshow for Faith and Belief. He finds the diversity of Leicester stimulating and rewarding, and campaigns for replacing Religious Education in schools with a national course on humanity and learning how to live well together.

Vimi Joshi

VIMI JOSHI is a self-confessed “global nomad” whose style is infused with a rich and eclectic range of global cultures. She’s also the director of makeup at the Bollywood Oscars (known as the IIFA). Born in Africa, into a traditional Indian family, she grew up in Leicester, England before moving to Dubai where she now works as M·A·C Global Senior Artist. Having a backstage pass to all the most glamorous events around the world, she’s worked with many celebrities, from Bollywood to Hollywood. Vimi is also part of the global beauty trend-setting team, with backstage passes at New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Week, working with all the top designers and super models. She also headed a section of the Vancouver Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Vimi infuses this beauty and knowledge, back to the Middle East and bridges the link from global into local. She’s been nominated as one of the most influential people of Dubai and has been on the HOT 100 List 3 times in a row. Vimi believes in expanding her knowledge into the digital platform as the world is becoming a smaller and a more beautiful place, and finds her inner peace and balance through meditation, yoga and makeup.

Rekesh Chauhan

Rekesh Chauhan is a British Indian pianist and a composer. He began his training in western classical music on both the guitar and piano and later went on to study Indian classical music, both styles clearly influential in his compositions and performances. Rekesh was awarded the Young Musician of the Year 2018 at the NIAA Southbank Centre awards, London and is the recipient of the Eastern Electronic Festival Prize and Alumni of the Year 2019 award from the University of Leicester. He’s performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham's Symphony Hall, Southbank Centre, Bridgewater Hall, British Houses of Parliament, and London's V&A museum to name just a handful of prestigious venues. His collaborations include Mercury Prize award-winner Talvin Singh OBE Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Hans Raj Hans to name a few and has supported MOBO award-winning jazz pianist Zoe Rahman. He is a featured introducing artist on BBC radio and has performed with his own ensembles in arenas to over 60,000 people. Rekesh's critically acclaimed debut album, 'Beyond Roots' (featuring BBC Symphony Orchestra violinist virtuoso, John Garner), won him spectacular praise from tabloid press to prime-time radio play. Rekesh's latest release ‘Avartan’ in 2018 earned him a no.2 chart position on the iTunes World Music Charts.