Descending from Sudanese parents, Karim is a fourth year Chemical Engineering student, minoring in Mathematics, from Fredericton, New Brunswick. He is currently serving as Vice-President to the Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Society and works as a student assistant with the University of New Brunswick Centre of Enhanced Teach & Learning Equipment Services, managing an extensive pool of audio and visual technologies for numerous events across the university. Karim believes TEDxUNB has the ability spark individuality amongst UNB students and push students of different disciplines and interests to think outside the box. Karim has vested interests in world issues, music, basketball, enjoys the beauty nature has to offer.
Hailing from Tai'an, Shandong, China, Richard has always been excited by the endless possibilities of imagination. Entering his fourth year as mathematics student at the University of New Brunswick, Richard is thrilled to help launch TEDxUNB into it's second year. Richard believes strongly in the idea of potential; that ideas can spark people to create change in the community. In other areas of the UNB community, Richard has been the Orientation Chair and Marketing Manager of the UNB Student Union and the president and co-founder of the UNB Math Society. During his spare time, Richard enjoys playing music, cooking, badminton and Kendrick Lamar.
Craig is a second year student studying Interdisciplinary Leadership in the faculty of Renaissance College and minoring in Business Administration. Having grown up in the small-town of Sunny Corner, NB, Craig has found joy and inspiration in the broad and diverse community at UNB. He is currently serving as a Student Senator with the UNB Student Union and is actively engaged in UNB residential life in his role as a Hall Proctor in Lady Beaverbrook Residence. Craig is enthusiastic about using leadership opportunities, such as his role as Delegates Director for TEDx UNB, to foster meaningful connections, challenge himself, and work towards creating positive change. He believes that TEDx is an incredible opportunity for UNB students from a variety of disciplines to embrace their passions and be inspired to make a difference when they leave; both within themselves and in the communities which they belong. During his spare time, Craig enjoys experiencing culture through books, nature, and art.
Originally from St.Margarets Bay Nova Scotia, Sydney is a second year student studying Medicinal Chemistry, who’s passion for living a limitless life has lead her to joining the TEDx team. Sydney believes in empowering her peers with the knowledge that it’s not up to anyone else, it’s up to them to make a difference; with Fredericton being the perfect community rich in youth and progressive thought to make that impact. Her ambitions have lead her around the world volunteering in rural communities in India, yet kept her grounded in the roots of her community where she works as an Educational Proctor, TA and Peer Mentor to the students of UNB. Facilitating a safe environment for her peers to be innovative and come together as a collective of the most inspired excites Sydney, and as such she is thrilled to put that energy into her role as Logistics Director. In her spare time, she can be found with her nose in a good book or feeding an escalated caffeine addiction she has no intention of quitting.
Originally from Truro NS, Emily is now in her third year at UNB working on a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Computer Science. Emily enjoys fostering strong and inclusive communities through her role as a residence proctor. In her role as Marketing Director she hopes to engage students across campus to become a part TEDxUNB and share their ideas and creativity. Emily is passionate about learning, teaching and creating positive social impact in her community. She is currently working on a project to bring composting to campus and create a more sustainable food cycle.
Born and raised in Mississauga, ON, Kristian’s passion for innovation, imagination, and lifelong learning took his studies to the University of New Brunswick. The 3rd year Bachelor of Recreation & Sport Studies – Management student is hungry to inspire greatness in students through TEDxUNB. He strives to make waves on campus, and in the community, advocating for an improved student life at UNB. By using the concept of “ideas worth spreading,” Beyond life at TEDxUNB, Kristian the Co-Chair of the UNB Sports Business Conference, Vice President of the UNB Varsity Reds Athletes’ Council, Co-Lead of the UNB Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative, Treasurer of the UNB Kinesiology Society, and Production Lead of the inaugural UNBSU RED Awards. He is member of the UNB Varsity Reds men’s soccer team and two-time Academic All-Canadian. Kristian has dual-citizenship (Italian and Canadian), loves to travel, and is interested in learning about new cultures. At the top of his bucket list, he aspires to experience life in 100 countries.
Mansa Agbaku is a third year science student here at UNB who makes an effort to radiate positivity in every endeavour. She holds the art of storytelling in high esteem and welcomes any opportunity to couple her love of language with her passion for science. She aims to continue making magic in the province that raised her and TEDxUNB is no exception. In addition to her role with TEDxUNB, Mansa is also co-president of LINK UNB, a group whose goal is to close the intergenerational gap between seniors and young people. She is also the UNBSU’s Mental Health Coordinator, and a Peer Mentor with the Faculty of Science. In her spare time, Mansa attempts to decipher the human condition and although she hasn't found the answer yet, she is having a lot of fun guessing!
Originally from Ottawa, Grayson is a Business Administration Student Honouring in Accounting at UNB. Throughout his time at UNB Grayson has actively pursued opportunities to become involved in the UNB community from Joy Kidd House Committee, to the UNB Student Union executive. The ability of TED conferences to deliver thought provoking, unique stories to UNB is incredible, and Grayson is tremendously excited to be a part of this year’s team. As the IT Director Grayson is very excited about the ability to create another event of the utmost quality to all in attendance.
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Drew is from Renforth, NB, and is in fourth year biomedical - mechanical engineering at the University of New Brunswick. He believes that with a vision, a simple idea, and some hard work, anything can happen. Drew believes in cyclic learning and that the biggest learning opportunities are through failure. In his spare time he can be found working on designing a pediatric prosthetic hand for his senior project. Drew is also the Campus Chairperson for UNB Global Brigades and has competed on the Varsity Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country Team and the UNB Saint John Varsity Men’s Basketball Team.