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Meet the 2012 TEDGlobal Fellows!

Posted by: Karen Eng

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A Nigerian healthcare entrepreneur providing urgent air services across West Africa. A Lebanese-Egyptian Islamic art historian who uses ancient Arabic visual data to solve modern-day design issues. A British applied mathematician looking for ways to diagnose Parkinson’s disease by listening to patients’ voices.

The TED Fellows program — which honors world-changing innovators from around the globe and brings them into the heart of the TED community — today announced its new class of TEDGlobal 2012 Fellows. Hailing from 16 countries and covering a wide range of disciplines across the arts and sciences, the Fellows will attend TEDGlobal 2012 in Edinburgh this summer, where they’ll give TEDTalks in a special Fellows session, participate in high-level workshops, and join in the conversation with the TED community during the conference.

“The 19 Fellows who make up the 2012 TEDGlobal class have already demonstrated breathtaking accomplishment,” says Tom Rielly, director of the TED Fellows program. “We have a Kenyan self-taught sculptor who transforms ‘junk’ into art, including sublime eyewear, a Ugandan prison activist who works to reintegrate African prisoners into their communities and an American coral scientist who is studying the impact of climate change on marine life.

“All the Fellows are at dramatic inflection points in their careers, and we hope to help them accelerate their progress, no matter what their domain.”

The TED Fellows program helps to raise international awareness of Fellows as well as nurture their careers through ongoing coaching, mentoring and collaboration within the TED community. The TEDGlobal 2012 Fellows join a total of 287 Fellows to date from 75 countries.

See the full list of TEDGlobal 2012 Fellows >>