2012 Speakers
Current Speakers / 2012 Speakers
Ron Gonen
Ron is an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and the co-founder/managing director of Healthy Planet, an environmental services firm focused on the sports and athletics industry. He is also the Co-Founder of RecycleBank, a company that rewards millions of people in over 200 cities for their positive green actions across North America and the UK.
Ron was a recipient of the 2010 Medal of Excellence from Columbia University for outstanding achievement in scholarship, public service and professional life.
Ron is currently on the Board of the New York Product Stewardship Council, a Henry Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Ron was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, and a Technology Pioneer and by the United Nations Environment Program as a Champion of the Earth. In 2010, Wall Street Journal ranked RecycleBank as the #1 Venture Backed Clean Tech Company.
Flora Lichtman
Flora Lichtman is the multimedia editor at National Public Radio's "Science Friday", where she makes videos for the web and chats about them on the radio. She is the co-author of "Annoying: The Science Of What Bugs Us" (Wiley, 2011)-unfortunately a topic of deep personal interest and writes regularly for Popular Science magazine.
Before coming to Science Friday, Flora worked at a NATO oceanographic lab in Italy, where she cruised around the Mediterranean Sea looking for marine mammals. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in Environmental Studies.
Sangamithra Iyer
Sangamithra Iyer is a writer and a licensed professional civil engineer who holds a B.E. in Civil Engineering from the Cooper Union, an M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College, where she was a recipient of a Hertog Fellowship. She currently works on water supply infrastructure planning and watershed assessment for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
Sangu has served as the Assistant Editor of Satya Magazine and a co-producer of the Women's Collective monthly radio program on WBAI. She has volunteered at primate rescue and rehabilitation sanctuaries in North America and in Africa. Sangu is an Associate for the environmental action tank Brighter Green and a member of the Associates Board for the Asian American Writers' Workshop.
She is the recipient of scholarships to the Norman Mailer Writers Colony. Herwriting explores issues related to animals, social and environmental justice and the intersection of the personal and the political.
Her TEDx talk is an adaptation of her essay "Soiled Hands" published in the anthologyPrimate People: Saving Nonhuman Primates through Education, Advocacy and Sanctuary (University of Utah Press). She is currently working on her first book, Divining Water, which blends memoir, family history and reportage.
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More information about the 2012 TEDxCooperUnion event could be found here. Videos of the speakers could be found here.