This year, we have one Kenyan among the 21 TED 2016 Fellows.
Majala Mlagui is an entrepreneur and the founder of Thamani Gems. She works with artisanal and small-scale gemstone miners in East Africa to create sustainable livelihoods through responsible mining, ethical sourcing and access to fair trade markets.
Majala who is also an Acumen fellow 2013, focuses on the challenges that affect miners and she aims to institute an attitude of enterprise entrepreneurial activities within the mining sector.
The TED Fellows program is a global network of over 400 innovators and trailblazers from a spectrum of disciplines and every year. Every year, they select 40 change makers from across the world be join the prestigious program.
The TED Fellowship offers access to an exclusive private network of change-makers, unique skills-building workshops and the mentorship of world-renowned experts. TED Fellows also present their very own TED Talks at the conferences – an unprecedented opportunity to spread their great ideas. After the conference, TED Fellows remain connected to the myriad resources of the TED community.
She joins the likes of Juliana Rotich, Boniface Mwangi, Ory Okollah,Erik Hersman among others who are the other fellows from Kenya from previous years.
Here she is speaking at the International Mining for Development Centre, Alumni Forum in Brisbane Australia, in 2014.