How does change begin?

Through innovative thinkers, who share big ideas and catalyze action toward them. In other words, with Momentum.

TEDWomen 2015 will explore the bold ideas that create Momentum in how we think, live and work. The event will assemble a global community of women and men alike, interested in the innovations, ideas and individuals building Momentum around the world. There will be over 150 TEDx events around the world- including one in Nicosia, Cyprus- sharing the livestream and presenting local speakers around the theme “Momentum.” The result? To reveal the spark that inspires innovation through a global conversation — from San Francisco to London and Stockholm to Nicosia — celebrating movers and makers; designers and do-ers; local problem solvers and global leaders.

TEDxNicosiaWomen 2015 is a reason to continue celebrating the true essence of women. It is not just about innovation but about how they impact their local community and initiate change. This event will feature ideas worth spreading and it will evolve around women’s lives, work, passion, life philosophy and ideas. There will be an exploration and emphasis on how women are the driving force reshaping the future. From artists, thinkers, innovators, to loving mothers, women carry the inspiration, dedication, empowerment and motivation it takes to be the creators of local solutions, and leaders of worldwide movements.

As part of the TEDx spirit and community, TEDxNicosiaWomen will be featuring part of the webcast of TEDWomen 2015 which will take place in Monterey, California. On Friday, May 29, 2015 the TEDxNicosiaWomen event will be combining selected recorded videos from TEDWomen 2015 with local speakers. The powerful ideas to be revealed will be offering us an unforgettable global experience.

Save the date- May 29, 2015- and keep watching this space for further updates.


Cyta Amphitheatre,
Cyta Headquarters
Telecommunications Str.,
Nicosia, CY-1396

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Guest Speakers


Patricia M. Martin

Patricia M. Martin is President and Shareholder of Patricia M. Martin, Attorney At Law, P.C.  in the USA.

A U.S. Fulbright Scholar between August 2014 to May 2015, she worked in Cyprus to implement ONE WOMAN AT A TIME (OWAAT), a community-court collaboration aimed at empowering abused women to become self-represented civil litigant claimants for emergency protections to prevent violations of their human right to privacy.  Ms. Martin guided Cypriots to create and launch the first “Zero Tolerance of Abuse Against Women” National Campaign, and the international virtual blueprint for abused women to self-help and end their abuse, absent violence.

Prior to law practice, Ms. Martin was Judicial Law Clerk for the Supreme Court of New Mexico.  Her philanthropic endeavors yielded over $10 million for At-Risk Youth and Native Americans.  Visit Patricia M. Martin at or her blog at


Sophia Papastavrou

Sophia Papastavrou was born in Athens, Greece and raised in Ghana, West Africa by Cypriot parents. Sophia immigrated to Canada at 15 and continued her studies where  she earned a Master of Arts in Sociology. She also holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Social  Anthropology.  Sophia is a gender and development expert currently working in Cyprus as a Gender Learning Hub Leader.  In addition to her professional expertise she is working towards a doctorate in the Department of Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto. Her PhD dissertation focuses on women’s activism and organizing for peace in Cyprus.

Sophia has worked for United Nations agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Cyprus, Uganda, and Ghana, including internships with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Communications at the Secretariat in New York.

Follow her on Twitter @sophipas


Yasmin Ohlsson

Dr Yasmin Ohlsson, MBChB MRCGP, is a fully qualified, UK trained family doctor with a specialist interest in Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine, in addition to being a nutrition adviser and an accredited coach.  She is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the International Coach Federation and is the Cyprus country representative for the European Society of Lifestyle Medicine ( Yasmin splits her time between the UK and Cyprus.

Yasmin’s mission: “To create a healthier future for everyone by establishing a culture of proactive living that improves physical and mental health, prevents disease and reduces reliance on medication”.

Follow her on Twitter @NEAMEDICA, email, Blog


Alexia Paraskeva

Biographies are always tricky. Unlike CVs, they require you to recall a thread, a sequence of events that brought you where you are today. In all honestly pinpointing the “turning point”, the moment that truly defined my career, and encapsulating it in words isn’t easy. Mainly because as far back as I can remember, I had always wanted to be an actress.

Being on stage is my second home- in fact sometimes I feel more at home there than I do in my own skin. I love the challenge of playing other roles and losing myself in characters’ worlds. It is a form of therapy, escapism from reality and my daily routine to a safe place, the stage, where I can literally transform into someone else and lose myself for a few hours.

I have always felt that performers need to keep their feet firmly grounded in order to survive both financially and emotionally. Keeping your ‘sanity’ in this industry is of the essence. This is one of the reasons why I love teaching. It gives me the opportunity to share all the skills I have acquired as a professional actress and drama teacher.

The past fifteen years have taught me that this profession enriches me continually. The youthful energy and passion I see in my pupils reminds me of where my journey began. Teaching helps me grow as an individual and a professional. For me, it is the most fulfilling way of bridging the gap between my passion and other people’s aspirations.

It’s all about inspiring and being inspired!


Christina Smith

Christina Smith is of Cypriot origin. She grew up in the UK and moved to Cyprus in 2007 with her husband, Ian, to spend more time with their two children.  Prior to moving to Cyprus, she had a long career in the local government sector in the UK, working with councillors, communities and police officers both in London and Manchester.  Before coming to Cyprus she was the Director of Greater Manchester Police Authority, an organisation that was tasked with the accountability of the Chief Constable and his police force.  Since moving to Cyprus, Christina has run her own training company and is now the Vice Consul at the British High Commission in Nicosia.

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