Meet Your TEDActive Hosts! (Part 2 of 3)

Last week we introduced nine of our 30 TEDActive Hosts. Meet nine more this week!

Look out for these friendly faces when you arrive in Whistler next month. Hosts welcome people as they arrive, orient them, and help set the tone of a safe, fun and friendly environment. They keep the community connected throughout the week by facilitating introductions and conversations, and by leading fun activities and workshops. They are our community connectors, experiential guides and TEDActive sherpas.

In fact, you already met our first of this week’s hosts when he wrote a blogpost about travel-hacking tips for your trip to Vancouver and Whistler!

Leigh Rowan


When he describes what makes him thrive, Leigh lists: connecting people, forging new relationships and building amazing products and businesses. “Learning, growing and always smiling at what life brings me.” This TEDActive attendee is back for his seventh year! Leigh is also an aspiring molecular gastronomist and chef. He helps run, a website dedicated to maximizing travel opportunities via loyalty points, education and strategies. He just moved from Oakland, California to Brooklyn, New York with his wife and almost-two-year-old son.

Ashley Marshall


Ashley joined the TEDActive tribe in 2011 and it’s been an annual trip for her and her sister ever since. Ashley is organizing the TEDActive Gift Exchange! (Did you buy your gift yet? Bring something worth around twenty US dollars that represents where you are from or something about you.) She is in the planning stages of establishing a TED-Ed Club in the Dallas School district, where she teaches students who are homebound or in hospitals. Her summers usually include a trip to a new destination, so don’t be surprised if she sends you an email asking about your hometown. She’s probably planning a trip there! And she would love to show you around if you ever come to Dallas! She’ll take you to see Texas Longhorns, eat great barbecue and buy handmade cowboy boots!

Belén Viloria

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Belén cares about children, education and poverty alleviation. She is a mentor with Youth Business International and an entrepreneur launching Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in Barcelona, where she mentors young entrepreneurs and advises cultural and social companies. Proud of her family roots, she has been the organizer and curator for TEDxValladolid, TEDxValladolidSalon and TEDxYouth@Valladolid since 2012. She is excited to be back at TEDActive for her third year!

Aaron “Tango” Tang


Tango likes to solve riddles, puzzles, math problems and all the other things that he comes across as a user experience designer and industrial designer. He is a technology addict, artist, ideas enthusiast and foodie, who can be found making completely homemade pasta for his friends late on a Friday night. Tango is currently on a travel-the-world-rediscover-experiment-do-learn adventure that you can follow, join, or explore at

Urs Bucher


Urs is a hopless optimist. He started with IT back in 1984 (yes, youngsters, this was the dark age of punch cards and Cobol, etc.). Today he is the CEO of Amazee Labs, running a web agency based in Zurich, Switzerland. He was infected with the TEDx virus in 2010, when he helped kick off TEDxZurich. Since then, he co-organized five events in Zurich and ran his very own corporate TEDx at KPMG in 2012. He is excited to be back for his fourth TEDActive.

Chris Carpenter


Chris likes helping people play well together and tell better stories. He is a passionate returning TEDActive attendee and an organizer for TEDxIndianapolis. Chris is an “awesomizer” for a life sciences company. He is excited to encourage you and offer you a great TEDActive experience!

Kara DeFrias


According to her second grade report card, Kara “likes to talk. A lot.” Kara DeFrias speaks fluent user experience and Geek, was a finalist for San Diego Woman of the Year, and is the founder of TEDxIntuit. Described by former Chief Technology Officer of the United States Todd Park as one of “the baddest of the badass innovators,” Kara’s passion lies in creating engaging experiences, both online and off. Her background is a unique mix of private and public sector experience, including four years with TurboTax and an appointment to the first class of the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows. In the latter, she served as entrepreneur in residence reimagining the relationship between the people and the government from a technology perspective. She loves fireworks and show tunes.

Antonella Broglia


Antonella is a lawyer who never exercised as such. She is now a consultant at Infonomia, a think tank based in Barcelona which studies what’s in the edge of the enterprise and the world. She is also an ambassador of Ashoka Spain and the organizer for TEDxMadrid, TEDxYouth@Madrid, TEDxMadridSalon and TEDxMadridChange. She works as an actress at Theatre for the People Madrid. She is also a TED Translator and TEDxSeniorAmbassador for Europe.

Johnny Bosche


Johnny Bosche is the Founder and CEO of Hyper Telecom, a company dedicated to bringing VoIP solutions to businesses and entrepreneurs. Johnny is also one of the founders of He fervently believes that global change starts with an idea, and that there is no better execution than one driven by human warmth. Johnny is an active member and director of multiple NGOs in the United States and Latin America.

We have one more round of hosts to introduce! Stay tuned!

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