Cairo is the backdrop for the first-ever TED Salon in Egypt
November 11, 2018

Meaningful conversations explore “Egypt’s Cultural Past and Present” at the Marriott Mena House in Cairo located just within the Pyramids of Giza.

Just last week, Marriot Hotels has hosted its first ever TED Fellows Salon in Cairo, Egypt. The event saw conversations that touch upon Egypt’s Cultural Past and Present, which was fitting since it was held at the Marriot Mena House, with a full view of the Pyramids of Giza.

“Everything we do is guided by our belief that travel expands the mind and triggers new and creative ways of thinking,” said Julius Robinson, Senior Vice President & Global Brand Leader, Classic Premium Brands, Marriott International. “We know that travelers today look for more in a hotel. Our partnership with TED allows us to be the catalyst for intellectual conversations. Hosting a TED Fellows Salon at Marriott Mena House, Cairo is a great opportunity to celebrate the historical and cultural wealth of this incredible destination.”

Meklit Hadero

TED Fellow Karim Abouelnaga is a Global Shaper and Echoing Green Fellow, as well as the founder and CEO of Practice Makes Perfect, a full-service summer school operator that partners directly with schools to deliver high-quality education program to low-income communities. Joining Abouelnaga, as a speaker was TED fellow Meklit Hadero, an Ethiopian American singer and songwriter who makes music living the cultural in-between, both in her own luminous compositions and as a co-founder of the Nile Project. The Nile Project explores the music of the Nile basin, combining the differing styles from other countries along the river and unites hip-hop, traditional, and contemporary music with instruments and traditions from the past and present. Meklit is known for her soulful performing style, and for combining jazz, folk, and East African influences in her music.

Karim Abouelnaga

Key journalist and other foreign media were present during the TED Fellows Salon. The event saw conversations that took place against the backdrop of the Pyramids of Giza, made even special by the presence of the key speakers that showcased their own accomplishments.

The global partnership between TED and Marriot Hotels is already in its second year and has already expanded to different cities around the world including London and Abu Dhabi.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
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