Every year, the TED Fellows program nurtures the vision and passion of 40 thought leaders and trailblazers, giving momentum to their ideas. With a global network of over 300 Fellows strong, the TED Fellows program is a hub for cross-disciplinary collaboration, connection and innovation.
At TEDGlobal 2007 in Arusha, Tanzania, 100 Fellows from across Africa joined a first-of-its-kind gathering that brought together the “Cheetah” generation. TED speaker George Ayittey coined this nickname to describe a generation of young people from across Africa who were entrepreneurial, fluent in technology and “ran like the wind.” In Arusha, many new friendships, collaborations, companies, investments, websites and NGOs were born.
After the spectacular success of the first group of Fellows, TED created a permanent platform — the TED Fellows program — to feed the passion of other amazing paradigm-shifters and foster the collaborative spirit.
How to become a TED Fellow
TED is looking for the next generation of innovators who have demonstrated remarkable accomplishment and potential to positively affect the world. If you are one that matches this description, you too can apply for the program. Visit https://www.ted.com/participate/ted-fellows-program to find out how to apply.
TED Fellows from Sri Lanka
As of 2014, 3 Sri Lankans have been selected for the TED Fellow program. Citizen journalist and Editor of Groundviews Sanjana Hattotuwa was the first Sri Lankan to become a TED Fellow. Blue Whale scientist Asha de Vos was accepted into the program in 2012. Opera singer Tharanga Goonetilleke is the latest TED Fellow and was accepted into the program in 2014. Click on their profiles below to view more information about them.