Guess who else is speaking at TED. Me.


This is the Most Flattering Email I’ve received.

2011 is off to a pretty good start. Alhumdulillah.

Wish me Luck!

Dear Arif,

We are looking forward to seeing you at TEDActive and are thrilled to confirm your acceptance to present at our Palm Springs TEDYou Living Desert Stage.

I wanted to communicate a few things to you about your TEDYou session and what to expect prior to your arrival.

Your TEDYou session will be at the Living Desert Stage at the Living Desert Amphitheatre and take place on MONDAY FEBRUARY 28 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm. We have allotted 9 minutes for your talk. You may not exceed the time allotted.

Firstly: There will be no formal rehearsal for this session as most presentations have minimal or no video requirements. If your presentation has onscreen visuals, please indicate this on the attached AV requirement form.

Secondly: There is a mandatory call time of 3:00 pm for all TEDYou speakers on Monday afternoon at the Living Desert Amphitheater. We will give you the order in which you will present on Monday afternoon, and walk you through the running order of the afternoon.

Finally: I have attached an AV requirements form and a speaker release form. Please be sure to indicate if your presentation is Keynote/ Mac or Power Point/PC, or if it includes video. If your presentation has no AV requirements, please still fill out the relevant information on the form.  Please complete and return to me by scanned email, no later than Friday January 28, 2011.

I will be your main point of contact for any technical requirements, running order, and show logistics. Nick Weinberg will be in touch with you soon to schedule a time to chat about your presentation with Kelly. If you have any questions regarding your presentation content, please email

I look forward to meeting you in Palm Springs.  It is going to be an amazing event.  We are excited you have chosen to be a part of it.

Katie Schaeffers | Manager, TEDActive
TED Conferences LLC
#206 930 West 1st Street
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V7P 3N4

T. 778 340 8872 ext. 124 F. 778 340 8873


  1. OMG!! Mashallah, I’m so happy to hear about that! It would be awesome to hear you speak on the show :-)

  2. Wow! Arifji, am very delighted to hear this!! Some day, I was sure, you were, indeed, destined to be there; and now’s the time. I eagerly look forward to see and hear you on Ted. All the very best!! Jai Ho!!! :) Warm Regards, HRG (H.R.Girish)

  3. Dear Mr.Arif,
    Good to hear the great news, CONGRATULATIONS.We hope that the day is not far, when we would see you and Mr.Ali speaking in Karnataka Assembly.
    May God bless you.
    Warm Regards.

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