Our first Annual TEDx


Daniella Levine Cava

Daniella Levine Cava, serving as the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, is known for her deep commitment to public service and community development. Sworn into office in November 2020, she made history as the first woman to hold this position. With a background in social work and law, Levine Cava has been a champion for environmental protection, economic development, and social equity throughout her career.

Her leadership style is marked by a collaborative approach, working closely with local leaders, businesses, and community members to address the diverse needs of Miami-Dade County. As Mayor, Levine Cava is dedicated to fostering a resilient, inclusive, and prosperous community for all residents of Miami-Dade.

Theresa Amado

Theresa works to ‘rewild’ Miami implementing accessible green infrastructures that will improve the way Miami moves. Her goal is for Miami to be a top multi-modal city by 2033.

As a artist, urban planning advocate, and a proud Costa Rican she emphasizes the nature to people connection as an integral part of sustainable city living. A Miami native, Theresa’s formative job roles in the entertainment industry have led her to the current role as Programming Coordinator for The Underline.

The project is set to be complete by 2026 and will combine native ecosystems with people. “By reclaiming the underutilized land under our Metrorail, my team aims to create liveable, sustainable, and equitable 10 miles that meet the needs of current and future generations of Miamians”.

Omarr C. Nickerson PH.D.

Dr. Omarr C. Nickerson, a Miami native, is a globally educated academic, holding degrees from the University of Miami, University of Cairo, University of Damascus, and the University of Beijing. His expertise spans across several disciplines including history, political science, economics, and international relations. An accomplished lecturer, he’s known for his work in educational transformation and special education.

As the Mayor of El Portal, Nickerson has driven significant progress in economic, financial, and infrastructural development. He attributes these successes to collaborative efforts with the community and key administrative partners. Committed to enhancing council-community involvement and transparency, he aims to lead El Portal towards a prosperous and inclusive future.

Anna Papalexopoulou

Anna Papalexopoulou is the Selection Lead at Endeavor Miami, where she identifies the highest-impact entrepreneurs in Florida and helps them scale their startups.

Prior to joining Endeavor, Anna worked at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs where she drafted a strategy to connect the Greek startup ecosystem with foreign investors as part of the National Strategy for Trade and Investment Promotion.

Previously, she held positions at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where she worked on a growth project in the telecommunications industry and the Metavallon Venture Capital Fund, where she focused on sourcing and diligencing seed-stage tech startups. Moreover, her personal passion lies at the intersection of business and social impact, which led her to take on a leadership role in the impact investing startup, Impending Bloom.

Faysal K. Abueljebain

Faysal has always been an entrepreneur. During his time at the Venture Café Foundation – where he developed a passion for pointing entrepreneurs in the right direction during their journey from idea to launch. This is when he realized how a community’s strength relies heavily on its innovators.

Faysal moved to Miami in 2022 to serve as a bridge between entrepreneurs and resources at the Cambridge Innovation Center – where he was a Relationship Manager for clients ranging from healthcare, marketing agencies, real estate, and other industries.

He is with Endeavor today as someone who understands the journey of an entrepreneur, and wants to play a pivotal role in taking Florida entrepreneurial ecosystem to the next level.

Marco Baldocchi

Marco Baldocchi is the leader in the fields of neuromarketing and consumer behavior, known for his innovative approach and extensive contributions to the industry. As the founder and CEO of Marco Baldocchi Group Inc., based in Miami, he has positioned his company at the forefront of marketing innovation.

Baldocchi serves as the Director of Neuromarketing Research for the Italian National Association of Applied Neurosciences, demonstrating his commitment to advancing the field through cutting-edge research. He also plays a pivotal role as a founding member and Head of the Research Department for Oncems (Italian Communication and Marketing Observatory for Sustainability), showcasing his dedication to sustainable marketing practices.

In 2023, Baldocchi’s contributions were further acknowledged when he was included in the Insight250 ranking, recognizing him as one of the top 250 international experts in marketing and consumer behavior.


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