Samia Lounis

Samia Lounis, Advocay Director of the One Laptop per Child Foundation (OLPC), will open the second session of Ideas That Matter. In her talk, she will go into the mission of OLPC to empower the world’s poorest children through education.

Sam Lounis De Brouwer graduated in Art History and Philosophy to join the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, an Amsterdam-based university of applied sciences for Fine Arts and Design.  She moved  to Brussels in the midst of the internet exuberance to set up one of the first online recruitment companies ‘Jobscape’ which was merged into Stepstone.  In the mid-nineties she became part of the initial Starlab team and ran the sponsorship department; that was her first experience with the MIT MediaLab. From 2001 until 2004, she was the director of the National Institute for Teleworkers in Belgium that designed the first micro-entrepreneurship courses in Europe together with the University of Antwerpen and the European Social Fund.

Today she serves as the Advocacy Director of the One Laptop Per Child Foundation Europe, started in Brussels in 2008. She is also the director of TEDxBrussels since 2009 , which first edition took place  at the European Parliament. She started TEDxkids@Brussels that took place for the very first time in Brussels on June 1st, 2011 that focused on “makers kids”. Sam is a TED member and TEDx Ambassador for Youth.


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