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Chris Anderson

Head of TED

Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson is the curator of TED, a media organization that explores the power of ideas to make a difference in the world. Born in 1957, Chris spent most of his early life in Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan.

In 1985, he launched Future Publishing, which ultimately expanded to more than 130 magazines and 1,500 employees. In 2001, Chris acquired the TED Conference through his nonprofit, Sapling Foundation. Under his stewardship, over 2,500 talks and animated lessons have been released free on the TED website, with 100,000 more on YouTube.

He is the author of the New York Times bestselling book TED Talks and has overseen the introduction of TEDx, TED-Ed, the TED Translators, the TED Fellows, and the Audacious Project, a collaboration between a leading group of nonprofits and social entrepreneurs driving a new philanthropic model to inspire change at scale.

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