Maryam Pasha

Curator and Director of TEDxLondonWomen

Maryam’s mission is to give life to ideas. The world is full of fascinating ideas, knowledge and theories, but they are often complex, abstract or hidden away, and hard for broad audiences to access. Maryam wants to give these ideas the chance to change the world.


Maryam has been organising TEDx events for almost 10 years. First, by founding and curating TEDxEastEnd from 2011 until 2017 and then becoming the Director, Curator and Host of TEDxLondon and launching the first TEDxLondonWomen event in December 2018. Maryam’s philosophy is to create experiences that go far beyond the traditional speaker-audience interaction and through her work she has grown TEDxLondon to become one of the premier events in the global TEDx community. She has worked with 200 TEDx speakers, whose talks have had over 5 million views. Highlights include coaching four speakers with talks appearing on, including Juno Mac, Julia Shaw, Eugenia Cheng and James Logan.


In 2015 Maryam started X Equals, where she works with corporates, startups, charities and individuals to help bring their ideas to life – through events design and curation and storytelling, and pitch coaching. Some of her clients include Tata Consultancy Services, Nesta, Open Data Institute, EDF Energy, UCL, HomeServe, Mindshare and AMV BBDO.


Maryam worked in the human rights and charity sector for 10 years. During this time, she founded a social enterprise to support women into work, created a network for young professionals working in human rights and organised the first Global Conference on the Prevention of Genocide. Maryam was born in Iran and has lived in four countries. She has an undergraduate degree psychology and politics from McGill University and a Masters in refugee care from the University of Essex

Favourite TED Talk:

Juno Mac
What do sex workers want?

Meet the TEDxLondonWomen 2019 speakers

  • Ore Ogunbiyi & Chelsea Kwakye

    Writers and diversity campaigners
  • Vidhya Ramalingam

    Specialist in far-right extremism and co-founder of Moonshot CVE
  • Tea, Bread & Brownie

    Hand crafted patisserie and European style Boule de Berlin doughnuts, sourdough bread, brownies, cakes and a range of 100% natural teas, chai latte and real Belgian hot chocolate.
  • Stomping Grounds

    A new and funky cafe serving up all kinds of crazy hot and cold drink concoctions with vegan and gluten-free pastries and cakes for our customers!
  • Nathaniel Cole

    Writer, facilitator and co-founder of Swim Dem Crew
  • Crêpes à la carte

    Crêpes a la carte serves a variety of delicious sweet and savoury crêpes in an easy to eat take away cone. At all locations you will find a strong Arrogantly French atmosphere…where you will be transported, momentarily, to a little corner of France…
  • Poppy Wells

    Primary school teacher and mother
  • Street Pig

    With award winning BBQ sauce, Street Pig offer delicious ribs, brisket, pulled pork and halloumi. Peace, love and pork!
  • Stefanie Reid

    Paralympic long jumper, actor and chef