Akashi Alam

OPENx winner, medical student and chicken shop enthusiast

Fried chicken shops have become a central component of inner London’s youth culture. Akashi wishes to discuss a hidden narrative behind the fluorescently lit food outlets. She believes youngsters are not simply attracted by the taste, but by their presence as an affordable social hub for people of all backgrounds. Akashi believes they are delivering where essential public services have failed – but her medical studies have brought to light the reality of the health epidemic her generation will face as a consequence. Born and raised in Tower Hamlets, she is now training to be a doctor.

If you could change one thing about the world through your work, what would it be?

I want people to acknowledge the importance of the social spaces that draw in younger members of our societies. Ensuring these spaces have a positive impact, is a powerful tool in equipping London’s next generation.

We are beyond borders

“I wasn’t expecting to feel so emotional today about real life stories. It was very, very powerful. Just get out there and talk to people. Get out of your comfort zone. Be more generous.”

– TEDxLondonSalon attendee

Favourite TED Talk:

Bill Eckstrom
Why comfort will ruin your life

Meet the TEDxLondon speakers

Peter Drobac

Global health physician, social entrepreneur and Co-Founder of the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda

Omar Khan

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London School of Bollywood

Bollywood dance team

Emmanuel Speaks

Performance poet, storyteller and musician

Alex Lloyd

OPENx winner, youth justice activist and rock climber

Laura Caccia

OPENx winner, AI researcher and outdoor swimmer

Jamala Osman

OPENx winner, former bank manager and social entrepreneur

Akashi Alam

OPENx winner, medical student and chicken shop enthusiast
Will Young and Christopher Sweeney

Will Young and Christopher Sweeney

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Grace Savage

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Winnie M Li

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Leng Montgomery

LGBT and trans activist, diversity and inclusion specialist and keen amateur chef

Prof Ian Barnes

Research leader and ancient DNA specialist

Dr Eugenia Cheng

Mathematician, concert pianist and scientist in residence

Andy Coxall

Social anthropologist, youth mentor and youth leadership advocate

Prof Martin Cowie

Professor of Cardiology, Consultant Cardiologist and travel lover

Simon Bucknall

Public speaking expert, executive speaker coach and fan of historical fiction

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Prof David Rothery

Professor of Planetary Geosciences and part of the BepiColombo mission to Mercury

Dr Julia Shaw

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