Shoshana Goldhill

Family lawyer, mother and change maker

As a family lawyer, Shoshana is familiar with helping to resolve conflict. After welcoming Faraj, a Syrian refugee, into her Cambridge home, she has continued to use her professional and personal experiences to reach out to others. As a practicing Jew, Shoshana believes that everyone has the ability to create positive change in the lives of others, no matter how big or small. She attributes her approach to her family background. Her mother was a New York based psychoanalyst and her grandfather was a rabbi, the 19th in a long line of Jewish scholars, originating from Latvia. Shoshana strives for a world where every human being is valued – irrespective of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or class.

Speaking together at TEDxLondonSalon, Faraj Alnasser and Shoshana Goldhill will discuss identity and being accepted regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.

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

To create a world where everyone has the ability to unlock their potential.

Favourite TED Talk:

Brené Brown
The power of vulnerability

Faraj Alnasser

Student, refugee and eternal optimist

Faraj is a Syrian refugee from Aleppo. Living through the conflict was a challenge – but as a gay man in Syria, life was even less straightforward. Growing up in a conservative Muslim household meant that Faraj struggled to gain acceptance by his loved ones and discussions around his identity led to frequent arguments. In 2012, Faraj and his family woke up to the sound of bombs and fled to Cairo. His family continued to struggle with who he was and, soon after, he secretly left for Turkey, leaving his home, his school and his family behind.

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

I would like to change myself and that is the first step to changing the world. Always myself first.

Favourite TED Talk:

Janine di Giovanni
What I saw in the war

Meet the TEDxLondonSalon speakers

Dr Jules Montague

Consultant neurologist, author, journalist and storyteller

Kajal Odedra

UK Director at Change.org, STEM leader, creative writer and bookworm

Shoshana Goldhill and Faraj Alnasser

Family lawyer, mother and change maker; student, refugee and eternal optimist

Dr Darren Schreiber

Neuroscientist, lawyer, politics lecturer and rock climber

Adam All

Singer, dancer and Drag King extraordinaire