Our Team

Gabriela Leite Soares | @gabsnatorwb

Gabriela is the founder and lead curator of TEDxDili. She is a globetrotter and a foodie who loves photography, the beach, good books, discovering new places and hanging out with her favorite people. She is enthralled with innovators who are fearless about seeing the world differently and dedicated to creating change.  Book that she just finished reading: Long walk to freedom by Nelson Mandela. Book that she is reading right now: Gamification by Brian Burke

Kaoru  Yamagiwa

Kay is a co-organizer of TEDxDili. She enjoys running by the beach, playing team sports, experimenting cooking, and spending time with her beloved family. She believes that inspiration and innovation lead to motivation of all to be part of the development process and sharing those ideas will create positive spin-off. She looks forward to be part of the TED team and extend such spirits in Timor-Leste. 

Alva Lim

Alva is a co-organiser and food connector for TEDxDili. She is the convenor and co-founder of Slow Food Dili, connecting producers, farmers, chefs, eaters, thinkers and designers who fight for real food, and care about the impact the food system has on the planet. She likes to discover the diversity of foods in Timor-Leste with special love given to Ermera avocados, Marobo Job's Tears, Atauro 'kumbili' and Laclubar honey and coffee. When not fermenting vinegars or moonlighting as a sometimes-olive oil judge, she dreams about being an apprentice tamagoyaki chef one day. Food that she wants to eat tomorrow: lemongrass-smoked breadfruit and aromatic 'batar da'an' (traditional Timorese maize stew) by Chef Cesar Lourdes with mana Amelia's spicy 'ai-manas' 

Natalino Hornai

Nata is marketing director of TEDxDili. He is a traveler and adventurer who has lived and studied in 5 different countries, experiencing different education systems and clubbing scenes. When not listening to music or singing in the bathroom, he enjoys taking photographs of beautiful things or playing ukulele with his little cousins. He is passionate about issues related to human rights, equality, peace and development, specially the rights of children, women and sexual minorities, as he believes all these issues are interrelated.

Bernardino Soares

Dino is the video-production manager of TEDxDili. He is a professional Photographer, most of his works are photojournalism. He spends most of his time training Timorese youth about photography. Dino is also a musician and an artist. He took part in TEDxDili  because he believes in ideas worth spreading.


Gaudêncio Silva

Gaudêncio is the website manager of TEDxDili. He is a big fan of TED as he believes good ideas are worth spreading. 

Louise Flirth

Louise is a graphic designer and marketing specialist currently based on the Gold Coast, Australia. Her childhood dream was to be a back-up dancer for Janet Jackson. She has lived in three countries and visited 42. She is passionate about the environment and oceans, and recently spent 18 months working at a marine conservation NGO in Indonesia. When she's not designing or travelling she loves making pottery, listening to Motown music and photography.