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Amy Novogratz  

Director of the TED Prize

Amy Novogratz is the Director of the TED Prize, an initiative of the TED Conference. The TED Prize is awarded annually to three exceptional individuals who each receive $100,000, a wish to change the world and support in making the wish come true. Past TED Prize winners include Bono, Dr. Larry Brilliant, former President Bill Clinton, writer Dave Eggers, and religious historian Karen Armstrong.

Prior to joining TED, Amy worked in television production giving voices to youth who don't usually have a platform -- from documentaries for the Disney Channel on young people living with HIV, learning differences and body image issues to specials, sketch comedy, animation and interstitials for Nickelodeon, Noggin's The N, Oxygen, MTV and World Link. This lead to years of developing and producing Chat the Planet, a TV and web initiative that connects young people from around the world to talk about everything from politics, prejudices and war to sex, music and life in general. Amy spent the early part of her career in Washington, DC, where she helped start up the Social Policy Action Network, a nonprofit that bridges the gap between journalists, academics, policy makers and grassroots initiatives.


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