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TEDxLaf - Joaquin Indacochea Beltrán - Passionate Partnerships for Sustainable Development

Joaquin Indacochea Beltran is from Arequipa, the second largest city of Peru. He was raised in an environment in which culture and knowledge were greatly valued and fostered. His best childhood memories are at the beach where, ironically, he was saved from drowning with his grandfather at the age of 7. This event marked the rest of his life and taught him the importance of being grateful and living intensely.He studied at the same school for 11 years and then gained a two-year scholarship to study at the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy. This has been the most life-changing experience of his life because he lived in an international community of 200 people from more than 70 different nationalities. In 2007 he came to the USA to study Civil & Environmental Engineering at Lafayette College. He will be graduating in May 2011.At Lafayette he joined Engineers Without Borders (EWB) where he learned the most important aspect of engineering: Sustainability. At EWB he found that his passion is carrying projects looking at the big picture from many different social, technical, environmental and economic perspectives.He has learned more from his experiences and curiosity than from any book. He strongly believes that every person and situation have something good to offer and learn from.AboutTEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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