The Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) is a thriving global community of people united by the common vision of making the world a more peaceful, prosperous, and free place. OFF brings together leaders in advocacy, business, technology, policy, philanthropy, media, academia, and arts to share their stories and brainstorm ways to expand freedom and unleash human potential across the globe. OFF has evolved from an annual flagship event in Oslo to include satellite events around the world including New York, Johannesburg, Mexico City, and now, Taiwan.
Speakers at the first-ever Oslo Freedom Forum in Taiwan include Cambodian human rights activist and exiled opposition politician, Mu Sochua, North Korean defector Yeonmi Park, Vietnamese pop star and political activist Mai Khoi, Egyptian actor, model, and LGBT rights activist Omar Sharif Jr., China bureau chief and Asia correspondent for BuzzFeed News Megha Rajagopalan, British researcher and expert on Islamic extremism Shiraz Maher, Eritrean free speech activist Vanessa Berhe, and Russian democracy activist and coordinator of Open Russia Vladimir Kara-Murza. More speakers will be announced soon.
Programming will also include a Tech Lab and Interactive Expo, art exhibits, networking breaks, musical performances, and more.
Speakers will include:
- North Korean defector and author Yeonmi Park
- Egyptian actor, model, and LGBT rights activist Omar Sharif Jr.
- Cambodian politician and democracy advocate Mu Sochua
- Exiled Russian civil society organizer Vladimir Kara-Murza
- Vietnamese pop star and women's rights activist Mai Khoi
- China bureau chief and Asia correspondent for BuzzFeed News Megha Rajagopalan
Programming will also include musical performances, art exhibits, and a series of technology talks featuring:
- World Identity Network founder and CEO Mariana Dahan
- Orchid Labs CEO Steve Waterhouse
- Investor and venture capitalist Bill Tai
- Tezos founder and blockchain pioneer Arthur Breitman
A recent New York Times article about HRF's first Oslo Freedom Forum in Asia describes the decision to host the event in Taiwan as "a welcome bit of recognition".