Wayu Niederhauser
Speaker Liaison
Karriere Level
Leitende*r Angestellte*r

“I love being the direct contact person between TEDx Vienna and the speakers, because I really get to know what they’re about, not necessarily just from the public point of view”, Wayu Niederhauser tells about his job as Speaker Liaison Manager. “I would tell myself, always be true to myself, regardless of what society might think or expect of me.”


Drei Ratschläge an Dein 14jähriges Ich!

I would tell myself to always be true to myself regardless of what society think or expect of me I would say enjoy and live every moment fully and dream big because it’s when you dream big that you make big strides.

Was steht auf Deiner Visitenkarte?

Wayu Niederhauser, speaker liaison, TEDxVienna and on the back is the TED model I do for the spreading.

Was ist das coolste an Deinem Job?

I love being the direct contact person between TEDxVienna and the speakers because I really get to know what they are about not necessarily just from the public point of view. So that’s really exciting for me getting to know someone like Conchita Wurst what is she about outside of the media and yeah.

Welche Einschränkungen bringt Dein Job mit sich?

When there’s an inspiring speaker, they are interested, you want to have them as part of the conference and it just doesn’t work because you only know so much in advance when our conferences happen and they’ve already had their appointments booked sometimes a year or two in advance that’s always a little bit of a letdown. I think sometimes on the day of the conference when a speaker is very very nervous about their talk and you’ve been in touch with them and you know they’ve really put dozens of hours into their presentation and their talk and they are clearly very familiar with their back ground and their expertise but then, they are freaking out just when they are about to go on stage that can sometimes be difficult to calm their nerves.

Worum geht es in Deinem Job?

Well imagine there’s an event with the theme .. Great New Space, CITYx and hundreds of people have made the time to attend and they are there to listen to this 80 minute talks and my job is to contact potential speakers who fit the theme and they can be from all sort of the fields from science, technology, arts, education, psychology and yeah, my job is thinking about what the theme really means, what we want the conference guest to take with them from the conference and find the fitting speakers for them. Well, I have to do a lot of internet research on the current many inspirational project and efforts by individual people or organizations, whether they are well known or have yet to be discovered and think about whether we can have them attend the conference and post an 80 minute talk to inspire people. During the event I’m the personal assistant of the speakers. So I tend to the speakers needs make sure they get on stage on time and try and calm their nerves before they speak, I just stay in Vienna so a lot of my work happen via just emailing in rare occasions meeting up with the speakers or Skyping with them buy everything pretty much happens online and at the day of the conference at the venue.

Wie sieht Dein Werdegang aus?

Well, I was born in Austria, I’m half Austrian, half Philipino, and spent the first 14 years in the United Arab Emirates. I moved to Austria when I was 14, I speak English and German fluently, those are my mother tongues, I also speak Tagalog which is a Philipino language, Japanese, French and Spanish. After four years or so I thought to myself, the world just seemed so small in and limiting to me so I stumbled upon an international organization called United World College and I applied for two year scholarship got accepted and moved to British Colombia, Canada. There I was one of 200 students from 108 different countries and it’s just a mind blowing experience, living with people from Palestine, Madagascar and my humble self from Austria and it was really that getting to know global perspectives, thinking about the world’s problems, how to approach them and solve them and all this while doing a two year high school degree that led me to them to apply for a scholarship in the United States and I did my liberal arts bachelor there, taught for a year a year at a high school and moved back to Austria that how I stumbled on TEDxVienna. I just started this January, so I’ve been working now for nine months, initially I had volunteered last November during their main conference but officially I started working in January.

Ginge es auch ohne Deinem Werdegang?

Yes definitely, absolutely, I mean, what I see in speakers might be something different than what someone else might see in the speakers, their potential to inspire an audience in a certain way but definitely if someone more technology oriented comes, the speakers they invite are going to be very different from the ones that I invite but definitely someone with a different background can do that. I think the main ingredient that’s part of my job is with the eloquence when writing and when communicating with the speakers so being understanding and seeing the speakers background is very important.