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 included Cambodian human rights activist and exiled opposition politician Mu Sochua, North Korean defector and activist Ji Seong-ho, Vietnamese pop star and political activist Mai Khoi, Egyptian actor, model, and LGBTQ rights activist Omar Sharif Jr., BuzzFeed News world correspondent Megha Rajagopalan, Eritrean free speech activist Vanessa Berhe, Sarawak-born investigative journalist and founder of the Sarawak Report Clare Rewcastle-Brown, and Russian democracy activist and coordinator of Open Russia Vladimir Kara-Murza. Participants also heard from World Identity Network (WIN) founder and CEO Mariana Dahan and blockchain investor and venture capitalist Bill Tai in a Tech Lab session focused on the intersection of technology and human rights.
Programming also included an Interactive Expo, workshops, networking breaks, musical performances, and more.
The 2018 Oslo Freedom Forum in Taiwan was made possible through the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation.