Guides & Experts


Global Agenda

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Ed Diener

For his fundamental research on the subject, Diener is nicknamed Dr. Happiness. Researchers he has worked with include Daniel Kahneman and Martin Seligman.

Dr. Diener is past president of three scientific societies: the International Society for Quality of Life Studies, the International Positive Psychology Association, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He is a fellow of five professional societies, including the Association for Psychological Science, American Psychological Association, and International Society for Quality of Life Studies, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and Experimental Psychology.

Matthieu Ricard

Born in France in 1946 as the son of French philosopher Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author, translator, and photographer. He first visited India in 1967 where he met great spiritual masters from Tibet. After completing his Ph.D. degree in cell genetics in 1972, he moved to the Himalayan region where he has been living for the past 45 years.
He is an international best-selling author and a prominent speaker on the world stage, celebrated at the World Economic Forum at Davos, forums at the United Nations, and ad TED where his talks on happiness and altruism have been viewed by over seven million people. He is a charismatic figure who has captured the minds and hearts of people all over the world.

Dacher Keltner

Greater Good Science Center
Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at University of California, Berkeley, where he directs the Berkeley Social Interaction Lab. He is also the founder and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center.

John Helliwell

World Happiness Report
Canadian economist and editor of the World Happiness Report. He is a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and Co-Director of the CIFAR Programme on Social Interactions, Identity, and Well-Being; Board Director of the International Positive Psychology Association, and Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of British Columbia.

Helliwell's early research heavily focused on developing national and global econometric models for studying national economies and their international linkages, including integrating energy considerations into models, for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Bank of Canada, the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Tal Ben-Shahar

Happiness Studies Academy
Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer. He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership. Today, Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations. The topics he lectures on include leadership, happiness, education, innovation, ethics, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and have appeared on best-sellers lists around the world.

Tal is a serial entrepreneur and is the co-founder and chief learning officer of Happiness Studies Academy, Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier.TV.

An avid sportsman, Tal won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships. Today, for exercise, he swims, dances, and practices Yoga. He obtained his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard.

19 March

Shauna Shapiro

Santa Clara University
Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., is a professor at Santa Clara University, a clinical psychologist, and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness. With twenty years of meditation experience studying in Thailand and Nepal, as well as in the West, Shapiro brings an embodied sense of mindfulness to her scientific work. She has published over 100 journal articles and chapters and co-authored the critically acclaimed book, The Art and Science of Mindfulness, as well as her newest book, Mindful Discipline: A loving approach to setting limits and raising an emotionally intelligent child.

Dr. Shapiro is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies teaching award, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to graduate education, as well as a Contemplative Practice fellow of the Mind and Life Institute co-founded by the Dalai Lama. Dr. Shapiro has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, the Danish government, and the World Council for Psychotherapy in Beijing, China. Her work has been featured in Wired, USA Today, Oxygen, The Yoga Journal, and the American Psychologist.

Nancy Snow

Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing
Dr. Snow is Professor and Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing at the University of Oklahoma. She is also co-Director of The Self, Motivation & Virtue Project, a $2.6 million research initiative on the moral self. She is the author of Virtue as Social Intelligence: An Empirically Grounded Theory(Routledge, 2009) and over thirty papers on virtue and ethics more broadly.

Loretta Breuning

Mammal Institute
Founder of the Inner Mammal Institute ( and author of Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels.

Gabriel Ivbijaro

NOVA University
Professor Ivbijaro is a champion for global mental health advocacy and Visiting Professor of Population Mental Health at NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal. He was President of WFMH the oldest mental health advocacy organisation in the world from 2015-2017 and is the founder and Chair of The World Dignity Project, a charity dedicated to promoting dignity in mental health and ensuring that the views of mental health service users, their families and carers are at the forefront of everything that we do.

18 March

Raj Raghunathan

Zale Centennial Professor of Business
McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Raj Raghunathan is Professor of Marketing at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He is interested in exploring the impact that people’s judgments and decisions have on their happiness and fulfillment. Raj’s work has appeared in top journals, including The Journal of Marketing, The Journal of Consumer Research, The Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Human Decision Processes, Information Systems Research, and The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His work has also been cited in several mass media outlets, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Inc, Fast Company, and The Los Angeles Times.

Raj writes about his views on happiness, creativity, and leadership on his popular Psychology Today blog (with over 1 million page views), Sapient Nature. His six-week long Coursera course on happiness (titled, A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment) currently has over 170,000 registered students from 196 countries and was recently voted the Top MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) of 2015 and one of the Top 50 MOOCs of all time. Raj’s book (titled, If you’re so smart, why aren’t you happy?) was released in the Spring of 2016 in the US, UK, and India and is slated to be released in 11 other languages in 2017.

21 March

Pilar Aguilera

Director of Program Escuelas Despiertas
University of Barcelona
Pilar Aguilera is Director of the programme Escuelas Despiertas, Mindfulness Applied in Education, at the University of Barcelona. In 2002 she began practicing the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and since then her personal and professional aim has been to work towards creating affective educational communities. She studied a Master (Ed) in Institutional Management and Leadership at the University of Southampton where she specialized in the implementation of the English programme Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL). She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) and has been a Visiting Scholar for two years at the Institute of Education, University College London. She researches the effect of the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh through the programme Escuelas Despiertas in teachers and students.
She has practiced with the sanghas of Edinburgh, Southampton and London, and created one of the two Sanghas of Barcelona. In 2011 she introduced the Wake Up movement in Spain, and in 2014 she was one of the main organizers of the International Mindfulness Education Retreat at the University of Barcelona with Master Thich Nhat Hann. She is a Member of the Order of Interbeing of Master Zen Thich Nhat Hanh.

19 March

Orlaith O'Sullivan

Wake Up Schools
Orlaith works with people of all ages to help make happiness a habit. She is the founder of two mindfulness groups in Dublin - for children and for adults. She works with teachers and schools to support more kind, wise communities. Orlaith teaches and mentors widely, and her course Cultivating Happiness was the first of its kind in Ireland. She is International Co-ordinator of Wake Up Schools, the grass-roots movement to realize Thich Nhat Hanh’s vision for mindfulness in education.

Her passion is to explore creative ways to help us lead mindful, kind, joyful lives.

19 March

Katherine Weare

Wake Up Schools
Katherine Weare is Emeritus Professor at the University of Exeter and Southampton in the UK. Her long term career has been in education, developing approaches to promoting wellbeing and addressing mental health problems in young people and those who work with and care for them.

19 March

Deborah Rozman

Heart Math
President and Co-CEO, HeartMath. She has been involved with HeartMath since its inception, first as founding executive director of the non-profit HeartMath Institute, then as executive vice president of HeartMath LLC, and for the past decade as founding director, President, and CEO of Quantum Intech Inc. (dba HeartMath Inc) and more recently of HeartMath LLC.

Co-author with Doc Children of HeartMath’s Transforming Series: Transforming Stress, Transforming Anger, Transforming Anxiety and Transforming Depression, and is a key spokesperson on HeartMath, heart intelligence, managing stress in these changing times and heart-based living.

Nichol Bradford

Nichol Bradford is fascinated by human potential and has always been interested in how technology can help individuals expand beyond their perceived limits to develop and transform themselves to the highest level.

She spent the last decade exploring these ideas in the online game industry, serving as a senior executive with responsibility for strategy, operations, and marketing for major brands that include: Activision Blizzard, Disney, and Vivendi. Most recently she managed the operations of Blizzard properties, including World of Warcraft, in China.

Now, as the CEO of the Willow Group, Nichol is applying those same skills to the realm of elevating psychological well-being. Willow is a transformative technology company focused on employing rigorous scientific research to develop training protocols, hardware, and software that can produce a reliable and positive change in the human experience.
Nichol has an MBA from Wharton School of Business in Strategy, and a BBA in Marketing from the University of Houston. She is a fellow of the British American Project, currently serves on the board of the Brandon Marshall Foundation for Mental Health, and is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Mavis Tsai

Live with Awareness, Courage and Love
Scientific researcher, a clinical psychologist in independent practice and director of the FAP Speciality Clinic within the Psychological Services and Training Center at the University of Washington, where she is dedicated to teaching and research.

Mavis trains volunteers on five continents to launch Live Meet with Awareness, Courage and Love Meetups, a global network of open change seekers who strive to meet life challenges through a deeper interpersonal connection that allows them to live more faithfully to themselves.

Among other titles, Mavis has collaborated in books such as Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Made Simple: A Practical Guide to Therapeutic Relationships, A Guide to Functional Analytic Psychotherapy and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy: Distinctive Features.

20 March

Suzanne Daigle

NuFocus Strategic Group USA
Suzanne Daigle is a Business Strategist and Partner in NuFocus Strategic Group US. Their firm specializes in Organizational Self-Management and other social technologies designed to ignite high performance and optimize human potential.

For nearly a decade, Suzanne has passionately pursued the trailblazing fields of Self-Management, Open Space Technology and Agile beyond Software. She has worked with hundreds of individuals, companies and groups, nationally and internationally. Her main focus is supporting traditional companies who recognize the need to leap ahead, shifting away from hierarchy and bureaucracy to a more engaged and inclusive way of working.

Suzanne is a certified Scrum Master, a Past President and Emeritus Member of the Open Space Institute US and a founding member of a newly created national networking association known as United Packaging Associates.

21 March

Doug Kirkpatrick

Author, TEDx Speaker, Keynoter,
Consultant on the Workplace of the Future
In 2008, Doug Kirkpatrick co-founded the Morning Star Self-Management Institute, with the mission of instantiating organizational self-management principles with effective education, tools, and practices.

As a partner in NuFocus Strategic Group, he now speaks and consults on organizational self-management theory and practice. Doug shares the message of organizational innovation through his book Beyond Empowerment: The Age of the Self-Managed Organization (versions available in English, Chinese and German), TEDx talk and numerous white papers, blog posts, podcasts and academic journal articles. He writes regularly for the Huffington Post, and has been interviewed or quoted in BBC Radio 4, Forbes, ManagerSeminare, Los Angeles Business Journal and numerous other media outlets. Gartner Research Director Mark McGregor wrote that “Doug is a leading expert in the field of organizational design.”

21 March

Ian Borges

SEMCO Style Institute
Ian Borges is a partner at SEMCO Style Institute, Lifestyle Strategist, and Digital Nomad.

Before partnering with Ricardo Semler, a global authority on employee-empowered leadership, at the Semco Style Institute, Ian was Head of Digital and Communications for L’Oréal in Brazil where he led digital strategy, media investments, and content marketing.

21 March

Kim Lantis

Operations Team
Nearsoft, an Indecomm company
Kim Lantis is part of the operations team at Nearsoft, and Indecomm company. 

Nearsoft is a software development outsourcing company with over 300 employees distributed in three different offices in Mexico, and another in San Jose, CA. Both Great Places to Work and Worldblu certified, Nearsoft is a company that leads without fear, allowing Nearsoftians to be themselves, be playful, and innovate.

21 March

Mo Gawdat

Former Chief Business Officer, Google [X]
Author of "Solve For Happy"
Mo Gawdat is the former Chief Business Officer for Google [X], a serial entrepreneur and author of "Solve for Happy."

Mo has an impressive combined career of 27 years, starting at IBM Egypt as a Systems Engineer before moving to a sales role in the government sector. Venturing in to the UAE, Mo joined NCR Abu Dhabi to cover the non-finance sector. He then became acquainted with the consumer goods industry as Regional Manager of BAT. At Microsoft he assumed various roles over a span of seven and a half years, in his last role at Microsoft he headed the Communications Sector across Emerging Markets worldwide.

Mo joined Google in 2007 to kick-start its business in Emerging Markets. He is fascinated by the role that technology plays in empowering people in emerging communities and has dedicated years of his career towards that passion. Over a period of 6 years, Mo started close to half of Google's operations worldwide.

21 March

Kristin Neff

Center for Mindful Self-Compassion
Kristin Neff, Ph.D. is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion, being the first one to operationally define and measure the construct over a decade ago. In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, she has developed an eight-week program to teach self-compassion skills in daily life, co-created with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, called Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Her book, Self-Compassion, was published by William Morrow in April 2011.

Luis Gallardo

bē / World Happiness Fest / Agora
Luis Gallardo is a social innovator and entrepreneur with the higher purpose of elevating the vibration of the planet by developing ideas, connecting thought leaders, activists and communities and increasing awareness on the science of happiness, holistic education and smart innovation.

Over the years Luis has been an advisor to CEOs, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, Nobel Laureates, political and institutional game changers on strategic personal positioning and brand building. That access to the brightest and most conscious individuals has inspired him to understand that the world needs new lenses to realize growth and how humans and societies can thrive.

Luis has worked too in the corporate world as a global executive and has been a protagonist of the transformation of industries such as professional services and the internet. Luis has been an international observer with the UN and OSCE in post-armed conflicts establishing democracy and the right to vote.

For Luis Happiness is a human right and a life choice, an enabler of human development and social innovation. That’s why he is committed to creating, with initiatives such as bē and the World Happiness Fest and World Happiness Virtual Agora, spaces for academics, activists, social innovators, scientists, governmental leaders, institutions and leaders, in general, to share and learn, to feel, understand and act towards a happier world and thriving societies.

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Vikram Patel

Harvard Medical School
Vikram Patel is a professor of global health and social medicine and psychiatrist whose work over the past two decades has focused on reducing the treatment gap for mental disorders in low resource countries. His work has addressed four major themes: (1) generating policy-relevant evidence on the burden and impact of mental disorders; (2) developing and evaluating mental health interventions for delivery by non-specialist and lay health workers; (3) developing training programs to build research capacity and leadership in global mental health; and (4) communicating research to diverse audiences to act on this evidence.

18 March

Lea Waters

International Positive Psychology Association
President of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and
Professor and Founding Director of Positive Psychology Centre, the University of Melbourne.

She is Inaugural Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne and Registered psychologist (AHPRA), a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a full member of the College of Organisational Psychologist (APS).

19 March

Shekhar Saxena

Harvard University
Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health at Harvard University. MD, FRCPsych, DAB, MRC, Psych, since 1998 has worked at the World Health Organization and since 2010 has been the Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at World Health Organization's Headquarters Office in Geneva, Switzerland. He is a recipient of the 2017 Leon Eisenberg Award.

18 March

Kathryn Goetzke

Curator - Health
World Happiness Agora
Kathryn Goetzke, MBA, is an entrepreneur, strategic consultant and global depression advocate. She is Founder and Chief Mood Officer at The Mood Factory, bringing in over 35 million for retail and launched the first national cause marketing campaign for mental health raising over 1M. She is the Founder of iFred, and an award winning program that teaches Hope (Hopeful Minds) and is a regular contributor to Thrive Global and PsychCentral. She serves on advisory boards for FundaMentalSDG, Y Mental Health,Women’s Brain Project, and the Global Mental Health Movement. Kathryn and her work have been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Home, InStyle, Family Living, Scholastic, Health, Psychology Today, and has spoken at the United Nations, MHA, The World Bank, GMHM, The Kennedy Forum, and more.

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Juan Jose Reyes

Curator - Health
World Happiness Agora
Juan is the founder of Mindstay, a company that provides mindfulness programs to health and wellness professionals. Juan is a Board Certified physician and is currently pursuing a Masters in Integrative Medicine at George Washington University.

He is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher by the UCSD Mindfulness Professional Training Institute and also trained by the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Healthcare, Medicine and Society founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. He has been practicing meditation since 2006 after completing a ten-day Vipassana retreat with the teachings of SN Goenka.

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Valerie Freilich

Curator - Education
World Happiness Agora
Valerie is an Executive Coach focused on increasing people’s engagement, impact on others, and lead with more positive energy. She is a master in reducing stress and develop dynamic productive relationships at the same time that leaders get a clear vision of their business objectives, communicate with more effectiveness and boost overall leadership performance. She is the head coach at bē, coordinating facilitators at festivals and gatherings around the world.

22 March

Edith Shiro

Curator - Self Mastery
World Happiness Agora
Edith is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Miami, Florida, further specializing in Family Therapy from the Ackerman Institute and in International Trauma Studies from New York University. Edith has worked extensively with immigration and acculturation issues, as well as with refugees and torture survivors facilitating their resilience, emotional and spiritual growth.

22 March

Achim Nowak

Curator - Happiness at Work
World Happiness Agora
Achim is a TEDx Speaker, C-Suite Coach, Mastermind Convener and an international authority on embodied leadership. He is the author of 3 books in the personal excellence field – Power Speaking, Infectious and The Moment. His firm BRILLIANT BEST, based in South Florida, helps Fortune 500 executives around the world to be more influential.
Achim has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, USA Today, MindBodyGreen and on NPR.

22 March

Barbara Van Dahlen

Give an Hour
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., named to TIME’s 2012 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, is the president and founder of Give an Hour™. A licensed clinical psychologist who has been practicing in the Washington, D.C., area for over 20 years, she received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland in 1991.

Concerned about the mental health implications of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Dr. Van Dahlen founded Give an Hour in 2005. The organization has created a national network of mental health professionals who provide free services to U.S. troops, veterans, their loved ones, and their communities. Give an Hour’s nearly 7,000 mental health professionals have given more than 250,000 hours of care valued at over $25M. Give an Hour has also expanded its services to provide for other populations in need including at-risk teens, survivors of natural disasters and survivors of gun violence. Give an Hour also leads the Campaign to Change Direction®, a global initiative focused on changing the culture of mental health, which launched in March 2015 with former US First Lady Michelle Obama as keynote speaker. In just three years, the campaign has gained tremendous momentum and currently has over 600 organizational partners. The campaign has also generated over 300 million media impressions.

Dr. Van Dahlen has received numerous awards, including the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Citation and the Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship of the Manhattan Institute in 2013. In 2014 she was honored by the Chief of Staff of the United States Army as an outstanding civilian who has made significant contributions to our military and the United States Army. She also received the 2016 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Lifesavers Gala Public Service Award. In 2018, Dr. Van Dahlen received the Public Service Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Dr. Van Dahlen has become a notable source and expert on the psychological impact of war and a thought leader in mobilizing civilian constituencies to create large system change. She has become widely recognized for her work in changing the culture associated with mental health. Dr. Van Dahlen contributes to the Huffington Post and TIME and has been interviewed by major media outlets such as AP, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, USA Today, CNN, NPR, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Newshour, and such military media outlets as Stars & Stripes, AUSA Magazine, and the Pentagon Channel.

18 March

Garen Staglin

One Mind
Garen is the Co-Founder and Board Chairman of One Mind (formerly the International Mental Health Research Organization), a 501c(3) non-profit organization.

During the last twenty years, One Mind and the Staglin’s Music Festival for Brain Health have raised more than $290 million for mental health charities and research. Launched in 2011 with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy and now led by President, Brandon Staglin, One Mind is pursuing a number of large-scale public-private partnerships in Schizophrenia, TBI, and PTS as well as funding cutting-edge research with 30 rising star scientists.

Garen is a private equity investor and philanthropist with more than 40 years of experience in building and starting companies in the financial services and payment industries. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Silicon Valley Bank, ExL Services, NVoice Payments, and Profit Velocity Solutions. He is also a Senior Advisor to FTV Capital. Garen is a graduate of UCLA, B.S.-Engineering (1966), and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, MBA (1968). He is a recipient of the Gold Spike Award, Stanford University’s highest award for volunteer service and the UCLA College of Letters & Science Fellows Award. He is Co-Chairman of the UCLA Centennial Capital Campaign.

He and Shari, and their children, Brandon and Shannon, are founders of the STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARD, a 64-acre estate in Rutherford, California.

18 March

Pim de Morree

Corporate Rebels
Pim de Morree and his colleagues Joost Minnaar, Freek Ronner and Catelijne Bexkens gave up their promising careers three years ago. Frustrated with the slow, boring corporate world, they were determined to find and study organizations that could make work fun. They called themselves The Corporate Rebels.

After compiling a Bucket List of workplace pioneers, they traveled the world in the quest for ideas. Today, after interviewing more than 100 of the world's best thinkers, the Rebels share their radical vision of how we can work better, more successfully and, above all, have more fun.

Thinkers50 named them in the "Top 30 Emergent Management Thinkers in The World," and nominated them for the "Breakthrough Idea Award." Media outlets like The New York Times, Forbes, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Financieel Dagblad, and the BBC have featured their work. Their cult blog is read in more than 100 countries.

21 March

Ayse Birsel

"Design the Life You Love"
AYSE BIRSEL is one of the Fast Company’s Most Creative People 2017. She is the author of “Design the Life You Love,” a book and coursework that teaches how to create a meaningful life using design process and tools. On the Thinkers50 shortlist for talent, she is a TEDx speaker and writes a weekly post on innovation for

The Co-founder and Creative Director of Birsel + Seck, Ayse designs award-winning products and systems with Fortune 100 and 500 companies, including Amazon, Colgate-Palmolive, Herman Miller, GE, IKEA, Philips, Staples, and Toyota. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the MoMA, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Born in Izmir, Turkey, Ayse came to the US in 1986 to attend Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY on a Fulbright Scholarship.

21 March

Anggy Corchuelo

Contento BPS
ANGGY CORCHUELO is the CEO of Contento BPS, a contact center that offers solutions for collection, sales and customer service. She developed a solid organizational culture based on happiness at work in a sector that is usually associated with everything but happiness, making Contento a benchmark and success story around this matter.

This journey has taken her to write 2 books about happiness and leadership, launch a spin-off company that mentors leaders into implementing happiness at work called Contento Cultness and is also the co-founder of Comunidad F Medellín and the A La Rueda Rueda Congress.

Anggy has a Masters degree in marketing and an administrative engineer title. She has done some other studies at Harvard, Disney Institute and Wholebeing Institute in México. She has delivered conferences, workshops and other consulting jobs impacting more than 2,000 people.

21 March

Peter Weng

Chief Business Officer
Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute
PETER WENG is the Chief Business Officer for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) and also a Search Inside Yourself teacher. Previously, Peter was a director at Google and led various organizations including global search quality evaluation as well as online sales and operations for Greater China. Prior to joining Google in 2007, he worked at Dell in sales, operations and marketing roles in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Peter also held sales management and engineering positions with Rohm and Haas and Argo Scientific. He has worked on mindfulness and meditation programs in various settings including corporations and prisons. Peter served on the board of Insight Santa Cruz and is also involved in work supporting wildlife conservation and sustainable transportation.

21 March

Blake Harris

Zoom Global Happy Crew Commitee
BLAKE HARRIS is a Sales Recruiter at Zoom and currently serves as President of the 2019 Zoom Global Happy Crew Committee. The Happy Crew is a group of over 150 Zoom employees who facilitate happiness-related company events, influence the culture, champion community service, creative design, and much more at Zoom! Blake is an experienced Human Resources partner who has worked in the technology, finance, web and B2B industries.

21 March

Arnaud Collery

Author, "Mister Happiness"
ARNAUD COLLERY is the Founder of a NY based inspiration agency specialized in happiness, purpose, and passion at work workshops, chief happiness officer training, and global events on purpose and happiness. He is the author of "Mister Happiness" (Larousse Publishing) and a 3x TEDx speaker.

His TEDx talk on being a Chief Happiness Officer has been seen over 100,000 views.

His clients are Dior, Nestle, Danone, BMW, Axa, Careem (Dubai).

21 March

Tobias Grieb

The Happinist
Boston Consulting Group
TOBIAS GRIEB is a psychologist, consultant, and blogger on a mission to create a new world of work in which companies, managers and employees make happiness a priority for themselves and others. As the in-house happiness-at-work specialist of the Boston Consulting Group in Germany, he drives internal feel-good initiatives in Germany and consults other companies on employee wellbeing.

Tobias is an advocate of new ways of working in the digital age to create more autonomy, balance, and connection for humans. As a business coach, he helps individuals see these opportunities and develop a positive mindset, body and working environment. He loves spreading the word to a broader community through blogging on social media, speaking activities and the organization of happiness events.

21 March

Hrish Lotlikar

Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer
The Rogue Initiative
Hrish Lotlikar is Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer of The Rogue Initiative ( The Rogue Initiative is a Los Angeles-based entertainment company composed of award-winning entertainment industry professionals including alumni from Amblin Entertainment, Pixar, Dreamworks Animation, Disney and Activision Entertainment creating new AAA cinematic interactive virtual reality, digital media experiences, feature film, and television content.

Hrish is also Co-founder of SuperWorld ( a social AR platform company which allows users to build community in Augmented Reality.

21 March

Jayne Warrilow

Coaches Business School
Jayne Warrilow is founder of Coaches Business School, a global coaching and development company with a focus on resonance as the key driver of individual and organizational success. She is one of the world’s most exclusive business coaches and her clients are by invitation and referral only. Jayne has worked with CEOs and Senior executive teams around the world, best-selling authors, trailblazing coaches, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, millionaires, celebrities, and people who simply want to make a difference.

Born and raised in England, Jayne has worked with leading organizations and individuals in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America. A natural edge-walker, Jayne has enabled leaders to take a stand, create radical new rules of business, generate systemic change and transform their leadership for game-changing results. Her unique methods have brought the flow of innovation from the C-Suites of global corporations to the home offices of business owners igniting the charge that leads to high octane business growth.

21 March

Eve Simon

The Future of Leadership Salon, Ladies Lead, and MindfulnessLab
EVE SIMON is German by nature, Californian by heart - that promises an unusual approach in all Eve does - from Future of Leadership Salon to Ladies Lead to MindfulnessLab.

Eve was leading several divisions in Telecommunications for 14 years before founding her boutique consulting firm InspirationWithoutBorders since 2005. With her global perspective, Eve brings new impulses and creative ideas to her clients to transform companies into the force for good. She urges for a collective and sustainable new work approach which is to be found also in her TEDx talk, “The Future of Leadership.”

Her driver: creating the future under a new paradigm: well-being for all - people, business and the planet.

21 March

Alexandria Joy

Seven times published author
Alexandria Joy is on a mission to help you be more UP Yourself. Seven times published author, she speaks regularly at conferences across Australia, New Zealand, and the US. Alexandria believes Australia is suffering from a confidence crisis and if you want to build a great life, career, or business, you must go in and UP not down and out.

A former corporate executive, the vegetarian yogi now lives her nomadic life in her purpose built, off-grid tiny house as an experiment in surrender. No plan. Simply freedom and following life’s nudges.

21 March

Eduardo Massé

Bit Work Elite
Entrepreneur, entrepreneur, researcher and author. Eduardo Massé is the Founder and CEO of BIT WORK ELITE, a company committed to increasing productivity in Mexico and Latin America through the change of organizational culture in companies. He is the author of the books:
The Traps of Happiness of Penguin Random House editorial. 2016. The Scientific Leadership the New Frontier, ebook, 2015.

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Javier García

Founder & CEO
IOS Offices
He is a business entrepreneur with more than 2o years of experience at the industry of co-working speaces. In 2007, his brother Adrián and Javier found IOS OFFICES, today´s biggest Business Community in Mexico with more than 15,000 associates, 70,000m2 and 36 co-working centers in 12 cities of the country. They had adopted “happiness” as their main value.

21 March

Nicolas Carlisle

President & Founder
No Bully
Nicholas Carlisle is the President and Founder of No Bully.

Nicholas worked as a barrister in London and served as chairman of the non-profit section of Amnesty International UK. He practiced in California as a child and family psychotherapist and founded No Bully as a non-profit to make childhood bully-free. He brought together the collaborative that drives Power of Zero as a global campaign to reshape early learning for a connected world.

Paul Atkins

Paul is a board endorsed Organisational Psychologist who works in both academia and industry. He teaches organizational and behavioral psychology at the School of Psychology, Australian Catholic University, as well as coordinating the Master of Clinical Counselling program. He is a registered psychologist with a Ph.D. in Psychology from Cambridge University. He regularly teaches mindfulness-based courses and uses ProSocial in his executive coaching of staff from a wide variety of organizations.

He works with members of the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (ACU) on a range of projects exploring the impacts of mindfulness and values-based living on upon identity, perspective taking and relationships. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science and has just completed a book for Cambridge University Press on the use of mindfulness training in organizations.

He has a particular interest in enhancing cooperation in school, organizational and community groups through the application of ProSocial.

20 March

Jayme Illien

International Day of Happiness
Jayme Illien is an Indian-American social entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, global economist, policy advisor, activist, humanitarian, statesman, global citizen and founder of the United Nations-sanctioned International Day of Happiness celebrated worldwide every March 20. Illien is also Chairman, President, and CEO at Illien Global Public Benefit Corporation, a global humanitarian and international development organization, which takes an interdisciplinary, multi-sector approach, working with governments, the private sector, academia, civil society, and all related stakeholders, to advance the human condition and world happiness.

In 2011, Illien Global led by CEO Jayme Illien launched an initiative at the United Nations to create a new global day of awareness, the “International Day of Happiness”. UN resolution 66 281, which was adopted by consensus of all 193 member states on June 28, 2012, with the support of former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, establishing the International Day of Happiness now celebrated worldwide every March 20.

UN resolution 66/281 recognizes “the pursuit of happiness as a fundamental human goal” and “the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world, the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives, and the need for a more inclusive, equitable, and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness, and the well-being of all peoples”.

CBS news remarked that UN resolution 66/281 “echoes the US Declaration of Independence.” Speaking at the 1st UN High-Level Meeting on “Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm”, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the world “needs a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, economic and environmental well-being are indivisible. Together they define Gross Global Happiness.”

20 March

Laura S. Bakosh

Inner Explorer
Laura has spent nearly a decade researching the academic and behavioral effects of mindfulness practices on children in k-12 schools. She has a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University and a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Boston College. Laura worked for 20 years in large, multinational companies, including GE where she brought a mindfulness program to her team with record results. She was trained as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in 2007 and co-developed the audio-guided Inner Explorer Programs. She has had a personal mindfulness practice for more than 24 years.

19 March

Gilda Scarfe

Positive Action
Gilda Scarfe is the CEO and Founder of Positive Action UK a leading and innovative company using research to develop, implement and evaluate mental toughness, wellbeing and resilience programmes in schools. With a degree in Philology, CPE in Law and Positive Psychology and over 15 years facilitating in business performance and education contexts, Gilda specializes in creating curriculums that are evidence-based, meaningful and make a powerful impression. An expert in helping young people understand and effectively play to their character strengths. She has worked with teams across the private and state-funded schools to promote and embed positive psychology in the PHSE curriculum. Her work has included strategic planning for designing, delivering and implementing wellbeing and mental toughness programmes in schools, framework redesign for primary and secondary schools, as well as strengths-based coaching using the VIA instrument.

19 March

Natassja Williams

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi
Natassja Williams has an extensive career in education including roles within the subjects of Performing Arts, working in a range of settings including state schools, private schools, international including a range of ages from Primary to Senior. Her true passion came later in her career moving into the fields of pastoral and well-being. With the ever-changing and turbulent world, we live in Natassja knew a role in pastoral was just as important to make an impact on young people’s lives as the academic element.

She is currently working at the newly nominated TES International School of the Year Cranleigh Abu Dhabi where she is working constantly on ensuring the children are equipped with the tools to navigate along the bumpy roads ahead. Natassja strongly believes character and well-being have to be intertwined with academics for a holistic and effective learning experience.

19 March

Arlette Shohmelian

Highgate Private School in Cyprus
Arlette Shohmelian, (M.A. Psychology), is a parent coach and the Deputy Head - Pastoral of Highgate Private School in Cyprus. She has over 18 years of experience working with children of all ages, both in and out of the classroom, in Cyprus and around the world. Ms Shohmelian has developed a social and emotional literacy programme that has been introduced into the Cyprus curriculum and led well-being intervention projects such as interschool mental health awareness, life- skills training and workshops for students on a variety of topics including building resilience, self-esteem, positive body image, handling stress and exam anxiety, communication skills, problem-solving,anger management, mindfulness and happiness.

19 March

Sir. Anthony Seldon

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham
Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham since 2015, is one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educationalists, commentators and political authors.

He was a transformative head for 20 years, first of Brighton College and then Wellington College. He is author or editor of over 35 books on contemporary history, including the inside books on the last four Prime Ministers, was the co-founder and first director of the Institute for Contemporary British History, is co-founder of Action for Happiness, honorary historical adviser to 10 Downing Street, UK Special Representative for Saudi Education, a member of the Government’s First World War Culture Committee, was chair of the Comment Awards, is a director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the President of IPEN, (International Positive Education Network), Chair of the National Archives Trust, is patron or on the board of several charities, founder of the Via Sacra Western Front Walk, and was executive producer of the film Journey’s End. He appeared on the Desert Island Discs in 2016. For the last fifteen years, he has given all his money from writing and lecturing to charity.

He has three children; his wife of 34 years, Joanna, died of cancer in December 2016.

19 March

Vicki Abadesco

Soul Shoppe
Vicki Abadesco is the co-founder of Soul Shoppe, an award-winning organization that teaches strategies for social-emotional awareness, bullying prevention, and empathy building. She reaches school communities, touching the hearts and minds of close to 100,000 students every school year. She’s an author, program creator and product designer who was awarded the Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change Award by the Ashoka and Packard Foundations in 2014. Vicki is a fellow for the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT. More important than her credentials is her uncanny ability to see into people’s hearts and help them see each other with dignity and inherent value.

19 March

Jorge Negrete

Maestro de Psicoterapia Individual y de Pareja. Formador de psicoterapeutas, coach, Facilitador y Comunicólogo.
Ofrece a sus clientes un espacio de reflexión e indagación para acompañarlos en el interés común que une a todos los seres humanos: despertar del sueño, salir del sufrimiento y vivir en paz, en amor.
Cuenta con certificaciones en Neuropsicología para Terapeutas, Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World: Lesser Vehicle, Neurodidáctica, Design Thinking for Innovation y A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment, Constelciones Familiares y Psicología Positiva.

19 March

Andy Lee

Chief Mindfulness Officer
Andy Lee is Chief Mindfulness Officer at Aetna, a CVS company. In this role, he seeks to create a deeply rooted, mindful culture at Aetna, where he has led the development of numerous internal programs. He is also helping to build an industry-leading product portfolio to bring the benefits of mindfulness to Aetna’s millions of health insurance customers.
Andy is a recognized expert in bringing the benefits of mindfulness to organizations. He has been teaching mindfulness in companies since 2010. He also teaches the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program in his community.
Before focusing on mindfulness, Andy had a career in human resources. He held senior talent management roles at Capital One, Viacom, and Merrill Lynch. He has an MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and was trained as a mindfulness teacher at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

19 March

Laura Musikanski

Executive Director
Happiness Alliance
Laura Musikanski is executive director the Happiness Alliance (, a nonprofit providing tools and resources for the Happiness and Well-being Movement including the Happiness Index, since 2010.She is the chair of IEEE P7010 The Well-being Metrics Standard for Ethical Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems and co-chair of the Well-being Committee of IEEE’s Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.

20 March

Mike Pepperman

Manager Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
LG Electronics
Transforming Education from the Inside Out: How to build a solid foundation for happiness in schools
The world is moving faster than ever. Kids are overstimulated, frequent multitasking, and dealing with a continuous stream of distractions. On top of that, poverty, violence, racism, peer pressure and more are influences that have found their way into the classroom, leaving students, educators and families more susceptible to stress and trauma.
The good news is we are in the midst of a quiet, peaceful revolution that recognizes the negative influences on education as symptoms and in turn, chooses to treat the disease. Treatment starts with the realization that happiness comes from within and when one focuses inward with mindful awareness educators, students and their families experience incredible results.

19 March

Matthew Jackman

Hopeful Minds
Matthew’s service user and young carer journey commenced at the age of three as a result of having to care for his younger siblings having lost his mother to mental distress following six years of supporting and caregiving for his mother. Matthew developed family and carer advocacy skills when coming into contact with mental health services for his teenage siblings to ensure they were provided with quality recovery and trauma informed care.

Matthew is passionate about human rights, social justice and the intersection with 'living' experience involvement at systemic local, state, national and international spaces informing mental health service provision. Matthew converges living experience skills and knowledge and professional experience through clinical social work in forensic mental health and consumer and carer consultant roles. Matthew presently teaches across a number of universities in mental health and social determinants to health and wellbeing, and is an mental health and international student researcher at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Matthew identifies as a survivor of abuse, trauma suicide, an advocate for silenced persons, groups and communities, and most importantly identifies with being social engineered into humanitarian global mental health work through his own living experience and professional background. Matthew lives with mood fluctuations, defined as Bipolar by Psychiatry, and manages through music, social connection and meaningful hope inducing work and volunteering in global mental health.

Matthew advises global mental health bodies from a living experience perspective, and represents Melbourne as a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum. He is undertaking his Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy, International Diploma in Mental Health, Human Rights and Law, and Doctorate (PhD) in Social Work examining peer work as a discipline in global mental health. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Honours from Monash University.

18 March

Pablo Muñoz


18 March

Rhyan Ramirez

Big-Hearted Facilitator
Rhyan has over 15 years of experience doing volunteer work with teens in his community in many capacities from peer and young adult leader, to youth minister. He is also a youth motivational speaker, working to help teens understand the value of having healthy relationships in their lives. Based on Rhyan’s personal life experiences, his mission is to help kids with their relationships with their friends, parents, relatives and with themselves. Rhyan takes a different approach and looks inward to see how the kids are doing inside, helping them understand their behavior, which is what really attracted him to Soul Shoppe

19 March

Alberto Calvet

Calvet Transfpersonal
Alberto es fundador y director de CALVET - Desarrollo Transpersonal desde el año 2007, miembro de la Asociación de Neurociencias y Desarrollo Humano A.C. desde 2005 y de Nizhoni School for Global Consciousness desde 1999. Ofrece sesiones de terapia transpersonal individuales y de pareja, así como sesiones dinámicas de trabajo grupal para apoyar el desarrollo del potencial de los jóvenes y las nuevas generaciones.

21 March

Alan Abrush

Alan Abruch es un experto en reprogramación neuromuscular, biomecanica articular y manejo de dolor crónico. Su foco de atención se centra en ayudar a las personas a desarrollar los habitos y patrones necesarios para alinearse con una cultura de salud preventiva y evitar la aparición de las enfermedades en lugar de tratar de curarlas.
Su metodología mezcla elementos de la medicina preventiva como la terapia postural para eliminar procesos de compresión intervertebral y desarrollar una mecánica articular correcta.
Asimismo trabaja con un enfoque en la nutrición integrativa, la ciencia del sueño, las herramientas para manejar el stress, así como la implementación de correctos procesos de hidratación y respiración.

18 March

Nancy Mortifee

Inner Develpment Program Dean
The Wellbeing Project

20 March

Rodrigo Serrat

Yoga Teacher
Om Yoga

19 March

Bill Bernat

The Stability Network
Bill Bernat is a TED speaker (How to Connect with Depressed Friends) who believes that talking about mental health should be easy. He serves as senior communications adviser for The Stability Network, an organization created to inspire and encourage people experiencing mental health challenges to thrive. TSN’s members all live well with mental health challenges and openly share their experiences and insights. In addition to bringing TSN’s message to the world, Bill leads advocacy speaker trainings for TSN and coaches members creating advocacy talks. Learn more about TSN at A technology marketing professional with ten years clean from drug addiction, Bill lives with bipolar condition. He performs an award-winning comedy show (Becoming More Less Crazy) about his journey from mental health struggles to loving life---or at least liking it. He has appeared on The Moth Radio Hour and Comedy Central. He leads storytelling workshops and events for people impacted by mental health conditions. You can learn more about Bill at

18 March

Ellee Koss

Demolish the Box
From a very young age, it was very clear that Ellee did not take kindly to limitations - especially in thinking. Growing up she questioned authority and status quo at every turn. With a Ph.D. in Economics; as a professor Ellee created and led innovative courses in Economics, Organizational Behavior and Transformation, Creation and Leadership of Change, “Globalization”, and Creative and Critical Thinking for Freshmen. Outside of her professional academic work, Ellee worked with High School youth developing Entrepreneurship, Vision and Community Leadership. She is a founder of Demolish the BOX (, an initiative to transform education by asking the question: What if we educate 100% of what it means to be human?

19 March

Arturo Villegas

Happiness Developer

22 March

Ily Ponce

PMO / Co-Founder Mx

21 March

21 March

22 March

Anna Gowdridge

100% Human at Work Director
Virgin Unite
ANNA GOWDRIDGE(Guest, What Do Chief Happiness Officers Do?, Happiness@Work)

is the Head of People at Virgin Unite. She was drawn to Unite by the global scale of their work and her desire to work in an organization that believes, ‘Screw it let’s do it.’ Her role covers everything from their internal ‘people’ work to collaborating with partner organizations and building a global network of organizations who want to building amazing places to work.

For the last four years Anna has worked on developing and driving the strategy for the 100% Human at Work Network. This global Network of 300 organizations (and growing) focuses on driving positive change in the world of work and driving the agenda and thought leadership to build the future of work that we want. With a key focus on collaboration and co-creation of solutions, the Network spans four continents, engaging CEOs, Founders and HRDs to drive change within their own organizations and to begin to develop a business voice at a policy level.

21 March

Juan Jerónimo González


22 March

Eliane Fierro

Executive Development
CEO sounding board
Mentor Supervisor for Coaches
High Integration Teams
Cultural Dynamics
Corporate and Executive Resilience
Personal marketing
Directors as Coaches
HR as Key Strategic Leaders and Coaches
360 ́s analysis, feedback and development plan

20 March

Ade Alvarado

Bien Fest
Ingeniero en Alimentos, Especialidad en Nutrición

18 March

Brother Phap Luu

Dharma Teacher
Plum Village
Brother Stream (Pháp Lưu) is from the US and ordained in 2003. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in English Literature in 1997 and also did non-degree study at Yale and Harvard in Buddhist Studies and Sanskrit before ordaining. He taught English as a foreign language in Madrid, Spain, and spent one year working part-time as a teacher in inner-city schools in New Haven, CT.
He received the transmission from Thay as a Dharma teacher in 2011, and has taught in North America, Europe, Brazil, Botswana, Southeast Asia and India. He has been active in the Wake Up movement for young people, co-leading two tours in the UK, and one each in the US, Spain and Ireland, to share mindfulness with young adults at universities, and has been working with the Wake Up Schools initiative to bring mindfulness into schools for the past three years.
He has a deep aspiration to make the simple practice of mindful breathing and embracing strong emotions available at all levels of education.

19 March