The Global Wellness Summit Announces 2017 Keynote Speakers

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The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) announced the keynote speakers who will share their findings in the ‘Science of Happiness’ at the conference on October 9-11. The idea of the “science of happiness” has become a topic of interest in recent years, measured by a myriad of factors and debuted in studies such as the UN’s World Happiness Report and The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. The lineup for the conference features various experts who each have a unique perspective on the topic based on their individual studies.

The keynote speakers include Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Mohamad (Mo) Gawdat, Silvia Garcia, and Nancy Etcoff.

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Ph.D., is associate professor of economics and associate editor of the World Happiness Report. De Neve has studied the depths of the correlation between various aspects of the business industry and the role they have on overall employee happiness.


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Mohamad (Mo) Gawdat is chief business officer for Google [X], as well as author of Solve for Happy: Engineering Your Path to Joy. In an effort to improve his own personal happiness, Gawdat began research on how to achieve happiness by attempting to create a formula, which was put the test years later following the death of his son.

Silvia Garcia is founder of FeelLogic and the former global director of the Happiness Institute at Coca-Cola. Garcia’s studies are based on the idea that organizations and cities themselves can prosper through creating happiness for others. She focuses on happiness through the economy, workplace, health, politics and education.

Lastly, Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., is assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School where she teaches the “Science of Happiness” courses. With new, more surprising discoveries, Etcoff has studied how humans have evolved for happiness.

More information on the summit can be found on the GWS official website.

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