Global Wellness Institute Names John Kao to Advisory Board

Kao is a bestselling author on innovation and enterprise transformation. Photo credit: John Kao

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI)­—a nonprofit dedicated to “empower[ing] wellness worldwide”—has appointed John Kao, M.D., to its advisory board of health and wellness industry leaders. Previously, Kao has served as an advisor on innovation strategy for numerous organizations and companies, including the governments of Finland, Singapore, and the U.S., as well as the Clinton Global Initiative, Nike, and Intel. Kao has also served as chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Innovation Council. Additionally, Kao is a bestselling author of numerous books, which include Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity and Innovation Nation: How America Is Losing Its Innovation Edge, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do to Get It Back. He is a regular contributor to, and his work has been featured in The New York Times as well as the Harvard Business Review.

As a member of GWI’s advisory board, Kao will work on the nonprofit’s PositivelyWell Initiative to “reset the world with wellness” by extending the impact of the five pillars of the organization: research, initiatives, roundtable discussions,, and the Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease. “Wellness is one of those ‘suitcase’ words that needs unpacking,” says Kao. “I believe we will come to see wellness as fundamental rather than a ‘nice-to-have,’ and the GWI plays a unique role in leading this paradigm shift. I couldn’t be happier to contribute by bringing my diverse background—including innovation, medicine, psychiatry, education, non-Western wellness and media—to the table.”


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