Mo Gawdat

Affiliation:
The Former Chief Business Officer for Google[X]
Area of Expertise:
Digital Transformation, Innovation
Language:
English
Speaking topics
  • Solve for Happy
  • Solve For Happy at Work
  • One Billion Happy: The Future of Technology, AI & Robotics
  • Empowering the Feminine
  • The Age of Sci Fi Investment Advice I
  • nnovation at Scale The Principles of Moonshot Thinking
Abstracts

In this seminal talk, Mo Gawdat aims to offer an Engineering approach to happiness  based on his International bestselling book, Solve for Happy. The talk discusses the biggest myth we believe about happiness in the modern world and how to overcome the reasons for unhappiness. It offers a solid model to work with, the 6-7-5 model, and takes the audience through practical actions they can take then and there to start their journey on a path to uninterrupted happiness. 

At the end of the talk, attendees are left with a much clearer understanding of the steps they need to take in order to find happiness even in the harshest of circumstances; and with a clear call to action to invest in their own happiness and the happiness of those they love. 

In this talk, Mo Gawdat offers solid research on how happiness affects productivity and performance at work, the difference between employee happiness vs. satisfaction, and how managers and HR managers can build an environment that promotes employee happiness based on his international bestseller – Solve for Happy – and his 11 years of experience as a Google executive.  

At the end of the talk, the attendees will be left with a much clearer understanding of the value employee happiness brings to company performance and the clear steps to take in order to create a work environment that promotes happiness.  

In his One Billion Happy talk, Mo Gawdat openly discusses – through the lens of a former executive at Google [X] – the current rate of advancement of technology and the expected technological innovation that will follow in the next 10 to 20 years. The talk will openly address the ethical question this impending science fiction-like reality will bring. Mo uses the insight gained from his nearly 30 year career across the world’s major tech companies to offer unexpected yet agreeable solutions to ensure the continued success (and survival) of humanity in this brand-new world.  

At the end of this talk the audience will be given a unique, accurate insider’s view of the incredible wave approaching so they may clearly understand the role each of us has to play to ensure our success as it materializes. 

Big note

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 acquainte d 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. In 2013 he moved to Google’s infamous innovation arm, Google [ where he led the business strategy, planning, sales, business development and partnerships. [ does not attempt to achieve incremental improvements in the way the world works, but instead, it tries to develop new technologies that will reinvent the way things are and deliver a radical, ten fold 10X improvement. This leads to seemingly SciFi ideas such as: Project Loon, which aims to use high altitude balloons to provide affordable internet access to the 5 billion people on every square inch of our planet, Project Makani, aiming to revolutionize wind energy generation using autonomous carbon fiber kites as well as Self driving cars, Google Life Science s, and many more. The business team under Mo’s leadership has designed innovative business models analogous to the disruptive technologies [ creates, and has created deep partnerships and global deals that enabled [ to thrive and build products fit for the real world. 

 Alongside his career, Mo remained a serial entrepreneur who has cofounded more than 20 businesses in fields such as health and fitness, food and beverage and real estate. He served as a board member in several technology, health and fitnes s and consumer goods companies as well as several government technology and innovation boards in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. He mentors tens of start ups at any point in time. In 2019, Mo co founded Today UK, an ambitious startup that aims to reinv ent retail in order to reduce environmental impact.  Mo Gawdat is the author of “Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy” ( Through his 12 year research on the topic of happiness, he created an algorithm and a repeatable well engineered model to re ach a state of uninterrupted happiness regardless of the circumstances of life. Mo’s happiness model proved highly effective. And, in 2014, was put to the ultimate test when Mo lost his son Ali to preventable medical error during a simple surgical procedure. Solve for Happy is the pillar for a mission Mo has committed to as his personal moonshot, a mission to deliver his happiness message to one billion people around the world (#onebillionhappy). 

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