Mo Gawdat is a leading global expert and entrepreneur in technology and innovation and an outstanding keynote speaker who has spoken to many corporate audiences. He is Former Chief Business Officer for X (previously Google X), an author, podcast host and Founder of One Billion Happy.
Mo joined Google in 2007 to focus on his biggest passion; Emerging Markets. He is fascinated by the role of technology in enabling positive change in communities. Over 6 years, he started almost half of Google’s operations worldwide. In 2013, Mo moved over to Google X, the company’s renowned innovation arm, which develops new technologies to reinvent and improve existing processes. This included self-driving cars, Google Life Sciences and Project Loon; an attempt to provide affordable internet access to the 5 billion people without an internet connection. Prior to working at Google, Mo headed the Communications Sector across Emerging Markets worldwide at Microsoft.
Mo has written two books, ‘Solve For Happy’, which strives to find an equation for happiness, and ‘Scary Smart -The Future of Artificial Intelligence and How You Can Save Our World’, which provides a roadmap on how humanity can ensure a symbiotic coexistence with AI.
Following Solve for Happy and the 12-year research on happiness leading up to it, Mo created an algorithm to reach a state of uninterrupted happiness regardless of life’s circumstances, which proved highly effective. He and his family lived by it for a decade. In 2014, it was put to the ultimate test when Mo lost his son Ali.
Mo’s mission now is to share these principles more widely and further the cause of happiness wherever he can, with the aim of reaching one billion people around the world as part of the #onebillionhappy movement.