Mo Gawdat is the Chief Business Officer of Google[x], the company’s innovation arm, and author of Solve For Happy. On November 22nd, he will be speaking during the Future of Work conference in Paris, hosted at the MEDEF headquarters (France’s largest employer organization). For his first appearance in France, Mo will also lead an interactive business lunch with more than 30 French CEOs and meet with members of the French press.
After 12 years of research, Mo Gawdat, a brilliant engineer and businessman, has developed an algorithm to help solve this essential question in life: how to be happy and reach a near-constant state of wellbeing, regardless of life’s various circumstances? Mo’s method was put to the ultimate test when in 2014, he lost his son Ali, then 21 years old, from a preventable medical error. Following this dramatic event, Mo decided to write and publish a book, presenting his method: Solve for Happy. Already translated in 28 languages, the book will be released in France in January 2018 by renowned publisher Larousse. Mo has also developed a related professional training seminar with which he has already trained 2,000 Google employees worldwide, Citi Group executives and more.
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 expanding the company in 50 or so countries.
In 2013 he moved to Google’s infamous innovation arm, Google [X] where he led the business strategy, planning, sales, business development and partnerships. [X] 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, tenfold—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 Sciences, and many more. The business team under Mo’s leadership has designed innovative business models analogous to the disruptive technologies [X] creates, and has created deep partnerships and global deals that enabled [X] to thrive and build products fit for the real world.
Today, Mo has made it his personal mission to help 1 billion people on the planet to live a happier life. He recently created a global non-profit organization, #1billionhappy, as one of the means to reach this objective.
If you are interested in hosting Mo Gawdat for an event, training course or keynote, please contact Thierry Daher, Positive Solutions.