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Welcome to The World Happiness Foundation

Founders, Patronage and Board members

Luis Gallardo

Founder & President
Luis is a social innovator and entrepreneur with the higher purpose of elevating the vibration of the planet by developing ideas, connecting thought leaders, activists and communities and increasing awareness on the science of happiness, holistic education and smart innovation. For Luis Happiness is a human right and a life choice, an enabler of human development and social innovation.

Satinder Singh Rekhi

Founding Board Member
Rekhi is a champion in teaching and spreading Happiness and Well- Being and strongly believes in a simple motto – Happy People Are More Successful. In fact, Mr. Rekhi is known for partnering with premier educational institutions by partnering with them in preaching the Science of Happiness, where the primary objective is to teach the importance of happiness – to enable them to be happier, and in turn be more successful.

Philip Kotler

Advisory Board Member
He has been honored as one of the world’s leading marketing thinkers. He received his M.A. degree in economics (1953) from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. degree in economics (1956) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), and has received honorary degrees from 22 universities including Stockholm University, the University of Zurich, Athens University of Economics and Business, Budapest School of Economics and Administrative Science, the Kracow School of Business and Economics, and DePaul University.

Vandana Shiva

Advisory Board Member
Dr. Vandana Shiva is trained as a Physicist and did her Ph.D. on the subject “Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory” at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India. In 1982, she left to set up her Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy in her home town of Dehra Dun in the foothills of the Himalaya.

Thakur S. Powdyel

Advisory Board Member
Former Minister of Education in Bhutan. Thakur S Powdyel is an educator by choice, conviction and passion. His abiding interests include, inter alia, education as the noble sector, institutional integrity, national self-respect, gross national happiness, environment and sustainable development. My Green School: An Outline reflects his vision of holistic education as an instrument for human and societal flourishing, and is translated into several languages worldwide.

Saamdu Chetri

Advisory Board Member
Dr. Saamdu played a great role in consolidating the Swiss development support program in Bhutan, balancing both hardware (constructing aesthetically based training institute, colleges, hospital, research centres) and software programs (Human Resource and Training). As well expanding several programs to the national level in Education, Renewable Natural Resources, Rural Infrastructure.

Mavis Tsai

Advisory Board Member
Is a clinical psychologist and senior research scientist at the University of Washington’s Center for Science of Social Connection. She is the co-creator of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), a treatment that harnesses the power of the therapeutic relationship to transform clients’ lives. She is a recipient of Washington State Psychological Association’s Distinguished Psychologist Award in recognition of significant contributions to the field of psychology, and is a Fellow of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

Manas Mandal

Advisory Board Member
Dr. Manas K Mandal is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Indian Institute of Technology - Kharagpur. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, IISC, Bangalore. He was formerly a Distinguished Scientist and Director-General - Life sciences in DRDO, India. He holds a Ph.D. degree in psychology from Calcutta University, India; completed his post-doctoral research as Fulbright Fellow, USA, & a NSERC Fellow, Canada. As a visiting faculty, Dr. Mandal completed his tenure at Harvard University, USA; Kyushu University, Japan; & Aachen University, Germany.

Aneel Chima

Advisory Board Member
Aneel Chima, PhD, is director of the Division of Health and Human Performance and of the Stanford Flourishing Project. His teaching and research aims to answer the questions, "What does it mean to flourish as human beings in an age of hyper-complexity?" and "What is the future of human flourishing as cultural and life rhythms increasingly accelerate?" He is co-founder and managing partner of AT THE CORE, a consulting boutique specializing in facilitating transformative change through enhancing the emotional, social, and neurophysiological drivers of team and leadership thriving.


Advisory Board Member
交清琼(lisa) 中国不丹文化使者 幸福行者联盟创始人 深圳幸福美幸福顾问 世界幸福基金会创始董事会成员不丹皇太后度母基金中国幸福大使 首位入住不丹皇宫任教的华人导师 Isha is co-founder of the World Happiness Foundation in China. The First Chinese Tutor to Teach at the Bhutan Palace. Founder of Happy Traveler Alliance.

Raj Raghunathan

Advisory Board Member
Raj Raghunathan is the Zale Centennial Professor of Business at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He is interested in exploring how people’s judgments and decisions impact their happiness and fulfillment. Raj’s work has appeared in both scientific journals like The Journal of Consumer Research, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and in mass media outlets like The Atlantic, The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Inc, and Fast Company.

Paul Atkins

Advisory Board Member
He is a Visiting Associate Professor with the Crawford School of Public Policy (Australian National University) where he teaches leadership and organisational behaviour. His research has focused on the interventions to reduce stress while enhancing relationships, wellbeing, perspective taking and cooperation in groups and organisations. Paul is a registered organisational psychologist with a PhD in Psychology from Cambridge University.

Rosalinda Ballesteros

Advisory Board Member
“In 2012, we started looking at a new educational model. We asked what was most important to students, parents and employers, and what they wanted in their lives. The answer was to be happy, to have happy kids or happy employees. We thought as a university we should approach the topic in a very serious way,” shares Rosalinda Ballesteros Valdes, Vice President of High School Programs for Universidad TecMilenio. After one phone call from the Provost to Martin Seligman, MAPP’s Education Director James Pawelski was soon on a plane to Monterrey to consult with her team.

Yogesh Kochhar

Advisory Board Member
Yogi has had 30 years of experience spanning continents (the UK, the US, and Asia), serving diverse sectors in various profiles. His last assignment was with Microsoft India as part of their leadership team. He is the founder of YourOneLife which is a unique, first-of-its-kind, compelling happiness app. It granularities happiness in an objective. The app has been approved by the higher education regulator in India and is being rolled out to impact 8 million students. YourOneLife has been acknowledged by UN-SDSN Europe as a notable initiative.

Loretta Breuning

Advisory Board Member
Founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and Professor Emerita of Management at California State University, East Bay. She is the author of many personal development books, including Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin and Endorphin Levels. As a teacher and a parent, she was not convinced by prevailing theories of human motivation. Then she learned about the brain chemistry we share with earlier mammals and everything made sense.

Mohit Mukherjee

Advisory Board Member
Mohit is the founding Director of Centre for Executive Education. He has also served as Vice President of Programs for Watson U, the first incubator leading to a degree for next generation social entrepreneurs. Prior to these positions, Mohit Mukherjee served as Education Program Manager of the Earth Charter Initiative, a global movement of organizations and individuals promoting sustainable development.

Berry Liberman

Advisory Board Member
Berry Liberman is the co-founder and Creative Director of Small Giants, the Publisher and Editor of Dumbo Feather magazine and a mum to the three cutest kids in the world. Small Giants was founded in 2007 to create, support, nurture and empower businesses that are contributing to the world in a meaningful way. Dumbo Feather is a labour of love. Designed, edited and printed in Melbourne, Australia, it is a quarterly journal highlighting the stories of extraordinary people, living lives of passion and commitment to changing the world we live in.

Daniel Almagor

Advisory Board Member
Daniel Almagor is CEO of Small Giants, a company he started with his wife, Berry Liberman, to effect social and environmental change through business, and Australia's first B Corporation. He is also the founding Chairman of the Impact Investment Group, a finance vehicle for B corporations and other like minded businesses. He was the inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence at RMIT, the founder and former CEO of Engineers Without Borders Australia, Chairperson of Jewish Aid Australia and on the wisdom council for Hub Melbourne.

Nichol Bradford

Advisory Board Member
Nichol Bradford is fascinated by human potential, and has always been interested in how technology can help individuals expand beyond their perceived limits to develop and transform themselves to the highest level. She spent the last decade exploring these ideas in the online game industry, serving as a senior executive with responsibility for strategy, operations and marketing for major brands that include: Activision Blizzard, Disney, and Vivendi. Now, as the CEO of the Willow Group, Nichol is applying those same skills to the realm of elevating psychological well-being.

Valerie Freilich

Advisory Board Member
She is a Global Executive and Leadership coach and an Awareness Courage and Love Leader for the ACL Global project. A lifelong experiential learner she is bringing 25 years of wisdom to Organizations in developing individual and collective leadership and caring capacities to thrive in challenging and complex environments. She works for a broad spectrum of industries including Finance, Healthcare, Tech Education, Luxury brands, Media. She is an Ashridge coach (UK) and an Advisory board member for the Executive Women’s Leadership Program at Florida International University (FIU)

Edith Shiro

Advisory Board Member
Dr. Edith Shiro is a Clinical Psychologist and Co-founder of the Trauma and Resilience Center, with a private practice in Miami, Florida, where she specializes in trauma, post-traumatic stress, and post-traumatic growth. Recognized as an expert in the field of post-traumatic growth, Dr. Shiro regularly speaks at large international conferences, universities, schools, and community centers, and is a regular on TV and radio. Author of The Trampoline Effect (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Tia Kansara

Advisory Board Member
A multi-award-winning entrepreneur and economist. The youngest to ever receive the Royal Institute British Architects honorary fellowship, she is the co-founder of Kansara Hackney Ltd, the first ISO-certified sustainable lifestyle consultancy, and CEO of Replenish Earth Ltd, a cause and a collective action to protect the global commons. Hailed amongst the Top 100 most influential leaders in Tech by the Financial Times and Inclusive Boards, her clients include Coca Cola, Bloomberg, the European Commission, Forbes, Formula One, MIT, and Siemens.

Deepak Ohri

Advisory Board Member
Founder and CEO of lebua Hotels and Resorts is well-known worldwide as an award-winning entrepreneur who has transformed the luxury hospitality landscape in Asia. He was the first to create the world's highest rooftop restaurant that has earned two 2 Michelin stars and the first to develop the concept of a vertical destination. Executive in Residence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Chairman of Executive Board at Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center at FIU. In March 2022, Mr. Ohri joined CIBER Advisory Board.

Vibha Tara

Advisory Board Member
Vibha works globally for emotional and spiritual intelligence, primarily to educate hearts. She considers humanity as her religion is and is on a joyful journey to raise consciousness of her BEING and DOING. Popularly known as Gratitude Champion,Vibha has more than 30 years of work life, out which first half has ‘Heart and Head’ work, in social development sector, in the areas of Public Health, Education and Governance, with United Nations, Population Services International and Johns Hopkins University in India and assignments in the USA, Russia, Netherlands, Myanmar, Thailand, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Since 2007, Vibha's focus is on ‘Heart and Spirit’ based work, by conducting Gratitude Joyshops, Organization Happiness and Holistic well-being through her non-profit Muskaan (Smile). She is also nurturing her recently launched socio-spiritual intervention Tara@Satrikh, in a village near Lucknow, India. A practitioner of Vipaasana, mindful living, wisdom of Advait, Vibha undertakes road trips (Shukriyasafar) anchored in gratitude and kindness.

Nancy Richmond

Advisory Board Member
Dr. Nancy Richmond is a recognized keynote speaker, university educator, and business consultant. She is a faculty member at Florida International University’s College of Business for the Department of Marketing and Logistics. Her specialization is in social media, marketing, wellbeing, and innovating in a digital world. She is a social media expert and influencer with over 300,000+ followers. As a professor and consultant, she has helped thousands of individuals and companies in the areas of social media, leadership development, and digital innovation from around the globe. Dr. Richmond tackles problems holistically and creates transformative solutions with advanced degrees in marketing, counseling, and education. She is well-known for being a people connector and giving presentations that will inspire you to take your goals to the next level. Her research is on social media, wellbeing, and digital education. Dr. Richmond is a strong advocate for using social skills, innovation, and technology to help promote community building, social good, and sustainability.

Sungu Armagan

Advisory Board Member
Dr. Sungu Armagan is an Associate Teaching Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Global Leadership and Management Department in the College of Business at FIU. She is the creator of the popular undergraduate course titled “Happiness at Work” in the College of Business. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Organizational Behavior, Negotiations, International Business Negotiations, and Professional Skill Development. Her research is in the areas of happiness at work and group decision-making, including negotiations. She provides training and workshops to professionals on personal happiness, workplace happiness, and executive negotiations. She is the Faculty Advisor for AIESEC FIU; AIESEC is a global platform for young people to develop their leadership potential through international internships and teaching opportunities.

Rolando Gadala-Maria

Advisory Board Member
Rolando is the Founder and CEO of Visage Capital Group with more than 35 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur with a strong unique set of skills and experience in founding new businesses, investing and restructuring existing businesses, Mergers, Acquisitions, business strategies, and business growth models. Rolando sits on the boards of several corporations as well as non-profit organizations. Rolando is the author of "Awakened Leaders", a leadership mentoring program that has earned credentials from IESE Business School, Spain, transforming corporate and community leaders to become highly empowered to impact positively their business growth, their families, and their communities. He has been a guest speaker at several national and international organizations including the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and Universities, among others. Rolando is also a pro-bono mentor of startups at Singularity University helping them achieve successful and sustainable business models to achieve exponential growth. He is also an active member of YPO where he served as Chair for YPO Gold Latin America (Young Presidents Organization) and was a board member on the international board of WPO (World Presidents Organization).

Ellen Campos Sousa, PhD

Advisory Board Member
Dr. Ellen Campos Sousa is an Assistant Professor at the Godbold College of Business at Gardner-Webb University (GWU). She is passionate about self-development and helping others to grow. Her background as a business professor, her strong knowledge in the field of mindfulness, and the kindness she employs in her teaching enable her to be a uniquely-positioned asset with respect to helping both people and organizations alike to achieve their potential.

Dr. Campos Sousa is an expert in mindfulness programs, serving as both a developer and a facilitator. She also developed and teaches the ‘Mindfulness and Happiness in Management’ undergraduate course. As a researcher, her focus is to study the impact of mindfulness interventions on consumer well-being across different countries and contexts (e.g., vulnerable women, college and High school students, work-life balance, waiting time). Her research has been recognized with multiple awards and grants, published in a top-tier journal, and presented in several leading international conferences.

Carine Bouery

Advisory Board Member
Carine Bouery is committed to helping people and planet live in happiness and harmony, and she does that specifically for Middle Eastern communities and corporates based out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

With over 20 years of corporate experience in branding, marketing and communications predominantly in the Energy sector across the Middle East and North Africa, Carine is also an award-winning and certified workplace neuro-happiness and employee experience strategist, facilitator and speaker who helps organizations foster fun, meaningful and innovative corporate cultures while also making their marketing, communications and sustainability strategies come to life.

Zahra Karsan

Advisory Board Member
Certified in Mindset Coaching, Positive Psychology and Neuroscience, Zahra is a trusted Success Coach to dozens of global executives and a Public Speaker. She is the best selling author of How Do You TAKE YOUR HAPPY? and is the creator of the REWIRE System, a groundbreaking methodology that retrains your brain for greater happiness and success. Her company, GetZEND, offers a suite of products that include online video training and the award winning GetZENd App to help you stay on track with your goals.
Liliana Nunez

Liliana Nuñez

Advisory Board Member
As an International Forest Therapy Guide, she promotes nature reconnection for our mental and physical health. Liliana has a crucial international background and has guided many forest therapy walks in 11 different forests and parks distributed in 9 countries. Nowadays, she is the CEO of Institución para el Bienestar Qué y Cómo, a Non-Profit Organization based in Mexico focused on generating self-reflection, self-care, and well-being in adults, mainly caregivers of small children, generating awareness of our impact on future generations. She loves helping and volunteering when it provokes joy and lots of smiles.

Jennifer Price

Advisory Board Member
Jennifer is a top-ranking Real Estate Producer at Berkshire Hathaway EWM Realty in Miami, FL where she has been recognized with several awards for her impressive sales and premier service to the industry. She attributes her success to her immense passion for enriching the lives of those who put their trust in her. Formerly the Director of International Sales at The Biltmore Hotel and Director of Sales for US and Europe at America Economia Magazine, By nature, she is a giver and connector with the purpose of helping and inspiring those around her.
Silvia Parra

Silvia Parra

Advisory Board Member
Silvia Parra is a pioneering artist whose eclectic journey has taken her from the world of consulting to the realm of arts and global well-being, establishing her as a unique and prominent artist with numerous international awards and recognitions. She firmly believes in the educational power of art, infusing each of her works, immersions, and curations with vibrant and authentic energy. Her goal is to elevate consciousness, promote preservation, and foster peace and happiness on the planet.
Rashi Bunny

Rashi Bunny

Advisory Board Member
Founder Director, Banjara Theatre. To rise, to excel, to make unbeatable teams, to innovate as individuals, to be a master of all that we are meant to be: This can be facilitated through these fun, entertaining, exciting EXPERIENTIAL Workshops, which use the tools of Theatre, Art, Films, Music, Movement, and inner Processes. That Light, I bring that Light and Spark and Glow to People's life.
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Michelle Taminato

Advisory Board Member
Michelle Taminato is a distinguished entrepreneur and CEO of CollabSoul, a leading regenerative network in Latin America. With over 21 years of global consultancy experience, her focus on governance, innovation, and leadership development has impacted private, public, and non-profit sectors. At CollabSoul, Michelle drives innovative solutions integrating Happiness, Collaboration, and Innovation.

To reach our goal of #10billionhappyby2050 we have estimated that 25 million changemakers, including educators, health professionals, business leaders and government officials must positively impact 400 people each in their lifetime. It is 2024 now. We have 26 years to achieve our goal.

We can do it

Our Theory of Change

Luis Gallardo

Founder and President

"On our pathway to fundamental peace: Freedom, consciousness and happiness become the key pillars of our evolution.”

The most comprehensive global platform that hosts and amplifies the leaders, institutions, and initiatives committed to realizing a world where all people are free, conscious and happy.

Our Goals by Segment

All we need is 1% of the population to join us in our mission. Are you in?

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All we need is 1% of the population to join us in our mission. Are you in?

To achieve this we:

Build the capabilities of individuals, communities, organizations, and governments to help accelerate progress toward enhancing happiness and well-being for all people. We do this through offering a robust toolkit of training programs, transformational experiences, policy forums, round tables, community-building initiatives, and educational resources.

Provide you with access to the latest innovations, initiatives, policies, experiences, research, technology, and tools that are positively changing the way we feel, understand, and act. We do this through our Observatory, Fest events and Awards. We hope you will explore and take advantage of these dimensions of the Foundation.

Our 2024-2027 Goals

Provide you with access to the latest innovations, initiatives, policies, experiences, research, technology, and tools that are positively changing the way we feel, understand, and act.

To advocate for and equip purpose driven organizations with the resources to create workplace happiness culture and well-being.

To champion the integration of new Happiness Curriculums in Educational Institutions.

To advocate for and support Governments in their initiatives to include Gross Global Happiness (GGH) as a measure of societal well-being.

To create a conducive environment for advocacy for Gross Global Happiness.

To build Global awareness of the work of individuals, organizations and institutions in the field of Happiness and Well-Being.

To provide a platform for knowledge and experience sharing in the field of Happiness and Well-Being.

Our Strategic Choices

Focus on capacity building through education, training and mentoring.

Focus on advocacy with government, legislatures and corporations for Gross Global Happiness and the inclusion of Happiness curriculums in education.

Layer multiple interventions and projects in select countries based on overall goals, to maximize impact, optimize resources and build a conducive environment for advocacy.

Pilot Project Happiness in the education sector in select countries, and generate evidence. Advocate for it and scale up in the next phase.

Walk the talk! Introduce happiness and well-being initiatives for the Foundation’s team.

Focus on six components of the Foundation’s ecosystem – Academy, Public Policy, Fest, Awards, Observatory & Community.

High visibility through strategic marketing and partnerships plan with the goal of reaching and impacting 10 billion people.


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Why We Must Focus on Happiness, Now!

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela

We are thrilled that you are here and that you want to bé a part of this movement for positive change.

It is clear that the world we live in is not the world any of us want to pass down to our children. There are growing inequalities, pandemics, sectarianism, environmental destruction, unrest, and a lot of unhappiness. However, at the World Happiness Foundation we believe that it is possible for us all to be free, conscious and happy. To do this, we must work together. That is why our entire ecosystem is built as a polycentric, interconnected network of government leaders, policymakers, researchers, educators, business leaders, artists, activists, and changemakers. Collectively we can realize the future of happiness through innovation, learning, cooperation, and the achievement of more effective, equitable, and sustainable societies.

Underpinning everything we do is something we call, bé. bé represents what we consider to be the “life force energy” that acts as the guiding compass of The Foundation. By life force energy we mean vitality. We draw this concept from similar beliefs found in Eastern traditions, for example, Qi in Ancient Chinese Medicine, or Prana, in the Hindu yogic traditions. We believe that this vibrant “energy” is incredibly important to our existence as a Foundation because it acts as a through-line, holding all aspects of what we accomplish together under one lively spirit. It allows us to observe the changes we make over time and aligns us with our values.

The Foundation’s Underlying Philosophy

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Values matter

When our actions are rooted in our values we become unstoppable forces for good. Those values must allow us to think big, dream bigger, and realize our potential, now. That is why as a Foundation we believe in the following values:



We believe that curiosity leads to discovery and discovery leads to wisdom and innovation. Get curious about your inner and outer worlds, the micro and the macro. Learn from experience, and expand your comfort zone.



On your journey of discovery, it is essential to ground your experience in connection. “I am because you are.” The key here is to bridge your own lived experience with the experiences of others. The suffering and the joy, successes, and failures. Only when working together can we all live happier lives and create thriving communities.



Gratitude is a fundamental component of happiness. We must express gratitude for ourselves, our communities, and the planet. It is through this act of consistent thankfulness that we physically and emotionally experience well-being.



Compassion is the ultimate act of kindness. It is an empathetic embrace of the “other” and a clear act of leadership. The root of transcendental change and growth is compassion, a value needed now, more than ever.

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From our Values to our Goals

10 Billion Free, Conscious and Happy People by 2050


The ability to be yourself


The opportunity to expand and evolve


The lived experience of being well

Help us achieve our goal of 10 billion free conscious and happy people by 2050



Join us at our events, act as leaders of change, become technology partners, co-design corporate programs, and so much more.

Participate In Our Initiatives

Become an Academy Member, register for our events, create a My Happiness Page, or join our Global Expeditions.

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Become an essential member of our team by launching an Agora in your city. Let us help you to build your own community.


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