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FOUNDER OF SERVICESPACE
Nipun Mehta is the founder of ServiceSpace, an incubator of projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology and gift-economy. What started as an experiment with four friends in the Silicon Valley has now grown to a global ecosystem of over 500,000 members that has delivered millions of dollars in service for free.
A former monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed and a peaceful world into reality.
Opening Your Heart to Bhutan
Emma was born in Kent and was educated at universities in Cambridge and London. She had an exciting international career in finance which she committed to with mental drive and a tasteful selection of suits. But a deep-seated desire to enquire into the deeper aspects of what it is to be a human being was brought to the surface following a life-changing visit to Jakarta, Indonesia.
Vanessa is a Board member of Action for Happiness (AfH). She leads the translation of psychological research into practical action for individuals, organisations and communities as well as Action for Happiness’ consulting work with organisations. She is the architect of the evidence-based 10 Keys for Happier Living, which have engaged and inspired people around the world to take action for themselves and others and have been used in a wide variety of ways, including in school curricula, design schools, communities and workplaces.
A Happiness Manifesto
Having written over 20 publications and authored one of the three original TED books, ‘A Happiness Manifesto’, Nic’s accolades include Director Magazine Top 10 Original Thinker and Forbes 7 Most Powerful Ideas 2011. Nic has also been featured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Independent, Wired, and The Huffington Post.
ZEN of business
Yvonne Fuchs has 20 years of experience as a successful business coach, originally at Business Link. She founded The Branding Workshop in 2004 in order to bring corporate brand strategies to small and medium-sized businesses. She works with creatives and designers as a mentor and business adviser and is an energetic speaker on leadership, branding and creativity in commercial and social enterprises.
Claire Thompson is an internationally-published author on Mindfulness and Nature. She believes mindfulness of the natural world is at the heart of creating a happier, and more peaceful world with a sustainable future. Claire has an infectious passion for aliveness, authenticity, and the wilderness. She believes that inspiring people to 'rewild their minds' is vital if we are to create a happier world!
DR DAVID R HAMILTON
After completing his PhD, David worked as a scientist within the pharmaceutical industry, developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer. After extensive study of the placebo effect, he resigned from the industry to write books and educate on how we can harness our minds and emotions for better health. David is the ‘Kindness Czar’ for Psychologies magazine. He also writes the ‘Life Hacks’ column for Soul & Spirit Magazine.
Maya Mehta is a lawyer and keen advocate of Social Intrapreneurship. In 2003 while practicing at the corporate law firm Clifford Chance, moved by the plight of Asian girls subjected to honour killings, forced marriages and other abuse, Maya launched an advice surgery in Newham where colleagues and clients volunteered in their lunchtimes to help local women. In 2010, Maya established the firm’s global Microfinance Group, encouraging colleagues to use their skills to help low-income individuals start their own businesses. In 2011, Maya joined an investment bank where she co-founded the Social Impact Hub encouraging colleagues to use their skills to support the social enterprise sector.
Join resilience expert and London-based therapist Joshua Isaac Smith as he introduces fun and powerful tools from Yogaboxing to help you be more resilient, happier and living a more joyful life. Yogaboxing is a fusion workout with yoga, boxing, African dance, aerobics and tai chi that Company magazine called "yogasmic"!
Joshua is Assistant Director of the EMDR Centre London and is known internationally for his movement techniques as the creator of the best-selling Yogaboxing workout DVD. He is a teacher of Yoga and the Traumatised Body and specialises in neuroscience-informed approaches to mindfulness, happiness and resilience.
Eashan Thakrar started his own charity four years ago at the age of 16. His organisation, The Youth Project Foundation (TYP), now has over 1500 volunteers in 14 different countries, all working on various projects to empower young people from different backgrounds and make the world a better place. For this accomplishment, Eashan has received The Princess Diana Award as well as awards from former prime minister David Cameron and Prince Charles whilst The Youth Project Foundation has been commended by various other awards schemes.
During his gap year before university, Eashan further expanded his experience, including building his own digital currency and working in the Bollywood music industry where he organised many shows and produced music videos around the world, shadowing top industry professionals. He now reads Economics and Philosophy at Cardiff University while building up a new TYP team.
Sarah has spent the last decade building a portfolio career inspired by great puns, energising the room and helping people feel happier about life. By day she revitalises teams across the country as the FaSILLYtator through her company Power of Uke - unleashing creative potential and making everyone feel like a ukulele rock star. By night she performs as comedian Sarah Nade and organises Rye Laughs comedy night. (She also DJs as Sarah Tonin specialising in ''the songs you forgot you loved''). Last year she designed and ran Hatch/JP Morgan's Female Founders Accelerator and this year she did her first TEDx talk called 'Knowing When to Quit' - inspired by her career to date and helping people to be the ''entrepreneurs of their lives''. She is now building a Quitting Revolution in London of people who support each other to navigate difficult decisions and is currently writing her first book 'Survival of the Quittest'.
As a consultant for small-medium businesses, Chi helps leaders gain clarity in strategy and engage their target audience with authenticity. Her work in the corporate sector spans organisation design, change management, external engagement and knowledge management. She studied Management at the London School of Economics and subsequently trained in coaching and facilitation.
Chi is active in various initiatives that support change-makers working for a kinder and more conscious world, including Happier World Conference, Museum of Happiness, ServiceSpace and The Listening Movement. Chi brings a grounding presence and a dynamic, creative energy to all her work. Her life-long focus is cultivating peace in herself and in the world.
Jaime Thurston is the founder and CEO of 52 Lives - a charity with almost 100,000 supporters that aims to change someone’s life every week of the year and spread kindness. The charity also runs kindness workshops in schools, aiming to empower young children to make a difference in the world. Jaime is also the author of ‘Kindness - the little thing that matters most’. Originally from Australia, Jaime began her career as a journalist, before moving to the UK, where she worked for a Member of the European Parliament, a wildlife charity and an organisation that supported families of prisoners. She was a Member of the Independent Monitoring Board for a local prison, and a Trustee of a Richmond-based charity that helped isolated groups of people in the borough. Jaime was named Clarins Most Dynamisante Woman of the Year 2016. She also received a Points of Light Award from UK Prime Minister David Cameron and a Richmond Community Award for her work.
Shamash believes in a happier world.
He's passionate about spreading the science of happiness, mindfulness and kindfulness to change-makers, leaders and everyday heroes just like you! He loves writing, speaking, teaching and launching projects and events off and online.
Shamash has been practising mindfulness and meditation since 1998 and runs his own mindfulness training organisation. Based in London, he runs workshops and speaks at conferences all over the world - he uses online classrooms to train others how to teach mindfulness, too.
He's trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn in the US and done 3-years Postgraduate Study in Mindfulness at Bangor University. His favourite teachers are the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ajahn Brahm and his own imperfections and vulnerabilities.