It’s been a big year for all of us with continuing change and challenges, so we’d like to offer you a warm hug of an event at Happiness & Its Causes, live at the Pyrmont Theatre, ICC Sydney, on 10 & 11 Nov 2022!
  • Take some time to reflect, regroup, and refresh
  • Explore what nourishes you and brings meaning and joy to your life
  • Learn from an amazing speaker faculty of psychologists, neuroscientists, leading thinkers, artists, writers and more!

Happiness & Its Causes conference aim is to make a difference in the world by stimulating dialogue between science, psychology, philosophy, education, the arts and other spheres into the varied causes and conditions for genuine happiness, and mental and physical wellbeing. Through our events, we explore how to create change not only for ourselves but also for the greater good, how to make life more meaningful and how to make a difference in the lives of others.  


All speakers will be joining us LIVE in person at ICC Sydney!

Dalia Feldheim, creator of Dare to Lead Like a Girl campaign; organisational psychologist; Adjunct Professor, Singapore Management University, Singapore

Professor Michael F Steger, pioneering psychologist and researcher into how leading a meaningful life contributes to wellbeing, USA

Aunty Munya Andrews, leading Indigenous Australian thinker, author and barrister; Co-Director, Evolve Communities

Costa Georgiadis, much loved host of ABC TV’s Gardening Australia with an all- consuming passion for plants and people, ABC TV

Professor Jioji Ravulo, Chair of Social Work and Policy Studies, The University of Sydney

Indira Naidoo, one of Australia’s most popular broadcasters and authors; host of ABC Radio’s Weekend Nightlife, ABC

Professor Jakelin Troy, Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research, The University of Sydney

Dr Paul Taylor, former British Royal Navy Aircrew Officer; Neuroscientist, Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist; Director, MindBodyBrain Performance Institute

Katherine Trebeck, political economist, writer and advocate for economic system change; Co-founder Wellbeing Economy Alliance

Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert, scholar of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies; falsely imprisoned for espionage in Iran; Best-selling author, The Uncaged Sky: Imprisoned in Iran for 804 days

Dr Ian Gawler OAM, pioneer in popularising meditation and other mind-body techniques in the Western world; Founder, The Gawler Foundation 

Lucy Bloom, award-winning business leader, CEO of two international aid charities; author, Get the Girls Out

Janine Shepherd AM, disability advocate, aerobatics pilot, author and former Australian national champion cross-country skier

Professor Joseph Ciarrochi, one of the most cited scientist in the world for his revolutionary work on wellbeing, Institute of Positive Psychology and Education, ACU

Dr Louise Hayes, clinical psychologist, academic, author and trainer in acceptance, mindfulness and positive therapeutic approaches

Petrea King, leading wellness educator, well-known cancer survivor, mind-body healing pioneer; CEO & Founder, Quest for Life Foundation

Vanessa Stoykov, inspiring financial educator, best-selling author; Founder and CEO of Evolution Media Group

Vicky Shukuroglou, artist and researcher dedicated to deepening our care and understanding of the Earth

Bastian Fox Phelan, writer, zinemaker, musician, citizen scientist and keen rockpooler; author How to Be Between

Christine Yeung, psychologist, social innovator and CEO & Founder, Beyond Story

Carlin McLellan, Registered Music Therapist, music technologist, Founder of Play Anything Music Therapy 

Jocelyn Brewer, Registered Psychologist, digital wellbeing specialist, media commentator, Founder of Digital Nutrition 

Dr Vijay Kumar, Senior Wellbeing Advisor, Registered Psychologist, NSW Department of Education and Training  

Catherine MacLaurin, Senior Wellbeing Advisor, Registered Psychologist, NSW Department of Education and Training  

Dr Darren Coppin, Chief Behavioural Scientist, Azurum

Dr Suzy Green, leader in the fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology; CEO & Founder, The Positivity Institute

Kaley Chu, confidence coach who inspires people to transform their lives; author, 100 Lunches with Strangers

Associate Professor Fraser Torpy,  Director of the Plants and Environmental Quality Research Group, School of Life Sciences, University of Technology Sydney

Carol Cooke AM PLY, Australian Paralympic Gold Medallist in cycling, sports fanatic, workaholic, former undercover police officer and Multiple Sclerosis advocate

 Lucas Finch, Global Head of Wellbeing, Xero

Dr Shane Clifton, (ex) theologian, ethicist, disabled scholar and disability justice advocate

Lizzy Williamson, personal trainer and fitness guru, author of Two Minute Moves

Uncle Allen Madden, Respected Gadigal Elder, cultural representative for the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council