2020 Speakers

2020 Speakers!

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Laureate and revered spiritual leader

Professor Ian Hickie AM, Professor of Psychiatry, Co-Director, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney, and former National Mental Health Commissioner

Professor Richard J Davidson,
world leading neuroscientist and psychologist, renowned for ground-breaking work studying emotion and the brain, USA

Professor Barbara Fredrickson, acclaimed positive emotions researcher and best-selling author of Positivity and Love 2.0USA

Chade-Meng Tan, former Google Jolly Good Fellowaward-winning engineer, international bestselling author, and philanthropist, USA

Dr Tal Ben-Shahar, acclaimed positive psychology lecturer and best-selling author, who taught Harvard University’s most popular and life-changing course, USA

Professor Elissa Epel
international expert in chronic stress and co-author with Nobel Prize winner Dr Elizabeth Blackburn of The Telomere EffectUSA

Professor Roy Baumeister
one of the most influential and highly cited psychologists in the world, USA

B. Alan Wallace, one of the foremost meditation teachers of modern timesrenowned Buddhist scholar, author and teacher, USA

Associate Professor Kristin Neff, psychologist and pioneering researcher into self-compassion, USA

Dr Rick Hanson, world expert in positive neuroplasticity; psychologist, best-selling author of Hardwiring HappinessUSA

Ven Robina Courtininspiring Buddhist nun and founder, Liberation Prison Project, USA

Professor Richard Wiseman
described by Scientific American as ‘the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologist in the world today’, UK

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

Dr Maria Sirois, inspirational psychologist and consultant who teaches internationally at the intersection of resilience and flourishing; author of Happiness After LossUSA

Dr Robert Biswas-Diener
pioneer in the application of positive psychology and leading authority on strengths, culture, courage and happiness, USA

Ruby Wax OBE, best-selling author, writer and performer of her own BBC shows and award winning one-woman theatre shows, and mental health warriorUK

Dr Christine Cartersociologist, author, happiness and productivity expert, UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, USA

Shamash Alidina, one of the UK’s most popular mindfulness teachers and author of bestselling Mindfulness for Dummies, London, UK

Dr Eve Ekman, leading researcher and trainer in emotional awareness, empathy, compassion, mindfulness and meaning at work, USA

Anthony Bennett, ‘miracle man’ who survived a near-death experience and then raised millions of dollars for a children’s hospital, UK

Professor Felicia A Huppert, Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Founding Director of the Well-being Institute, University of Cambridge, UK

Dr Reena Kotecha, inspiring medical doctor and employee wellbeing expert; Founder, Mindful Medics, UK

Hugh Mackay AO, renowned social psychologist, researcher and bestselling author

Jennifer Moss, award-winning journalist and expert on happiness and emotional intelligence in the workplace, Canada

Clare Bowditch,  ARIA Award winning music maker, story baker and educator 

Jamie Marloo Thomas, proud GunaiKurnai man and Maara descendant, Storyteller and Creator of Wayapa Wuurrk 

Lisa Forrest, swimming champion, Australian Olympian, and Commonwealth Games dual gold medallist; mental skills coach and author

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

Dr Tim Sharp (aka Dr Happy), leading positive psychologist, executive coach and founder of The Happiness Institute

Petrea King, mind-body healing pioneer; Founder and CEO, Quest for Life Foundation

David Michie, Meditation coach and internationally best-selling author of many titles including The Dalai Lama’s Cat series

Professor Toni Noble,
leading teacher, educator and psychologist in student wellbeing and positive education

Toni Powell, storyteller, workplace culture wonderworker and author of What A Feeling! – Finding love, freedom & the good life through creating great relationships

Nickolas Yu, leader in workplace meditation and evidence-based healthcare coaching 

Dr Suzy Greenleader in the fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology; Founder of The Positivity Institute

Professor Lea Waters AM, world expert in education and parenting and Founding Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne

Dr William DeJean, inspiring educator and Founder, Unleash Learning™ 

Sue Langley, master trainer and leading advisor in the practical application of positive psychology 

Will Jelbert, writer, communications consultant and coach; best-selling author of The Happiness Animal 

Dr Jono Lineen, storyteller, walker, and author of Perfect Motion; curator, National Museum of Australia

Michele Chevalley Hedge, nutritional medicine practitionerauthor of Eat, Drink and Still Shrink – a joyful guide to living

Bernard Desmidt, author of Inside-Out Leadership and accomplished executive leadership coach

Gillian Coutts, Mindful leadership consultant and an Australian Country Director of Potential Project

Shannon Harvey, award-winning documentary filmmaker and author of The Whole Health Life 

Cris Poppone of Australia’s leading proponents of resilience and thought leader on innovation, performance, and leadership

Melli O’Brien, aka Mrs Mindfulness, respected meditation teacher and co-founder of Mindfulness.com

Dr David Roland, psychologist, founding member of Compassionate Mind Australia and best-selling author of How I Rescued My Brain and The Power of Suffering

Sharon Kolkka, leading voice, consultant and advisor in the field of wellness 

Dr Jodie Lowinger, clinical psychologist passionate about sharing her expertise in managing anxiety and building resilience

Duncan Young, Head of Workplace Health and Wellbeing, Lendlease

Sophie Scott, National Medical Reporter, ABC TV 

Evan Sutter, author, coach and founder of Hapzly, an organisation creating tools and initiatives to help make the world happier

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

Tenzin Choegyal, Tibetan composer, activist, musical director and cultural ambassador