2020 Speakers

Announcing His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"RESILIENCE, HOPE AND CONNECTION FOR WELLBEING"


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

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

30+ all star speakers confirmed

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

Professor Ian Hickie, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Professor Michael F Steger
psychologist and researcher into how leading a meaningful life contributes to wellbeing, 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 Eve Ekman, leading researcher and trainer in emotional awareness, empathy, compassion, mindfulness and meaning at work, USA

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

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

Shamash Alidinaone of the UK’s most popular mindfulness coaches and cofounder of the Museum of Happiness, London, UK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toni Powell, storyteller, disruptor of content, documentary filmmaker and author of The Yellow Car – how I stopped driving myself crazy

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

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

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

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

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