Mo Gawdat is the former Chief Business Officer of Google[X]. A systems engineer and serial entrepreneur, Mo’s engineering career began at IBM Egypt. He moved from engineering to sales in the government sector. From there, Mo accepted a position at Microsoft where he assumed various roles including communications across emerging markets worldwide. He joined Google in 2007 to kick-start Google operations in 50 emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe (about half of all Google’s global operations). Mo was fascinated by the role that technology plays in empowering people in emerging communities, and dedicated years of his career towards that passion. Alongside his career, Mo has remained a serial entrepreneur and has cofounded more than 20 businesses in health and fitness, food and beverage, and real estate. He has served as a board member for several technology, health and fitness, and consumer goods companies as well as several government technology and innovation companies all over the world. He left Google [X] in March 2018 to dedicate most of his time, effort and resources to his mission One Billion Happy (onebillionhappy.org)
He is the author of the book “Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy”, an international bestseller translated in 31 languages. It reflects Mo’s 12-year research on happiness with an engineer’s way of looking at a topic most often approached from a spiritual or psychological perspective. In the look, Mo shares his path to reach a state of uninterrupted happiness regardless of the circumstances of life. He created an algorithm for happiness, which proved highly effective. He and his family lived by it for almost a decade. In 2013, it was put to the ultimate test when Mo lost his son Ali. Mo’s mission now is to share these principles more widely and further the cause of happiness wherever he can.
Mo’s story, and his commitment to helping people find happiness through everyday practical tools, have inspired and moved audiences worldwide. As well as delivering his powerful message in speeches, he can also work with smaller groups in a workshop/seminar context. In addition to speaking on happiness, he can also discuss a wide variety of topics, such as tech trends re-shaping the global business landscape, how to create an innovative mindset, and the power of disruptive tech to improve lives and deliver growth.