Present at Gross Global Happiness Summit 2022!

UN Established University for Peace, Costa Rica

March 4 -6, 2022

Gross Global Happiness hosts a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of well-being. Whether you’re an NGO or corporate leader, educator, coach or consultant, come share your research, insights and approach to happiness.

We’re excited to grow this community of people working toward happiness by opening the floor for everyone to bring forth their diverse strengths!

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Spotlight Keynotes

We're excited to announce that happiness experts Tal Ben-Shahar, Nic Marks and Raj Raghunathan will be joining us as keynotes this March 2022.

Interested in presenting along with them? Keep scrolling to apply!

Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer.  He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, “Positive Psychology” and “The Psychology of Leadership.”  His books in the area of Positive Psychology have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have appeared on best-seller lists around the world.

Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations.  The topics he lectures on include leadership, education, ethics, politics, happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness.  He is the co-founder and chief learning officer of The Happiness Studies Academy and Potentialife.

Tal obtained his PhD in Organizational Behavior and BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard.

Nic Marks

Nic was once described as a ‘statistician with a soul’ due to his unusual combination of ‘hard’ statistical skills and ‘soft’ people skills.

 Her has been working in the field of happiness, wellbeing and quality of life for over 25 years with a particular emphasis on measurement and how to create positive change. 

In 2008, Nic and his colleagues created the Five Ways to Wellbeing for the UK Government Office of Science. They were designed to be the mental health equivalent of five fruits and vegetables a day. They have since been widely used in the UK and globally as a framework for promoting positive mental health. 

In 2010, he gave a TED talk on his work in public policy, which has now been watched over 2 million times.

 Nic has been applying his creative thinking to the world of work since 2012. He is the founder of Friday Pulse™ Ltd and has worked with over 1,000 organizations and teams measuring and improving their happiness at work.

Raj Raghunathan

Raj Raghunathan is a Zale Centennial Professor of Business at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He's interested in exploring how people’s judgments and decisions impact their happiness and fulfillment.

Raj's work has appeared in top journals such as Journal of MarketingJournal of Consumer Psychology and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. His work has also been cited in several mass media outlets, including The Atlantic, The New York TimesFortune, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Inc, Fast Company, and The Los Angeles Times.

Currently, Raj writes about his views on happiness and leadership on his popular blog (with over 1.5 million page views), Sapient Nature. His six-week long Coursera course on happiness (titled, A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment) currently has over 250,000 students from 196 countries, and was voted the Top MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) of 2015, 2016 & 2017, and one of the Top 50 MOOCs of all time. Raj also wrote a book (titled, If you’re so smart, why aren’t you happy?) that was launched in 2016 and has been translated into 13 languages. His TED talk was viewed by over 17 million people worldwide.

Presenter Perks

In addition to full access to all content at the event, Gross Global Happiness presenters will also recieve:


Walk away with a branded video recording of your session


Inclusion in the Gross Global Happiness Virtual Library - your session will be shared with all attendees post-summit


A discounted fee to partake in the 3-day onsite event in Costa Rica


A special certificate that acknowledges your contribution to a Summit hosted by a United Nations-established instituion

Presenter Formats

Presenter application deadline: September 30, 2021

**While the onsite event at the UPEACE campus in Costa Rica from March 4th -6th will be the main hub for this experience, we will also be holding a 2-day online version of the summit on March 4th & 5th. For each of the 3 formats below, we will be accepting presenters both virtually and onsite. **

'Be the Change' talk

‘Be the Change’ talks can cover any theme or topic in which you are an expert, have a particular point of view, or are actively working. It is your opportunity to share with the group a fresh take on a subject you think will appeal to and resonate with other participants. You will be given 15 minutes in front of the room to share your thoughts, much like a TED talk format, with a short question & answer period afterwards.

'Ignite' session

An ‘ignite session offers a slightly longer and more interactive format for you to share your knowledge and experience on a particular subject that excites you. You will be given 45 minutes to teach your peers a skill or create a space for collaboration and co-creation. Bring your passion to the table!


A select few people will be chosen to conduct workshops over a 90-minute period of the event. These workshops need to be highly interactive and should present participants with a new idea, skill, methodology or take on a key question facing the world today.

Ready to apply?

Simply send us the following to no later than September 30, 2021.

Presenters will be notified by November 1, 2021. Accepted presenters have until November 15th to pay the presenter fee ($895 for onsite/ $245 for online) that reserves your ticket to both present and participate in the engaging content throughout the entire event.

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email
  • Country
  • Are you applying to present onsite or online? Onsite at the UPEACE campus in Costa Rica for the main 3-day experience (March 4th -6th) or online for the 2-day experience (March 4th &5th)
  • Presentation format that you're interested in. Pick from above options - 1) Be the Change talk, 2) Ignite Session or 3) Workshop
  • A brief description of what you'd like to present/ talk about (200 words or more)
  • A little about you and why you are suited to give this presentation (200 words or more)

A sample workshop and event overview: