Gross Global Happiness Summit 2020

Friday, March 6th – Sunday, March 8th, 2020 
UPEACE Campus in Costa Rica

Globally, happiness is one of our most important goals. Studies show that we value it more than success, knowledge, or material items. And yet, in a world that has continued to progress and become objectively better by most conceivable standards, why do many find this such a difficult goal to reach? As important as happiness is, how much do we know about it and the impacts it has on individual and global progress?

The Gross Global Happiness summit is an innovative executive education event in which people from all over the globe come to tackle these very questions.  We will learn, unlearn, and share experiences on the topic of happiness, bringing together a multitude of perspectives and expertise.

This experience will combine theory and practice, touching on the latest research from positive psychologists, but also delving into the practical applications of what we’ve learned and are still discovering in the field. Happiness will be brought front and center, as we explore and understand how people can lead happier, more meaningful lives.

Gross Global Happiness 2019

Interested in presenting at the Gross Global Happiness Summit?

If you’ve got something valuable to share, apply to present! Whether you’re an NGO or corporate leader, university professor, coach, entrepreneur or international consultant, we’re inviting people to share their own  research, insights and approaches to happiness. The majority of the event’s content is participant-led, so we will be selecting a diverse and intriguing group from the candidate pool to offer peer-to-peer learning at the conference!

To be considered, please apply here to present no later than September 30th!

A look at the Gross Global Happiness experience:

The course is designed to be a practical and hands-on, allowing space for sharing and peer-to-peer learning. Against the backdrop of the beautiful UPEACE campus, participants will take part in interactive workshops, small group reflections and introspective activities. To encourage networking and relationship-building between participants, this event will also include optional morning activities such as yoga and mindfulness sessions, and time for socializing as well!

By the end of this course, you will have:

    • Gained a practical understanding of cutting-edge frameworks that you can readily implement to lead compassionately and mindfully;
    • Acquired strategies to unlock your full potential and that of those around you for lasting impact;
    • Practiced valuable techniques to bring more happiness and well-being to your work and personal life;
    • Developed deep relationships with a network of an amazing, global array of peers from the course.

Gross Global Happiness is purposefully designed to be applicable to those over a wide range of  ages and career levels, and across a variety of fields. Participants often share some of the following characteristics:

    • A desire to change, grow, or re-establish passion for their career
    • A deep drive to push personal boundaries and give back to the community/world
    • A personal fascination with understanding what makes people thrive and flourish, professionally and personally.
    • The need to connect with like-minded individuals and broaden their already global mindset
    • Professionals in fast-growing career fields who want to stay ahead of the curve

Tickets are priced in a tiered format. The earlier you enroll, the better the rate!  Upon completion of the course, a certificate is awarded by the Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace and World Happiness Agora.

$995 – Pre-sale: Pay on or before November 1st 

$1,275 – Early Bird: Pay on or before January 15th  

$1,550 – General Enrollment: Pay anytime after January 15th


Enroll with 1-2 people and each will receive a $75 discount. Contact us for groups of 4 or more.

University for Peace alumni and alumni of the Centre for Executive Education will receive a $75 discount. 

In the case of cancellation, we are able to offer a refund up to 60 days prior to the course start date (January 6, 2020). For all refunds, the Centre will retain a $100 processing fee plus all bank fees incurred (credit card transaction fees plus bank transfer fees). Alternatively, the full amount paid can be applied towards any of our other professional development offerings, online or onsite.

Jun 17, 2019                          Presenter applications open

Jun 1 – Aug 1, 2019               Super Early Bird registration ($895)

Aug 2 – Nov 1, 2019              Pre-sale registration ($995)

Sep 30, 2019                          Deadline to submit presenter applications

Nov 1, 2019                            Presenters for Gross Global Happiness 2020 notified

Nov 2 – Jan 15, 2020              Early Bird registration ($1,275)

Nov 15, 2019                            Deadline for presenters to confirm

Jan 16 – Mar 5, 2020              General enrollment registration ($1,550)

Mar 6 – 8, 2020                       Gross Global Happiness Summit

Have a question? Contact us at with inquiries or to set up a phone call, or visit our Frequently Asked Questions section.

Course Guides

The course content will be imparted largely by participants themselves, but your Gross Global Happiness guides include:

Mohit Mukherjee, Instructor Diploma in Social Innovation

Mohit Mukherjee is the founding Director of the Centre for Executive Education. He is passionate about working with youth and adults, helping them develop the skills and mindset to become social innovators.  In 2016, he founded the Centre for Executive Education at the U.N. established University for Peace in Costa Rica. In this role, he has developed and taught over 50 seminars around the world. Over the past decade, he has also consulted with several forward-looking institutions helping them to build curriculum and deliver programs related to ‘Changemaking’ and ‘Organizational Well-Being’. He recently authored a handbook for social entrepreneurs.

After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Industrial Engineering in 1995, Mohit started his career in corporate America with A.T. Kearney management consultants, but after three years he decided to make the switch to the field of education, which he realized was more aligned with his strengths and passions. He received his Master’s at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was born in Greece to Indian parents and currently lives in Florida.


Luis Gallardo is a social innovator and entrepreneur with the higher purpose of elevating the vibration of the planet by developing ideas, connecting thought leaders, activists and communities and increasing awareness on the science of happiness, holistic education and smart innovation. Over the years he has been an advisor to CEOs, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, Nobel Laureates, political and institutional game changers on strategic personal positioning and brand building. Additionally, he has worked in the corporate world as a global executive and has been a protagonist of the transformation of industries including professional services and the internet. He is an international observer with the UN and OSCE in post-armed conflicts establishing democracy and the right to vote. Access to the brightest and most conscious individuals has inspired him to understand that the world needs new lenses to realize growth and how humans and societies can thrive.

For Luis, happiness is a human right and a life choice, an enabler of human development and social innovation. That’s why he is committed to creating spaces for academics, activists, social innovators, scientists, governmental leaders, institutions and leaders, in general, to share and learn, to feel, understand and act towards a happier world and thriving societies. Luis has done this through initiatives such as bē and the World Happiness Fest and World Happiness Virtual Agora. He’s been appointed by the UNIDOH (International Day of Happiness – March 20th) to serve as Advisor and to create the global strategy for this day.

Past participants say:

“Gross Global Happiness was an amazing conference. It was unique in the fact that you were able to truly connect with other attendees during the workshops. It was interactive and small enough to make deep connections that you don’t make at other conferences.”

-Arathi Ramappa, USA

“This is an experience that makes you evaluate the important things in your life and makes you want to be a changemaker to contribute to global human happiness.”

-Liliana Núñez, Mexico

“The summit exceeded my expectations. It was great sharing with like-minded leaders around the globe and it made me realize that together we can reach far more. There are LOTS of talented change makers out there. Loved to see how happiness is being lived in all corners of the world, and no matter the culture differences, countries, languages, we all came together to speak one same language: Happiness. Highly recommended and already looking forward to next year´s summit.”

– Cindy Fonseca, Costa Rica

The University for Peace and the Centre for Executive Education

Located in Costa Rica, the University for Peace (UPEACE) was established in December 1980 as a Treaty Organization by the United Nations General Assembly. UPEACE is the only university in the United Nations system authorized to offer academic degrees in the field of peace and conflict studies

Within the University for Peace, the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education was launched to deliver dynamic workshops, seminars and training courses. In a world that needs more changemakers, these courses are designed to empower people and provide them with the skills, mindsets and networks to make a positive impact on the world.

Open enrollment courses offered by the UPEACE Centre: Click here

Diploma in Social Innovation with the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education: Click here

Get to know the Centre team: Click here


The World Happiness Agora and Fest  are the world’s largest, most diverse, polycentric and comprehensive forums and networks of happiness and well-being experts, thought leaders, activists, shapers, and game-changers. Founded by Luis Gallardo. With presence in more than 60 cities around the world, our higher purpose is to realize a world with a free, peaceful, conscious and happy humanity. #TenBillionHappy by 2050.


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