Chairman’s Message

As Chairman of the WOHASU® Advisory Board, I am proud to announce the third edition of the H-20 Government Meeting, an exciting project and business endeavor for which I have a great passion and deep commitment. I’ve spent decades working on international development helping governments around the world leverage good practices in resource management. But, I must say, I am quite inspired and moved by what we have created with the H-20 and World Happiness Summit®.

My work at FreeBalance has brought new perspective to the concepts of good governance and how transparency and accountability can help build nations. We have also seen the impact of strong, meaningful relationships by building value over time and creating “customers for life.” These beliefs have helped ensure that corporate social responsibility is the foundation of our company and an important contributor to our success.

But how do we measure success? And, how do governments measure success? The answers to these questions are at the heart of the H-20 dialogue. We gather a diverse audience to cross pollinate ideas and discuss innovative problem solving to improve wellbeing on a country level.

H-20 Summit also serves as a global platform to expand the findings of the World Happiness Report and Global Happiness & Wellbeing Policy Report, issued in advance of the United Nations World Happiness Day on March 20th to demonstrate that the science of happiness and national variations in the wellbeing of individuals are directly intertwined.

The H-20 Lisbon’s theme is positive peace, and we will address the subject from the point of view of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Human Rights and Public Happiness. We are honored to support the UNESCO Chair on Education for Global Peace Sustainability hosted by the Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas (ISCSP) Universidade de Lisboa.

Furthermore, this year’s meeting in Lisbon is particularly significant given the leadership position that Portugal holds as one of the six founding member countries of the Global Happiness Coalition launched in Dubai in 2018, and we are also pleased to feature a keynote address by former President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica, also a founding member of the Coalition.

Every March we gather stakeholders from the government, civic, corporate, academic, positive psychology, social and emotional intelligence, and human development sectors. WOHASU brings together the brightest thought leaders and innovators from each of these sectors. WOHASU features the invitation-only H-20, a working roundtable with country leaders, and the World Happiness Summit, three-day experiential consumer conference.

WOHASU means to anchor the practice of happiness with global gatherings to improve our communities, our cities, our world and ourselves. Understanding these primary indicators can help improve policies to support better lives and foster smart prosperity.