Mo Gawdat


Solve for Happy & Scary Smart

Former Chief Business Officer Google [X], Author

Mo Gawdat, former chief business officer Google [X], author, “Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy” and “Scary Smart: The Future of Artificial Intelligence and How You Can Save Our World.”

Mo Gawdat is the former chief business officer of Google [X], host of the popular podcast “Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat,” author of the international bestselling books “Solve for Happy” and “Scary Smart,” and founder of One Billion Happy. 

After a 30-year career in tech and serving as chief business officer at Google [X], Google's “moonshot factory” of innovation, Gawdat has made happiness his primary topic of research, diving deeply into literature and conversing on the topic with some of the wisest people in the world. 

In 2014, motivated by the tragic loss of his son, Ali, Gawdat began pouring his findings into his international bestselling book, “Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy.” His mission to help one billion people become happier, #OneBillionHappy, is his moonshot attempt to honor Ali by spreading the message that happiness can be learned and shared to one billion people. 

In 2020, Gawdat launched his chart-topping podcast, Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat, a weekly series of extraordinary interviews that explores the profound questions and obstacles we all face in the pursuit of purpose and happiness in our lives. His latest book is “Scary Smart: The Future of Artificial Intelligence and How You Can Save Our World,” a roadmap detailing how humanity can ensure a symbiotic coexistence with AI when it inevitably becomes a billion times smarter than we are. 

His upcoming book, “That Little Voice in Your Head,” will release in spring 2022.


Contributions by Mo Gawdat

  • General Session (off-site)
    Speaker at IAPP Privacy. Security. Risk. 2022