April 13 / 8am-5pm

Gross National Happiness (GNH)



Harvard Divinity School

Register Today for the GNH Conference 2019​


Sat April 13, 8am - 5pm


45 Francis Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138


How do you measure and govern for happiness?

An international conference of academics, practitioners, politicians, corporate leaders and spiritual leaders at the Harvard Divinity School will seek answers to the question of universal happiness, as inspired by the Gross National Happiness policies of the Kingdom of Bhutan


8-9 AM

Registration, Breakfast

9-9:30 AM

Bhutanese traditional opening ceremony at Andover Chapel

Welcome and Introduction

9:35-10 AM

Keynote Address by Her Excellency, Doma Tshering
Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations, New York.

10-10:30 AM

Tea break and photo session

10:30-12:10 PM

Panel 1: How do you govern for Happiness? The Bhutanese statecraft on Economics and the Spirit of GNH
by Dasho Karma Tshiteem, Professor Sophus Reinert, Professor Wolfgang Drechsler, and Professor John Helliwell

12:10-1 PM


1-2:30 PM

Panel 2: The Happiness Movement: Mobilizing Individuals, Communities and Hacking Happiness from Artificial to Heartificial Intelligence
by Mr. John C. Havens, Prof. Rhonda Phillips, Mr. Namgyal Lhendup, Mr. Arnaud Collery, and Professor Neil Gershenfeld

2:30-2:45 PM

Tea Break

2:45-4 PM

Panel 3: Scaling Happiness and Health: Translating Science to Application
by Kasisomayajula “Vish” Viswanath, Dr. Alejandro Adler, Eric Coles, Kaka

4-5 PM


Documentary on Portraits of Bhutan gg
by Robert X. Fogarty and Ben Reece of Dear World, USA
Bhutanese Cultural Program 
by The Bhutanese Community from New York City

Thangka and Buddhist Paintings
by Joseph T. La. Torre



Please join Her Excellency, Madam Doma Tshering, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the Permanent Mission at the United Nations in New York and many other eminent speakers, including:

  • Dasho Karma Tshiteem, Kingdom of Bhutan, Royal Service Commission

  • Dean David N. Hempton of the Harvard Divinity School

  • Professor Wolfgang Dreshler, Davis Center, Harvard University

  • Professor John Helliwell, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia

  • Professor Sophus Reinert, Marvin Bower Associate Professor (Harvard Business School)

  • Mr. Namgyal Lhendup, Institute of Happiness, Bhutan

  • Prof. Neil Gershenfeld-Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms (MIT)

  • Mr. John C. Havens, Executive Director The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and The Council on Extended Intelligence

  • Mr. Arnaud Collery, Author, Happiness Motivational Speaker

  • Professor Rhonda G. Phillips, Purdue University & Happiness Alliance

  • Professor Kasisomayajula “Vish Viswanath, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

  • Dr. Alejandro Adler, Columbia University

  • Mr. Eric Coles, Graduate Student, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

  • Mr. Kaka, Bhutanese Educator and GNH Scholar

  • Cultural Group from Bhutanese Community, New York, NY

  • Robert X. Fogarty, Founder of Dear World, an award-winning creative series

  • Joseph T. La Torre, Harvard Divinity School on Traditional Paintings & Thangka

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