The Agenda

The Happiness Festival agenda is structured to give you a build-your-own day experience. With nine streams of content built around the concepts of Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment, Children’s Wellbeing and Wellbeing for Men, there’s ample choice throughout the day. Each session block will include a variety of 20 minute bite-size choices and introductions, so you’ll find more than enough to keep you occupied! With food trucks available throughout the day, bring a blanket and enjoy Dubai’s winter sun – all while learning how to be the best version of you!

Keynote – 11:00 – 11:20

Inspiration

Welcome to the Festival!
Fiona Barron, Founder & CEO, The Happiness Hub
Louise Lambert, Editor, Positive Psychology Journal ME

Session 1 – 11:30 – 11:50

Positive Emotion

The Mask of Happiness
Marie Thompson, Senior Clinical Psychologist, LifeWorks Foundation

Engagement

YOGA AND GROUP EXERCISE: Beginners Yoga
Elaine Kelly, Founder, Yogafest

Get A Free Personal Training Session
Fit Squad DXB

Relationships

10 Simple Ways to Connect With Your Child Every Day
Jo Jewell, Founder, Mindful Parenting

Meaning

Realise Your Values, Find Your Happiness
Anne Jackson, Certified Wellness, Relationship and Life Coach, One Life Coaching

Accomplishment

Passion – The Secret Ingredient to Success
Moustafa Hamwi, Passionpreneur & Chief Energy Officer, AKA The Passion Guy

The Man Cave

Yoga for Guys
Mayank Dhingra, Founder, Yogasmriti

Session 2 – 12:10 – 12:30

Positive Emotion

Free Your Mind
Mona Abdulrahim-Santl, Owner, Mind Your Power, In Association with Pomegranate Institute

Engagement

YOGA AND GROUP EXERCISE: Powered by Classport – Introduction to Barre
Define

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GROUP PERSONAL TRAINING: Kick-Ass Cardio With Celebrity Trainer PTDXB
Fit Squad DXB

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CREATIVITY: Creativity and Expressive Drawing
Andrew Wright, Co-Founder, Art Therapy International Centre

Relationships

Active Constructive Communication
Linda Sakr, Psychologist

Meaning

What is Normal Eating? – Healthy Nutrition Simplified
Carine el Khazen Hadati, Clinical Psychologist/Psychotherapist, American Center for Psychiatry & Neurology

Accomplishment

Postivity and Success
Katerina Mankani, Director of Positive Education, Fortes Education

The Kids Corner

Take Notice – Instilling a Growth Mindset for Kids
Natalia Lebedeva, Self Employed

The Man Cave

BUSINESS & OCCUPATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: Building Resilience 
Alex Davda, Occupational Psychologist, Hult

Session 3 – 12:50 – 13:10

Positive Emotion

Creating Positive Change – Flip It ’til You Nip It
Bharti Varma, Holistic Healer & Trainer, Illuminations Wellbeing Center

Engagement

YOGA AND GROUP EXERCISE: Powered by Classport – FLEXY
Milan Pole Dance Studio

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PT Sessions – Get A Free Personal Training Session 
Fit Squad DXB

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CREATIVITY: Change Your Mindset – Change Your Life!
Anita Milovac, Women Empower Expert

Relationships

The “Good Enough” Parent: Turning Trials into Triumphs
Dr. Sarah Rasmi, Psychologist & Professor, United Arab Emirates University

Meaning

Social Media and it’s Impact on Happiness
Hajra Hussain, Chartered Psycholgist and Positive Psychology Coach, Amity University

Accomplishment

BUSINESS & OCCUPATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: 1,440 – Make the Most Out of Them
Agni Skafidas, CEO, OLAM

The Kids Corner

Keeping Cool – Calming Strategies
Jacqui Lawson, Licensed Counselling Psychologist, JESS

The Man Cave

How and Why Guys Communicate Differently
Andrew Wright, Co-Founder, Art Therapy International Centre

Session 4 – 13:30 – 13:50

Positive Emotion

Be Smart with Your Emotions
Nehad Tadros, Emotional Intelligence Coach and Career Leadership Coach

Engagement

YOGA AND GROUP EXERCISE: Powered by Classport – Pilates
Naya

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Calisthenics Workshop With Nordin – Founder Of The Spanish Street Workout Federation
Fit Squad DXB

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CREATIVITY: Storytelling to Enhance Happiness
Sarah Dayal, Head of Inclusion, Psychologist, Repton School Dubai

Relationships

Family Bonding Games to Improve Communication
Dr. Mona Youssri, Founder, Creative Learning Center Educational Group

Meaning

MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION: Moving Past the Mind and Into the Present
Dr. Melanie Schlatter, Consultant Health Psychologist, Well Woman Clinic

Accomplishment

BUSINESS & OCCUPATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: Designing Happiness In The Workplace
Anjana Chandran, Independent Consultant Business Psychologist

The Kids Corner

Kindness and Friendships
Dr. Jessica Rios-Habib, Clinical Psychologist, American Wellness Centre

The Man Cave

Disconnect to Reconnect
Dr Andrea Tosatto, Clinical Psychologist, HRI

Session 5 – 14:10 – 14:30

Positive Emotion

Innovative Coaching – Points of view
Nadine Chammas, Positive Lifestyle Specialist, The Life Director

Engagement
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GROUP PERSONAL TRAINING: Animal Movement Workshop
Fit Squad DXB

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CREATIVITY: Quality of Thinking Through Imagination and Physical Exercises
Ipek Yum, Empowerment Life Coach, Panta Rhei Coaching

Relationships

Enhancing Mood with Music
Karine Bekhazi, Clinical Psychologist, American Center for Psychiatry & Neurology

Meaning

INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS: Appreciate the Little Things – Mindful Eating
Martine Nates, Dip.Ac.(UK) Clin.Ac. (China) MBAcC, PGCE, Acupuncturist & Accredited MBSR Teacher, Koster Clinic, The Dubai Center for Mindfulness

Accomplishment

Mindfulness at Work
Emma Carberry, Owner, Workplace Yogi

The Kids Corner

Resilience for Kids
Jacqui Lawson, Licensed Counselling Psychologist, JESS

The Man Cave

Parenting – A Male Perspective
Omar Alhegelan, LTL Speaker & World Champion Freestyle Skydiver, Life Talks Live

Session 6 – 14:50 – 15:10

Positive Emotion

The Happiness Wheel
Dr. Mansoor Anwar, Senior Director – Employee Wellness and Happiness, DU on behalf of American Center for Psychiatry & Neurology

Engagement

YOGA AND GROUP EXERCISE: Powered by Classport – Voyoga flow
Voyoga

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PT Sessions – Get A Free Personal Training Session 
Fit Squad DXB

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CREATIVITY: Active Meditation – To Enhance Empowerment and Creativity
Nada Abu Qaoud, Graduate Art Therapy Student, Art Therapy International Centre

Relationships

Fast Friends
Angela Maitner, Associate Professor – Psychology, American Unversity of Sharjah

Meaning

Building Your Compassionate-Self
Lydia Miller, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, The Psychiatry and Therapy Centre and Professor Middlesex University

Accomplishment

Work Life Balance
Suki Bains, Lifestyle Consultant, Equilibrium

The Kids Corner

Positive Education
Katerina Mankani, Director of Positive Education, Fortes Education

The Man Cave

Limiting Beliefs
Benoit Demeulemeester, Managing Partner, Endorphins Unlimited

Session 7 – 15:30 – 15:50

Positive Emotion

Happiness – Being My Best
Sharif Maghraby, Founder and Lead Coach, Being My Best

Engagement

YOGA AND GROUP EXERCISE: Powered by Classport – Yoga
Yoga Studio 136.1

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High Intensity Interval Training  With Celebrity Trainer PTDXB 
Fit Squad DXB

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CREATIVITY: The Art of Positive Writing and Happiness
Jeanina Khoury, Founder, Blue Lights

Relationships

Write Your Own Happily-Ever-After
Silke Glaab, Counselling Psychologist, German International School Dubai

Meaning

Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places
Toleen Badawi, Life Coach & NLP Practitioner, HRI

Accomplishment

BUSINESS & OCCUPATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: Job Crafting
Louise Lambert, Editor, Positive Psychology Journal ME

The Kids Corner

Act of Family Bonding
Sarah Powell, Co-Founder, Art Therapy International Centre

The Man Cave

The Imitation Game
Faisal Zeineddine, Founder, Life Talks

Session 8 – 16:10 – 16:30

Positive Emotion

Happiness and Giving/Forgiveness
Priya Cima, Founder, Mymedini

Engagement

YOGA AND GROUP EXERCISE: Powered by Classport – Strala Yoga to Enhance Wellbeing
Brittany D Costa, Instructor, Urban Yoga

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GROUP PERSONAL TRAINING: PT Sessions
Fit Squad DXB

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CREATIVITY: Happiness and Secrets
Alaa Abuali, Social Counselor, American Center for Psychiatry & Neurology

Relationships

Communication for Healthy Relationships
Susie Carr, Marital Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Personal Development Trainer, Lifeworks Foundation

Meaning

Empowered Living
Shaden Bolbol, CPCC Certified Life Coach, Seeds for Change

Accomplishment

Making the Impossible Possible – Finding Your Resilience
Mogens Jensen, Motivational Speaker and Owner, ForEverest

The Kids Corner

I Am Thankful
Anita Sunil, Clinical Psychologist, Dubai Foundation for Women and Children

The Man Cave

How to get in the ‘zone’ everyday
Joseph Bruce, Psychologist – Leadership and Talent Consultant, Path Boss

Session 9 – 16:50 – 17:10

Positive Emotion

Maintaining Happiness During Challenging Times
Mona Moussa, Counselling Psychologist, Kankana

Engagement

YOGA AND GROUP EXERCISE: Powered by Classport
Flybarre

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PT Sessions – Get A Free Personal Training Session 
Fit Squad DXB

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Mindful Movement Meditiation
Nancy Zabaneh, Founder, The Red Chair

Relationships

Rituals of Connection for Couples
Matleena Vanhanen, Counselling Psychologist, The Maple Tree Centre

Meaning

The White Polar Bear Experiment (or Do’s vs. Do Nots!)
Lavina Ahuja, Consultant, Lifeworks Foundation

Accomplishment

The Importance of Laughter in Happiness and Success
Sarim Mohammed Zahoor, Senior Organisational Psychologist, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

The Kids Corner

The Art of Play Therapy
Bana Okasheh, Occupational Therapist American Center for Psychiaty and Neurology

The Man Cave

The Passionate Leaders Secrets
Moustafa Hamwi, Passionpreneur & Chief Energy Officer, AKA The Passion Guy

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