Speakers

Meet our speakers. They can’t wait to share their story, knowledge and experience with you.

Sofie Sun

Sofie Sun | organizer & happiness at work mentor

Keynote: Define Your Happiness

Sofie Sun was born in the People’s Republic of China in 1986. She came to the Netherlands in 2007 to pursue her degree, and has lived there ever since. She studied at the Leiden University and holds a master’s degree in Dutch Literature. She has translated more than 100 books from Dutch to Chinese.

Sofie is fascinated by the topic of happiness, especially happiness at work. That’s why she founded Build Your Happiness. She has also worked as organization coach, focusing on engagement and happiness at work for different organizations. From 2019 to 2020 she worked as Chief Happiness Officer for one of the biggest Dutch banks, ABN Amro.

Her mission is to help organizations to create a safe and trusted environment, so that everyone can feel free to be who they truly are. In her opinion, this is the foundation for being happy at work.

In her talk she will share with you what happiness means to her and how you can take the first step to get closer to your own happiness.

Mo Gawdat | former Chief Business Officer for Google [X]

Keynote: De logic of happiness at work

Mo has an impressive combined career of 27 years. In 2013 he moved to Google’s infamous innovation arm, Google [X], where he led the business strategy, planning, sales, business development and partnership departments.

Mo is the author of “Solve for Happy: Engineering Your Path to Joy” (2017). Through his 12 years of research on the topic of happiness, he created an algorithm and a repeatable, well-engineered model to reach a state of uninterrupted happiness regardless of the circumstances in life. Mo’s happiness model has proven to be highly effective and has been implemented throughout the world.

In 2014 he was put to the ultimate test when Mo lost his son Ali to a preventable medical error during a simple surgical procedure. Solve For Happy is the pillar for a mission that Mo has committed to as his personal moonshot, a mission to deliver his happiness message to one billion people around the world with his foundation One Billon Happy. #onebillonhappy

At the end of the keynote of Mo, the attendees will be left with a much clearer understanding of the value employee happiness brings to company performance and the clear steps to take in order to create a work environment that promotes happiness.

Bruce Daisley | former Vice President | Twitter EMEA

Keynote: Rediscover Happiness at work

Bruce is one of the world’s most influential voices on fixing work, and his findings have been published in the Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian.

He is a best-selling author and technology leader from the UK, and is regarded as one the most respected thought leaders on the subject of workplace culture and the future of work.

His book “The Joy of Work” was the UK’s top-selling business hardback of 2019 and became an international bestseller, translated into 14 languages. Previously he spent over a decade running Twitter and YouTube (the latter at Google) for Europe, leaving Twitter as its most senior leader outside of the US.

Bruce runs the Apple #1 Business Chart-topping podcast “Eat Sleep Work Repeat” on work culture. He now spends his time championing reforms to workplace culture and promoting the discussion of climate change.

Bruce will share some inspiring lessons from the happiest workplace cultures and explains how the best firms preserve these cultures, even without an office.

Nancy Beers | Happy Scrum Master

Serious Play: Play it forward!

Nancy Beers, aka Happy Scrum Master, finally found out what she wants to be when she grows up.

With a strong background in IT, teaching, music, gamification, play, and all things Agile, she is a Jack-of-all trades and is here to spark innovation, boost creativity and ignite a little crazy.

Her mission? Change the world, one game at a time.

In her interactive session, Nancy will take you through all the scientific proof you need to understand why play is crucial for defining your not only your happiness, but other essential aspects of your life and your work.

You can expect a lot of energy and forms of play that you can start using right away! Just a sneak peek – you can use Nancy’s forms of play to create live experiences while you are having an online meeting. We can’t wait to play with her!

Let’s do it! Play hard, Play hard!

Lisanne Beijk

Motivation and engagement in an online world

If there’s one word that defines Lisanne Beijk, it’s ‘energetic’. She’s an entrepreneur, a kickboxer, and when she’s not in the ring, she runs her own building project. After getting dual degrees in both Sociology and Policy and Organization, she gained extensive experience in the field of consultancy. Now, she’s general manager at the innovative gamification start-up and Microsoft partner The Cue.

The Cue develops games for A-brands and major domestic and international organisations that work with Office365. With those games, employees learn how to work more effectively with the various Microsoft applications. This results in higher productivity, motivation and cooperation. This is exactly where Lisanne gets her contagious energy from.

Being the last speaker at our event, Lisanne will share her insights on how to keep motivation and engagement high. Not only for yourself, but also within your team and organization – whether you work digitally, hybrid or completely offline.

Buffi Duberman

Host

“She has taught the Dutch pop scene proper English”, according to the Volkskrant.

“Buffi, the grammar fairy, makes sure that your text is right”, as said by the NRC Handelsblad.

Buffi Duberman is the Personal English Coach and consultant for established artists, celebrities, politicians, and global CEOs, as well as being an official TEDx speaker coach. Buffi’s mission is to take the English stress out of the equation, so that her clients can just focus on doing what they love, while sharing a message of impact and value.

Buffi is a native New Yorker who moved to the Netherlands for love in 1991. She has spent the past 30 years putting her heart and soul into improving and changing how people communicate in English, both in the Netherlands and abroad. She is now Holland’s most famous English coach, having written 4 books, developing her own teaching method, teaching a crowd of 10,000 at the Lowlands Festival, and is a coach and consultant to gamechangers and A-players in the fields of business, entertainment, and media.

Buffi’s passion, honesty and humor shine through in everything she does. She will be hosting our event with her signature rock and roll style, and we can’t wait to welcome you all to Buffiland!

About Define Your Happiness

How can we stay motivated and healthy in this rapidly changing world, now we know that remote work is here to stay?
How can we create, maintain, and increase happiness at work for ourselves and also for others?
How can we create and sustain a good work and life balance, now that we are working from home all the time?
How do we avoid burn out and keep our teams and colleagues healthy?
How do we deal with the lack of social contact, but still stay connected with our colleagues and keep the team spirit alive?
How do we create engagement during online meetings, now that everyone is working from home?

Our speakers will share all of their expert tips and tricks on these subjects, and more. A lot more. Hybrid work is here to stay, and our event will be your new roadmap on how to get the most out of it!

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