Serial Entrepreneur, Author & Chief Business Officer at Google [X]
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Mo Gawdat is the Chief Business Officer for [X] (previously Google X) and author of ‘Solve For Happy: Engineering Your Path to Joy.’
Mo has an impressive combined career of 26 years, starting at IBM Egypt as a Systems Engineer before moving to a sales role in the government sector. Venturing to the UAE, Mo joined NCR Abu Dhabi to cover the non-finance sector. He then became acquainted with the consumer goods industry as Regional Manager of BAT. At Microsoft he assumed various roles over a span of seven and a half years, in his last role at Microsoft he headed the Communications Sector across emerging markets worldwide.
Mo joined Google in 2007 to manage it’s business in emerging markets. He is fascinated by the role that technology plays in empowering people in these communities and has dedicated 6 years of his Google career towards that passion. Over the years Mo has started close to half of Google’s operations worldwide.
In 2013 he moved to Google’s infamous innovation arm, Google [X] where he lead the business strategy and execution for world changing projects. Examples include; Project Loon, which aims to use high-altitude balloons to provide affordable internet access to 5 billion people; Project Makani, a novel project aiming to revolutionize wind energy generation using an autonomous aeroplane, he was also involved in the creation of Google’s self-driving cars, Google Glass and many more. In 2015, alongside Google’s announcement that it had been turned into a subsidiary of a bigger company called Alphabet, his title officially became Chief Business Officer at [X].
Mo is the author of ‘Solve for Happy: Engineering Your Path to Joy’ (2017). In it, he created an algorithm for happiness and a repeatable, well engineered model to reach a state of uninterrupted happiness, regardless of the circumstances of life. Mo’s happiness model proves highly effective. In 2014 the model was put to the ultimate test when Mo lost his son, Ali, to preventable medical error during a simple surgical procedure. In dealing with the horrible loss, Mo found his mission: he would pull off the type of “moonshot” goal that he and his colleagues at Google’s “dream factory,” [X], were always aiming for — he would share his equation with over 10 million people around the world and help as many people as possible become happier.
Mo is also a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than 15 businesses in his career. He actively serves as a Board Member in several technology, health and fitness and consumer goods start ups as well as several government technology and innovation boards in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Considering his vast background, Mohammad speaks Arabic, English and German.
Outside of work, when he’s not writing or reading up on business and the latest technology innovations and trends, Mo spends his time drawing charcoal portraits, creating mosaics, carpentry and indulging in his passion for restoration of classic cars.