Mo Gawdat
Agent(s): Julian Alexander

Mo Gawdat is the former Chief Business Officer for Google, an elite team of engineers that comprise Google’s futuristic ‘dream factory’. In 2001, Mo, a remarkable thinker and leading technology executive, realised that despite his incredible success, he was desperately unhappy. A lifelong learner, he attacked the problem as an engineer would, examining all the provable facts and scrupulously applying logic. Eventually, his countless hours of research and science proved successful, and he discovered the equation for permanent happiness.

Thirteen years later, Mo’s algorithm would be put to the ultimate test. After the sudden death of his son, Ali, Mo and his family turned to his equation and it saved them from despair.

In Solve for Happy (Bluebird, 2019) Mo questions some of the most fundamental aspects of our existence, shares the underlying reasons for suffering, and plots out a step-by-step process for achieving lifelong happiness and enduring contentment. He shows us how to view life through a clear lens, teaching us how to dispel the illusions that cloud our thinking; overcome the brain’s blind spots; and embrace five ultimate truths. Solve for Happy is Mo’s attempt to fulfil the task assigned to him by his happiness idol, his son, Ali. Mo’s hope is that by sharing Ali’s message – Ali’s peaceful way of living – he may be able to honour his memory and continue his legacy.

Scary Smart (Pan Macmillan 2021) has a slightly different agenda. By 2049 AI will be a billion times more intelligent than humans. Scary Smart explains how to fix the current trajectory now, to make sure that the AI of the future can preserve our species. This book offers a blueprint, pointing the way to what we can do to safeguard ourselves, those we love and the planet itself.

That Little Voice in Your Head (Pan Macmillan 2022), a practical manual on how to retrain our brains for optimal joy, was released in spring 2022.

His new book, Unstressable (Pan Macmillan 2024), was an instant Sunday Times bestseller and overall bestseller on Amazon UK in the books category. Written alongside Alice Law, is packed with anecdotes, exercises and guides that will help you build up the skills to manage stress no matter your circumstances, backed up by neuroscience and accessible psychology.

The Soho Agency represents Mo in association with InkWell Management.

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