Mark Williamson

Director of Action for Happiness Team: Action for Happiness

Mark Williamson is Director of Action for Happiness.

Action for Happiness is a new venture based at the Young Foundation, which aims to bring the latest ideas on happiness and well-being to a mass audience. It hopes to inspire and enable people to take positive action to increase happiness in their personal lives, homes, schools, workplaces and communities.

Mark has a diverse range of experience across private and non-profit sectors, from start-ups through to large multi-national companies. He was most recently Director of the Innovation unit at the Carbon Trust, where he led a team developing and demonstrating solutions for a low-carbon future. He was also a non-executive director of Solar Press, a start-up designing low-cost solar cells for use in the developing world, and founder of What You Can Do, an online initiative encouraging personal action on climate change.

Previously, Mark spent nine years as a management consultant, leading a wide range of projects relating to strategy, technology and change management. At the start of his career he also worked for Hewlett Packard Labs and Orange. After more than a decade of corporate life, Mark decided to change direction and is now focused on using his energy and leadership skills for positive social change. He has a long-standing interest in the area of happiness and wellbeing and is passionate about creating a more balanced, collaborative society that focuses less on consumption and material wealth and more on the things that really matter.

Mark has an MBA from IMD business school in Switzerland, where he received the Presidents Award for outstanding achievement. He also holds a PhD and first class honours degree in Electronics and Communications from the University of Bristol. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, a Sainsbury Management Fellow and a Chartered Engineer.

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