Dr. Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen

CEO, NOVO Cinemas

As an accomplished leader with more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment, events and hospitality industries, Debbie is a CEO with an extensive understanding of public, government and private organizations. Since taking on the role of the CEO of NOVO Cinemas in 2013, Debbie has worked with her Executive team to bring Novo Cinemas to new heights, from a standard cinema experience to an innovative entertainment hub through strategic partnerships, technological advancements, new experience offerings and alternative content opportunities for consumers. Under Debbie’s guidance, further expansion throughout the GCC will see Novo Cinemas enter the newly opened Saudi Arabia cinema market. The impact of Debbie’s leadership is reflected in the multiple awards that have been conferred to her. In September 2018 Debbie was crowned ‘Female CEO Of The Year’ by CEO Middle East Magazine and named as one of the 12 Women of Substance 2018 by Khaleej Times. In 2019, she has been named one of the Top 30 most influential women in the Arab World By Arabian Business and #5 of Top 50 Women in Global Cinema by Celluloid Junkie, Box Office Magazine in collaboration with industry Trade body UNIC.

Jeevan D’Mello

CEO, Zenesis Corp

Professionally trained as an Architect, Jeevan is the pioneer of the Community Management industry in the Middle East. He is popularly known as the ‘Father of Community Management in the Middle East’ and has managed some of the most iconic communities in the UAE and the tallest tower in the world, Burj Khalifa. He has served as the Chief Customer Officer for Emaar Properties PJSC looking after over 45,000 customers. A winner of multiple awards around the world, he recently won the prestigious ‘Customer Service Award’ for 2020 in Milan, Italy. He has been training and coaching top executives and professionals in several companies on every aspect of the customer journey. He is the co-author of several bestselling books, including ‘Happy Dubai’ which chronicles the lives of ordinary people in Dubai doing extraordinary things for the community and contributing to happiness! He is a sought-after speaker on the international circuit and serves on several international and local boards including the Rotary Club of Dubai which is focused on humanitarian services.

Dr. Louise Lambert

Head of Happiness Research and Policy Design, HappinessMatters.org

Based in Dubai, Dr. Louise combines the best of science and positive psychological practice towards the attainment of better life, academic and organizational outcomes. As a Canadian registered positive psychologist who develops, delivers and evaluates training and intervention programs, she also has several peer-reviewed publications, some of which have been featured in RAND Corporation and World Happiness Reports. Her research/work includes emotion detection and AI, positive design for architects, positive education programs for schools (and teachers), the development of character strengths for greater employment outcomes for youth, and the use of positive psychology interventions for greater subjective well-being in the workplace. Since 2015, Dr. Louise has been the Editor of the Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology. She is also the author of the first regional textbook in positive psychology and general psychology. For more, see www.happinessmatters.org