5th January 2022 | University of Oxford | UK


About the Conference

A day for leaders to engage with the latest research into leadership which enables people to thrive and, therefore maximise performance.

Hear Professor Jan Emmanuel de Neve of Oxford University’s Said Business School; Dr Edward Brooks, Executive Director of the Oxford Character Project, Dr Matthew Lee, Director of Empirical Research at the Human Flourishing Program, Harvard University, and others speak about their research and experience.

This will be a unique opportunity to engage with the latest research as well as to work with other leaders from all sectors on practical solutions for maximising wellbeing and performance.

There are limited places, so we encourage registering as soon as possible.

The day will:

  1. Challenge current leadership practices
  2. Share practical ideas to maximise performance through maximising flourishing and wellbeing
  3. Provide a forum to meet and hear from world thought leaders on leadership, flourishing, and wellbeing
  4. Connect leaders from across a range of industries who are committed to supporting their people to thrive

If you would like to find out more or contribute to the conference, please contact:

Brought to you by

  • Oxford University Wellbeing Research Centre: The centre brings together scholars from Oxford and beyond to advance our understanding of human wellbeing and become a major platform for helping communities around the world put wellbeing at the heart of their decision-making.
  • The Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University: promoting human flourishing, and developing systematic approaches to the synthesis of knowledge across disciplines
  • Global Social Leaders: A global movement of socially conscious young leaders with participants in over 100 countries
  • Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute: Developing leaders who enable their people to flourish; a part of Wellington College
  • Oxford Character Project at Oxford University: Cultivating wise thinkers and good leaders
  • Oxford University Department of Education: a world-leader in cross-disciplinary education research that is closely connected with policy and practice

Our Speakers


Professor Jan-Emmanuel de Neve

Professor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve is an economist and professor at the University of Oxford where he directs the Wellbeing Research Centre. Jan is also the KSI Fellow and Vice-Principal of Harris Manchester College. He is best known for his research on the economics of wellbeing which has led to new insights into the relationship between wellbeing and income, productivity, economic growth, and inequality. His research was selected among “The Management Ideas that Mattered Most” by Harvard Business Review and he was awarded the Ruut Veenhoven Award for his contributions to the scientific study of happiness. Jan is an associate editor of the World Happiness Report.

Dr Edward Brooks


Edward Brooks DPhil (Oxon) is the Executive Director of the Oxford Character Project and a Research Fellow of Oxford’s McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life. His work joins research in virtue ethics, leadership and character development to the design and delivery of leadership and character development programmes at the University of Oxford and other universities and commercial partners in the UK, Europe and Hong Kong. At Oxford, he founded and directs the Oxford Global Leadership Initiative, and is the Director of Virtues and Vocations a research project exploring culture, character and leadership development in business, finance, law and technology. Edward is editing a book on The Arts of Leading: Perspectives on Leadership from the Humanities and Liberal Arts, and finishing another book on the virtue of hope: What May I Hope For? Modernity and the Augustinian Virtue of Hope.

Dr Matthew Lee


Matthew T. Lee, Ph.D., is the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University’s Director of Empirical Research and he leads the Community of Practice. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Health, Flourishing, and Positive Psychology at Stony Brook University’s Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics, a non-resident Research Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, and he previously served as Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity. His current research explores topics such as benevolent service to others, organizational compassion capability, and the integration of social science and the humanities.  He is co-editor of Measuring Well-Being: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from the Social Sciences and the Humanities.


Katy Granville Chapman

Katy Granville-Chapman DPhil (Oxon) is the co-founder of Global Social Leaders, the founder of the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute and a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of Oxford Department of Education. Katy is a deputy head at Wellington College, an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Character Project, Senior Fellow of the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University’s Community of Practice, and Research Associate at the University of Oxford University Wellbeing Research Centre. Katy is the co-author with Emmie Bidston of ‘Leader: Know, Love and Inspire Your People’, which was Highly Commended and Runner up in the Leadership for the Future category of the Business Book Awards and was longlisted for the Chartered Management Institute’s Management book of the year.

Emmie Bidston

After graduating from the University of Cambridge with a degree in economics – and before going into teaching – Emmie Bidston worked for the Civil Service developing policies for the British government, in a range of areas from education to contingency planning. She is the director of the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute and co-founded a charity to help develop young leaders in Africa and runs conferences, coaching and leadership training for adults and young people. She is also the co-author (with Katy Granville-Chapman) of ‘Leader: Know, Love and Inspire Your People’, and is a Senior Fellow of the Human Flourishing Program’s Community of Practice and Associate Fellow of the Oxford Character Project. Emmie co-chairs the leadership for flourishing and educational leadership for flourishing groups with Katy for the Human Flourishing Program, the Oxford Character Project, and GSL.

 Jonathan Harper FRSA

Jonathan Harper FRSA is CEO of Future Foundations, Co-founder of Global Social Leaders and Our Future Group. He was recognised as global alumnus by Enactus, for the impact he has had on society, and supporting young people to reach their potential. He has worked with Vodafone, McKinsey and Amazon Web Services to design and deliver transformational employee development programmes which support the wellbeing and development of young people. He has worked with the British government to design and deliver youth leadership programmes including the National Citizen Service Leaders programme and The Youth of Today Fellowship, and was selected to be the Project Director for the West London Summer Programme, in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy. He is passionate about supporting people to thrive, and establishing sustainable cross-sector partnerships to enable sustainable change.

Our Host

Harris Manchester College is one of the constituent Colleges of the University of Oxford.

Founded in 1757, it hosts a thriving academic community and the University of Oxford’s Wellbeing Research Centre, as well as The Centre for Resolution of Intractable Conflict; The Farmington Institute (for research into moral and ethical leadership); the Tseu Medical Institute and the Commercial Law Institute.

For more information visit


Harris Manchester College
Mansfield Rd

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Draft Itinerary


0930   –   Registration and coffee

1000     Welcome: Professor Jan Emmanuel de Neve and Katy Granville-Chapman

1010   –   Session 1: Professor Jan Emmanuel de Neve

1030   –   Session 2: Dr Matthew Lee, Dr Edward Brooks, Dr Katy Granville-Chapman, and Emmie Bidston

1120   –   Coffee 

1140   –   Break out session 1: Building on sessions 1 and 2

1230   –   Lunch and Networking

1330   –   Session 3: Speaker TBC

1400   –   Breakout session 2

1500   –   Tea and book launch

1520   –   Breakout session 3 and wellbeing activities

1600   –   GSL an opportunity for flourishing: Jonathan Harper

1630      Review of the day and next steps

1700   –   Close

1715   –   Optional guided tour of Oxford

1900   –   Drinks

2000   –   Dinner

2200   –   Carriages

Delegate Fees and Booking Forms

Full delegate fees are £180 (including VAT) and include:

  • Attendance at all sessions and wellbeing activities
  • Refreshments and lunch
  • An optional guided tour of Oxford followed by drinks and dinner

Please note that the delegate fee does not include any travel or accommodation costs.