Happiness Street
x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Vocation & Avocation

This event occurred on
December 17, 2023
DUBAI, Dubayy
United Arab Emirates

TEDx Happiness Street is a non-profit, independently organized TED event that aims to present "Ideas worth spreading" centered around happiness, positivity, and well-being within our society. This year's event will center around the theme of "Vocation and Avocation," which will explore the concept of balancing one's professional and personal passions to create a fulfilling and purposeful life.

The Conference Centre
Dubai Knowledge Park
DUBAI, Dubayy, 11
United Arab Emirates
Event type:
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Ahmad Salah

Astronomer, Content Creator
Ahmad Salah, is a multi-talented content creator, stand-up artist, and singer, he is also a prominent figure in the UAE's Astronomy and Space sector. From being the Vice Chairman of the Sharjah Amateur Astronomers Association to delivering captivating astronomy talks, combining his artistic talents with his passion to inspire and entertain across multiple fields, he inspires curiosity and leaves a lasting impact.

Anas Al Halabi

First Arab Handpan Player, First Handpan Teacher in the Middle East
Anas Al Halabi, a well-established and award-winning artist in the UAE, began his passion for music at the tender age of 6. His talent has grown into a worldwide name, with over 300 events in 20 countries. With his immersive talent, he transports you to a calming and healing world, recognized globally. With over 200 students, he also conducts workshops for both corporate and private clients. Additionally, he created the first Handpan Orchestra with 100 Handpan Players, earning the "Best Integrated Orchestra Award."

Chris Blair Vincent

Multi-disciplinary Artist, Muralist, Design Generalist, Founder Silver Brush Studio
Chris Blair Vincent, an internationally acclaimed Visual Artist and Designer, whose innovative designs captivate audiences worldwide. As the founder of Silver Brush Studio, he crafts breathtaking hand-painted Murals and pushes the boundaries of space design. With a distinguished clientele of renowned brands, he spearheads brand communication through bespoke brand identities and spatial design, showcasing a unique mastery in blending Art and Design. Renowned for his outstanding contributions, Chris has earned acclaim for revitalizing the tradition of hand-painted murals in the film advertisement campaigns, solidifying his status as a pioneer in the realm of creative expression.

Dhiren Harchandani

Inner Game Architect, Endurance Athlete, Top 100 Change Leaders Entrepreneur, Author, Executive Coach, NCS Consultant
Dhiren Harchandani is an eternal student of transformation, leadership, and mindset. He has coached and mentored entrepreneurs, propelling businesses to a combined revenue of over $3 billion. As an entrepreneur, he has been scaling businesses for over two decades across five industries, where he has founded and exited multiple ventures. He has earned a place amongst the Top 40 Change Management Leaders. His overarching mission is to guide one billion individuals in mastering their Inner Game. Beyond the world of transformation, Dhiren is an avid adventure enthusiast, competes in Ironman races, and has explored the diverse landscapes of over 70 countries, spanning all 7 continents. Above all else, he takes immense pride in being a devoted father, a loving husband, and an unabashed dog lover.

James Knight Paccheco

Celebrity Chef, Television Personality, Co-Founder -Dubai Chef Collective
Chef James is a highly accomplished culinary professional with over 20 years of experience. As the founder of Group JKP, a prominent hospitality consultancy firm, Chef JKP offers expert guidance to businesses. Having worked with renowned chefs such as Raymond Blanc and Gordon Ramsay, Chef JKP has made appearances on popular BBC cooking shows. Recognized as one of the most influential individuals in the Middle East and Africa's food and beverage industry, Chef JKP has received prestigious awards, including "Executive Chef of the Year 2019" and "Chef of the Year 2020." Additionally, Chef JKP hosts the Chef JKP Podcast, featuring some of the most incredible or prominent names in the hospitality industry.

Moein Al Bastaki

Emirati Illusionist, Mentalist, Hypnotist, Close-up Magician
Moein Al Bastaki, the best-known Emarati stage illusionist, mentalist, hypnotist and close-up magician in the Arab World “The Real Aladdin”. Known for creating unforgettable magical experiences, he continues to captivate audiences worldwide with his artistry from his Dubai base. With a unique Middle Eastern touch, his skill has made him a respected figure in the Arab world. Specializing in illusions and mentalism, Moein consistently introduces awe-inspiring tricks. Combining charm and wit, his performances leave spectators astounded. Moein has graced esteemed TV shows, captivated renowned celebrities, and gained accolades as an award-winning entertainer and international speaker.

Nasreen Abdulla

Journalist, Personal Trainer, Jiu Jitsu Player
Nasreen Abdulla, the Happiness editor at Khaleej Times, is a journalist with a decade of experience in UAE media. Known for her unique human-interest stories and authentic storytelling, she has ventured into print, radio, TV, and digital media. Alongside her busy career, Nasreen is an enthusiastic fitness and hiking aficionado. Over the past five years, she has achieved certification as a fitness trainer and earned a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu. Despite her numerous responsibilities, Nasreen manages to find time for her interests and passions while balancing her roles and being a mother to her children.

Omair Muhammad

Professional Para Basketball Player, Athletic Innovator
Omair Muhammad, a professional para-basketball player and all-rounder athlete for Dubai Club, taking a forward-thinking approach to inspire athletes and people around the world by bringing a unique perspective to the table. With hands-on experience in "living life" that can relate to the average person with unwavering energy. Thrilled to inspire people to embrace your own playful and ambitious spirit in all aspects of life.

Shelyna V. Brown

Superior Court of California Judge, Equality & Social Justice Champion, Thought Leader
For two decades, Shelyna Brown has redefined justice and leadership. From her early days as a public defender to her esteemed role as a Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara County, she embodies transformation and dedication. Co-founder of the Equality and Social Justice Committee, and a trusted advisor at San Jose State University, Shelyna is more than a leader; she's a beacon for change. Educated at the University of California, Davis, with a Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University, her legacy continues to inspire a just future.

Sonya Sandiavo

Costume Designer, Celebrity Stylist, Fashion Curator
Sonya Sandiavo is a distinguished Costume Designer and renowned Celebrity Stylist, recognized for her outstanding contributions to the Indian Film Industry. With an impressive roster of collaborations featuring luminaries such as Simbu STR, Vishal, Dwayne Bravo, Amala Paul, and Oviya, She has firmly established herself as a trailblazer and influential force in the ever-evolving realm of cinema. Beyond her cinematic ventures, she is also a fashion curator, working closely with esteemed Brands. Her multifaceted expertise and innovative approach make her a noteworthy figure in both the film and fashion industries.

Suaad Al Suwaidi

First Female Emirati and Arab Wildlife Photographer
Suaad Al Suwaidi is renowned as the world’s first female Emirati and Arab Wildlife Photographer. With a background in Architecture, Suaad discovered her true calling in photography during her studies in the United States. Through her lens, she captures the essence of wildlife beauty. She serves as an inspiring role model for aspiring women around the world. Suaad Al Suwaidi, a role model inspiring everyone to embrace their passions, break barriers, and make a lasting impact in their chosen fields.

Yuichi Setoyama

Environmentalist, Bakture Research Association Director, Japanese Shinto Priest
Yuichi Setoyama is a versatile professional, currently serving as Director of BAKTURE Research. He is a Shinto Priest at Kamo Shrine, Shiga, Japan, whose achievements include coaching at London Olympics 2012, Sochi Olympics 2014, and delivering a TEDx talk in 2014. Notably, he won the 2017 Laos Governor Award and the Higashi-Kuninomiya Award in 2018, 2019, and 2021. Yuichi's BAKTURE activities span TV TOKYO, Vietnam Television Center, and Japan's government social media. A passionate environmentalist, Yuichi envisions uniting people through his talks for the historic BAKTURE Miracle Project, aiming to restore Earth's lush harmony.

Organizing team


Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Falal Chalil