Mario Chamorro is the founder and chief happiness officer of Make it Happy, the social venture dedicated to the prioritization of sustainable happiness in our work, our communities, and our governments across the globe. His family calls him “Happy Man,” the media calls him the “Happiness Ambassador,” and his mentor calls him the “Johnny Apple Seed of Happiness.”
Mario - a radical optimist, community organizer and happiness prankster – grew up next to an active volcano in Pasto, Colombia. In 2004 he left Colombia, moved to Boston and learned English while waiting tables, parking cars and teaching salsa lessons. A few years of hard work and good faith resulted in a master’s degree from Columbia University. He has held several positions on Wall Street, worked as an energy consultant in Boston, and organized anti-corruption programs in Colombia.
Today, Mario is considered an international ambassador for happiness who has spread smiles across three continents and swapped stories with politicians, former guerrilla combatants, and countless community leaders. His work with Make it Happy has touched millions of lives in the private and public sectors. Mario has presented at TEDx events internationally, given a talk at Google Headquarters, spoken before a U.N. panel on happiness, built workshops for socially conscious corporations, coordinated major grassroots activations in the streets of cities worldwide and mobilized student groups and universities around the globe. As of today, Make it Happy initiatives have touched the lives of 95,000 people and have generated 60 million impression in 30 countries.