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World-leading social psychologist and 'top global thinker' confirmed as keynote speaker at APEC CEO Summit 2021

Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist whose research considers morality, its emotional foundations and cultural variations, to help people understand each other. Named one of the world’s top thinkers by both Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019. His four TED talks on political psychology and polarisation and religion have been viewed more than six million times. He is currently the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business, where his research is applied to make businesses resistant to ethical failures.


23 September 2021

Can business become a force for good in the future?

Top international psychologist Jonathan Haidt will be speaking to this question in his keynote address at the APEC CEO Summit 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand, in November.

Considered one of the top 25 international psychologists in the world, Professor Haidt has agreed to speak at the summit which will feature some of the world’s most influential CEOs.

The New York University Professor, who has been named one of the ‘top global thinkers’ by Foreign Policy magazine and Prospect magazine, is the author behind The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom.

Other bestselling books written by Professor Haidt on psychology and politics include The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, and The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.

Professor Haidt's research examines the foundations of morality.

“By understanding more about our moral psychology and its biases we can design better institutions (including companies, universities and democracy itself), and learn to be more civil and open minded toward those who are not on our team,” he says.

Professor Haidt will speak about using what we know about moral psychology and behavioural science to create organisations and businesses that function as ethical systems that are more sustainable.

He will also discuss the need for businesses to demonstrate how they operate, treat employees and customers, and whether they are engaged ethically with their global supply chains.

Professor Haidt joins Dr David Suzuki, Amber Mac and Tony Fernandes as keynote speakers at the summit. More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

For the first time ever, this year’s APEC CEO Summit is a hybrid gathering of the world’s most powerful CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, prime ministers and presidents of APEC economies. Delegates can attend online or in person at the Summit which is being hosted and broadcast from the Aotea Centre in central Auckland on 11 and 12 November 2021 (NZT).