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Barry Grimes

Barry coordinates the annual publication of the World Happiness Report, the world’s foremost publication on global wellbeing and human progress. Working in partnership with Gallup, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and the editorial board, he promotes the latest research on global happiness and how to increase it.

Barry is an experienced comms and events specialist, working across the public, private, and non-profit sectors for over 15 years. In 2019, he helped to create the Happier Lives Institute, a charity evaluator that compares the impact of international NGOs using subjective wellbeing measures. In 2022, he was part of the organising team for the Wellbeing Research & Policy Conference in Oxford. Most recently, his work at the International Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders has supported greater collaboration across the sector.

Barry studied Combined Social Sciences at Durham University and has a Postgraduate Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. He leads the Action for Happiness Cotswolds group and has taken the Giving What We Can pledge to donate at least 10% of his income to effective charities.