Founder, Executive Chairman

Jayme Illien is an Indian-American social entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, global economist, policy advisor, activist, humanitarian, statesman, global citizen and founder of the United Nations-sanctioned International Day of Happiness celebrated worldwide every March 20. Illien is also Chairman, President, and CEO at Illien Global Public Benefit Corporation, a global humanitarian and international development organization, which takes an interdisciplinary, multi-sector approach, working with governments, the private sector, academia, civil society and all related stakeholders, to advance the human condition and world happiness.

In 2011, Illien Global led by CEO Jayme Illien launched an initiative at the United Nations to create a new global day of awareness, the “International Day of Happiness”. UN resolution 66 281, which was adopted by consensus of all 193 member states on June 28, 2012, with the support of former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, establishing the International Day of Happiness now celebrated worldwide every March 20.

UN resolution 66/281 recognizes “the pursuit of happiness as a fundamental human goal” and “the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world, the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives, and the need for a more inclusive, equitable, and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness, and the well-being of all peoples”.

CBS news remarked that UN resolution 66/281 “echoes the US Declaration of Independence.” Speaking at the 1st UN High-Level Meeting on “Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm”, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the world “needs a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, economic and environmental well-being are indivisible. Together they define Gross Global Happiness.”