Alejandro Adler directs our Center’s well-being science and policy initiatives. He is an Associate Editor for two of SDSN’s annual publications: the World Happiness Report, and the Global Happiness Policy Report. He is also the Deputy Director of the Global Happiness and Well-being Coalition and is also an Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Sustainable Development in the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Dr. Adler’s research, policy work, and programs focus on well-being, education, skills, human capital development, and public policy. Currently, Dr. Adler is working with a number of international organizations and with the governments of various countries, including Bhutan, Nepal, India, Mexico, Peru, the UAE, Australia, Jordan, and Colombia to infuse education systems in these countries with Positive Psychology skills and life competencies, measure the impact of these interventions on youth well-being, and ultimately inform and transform education systems and policy. He has published a number of articles in both scholarly and non-academic outlets, and he frequently speaks at international conferences and gatherings.

Originally from Mexico, Dr. Adler has a B.A. in psychology, a B.Sc. in economics, an M.A. in psychology, and a Ph.D. in psychology, all from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining our Center, Dr. Adler served as Director of International Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center, and previously as lead researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy, a think tank dedicated to channeling philanthropic funds to where they can have the highest social impact. He frequently advises international organizations, including The World Bank, The United Nations, the OECD, among others. He is currently one of 60 members of the United Nation’s International Well-being Expert Group.