About Speaker Aaron Ahuvia…
Aaron Ahuvia, Ph.D., is one of the most influential academic researchers in the world, being ranked 22 in the world for research impact in consumer behavior. Dr. Ahuvia is the world’s leading expert on the psychology of non-interpersonal love, i.e. how love works when we love an object, activity, or anything else that isn’t a person; and has won numerous awards for this work. He is also a leading expert on the psychology of happiness, focusing on how money, shopping, and spending influence our wellbeing. He has been recognized by Project+ (an interdisciplinary research group) as the leading expert on happiness in the disciplines of marketing and consumer research. This work has included co-authoring a United Nations report on the application of social science data to public policy.
Professor Ahuvia studied philosophy at the University of Michigan before getting a PhD in marketing from the Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where he worked with the renowned Professor Philip Kotler. From there he became a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and then a Full Professor at the Collage of Business on UM’s Dearborn Campus. He also holds an appointment as a Professor at the University of Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
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Professor Ahuvia has over 100 academic publications and presentations, as well as a forthcoming book entitled The Things We Love to be published by Little, Brown Spark. His research has been quoted in Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, major publications in Europe and Japan. Dr. Ahuvia has also appeared on public radio talk shows as well as popular Television shows such as the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Professor Ahuvia does research, teaches and consults for governments, nonprofits and corporations around the world. He has presented his research or performed consulting services for Procter & Gamble, Google, Audi, Samsung, General Motors, Microsoft, Ford, Chrysler, GfK Market Research, Herman Miller; and via the Altagamma consortium, Gucci, Versace, La Perla, Zegna, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Beretta firearms, among others. His work includes regular teaching at major European universities, and working for the U.S. Government to promote economic growth in developing nations. He has presented his work internationally in China, Denmark, Oman, Finland, Poland, Morocco, France, Pakistan, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Canada, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Rwanda, Singapore, Mexico, Slovakia, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Yemen.