Keynote Speaker Chade-Meng Tan

Chade-Meng Tan

Google pioneer, Award-Winning Engineer, International Bestselling Author, Thought Leader, Philanthropist

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Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) is a Google pioneer, award-winning engineer, international bestselling author, thought leader and philanthropist. He retired from Google as its Jolly Good Fellow at the age of 45. He is Chairman of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and Co-chair of One Billion Acts of Peace, which has been nominated eight times for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also Adjunct Professor at the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in the National University of Singapore.

Meng was one of Google’s earliest engineers. He retired from Google in 2015, after 15+ years of service, and a few days after he turned 45. His job title was “Jolly Good Fellow (which nobody can deny)”. Like many things in Google, his unusual job title started as a joke, but eventually became real. Among many other things, he helped build Google’s first mobile search service, headed the team that kept a vigilant eye on Google’s search quality, and was a founding member of Google’s Chinese Search team. After a successful eight-year stint in Engineering, Meng became the first practicing engineer in Google’s history to move from Engineering to People Operations. His job description was, “Enlighten minds, open hearts, create world peace”.

At Google, Meng led the creation of a groundbreaking mindfulness-based emotional intelligence course called Search Inside Yourself, which was featured on the front page of the Sunday Business section of the New York Times. Search Inside Yourself is also the title of Meng’s New York Times bestselling book which has been endorsed by world leaders such as President Carter of the United States, business leaders such as Eric Schmidt of Google and John Mackey of Whole Foods Markets, and spiritual leaders such as the Dalai Lama. Meng hopes Search Inside Yourself will eventually contribute to world peace in a meaningful way.

Meng delivered a TED talk on compassion at the United Nations and spoke at the White House about the development of kindness. His personal motto is, “Life is too important to be taken seriously”.

Meng hopes to see every workplace in the world become a drinking fountain for happiness and enlightenment.


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