About Dr Ilona Boniwell
Ilona founded and was the first Chair of the European Network of Positive Psychology (ENPP), and was subsequently a member of its Steering Committee for many years. She organised the first European Congress of Positive Psychology in June 2002 (Winchester), starting a successful tradition of bi-annual events. She was the first Vice-Chair of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and has continuously been a member of its Board of Directors since 2007. She is on the Board of Directors for the Francophone Association for the Development of Leadership, International Positive Education Network (IPEN), on the Expert Advisory Board for the Action for Happiness, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the Royal Society of Arts and Wellington College, the first ever secondary school to teach well-being lessons. Ilona is the author of Positive Psychology in a Nutshell (2006/8, PWBC; 2012, Open University Press), co-author of The Happiness Equation (2008, Adams Media), Positive Psychology: Theory, Research and Applications (2011, Open University Press), Well-Being Lessons for Secondary Schools (2012, Open University Press) and a co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Happiness (2013, Oxford University Press). She is the Positive Education series editor for Springer and has finished working on two new books, Positive Leadership (2015, Payot) and Motivated Adolescents (2015, Odile Jacob). She acted as the main consultant for and appeared in the BBC2 series The Happiness Formula (2006). Her other media work includes The Figaro, Guardian, Times, Observer, Psychologies, Top Sante and Cosmopolitan articles and interviews, as well as radio and TV interviews for BBC 24, BBC London and other channels. She regularly blogs as one of the expert leaders on the Psychologies website. She frequently addresses psychology and professional audiences at national and international conferences, having delivered hundreds of presentations and workshops. She is also a speaker for the AdGency Experts.
Ilona is passionate about practical applications of positive psychology to business, education and one-to-one helping-by-talking practices. Ilona consults organisations and educational institutions around the world as the director of Positran, a boutique consultancy specialising in the applications of evidence-based methodologies to achieve lasting positive transformation. She has developed a comprehensive well-being curriculum for Haberdasher’s Federation of Schools and was funded by Newham PCT to develop and evaluate the SPARK Resilience Programme for secondary schools in the borough. Her other clients include L’Oreal, Mars, Sanofi, Bull, Alpro Soya, MindGym, Cassan and local and national governments. She worked for the Government of Bhutan to develop a framework for happiness-based public policy, at the request of the UN in her capacity as a member of the International Expert Working Group for the New Development Paradigm.
Ilona received her PhD from the Open University. Her academic career included teaching at Oxford Brookes University and City University. Currently, she holds a post of a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Health and Human Development, University of East London and is a visiting principal lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. She is also the co-founder of Scholavie, a company that works in the conception of tools and courses in order to improve the well-being of students.