Anahita Moghaddam is the founder of Neural Beings, and a coach, organizational trainer and speaker whose rigorous and experiential methodology is rooted in the Eastern contemplative traditions, and continuously refined under the mentorship of leading scientists and academics in the fields of psychology, neuroscience and philosophy.
Anahita is committed to serving organizations and individuals who aspire to have a substantial positive impact in the world. She is a coach to executives, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders, facilitates workshops and organizational trainings, and speaks at events around the world. She also serves as Chief Mindfulness Officer at an innovative NY-based investment firm and helps other organizations replicate this model.
She has been a student of the Eastern contemplative traditions for over a decade, primarily attending teachings with HH the Dalai Lama, and has pursued further training in contemplative neuroscience and psychology at the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science in NY. Anahita received her BA in Marketing & Advertising at the London School of Communications and her MA in Social Anthropology at The School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
Anahita has trained and coached an array of individuals, ranging from formerly incarcerated men and women in the South Bronx to millennials, ambassadors and executives. Her organizational work has led her to train managers at luxury hotels, tech start-ups and investment firms, her workshops have reached audiences at Harvard Business School Club and International conferences including Feast Conference for Social Good, Social Media Week NY, World Happiness Summit Miami, Northside Music and Innovation Festival, Innovation Club NY, L'Echappée Volée Paris and more, and she has spoken on stage with teachers and visionaries including Deepak Chopra and Mo Gawdat.
Inspired by insights into the human experience, Anahita is committed to a path of self-inquiry, examining the nature of mind and reality by applying analytic insight and direct embodied experience.
Anahita’s coaching and leadership development style addresses issues on a causal level. It aims to disrupt habitual patterns of behavior by challenging perception and self-reinforcing systems of belief that lock us into cycles of dissatisfaction. Working closely with clients, Anahita makes it easy to dismantle obstacles in the way of happiness by applying critical inquiry into the nature of phenomena, accompanied by mental training to foster bottom-up transformation.
Echoing the words of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Anahita believes that happiness is our primary responsibility. We are "social animals", constantly in relationship within a complex, intricately interwoven and deeply interdependent web of life. Anahita believes that the cultivation of pro-social emotions and wholesome mental states will play a fundamental role in ensuring the continuation of life on the planet.
Prior to Neural Beings, Anahita worked in media and journalism for European news agencies, producing macro-economic country reports for Forbes, the Washington Post and The Times. She lived and work in Croatia, Botswana, Indonesia and the UAE, interviewing senior political and business leaders, gaining insight into their mindsets and 7 years later, using those insights to launch Neural Beings.
Anahita’s favorite mode of creative expression is dance. She is trained in Persian Sufi dance and other ethnic and contemporary styles, and performs on special occasions. She also practices martial arts and loves to create puppet shows using random and funny-looking objects in her free time.