Anahita Moghaddam is the founder of Neural Beings, and a coach and speaker who’s 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, philosophy, neuroscience and biology.
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.
Anahita was born in Tehran, raised in Hamburg and attended university in London. She has worked in media and journalism for European news agencies, and produced macro-economic country reports for Forbes, the Washington Post and The Times. She has lived and worked in Croatia, Botswana, Indonesia and the Arab Emirates, interviewing senior political and business leaders, while gaining insight into the mindsets of a wide array of individuals.
Anahita’s clients include executives, entrepreneurs, UN staff, diplomats, as well as leaders in hospitality, design, technology and social innovation. She has facilitated workshops on the Neuroscience of Mindfulness at the 2014 Feast Conference for Social Good, featured on Entrepreneur.com, and led a Masterclass at the 2015 Social Media Week NY, featured on HuffPost Live. Anahita has led workshops at The Harvard Business School Club NY, Soho House NY, Aman Resorts, World Happiness Summit, The Assemblage Nomad, The 88, Hackster, The Lowell Hotel, Civic Hall and more.
Anahita holds a BA in Marketing and Advertising, from the London College of Communication and an MA in Social Anthropology, from the School of Oriental and African Studies London. She is further training in Contemplative Psychotherapy at the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science in New York, under the guidance of Dr. Miles Neale and Dr. Joe Loizzo.
Anahita has been a student of meditation, yoga and philosophy in the Indo-Tibetan tradition for over a decade.
She is also a dancer, trained in modern, Latin, African and Persian Sufi whirling.