Dr Robert Biswas-Diener is a leading authority on positive psychology coaching and is widely recognized as a pioneering voice in this field. He is both a published academic researcher and a practicing International Coach Federation certified coach. Given that his research has led him to areas such as India, Greenland, Israel, Kenya and Spain he is well-placed to provide an informed international perspective on the origins and growth of evidence-based coaching as an applied positive psychology. Robert is also passionate about using positive psychology and coaching as a platform for facilitating social change. As he is based in the USA he is in a strong position to discuss the current state of evidence-based approaches to coaching in the USA and, by reference to the Australian and European experiences, present ideas for the further development of evidence-based approaches to coaching in the USA and within the Positive Psychology movement. In the context of the turbulent state of American and global politics, Robert will also discuss how coaching methodologies are vital if positive psychology is to further contribute to positive personal, social and political change.