Hotpoint Appliances

Silver sponsor: 

LogoHotpoint Appliances Limited was founded in 1984 on the philosophy of Customer Value and Service. Our current mission is to enhance the lifestyle of our customers based on values of Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork, Empowerment and Growth. We are importers, distributors and retailers of some well -known global brands such as Samsung, Bosch, LG, Ariston, Whirlpool, Simfer, Kenwood, DeLonghi, Braun, Nutribullet and our own brand VON. We offer a wide array of product range such as Refrigerators, Cookers, Televisions, Built-In Appliances, Air-Conditioners, Freezers, Water dispensers and small appliances to mention a few. All the products vary in terms of features and prices to suit the diverse consumer needs. These products are available at any of the 5 state of the art showrooms located in key locations: Nairobi – Sarit Centre, Village Market and Garden city, Mombasa – Likoni, Nyali and our Online secure platform Our three service centres (2 in Nairobi and 1 in Mombasa) provide customers with unparalleled after sales service. We are also proud to be an ISO and AEO certified company now located in Ruiru with our state of the art warehouse, service centre and Head Quarters all under one roof to maximize on our synergy.

Speakers on 2nd day

Speakers on 24th Nov – Conference 

1) Virginia Nyaga (coach Vie)


Virginia Nyaga – The Happiness Alchemist – is a Certified Success Coach and Pranic Healer. She specializes in Wellness Coaching. Wellness encompasses 6 areas of life – Health, Business / Career, Relationships, Finances, Emotions and Spirituality. She coaches her clients to make positive changes in these areas of their lives through detoxing / cleansing through juicing programs, bespoke coaching programs, cooking classes and pranic healing (an energy healing modality) with the intension of getting you to your True happiness.

Virginia is also a media personality, appearing on K24’s Alfajiri Show where she demonstrates how to prepare vegan dishes and educates on the value of adopting a more plant based diet especially when one is dealing with a Lifestyle / Chronic disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, etc. She has also appeared on KTN’s Life and Style Show, KBC’s Good Morning Kenya and also has a YouTube Channel.

Virginia is the founder of Newrishment, Co-founder of The Back To Nature Movement and Co-founder of Weza Capital (A Business Growth Incubator).

Virginia’s mission in life is “To Heal the World One Person at a Time”.


Facebook: newrishmentcoach / Twitter: newrishmentkoch /  Instagram: coachvie / Youtube: Virginia Nyaga

2) Taruri Gatere

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Tarurî Gatere began her vegan journey in 2011 while she was studying a short fashion course in Florence, Italy. She stumbled upon the PETA website and found a 2 week vegan challenge which left her feeling healthier than ever before. Upon returning to Kenya later on that year, she struggled to remain vegan and found herself going back to animal products but she never forgot how good she felt on a vegan diet. In 2013 she went back on her vegan journey and with new determination to stay the course she began a blog called The Kenyan Vegan where she shared her trials and explorations in the kitchen. She was committed to keeping her vegan diet as fun, delicious and interesting as possible. In 2017 she changed The Kenyan Vegan to Freegan Soul and began to hold cookouts selling vegan food and in 2018 she began to do some small scale catering.

Tarurî Gatere is also a practicing Life Coach and occasional designer.

3) Khilan shah (Bhakti Marga Kenya)

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Madhusudanadas (Khilan Shah) is a devotee, husband, father, working professional and also the current Rotary Kenya Country Chair. He was initiated as an Atma Kriya Yoga teacher for Kenya, in 2014, by his Satguru Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda – an enlightened spiritual Master, a Kriya yoga Master and the founder of Bhakti Marga Kenya. With the continuous practice of Atma Kriya Yoga over many years, he has and continues to experience profound and positive inner transformations, something he really wants everyone to discover within themselves, ultimately leading to a  living experience of unconditional Love in our daily living. He teaches Atma Kriya Yoga, Mudras, Simply Meditation, Project Mantra, and conducts Om Chanting circles and related practices during his spare time on the weekends and evenings.

4) Ady Namaran Coulibaly (Côte d’Ivoire)

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Ady Namaran Coulibaly is the editor of Health Africa Magazine (a bilingual plant-based diet and environment magazine) and the Executive Director of Ghana Humane Society, an animal-welfare and environment NGO. She is also an interpreter and translator. She has been leading the Meatless Monday campaign in Ghana and carries out vegan advocacy. Her aspiration is to see veganism becoming the norm in all corners of Africa.

She will be speaking on ‘One health, one welfare’. This topic essentially aims to shed light on the relationship between the health of the planet and that of humans and animals, focusing on the role of alternative food systems.

5) Cynthia Schuck

Mini-Bio: Cynthia has a PhD from Oxford University in Animal Cognition/Evolutionary Biology and two postdocs: one at Oxford, and another on the evolution of advanced cognition and the conditions for its emergence. She was the co-founder and scientific director (2005–2017) of a consulting company in the field of global health, sustainability, and data analysis in the life sciences. Since 2015, she is the scientific coordinator, and coordinator of the environment Department, of the Brazilian Vegetarian Society. She is also a council member at the International Vegetarian Union.

Talk: The global impact of animal agriculture

6) WANJIRU MAHIHU (Topic: How to grow organic produce and the business) 

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She is currently the Marketing Director of Baraka Roses. They grow Roses for Export to mainly Europe, Asia and Middle East. Previously she has worked in Liaison Insurance Group, Bahari Beach Hotel, SDV Transami and Mitchell Cotts Freight Limited.  She has gained over 20 years experience in Marketing and logistics.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Business Administration and French from Franklin College, Switzerland.

She is also a Board member of Bahari Beach hotel, Thiomi Group and  FC Talanta, a youth  talent development program supported by Unicef, CCK and Ministry of youth affairs and sports.

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Lilian holds a BA in Economics and Sociology, a Masters in Finance and is in the process of completing a Masters in Entrepreneurship. She also holds a Diploma in Marketing and Cosmetology from Chicago. Lilian is passionate about healthy living and changing lives through that.

An accomplished professional with business acumen and over 7 years expertise in creative marketing, sales, financial services and new business development. Lilian has demonstrated excellence and passion in market development. Now a certified organic farmer and a holder of a certificate course in sustainable organic production, she has served on a volunteer basis as the chairperson of the Organic farmers group and the organic farmers committee, a community based organization comprising of farmers who are spread across Kenya. In this capacity, she pursued opportunities for establishing organic markets for farmers, has organized sessions for training and access to information that directly impacts the farmers ability to improve their quality of life. She has been instrumental in establishing a weekly organic farmers market in Karen, Nairobi.

 She then launched Organic Foods; a leading producer and marketer of organic produce.

Two years later, Organic Foods had a fully fledged organic section at Nakumatt Westgate Even though she relinquished her position as chair of the organic farmers group as a result of more responsibilities at Organic Foods, she continues to be actively involved in marketing organic produce in the region.

Organic Foods has networked with Danish and Swedish organic organizations as well as other interested sponsors of the organic sector in Kenya. This collaboration has provided inroads for further partnerships with other stake holders in the region especially Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. She is also involved in strategic local and regional marketing teams and its initiatives for growing the industry.

Lillian’s passion for a healthy lifestyle continues to be a major driving force for Organic Foods. She possesses great leadership qualities; she is passionate about her team continuously challenging and testing their skills to conjure new ideas and implement working business systems.


P.O Box 59472,00200 +254 720 323 217


Mary Muthoni Muriuki is the 1st Female Director (Women & Gender) at the Kenya National Chambers of Commerce & Industry (KNCCI) and the Founding & Executive Director of St-Petroc Premier School and Chairs its Board. She serves as the Chairperson Women In Business Kenya and Champions trade & gender inclusion in the private sector and public sector through establishment of WomenIn Business Kenya (KNCCI-WIB).

Her contributions have received recognition from the Kenya Council of Governors making her the holder of the 2017 Devolution Warrior Award, due to her role in Promoting WomenEmpowerment in Delivery of Public Service particularly in championing women’s access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO).

Mary is the founder of the Women in Business Magazine, and the 1st ever Women in Business Awards Kenya. She is currently working on a project; WOMEN IN BUSINESS MASHINANI (Grassroots). She sits in the Tobacco Control Board of Kenya and is a director in the African Women in Business Alliance. She was noted to be among the 6 most influential women in Kenya for 2017. Current holder of the Africa Business leaders award in regards to gender.

Mary has also engaged in high level trade dialogues in various Global, National and County Level forums on topics touching on Women in Trade and leadership in business such as EMPRETEC, International Trade Centre, Barclays partnership launch #SheTrades and other BMO workshops. She advocates for Women inclusivity in Trade during High level Trade Expert & Stakeholder meetings such as UNCTADS Expert Meeting on Gender and Trade in Geneva, Switzerland, Inclusive trade and digital economy, TICAD and HLM2. She represented the country in IORA Workshop in April 2018 to Strengthen Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Indian Ocean – Preparations for the Ministerial Conference and Working Group.Further, Mary has headed the British Council Program for Schools and appointed to represent the Sub Saharan countries together with the lead Kenyan Music group; Sauti Sol in London (Corn Wall). She sits in a number of National Boards and holds a Bachelor of Education from Catholic University and completed her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Management and Marketing.

Mary is married with four children. The family is an integral institution and has been her anchor in all she does.

9) Victor Sjodin


Victor Sjodin is the Vice President of College Outreach and International Expansion at the NGO Vegan Outreach, which reaches several million students with the vegan message each year through grassroots activism.  Victor has promoted veganism at over 700 universities and in done activism in 17 countries.  He aspires to collaborate with local activists to start more systematic sharing of the veg message with college students in Kenya.  Victor will speak about why and how Vegan Outreach strategically reaches students with the vegan message and relate some tactics he uses when discussing the issue with people around the globe.  You can find out more about the work of Vegan Outreach at

Vice President of College Outreach and International Expansion




Speakers on 1st day

Speakers on 23rd Nov – Opening ceremony: 

  1. Marley Winckler:

Marly Winckler is a sociologist and translator. She is the translator of more than 60 books including Animal Liberation by Peter Singer and Becoming Vegetarian by Vesanto Melina and Brenda Davis. Vegetarian since 1983 she created “Sitio Vegetariano”–the first webpage on vegetarianism in Portuguese–and also the first discussion lists on vegetarianism in Portuguese and Spanish: veg-brasil and veg-latina (now ivu-latina). Latin American and Caribbean Coordinator of the International Vegetarian Union from 2000 to 2013. President and founder of the Brazilian Vegetarian Society (2003-2015). IVU chair 2012-2015 and present IVU chair. She lives in Florianopolis, the beautiful Island which hosted the 36th IVU World Vegetarian Congress in 2004, organized by her.

Amazon Rainforest Destruction and Cattle Rearing

About 20% of the Amazon Rainforest was already destroyed. 80% of the already destroyed area is used by cattle rearing and soy (to feed animals for food). Some 6,000 km2 (about 1/5 of the territory of Belgium or about 1/12 times the size of UAE) are fired every year. The emissions coming from fire and cattle rearing in this region are more important than all emissions coming from big cities and transportation. Among other problems we are losing our big biodiversity (1/3 of world species) without even knowing it all. To mitigate the environmental and social impacts on Amazon Forest we need necessarily to tackle meat consumption issue.

2) Carlos Naconecy:

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Carlos Naconecy, PhD, is a Brazilian animal ethics philosopher, independent scholar and author. Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. Consultant Editor of the Journal of Animal Ethics. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge. His publications include a book (in Portuguese) titled Ethics & Animals.

Title of the talk:
Albert Schweitzer in Africa: the idea of Reverence for Life

3)  Sharad Rao:

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Sharad Rao is a Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn, London. He was called to the Bar on 16th June, 1959, and enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya on 1st July 1960.

He handled several high profile criminal and civil cases in Kenya and, Uganda where while in private practice in Kenya, he set up the first court martial in Uganda and prosecuted on behalf of the State Brigadier Opoloto the predecessor of General Amin.

He left private practice in 1970 to join the Attorney General’s office as Assistant DPP. In 1982 he was appointed the DPP and served on occasions as Attorney General.

In 1984 he was seconded to the Iran US Claims Tribunal at the Hague.

He returned to private practice on his return to Kenya in 1996, and in 2011 was appointed Chairman of the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board.

He is a keen sportsman and sports administrator and has served on several local and international federations including the National Olympic Committee of Kenya, as President of Kenya Lawn Tennis Association and Kenya Badminton Federation, as Hon. Legal Adviser and now Honorary Life Vice President of Commonwealth Games Federation, member of the Ethics and Conduct committee of the International Cricket Council and was a member of a three members tribunal which suspended three Pakistan test cricketers for spot fixing, member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport since its inception in 1984, and was on the panel of judges at the Olympic Games at Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.

He is also involved in several social and welfare organisations in Kenya including as Chair of Muthaiga Residents Association and Vice Chair of Friends of Karura Association. He is member of the Board of the State Bank of Mauritius (Kenya).

He is the author of ‘Indian Dukawallas – their contribution to the political, and economic development of Kenya and has given several talks on the subject including also in the House of Lords.

In 2016 he was awarded the prestigious Presidential award of ‘Elder of the Burning Spear – EBS, for outstanding and distinguished services to the nation’.

4) Nitin Mehta: 

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Nitin Mehta was born in Kisumu, Kenya. He has lived in the UK for many years.  He is a dedicated professional with an excellent reputation in organising cultural events. He is a passionate and a renowned speaker on India’s spiritual heritage as well as vegetarianism and veganism. He is also an active campaigner for animal rights. He was instrumental in setting up the first vegetarian society in Kenya, Mauritius, New Delhi, Paris, Lisbon and in the states of Punjab and Andhra Pradesh, India. Apart from English he speaks fluent Swahili, Hindi, Gujarati and Punjabi. Nitin holds a degree in Sociology from Goldsmiths college, University of London and is the owner of an Auto Parts business.

  • 1999: MBE in Queens’s birthday honour’s list.
  • 2002: Award from Ken Livingston (Mayor
    for London) for making a significant contribution to London.
  • 2006: Received ‘Sanskar Garima’ award for services to Gujarati language and Vegetarianism from Gujarat Samachar and Asian Voice publications.
  • 2008: Presented with the, ‘Glory of India’ by India
    International Friendship Society for promoting Indian Culture in the UK.
  • 2011: Received Ahimsa award from the Institute of Jainology, UK.
  • 2012: Award for being a volunteer for the Night Watch Charity which provides food for the homeless in Croydon every night.
  • Future in our Hands
  • A request to the people of India from the vegetarians of the world.
  • Benefits of Vegetarianism to Africa
  • Sunil’s Kenyan Days’
  • Easy Gujarati
  • India a civilisation the world fails to recognise


5) Darshan Chanderia


Darshan Chandaria is the Group CEO and a Director of Chandaria Group. He holds an undergraduate Business Management degree from Cardiff University and is a 2017 fellow of the Senior Executive Program from Harvard Business School.

Darshan has built Chandaria Industries into the largest Tissue & Hygiene products manufacturer in East & Central Africa and one of the leading companies in Africa. He founded Chandaria Properties, a global real estate business in 2016 and Chandaria Capital an African Venture Capital Fund in 2017.

Darshan has an impressive list of Kenyan, African and International awards and recognitions. To highlight just a few;

  • He was awarded Young Business Leader of the Year 2016 for EAST AFRICA & ALL OF AFRICA Business Leaders Awards by CNBC & Forbes Africa, the most prestigious recognition in Africa.
  • He is also the Country Winner (Kenya) and Regional Winner (East Africa) in the Manufacturing & Engineering sector at the CEO Global Titans 2017 Awards for the Most Influential Leaders in Africa.
  • He has been listed in the Business Daily’s Top 40 Under 40 Men’s list for 3 consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016).
  • Darshan has been invited by Sony Entertainment International and KCB Bank for 3 consecutive years (2016, 2017 & 2018), to be a Lion in the Lions’ Den business show in Kenya (which is Kenya’s equivalent of Dragons’ Den/Shark Tank).
  • Appointed to the United Nations Youth Association Advisory Board in 2017 for business leadership and youth development excellence.

Fees and Bank details

International delegate for both the days: 

Paypal transfer: 

you may send us the payment to

The fees includes conference entry, dinner on 23rd. Lunch, evening tea and dinner on 24th. at the venue.

Fees: USD 100/-

Bank Transfer: 

Account name: Shrivedant Foundation,
Bank name: Bank of Baroda,
Branch: Kisumu Branch,
Account no : 95850100005071
Swift code : BARBKENAXXX
Address: PO Box 996, Kisumu, Kenya. 40100.


Kenyan delegates for the conference day on 24th nov 2018 / 10 am to 6 pm:

If you wish to attend the conference, you may send us your form and fees to Jyoti on +254787999905 through Airtel money or send her personally.

The fees includes entry to the conference on 24th at the venue. Lunch, evening tea and Dinner. The exhibition is free to all.

Fees: KSH 500/-

Exhibitors on 24th Nov 2018 / 10 am to 6 pm: 

If you wish to exhibit any vegan products, leather substitute, any spiritual cult, organic produce, vegan cheese, meat substitute etc. you may put up a stall in exhibition.

Fees: KSH 2000/-

You may fill up the form online and send the payment to Jyoti in the above number.

Program Details

The event details are as follows:

23rd Nov. 2018. 

5.00 pm: Press conference by Nitin Bhai Mehta

7.00 pm: opening ceremony with Kenyan anthem, Diya Lighting

7.05 pm: Local dance

7.13 pm: introductory speech by MC

7.15 pm: Speech by IVU chair – Marley

7.20 pm: speech by KVC – Vaishali

7.25 pm: speaker …..

7.30 pm: speech by chief guest –

7.35 pm: speaker – Mainsh Shah

7.40 pm: speaker – Sharad Rao

7.45 pm: Indian Dance

7.55 pm: speaker – Darshan Chanderia

8.00 pm: speaker – Emmanuel Eohy

8.10 pm: Speaker –

8.20 pm: speaker –

8.30 pm: entertainment program

9.00 pm: dinner

24th Nov: List of event during the conference:

10 am: Opening ceremony of the conference, MC will state the purpose and what people will get out of it.

10.15: Nitin Bhai Mehta

10.30: speaker – Sheila – performing yoga for different purposes

10.45: Speaker –

11.00: demonstration of yoga by Africa yoga centre

11.30: speaker – Vedanti Ben – brahma kumari

12.00: speaker – Khilan shah – bhakti marg

12.30: speaker – Rukma prabhuji – iskon

1.00: lunch

2.00: demonstration by chef – Coach Vie (non cooking)

2.30: demo by chef – katya – European food with desert

3.00: Demo by Darshana – Jain vegan food

3.30: Demo by Chetna ben – Indian vegan food

4.00: speaker – Ady Namaran Coulibaly

4.15: speaker – David Kedode – TNR animal rights

4.30 speaker – Marley

5.00 speaker – Cynthia

5:30: closing remarks by MC

6.00: break

7.00: closing ceremony – MC’s remark, vote of thanks, presentation by IVU, announce the winner of essay competition and science exhibition

8.30: Dinner

Exhibition on 24th Nov. 2018 

The exhibition is free to all visitors. Following people and organisation will participate in the same.

  • School children with science presentation
  • organic farmers
  • religious centres
  • vegan products
  • leather free products
  • meat substitutes
  • Sponsors

Vendors for the stalls: 

If you sell vegan / vegetarian food, leather substitute products, meat substitute products, organic produce, vegan cheese or any such products; you are welcome to join us in the exhibition. The stall is costing only KSH 2000/- for one day which includes meal for two people of each stall.

You may call Priti Shah on +254 714222156.