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)  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.


manish shah

Executive Chairman / Kingsway Group of Companies Limited

 The Kingsway Group of Companies started operations in 1957 with a single company dealing in the sale of tyres. 55 years later, the Group comprises of 38 associated companies with an overall annual turnover in excess of US$ 200 Million. Kingsway Group of Companies activities cover a wide and diverse range of sectors among the group of companies are:

  1. Kingsway Tyres Limited: Sale of new imported tyres and accessories and retreading of tyres.
  2. The Village Market: The most modern shopping and recreation center in the heart of the city neighboring the American Embassy, Canadian High Commission, UN Headquarters. Won the best design award.
  3. Technomart Ltd: Private and Government Tenders
  4. E-Biashara: IT Solutions & Communication
  5. Aurical Kenya Ltd: Mining
  6. Creative Innovations Ltd: Electrical Lightings and Fittings, Furniture & Supplies to Supermarkets
  7. Fuchs Oils and Lubricants
  8. Real Estates: Substantial investment has been made in both residential and Commercial Properties throughout Kenya.
  9. Tribe Hotel: Boutique hotel and hospitality group
  10. TradeMark Hotel – Village Market
  11. Westend Hotel and serviced Apartments

A graduate with honor’s in BA Economics at, Southgate Technical College – London, MBA at Harvard University in Leadership Programme, Change Management at Cape town University S.A, Boston – MBA Technology In Business, Cape Town University – S.Africa – Sales and Marketing through Technology.

A friend and Member of Wildlife Society of Kenya, A Member of the globally reputed YPO/WPO, Past Chairman of the Tae Kwando Association of Kenya, Past Vice Chairman, Kenya National Football Team, Director World Youth Peace Summit in Kenya Chairman, Mata Amritanandnayi Social Organization (The Hugging Saint) www.amma.org which runs an orphanage with 108 children presently, an active golfer and sports fun.


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) Rena Thomas


Rena Thomas is the blockchain engineer and smart-contract developer at VeganNation. A former JP Morgan Chase professional, Rena quit the banking industry to work alongside her vegan brother, Isaac (founder and CEO of VeganNation), to bring about disruptive change to the financial and agriculture industries. Rena studied mathematics, physics, and computer science in New York and Israel and she is taking her passion for science and technology to transform the way people think about money, consumerism, and consciousness. Rena also has a deep connection to Kenya, as her professional running career brought her in touch with incredible Kenyan elite runners, including her first and only love of four years. Getting to know Kenya has also made the issue of veganism ever more pressing to her after seeing the fragility of the natural reserves and its inhabitants.  ”

10) Emmanuel Eyoh (IVU Africa Regional Representative) 


Emmanuel Eyoh is the founder & president of the Nigeria Vegetarian Society.

He had organised the 1st ever Vegetarian congress in Africa in 2007 .Since then he has organised several vegetarian festivals in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Togo, Cameroon etc .He runs a Vegetarian Charity initiative in Nigeria known as SEVAOUTREACH which serves free vegan meals to hungry & homeless persons in Nigeria .He is also the Africa Rep of Food For Life Global-which is the largest vegetarian charity in the world. In 2014 , he began the Meatless Monday campaigns in Nigeria & today we have expanded the Meatless Monday campaigns to over 10 countries in Africa. He is the Executive Director of the Nigeria SPCA & the World Animal Day Ambassador for Nigeria. One of his major project is the streets dogs vaccination campaigns.-which has vaccinated thousands of street dogs against rabies and other animals related diseases in Nigeria. He is widely travelled and has attended   & spoken   at vegetarian & animal welfare conferences in 4 continents..