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.