Vegan Leaders You Should Know
Author, researcher, lecturer
Sebastian is the director of social media for Peace Advocacy Network, he sits on the Advisory Council for Encompass, he is senior editor at Vine Sanctuary Press, he is co-founder of VGN, and he lectures at Columbia University in the Department of Social Work for the graduate course POP: Power, Oppression, and Privilege. He primarily focuses on animal violence and how it influences anti-black racism, queer antagonism and class discrimination throughout the global west. His work has appeared in the anthology Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice edited by Dr. Will Tuttle and Dr. Breeze Harper’s Sistah Vegan Project, among others.
Theorist and indie digital media producer
Aph Ko is the founder of Black Vegans Rock, a website that showcases everyday Black vegans in various fields. By spotlighting Black vegans, the website pushes back against the exclusion and erasure Black activists often face in vegan communities and other activist spaces.
Aph is also a founding collective member of the North American Association for Critical Animal Studies, a biennial conference for anti-speciesist research in human-animal relations.
DEXTER SCOTT KING
Civil rights activist
Dexter Scott King is the second son of Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Serving as Chairman of The King Center in Atlanta, Ga., he carries forward the legacy of civil rights with his own unique commitment to civil rights and the practice of nonviolence in daily life. Dexter King turned to veganism in the late 80’s when his friend, Dick Gregory, shared the intersections between the civil rights and animal rights movements and the ongoing fight to end oppression for all. Later, his mother Coretta Scott King became vegan as well, and she believed that the animal rights movement is the next “logical extension” of the practice of nonviolence.
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.
Physician, Public Health Expert, Author, Advocate for Justice
Dr. Akhtar is a double Board-certified neurologist and preventive medicine/public health specialist and is on a mission! She is demonstrating how there is a mutual benefit to both humans and animals when animals are protected.
Dr. Akhtar is the President and CEO of the Center for Contemporary Sciences, which is catalyzing the replacement of unreliable animal testing with more effective human-specific research techniques.
For a decade, Aysha was a Medical Officer at the Food and Drug Administration, most recently in the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats, implementing studies on vaccine effectiveness and safety and using her Top Secret Security clearance to develop national preparedness strategies for public health threats. She is published in peer-reviewed journals including Lancet, Pediatrics, Journal of Public Health Policy and Reviews in the Neurosciences.
Aysha is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. She is the author of the two books, Our Symphony With Animals. On Health, Empathy and Our Shared Destinies and Animals and Public Health, which argues for the need for health institutions to include animals as part of the “public” in public health. Aysha is a TEDx speaker.
Chef, health foodie, fitness enthusiast and animal lover.
A vegan blogger, Neda is Egyptian, born and raised in the island Kingdom of Bahrain, and currently lives and works in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She spent her university years in the UK between Nottingham and London which is where her life-changing foray into veganism and her vegan food blog actually started.
Religious scholar and vegan advocate
Asa is the author of Velifnei Iver HaShalem, in which he states that eating meat and animal byproducts is no longer permitted according to Jewish sources, because of the cruelty inflicted on animals by the modern mass production of meat, dairy and eggs. The book is distributed to tens of thousands of yeshiva students throughout Israel annually. Learn more here
WILL TUTTLE PHD
Author, vegan advocate
Dr. Will Tuttle is an award-winning speaker, educator, author, and musician.
His music, writings, and presentations focus on compassion, intuition, meditation, social justice, and creativity.
Creator of the best-selling book, The World Peace Diet, as well as over a dozen other books and CDs, Dr. Tuttle presents regularly at conferences, retreats, and events throughout North America and worldwide. A former Zen monk with a Ph.D. in education from U.C., Berkeley, he has worked extensively exploring and promoting intuition development, nonviolent living, meditation, healing music, creativity, holistic health, animal liberation, and cultural evolution.