Fellows & Associates

Aileen Pypers

Veterinary

Fellow

Aileen worked as a state veterinarian for seven years before pursuing a career in behaviour medicine. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education and is currently enrolled in a Masters in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law at the University of Edinburgh. She currently runs her veterinary behaviour consultancy in the Western Cape and is a member of the South African Veterinary Association’s Animal Ethics and Welfare Committee.

Amy Chu

Plant-Based Industry

Senior Fellow

Amy majored in Actuarial Science at the University of KZN. She worked at Unilever as a Brand Development Manager for 7 years before joining The Fry Family Food Co. in 2012 where she found her purpose in life and is currently heading up the marketing department. Amy is also a commissioner at the Tzu Chi Foundation, a global humanitarian organisation dedicated to uplifting and developing youths in rural communities.

Amy P. Wilson

Animal Law

Associate

Amy is an attorney and holds a master’s degree in Animal Law. She is co-founder and director of South Africa’s first animal law non-profit organisation, Animal Law Reform South Africa, and is currently working as a fellow at the Aquatic Animal Initiative and with the Animal Law Clinic at the Center for Animal Law Studies (Portland, Oregon). She has extensive legal experience throughout Africa and the USA and is particularly passionate about education and research.

Andrew Rowan, PhD

Senior

Fellow

Andrew is the President and Chief Program Officer for WellBeing International (Potomac, Maryland). Before WellBeing International, he was the Chief Scientific Officer of the Humane Society of the United States and CEO of Humane Society International. In 1995, Andrew founded the Tufts University Center for Animals and Public Policy where he started the first graduate degree program in animal policy. Dr Rowan has authored many books on animals research, and was recognised for his advancement of alternatives to animal testing when he received the Russell and Burch award in 1996.

Angelique Lazarus

Wild Animals

Associate

Angelique has spent the greater part of the last 10 years working towards different environmental
causes, for a range of different organisations, based in urban and rural areas. She holds a Masters
degree in Terrestrial Biology, focused on Restoration Ecology. After several years of various research roles and a short stint as a consultant, Angelique realised that her interests had shifted from research and environmental management to understanding the mechanisms of conservation
management in Southern Africa. Angelique is currently contributing to wildlife conservation by monitoring some of Africa’s most majestic yet threatened species in Zululand.

Axel Lieber

Markets and Society

Associate

Axel studied Political Science and Japanese Studies at the University of Bonn, where he also helped publish one of Germany’s first libertarian student magazine in the post-war period. In 1999, Axel relocated to Tokyo to pursue a career in executive search and has been working as an independent search consultant since 2001. In 2011, he got involved in animal rescue in the 20km exclusion zone around the troubled Fukushima reactors, an experience that resulted in him adopting a vegan lifestyle.

Claire Yip

Cellular Agriculture

Associate

Claire is a Senior Associate at Strategy& (PwC), a global strategy consulting firm. She is a Research Fellow with the Good Food Institute, where she is assessing the feasibility of growth factor manufacturing for cultivated meat, and she is volunteering with 50by40, where she is mapping meat reduction corporate engagement. Claire also co-founded Cellular Agriculture UK to help strengthen the cell agriculture ecosystem in the UK.

Daniel Issing

Economics

Associate

Daniel studied mathematical physics in Heidelberg, Ottawa and Munich. During his studies, he got involved with multiple classically liberal organisations and spent many years — first as a volunteer, later as a program manager — to help spread the message of individual freedom, rule of law and limited government. Originally from Germany, he now works as a data scientist at an Insurtech start-up in Paris. When he's not crunching data, chances are that he's writing, running or playing the guitar.

Gabriele James

Animal Ethics

Associate

Gabriele is an MA graduate of the UCT philosophy department, where she specialised in research on animal ethics and political philosophy. Since 2016, she has worked as a lecturer in business ethics and co-owns a small, artisanal vegan bakery called Rumsy’s Noose.

Jayson Van Der Walt

Complementary Technologies

Associate

Jayson holds a Masters Degree in Metaphysical Science from the University of Metaphysics, Sedona, Arizona, and has a professional background in Supply Chain Optimization, Project Management, and Business Analysis. He is passionate about ending factory farming, and is currently assisting startups and NPO’s in the Alternative Protein space with particular focus on community building, research, and the intersection of technology, blockchain, social impact, and crowdfunding.

Jean-Pierre Roux

Wildlife Criminology

Associate

Jean-Pierre Roux is a plant-based criminologist, entrepreneur, and activist. He has worked in academia as a senior researcher, a truth verification specialist in private security, a security risk analyst in hospitality, and an investigative researcher in wild animal protection. In between investigations he writes about animal rights issues, reads up on bioethics and evolutionary psychologies, and socialises feral cats.

Kaspar Paur

Corporate & Strategic

Advisor

Kaspar holds a Master’s in Communication and Marketing from the Universita della Svizzera italiana and a Bachelor’s in International Relations from the University of Geneva. He is currently working as a Strategic Management Consultant and has spent most of his career leading and advising SMEs, MNCs, NGOs as well as local start-ups. He is passionate about Veganism, spirituality, minimalism and exploring new and improved models and systems for humans.

Kirtanya Lutchminarayan

Marine Life

Associate

Kirtanya holds a Master’s degree in Biological Science, with a focus on Marine Biology. She is a Conservation Project Officer at WWF South Africa working in science communication, consumer awareness and behaviour change. Kirtanya was on the Animal Ethics Research Committee at the University of Cape Town and is a Board Director of the Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute.

Luke Muller

Economics

Associate

Luke is an economist and lecturer, with a focus on macroeconomics, behavioural economics and nature conservation. He has completed a Master’s degree in economics, a two-year internship at the Human Sciences Research Council, and has worked on a variety of economic development projects within Southern Africa. When not trying to create open and transparent markets, Luke can be found hiking, running, or swimming in South Africa's outdoor playground.

Misha Dhupelia

Plant-Based Industry

Fellow

Misha holds an Honours Degree in Media and Communication as well as a Master's in Innovation Studies, where her dissertation focused on plant-based food innovation and the link to ecological sustainability. She's worked predominantly in the radio industry, heading up creative commercial content for the likes of 5FM and 947. In 2014, Misha launched a vegan restaurant, Conscious 108, which she operated for two years to show the ease with which one can adopt a vegan lifestyle.

Rushikesh Alur

Senior

Associate

Rushikesh is an investments, renewables and technology specialist with a deep interest in animal welfare and environmental protection. He completed his Master’s in Finance from the University of Cape Town in 2016 and is currently pursuing a PhD at the same institution. Rushikesh aims to help others realise their potential and attain excellence while promoting a non-exploitative and progressive ethical approach that allows one to do good while feeling good too.

Shreshtha Jain

Strategy

Associate

Shreshtha worked as a tech consultant and project manager before transitioning to formal business education. He is pursuing an MBA from the University of New South Wales in Sydney and a MAM from Yale University. Shreshtha has been devoted to animal rights from his childhood and has worked with non-profit, political parties, alternate protein companies and grassroots groups in Africa, Asia, Australia and North America to achieve that.

Tobias Leenaert

Senior

Fellow

Tobias is the author of How to Create a Vegan World: a Pragmatic Approach and blogs at The Vegan Strategist. He is a longtime speaker and strategist, and together with Melanie Joy, gives vegan advocacy trainings all over the world for the Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy (CEVA). He is also co-founder of ProVeg, an international pro-vegan organization with the mission to reduce the global consumption of animals by 50% by the year 2040. A vegan for over twenty years, Tobias lives in Belgium, with his partner, two dogs, five cats and many rescued chickens and rabbits.

Vicky Bond

Farmed Animal

Senior Fellow

Vicky is the Managing Director of The Humane League UK, an organisation working to end the abuse of animals raised for food. Vicky graduated with distinction in Veterinary Science from Liverpool University and holds a Master’s in Environment Development and Policy from Sussex University. Through her work, she has persuaded producers on farms and major companies to eradicate the worst forms of farm animal cruelty.

Yusuf Mahmood

Economics & Philosophy

Associate

Yusuf holds degrees in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is currently serving as an associate at Students for Liberty, an organisation that advances human freedom. He has participated in campaigns aimed at promoting animal welfare, free markets and individual liberty, experiences that have led to a deep interest in the intersection between Economics and Animal Rights. He believes that ending factory farming requires an appreciation for the workings of markets and enterprise.

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