Speakers

Nick Cooney

cooneyNick Cooney is Vice President of Mercy For Animals, an international farm animal protection organization, as well as founder and Board Chair of The Humane League, Board Chair of The Good Food Institute, and Managing Trustee at New Crop Capital.

He is also the author of three books on carrying out charity effectively: How To Be Great At Doing Good: Why Results Are What Count and How Smart Charity Can Change The World; Change Of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change; and Veganomics: The Surprising Science on What Motivates Vegetarians, from the Breakfast Table to the Bedroom.

His work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, TIME magazine, and National Public Radio, and he has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe on how to carry out advocacy work effectively.


Stevan Harnad

harnadStevan Harnad, born in Budapest, Hungary, is currently Professor of Psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Southampton. Former Editor-in-Chief of the refereed journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences and current Editor-in-Chief of Animal Sentience launched in 2016 by the Institute of Science and Policy of The Humane Society of the United States, Stevan is External Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and was Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Science 2001-2015. His research is on categorization, communication, cognition, and consciousness. A vegan, Stevan is increasingly active in animal welfare, animal rights and animal law.


Melanie Joy

melanie joyMelanie Joy is a Harvard-educated psychologist, celebrated speaker, and author of the award-winning book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. Melanie is the eighth recipient of the Institute of Jainology’s Ahimsa Award, which was previously awarded to Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama. Her work has been featured by numerous national and international media outlets, including the BBC, ABC Australia, NPR, and the New York Times. Melanie has given her acclaimed carnism presentation on five continents, and the video of her recent TEDx talk on carnism is in the top 1% of the most-viewed TEDx talks of all time. She is also the founder and president of Beyond Carnism, and the author of Strategic Action for Animals.


Adriano Mannino

adrianoAdriano Mannino is a co-founder of Sentience Politics and the president of the Effective Altruism Foundation (EAF), Sentience Politics’ parent organisation. He’s a philosopher and writer, currently working on a book about Sentience Politics’ strategic approach to reducing the suffering of all sentient beings. His research interests include ethics, rationality theory, moral psychology and cause prioritization. Together with other researchers interested in these topic areas, he set up the Foundational Research Institute (FRI), which acts as EAF’s research division. Among other things, FRI is currently launching a research program in welfare biology, aiming to deepen our understanding of various strategies for reducing the vast suffering of wild animals in nature.


Jon Bockman

jon bockmanJon Bockman has held diverse leadership positions in nonprofit animal advocacy over the past decade. His career prior to Animal Charity Evaluators included serving as a Director at a shelter and wildlife rehabilitation center, as a humane investigator, and as a Founder of a 501c3 farm animal advocacy group. Accomplishments during these positions include releasing over 2,000 rehabilitated animals back into the wild, conducting investigations into dozens of cases of neglected animal care, leading hundreds of outreach events, and implementing international online campaigns to expose factory farm practices to over 25 million Mandarin, Hindi, and Russian-speaking Facebook users.


Gilonne d’Origny

gilonneGilonne d’Origny is Development Officer at New Harvest, the non-profit that catalyzes research to make animal products without animals to feed a growing population sustainably, safely, and affordably. Gilonne is a public international lawyer specialized in issues of sovereignty spanning from decolonization to climate change; she worked on sustainability and human rights issues in business, finance, and media. She has a BA (hons) from Brown University and an MA and LLM from SOAS, University of London.


Lewis Bollard

bollardLewis Bollard leads the Open Philanthropy Project’s strategy for Farm Animal Welfare. Prior to joining Open Philanthropy, he worked as Policy Advisor & International Liaison to the CEO at The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Prior to that, he was a litigation fellow at HSUS, a law student, and an associate consultant at Bain & Company. He has a B.A. from Harvard University in Social Studies and a JD from Yale Law School.


David Pearce

pearceDavid Pearce is author of The Hedonistic Imperative (1995), which calls for using biotechnology to abolish all forms of involuntary suffering throughout the living world. In 1998, he co-founded with Nick Bostrom the World Transhumanist Association (“H+”). Transhumanists believe in using technology to overcome our biological limitations – and eventually building a “Triple S” civilisation of superhappiness, superlongevity and superintelligence. David is a third-generation vegan/vegetarian.


Monica Miller

millerMonica Miller is the Staff Attorney and Legal Working Group Leader of the Nonhuman Rights Project, where she has served as its primary legal researcher and has helped draft memoranda and briefs for NhRP’s historic personhood cases. She also serves as Senior Counsel for the American Humanist Association, where she has litigated First Amendment cases in federal courts across the country and has filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court. Monica has appeared on Fox News and MSNBC, as well as local television stations and radio shows, and is regularly quoted by national and local media outlets throughout the country, including Fox News, Aljazeera, USA Today, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the National Law Journal, among many others. In connection with her work at the NhRP, Monica appeared in an HBO documentary, “Unlocking the Cage,” which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. She graduated cum laude from Vermont Law School in 2012 and from Columbia University in 2009 with a Masters in Public Administration.


Brian Kateman

Brian KatemanBrian Kateman is Co-Founder and President of the Reducetarian Foundation (RF), where he oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization. A TEDx speaker and leading expert on the food system and behavioral change, he has appeared in hundreds of media outlets including The Huffington Post, National Geographic, Los Angeles Times, Fox News and The Daily Mail. In addition to his work for RF, Brian is Innovation Manager at The Good Food Institute, where he focuses on supporting the work of early stage companies and expanding the pipeline of startups in the plant and cultured meat space. Brian received a Master of Arts in Conservation Biology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science from the Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York.


Tobias Leenaert

tobias lTobias Leenaert is the founder and CEO of the Belgian non-profit Ethical Vegetarian Alternative, which in 2005 was probably the first vegetarian organization in the world to receive structural support from its national government. In 2010, Tobias was elected as a Fellow of Ashoka, an international organization supporting high impact social entrepreneurs. Today, Tobias blogs at www.veganstrategist.org, is a regular speaker, and together with Melanie Joy he is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy.


Lucius Caviola

caviolaLucius Caviola is the Executive Director of the Effective Altruism Foundation. He studied psychology at the Universities of Basel and Oxford, and researches at the Department of Experimental Psychology and the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford University. His research focuses on questions at the intersection of cognitive psychology and moral philosophy.


Simon Knutsson

knutssonSimon Knutsson is a Researcher at the Foundational Research Institute. He has chaired the board of Animal Charity Evaluators and of the political party for animals in Sweden, spent several years at an investment company, and worked as a Research Analyst at GiveWell. He has studied philosophy at the Master’s level at New York University, and has an MSc in Economics with highest distinction from University of Gothenburg. His writings include the essay “How Good or Bad Is the Life of an Insect?”


Oscar Horta

13236066_10206023667410483_365788598_nOscar Horta is a member of Animal Ethics, an international organization aiming at spreading concern about speciesism and to provide resources to animal activists and to spread. Oscar also teaches moral and political philosophy at the University of Santiago de Compostela, and has been a visiting researcher at several other universities in the US, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Italy and Finland. He’s been involved in vegan and antispeciesism activism since the mid 90s, and has many publications on these topics in different languages.


Jacy Reese

jacy reesJacy was involved with the effective altruism community for several years before deciding to prioritize animal advocacy. Now, he conducts research for Animal Charity Evaluators, a nonprofit organization that works to find and promote the most effective ways to help animals. His writing has been featured in Huffington Post, Salon, Vox, and elsewhere.


Dan Lyons

lyonsDan Lyons has been an animal advocate all his working life. He was a campaigner with Uncaged from 1994 to 2012 and is now Director of the think tank the Centre for Animals and Social Justice. Between 2000 and 2003 he fought a celebrated legal battle against Novartis Pharma to win the right to publish leaked documents revealing illegal cruelty and regulatory failures during pig-to-primate organ transplant experiments. In 2008 he won the UK Political Studies Association prize for the best PhD thesis in Governance and Public Administration for his research into the evolution of British animal experimentation policy, and his book ‘The Politics of Animal Experimentation’ was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Politics and a Member of the Irish Government’s National Committee for the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes. Dan was also elected to serve on the RSPCA’s National Trustee Council in June 2015.


Ruairí Donnelly

Ruairí Donnelly is the Executive Director of Raising for Effective Giving (REG), a meta-charity that promotes effective giving in high-impact industries. REG initially began in the world of professional poker. Since then, many of the world’s most famous players have gotten involved. REG has now branched into the finance industry, with presentations at trading firms and donation portfolio advice for large donors.


Zach Groff

OePm3Z-8Zach Groff is the Ling-Ann Hsiung Memorial Fellow and International Press Coordinator for the grassroots animal liberation network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE). As part of his work with DxE, Zach has secured press hits in the New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN. Zach leads DxE’s metrics team, which monitors and evaluates progress and consults with social scientists on social movement strategy. Zach is also a Research Analyst for Yale economist Dean Karlan at Innovations for Poverty Action, a leading global nonprofit that pioneered the use of “gold standard” randomized evaluations for poverty alleviation programs.


Ria Rehberg

rehbergRia Rehberg studied intercultural communications at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Ratisbona. She has been an animal rights activist for several years and is co-directing the work of Animal Equality in Germany. Animal Equality strives to be as effective as possible in the struggle for long-term social change and prioritizes the impact and efficiency of their work. The organization has been awarded with being a “Top Charity” by Animal Charity Evaluators for the last two consecutive years. The German group has conducted several investigations into the animal industry, including duck farms, organic egg farms and welfare labels of the pig industry. Through vegan outreach, media work and social media and online outreach Animal Equality engages several million people on a daily basis.


Sebastian Joy

sjoySebastian Joy is a lecturer at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, and he is also the CEO of VEBU, one of Europe’s leading vegan organizations. He holds degrees in cognitive science and NGO management. An experienced public speaker and contributing author to the books Vegan by Kath Clements, and the German edition of Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, Sebastian is an expert in demand. He invented the world’s first Vitamin B12 toothpaste and created the scientific conference “VegMed” as well as the world’s largest plant-based lifestyle fair, “VeggieWorld.” His goal as an effective altruist is to improve the world for all sentient beings by effectively shifting society away from an animal-dependent lifestyle toward a plant-based one.


Krishna Singh

krischna-330x330Krishna Singh is Legal Counsel at PETA Germany, dealing with media law, criminal law, administration law, and civil law against all forms of animal exploitation. Among other duties he is responsible for the legal aspects of PETA Germany’s campaigns, undercover investigations and for the filing of criminal charges against animal abusers to prosecutions all over Germany. Before his involvement with PETA, he has worked as a lawyer for criminal law for a period of 12 years.


Jay Shooster

jayJay Shooster is a recent graduate of New York University School of Law where he focused on human and animal rights law and policy. As the Co-Chair of the NYU Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, Jay hosted numerous leading speakers in animal law and advocacy. Currently, he serves on the Animal Rights Activism Committee of the National Lawyers Guild, and the Direct Action Everywhere Legal Working Group. He has also volunteered with the Nonhuman Rights Project for the past four years.


Natalie Cargill

Natalie Cargill graduated from the University of Oxford with first class honours, and has worked with international development organizations including the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and the United Nations Offices in Geneva. She is currently leading Sentience Politics in the United Kingdom, and is due to start as a pupil barrister in October 2016.


Simon Jenkins

jenkinsSimon Jenkins is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK, and Co-Chair of Effective Altruism: Birmingham. He has a PhD in Medical Ethics and is interested in various subjects, such as population ethics, speciesism, and effective altruism advocacy. He is also interested in meta-ethics, determinism, and other theoretical issues in philosophy. He also writes on issues like social robotics and reproductive ethics.


Tobias Baumann

baumannAs the Director of Strategy at Sentience Politics, Tobias Baumann is responsible for developing its long-term strategy and overseeing its implementation. He also coordinates the research division of Sentience Politics. Tobias holds degrees in Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science from the University of Ulm.


Martin Balluch

Martin Balluch graduated with a diploma in Mathematics and Astronomy with distinction from the University of Vienna. He then attended the University of Heidelberg, where he composed his dissertation on mathematical physics. Afterwards, he worked at the University of Cambridge at the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. For twelve years, Martin held positions as a researcher and university assistant at the Universities of Vienna, Heidelberg, and Cambridge, during which time he published 18 scientific papers. From 2000-2005, Martin studied philosophy at the University of Vienna, and graduated with a dissertation on animal rights philosophy, also available in book form. In 1999, Martin founded the Austrian Vegan Society with several others, and is now the Chairman of the Association Against Factory Farms. In recognition of his role in the animal welfare field, he received the Myshkin Ethics Prize at the Theatre de l’Odeon in Paris in 2012.


Beril İdemen Sözmen

Beril İdemen Sözmen is a philosophy lecturer at the Istanbul Technical University. Her research is in ethics and theories of selfhood in general and in moral selfhood and animal ethics in particular. More recently she has begun doing research in non-Western traditions of moral philosophy, beginning with Buddhist theories of sentience-based understandings of moral patiency and no-self theories of moral agency.


Mahi Klosterhalfen

Mahi Klosterhalfen has been an animal advocate since his time as a university student, when he launched the “Cage-Free Cafeterias” initiative. He follows the international animal rights and welfare movements and aims to implement particularly promising approaches in Germany. Mahi has been the director of the Albert Schweitzer Foundation since 2008. His influencers include Mahatma Gandhi and Henry Spira. In addition, Mahi volunteers his time on the board of Compassion in World Farming and at the Fincke Foundation: “Animals Have Rights As Well.”


Colin Goldner

goldnerColin Goldner ist a clinical psychologist and Council member of the Giordano Bruno Foundation, a German foundation promoting secularism and rationality. Since 2011, Colin Goldner has been executive director of the Great Ape Project, Germany.


Bernd Ladwig

As a professor at the Otto Suhr Institute of the Free University of Berlin, Bernd Ladwig conducts research and lectures on the topics of political theory and philosophy. Previously, he held research positions at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and at the Institute of Philosophy of the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, among others. His PhD writings centered on theories of justice. Other topics relevant to his work include human rights theory, the human-animal relationship, and the normative issues surrounding immigration and citizenship.