alphabetical order

Alex Fernandes

Alex Fernandes - Brazil - IVU Webmaster. Alex has been a vegetarian since 1995 and a vegan since 2004, he is the founder of Guia Vegano, one of the biggest web sites on veganism in Brazil and also a On-line Vegan Shop. He has attended many IVU events since 2008, making presentations on the Vegfests of Jakarta, San Francisco, Taiwan, Berlin among others. Together with the help of John Davis (from UK), George Jacobs (USA) and Jayachandran (from Singapore) they launched our new website for in 2013. Alex was also the webmaster of the Brazilian Vegetarian Society - SVB from 2005 to 2008 and took part on the SVB Council from 2013 to 2018.

Bob Ratnarajah

Bob has volunteered in many social justice endeavours including making poverty history, (with electoral campaigns), the environmental movement, and the veg*n movement over the last 15 years.  

In 2009, Bob set up V Stars (Veg*n) in Sydney Australia, as a platform to encourage more people, with respect, to move to the meat-free direction. V Stars works collaboratively with the vegan & vegetarian societies in Australia as well as other environmental groups. V Stars supports the plant-based movement from the ground to the gut.

Bob was introduced to the IVU in 2012 at the World Veg Festival. He presented on the 5 reasons people are moving to the Veg*n direction. In Nov 2012, SEAVC, he presented about wellness in the Veg*n communities. In 2013, at the World Veg Fest in KL, Malaysia, Bob presented on how to build vibrant communities, with plant-based businesses.

In 2015, Bob & V Star members helped host the World Veg Festival in Australia, collaborating with existing festivals in Sydney and Melbourne.

Coinciding with the World Veg Festival, V Stars created the in Australia.

In 2015, Bob held a forum for Veg*n society leaders. The consensus was clear, the IVU or the veg*n societies to remain effective, need a clear value proposition and financial model to support endeavours. Otherwise, profit-driven ventures will capture public attention. 

Carlos Naconecy

Carlos Naconecy, PhD, is a Brazilian animal ethics philosopher, independent researcher and author. Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. Consultant Editor of the Journal of Animal Ethics. Director of the Animal Ethics Department of the Brazilian Vegetarian Society. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge. His publications include a book (in Portuguese) titled Ethics & Animals.

Cynthia Schuck

Cynthia has a PhD from Oxford University (Zoology/Evolutionary Biology) and two post-docs, one at Oxford (where she integrated experimental economics with evolutionary biology), and another (Brazil) on the evolution of advanced cognition and the conditions for its emergence. She also holds an MSc in Ecology and a BSc in Life Sciences.
Cynthia is the scientific director of Origem Scientifica, a consulting company in global health and data analysis in the life sciences, with projects developed for several institutions (e.g., the National Institutes of Health USA, the WHO, among others). She also has a solid background in scientific capacity building, with workshops on data analysis and scientific method taught to researchers in the health and life sciences in several countries.  A list of academic publications, with 50+ articles published in top journals, can be found at:
Since 2015, Cynthia is also the scientific director, and director of the environment department, of the Brazilian Vegetarian Society (pro-bono). She currently lives in Spain and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese (mother-tongue). 


Dr. C. V. Jayanthy is an internationally recognized Yoga Faculty,  Popular public speaker, giving lectures across the country.

One of the most impressive in the area leaving a stunning legacy of wisdom, knowledge and realization.

Founder : Manushi Yogic Research Foundation in coordination with Yoga Alliance USA  for Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC) -200 hrs & 300 hrs has been with the vision of training Yoga Teachers.

Secretary : Yogic Early Education Service Trust In coordination with Annamalai University for conducting Yoga Courses all over India and International from 2010 still now.

Secretary : International Tamil Veg Union (ITVU)

Pioneers : Dr.C.V.Jayanthy is one of the earliest pioneers of prenatal stimulation, and teaches parents how to stimulate their unborn babies through music, education and other Practices.

Has a provocative and inspiring Style to teach Yoga in integrated way, is very passionate in training Yoga Experts in fields of Yogic Practices as yogasanas, Pranayama, Mudras, Kriyas, Yoga Nidra,  Satvic(Yogic) Diet from Various Schools.

Has been expertise with various corporates, Public Workshops in creating Lifestyle Management, health awareness and motivating them to be a Nutritional health coach.

Has written the complete course materials for UGC Net Yoga Syllabus for the first Time in India and QCI Syllabus in YOGA.

Has been Involved a in framing Curriculum, writing syllabus and Teaching in Yoga, Panchakarma, Garbha Vidya, Bala Vidya Nutrition (Plant Based Diet) and other Holistic Courses for Diploma, PGDiploma and  M.Sc., (Yoga).


David Pye

David Pye – United Kingdom – nominated by the Vegetarian Society UK Limited - IVU Treasurer I joined the council of the International Vegetarian Union in 1999 and have had the honour of serving as treasurer. I am committed to the work of IVU and I was also responsible for registering IVU as a 'not for profit' UK company. I have been a research scientist and I am an IT consultant with a Masters degree. I have set up several UK companies and taken two of them forward to become successful local charities with over 30 employees. These two charities specialise in energy efficiency and organic gardening. I have been vegetarian for over 40 years. I believe it is the only way forward for the people of our planet, for the benefits of animals, the environment and the raising of people consciousness. I am also a trustee and fellow of the UK Vegetarian Society and was chair of the charity for three years. I have spoken at international congresses on the environmental aspect of vegetarianism. The impact of meat production is massive and the environmental damage could be drastically reduced by people adopting a more vegetarian diet. I want IVU to be the voice of international vegetarianism, to continue giving grants and support to fledgling vegetarian/vegan organisation and to maintain and grow our international website as a source of inspiration to all.

Dilip Barman

North America

Dilip Barman, an IVU Counsilor since 2006 and NA representative since 2007, lives in Durham, NC USA, where he has led the Triangle Vegetarian Society (famous for the country's largest vegetarian Thanksgiving - since the mid-1990s. He is a certified Food for Life instructor (, teaching healthful Whole Food Plant-Based (WFPB) vegan eating through nutrition lectures and food demonstrations; and has developed a variety of food  and cooking programs for schools and as an artist in residence for children ranging from preschool through high school. He has presented on WFPB eating internationally (including as an invited speaker in Brazil,
Scotland, Germany, Japan, and India), as well as at onferences and festivals in the U.S., such as VegFests (in Richmond, VA, Charlotte, NC, Raleigh, NC, and others), the Animal Rights Conference, corporate wellness events, and others. He is the Executive Producer of"code blue", a film about the impact of food and nutrition on health outcomes, and is assisting with "Healing America", another film in production about solutions to health care issues through WFPB diets.

HENG Guan Hou

HENG Guan Hou is a stalwart crusader of the vegetarian, local organic, environmental and corporate social responsibility movements in Singapore for many years.  An active member of Vegetarian Society Singapore, Guan Hou has been elected as the Vice President after serving 2 years as the Honorary Treasurer.  He is recently elected as the president for SEAVU-South East Vegetarian Union. He is actively involved in several other NGOs such as World-In-Theatre and Nyaung Kan Aye Dharma Society (Burmese Buddhist Society).  He has held numerous positions in charity and religious organizations and performance arts groups (World-in-Theatre in Singapore).  His passion is to do as many arts, social and charity projects as he can in his lifetime.

Being an adventurous entrepreneur, he ventured into Myanmar without looking back, setting up a turn- key M & E Engineering Solutions company and an engineering products trading company supplying various international brands. In addition, he founded a FMCG company distributing the Old Town White Coffee brand.  He was awarded the Singapore Prestige Brand Award by the Association of Small & Medium Enterprises as well as the Emerging Enterprise 2012 Award from OCBC Bank for his entrepreneurship. 

Ignacia Uribe

Ignacia Uribe is a Chilean journalist and animal rights activist, who has a master degree in Animal Law and Society by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She has been vegetarian for more than 15 years, and in 2012 founded Vegetarianos Chile, the largest network of vegetarians and vegans in that country, which today is an ONG called Vegetarianos Hoy that focus on expanding vegetarianism in Latin America. In 2015 she led #NoSonMuebles, the biggest animal rights campaign developed in Chile, that until now has more than 100,000 signatures to get animals recognized  as "sentient beings" by the Constitution. She has given international talks in Brazil and Argentina, and attended many vegetarian events in the US and Europe.

Manuel Alfredo Martí

IVU Representative Latin America

Activist, journalist, writer, editor. Founder and director of UVA Union Vegana Argentina and Union Vegetarian Argentina - Founder and director of Vegfest Argentina - Coordinator of the Meat Free Monday Argentina Campaign.

Manuel stopped eating animals in 1974, 46 years ago and became a vegan in 2001, All your Family is vegan, your children are vegan from conception. In 2000, inspired by David Román and IVU, he became a vegan activist and and founded the UVA..

In 2001 created "El Vegetariano Vegano" magazine, a pioneer magazine in the diffusion of veganism in Latin America, was the only specific magazine on Hispanic-speaking veganism in LatinAmerica.

In 2002, he created and organized Vegfest Argentina, a pioneer event in All of Latin America, the Vegfest Argentina being the most important vegan event in Hispanic America, that is held every year and to which thousands of persons attend and where it does show The Scientific Evidence of the Benefits of veganism. Coordinates the Youtube Channel of the UVA Where There are Hundreds of talks with videos, Conferences, workshops, Artistic Expressions and Activities On veganism in Spanish.

Marly Winckler

IVU Chair (2018- )

Marly Winckler is a sociologist and translator. Vegetarian since 1983 she created “Sitio Vegetariano”– the first webpage on vegetarianism in Portuguese–and 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 (now Honorary President). IVU chair 2012-2014. She lives in Florianopolis, the beautiful Island which hosted the 36th IVU World Vegetarian Congress in 2004, organized by her.

Rune-Christoffer Dragsdahl

IVU Representative Europe

Rune-Christoffer is a Danish anthropologist and an expert on the relationship between sustainability, climate change, agriculture and food.

He has worked as Assistant Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen and as External Lecturer in Sustainable Food Systems at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. He has also conducted field research on agricultural development in Eastern Africa.

Being a vegetarian since his birth, Rune-Christoffer became a volunteer for the Vegetarian Society of Denmark in 2011. In 2016 he was appointed Secretary-General of the organization., which subsequently evolved to become a professional organization with eight employees, focusing on structural change through political advocacy, awareness creation through the media and collaboration with other organizations and the corporate sector.

Rune-Christoffer also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Action Child Aid, which is a Danish charity supporting small NGO’s in India.

In December 2019, Rune-Christoffer became IVU Council member and was appointed Regional Representative of IVU in Europe.

Saurabh Dalal

Saurabh Dalal – USA, nominated by Vegetarian Society of DC - IVU Councillor My passion is outreach, education, and greater advocacy of veganism and non-violence as compelling solutions to many global problems. I live in the Washington DC area, maintain friendly and collaborative contact with many leaders in the vegetarian & animal rights movements, and enjoy interacting with activists and giving talks in the US & internationally. IVU has tremendous opportunities for a world that desperately needs changes towards greater respect, responsibility, and sustainability. We have greater potential today than ever before and we need people to come together to be a more impactful organization. I want to help effect and shape the new possibilities. I feel I am an experienced organizer and planner for non-profit veg and pro-animal groups, work very well with people to create inclusive, team environments, and possess strong communications skills. My years working as a Program Manager will help greatly with more efficient IC planning with constraints of costs / resources and timeframes to optimize our performance on initiatives. Firstly, establish a clear plan/strategy for the IC to identify and execute major tasks deliberately and pro-actively; then further IVU's role of establishing / supporting vegetarian groups through information-sharing, best practices, and lessons-learned, especially in under-served parts of the world; position IVU to be a stronger and recognized voice on the international level; and welcome, encourage, energize, and recruit new volunteers.

Shara NG

IVU Regional Representative Asia Pacific

Secretary General of Asia Pacific Vegan Union(APVU)Also founder of Hong Kong Vegan Association, is a vegan activist in Hong Kong since 2006.  Shara became lacto vegetarian since 1991 and then moved one more step further to become vegan since 2007.

Shara is the founder of Meat Free Hong Kong‐a programme under the Hong Kong Vegan Association since 2009, an on‐going meet‐up every Monday (Meat Free Monday) enjoying vegan dishes in various vegetarian Restaurants all over Hong Kong and now these gatherings also held on weekend. Nowadays it has become an over five thousand seven hundred member group.

Shara is the founder and organiser of Hong Kong VegFest since 2013 with collaboration of nine Hong Kong veggie organizations. The VegFest each year attracts thousands of visitors and helps many vegan businesses to promote their products to over 6000 visitors.

As one of the education programs for Hong Kong Vegan Association, Shara publishes GOVEG magazine since 2014 promoting plant‐based diet in Hong Kong and China,

Since 2015, she has been invited by various vegan organisation in mainland China supported by the government to speak for veganism movement. She is helping a few vegan organisation to participate in various international events and to promote their vegan products.