Asia for Animals presents a unique opportunity to network, share your experience and learn from the world’s experts in animal protection and human behaviour change. Across Asia there are people making a real difference for animals. The conference gives these people a platform to have their voice heard and to access vital support.

Don’t miss this chance to refuel, get inspired and make new partnerships, against the spectacular backdrop of the Himalayas. After three days of fascinating talks and interactive workshops in the heart of Kathmandu’s old city, join us for a field trip to Chitwan National Park, one of the last strongholds for endangered mammals such as the Bengal tiger and one-horned rhinoceros.

Keynote Speakers

Grace Ge Gabriel

‘We all need to look into our own lives and see what we can do to change what we are doing to animals’.

Grace Ge Gabriel began her career in the media, but after documenting the rescue of nine Asiatic black bears from bile extractors, gave up her career in television to commit herself to protecting wildlife. Today she is one of Asia’s leading voices on animal protection, and has been the driving force behind the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in China for over two decades.

As IFAW’s Regional Director for Asia, Grace has spearheaded numerous campaigns to reduce the commercial exploitation of wildlife, improve legal protection for animals and change consumer behaviour. Her achievements include establishing China’s first raptor rescue centre, anti-poaching operations to save the Tibetan antelope, protecting the habitat of China’s last population of Asian elephants, and assisting the development of China’s first Animal Welfare Law.

In a country where the consumption of elephant ivory, tiger parts, rhino horn, shark fins and pangolins drives global criminal trafficking and poaching of the species in the wild, Grace is a respected voice in the fight to reduce the devastating impact of the wildlife trade. She has testified before the European Union Commission on protecting wild tigers, the UK Parliament Environmental Audit Committee on escalating global wildlife crime and the INTERPOL Wildlife Crime Working Group on controlling global online trade in wildlife and wildlife products. Her holistic and precautionary approach of working closely with practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to encourage the use of plant-based alternatives has earned her the respect of legitimate TCM practitioners in China and internationally. Over the years of campaigning, Grace has come to realise that ‘saving one species at a time’ is not a fast enough way to create change.

‘In order to protect species, we have to change people’s behaviour at every link on the trade chain’.

Recognising that the increasing consumer power of China is putting pressure on wildlife all over the world, Grace began to focus on campaigning for ethical consumption. A survey by IFAW in 2007 found that 70% of Chinese people were unaware that ivory came from dead elephants, and 83% of the people claimed they would not consume ivory if they knew. This motivated Grace to launch a massive education campaign to inform people about the true cost of ivory, a campaign that has since reached hundreds of millions of people. In 2013, an independent assessment found that the campaign had penetrated 75% of urban China, reducing the group with the most propensity to purchase ivory from 54% to 26%.

China’s recent announcement of a domestic ban on ivory trade was a defining moment in her career. She knows that awareness raising campaigns can erase ignorance but cannot stop greed. The only way to stop criminals who profit from the grey markets which provide laundering opportunities, create enforcement challenges and confuse consumers is by making ivory trade illegal in all circumstances.

‘Criminalizing ivory trade combined with vigorous enforcement and meaningful penalties stigmatizes ivory consumption, support demand reduction efforts as well. Sustained behaviour change can only be achieved when ivory possession becomes socially unacceptable’.

Grace has a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Utah. She is a founding member of the International Tiger Coalition. As an instrumental champion for wildlife protection, Grace has been featured in a number of books including ‘Wildlife Heroes: 40 Leading Conservationists and the Animals They are Committed to Saving’, ‘Blood of the Tiger: A Story of Conspiracy, Greed, and the Battle to Save a Magnificent Species’ and ‘Saving Wild: Inspiration from 50 Leading Conservationists’. Her blogs and articles on wildlife protection have been published in National Geographic, UN Chronicle, and other magazines and journals. She has been awarded for her pioneering campaigns in China aimed at changing behaviour for the conservation of wildlife.
Mark Earls (aka HERDmeister)

Mark Earls is a writer and strategist whose ideas about human behaviour have changed the modern world of marketing. A leading authority on consumer behaviour and behaviour change, Mark’s influence has been felt far beyond the advertising business. His insights into mass human behaviour have been embraced by security and intelligence services, social policy makers and politicians across the world.

‘Human beings are to independent action what cats are to swimming. We can do it if we really have to, but mostly we don’t… Instead, we do what we do because of what those around us are doing. So if you want to change what I’m doing, don’t try to persuade me- don’t try to make me- do anything. Instead, enlist the help of my friends…’

According to Mark, we are 'a super-social ape', existing to converse, to chat, to gossip. Applying this and other insights into basic human nature can help make us all better at what we do.

Mark has written several best-selling books including the award-winning and hugely influential ‘Herd: how to change mass behaviour by harnessing our true nature’ (Wiley 2007) and ‘Copy Copy Copy’ (Wiley 2014).
Pei F. Su

For nearly 25 years Pei F. Su has been working relentlessly to bring awareness and compassion to the people of China and across Asia. She has spearheaded various campaigns on issues from bear farming and fur farming, to the illegal turtle trade, zoos and stray animal management.

‘After working on the issue of animal welfare in China and other Asian countries for more than 20 years, I deeply felt that our movement needed to take political, social and cultural contexts into account. Therefore, the direct transfer of a western model of activism to Asia would not work and we wouldn’t be able to change people’s mindset to the necessary extent. That’s why, after being a devoted member of campaigning against animal cruelty camp for many years, I realized that we needed to take a different and more strategic approach to the problem.’

In 2006, Pei co-founded ACTAsia, an organisation which confronts the root causes of animal suffering in a country that arguably has the greatest impact on animals and the planet.

Pei has a masters degree in sociology with a focus on animal advocacy and believes the best way to end cruelty is through education. ACTAsia works with grassroots advocates across China helping them become more effective, whilst training veterinarians in animal welfare, and training teachers to deliver humane education. Their Caring for Life program has reached more than 51,000 children across China, and is demonstrating how children become more compassionate towards animals, the environment and each other. With positive impacts on society, ACTAsia is becoming accepted by the authorities and was the first educational organisation to be awarded by the Government as one of the ten most influential organisations in China.
Chu Tseng-Hung

Chu Tseng-Hung, also known as Wu Hung, is an internationally renowned activist whose gentle but persistent campaigning has improved the lives of millions of animals in his native Taiwan. Chu was a Buddhist monk for the first 10 years of dedicating his life to social activism and the protection of animals.

‘My master said that the animal issue needed more promotion, so I, along with some lawyers, entrepreneurs and teachers, helped to start the Life Conservation Association in 1994, an organization whose members consisted mainly of Buddhist followers.’

The association was a major driving force in the movement that led to the passage of Taiwan’s Animal Protection Act in 1998, collecting more than 100,000 signatures in support of the Act.

In 2000 Chu founded the Environment and Animals Society of Taiwan (EAST), with which he has worked tirelessly to expose and denounce cruel customs and practices such as the ‘divine pig’ contest in which pigs are force-fed for years before being publicly slaughtered without prior stunning, mercy release, where captive wild animals are ‘freed’ to bring good karma (a practice which traumatizes and kills thousands of animals and decimates ecosystems) and Taiwan’s fur and bear bile trades.

‘Taiwanese have an inherent respect for animal life, but modernity and materialism have caused the old value system to deteriorate.’

A vegetarian, Chu realizes that moral preaching will not make others completely change their eating habits. Instead, after many years of investigative research, reasoned advocacy and behind-the scenes awareness-raising, Chu persuaded the government to establish more humane standards, such as mandating that pigs and cows either be butchered, or shot after they are rendered unconscious through electrocution or captive bolt guns.

Over the last 25 years, Chu has helped shape Taiwan’s humane development and its present-day progressive and humane policies. Chu has received a number of awards including the William Wilberforce International Award by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in 2011 and the National Humane Award of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (1999). For Chu, his ultimate goal is for EAST to disband, as this would mean animal welfare has matured and his efforts would no longer be needed.
Steven M. Wise

Called a “piston of the animal rights movement” in the Yale Law Journal, Steven M. Wise has spent more than 35 years championing the interests of animals. He is the Founder and President of the Nonhuman Rights Project, the first civil rights organization dedicating to achieving legal rights for members of species other than our own.

Steven started his career as a criminal defense and personal injury lawyer, but upon reading Peter Singer’s “Animal Liberation’” decided to dedicate his career to achieving justice for non-human animals.

‘By 1985 I realized a Great Legal Wall divided humans from the other animals. On one side of that wall every human is a legal “person" with the capacity for unlimited legal rights. On the other side, the rest of the animals are considered legal “things” that lack the capacity for any legal rights at all. I was unable to protect the most fundamental interests of any of them. I decided to spend my life trying to change that. I figured it would take 30 years to prepare the first lawsuits. It only took 28.’

In the 1980s Steven was a pioneer in the creation of the discipline of animal rights law and has taught “Animal Rights Law” or “Animal Rights Jurisprudence” at the Harvard, Stanford, Lewis and Clark, Vermont, University of Miami, St. Thomas, and John Marshall Law Schools, and at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is a former president of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Steven has authored four books, including ‘Rattling the Cage – Toward Legal Rights for Animals’ and ‘Though the Heavens May Fall – The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery’, as well as numerous law review articles. His work and the work of the Nonhuman Rights Project are the subject of the critically-acclaimed HBO documentary by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, “Unlocking the Cage”, which follows Steven’s journey to litigate the first lawsuits that seek to transform the legal status of at least some nonhuman animals from “things” to “persons”.

‘We are on the cusp of changing the legal relationship between many nonhuman animals and humans.  It's time to push harder, as hard as we can. And keep pushing. And keep pushing…’
Faizan Jaleel

Faizan Jaleel is the Head of Region for Brooke India programmes, a region home to more than one million working horses, donkeys and mules. Since 1992 Brooke has been working to educate equine owners and alleviate the suffering of these working animals.

With more than 16 years’ experience of development work, Faizan is passionate about helping people and helping animals. Faizan Jaleel lives with his wife, a senior veterinary surgeon, a cat and three street dogs. His career began in the humanitarian sector, promoting dairy farming, but after three years he stopped drinking milk because of the cruelty he had witnessed.

Since then it has been a most difficult but fulfilling journey into the world of animals, and we are doing our bit to contribute whatever we can, from writing to volunteering and pledging part of our salaries. We are childless by choice because when it comes to homo sapiens we think there are more than enough of them!

Faizan’s role requires him to spend a lot of time in the field dealing with equine owners, government authorities and providing overall strategic direction within the programmes. His approach involves observing and interacting with equines, and assessing the impact of Brooke’s work within the communities - listening to people’s problems and developing local solutions. Faizan takes great pride in seeing the poor, often marginalized equine owners become more confident and educated.

As a result of Brooke’s work, the practice of ‘firing’ donkeys in Maharashtra has completely stopped. This traditional technique of burning wounds or ailments using a heated iron rod causes a lot of pain, and was used on everything from colic to eye infections to lameness.

A follower of Islam, Faizan believes that eating meat in today’s world which provides a sea of alternatives is not in line with the teachings of Islam, and seeks to promote vegetarianism and a compassionate lifestyle.

Ignorance is a crime, seek knowledge and be an informed and compassionate being that is what we ought to be – all of us!
Andrew N. Rowan, Ph.D.

Dr. Andrew N. Rowan is Chief International Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and President and CEO of Humane Society International (HSI).

Since the 1970s Dr. Rowan has been advancing the cause of animal protection through science, favouring informed dialog over confrontation. A ‘go to’ scientific voice on animal welfare, he has served in numerous board, advisory and consultative roles for government bodies (e.g. NIH, NIEHS, ILAR), private corporations (e.g. Shell, Iams) and non-profits (e.g. Michelson Prize, World Animal Protection, Morris Animal Foundation).

His work spans the breadth of animal welfare from seeking an end to the use of animals in experimentation, to mitigating human-wildlife conflict, to creating humane, sustainable models for the management of street dogs and cats around the world. In recognition of his significant contribution to animal protection he has received several awards including a Rhodes Scholarship and the Henry Spira Award in 2002 from the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing.

Before HSUS, Dr. Rowan was the founder and longest-serving director of the Tufts University Center for Animals and Public Policy where he started the first graduate degree program in animal policy (1995). He chaired the Department of Environmental Studies at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. He was founding editor of the International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems and of Anthrozoos, and has authored and co-authored many books on animals used in research and alternatives, wildlife conservation, and on companion animal management.

He received a BSc (1968) from Cape Town University and an M.A. (Oxon) and D.Phil. (1975 – biochemistry) from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Nanditha Krishna, Ph.D.

Eminent historian, environmentalist and author, Dr. Krishna in one of India’s most respected voices on animal protection. In a career spanning four decades, her achievements in this field and her gentle promotion of respect and compassion for people and animals have changed the world around her.

In 1978, her article ‘Slaughter for Science’ was published in the Illustrated Weekly of India. The result was a total ban on the export of rhesus monkeys from India. Since then, she has spoken against many forms of cruelty from animal sacrifice to dolphinariums to Jallikattu (‘bull taming’).

One of Dr. Krishna’s passions has been to integrate animal welfare and nature into the education curriculum. She founded the ‘kindness kids’ programme which educates children about food and the environment, Dr. Dog, a pet therapy programme for children, and nature education programmes for teachers and students in the C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation of which she was elected President in 2013. She is founder-director of the foundation’s constituents including the award-winning C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre, a Centre of Excellence of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India.

Founder and President of the Blue Cross of Kanchipuram, Member of the Governing Body of the Blue Cross of India and chairperson of Humane Society International/India, Dr. Krishna has received several prestigious national and international awards for her work in animal and environmental protection and in preserving the cultural heritage of India. She has written extensively on issues concerning animals and is the author of Sacred Animals of India (Penguin Books India, New Delhi, 2010).

She has a Ph. D. in Ancient Indian Culture from Bombay University, where she was a Heras scholar. She is a Professor and a Research Guide for the Ph. D. programme of the University of Madras. She has held senior positions in WWF India, the Senate of the University of Madras, Central Zoo Authority, National Wildlife Board, National Environmental Council, Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education and the Committee for Environmental Orientation to School Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development. She is the editor of ECONEWS, Indian Journal of Environmental Education and publisher of the Journal of Indian History and Culture.
Manoj Gautam

One of Nepal’s most vocal activists, Manoj has been working to protect the vulnerable wildlife, animals and people of his home country since he was a child. His practical but powerful lessons from the field come from his attempts to understand and influence humans across communities, cultures and circumstances.

Manoj has personally led hundreds of rescue and confiscation missions, saving thousands of animals including snakes, owls, parrots and bears from the illegal wildlife trade. He became the primary intel guy for the government’s Wildlife Crime Task Force. In 2002 he founded Roots and Shoots Nepal, bringing awareness of the importance of compassion (for the environment, for animals, for each other) to thousands of school children. In 2013 Manoj became the Executive Director of the Jane Goodall Institute Nepal, an organization which amalgamates Nepal’s wildlife conservation with the newer practice of animal welfare.

Manoj strives to integrate conservation and animal welfare into people’s daily lives. In Nawalparasi district, on hearing of the massive numbers of vultures dying due to eating poisoned carcasses, he came up with the idea of a ‘vulture restaurant’ where villagers can easily dispose of safe carcasses. Vultures increased nine-fold in the region and the concept has been replicated across south Asia. In western Nepal, Manoj has been awarded for his efforts to save the last remaining Ganges river dolphins from extinction. After discovering their aquatic habitat was being poisoned by a chemical pesticide used for poison-fishing, his lobbying secured a national ban on the chemical and he is now seeking to make dolphin conservation key to ensuring the livelihoods of local people.

From suing the government to uprooting the companies harming animals (including US-funded breeding facilities exporting animals for experimentation) Manoj combines legal tools with public campaigns to change the hearts and minds of humans. As co-founder and president of Animal Welfare Network Nepal, Manoj led the campaign to bring an end to the Gadhimai festival – the world’s largest ritual slaughter of animals. Through his strength of reasoning, ability to inspire and by never forgetting to have compassion for humans – be it the snake charmer, the poacher, the butcher or the high priest – Manoj has influenced the behaviour of individuals, governments and entire communities.
Suzanne Rogers

Suzanne worked in science publishing for 10 years - initially as a science journalist and later as the Managing Editor of Trends in Biotechnology. In her spare time she re-qualified in animal behaviour and welfare, gained extensive practical experience with several animal welfare organisations, worked as an equine behaviour consultant and founded Learning About Animals, which consists of four elements: events, equine behaviour, animal welfare consultancy and resources.

Through extensive travel to developing countries Suzanne gained interest in transport animals and in 2005 joined the Board of the World Association for Transport Animal Welfare and Studies (TAWS), of which she is still an active member. She is also co-founder and Programmes Director of Change for Animals Foundation (CFAF) and co-founder and Trustee of the Aquarium Welfare Association.

In 2007 she became the Programmes Manager of the Companion Animal Unit at WSPA (now World Animal Protection) managing dog population and working equine programmes. A key part of this role was to develop and test participatory methodologies – working within communities to lead to a change in the way people manage and care for their animals. Suzanne led the move away from a heavy focus on mobile clinics towards prevention through participatory approaches. To reflect the broad applicability of the approach to other species she became the Technical Advisor for Human Behaviour Change Programmes. Since 2011, Suzanne has worked as an international consultant for animal welfare and human behaviour change and founded Human Behaviour Change for Animals ( - [email protected])
Alex Mayers

Alex Mayers is Head of Programmes at The Donkey Sanctuary, working closely with their global programmes in around 40 countries.

With a background in education, community projects, mentoring and management, Alex started at The Donkey Sanctuary as an education and community development technical lead before taking on more responsibilities to coordinate the Africa programme of grant funded work.

Prior to joining us, Alex spent many years involved in a variety of community-based education projects in Borneo, Kenya, the Philippines, South Africa, Japan, Turkey and others.
Hemanta Raj Mishra

Dr. Hemanta Mishra was a key member of the pioneering team that created a network of National Parks and Wildlife Reserves and a comprehensive program to save Nepal’s endangered species.

He has also worked for the Humane Society International, Government of Nepal, and National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and others. He received the prestigious J. Paul Getty Conservation Prize for his works in Nepal.
Anna Cabrera

Anna is the executive director of The Philippine Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS. In 2006, she left her career in the banking industry to join full-time the fledgling animal welfare organization founded by Nita Hontiveros-Lichauco. Prior to this, Anna had been an active volunteer for PAWS since 1997, and was part of the team that lobbied for the passage of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) - the Philippines' first anti-cruelty law-  in 1998. More than a decade later and after many years of being heavily involved in building up prosecution work against dozens of animal offenders, Anna spearheaded the organization's lobbying of the amendment of AWA to increase penalties and jail time for animal offenders. The amended law was passed in September 2013 - all within a year of effective lobbying.  

Anna firmly believes that the focus of animal welfare work should be directed towards changing the attitudes and behaviour of people towards animals. Hence, the focus should be on the carers of animals - humans - educating them and empowering them. Rescuing and rehabilitation efforts of animals are not for the animals' sake alone but also a tool to change people's behaviour towards animals for the better. This is the reason why the organization's shelter, the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center in Quezon City is a relatively small shelter (of 235 cats and 70 dogs ) whose goal is not to save as  many companion animals from cruelty or neglect but to serve as an education centre, a volunteer training ground and a media resource for animal welfare information. PARC also helps pet owners keep their pets by offering affordable veterinary care and low-cost spay-neuter. 

By starting with empowering people to help the animals that they are most familiar with -companion animals like cats and dogs - Anna and the rest of PAWS hope to build on improving the welfare for other animals in the Philippines- among them, animals used as livestock, work animals (such as carriage horses), marine mammals and wildlife.  Media campaigns have helped PAWS immensely in their efforts to educate the public, in fighting the entry of greyhound racing and travelling dolphin shows in the Philippines and in successfully banning the use of "tambucho-gassing" or vehicle exhaust fumes in killing unclaimed dogs in local city pounds.

At present, PAWS leads in humane education efforts for communities and schools and in launching community outreach programs that improve stray welfare through seminars on Trap-Neuter-Return for cats and conducting seminars on humane animal control practices for City Pounds.  

Recently, Anna has been vocal in condemning the cruel use of animals in the making of Filipino films "ORO" and "Balangiga", and is now actively lobbying for the humane treatment of animals in the movie and entertainment industry. She chairs the Committee on the Humane Use of Animals in Media as a private sector representative within the Committee on Animal Welfare (CAW) under the Philippine Department of Agriculture. 

Anna is also the coordinator for Animal Asia Foundation's Doctor Dog Program in the Philippines - an animal-assisted therapy program that PAWS has integrated with its education programs in order to reach more children and teach them about kindness to animals. 

Field Trips

WHEN6th December 2017
Morning trip: Pick up at 8am, return at 1pm OR
Afternoon trip: Pick up at 12pm, return at 5pm
COST35 USD per person
WHAT'S INCLUDEDAll transport, refreshments and a vegan lunch will be provided
There are more than ten organisations working to protect animals in Kathmandu and the surrounding valley. Street dogs and cats, abandoned cattle, human-wildlife conflict and working equines are major issues of concern. We will visit some of these organisations and learn about their innovative approaches to improving animal welfare and changing the hearts and minds of the local community.

WHENWe will depart on 6th December at 2pm, and be back in Kathmandu on 8th December at 2pm
COST480 USD (accommodation in Tiger Tops) OR
260 USD (accommodation in Guest House)
WHAT'S INCLUDEDTwo night’s accommodation, air-conditioned transport, all meals and activities including safari and jungle walk
Chitwan is the oldest and most ecologically significant national park in Nepal, home to over 120 Bengal tigers, 600 rhinoceros, wild Asian elephants, sloth bears, gharial crocodiles and hundreds of bird species. We will visit some community-based conservation measures (including community approaches to reduce poaching and human-wildlife conflict) and learn about the more responsible side of elephant-based tourism.

Tiger Tops is a famous institution in Nepal, the first organisation to establish wildlife-based tourism. They are now also leading the way towards more humane wildlife tourism, for example they have recently ceased elephant rides and developed a more humane alternative to elephant safaris. Read more about their approach or visit their website.

As one of the few organisations in Nepal demonstrating a humane approach to wildlife-based tourism and a commitment to animal welfare, Tiger Tops was selected for a field excursion following Asia for Animals 2017. However, the organisers appreciate that the cost of staying at Tiger Tops can be prohibitive for many participants and have teamed up with Amaltari Bufferzone Homestay, a nearby lodge where guests can enjoy a comfortable room with a hot/cold shower, whilst still taking part in all activities at Tiger Tops.
Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge (Photo Below):
Amaltari Bufferzone Homestay (Photo Below):


We have had an amazing response to our Call for Abstracts, with over 150 abstracts submitted for consideration by the Scientific Committee. Judging by the quality of these abstracts, we can be confident that in addition to our keynote speakers, the conference will be jam-packed with mind-expanding talks and workshops. Asia for Animals 2017 promises to be hugely inspirational about all the changes that ARE happening for animals.

Meet the Scientific Committee… the people who are working hard to design the best possible programme:

Lou Atkins, Ph.D.
A researcher, trainer and consultant in behaviour change intervention design and evaluation, Lou is a Senior Teaching Fellow of the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change, leading the Australasian Hub. She is involved in a number of projects to improve health and wellbeing through the application of behaviour change theory to intervention design to change health professional behaviour, prevent and manage illness and promote environmental sustainability. Together with Professors Susan Michie and Robert West, Lou co-authored the book, ‘The Behaviour Change Wheel – A Guide to Designing Interventions’. She a registered Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Lou is a regular speaker at national and international scientific meetings and in UK Government departments including Department for Work and Pensions and The Treasury.
Kate Nattrass Atema
Director of the Global Companion Animal Program at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Kate oversees community-based dog and cat welfare projects and campaigns in 13 countries on six continents. She also serves as Chairperson of the International Companion Animal Management Coalition (ICAM). Kate began her career at the Social Science Research Center of Berlin (WZB) in Germany, and holds a Master’s degree Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University in the U.S., where she subsequently served as adjunct faculty and continues to enjoy mentoring students in global animal welfare policy and research. Kate has published numerous articles in scientific and popular literature on topics ranging from assistance dogs to animal law, and regularly presents her team’s work internationally with emphasis on the impacts of animal welfare on communities and strategies for community engagement in animal welfare. Her work at IFAW focuses on the development and implementation of participatory processes for empowering communities to sustainably address both human and animal welfare development challenges.
Dr. Heather Bacon BSc (Hons), BVSc, CertZooMed MRCVS
Currently the Veterinary Welfare Education and Outreach Manager at the University of Edinburgh’s Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (JMICAWE), based within the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Heather works with NGOs and veterinary organisations internationally, particularly on the topics of dog population management, zoo animal and exotic pet welfare. Much of her work is focused in Asia where she has almost 10 years’ of work experience. She previously lived and worked in China as the Veterinary Director at the Animals Asia Foundation, and has been awarded the Chris Laurence vet of the year award and the British Veterinary association’s Trevor Blackburn award for services to animal health and welfare overseas. Heather graduated from the University of Liverpool with a first class degree in Conservation Medicine in 2003, and from the University of Bristol with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She is an RCVS Advanced practitioner in zoological medicine.
Lou Tasker, Ph.D.
Lou has a professional and academic commitment to understanding and enhancing animal welfare through the practical application of scientific research and knowledge. She works as an independent consultant, with special interests in enhancing the welfare of captive nonhuman primates and humane dog population management.
Harry Eckman
An international animal welfare specialist with almost 20 years’ experience, Harry co-founded Change for Animals Foundation, where he directs their stray animal population management projects as well as providing strategic planning and capacity development support for animal welfare organisations around the world. Harry is also a consultant for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) supporting their international dog and cat animal management programmes. He has worked for the RSPCA, World Animal Protection, the Mayhew Animal Home and Wood Green Animal Shelters where his work included directing humane dog and cat population management projects, providing strategic planning and capacity development support to animal welfare NGOs, rabies eradication projects and improving welfare standards in shelters and veterinary facilities
Natasha Lee, DVM, MSc
Dr Natasha Lee has over 12 years of experience in animal welfare. She started her career managing the first high-volume high-quality neuter clinic in Malaysia before working at the regional level. Her experience with companion animal welfare include managing several large-scale projects in Asia to advocating animal welfare to governments and organisations on humane approaches using science-based, comprehensive, and participatory methods. Dr Lee also has experience leading a campaign to include animal welfare science into veterinary curriculum across Asia. She provided training to more than half of the 250 veterinary schools in Asia, started a network of animal welfare educators, and conducted online courses for vets. She is currently an independent animal welfare consultant and sits on the board for SPCA Selangor, Malaysia as well as the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s Animal Welfare Guidelines Sub-Committee.
Neil D'Cruze
A wildlife researcher interested in a range of conservation and animal welfare issues, through his research Neil seeks to obtain the data needed to inform practical solutions that reduce the suffering of wild animals and protect wild populations. During his career he has lived, worked and travelled in over 40 countries across six continents and has published over 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles. More recently, he has been involved in addressing a number of complex global issues including human-wildlife conflict and wildlife trade. Currently he is Head of Wildlife Research and Policy at World Animal Protection and also joined WildCRU, University of Oxford as a visiting academic in 2014.
Shweta Sood
Senior Campaign Manager for the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO), Shweta spearheads the Living Free Campaign – FIAPO’s flagship outreach and advocacy programme run in over 25 cities across India. Pushing for mass vegan advocacy through time tested and innovative methods of campaigning, she works closely with grassroots activists – building capacity and inspiring lifestyle change for the rights of farmed animals. She has successfully planned and executed nine national campaigns in over 25 cities, helped organize two Regional Bootcamps (skill building workshops for young activists ) has travelled across 12 cities during the Compassion Cruisade- a ten week leafleting tour of India.  Pushing for a collaborative approach that builds an effective environment for change, she presented her work at the first conference for Human Behaviour Change for animal Welfare in Surrey, UK. At FIAPO she has gained experience working on the issue of farmed animals, events, campaigns, volunteer management and communication.
Syed Zahir Ali Shah
For 15 years’ Syed has been working on behalf of the Brooke to improve the welfare of equines and their owners in Peshawar, Pakistan. He has managed numerous programmes and campaigns to set standards, build awareness and create unity and a sense of self-help in the community, particularly with regards to the care of working animals in brick kilns. He is responsible for creating partnerships between international and national organisations such as the Al-Khidmat Foundation, DACAAR (Danish Committee for Aid to Afghanistan) and strengthening support for local programmes. Since 2006 he has worked as Brooke’s Research Coordinator. He holds a Master’s degree in Animal Science (1st division).
Suzanne Rogers
See above (Suzanne is also a Keynote Speaker).

Conference Workshops

Exploring The Community Change Agent Approach To Locally Led HBC
Facilitators: Kim Wells and Melissa Liszewski, Brooke UK
There is no shortage of passionate and committed people driving progress around the world when it comes to the professional field of human behaviour change (HBC) for animals. This interactive workshop will raise the question of who should be the key driver(s) of change. We will explore a variety of community change agent approaches as a means to understand how best to pass the leadership reins over to animal owning communities.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn from practitioners and organisations that have employed a change agent approach. We’ll engage in rich discussions about their experiences and work together to identify key considerations any individual or organisation wishing to apply this approach could utilise in their own work to ensure better results. In order to maximise the short time available and facilitate meaningful discussions, attendance will be capped at 50. Proceedings and outputs will be made available to all conference participants afterwards.
Effective Strategies To Help Farmed Animals
Facilitators: Jesse Marks, Director of Farmed Animal Advocacy, Animals Australia and Chris Liptrot, Director of Corporate Relations, The Humane League
Speaking up for farmed animals presents one of our greatest opportunities for high impact work for animals. Join campaigners from Animals Australia and The Humane League to explore why farmed animal welfare is such an urgent issue, and learn about the simple tactics being used to secure commitments from some of the largest companies in the world to improve the lives of millions of animals. You’ll also have the chance to find out about how to join The Open Wing Alliance – a global coalition of animal protection groups with a shared goal to free egg-laying hens from cages worldwide.
Digital Storytelling
Facilitators: Alan Knight OBE, Nicola Grinham, Phily Kennington, Tom Mumford and Heribertus Suciadi, International Animal Rescue
International Animal Rescue has built a strong reputation for delivering exceptional digital campaigns which we believe have influenced the behaviours of our international audience. Powerful storytelling allows us to comprehensively engage this audience and we believe that when used effectively that behaviours can be affected in a positive way.

During the workshop members of our UK based, digital team will aim to provide attendees with a better understanding of the ways in which effective storytelling, using digital platforms, can help influence and challenge the behaviour of a charity’s digital audience. We will provide techniques and tips to help you deliver your own successful digital storytelling and we would also like attendees to share their own experiences of effective digital campaigns.

As part of the workshop we will highlight some of our most successful digital storytelling campaigns such as Budi the rescued baby orangutan. The first released video of Budi, filmed at our veterinary clinic in West Borneo, went viral around the world with over 5 million views alone on Youtube. Following exceptional international media coverage, as well as significant digital media exposure, the IAR digital team then embarked on developing a proactive narrative to tell the story of Budi’s progress over subsequent months, helping to meet the voracious needs of Budi’s highly engaged audience.

IAR’s Tickling is Torture campaign targeted an audience for abusive slow loris videos appearing on social media platforms. These cruel videos have, in particular, fuelled the insidious market for slow loris ownership as pets to grow despite the fact that slow lorises in Indonesia are critically endangered. To challenge this we decided that we would develop a counter narrative. Since the campaign began we have attracted over 600k signatures from individuals some of whom have said they would not share the abusive videos of slow lorises again. Our campaign video has now been viewed 122 million times through a range of social media platforms such as Facebook, viral publishers and Youtube.

We hope that this workshop will be a creative, educational as well as inspiring session for all attendees.
Are We Making A Difference? How To Monitor And Evaluate Dog Population Management Interventions Using ICAM’s ‘Indicators’ Guide.
Facilitators: Elly Hiby, ICAM Coalition; Kate Atema, IFAW; Lou Tasker, Animal Welfare Consultant; Pankaj KC, World Animal Protection, Harry Eckman, IFAW
Many of us dedicate our time and energy to improving the welfare of stray dogs and preventing more dogs from becoming stray through dog population management (DPM) interventions. But how do we know our efforts are making a difference? Should we be looking for ways to improve our impact? And how can we prove to ourselves and others that the lives of dogs and the people they live amongst are changing?

ICAM’s ‘Are we making a difference?’ guide aims to help those working on DPM to measure their progress objectively. This workshop will be a deep dive into this guide and associated online tool, exploring how you can develop a monitoring and evaluation plan for DPM and exploring one particular method of measurement that is relevant for many locations; street surveys of roaming dogs.

  • To feel able to develop a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan for your own DPM intervention, using the ICAM Co ‘Are we making a difference?’ guidance for support.
  • To feel confident to start running street surveys of roaming dogs in order to monitor change in roaming dog density.
Create A Roadmap For Success: How Theory Of Change Can Transform The Way You Plan And Measure Your Impact On Animals
Facilitators: Hanna Lentz, Amielle DeWan and Ellie Milano, Impact By Design
How often have you wondered – Are we really making a difference? Are things getting any better? Improving the lives of animals and changing how people treat them is not easy and can test our patience. Especially when things get hard, we want to know that we are still taking steps in the right direction. Developing a Theory of Change (ToC) allows us to build a clear roadmap of the impact we want to achieve and how we plan to get there. This way we can understand and measure our progress, adapt as needed, and continue moving towards success.

This workshop will be engaging and interactive. We will cover the science and practice of Theory of Change, and how it can vastly improve the planning and evaluation of your impact on animals and people. We will cover how Theory of Change can be used and adapted over time, and you will begin building your own Theory of Change to take home and share with your teams and communities.
In It For The Long Haul: Compassion Fatigue And Building Resiliency
Facilitator: Hilary Hager, Humane Society of the United States
This workshop will provide attendees with the tools needed to stay resilient as they face the day-to-day challenges of their work in the animal protection field. The workshop will provide participants with a shared language and understanding of the causes and symptoms of compassion fatigue as well as a suite of skills that can be used to build and maintain a healthy and intentional culture of skilful communication, openness, and personal responsibility. Participants will also have the opportunity to create a personal plan of action.
Why Your Organisation Needs A Strategic Plan And A Simple, Practical, Step-By-Step Guide On How To Create One
Facilitator: Harry Eckman, International Fund for Animal Welfare
I know what you’re thinking… even just the words “strategic plan” are enough to make anyone want to stop reading any further. This doesn’t sound like it’s going to be a particularly exciting workshop, does it? But in this new IFAW workshop we’ll show you just how valuable and worthwhile making a strategic plan can be for you and your organisation and how simple and straightforward a strategic planning process can actually be.

So now, here's a question... Do you always seem to find yourself working reactively? Constantly feeling like you are putting out fires, solving problems, dealing with issue after issue and never being able to get ahead of yourself or having the time to do all the other things that you know are important? If the answer to that question is yes, always, sometimes… or even just occasionally, then this workshop is for you.

This new IFAW workshop and workplan has been designed specifically for small animal welfare organisations as a simple, practical, step-by-step guide through the strategic planning process. An eight-step workplan that, by the time you have finished, will have allowed you create a strategic plan for your organisation.
Caring for Life Education — An Adaptable Model
Facilitators: Joy Leney and Kerenza Vlastou, ACTAsia
ACTAsia's Caring for Life Education(CLE) is a humane education course for schools, fully concordant with the aims of Learning to Live Together, based on UNESCO's 4 Pillars of Learning. CLE interprets the intent in a broader sense to include all sentient beings and provides a holistic approach to humane education, recognising that humans, animals and the environment are interrelated and interdependent. The CLE curriculum spans 6 years of Primary Education, with content specifically designed to cover 5 main subject areas in equal measures: Web of Life; Sentience; Care & Respect; Interacting with Others; Empathetic Choices. Class teachers are trained by ACTAsia, as humane educators.

In contrast to traditional 'learning by rote' methods, CLE is taught through interactive inquiry based learning which helps to stimulate students' critical thinking skills; collaboration & group work; role play & other creative activities. Global concerns are explored relevant to the age group of the students, their culture and traditions.

This interactive workshop will introduce Caring for Life Education and demonstrate how the curriculum can be used, or adapted for use, in all Asian countries. Focusing on the subject area Sentience, the key objectives will be to collectively explore ways in which we can best help students:
  • To Know about the World: develop their knowledge of the interconnected existence of all forms of life.
  • To Sense & experience the World: have emotional intelligence and exercise compassion for suffering in all life forms.
  • To Participate in the World: make humane decisions and exercise civic responsibility.
Participatory Human-Wildlife Conflict Management
Facilitator: Narendra Pradhan, IUCN Nepal
Human-wildlife conflict refers to the interaction between wild animals and people resulting in negative impact on people, or their resources, or on wild animals or their resources. For example, when growing human populations overlap with established wildlife territory there can be competition over resources or habitat. Traditional approaches to address this include killing the wild animals, moving individual animals to habitats further away from humans, and physical barriers such as walls around crops. However, these are often not good outcomes for the wildlife, are not based in an understanding of animal behaviour or needs, or are not sustainable.

There is a growing number of innovative projects that are now addressing this issue in a more effective way. By truly engaging with the communities who are experiencing conflict with the local wildlife, it is possible not only to reduce the conflict through carefully planned management approaches but also to change attitudes towards wildlife to that of conservation and protection. Successful projects share the key element of true participation from the communities, solutions that are introduced from the outside are rarely embraced unless there is engagement to develop solutions together. This workshop will include:
  • Brief background and examples of human-wildlife conflict situations.
  • Brief discussion of approaches that have been attempted and failed, and why (audience participation).
  • Outline of elements of a more innovative approach towards effective community engagement.
  • Discussions of how the elements of the approaches can be used across different issues.
  • Planning and prevention - how conflict can be avoided when planning human expansion to avoid key migratory or movement routes of animals.
Advocating for Animals through Social Media
Facilitator: Manila Santos and Anna Hashim-Cabrera
In this workshop, you will learn how to recognize, harness and maximize the power of social media in promoting animal welfare and learn how to build an online community to push animal issues into the limelight.
Copy Copy Copy — Making Effective Behaviour Change Strategy Fast
Facilitator: Mark Earls
This practical workshop will get you hands-on experience in using the Bentley-Earls choice-style map and toolkit discussed in my keynote. We'll examine a number of different behaviour change challenges together and in teams. Limited to 25 people for maximum learning benefit.


6 Dec 2017 0800 - 1300
1200 - 1700
1400 - 1900
Tour of Kathmandu valley animal shelters (morning)
Tour of Kathmandu valley animal shelters (afternoon)
Transfer to Chitwan National Park
7 Dec 2017 0600 - 1100
1400 - 1700
1900 - 2200
Jeep safari of Chitwan National Park
Wildlife canoeing
Dinner hosted by park warden and conservation officials
8 Dec 2017 0600 - 0800
0900 - 1400
Morning jungle walk
Return to Kathmandu