Sept 16

09:00 –
09:50

Chautari Hall
WHAT IS VEGANISM? WHY IS IT A BETTER DIET?
Vegan, veganism, and plant-based – you’ve heard the words, now learn what they mean! Will I get enough protein, where will I get my calcium, can I still play sports and be strong? How does what I eat really impact the environment and climate change? And even if it all sounds good – how can I afford it? Is it just a trending diet for the rich? These and many more questions are answered in an in-depth conversation with some of the region’s and world’s leading experts who explore the health, environmental and affordable benefits of a plant-based diet – which has a lot more to offer us than most people know.

Speakers

  • Zeeshan Ali (Program specialist at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)
  • Vidya Chakravarthy (Award-winning plant-based ayurvedic doctor)
  • Shova Bhujel (Aspiring lawyer, vegan food blogger & advocate)
  • Ken Spector (Head of marketing and key principal at HappyCow)

Moderator

  • Kuntal Joisher (Vegan mountaineer and two-time Everest summitter)

Sept 16

10:00
10:50

Chautari Hall
THE RISE OF VEGAN ACTIVISM IN THE HIMALAYAN REGION
Being vegan is more than just about what you eat. To be vegan is to be an activist simply by leading by example. It is about planting seeds and educating those around you which is key to successful vegan activism. Discuss the rise of Vegan activism in the Himalayas and how best to create a more compassionate community around you.

Speakers

  • Shristi Singh Shrestha (Animal rights advocate, vegan activist and vice-president of Animal Nepal)
  • Ramji Adhikari (Founder of Manavsewa ashram , Social vegan activists)
  • Palak Mehta (Founder and CEO of Vegan First, India)
  • Angphuri Sherpa (Author, plant-based health advocate & vegan monk)
  • Karma Dendup (Founder of Jangsem Monday), (Meatless Monday Bhutan), animal advocate, film director & producer)

Moderator

  • Asmi Shrestha (Miss Nepal 2016, fashion model)

Sept 16

11:00
11:50

Chautari Hall
PRESENTATION BY AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER KEEGAN KUHN (USA)
Award-winning documentary filmmaker of such renowned documentaries like Cowspiracy (produced by Leonardo Di Caprio), What The Health (produced by Joaquin Phoenix) and Running for Good, and The End of Medicine (produced by Joaquin Phoenix) talks about making social justice documentaries and the shocking truths revealed while making these groundbreaking movies about what we eat and the relation it has to our health, the environment, and the planet!

Speakers

  • Keegan Kuhn (Award-winning documentary filmmaker, director and producer of Cowspiracy and What the Health)

Rhino Hall
PLANTING SEEDS THE RIGHT WAY – HOW TO BE A GENUINE “ACTIVIST”

To be a vegan is to be an activist because every vegan inspires those around them by simply living vegan. However, many of us choose to take our vegan experience beyond just that by becoming a professional activist and making it their life’s goal to change the world. There are, however, tips and tricks you could learn to make your mission to inspire and educate more successful. Learn from experienced expert vegan activists about their journeys and their experiences about how you could be more successful in planting seeds of compassion.

Speakers

  • Sailesh Rao (Founder and executive director of Climate Healers and author)
  • Renee King-Sonnen (Rowdy Girl Sanctuary founder and advocate for compassionate farming)
  • Dolly Vyas-Ahuja (Animal activist, public speaker, and vegan documentary producer)
  • Deepak Raj Joshi (Vegan Writer)
  • Jessica Ava (Grants program director of ProVeg International)
  • Shara Ng (Vegan activist & founder of the Hong Kong Vegan Association)

Bodhi Hall
SPECIAL B2B / B2C SESSIONS for PLANT-BASED ENTREPRENEURS & BUSINESSES brought to you by VEGAN FIRST

Do you dream of having your own vegan business? Do you have a great plant-based product you think people are going to love? Do you want to market your products to health & eco-friendly communities throughout the Himalaya? Do you have a market, shop, restaurant or hotel and want to find vegan-friendly products? Do you have a vegan friendly product and want to find markets, shops, restaurants or hotels to market to? The incredible team at Vegan First, established vegan entrepreneurs and branding experts from around the world will guide you at these special B2B / B2C sessions to take your vegan-friendly products or business to the next level! From branding, sales and marketing to product manufacturing and distribution – we’ll cover it all! Stay tuned to find out more information about these exciting, free workshops!


Chulho Hall
WANNA STILL EAT MEAT AND BE VEGAN? LEARN HOW TO MAKE VEGAN MEAT
Living vegan does not mean you have to give up on the tastes and flavours that you used to love. Learn about the incredible meat replacements available to vegans with an equal if not higher nutritional profile but without the toxins and hormones that come with traditional meat. These alternatives can be used to replace meat in all your favourite recipes without sacrificing texture, flavour or nutrients.
Speakers

  • Jayalaxmi Rai (Vegan food consultant, founder of Granny’s Bowl online meal delivery and recipe developer)
  • Chef Jajah (Vegan master baker, Veganerie founder & vegan restaurateur)

Sept 16

12:00
12:50

Chautari Hall
SENSELESS SACRIFICES & CRUELTY TO COWS

To think that animal sacrifice still happens in the 21st century is shocking but to think that this cruelty in the name of God happens right here in Nepal is even more shocking! Not only that, the sacred cow has long been regarded as Nepal’s national animal, and the revered cow is even protected by law from being slaughtered. However, below the surface, the story is very different as the government subsidizes the dairy industries and promotes consumption, even though this industry leads to cruelty to cows and promotes climate change. If this continues we will have a crisis bigger than the one we are facing now. Find out how to end animal sacrifice and how to genuinely treat animals respectively.

Speakers

  • Bikesh Shrestha (Vegan Activist & Chair SPCA Nepal)
  • Beena Pant (SPCA Nepal general secretary, animal rights activist & vegan advocate)
  • Govinda Tandon (Cultural anthropologist)
  • Sneha Shrestha (Founder of Sneha’s care)
  • Hari Prasad Pokharel (Head of department Yoga & Naturopathy in Nepal Sanskrit University)

Moderator

  • Shristi Singh Shrestha (Animal rights advocate, vegan activist and vice-president of Animal Nepal)

Bodhi Hall
FAST FASHION AND SICK PLANET

People worry more about their looks than their surroundings which has led us to all these global warming and destruction. Cruelty towards animals and the environment is not the only way to look fashionable. Learn how you can dress in a way where there is no cruelty or harm to any beings.

Sept 16

13:00 –
13:50

Rhino Hall
RAISING VEGAN KIDS IN A NON-VEGAN WORLD Raising vegan children can be extremely challenging in a non vegan world but not for the reasons you might think. As far as nutrition goes, it is extremely easy for a vegan child to get adequate nutrients and sustenance on a vegan diet, however the hardest part about raising vegan children is having to dodge questions and doubts that everyone, including doctors will throw at you at every given chance. Discuss how to raise a vegan child, the sources of nutrition they receive and the challenges vegan parents face and how to handle them. Speakers

  • LeAnne Campbell (President of T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies)
  • Susianto Tseng (Co-founder of south-east asia’s first vegan school and vegan nutrition for children and founder of the World Vegan Organisation)
  • Seto Mulyadi (Child psychologist, activist and vegan educator)
  • Karin Olsen (Vegan promoter, writer and certified plant-based health coach)
  • Vinita Contractor (Holistic nutrition and lifestyle coach)

Bodhi Hall
THE FUTURE OF FASHION A fashion show where you see all the great dresses worn by models and the designers describing how they create the clothes and which materials and products they used – all cruelty-free and eco-friendly. From vegan bags and belts, to eco-friendly suits and sarees with Asmi Shrestha.

Speakers

  • Angeela Shrestha (Founder of Project Humane Nepal & compassionate education advocate)

Chulho Hall
THE MAGIC OF SOUTH KOREAN PLANT-BASED & BUDDHIST CUISINE South Korean monk food is possibly one of the greatest unintentional culinary secrets of all time. Monk cuisine is unique in its simplicity and yet is on par with food at just about any Michelin star restaurant in the world, but unlike at these restaurants, the secret ingredient to monk cuisine is not an expensive ingredient but time. Time and technique are used to create the most incredible food and at this workshop, you will learn these secrets from world-renowned Venerable Jeong Kwan and Dr. Anne H.J. Lee.

Speakers

  • Anne H. J. Lee (Author, researcher & director of plant-based ‘Temple Food Academy’)
  • Jeong Kwan (Buddhist nun and world-renowned plant-based chef known as “The Philosopher Chef”)

Sept 16

14:00 –
14:50

Chautari Hall
WHAT THE PANDEMIC!
As we are on the tail end of one of the greatest disasters of our time, a journey of food habits and their connection to pandemics and epidemics that have caused destruction on the world throughout history. All we need to begin with are the baby steps with the implementation of a basic plant-based journey for a week or a month before committing entirely. By doing that you can understand how to prevent a future global catastrophe like the one that each one of us was no doubt affected by just a year ago.

Speakers

  • Sailesh Rao (Founder and executive director of Climate Healers and author)
  • Keegan Kuhn (Award-winning documentary filmmaker, director and producer of Cowspiracy and What the Health)

Chulho Hall
HAPPINESS IS… (VEGAN) COOKIES & DONUTS!
Cookies and doughnuts hold a special place in our hearts because of the memories and comfort they bring with them. Many vegans miss out on their childhood favourites as they begin their transition to plant-based living but Chef Jajah will help you bring back the nostalgia with this amazing demonstration of how to make your favourite cookies and biscuits from plants!

Speakers

  • Chef Jajah (Vegan master baker, Veganerie founder & vegan restaurateur)

Sept 16

15:00 –
15:50

Chautari Hall
VEGAN ATHLETES DO EXIST – AND THEY THRIVE

Bust false myths about vegan living being expensive and out of reach to the average person as you learn to consume the best that the plant world has to offer within your budget. Get tips from vegan experts from all over the world on how to consume inexpensive, easily available whole food that offers the maximum amount of nutrition while limiting expensive processed food.

Speakers

  • Fiona Oakes (Global vegan marathon runner and animal sanctuary founder)
  • Kuntal Joisher (Vegan mountaineer and two-time Everest summitter)

Moderator

  • Zeeshan Ali (Program specialist at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)

Rhino Hall
VEGANISM HAS ALWAYS BEEN ROOTED IN HIMALAYAN CULTURES

Veganism is rooted in compassion and non-violence, or Ahimsa as it is known in many cultures in South Asia. Veganism is not a novel concept to Himalayan culture, it has always been part of the tradition and cuisine of the Himalayas. Discuss parallels between the Himalayan culture and vegan culture as you dive into its very foundations to discover how strongly connected the culture of the country is to plant-based eating and compassion. As well as why veganism means Ahimsa and how the foundation for Veganism already exists across the cultures and religions that practice Ahimsa.

Speakers

  • Dolly Vyas-Ahuja (Animal activist, public speaker, and vegan documentary producer)
  • Hari Prasad Pokharel (Head of department, Yoga & Naturopathy in Nepal Sanskrit University)
  • Karma Dendup (Founder of Jangsem Monday (Meatless Monday Bhutan), animal advocate, film director & producer)
  • Perik Rinpoche (Founder of Dharmaprabha Foundation, Vice President of WVO Nepal)

Moderator

Deepak Raj Joshi (Vegan Writer)


Bodhi Hall
CREATING A VEGAN FRIENDLY & MORE PROFITABLE BUSINESS…?

The success of any business depends on their marketing strategies, in case with the vegan business paying attention to your market strategies can help the most as per the growing vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian markets their impact mainly lies to the hospitality industry as a whole whether the impact is small or big. A vegan business can be done in two ways either being entirely open with people about them being vegan or simply keeping a secret from people. Discuss the vegan impact on the hospitality industry and business profit from this firm.

Speakers

  • Palak Mehta (Founder and CEO of Vegan First, India)
  • Ken Spector (Head of marketing and key principal at HappyCow)
  • Paul Eyers (Plant-based food & beverage consultant)
  • Abhishek Sinha (CEO of GoodDot, India’s leading homegrown mock meat brand)

Chulho Hall
VEGAN IN NEPAL: GOING LOCAL – MAKING NEPALESE FOOD VEGAN IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK

When you are in Nepal, live as the Nepalese do. Find out all about local cuisine, culture, tradition and learn how to veganise local traditional favourites like Nepalese Newari, Thakali khana set, khaja set, and Mo:mo from the locals themselves. Along with how to make tempeh in Nepali cuisine.

Speakers

  • Samu Yonjan (Restaurateur and vegan chef), Niru Gurung (Vegan entrepreneur and restaurateur)

Sept 16

16:00 –
16:50

Chautari Hall
MIRACLE OF TEMPEH
Many of us have heard of tempeh but the dish remains a mystery to most of us. Tempeh is an incredible time-honoured Indonesian dish created through the careful fermentation of soybeans to create a fantastic meat alternative that is both delicious and highly nutritious. Learn the intricate details of tempeh creation, its nutrition value and its benefits from two masters of tempeh.

Speakers

  • Susianto Tseng (Co-founder of south-east Asia’s first vegan school and vegan nutrition for children and founder of the World Vegan Organisation)
  • Seth Tibbott (Master tempeh maker, founder of Tofurky)

Rhino Hall
HOW TO DO CRUELTY-FREE WORSHIP & RITUALS
It goes without saying that worship should be in its very essence, cruelty-free and not harm any living being. There isn’t only one religion where animal cruelty isn’t done. If we talk about Buddhism, it’s a religion that deeply preaches kindness and nonviolence to all life. “Sabbe Satta Bhavantu Sukhitatta “is a script that is often chanted in Buddhism which loosely translates to “May all beings be well” which is somehow connected to the principle of Veganism. Discuss the connection between veganism and cruelty-free worship to the path of their own spirituality.

Speakers

  • Anne H. J. Lee (Author, researcher & director of plant-based ‘Temple Food Academy’)
  • Jeong Kwan (Buddhist nun and world renowned plant-based chef known as “The Philosopher Chef”)
  • Angphuri Sherpa (Author, plant-based health advocate & vegan monk)

Moderator

  • Suresh Prasad Sharma (Nepal chair of the World Vegan Organisation and vegan activist)

Bodhi Hall
SPECIAL B2B / B2C SESSIONS for PLANT-BASED ENTREPRENEURS & BUSINESSES brought to you by VEGAN FIRST
Do you dream of having your own vegan business? Do you have a great plant-based product you think people are going to love? Do you want to market your products to health & eco-friendly communities throughout the Himalaya? Do you have a market, shop, restaurant or hotel and want to find vegan-friendly products? Do you have a vegan-friendly product and want to find markets, shops, restaurants or hotels to market to? The incredible team at Vegan First, established vegan entrepreneurs and branding experts from around the world will guide you at these special B2B / B2C sessions to take your vegan-friendly products or business to the next level! From branding, sales and marketing to product manufacturing and distribution – we’ll cover it all! Stay tuned to find out more information about these exciting, free workshops!


Chulho Hall
LOVE DAIRY PRODUCTS? LEARN HOW TO MAKE THEM IN A PLANT-BASED WAY
Learn how to make all the incredible dairy products alternatives available to vegans. You do not have to give up on your favourite comfort food when you make the transition to veganism. While veganism is definitely about healthy living, it can also be wholesome and enjoyable. Learn to veganise milk, cheese, curd and butter in this programme so you can add them to your favourite recipes of all time without having to sacrifice the key components that make them delicious and comforting.

Speakers

  • Kuntal Joisher (Vegan mountaineer and two-time Everest summitter)
  • Jayalaxmi Rai (Vegan food consultant, founder of Granny’s Bowl online meal delivery and recipe developer)

Sept 16

17:00 –
17:50

Chautari Hall
DIET CHANGE NOT CLIMATE CHANGE

On the surface, many people may not even realize that diet and climate change are related but a deep look into the intricacies of climate change will show you that your diet and lifestyle do in fact play a role in the ever-worsening climate change issue that the earth is facing. Discuss ways in which you can not only change your own diet and lifestyle but also educate and create awareness about these changes so you can make greater changes within your own community to reduce the effects of climate change.

Speakers

  • Aviram Rozin (Vegan Environmentalist & Founder of Sadhana Forest)
  • Marly Winckler (President & founder of Brazilian Vegetarian Society, chair – International Vegetarian Union)
  • Sailesh Rao (Founder and executive director of Climate Healers and author)
  • Prerana Shah (Yoga, sound healing and ayurvedic healing practitioner)

Moderator

  • Jessica Ava (Grants program director of ProVeg International)

Rhino Hall
HOW TO COOK ORIGINAL TEMPEH RECIPES
Seth Tibbott has been making his own Tempeh since 1980 and has become a master of the dish with his experience. Join Seth as he takes you back in time with stories and experiences of his tempeh journey and learn how to make tempeh the original way.

Speakers

  • Seth Tibbott (Master tempeh maker, founder of Tofurky)

Bodhi Hall
SPECIAL B2B / B2C SESSIONS for PLANT-BASED ENTREPRENEURS & BUSINESSES brought to you by VEGAN FIRST
Do you dream of having your own vegan business? Do you have a great plant-based product you think people are going to love? Do you want to market your products to health & eco-friendly communities throughout the Himalaya? Do you have a market, shop, restaurant or hotel and want to find vegan-friendly products? Do you have a vegan friendly product and want to find markets, shops, restaurants or hotels to market to? The incredible team at Vegan First, established vegan entrepreneurs and branding experts from around the world will guide you at these special B2B / B2C sessions to take your vegan-friendly products or business to the next level! From branding, sales and marketing to product manufacturing and distribution – we’ll cover it all! Stay tuned to find out more information about these exciting, free workshops!


Chulho Hall
YOU CAN’T BUY HAPPINESS BUT YOU CAN MAKE VEGAN ICE CREAM AND SMOOTHIES!
Ice cream really is one of the best things life has to offer, so is a smoothie and you don’t have to sacrifice it when you make the switch to veganism. Vegan ice cream is not just on par with non-vegan ice cream, it is far better. Impress your vegan and non-vegan friends alike with your newfound ice cream making skills that you will learn at this workshop from culinary experts, Chef Jajah and Jayalaxmi Rai.

Speakers

  • Jayalaxmi Rai (Vegan food consultant, founder of Granny’s Bowl online meal delivery and recipe developer)
  • Chef Jajah (Vegan master baker, Veganerie founder & vegan restaurateur)

Sept 16

18:00 –
18:50

Rhino Hall
STEP-BY-STEP TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT VEGAN TRAVEL ADVENTURE
Join travel blogger Shivya Nath as she takes you on an adventure around the world through her narrations from her many experiences of travelling the world as a vegan. She will help you understand how you will need to prepare in advance for your trips as you embark on a vegan escapade in a seemingly non-vegan world while also noting tips and secrets to finding hidden vegan food anywhere in the world.
Speakers

  • Shivya Nath (Award-winning vegan travel blogger and author of the bestselling travel memoir “The Shooting Star”)

Bodhi Hall
SPECIAL B2B / B2C SESSIONS for PLANT-BASED ENTREPRENEURS & BUSINESSES brought to you by VEGAN FIRST
Do you dream of having your own vegan business? Do you have a great plant-based product you think people are going to love? Do you want to market your products to health & eco-friendly communities throughout the Himalaya? Do you have a market, shop, restaurant or hotel and want to find vegan-friendly products? Do you have a vegan-friendly product and want to find markets, shops, restaurants or hotels to market to? The incredible team at Vegan First, established vegan entrepreneurs and branding experts from around the world will guide you at these special B2B / B2C sessions to take your vegan-friendly products or business to the next level! From branding, sales and marketing to product manufacturing and distribution – we’ll cover it all! Stay tuned to find out more information about these exciting, free workshops!


Chulho Hall
THE ART OF FERMENTATION AND ITS UNTOLD BENEFITS
The benefits of fermented food are no secret and yet, many of us are afraid to try our hand at fermentation. Fermentation and nutrition expert, Vinita Contractor will take you through the steps of fermentation and educate you on important information that you need to keep in mind when fermenting plant food so you too can reap the astounding benefits of fermented food. Speakers

Speaker

  • Vinita Contractor (Holistic nutrition and lIfestyle coach)