Jessika Ava, Grants Program Director
At ProVeg, Jessika directs the ProVeg Grants Program where she works to expand vegan advocacy efforts worldwide through strategic capacity-building efforts. Jessika’s niche lies in coordinating global projects, quantitative program evaluations, and guiding philanthropic and grantmaking support. Her notable experience includes NGO management, international grantmaking, biostatistics, and Asian street animal welfare. She sits on the Board of Directors of Umano, A Just World, and Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary, and is a member of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and multiple advisory boards. She holds an MS in Biostatistics, an MPA in Nonprofit Management and Program Evaluation, and a BS in Biology.
Meghana Rajanahally, Grants Program Coordinator
Meghana is the Grants Program Coordinator and has previously worked as a marine biologist, animal rights advocate, social justice community organiser, administrator and event manager with diverse international and local grassroots experience. Her extensive travel and experiences working in and with peers from numerous countries and cultures gives Meghana a huge advantage with dealing with people from around the world and with global issues, with a lens of decolonisation, intersectionality and transformative justice. She holds a MSc in Marine Biology, a Graduate Diploma in Marine Biology and a BSc in Biological Sciences with a focus on Microbiology.
Nabaasa Innocent, Freelance Africa Regional Coordinator
Nabaasa Innocent Kashobera is a vegan in Uganda. She is the founder of the Uganda Vegan Society and the Uganda Vegan Festival. Her passion towards veganism is driven by the desire to reduce consumption and exploitation of animals and animal products, environmental protection and reduce the spread of non-communicable diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancer which are caused by the uncontrolled consumption of animals.
Nicola Kagoro, Freelance Africa Regional Coordinator
Nicola “Chef Cola” Kagoro founded African Vegan on a Budget in 2016 to raise awareness about plant-based eating and to inspire people to incorporate vegan meals into their diet everyday. She teamed up with the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF) to establish a vegan camp kitchen in the bush for the Akashinga Rangers, an all-woman team protecting wild animals from poaching. Chef Cola is also the founder of the grassroots movement Back to Black Roots, an initiative that spreads awareness of the beauty of African vegan culture and cuisine.