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 is a member of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Womxn Funders in Animal Rights, and Umano assessment committee. She holds an MS in Biostatistics, an MPA in Nonprofit Management and Program Evaluation, and a BS in Biology.
Marilou Pelmont, Grants Program Coordinator
Marilou is the Coordinator of the Grants Program and previously, she has been engaged for ten years in nonprofit organisations supporting human rights, in the European Union and globally. She previously worked in the field of active citizenship and empowerment for young people in Europe through capacity-building and knowledge-sharing programs. She holds a MA in Anthropology of International Development and a BS in Sociology.
Melanie Jaecques, Grants Program Intervention Specialist
Melanie is a freelance consultant within the ProVeg Grants Program and supports groups worldwide by providing diet-change intervention expert knowledge through training webinars, 1-on-1 consultation sessions, strategy group sessions, and campaign best practice guides. She’s been working for many years in the vegan movement and has expertise in campaign management, grants, data collection, and institutional outreach. She has a Masters in clinical psychology.
The ProVeg Grants Program utilizes a network of advisors with regional and intervention expertise to support our grantmaking efforts.
Varda Mehrotra, Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations
Varda Mehrotra works with FIAPO as its Executive Director to give form to her passion for wanting to create a world that is kind and accepting of animals through an organised animal protection network. Drawing strength from her history of serving activists and organisations in Scotland and India, she is leading one of the largest animal movement-building organisations in the world, and the largest plant-based advocacy network in India. Under her guidance, the only Declaration of the Rights of the Elephants was drafted, every day animal issues are being investigated and flagged to the authorities, and policies are being challenged and enforced.
Jo Anderson, Faunalytics
Jo Anderson is the Research Director at Faunalytics, as well as co-leader of the RECAP (Research to End Consumption of Animal Products) researcher collective and Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). Prior to joining Faunalytics, she worked in academia and government, studying topics that included self-esteem, judgment and decision-making, and employee retention. She started at Faunalytics in 2016 as a volunteer and became the research director in 2017, bringing over a decade of social science experience to her role. Jo has a PhD in social psychology from the University of Waterloo and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University.
Karen Menczer, Animal-Kind International
Karen Menczer is the Founder and Executive Director of Animal-Kind International, an organization that raises funds and supplies for, and visibility of animal welfare organizations in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. Karen has worked in international biodiversity conservation since 1991, and for over 40 years, has been active in animal welfare in the US and overseas. Karen has lived in Uganda, Botswana, Jamaica, Ghana, Namibia, Cayman Islands, and Ecuador, and over her career, she has worked in over 50 countries.
Eve Samyuktha, Plant-Based Consulting China
Eve is the founder of Plant-Based Consulting China and its advocacy platform, Vegans of Shanghai, where she leads China-based campaigns in both corporate engagement and public outreach. Eve has dedicated her life to spread the message of veganism to as many people as possible, since she believes that veganism is the single biggest way to protect our planet. She is based in Shanghai, China.
Rachel Kabue, Vegan Society of Kenya Rachel is the cofounder of Vegan Society of Kenya and Nairobi Feline Sanctuary. She was instrumental in launching Nairobi’s first vegan community and formal plant-based advocacy work where she introduced plant-based meal days and chef training in children’s homes. She is currently completing a Master’s degree examining the health effects of vegan diets in Kenya.
Carolina Galvani, Sinergia Animal
Carolina has 18 years of experience in research, investigation, strategic planning, mobilization, communication, and movement building. She has worked in over 30 different countries as an investigative journalist for several leading NGOs. She is a graduate of Unicamp in Brazil in economics and has a master’s degree in International Journalism from City University, London. In September 2017, Carolina founded the NGO Sinergia Animal.
Fernanda Vieira, Sinergia Animal
Fernanda is a Food Policy Director at Sinergia Animal, an international animal protection organization working in the Global South to reduce the consumption of animal products by promoting more compassionate and healthy diets. Previously, she worked for Humane Society International in Brazil as a Corporate Policy and Program Manager and Food Policy Manager. For the last one, worked on implementing meat reduction programs in institutions. She also holds a doctorate focused on Animal Welfare from the University of Sao Paulo.
The ProVeg Grants Program is a safespace and upholds a whistleblower protection policy. We are committed to uphold and foster an inclusive, equitable, and safe environment for all our stakeholders. This includes providing an environment free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination related to race, gender identity, religion, sex, age, national origin, ability, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or other. All grant recipients and accelerator participants are expected to uphold these same policies.
How to Support
The ProVeg Grants Program is possible only thanks to generous donor support. If you would like to join our efforts in expanding diet-change work across the world, you may reach Jessika Ava, Grants Program Director, at [email protected]