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OUR TEAM

 
 
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Vanessa Zwick

Co-FOUNDER

Vanessa Zwick is the design and nutrition head at BeAnimal.  She's in charge of our plant based gourmet meals during the BeAnimal journey. She is from southern Poland though she's spent her entire childhood growing up in Bavaria, Germany. An architect by profession, she has an eye for detail and will make sure that everything we do on the tour meets the highest quality standards. Her heart is in design work of all kinds.  She's a lover of life and generally fun to hang out with.  She likes painting abstract art, dancing, yoga,  cooking, travel, urbanism, realistic things and swimming in the ocean.

 
 
 
 
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Lakshman Badami

Co-FOUNDER

Lakshman handles planning and operations at BeAnimal. A free-spirit and dreamer since birth, he is on a mission to revolutionise the way we humans live with the natural environment. With experience in the natural sciences and a degree in Architectural technology and construction planning from VIA University, Denmark, he is well prepared to design a new wave of sustainable buildings for the world.  He is interested in permaculture, sustainable technology, design, riding his road bike and almost everything in between.  You'll find him out in nature enjoying the bliss. 

 
 

ON TOUR WITH US

 
 
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Hana Fialová

YOGA TEACHER

Introducing our incredible Yoga ambassador from the Czech Republic : Hana. She is a stellar example of what a human being can be - genenerous, wise and caring. She has years of experience practicing and teaching yoga and she spreads positivity and love everywhere she goes. So come over and say hi! Hana will be teaching on tour with us all!

 
 
 
 
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Tobias O'Grady

permaculture specialist

Tobias is a farmer and permaculture designer from Australia. His ‘Roaming Farmer’ programme has helped people all over the world find a deeper connection with the land and understand the importance of farming. This picture was taken after a long hike down from a farm we were visiting. 
Toby is the most genuine and helpful person you'd ever come across. He is an immensely knowledgeable and resourceful human being and it has been a real pleasure to learn from him. Wherever he goes, good things follow. This is something we know for sure!

 
 

OUR MENTORS

 
 Justas Valancauskis  INSPIRATION  Justas is a badass raw vegan from Klaipeda, Lithuania. BeAnimal would not have been possible without his prodding and nudging. He initiated us into the whole movement and patiently explained everything to us while we complained. He helps fund the campaign so we can keep it alive. He likes doing research on nutrition and functions as a walking textbook on veganism. Justas enjoys philosophy, movies, yoga, cycling and vegetables. 

Justas Valancauskis

INSPIRATION

Justas is a badass raw vegan from Klaipeda, Lithuania. BeAnimal would not have been possible without his prodding and nudging. He initiated us into the whole movement and patiently explained everything to us while we complained. He helps fund the campaign so we can keep it alive. He likes doing research on nutrition and functions as a walking textbook on veganism. Justas enjoys philosophy, movies, yoga, cycling and vegetables. 

 Nisha Mavadia  Nishayoga  Nisha is a Yoga Teacher and all round free spirit. Having had a long successful career in the TV & Advertising world she is now based globally sharing her love of Yoga, travel and life with whomever she meets. Nisha organizes and leads  Yoga Holidays  focusing on looking after the mind, body and soul whilst in some of the most stunning locations in the world.

Nisha Mavadia

Nishayoga

Nisha is a Yoga Teacher and all round free spirit. Having had a long successful career in the TV & Advertising world she is now based globally sharing her love of Yoga, travel and life with whomever she meets. Nisha organizes and leads Yoga Holidays focusing on looking after the mind, body and soul whilst in some of the most stunning locations in the world.

 Dr. Erick Gordon  THE EDUCATOR  Eric is a professor at Columbia university. He works in the field of education and design thinking and has helped illuminate many minds.  His work  has been driven by the belief that it's important to create learning spaces that feel less like school and more like places where art, relationships, and an authentic sense of wonder come together.

Dr. Erick Gordon

THE EDUCATOR

Eric is a professor at Columbia university. He works in the field of education and design thinking and has helped illuminate many minds. His work has been driven by the belief that it's important to create learning spaces that feel less like school and more like places where art, relationships, and an authentic sense of wonder come together.

 
 Veena Sharma  AUTHOR  Veena was head of the All India Radio African Service for over 22 years. She has written many books on spirituality, religion, language and leisure. In her free time she enjoys cooking, listening to music and gardening.   

Veena Sharma

AUTHOR

Veena was head of the All India Radio African Service for over 22 years. She has written many books on spirituality, religion, language and leisure. In her free time she enjoys cooking, listening to music and gardening.

 

 Luis Alfonso Monje  ARTIST  Luis Alfonso is an outstanding artist and advertising genius from Santiago, Chile. He runs a series of collaborative art projects called  ‘Resources’  first materialized in Milan, Italy and right after alive again in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is currently about to build up ReSources Santiago and ReSources Puerto Williams, both in Chile, willing to help children and some young souls to learn about the importance of creativity and how to master up-cycling.   #5minutecitycleanup  is one of his current projects related to sustainability.

Luis Alfonso Monje

ARTIST

Luis Alfonso is an outstanding artist and advertising genius from Santiago, Chile. He runs a series of collaborative art projects called ‘Resources’ first materialized in Milan, Italy and right after alive again in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is currently about to build up ReSources Santiago and ReSources Puerto Williams, both in Chile, willing to help children and some young souls to learn about the importance of creativity and how to master up-cycling.  #5minutecitycleanup is one of his current projects related to sustainability.

 Italo Rovere  Poet  Italo is a Brazilian poet who came to India 27 years ago to meet Mother Teresa. He walked from Madrid to Kolkata with barefoot.  Here  he speaks about his poetry and his experiences in life.

Italo Rovere

Poet

Italo is a Brazilian poet who came to India 27 years ago to meet Mother Teresa. He walked from Madrid to Kolkata with barefoot. Here he speaks about his poetry and his experiences in life.

 
 Melissa& Eric Larsen  THE TEACHERS  Melissa and Eric are high school teachers from Australia who have dedicated their lives to help less advantaged students have a fair shot at life.

Melissa& Eric Larsen

THE TEACHERS

Melissa and Eric are high school teachers from Australia who have dedicated their lives to help less advantaged students have a fair shot at life.

 Fernando Diaz  THE SPANISH GUY   Fernando  is a yoga teacher from Madrid, Spain. He has had a variety of different professions over an eventful career - TV productions, cinema, sports clinics, survivor on an abandoned island you name it!

Fernando Diaz

THE SPANISH GUY

Fernando is a yoga teacher from Madrid, Spain. He has had a variety of different professions over an eventful career - TV productions, cinema, sports clinics, survivor on an abandoned island you name it!

 Thu Huong  ACTIVIST  Huong is a vegan activist, environmentalist and yoga teacher from Halong, Vietnam. In her spare time she enjoys reading about spirituality and singing.

Thu Huong

ACTIVIST

Huong is a vegan activist, environmentalist and yoga teacher from Halong, Vietnam. In her spare time she enjoys reading about spirituality and singing.

 
 Venus Bulman  THE problem solver  Venus Bulman is our Zimbabwean flower of radiance. She is a gemologist by profession (among others), an aspiring hostelier & a passion for sustainable community development.  Her extensive experience in hospitality & eco tourism backed by an always illuminating, empathetic & progressive nature have proved invaluable to the BeAnimal team.

Venus Bulman

THE problem solver

Venus Bulman is our Zimbabwean flower of radiance. She is a gemologist by profession (among others), an aspiring hostelier & a passion for sustainable community development. 
Her extensive experience in hospitality & eco tourism backed by an always illuminating, empathetic & progressive nature have proved invaluable to the BeAnimal team.