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THE RETHINKING ANIMALS SUMMIT 2017

The massive global exploitation of animals is worsening.  In this unsettled political climate, the protection and conservation of animals is sorely neglected.  The Endangered Species Act is itself endangered, and looming federal cuts to science and environmental protection threaten critical animal habitat and well-being.

Please join us for The Rethinking Animals Summit 2017 This urgent assembly of science, health, business, conservation, animal welfare, security and ethics leaders and concerned citizens will address the volatile coexistence of human and non-human animals in a world threatened by rampantly exploitative economic activities.  Can we ignite sustainable actions to create a healthy and humane future that includes the protection of all creatures?

Through new insights and dialogue, we’ll increase awareness, evolve attitudes, develop new models of thinking, and set precedent for necessary action on behalf of other species.

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SUMMIT SCHEDULE

Saturday May 6, 2017

The New York Academy of Medicine at 1216 5th Avenue

MORNING
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Keynote Speakers

Paula Kahumbu, PhD 
CEO, WildlifeDirect

Carter and Olivia Ries 
Founders, One More Generation

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

The Threat to Human Health 

Our treatment of animals around the world is making us sick.

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals:
     

MODERATOR

Jim Robbins 
Contributor, New York Times

SPEAKERS

Dr. Scarlett Magda
Founding President, Veterinarians International

Aysha Akhtar, MD, MPH
Neurologist, Public Health Specialist

 Anna Cummins
Co-Founder and Global Strategy Director, 5 Gyres

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

The Threat to Global Security

How we contribute to terrorism and international crime through the exploitation of animals.

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals:
    

MODERATOR

Crawford Allan
Senior Director, TRAFFIC, WWF

SPEAKERS

Azzedine Downes
President and CEO, IFAW

Gary A. Flory 
Agricultural Program Manager, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Mark Spalding, JD 
President, The Ocean Foundation

AFTERNOON
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

The Threat to the World Economy

The long-term costs of short-term thinking.

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals:
       

MODERATOR

Andrew Revkin
Senior Reporter, ProPublica

SPEAKERS

Carl Safina, PhD
Founding President, The Safina Center

Philip Lymbery
CEO, Compassion in World Farming

David E. Guggenheim, PhD 
Founder and President, Ocean Doctor

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

The Threat to Environmental Sustainability

Are we consuming to kill the planet?

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals:
           

MODERATOR

Erica Goode
Contributor, New York Times

SPEAKERS

Mary Rice
Executive Director, EIA International

Gene Baur 
President and Co-Founder, Farm Sanctuary

Susan Shaw, DrPH 
Founder and Executive Director, Marine and Environmental Research Institute

5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

The Threat to our Happiness

The high price we pay for anthropocentric behavior.

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals:
           

MODERATOR

Steven M. Wise, Esq.
President, Nonhuman Rights Project, Inc.

SPEAKERS

Rev. Fletcher Harper
Founder, GreenFaith

 Will Travers, OBE 
President, Born Free Foundation / Born Free USA

Beth Allgood
U.S. Country Director, IFAW

EVENING
The Explorers Club at 46 E 70th Street
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Evening at the The Explorers Club

Limited tickets for a special evening at the Explorers Club to meet the speakers, guests and experience the Wild Sounds of Ben Mirin, beatboxer, birder and DJ Ecotone!

Sunday May 7, 2017
The New York Academy of Medicine at 1216 5th Avenue
MORNING
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Keynote Speakers


Jeremy Coller 

Founder, Coller Capital; Jeremy Coller Foundation; FAIRR

Rebecca Riley, Esq.
Senior Attorney, NRDC

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Business for Sustainable Solutions

Making a profit while protecting the environment and biodiversity.

MODERATOR

Jane Lawton
Director, Global Community and Development, The B-Team

SPEAKERS

Mike Nilan
CEO, TreeZero.com

Mike Korchinsky 
Founder, Wildlife Works, Inc.

Ashley Jablow
Vice President, Development and Impact, Vizzuality

Gavin McIntyre
Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Ecovative Design

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Biodesigning Our Future

Changing how we maintain life and growth on the planet.

MODERATOR

Jennifer Jacquet, PhD
Environmental Scientist, Writer

SPEAKERS

Isha Datar
Co-Founder and CEO, New Harvest

Philip Ross
CTO and Co-Founder, MycoWorks

Matthew Markus 
Founder and CEO, Pembient

David Benjamin
Founder, Living Architecture Lab

AFTERNOON
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Remarks

Stephan Bognar
Program Director,
US National Park Service / Oxford University:
Women Leaders in Conservation

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Tapping the Global Citizen

The power of individuals to change the world.

MODERATOR

James Deutsch, PhD
Wildlife Conservation Director, Vulcan Philanthropy

SPEAKERS

Stephen M. Kohn, Esq.
Founder, National Whistleblower Center

Alex Dehgan, PhD, JD
Co-Founder, Conservation X Labs

Mary Ellen Hannibal 
Author, Citizen Scientist

Sam Rivers
Founder, Allott

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Moderators Wrap-Up

Annette Lanjouw, Drs. 
Co-Executive Director, The ARCUS Foundation

PARTNER HOTEL

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Metropolitan
569 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 752-7000

VENUES

The New York Academy of Medicine

1216 5th Avenue

The Explorers Club

46 E 70th Street