Summit - Thinking Animals United


A two-day public event in New York City on May 6th and 7th.

The Summit will be a diverse and comprehensive gathering of global experts in the research, conservation and humane treatment of animals conversing with leaders in business, government, media, education, theology and the arts to challenge our current understanding of animals and their environments.

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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The ReThinking Animals Summit has been made possible
in part by the generous support of the


Saturday May 6, 2017

The New York Academy of Medicine at 1216 5th Avenue

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Keynote Speakers

Paula Kahumbu, PhD
CEO, WildlifeDirect

Rebecca Riley
Senior Attorney, NRDC

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

The Threat to Human Health

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


Jim Robbins
Contributor, New York Times


Jonathan Epstein, MPH, DVM
Vice President for Science and Outreach, EcoHealth Alliance

Aysha Akhtar, MD, MPH
Neurologist, Public Health Specialist

Anna Cummins 
Co-Founder, 5 Gyers

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

The Threat to Global Security

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


Crawford Allan
Senior Director, TRAFFIC, WWF


Azzedine Downes
President and CEO, IFAW

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

Mark Spalding 
President, The Ocean Foundation

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

The Threat to the World Economy

The long-term costs of short-term thinking.


Andrew Revkin
Senior Reporter, RroPublica


Pavan Sukhdev
CEO, GIST Advisory; Author, Corporation 2020; UNEP Goodwill Ambassador

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?


Erica Goode
Contributor, New York Times


Mary Rice
Executive Director, EIA International

Gene Baur 
President and Co-Founder, Farm Sanctuary

Susan Shaw, PhD 
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.


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


Rev. Fletcher Harper
Founder, GreenFaith

Adam Roberts 
CEO, Born Free USA

Beth Allgood
U.S. Campaigns Director, IFAW

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
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Keynote Speaker

Jeremy Coller 

Founder, Coller Capital; Jeremy Coller Foundation; FAIRR

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Business for Sustainable Solutions

Making a profit while protecting the environment and biodiversity.


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


Mike Nilan

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 AM

Biodesigning Our Future

Changing how we maintain life and growth on the planet.


Max Elder
Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics


Isha Datar
Co-Founder and CEO, New Harvest

Matthew Markus 
Founder and CEO, Pembient

David Benjamin
Founder, Living Architecture Lab

2:15 PM – 3:00 AM


Stephan Bogner
Former CEO, Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation

3:30 PM – 4:30 AM

Tapping the Global Citizen

The power of individuals to change the world.


James Deutsch, PhD
Wildlife Conservation Director, Vulcan Philanthropy


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

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

Mary Ellen Hannibal 
Author, Citizen Scientist

Rene Umberger 
Executive Director, For the Fishes; Developer, Tank Watch app

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Moderators Wrap-Up

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


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

Thinking Animals United has reserved a limited number of rooms for guests, other than speakers, who are attending the ReThinking Animals Summit, at a rate of $199/night. This special rate will be available for three days from Friday, May 5th through Sunday, May 7th.

To make a reservation for one of these rooms, please follow the instructions below. These have to be made before April 5th to receive the discount.

Telephone Reservations

Local Guests 1-800-222-8733 (1-800-222-TREE)

International Guests 001-212-752-7000

When calling, guests can reference the Thinking Animals, Inc., or group code TAU.

Internet Reservations

Guests can make reservations online at Please have guests click “Reservations”, enter their arrival / departure dates, and use the group code TAU to reserve at the discounted rate.

The cutoff date for making ALL reservations is April 5, 2017 OR CLICK THE LINK BELOW. Reservations made after April 5th will be at a normal rates.



The New York Academy of Medicine

1216 5th Avenue

The Explorers Club

46 E 70th Street