American Vegan Society Speakers Bureau Damien Mander


Position: Wildlife & Philosophy

Bio: Damien Mander, aka the “Vegan Sniper”, is the founder and CEO of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation ( He liquidated 100% of his personal assets to create IAPF to target wildlife crime. The organization changed to a primarily community approach by developing Akashinga: an all-vegan all-women team protecting Zimbabwe’s wildlife. This model empowers disadvantaged women to restore and manage a network of wilderness areas as an alternative to trophy hunting. Damien is a former Australian Naval Clearance Diver, Special Operations Sniper, and Iraq War veteran. His TEDx talk on speciesism has been seen more than seven million times across various platforms.

Sample Talks: Saving the Keystone Species: Elephants and Rhinos; Why Africa’s Wildlife Matter to Americans; Can Guns and Ahimsa Be Used Symbiotically?

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