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Aysha Ahktar, MD (Our Symphony With Animals) believes that a connection to animals can help us heal, and Sailesh Rao, PhD, is out to create Vegan World 2026.
Dr. Akhtar is double board-certified in both neurology and preventive medicine, has a master’s degree in public health, and currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Army’s TBI Program and a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service, in which she deploys to assist with national public health emergencies. Previously, she worked for the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats of the Food and Drug Administration. She lives in Maryland and is the author of Animals and Public Health and Our Symphony with Animals.
Dr. Rao is the founder and director of Climate Healers and executive producer of four documentaries: The Human Experiment, Cowspiracy, What the Health?, and A Prayer for Compassion. He is the author of two books, Carbon Yoga, and Carbon Dharma. A systems engineer by training, Rao spent twenty years developing the infrastructure that would become the Internet, and now devotes all his energy to saving the planet. His primary project is Vegan World 2026, and the Vegan World 2026 conference is coming in October in Mesa, AZ.
Blast from the past! ~ Dr. Rao is an executive producer of several documentaries, one of which is the iconic What the Health? Check out this episode featuring filmmakers Kip Anderson and Keeghan Kuhn shortly after its release.
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