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David van Beveren
David van Beveren
Founder & Executive Director
Team Eggplant

David van Beveren is Founder and Executive Director of Vegan Hacktivists. In 2019, he created the organization to empower activists and address gaps in data and technology in the animal protection movement. Prior to Vegan Hacktivists, David founded a company building software for K-12 and higher education institutions across the United States. David is passionate about technology and its power in building community. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, watching ‘90s movies, and playing as well as teaching handpan. David currently resides in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he was born and raised.

James Morgan
Director of Operations
Team Watermelon

James Morgan is Director of Operations at Vegan Hacktivists, where he is responsible for implementing operational improvements, whilst supporting start-up animal protection organizations by providing advice, assessing grant requests, and preparing website designs. He has over a decade of experience in product management and business process improvement at several FTSE 100 tech companies in the UK. James has been vegan since 2014 and enjoys bouldering and world cinema. James is passionate about enabling the most effective grassroots organizations to grow quickly and sustainably via no-cost solutions.

James Morgan
Malina Tran
Malina Tran
Director of Communications
Team Peach

Malina Tran uniquely bridges her public sector experience and software engineering skills. As Director of Communications at Vegan Hacktivists, Malina develops the organization’s brand and voice through marketing, social media, and content creation. Her career has spanned government, nonprofits, and consultancies in Los Angeles and New York City, where she has worked in fundraising, project management, and strategic planning and partnerships. A believer in civic engagement, she has developed apps to make government services effective and healthy foods accessible for all.

Gerard O'Neill
Director of Engineering
Team Sweet Potato

Gerard O'Neill is a professional software engineer with over a decade of experience building web applications at large tech companies, including Etsy, Trello, and Atlassian. As Director of Engineering at Vegan Hacktivists, Gerard oversees the technical strategy and implementation of the organization's infrastructure and projects. Since joining in 2019, he has worked on several hallmark projects, such as Vegan Bootcamp, Activist Hub, and most recently, Vegan Linguists.

Gerard O'Neill
Kate Rodman
Kate Rodman
Director of Design
Team Mango

Kate Rodman is a multi-dimensional, award-winning designer and illustrator. After graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design, she joined an ad agency in Maryland where she gained eight years of industry experience designing for small businesses, tech companies, government programs, and nonprofits. In 2017, she founded her own freelance shop which offers services in brand development, illustration, print, web, and social media campaign design. As Director of Design at Vegan Hacktivists, Kate has helped organizations with rebrands, contributed to the UI/UX and graphic design of flagship projects, and led a complete refresh of the organization’s brand itself. Since joining in May 2021, she has been at the heart of transforming the way VH looks at design.

Stephan de Vries
Lead Architect
Team Carrot

Stephan de Vries is a professional web developer with over ten years of experience working in the field. With an eye for design and a passion for building great user experiences, he's able to deliver high quality websites that conform to accessibility guidelines. As Lead Architect at Vegan Hacktivists, he puts these skills to good use by being involved in the design and quality assurance phases of all projects. Stephan's goal is to spread veganism far and wide and make it as accessible and attainable to as many people as possible.

Stephan de Vries
Joaquín Triñanes
Joaquín Triñanes
Senior Developer
Team Avocado

Joaquín Triñanes is a software engineer at Vegan Hacktivists. He currently works at a sustainability company, empowering organizations and institutions to track and reduce the impact they have on the environment via data visualization tools. As a Team Lead at VH, he built and oversaw the development of the organization’s new website. Now, as Senior Developer on the core team, he dedicates his time to building and launching flagship projects. In his free time, he is juggling getting a PhD, working out, and enforcing stricter type safety in whatever project he's got his hands on.

Weiyena Wei
Senior Designer
Team Mango

Weiyena Wei is a graphic designer and illustrator who specializes in supporting ethical and vegan projects internationally. She has been vegan since 2020 and has a strong passion to educate, inspire, and encourage new behaviors in a visually engaging way. Through Wei's dedication to animal rights and climate change, her work has been featured in PETA, The Save Movement, Vegan FTA, Greenpeace Africa and Green Queen HK. As Senior Designer at Vegan Hacktivists, Wei helps support various charities, organizations, and sanctuaries with logo and branding identity, digital assets for websites and social media, and print design.

Weiyena Wei
Vikram Singh
Vikram Singh
Product Manager
Team Blueberry

Vikram Singh is a product specialist, with a focus on UX and user research. He combines these skills as a Product Manager at Vegan Hacktivists to ensure that products and services created by the team are useful, usable, and impactful. He has been vegan for four years, and is passionate about using all of his skills to further veganism and animal rights. He has been strengthening his skills in this field for 12 years, and has a previous career as a communications specialist. In his day job, Vikram works as Head of Design at Lightful, managing a team of four at an organization that creates products and services for nonprofits.

Tobias Frohme
Team Lead
Team Avocado

Tobias Frohme is a Team Lead at Vegan Hacktivists, where he and his team are responsible for the organization’s website, veganhacktivists.org. Tobias works as a software developer, and has years of experience as a system integrator and manager of e-sport communities. In these roles, he has planned and implemented a variety of business applications, including project management systems, analysis platforms, and webshops. In his free time, you can find him active in various German vegan communities and struggling with 3D modeling.

Tobias Frohme
Jérémy Touati
Jérémy Touati
Team Lead
Team Watermelon

Jérémy Touati is a senior backend web developer with 15 years of work experience. After going vegan in 2020, he joined Vegan Hacktivists in early 2021 as a developer and shortly became a Team Lead thereafter. His team mainly contributes to the development and maintenance of Activist Hub, a social network and outreach dashboard for activists. Prior to VH, he led the software development team of a growing telecom services company based in France, his home country. Jérémy enjoys reading, gaming, meditating, and spending hours in online arguments speaking up for the animals. He wishes to dedicate the rest of his life to helping the movement.

Yuriy Garnaev
Team Lead
Team Banana

Yuriy Garnaev is a Team Lead at Vegan Hacktivists, where he oversees the team of engineers behind Vegan Bootcamp. Previously he has built mission-critical systems at Lyft and Coinbase, and he currently leads engineering at Lighter, a vegan tech startup that partners with content creators to drive positive change at scale. In his free time he enjoys hiking, landscape photography, and simply spending time in nature. It was during his adventures in the mountains that he became aware of how fortunate he is to enjoy such freedom, and how this freedom is denied to countless sentient individuals trapped in our food system. Changing our relationship with animals has been his number one passion ever since.

Yuriy Garnaev
Nick van Verlaten
Nick van Verlaten
Team Lead
Team Pepper

Nick van Verlaten is a Team Lead at Vegan Hacktivists where he founded and oversees Animal Rights Advocates, a Discord server and community consisting of over 22,000 members. The purpose of ARA is to empower vegan youth to become effective advocates for animals, while also supporting those interested in transitioning to a plant-based diet. Nick was raised in The Netherlands and Brazil, speaks four languages, and currently studies medicine in Argentina.

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