Kuntal Joisher combines the distinction of being both an accomplished mountaineer and a high-end, computer science professional.
He is an alumnus of Vivekanand Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Los Angeles.
His insatiable passion for mountaineering has led him to climb mountain ranges across the world, including the Western Ghats, the Andes in Patagonia, and the Nepalese and Indian Himalaya.
Joisher is the first Indian Gujarati and vegan to stand on the very top of Mt. Everest, and the only Gujarati in the world to have climbed two 8000 meter mountains. He is also a respected photographer, and his work has been published in National Geographic, BBC Earth, Space.com, EarthSky, Himalayan Journal, The Outdoor Journal, and several other newspapers and magazines across the world.
Winner of the Kutch Shakti, Kutch Ratna, and Kutch Kohinoor awards, he continues to train both mentally and physically to achieve his dream of climbing the fourteen tallest 8000-meter mountains in the world, and to become the first Indian to do so. In addition to his dedication to climbing, Joisher is passionate about two causes: raising awareness about the disease of Dementia, and spreading the message of veganism and vegetarianism.
11:20am – 12:25pm: Main Stage
“Vegan Athlete/Fitness Panel”: Will Tucker, Seba Johnson, Matt Ruscigno, John Pierre, Kuntal Joisher (Moderator – Laura Oatman)