Listen to some of the most expansive minds on the planet.


Leilani Münter

Discovery's #1 Eco Athlete * Environmental Activist * Race Car Driver


Leilani Münter is biology graduate turned professional race car driver and environmental activist. Discovery's Planet Green named Leilani the #1 Eco Athlete in the world. She is a recipient of ELLE Magazine's 2012 Genius Award and Sports Illustrated named her one of the top ten female race car drivers in the world. Leilani is on the board of the Oceanic Preservation Society and the advisory board of The Solutions Project.

Leilani holds a bachelor's degree in Biology specializing in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from the University of California San Diego. Since 2007, Leilani has been adopting an acre of rainforest for every race she runs. She is politically active and has made several trips to Capitol Hill to speak on behalf of clean energy legislation. Leilani was one of the first activists to arrive at the 2010 Gulf oil disaster. She’s been to Taiji, Japan three times to document the dolphin slaughter depicted in the Academy Award winning documentary "The Cove."

Leilani races in ARCA, a development league of NASCAR. She is the fourth woman in history to race in the Indy Pro Series, the development league of IndyCar. She set the record for the highest finish for a female driver in the history of the Texas Motor Speedway when she finished fourth in 2006. Her accomplishments have landed her on the pages of USA Today, Italian Vogue, The New York Times, Washington Post, Reader's Digest, Esquire, Newsweek and a national ad campaign for Lucky Brand Jeans. Glamour Magazine named her an "Eco Hero."

Leilani's personal car is an electric Tesla Model S which she charges with the solar panels on her home. With family ties in the music community – her brother-in-law is Grateful Dead guitarist and singer Bob Weir – Leilani's motto is "Never underestimate a vegetarian hippie chick with a race car." Leilani is vegan and documents her efforts to go green on her site

  1. Saving Nemo with Leilani - Fundraiser - full details here
  2. V.I.P. Breakfast with Leilani - full details here

Tyler Tolman

Get ready for your consciousness to be challenged.

TALK TOPIC: Heal Thy Self

Tyler Tolman is the co-founder of Conscious Lifestyler, a global online community that helps its members to improve their health and take control of their lives through completely natural and healthy practices, tools, and values. After a lifetime of research into ancient practices for natural healing, he now dedicates himself to sharing his knowledge with the world, allowing people to rediscover the brilliance of the natural world and its ability to heal and improve lives mentally, emotionally, physically, financially and socially. Through natural products, information, teaching, and guiding individuals through fasts, he is giving people all over the world the power to see past the lies and to start living a life full of health, happiness, and independence.

Make sure you can make it to Saturday's talk at 3:45pm on the main stage and the Panel Discussion at the Activity/Q&A Tent at 2:15pm on Sunday.

Tyler's Website

Conscious Lifestyler Website

David Coles

The truth can’t hurt you, only your resistance to it.


TALK TOPIC: Why we are destroying our planet, other species and ourselves, and how we can redirect this madness before it’s too late.

If we could feel the pain of all that we destroy in the attainment of our desires, our minds would drown in tears of sorrow and remorse. Then in the death of our denial we would be reborn.
— David Coles, The Insanity of Humanity

David Coles is a Life Guide and expert on human existence and dedicates his life to changing the nature of how we use our minds. He has developed Life Expansion Technique - it can change our thinking from a fear driven mode to a state of conscious purity. David has explained everything we need to know to get this journey started in his book The Insanity of Humanity. David is also an inspiring speaker who is currently developing uneditedSpace, which is a forum for exploring the true nature of us, the human species. David has invited people from a diverse range of life experiences and expertise to have one on one conversations about the challenges that lay ahead of us all, creating a world of inspiration and hope founded in the truth of what is.

David presents a powerful truth that Vegans are the key to saving life on earth ... but only if they start to look more closely at their own behaviour so they can share their vital knowledge from a more aware and expanded state of mind.

Dr. Leila Masson

Children's Health A to Z

TALK TOPIC: Vegan Nutrition for Children

Dr Leila Masson is a paediatrician who combines medicine with a nutritional and environmental approach to help her patients attain optimal health.  She received her medical doctorate from the Free University of Berlin, did her paediatric specialist training at the University of California at San Francisco. She received her Master in Public Health from Harvard University and her Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Leila has worked in the US, Europe, New Zealand, volunteered for 2 years setting up a clinic in Pakistan, before moving to Sydney this year. Dr Masson is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.

Leila has a busy practice in Bondi Beach, specialising in a nutritional approach to children’s health problems, including allergies, asthma, behaviour problems, autism spectrum disorders and ADHD.  She will discuss a vegan diet for children and present information on the influence of diet and environmental factors on children’s health and behaviour.

Come and learn about how to raise healthy and happy children on a vegan diet. Find out about the health benefits of a wholesome, unprocessed, additive-free, plant based diet and what nutrients you may have to supplement. Dr. Masson will review the recent literature and give you practical advice on child-friendly meals and lunch-box ideas.

Leila's Website

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Jeffrey Masson

The ethics of food , animal rights, and human-animal interactions.

TALK TOPIC:  Are Animals Our Moral Superior?

Jeffrey Masson is the author of 29 books, many of them about animal emotions.  His best known books are When Elephants Weep; Dogs Never Lie About Love, and The Face on Your Plate about going vegan (which he did after writing The Pig Who Sang to the Moon).  He has recently moved from Auckland to Sydney where he lives with his wife Leila, a vegan paediatrician, and their 14 year old son Manu.  His latest book is Beasts:  What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil.

Given that humans have killed some 200,000,000 of their own kind in the 20th century alone, and during that same period, as far as we know, Orcas have not killed a single other orca in the wild, it raises the question of whether, compared to Orcas (and other animals) we are not a failed species.  If so, what is this due to?  And, even more important, is there anything we can about it this late in our evolutionary history?

Jeffrey's Website

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James Aspey

Peace - Justice - Equality - Respect

TALK TOPIC: Voiceless 365

James was the recipient of the 2014 Vegan Innovator of the Year and is currently touring around the country to share his highly inspiring, funny, and incredible journey. His talk covers a diverse range of topics and includes techniques on being kind to yourself and to others (including animals), chasing your dreams, achieving goals and stepping out of your comfort zone.

Since completing his 365 day vow of silence, James has been catching up on lost time and has become a prominent voice in the vegan movement. Interviewed by newspapers and radio stations all around the world

Voiceless 365 Website

JamesAspey is a 28 year old vegan, animal rights activist from Sydney, Australia. At 17, after being told he had 6 weeks to live unless he started immediate treatment, James went on to win his battle with Leukaemia. His journey took him deeper down the rabbit hole as he started analysing his own life and finding areas where he was causing harm and suffering to the planet, to himself, and to others.

For the following 9 years, James became deeply passionate about helping others take control of their own health and happiness. He became a dedicated Personal Trainer, running his own business and travelling around the world giving health seminars on cruise ships. He then took a 365 day vow of silence to raise awareness for animals and promote peace over violence while travelling around Australia, including cycling 5000km’s from Darwin to Sydney. He ended his vow, live, on morning TV show 'Sunrise'.


Dallas McCulloch

Vegan Fitness Punk

TALK TOPIC: One Ageing Punk Rocker's Guide To Veganism And Fitness On A Budget

There is a disconnect within the vegan community, the people who need it the most are the ones who get left behind.  The poor and uneducated like myself are dying in ridiculous numbers from heart disease, cancer, and other ailments related to eating poorly and being idle.  I'm sick of seeing my friends and family dying off, so I decided to go 100% vegan, 100% drug free, get fit, and do this all on a budget that is more accessible to the common person.  I'm trying to break down the pretentiousness within the vegan world, and help people who need it the most.  Trying to get healthy, get fit, but all with a punk rock budget and attitude.


I'm Dallas, I'm 30, and I'm a vegan straight edge I've spent most of my life on tour with punk bands living in the USA. I come from a place where poverty, addiction, depression, hopelessness, etc. are all very common. Poor and working class people die in proportionately high rates of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other modern ailments caused from poor diet and idle lifestyle. I've seen these things murder many friends and family and I have struggled with many of these problems myself. At a certain point I had enough and decided to not be another statistic, so I have been sober from alcohol and out of the psychiatric hospital for over 3 years, my hypertension disappeared when going vegan in 2009, and I've been vegetarian since 2002. I found a way to combat alcoholism and depression with veganism, fitness, and punk rock. I went to 200 RYT Yoga Teacher training, did a triathlon, moved across the country to Austin, TX to start working for Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine, started lecturing at events like NE Florida Vegfest and Texas Vegfest, and managed to put on 14kg of muscle from weightlifting while staying 100% vegan, 100% drug free, and trying to keep a positive mental attitude as much as possible. I'm hoping to use my experiences to show that even poor punk rock kids without an education in a Detroit hat can be healthy, be fit, be happy, and do all of this without contributing to the murder, rape and exploitation of animals and destruction of the environment.


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And if you need, I'm on Twitter & Instagram @dallasmcculloch

Colleen Hilditch

Food is medicine

Colleen Hiditch

Colleen Hilditch is the owner and Director of Love Thy Nutritional Medicine, a home based Health Coaching business in Western Adelaide.  Colleen is a qualified Health Coach and has been on an inspiring health journey to veganism bringing with her a vast amount of personal experience.  After several years of severe ill health she was diagnosed with moderate to severe chronic fatigue in 2010 and was told by the diagnosing specialist that she would ‘likely not work full time again’ and may need ‘a change of career’.

Colleen Hiditch

A full time employee of the SA Government, Colleen used extensive sick and other leave but was determined not to be beaten by this condition.  With the help of her friend, a Health Coach, she started on a journey towards better health, first going vegetarian in 2012 and then vegan in 2014.  Improving in health to return to work full time, she also undertook nutritional medicine and health coaching studies and developed her own Health Coaching Business in 2014. She has developed a practical and simple Raw Vegan Detox program for busy or unwell people called “Raw Recharge”, which is available through her website and also in ebook format and soon to be in print.

Colleen has since helped many others through their own health problems via nutritional health coaching both in person and online.  She specialises in assisting those who are interested in transitioning to a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle in a healthy way.  Colleen now enjoys working full time in her Government role, part-time in her business, and maintains a happy and healthy lifestyle.  She has a passion to inspire and help others to do the same, maintaining the philosophy that ‘food is medicine’ and that ‘feeling flat, fatigued and unfit is not normal’.

Dr. Heleen Roex-Haitjema & Dr. Alphonse Roex

TALK TOPIC: How The Western Diet Is Holding Your Health Hostage

Heleen Roex-Haitjema

There is much confusion surrounding the question 'what is healthy food?’. In providing an answer, two Adelaide-based doctors, Dr Heleen Roex-Haitjema and her husband Dr Alphonse Roex, will use relevant scientific evidence to put this question beyond reasonable doubt.

An overwhelming amount of research is available all pointing in the same direction; animal food is detrimental to our health whereas plant food promotes it. A typical Western diet with meat, fish, dairy and eggs contributes to many of our chronic diseases. Take heart disease, the number one killer in Australia. Did you know it is primarily a food-borne illness? What about cancer, type 2 diabetes and auto-immune diseases? Heleen and Alphonse were shocked to discover that many of these conditions can be prevented and even reversed on a Whole Food Plant-Based lifestyle. They will explore, in an easy-to-digest way, the underlying mechanisms contributing to these remarkable differences in health outcomes between animal and plant-based foods.

The information you take away from this presentation is not mainstream knowledge, nor taught in medical schools and when put to use can be life-changing.

Alphonse Roex

Dr Heleen Roex-Haitjema, paediatrician, has earned her Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and Cornell University New York and became in Australia the first Certified Instructor through The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine’s “Food for Life” program in Washington DC and is now running 5-week courses in Adelaide.

Together with her husband Dr Alphonse Roex, PhD, Obstetrician - Gynaecologist, they present on Health and Nutrition backed by sound research; up till now, on 17 occasions, in Australia and the Netherlands, including Grand Rounds in hospitals and for medical students, with the largest audience reaching 400 people.

Dr Alphonse Roex, MD, PhD, Obstetrician-Gynaecologist, senior lecturer University of Adelaide, completed his medical obstetrics and gynaecology training at the Free University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He now works as a senior consultant at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide and as a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide.

Since 2000 he is living in Australia, together with his wife Heleen and three children. Based on extensive research done in humans, he and Heleen, adapted a whole food plant-based diet. For the reason that there is so much confusion around the topic of nutrition and health, Alphonse and Heleen have decided to share their knowledge by conducting presentations for the general public, medical doctors and medical students. As independent doctors, they promote a healthy lifestyle to everyone interested. With great fulfillment they notice that an increasing amount of people now start to understand how they can optimise their own health by eating whole foods and plant-based.

Katrina Fox

TALK TOPIC: Vegan World Domination – One Business at a Time

Katrina Fox

Katrina Fox is an award-winning journalist, media trainer, editor of the vegan business blog and host of Vegan Business Talk podcast. She is the author of Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business, the first global book providing success strategies for aspiring and existing vegan business owners. and has written extensively for niche and mainstream media for 17 years on animal advocacy and ethical business issues. A passionate animal advocate, Katrina won the Voiceless: The Animal Protection Institute Media Prize for her article, ‘Speciesism: The Final Frontier’, for Australian national broadcaster the ABC’s The Drum website. Her work has been featured in the books Circles of Compassion: Essays Connecting Issues of Justice (edited by Will Tuttle) and Plant-Powered Women: Pioneering Female Vegan Leaders Share Their Vision for a Healthier, Greener, More Compassionate World (edited by Kathy Divine). She lives with her wife Tracie and loves glitter and internet cat videos.

Making it as easy as possible for the masses to eschew animal products from their lives is an important role in the animal, health and environmental activism movements. Find out vegan entrepreneurs’ secrets of success and how to start and grow your own ethical, advocacy-based business.

Vegan Business Media Website

Katrina's Website

Jade Tornquist

Path to a vibrant life.

As well as devoting her life to spreading the Vegan health message Jade Tornquist also works very closely with Animal Liberation as an activist.  Jade is a plant based nutritionist who coaches people in transitioning to a healthy vegan diet to experience the myriad of health benefits, including sustainable weight loss and disease prevention.  She also coaches people in high carb raw vegan living.

Jade has gone from being on a path of self-destruction, suffering depression, bad skin, weight issues and battling heavy substance abuse to today being an animal activist a life coach and an advocate for healthy plant based living.

Jade lives her life as a fruitarian and has a large forum on Facebook called Raw Vegan Fruitarians 4 Life where she shares her raw journey and experiences with others. 

Jade also spreads the vegan message and educates others via social media on Facebook page, Instagram and YouTube.

Karen Ranzi

Video Workshop / Message + Online Support

Some of the known benefits of a healthy raw vegan lifestyle for adults and children:

  • Achieve permanent weight loss while eating in abundance.
  • Increase energy and vitality.    
  • Improve digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
  • Get rid of the mental fog.
  • Increase resistance to illness.
  • Understand what to do when someone in the family is sick.
  • Increase emotional wellbeing.
  • Heal neurological disorders.

There is a wealth of information in this workshop for everyone. Karen will be presenting her workshop as Video Address and will be able to answer your questions via Vegan Festival from below.

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Nourishing Ourselves, Nourishing Our Families with Living Foods

Karen Ranzi, M.A. is an Award-Winning Author, Internationally Acclaimed Speaker,  Raw Vegan Coach and Raw Food Chef. Do you feel like you know there’s a better way to live and eat, but you just don’t have the tools to make it happen for yourself and your family? It’s time to clean the blood, rejuvenate the body and clear your mind!

Eating living foods is the best way for maximum nutrient density. To experience true health, you must maximize your nutrition and minimize your toxic load. Now is the time to become proactive about your health by learning simple tips on how to make better choices and prepare easy and nutritious meals. Karen Ranzi, internationally known author and speaker on the benefits of raw vegan nutrition, will lead you to an understanding of how to heal disease and bring compassion into your life through looking at the cause, and will enlighten you on the path to vibrant living.

In this workshop, Karen Ranzi, M.A., will guide you on the path to creating happy and healthy children and families, confident of their disease-free future. Rather than medicate your child’s asthma, ear infections and chronic allergies, Karen’s holistic approach simply eliminates the causes of health and weight problems through a healthful raw vegan lifestyle. She will share the value of understanding the biological and emotional needs of children. You will learn the importance of obtaining the best possible nourishment for your entire family. Karen shares delicious recipes and reveals terrific tips for all ages in how to improve your diet and lifestyle.


Ethics Beyond the Plate

Leigh-Chantelle is a published author, international speaker & consultant, singer/songwriter and blogger who lives mostly in Brisbane, Australia. She gives lectures, workshops, consultations, and coaching for Understanding Social Media, Staging Effective Events, and Vegan Health & Lifestyle.

She has run the online vegan community Viva la Vegan! since 2005, bringing positive education, information and vegan outreach to a worldwide audience. Leigh-Chantelle previously founded and ran the not-for-profit environmental awareness Green Earth Group from 2009-2013, which put on two successful all-vegan environmental festivals - and many smaller events - in Brisbane.

Leigh-Chantelle is an accredited naturopath, nutritionist and Western herbalist (no longer practicing) who combines her passion for vegan health along with her natural therapies and healing skills. She has released four print books: Expert Tips from Vegan Athletes, Fitness Fanatics & Exercise Enthusiasts; There's a Vegan in the Kitchen: Viva la Vegan’s Easy and Tasty Plant-Based Recipes, My USA Adventures, and What Do Vegans Eat? Along with three recipe calendars, a plant-based Detox Diet eBook, various other recipe eBooks, re-released her recipe calendars as recycled recipe cards, and is always working on other books.

Over the past 19 years since Leigh-Chantelle has been vegan, she has been involved as a sponsor, performer, speaker, MC and stall holder for various animal rights, vegan, vegetarian, environmental and cruelty-free fundraisers, forums, conferences, festivals and events throughout Australia and Internationally.


The all-vegan environmental not-for-profit FREE eBook.

With the mainstream media watering down the meaning of veganism with it's dietary, fitness and weight-loss focus, is the vegan movement losing its core ethics? There are many reasons and benefits to go - and stay - vegan. Including the environment, labour rights, human rights, animal rights, ethics, feminism, and other intersectionality issues. How can we learn from other social justice movements to move forward in a more inclusive and intersectional way? If more people stay vegan long-term due to ethical reasons, how can we promote consciousness-raising, non-oppression, non-objectification, and anti-consumerism for and beyond the vegan lifestyle? 

Find out more about how we can work together as vegans and activists to promote inclusivity, learn from other movements, and lead by example to promote compassion to ALL we encounter. Learn how to become a more effective activist and make these much-needed changes with Leigh-Chantelle's Ethics Beyond the Plate talk.

Clare Mann

Vegan Psychologist

TALK TOPIC: How to communicate better with others about your vegan lifestyle

Clare Mann is an Australian-based vegan psychologist, best-selling author and passionate animal advocate. She consults with clients all over the world to help address the personal and social challenges of being vegan and living in a non-vegan world.

She runs public and in-house training programs in communication, team-building and ethical leadership and regularly appears on TV and in the press.  She has authored and contributed to numerous books.  Her latest book, Communicate: How to say what needs to be said, when it needs to be said, in the way it needs to be said, has international acclaim with foreword written by US presidential advisor Doug Wead.  She is Editor in Chief of the digital business magazine Ethical Futures: Conversations that Matter, which champions initiatives that are profitable and successful, without abusing people, the environment or animals.

She is the co-founder of the Vegan Voices Smartphone App, a free 30-day video training with tools and techniques to respond to typical communication challenges faced by vegans as well as resources to support the information they share. She is co-contributor to the Sydney Vegan Club 30-Day Vegan Challenge, the books Plant Powered Women and Everyday Vegans and regular contributor to numerous vegan magazines.  She provides face to face and online skills training to help vegans and animal advocates communicate more effectively and animal welfare organisations collaborate for increased effectiveness




Vegan Festival Keynote Speakers come together to answer your burning questions in the Activity Tent.

Seats limited to 60. FREE TO ATTEND but please register your spot.


Saturday 5pm Panel, Activity/Cooking Tent:

Guests: Katrina Fox, Colleen Hilditch, Dallas McCulloch and James Aspey

Register your spot - limited to 60 seats.

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Sunday 2:15pm Panel, Activity/Cooking Tent

Guests: Jeffrey Masson, Dr Leila Masson, Tyler Tolman and Leilani Münter

Register your spot - limited to 60 seats.

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NOTE: The Panel Discussion keynote speakers may change.

You can ask/submit your question/s now to any of your chosen speakers who will answer either during the Panel Discussion or on Vegan Festival Facebook Page. Some questions may be answered via email or on VF YouTube Channel. For the actual Q&A Speakers will choose the best questions for the discussion and may answer remaining questions on VF facebook page after the festival.




Presented by Give Foundation in association with Vegan Festival EXCLUSIVELY in Adelaide! - Help the Great Barrier Reef.

WHEN / WHERE: Thursday 3 November 2016, 6:30pm for 7pm start, Scott Theatre

Details: Purchase tickets here. $10 students / concession. $20 general admission. Eventbrite booking fee applies. Seats limited. This event will sell out fast.



V.I.P. = Vegan Inspirational People

WHEN / WHERE: Sunday 6 November 2016, Activity Tent, Vegan Festival, 8-10am

Tickets $50: Purchase here  SORRY SOLD OUT!

Host: David Quirk V.I.P. Guests: Leilani Münter & James Aspey

Amazing Vegan Breakfast by Bob Bowls and Drinks by Mischief Brew & Juice Quest provided.

Full details here.



Ruth Hatten

Ruth Hatten is a lawyer who has predominantly practised in construction law, working as a solicitor for top tier, mid-tier and boutique firms, in government and in-house in Australia and the United Kingdom. Between 2010 and 2013, Ruth was Legal Counsel for Voiceless, the animal protection institute. Ruth is the Intensive Animal Agriculture Welfare Law & Policy Adviser for the Barristers Animal Welfare Panel.  She is also a board member of Minding Animals International; Associate Academic for the Centre for Compassionate Conservation, UTS and a member of the Australian Animal Protection Law Journal Editorial Advisory Panel.


Peter Singer

Peter Singer is an Australian moral philosopher. He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He is known in particular for his book, Animal Liberation (1975), a canonical text in animal liberation theory, and his essay Famine, Affluence, and Morality, a key text in the theory of effective altruism.  In 2004 Singer was recognized as the Australian Humanist of the Year by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies, and in 2006 he was voted one of Australia's ten most influential public intellectuals. In 2012, he was named a Companion of the Order of Australia for his services to philosophy and bioethics. Singer is a co-founder of Animals Australia and the founder of The Life You Can Save.


Lindsay McDougall


Melanie Joy

Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M. is the Founder and President of Beyond Carnism, a Harvard-educated psychologist, celebrated speaker, organizational consultant, and author of the award-winning book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. Dr. Joy is the eighth recipient of the Institute of Jainology's Ahimsa Award, which was previously awarded to Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama. Her work has been featured by numerous national and international media outlets, including the BBC, ABC Australia, NPR, and the New York Times. Dr. Joy has given her acclaimed carnism presentation on five continents, and the video of her recent TEDx talk on carnism is in the top 1% of the most-viewed TEDx talks of all time. She is also the author of Strategic Action for Animals. Dr. Joy currently lives in Berlin, Germany, with her husband and co-CEO of Karnismus erkennen, Sebastian Joy.


Paul de Gelder