Meet Our Team

Sarah Crawford

President

Sarah Crawford has over 17 years of experience working in the non-profit sector in Africa. When she first arrived in Abidjan, she began working with patas monkeys who were being trafficked in Abidjan. Through this avenue, she cared for Nemley Junior, the young chimp rescued from traffickers during a sting that was followed by the BBC News. That experience led to her decision to use her knowledge of NGO management and relationships with governments to protect the chimpanzees of Cote d'Ivoire and stop the illegal pet trade.

Dominique Liberce

Secretary

After a significant experience in human resource management, Dominique Liberceput her career on standby to follow the expatriation of her spouse to Abidjan. Being very committed to the animal cause, she became a volunteer at theZoo National d'Abidjan. After learning about the plight facing chimpanzees in Cote d'Ivoire, Dominique joined the Akatia team.

Claire Saramitto

Tresurer

Claire Saramitto joined the Akatia team in April 2021 as the head of Finance and Administration, a role she has had for years in a number of construction firms. Her love of animals inspires her to join our cause as humans have made life so difficult for wildlife. She also manages some of our construction projects as an expert in the field.

Alain Branger

Marketing Manager

Alain Branger has a degree in international business and is the founder of the start up MANDO Foods&Co, an ambassador for Ivorian artisanal products. He works on many different levels in the fight of his generation; which is to change our relationship with nature. His love of nature motivated him to invest his time and energy in the protection of the wildlife of Cote d'Ivoire as a member of Akatia.

Estelle Raballand

Technical Advisor

Estelle Raballand has over 20 years of experience working with chimpanzees in West Africa. She is the founder of the Chimpanzee Conservation Center and was previously its director for 16 years. She also helped create Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue with Dr. Sheri Speede. She was also a founding member of PASA Primates: Pan African Sanctuary Alliance. Estelle is a founding member of Akatia

Sarah Crawford

Dominique Liberce

Claire Saramitto

Alain Branger

Estelle Raballand

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