Meet Our Team

Sarah Crawford


Sarah Crawford has over 15 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.

Lorenzo Glave


Lorenzo has his Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Florence University in Italy, and his Master's Degree in Animal Behavior and Welfare from Edinburgh University in Scotland. Lorenzo has been working with Akatia for over two years.Lorenzo also completed a 3-month internship at the Zoo National d'Abidjan before joining Akatia.

Dominique Liberce


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 Perez


Claire is pursuing her PhD in primatology at the University of Portsmouth after having completed her Masters in Cognitive Sciences at the University of Neuchatel.  She chose to take six months to come to Cote d'Ivoire for hands on experience working with chimps.  Claire plans to spend 6 months working with Akatia.

Estelle Raballand

Project Coordinator

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

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