National Board Director
Sarah-Lan is Swiss and has lived in Peru since 2006. Prior to joining A Rocha Peru’s Board of Directors, she was the Director of Science and Conservation (2014-2016), Executive Director of A Rocha Peru (2010-2014), and a member of the Advisory Council (2006-2010). Sarah-Lan is an ethnobiologist and has completed a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Bern, Switzerland, on ethnobiological knowledge in the Andean highlands. Presently a post-doctoral fellow at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), she conducts research on local knowledge, agroforestry systems and climate change adaptation in the Peruvian Andes. She has also been a researcher for the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern since 2002. Within this role, Sarah-Lan coordinated a natural resource management and sustainable development partnership programme in Eastern and Southern Africa, and acted as an advisor for a regional, biocultural diversity conservation programme in the Andes. She believes that her involvement with A Rocha Peru allows her to bring together her professional interests and experience with her personal values. She is convinced that faith-based organisations have a lot to contribute to conservation and sustainable natural resource management.