Director of the Pangolin Crisis Fund, ‎Wildlife Conservation Network

Araluen Schunmann

Araluen spent 14 years working for the UK Ministry of Defence and, latterly, as a senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office diplomat in Kenya delivering shared security priorities with regional partners across east Africa. 

Following her departure from the British Government in 2016, Araluen designed and delivered bespoke operational skills training and mentoring programmes for conservancy rangers and senior wildlife officials in Kenya and Tanzania to tackle wildlife crime. Recognising the need to pursue high level investigations into senior criminal wildlife traffickers, Araluen worked with Save The Elephants and the Elephant Crisis Fund to develop a portfolio of grants aiming to disrupt high level wildlife trafficking networks.  Araluen has developed extensive counter-wildlife trafficking subject knowledge, including financial investigations as an advisor to the United for Wildlife Finance Taskforce executive.  

In her current role as the Director of the Pangolin Crisis Fund for Wildlife Conservation Network, Araluen is working with a network of trusted partners across Africa and Asia to uncover the dark realities of the illegal wildlife trade. 

The Pangolin Crisis Fund provides strategic funding to organisations working with government partners to disrupt illegal wildlife poaching and trafficking, as well as tackling consumer demand that is fuelling the trade, community engagement and raising public awareness.