Our Team

Danny Orlando Gualinga : Program Director

Danny Orlando Gualinga

Program Director

Danny is a naturalist and expert guide of the amazonian region of Ecuador. He has traveled and lived in Germany and speaks German, Kichwa and English. Danny is the founder of the Llikchary Institute and a profound community leader.

Anja Robel : Sustainability Advisor

Anja Robel

Sustainability Advisor

Anja is an architect from Leipzig, Germany. After finishing her studies she went to get experience abroad and lived in Australia, Norway, Switzerland, Colombia and Ecuador. Through her work with small and large companies, Anja has developed her skills in project and team management, project development as well as sustainable design. Living in the rainforest for one year gave her a great appreciation for the magnificent environment and culture as well as existing challenges.

Anja Mondragón : Chief Financial Officer

Anja Mondragón

Chief Financial Officer

Anja is conservation entrepreneur from Santa Cruz, California. She began her professional development in Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and recently finished her Masters of Business Administration and International Environmental Policy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Anja has held various conservation positions with experience in; orca whale research, invasive species removal, coral reef protection, GIS instruction, garden management and community collaboration.

Audrey Guzik : Chief Executive Officer

Audrey Guzik

Chief Executive Officer

Audrey currently lives in Massachusetts (US). She brings a broad background in the behavioral and social sciences and biology to her work with the Llikchary Institute. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado (Psychology) in 1997. Her thesis research was in neuroethology. After some adjunct teaching at Johns Hopkins University and Towson State, two babies later she achieved Doctoral Candidacy in Clinical Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She first visited Sani Isla in 2017 as an eco-tourist with her teenage daughter - Danny Gualinga was their guide. In recent years she has pursued her passions for native plants, pollinator habitat creation, and Japanese tea.