Kerstin Opfer was raised in the German countryside and developed her passion for Morocco while interlacing the Moroccan desert on horseback. Inspired by this experience she volunteered with the High Atlas Foundation in 2016 and contributed to the foundation’s mission for sustainable development. She holds a BSc degree in Biology from the ETH Zurich and an MSc degree in Conservation and Rural Development from the University of Kent. During her MSc studies she conducted part of her research with the foundation, assessing their pro-poor agroforestry project. Since 2018 she works as Operations Manager with the High Atlas Foundation. She is has sound experience in sustainable resource management, community-based conservation and monitoring and evaluation methods.