Student Affairs Manager (SAM)
Annika was born and raised in San Francisco in a multicultural American, German, and Taiwanese/Chinese family. She grew up with a love for nature which has led her to pursue an interdisciplinary career in the intertwined fields of conservation and development. At the University of California, Berkeley, she majored in Environmental Sciences with a double minor in Conservation & Resource Studies and Geospatial Information Science & Technology, and spent her semester abroad with SFS in the Peruvian Amazon delving into biodiversity, ecology, and development. For her master’s degree, she moved to Germany, where she studied the Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security in a joint program between the United Nations University and the University of Bonn, focusing on topics including disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
Annika has carried out field research in California grasslands, a Bay Area salt marsh, the Amazon rainforest, a rural village in the Peruvian Andes, and church forests in Ethiopia. She has also worked on research projects focused on GIS analysis and scientific literature at UC Berkeley and the United Nations University and assisted with a UNFCCC conference in South Korea. Alongside her studies and work, she enjoys hiking, writing poetry, photography, watercolor painting, and learning languages and dances from throughout the world.
As a Student Affairs Manager, Annika enjoys getting to know Bhutan and supporting students to help them make the most of their unique experience abroad with SFS.