Dr. Raffaella Commitante is OC’s President. She joined Orangutan Conservancy in 2007. Previously she had been living in Borneo working with the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation at their facility in East Kalimantan (Samboja Lestari).  She received her Master’s Degree from California State University, Fullerton where she now teaches in the Division of Anthropology/Evolutionary Anthropology.  She also occasionally teaches at Fullerton College.  She received her PhD in Biological Anthropology from The University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom.  Raffaella, along with Steve Unwin of Chester Zoo, England is lead facilitator and creator of the Orangutan Conservancy/Orangutan Veterinary Advisory Group (OC/OVAG).  Since returning from the field, Raffaella has been traveling back to Indonesia or Malaysia every year to run the OC/OVAG workshops.  In 2019, she will be running the 11th workshop.  The workshops bringing together veterinarians and other experts from abroad and Southeast Asia began in 2009.