Erin Zanre, Senior Manager, Community Development

Erin Zanre coordinates the Global Community Development team across our country programmes. She supports teams in optimising their approaches to working with communities to address the root causes of equid welfare issues and improve the lives of equids and the communities who depend on them.

Erin Zanre
  • Community engagement and development
  • Sustainable livelihoods
  • Facilitation, training
  • Strategic planning
  • Participatory learning and action processes
  • Human behaviour change
  • Qualitative monitoring
  • Gender mainstreaming


  • 10 years international work experience in the fields of participatory community-based planning, engagement, and development in support of natural resource management and wildlife conservation initiatives in Africa, South and South East Asia, and the Pacific Islands.

  • PhD Fellow Natural Resource and Environmental Management (2.5 years)

  • MSc Primate Conservation

  • BA Biological Anthropology and International Relations

Erin looking at measures an equid owner adopted as a result of participating in Brooke trainings to prevent his equipment from causing wounds to his animal

Scuba diving, paddle boarding, personal development, snowboarding, dancing and travel.

Most memorable work moment

Conducting focus group discussions with communities in all of our country programmes to understand the importance of their equids to their lives, the challenges they face in caring for them, and how participating in Brooke’s projects has changed their lives.​

Best part of your job

When I see light bulbs turn on in people’s minds when they come to important realisations as a result of designing effective training and participatory learning and reflection processes which make people believe in themselves, their capabilities, and increase their motivation and excitement to better improve the lives of animals and communities who depend on them.

How did you get your job?
Focus group discussion with equid owners in brick kilns to understand challenges and opportunities for improving equid welfare as part of Brooke Pakistan’s community needs assessment to inform effective project planning

I started my career interested in animal welfare, rescue and rehabilitation and quickly came to understand that I could make the biggest difference in the lives of animals by working with people since human action is the root cause of their suffering. After working internationally for many years in support of conservation and community-based natural resource management initiatives, I moved to the U.K. and was excited by the opportunity to apply my skills to the role of Senior Manager of Community Development with Brooke as it was a natural fit with my passions for improving the lives of animals and communities.