Dr. Rachel Brooks (full name Brooks-Ames Lachenmeier) has been Program Manager of Custom Programs at the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law (ES-HSG) since January, 2016.
From 2011 - 2016, Dr. Brooks completed her doctorate in Organization and Culture at the University of St.Gallen. Her research explored communication structures in multinational companies and in particular, how managers pay attention to internal and external feedback when establishing sustainability initiatives in transnational agricultural supply chains. She holds a bachelor's degree in Latin American and Latino/a Studies from Smith College in Massachusetts, where she was on the Dean's List. She received her master's degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University, with full funding from the Henry MacCracken Fellowship.
In addition to her studies, Dr. Brooks has extensive professional experience in international contexts, particularly Latin America, the United States and Europe. Parallel to her doctoral research, she supported Nestlé in developing a tool for evaluating the social impact of Creating Shared Value programs in global sourcing markets. Later, she carried out the evaluation for the company's Colombian market. Dr. Brooks continues to work as a consultant in the sustainability sector, and has supported and developed a number of projects aimed at fostering responsible sourcing of soft commodities.