Carmen Rademaker gained a very well respected reputation as director of The Asian Elephant Foundation (TAEF), a creation of Elephant Parade. Working with TAEF has provided her a strong sense of realism about elephant projects in Asia. Carmen has been living in Asia for more than 16 years, knows that elephant related matters can be sensitive and understands that network, relationships, trust and expertise are crucial elements in approaching the current elephant situation.

She is the secretary and founding member of the ASEAN Captive Elephant Working Group (ACEWG) and she maintains close ties with Elephant Parade and Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE) in Lampang, Thailand.