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IGP’s team includes some of the world’s leading experts in nature based solutions, conservation finance & structured carbon finance.

Our team brings combined expertise across project origination, carbon project development, corporate and project finance, and technology solutions.

Cheri Sugal


Cheri Sugal created IGP. She brings almost 30 years in the conservation and carbon industry with on-the-ground experience in 65 countries. She has deep experience delivering projects in emerging markets, with governments, NGOs, communities, and the private sector and financial structuring to facilitate early private financing into emission reduction projects.


Cheri’s previous roles included:

  • Head of Structured Carbon Finance at South Pole Carbon Asset Management 
  • Founder of Cheri Sugal Consulting, 10 years developing advising on the design of jurisdictional and national emission reductions programs (Mexico, Cambodia, Guyana, Zambia). 
  • Director for Africa & Latin America at Terra Global Capital; and 
  • Founder & Senior Director of the $100M Global Conservation Fund at Conservation International 

JF Gauthier


JF Gauthier, CEO of Startup Genome & Apexe Global, advises Integrity Global Partners on corporate growth strategies. He is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the world’s leading expert in innovation ecosystem development, having advised more than 100 governments and private-public partnerships across 35 countries. He has founded five businesses and led others across two continents and three sectors (tech, life sciences and clean tech), achieving two exits plus one at the scale-up stage. He is also an active angel investor, and previously worked in corporate innovation, advising IBM, Cisco, Agilent/HP, J&J, and Abbott for the firm of Kim Clark (former dean of Harvard Business School) alongside Clayton Christensen and other thought leaders. Harvard MBA.


JF’s previous roles included:

  • Founder & CEO, Apex Global Inc.
  • Founder & CEO, Startup Genome
  • Senior Advisor & Angel Investor, Limespot
  • Co-FounderCo-Founder, Exit Reality VR
  • CFO & COO, Compass
  • Co-Founder, CFO & COO, Eolica Power
  • ConnectAndSell, Inc
  • New Venture Leader, BioImagene (Acquired by Roche)
  • , Iscopia Software
  • Partner, TSG Partner
  • , Blaqwell, Inc.
  • Analysis Group

Krista Kleiner


Renown as Miss Philippines, a Cultural Ambassador, and global spokesperson, Krista Kleiner is a Filipino-American with a dynamic background in media, social entrepreneurship, and humanitarianism with a passion to creatively bridge culture and community.

Founder and CEO of The One Heart Movement, Krista spearheaded a large-scale reforestation program in East Africa that is now a partner of Integrity Global Partners, supporting local communities, championing the empowerment of women, and educating thousands of children. Krista’s global reach is extended by partnerships on initiatives with organizations including the World Economic Forum, Oceanic Preservation Society, the Chopra Foundation, and the Asian World Film Festival. Most recently she co-produced a climate education drone show and panel that she moderated at the United Nations.

A published author in academic journals and a leadership book at the age of 16, she writes for Art Confidential Magazine after her love of the performing arts led her to star in primetime TV shows in the Philippines, a world tour with Julio Iglesias, and releasing music internationally.

Krista’s core mission resonates in every endeavor: to uplift voices, unite communities, and create a positive global impact while helping heal the world through the power of love.

Jake Billhorn


Jake will be supporting IGP’s global and project-specific financial modeling work. His work includes: Developing and maintaining complex financial models for specific projects in collaboration with project developers; conducting financial analysis and modelling to identify trends and support investment decisions, including presentation of project performance against key financial metrics; and delivering on-going financial results and analysis to stakeholders including IGP investors.


Jake’s previous roles included:

  • Associate at Pollination
  • Independent Consultant at Capital for Climate
  • Intern, Natural Infrastructure Initiative, World Resources Institute
  • Writer at The Conservation Finance Network

Jake holds a Master of Business Administration from Yale School of Management, a Master of Environmental Management from Yale School of the Environment, Bachelors’ Degrees in Finance and Zoology from Michigan State University.

Matthew Brewer


Matthew Brewer advises IGP and its partners on project design to optimize carbon and other SDG-aligned benefits. He brings 15 years of experience as a professional forester working in the Global South originating, evaluating or helping to implement tropical field projects. Matthew built and sold a bioenergy and forestry firm and spent 10+ years developing projects with multiple revenue streams, multi-crop finance models that map complex regenerative agroforestry systems overlain with carbon credits, and value-added organic enterprises for landscape and project level evaluation. Matthew holds a Masters in Forestry from Yale School of Forestry.


Matthew’s previous roles included:

  • Founder & Lead Forester, Musa Agroforestal
  • Managing Director & Chief Forester, Rainforest Capital Management
  • Principal & VP of Project Development, Ceiba Forestry
  • Forester & FSC Permit Holder, Main International, Panama
  • Wilderness Ranger & Resource Officer, USDA Forest Service


Kelvin Stevens


Kelvin serves as IGP’s in-country project coordinator for the Vipya Vwaza Nyika Community Association (VNCA) community-based Nature-based Solutions (NBS) program, spanning four provinces in northern Malawi and multiple project types. Kelvin is responsible for:

  • Coordinating various project activities carried out in partnership with the VNCA, supporting the execution of the project’s initiatives across multiple provinces;
  • Ensuring that IGP’s work aligns with the goals and vision of the community association including liaising with community leaders and stakeholders to ensure their active involvement; and
  • Organizing and overseeing the transportation of goods and services required for the project, ensuring they reach their destinations on time and in good condition.

Kelvin’s prior experiences includes supporting logistics for Total Landcare, a land restoration NGO in Malawi. He holds all classes of licenses for transporting goods and services in Malawi, ensuring compliance with transportation regulations and enabling him to efficiently manage the movement of project resources.

Tiffany Corbell


Tiffany supports the day-to-day operations of the company, including managing calendars/ scheduling appointments, arranging travel, ordering supplies, answering emails, providing data entry, and bookkeeping. She also supports our Marketing and Communications, including updates to our web site and creating our contacts lists for our CRM and communications.

Tiffany currently owns and operates Vibrantly Aligned VA, a business that provides virtual assistance. She has 15 years of experience in administrative, office, travel and event planning and holds a degree in Business Administration.

Karin Berardo


Karin brings 25+ years financing, developing and operating natural and built infrastructure solutions including ocean finance, renewable energy, affordable housing, water management and regenerative agriculture in 50+ countries.


Karin’s previous roles included:

  • Chief Financial Officer, Integrity Global Partners
  • Founder, Abren Climate Impact Solutions, a women-led advisory practice delivering project development, capital raising and impact strategy solutions to climate entrepreneurs and investors worldwide.
  • Chief Investment Officer, DC Green Bank
  • Director, Sustainable Debt, NatureVest at The Nature Conservancy.
  • Chief Executive Officer, Stumpf Energy
  • Co-Founder, Chief Financial Officer, CleanPath Ventures.
  • Principal, Municipal Mortgage & Equity.

Edit Kiss


Edit brings 17+ years in the entire value chain of carbon markets – project development and finance, origination, investment deal structuring and execution, and sales and trading. She has experience working in financial institutions, carbon funds and renewable energy companies in London, Paris, Lugano, Rotterdam and Budapest.

Edit’s current roles include:

  • Non-Executive Board Director of the UK’s first rewilding business, the Real Wild Estates
  • Company Co-chair of IETA’s Natural Climate Solutions working group
  • Steering Committee Member and co-chair of the Biodiversity Credits Working Group of the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation (CPIC).


Edit’s previous roles included:

  • Chief Commercial Officer, Integrity Global Partners
  • Chief Investment Officer at Revalue Nature 
  • Investment and Development Director at Mirova Natural Capital 
  • Structured Origination Manager, REDD+ specialist at Eneco Energy Trade
  • Carbon Originator at Constellation Energy 

IGP's founder brings three decades of experience in 65 countries across the globe:

  • Creating the pioneering USD 100 million fund for the creation and management of more than 100 million hectares of new protected areas (the Global Conservation Fund at Conservation International);
  • Advising governments and the World Bank on capital deployment and benefit sharing mechanisms into National & Jurisdictional REDD+ programs (Colombia, Mexico, Guyana, Cambodia, Zambia);
  • Designing NbS projects throughout Africa and Latin America, including participatory design with indigenous and local stakeholders, that have been successfully validated and are delivering carbon credits; and
  • Leading project structuring and financing for investors and corporates leading to deployment of tens of millions of dollars of early-stage capital.

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