Elise Van Middelem
Founder & Chief Impact Officer
Elise is a Creative Brand Strategist with 16+ years of experience developing large scale interdisciplinary projects — from conception through execution. It was during a trek in Upper Mustang that the idea of SUGi was born. SUGi is the union of her two passions, Art & Nature, under one purpose: to empower anyone anywhere in the world to become a biodiversity builder.
Daniel Diego Lincoln
Daniel is a multi-disciplinary creative strategist, working across fashion, lifestyle and technology. Daniel has built audiences for renowned brands with compelling messaging and simple, sticky tools for sustained engagement.
Jessica brings to SUGi years of experience in international communications and a passion for the natural world. As Project Manager, she plays a key role in partnering with our Forest Makers to tell the ongoing story of each unique forest and its impact on local communities and ecosystems.
Lead Forest Maker
James has 28 years of horticultural, landscaping and garden design experience, always with a desire to integrate organic and biodynamic methods. While researching for a practical solution to help our planet and heal precious forest ecosystems, James discovered the pioneering Miyawaki method of afforestation, which after extensive trialing, he now implements and teaches as a core member of the SUGi team.
Tamsin is a social impact innovator. She is known for her pioneering work as founding president of the ground-breaking (RED) campaign, and has helped advise and build various mission-driven brands and public facing initiatives for global foundations.
Kevin has worked in the international development field for over 35 years. He served as an associate advisor with the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development to support the creation of a global programme of environmentally sound and sustainable development (known as Agenda 21), which formed the basis of the Sustainable Development Goals.
David de Rothschild
David is an adventurer and influential environmentalist. Driven by his immeasurable curiosity for the natural world, he has ventured to some of the most remote and fragile ecosystems on our planet in order to bring widespread attention and innovative solutions to urgent global environmental issues.
Dr. Grey Coupland