Antoine Gérigné – President and founder
Engineer in “Rural Engineering, Water and Forests” in France, Antoine worked more than 20 years ago in Colombia, in master plans of aqueduct and sewerage. Back in France, he worked at a consulting firm in strategy, marketing and business efficiency before joining a leading international French group in environmental services, where he contributed a few years later to the creation of the sustainable development department and then created the group’s marketing department. In 2017, he decided to settle in Colombia.
In parallel with his professional activity, Antoine co-founded the French association Up2green Reforestation in 2009. He ran it operationally for more than 10 years. At the end of 2015, he created the community reforestation program in the Colombian Andes with Maïkov Dumas, then in 2018 he created a second reforestation program with the Mayan communities in Mexico. In 2019, he founded the Impulso Verde Foundation in Colombia and dedicated himself to its development 100%.
For Antoine, the protection and restoration of ecosystems are indispensable to tackling climate change and limiting the emergence of pandemics; the reforestation actions must involve the peasant and indigenous communities absolutely by developing economic activities that value biodiversity and allow us to combine long-term ecology and economics.