IWP was founded by alumni from the classes of 2012 and 2013 of the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department at the University of California, Berkeley.


Ricardo da Cruz e Sousa

Co-founder and CEO

Ricardo is a landscape architect and recipient of the Ecological Democracy Award at Berkeley for his master thesis, "Participatory stormwater management for Quito, Ecuador", which opened his eyes for the need of tailored solutions for impoverished communities worldwide dealing with water issues. Ricardo works as an environmental consultant and guest lecturer in several universities. His interest is to educate and involve impoverished communities in using ecosystem-based approaches to restore their water resources.



Co-founder and Director of Development

Kelly is a water resource planner who specializes in watershed and water resource planning, flood risk management, and river, wetland and coastal restoration. Kelly is the lead planer on a project to restore 6 miles of critical stream habitat  for endangered coho salmon in Northern California. Her main interest is in how collaborative and integrated water resource planning can accommodate and utilize natural process to create resilient  ecosystems and human communities.


Scott Walls

Co-founder and CFO

Scott is an environmental scientist & planner who specializes in applications of hydrology, geomorphology, and geospatial sciences. In his professional and academic life he has worked on applied projects throughout the United States as well as Latin America, Europe, and Asia. He is currently exploring options in Nicaragua for IWP. His professional website can be found at wallslandwater.com.



Co-founder and Project Manager

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Daniela is a Chilean Architect and Environmental Planner Professional, and works as a Landscape Architect in San Francisco Bay area. Daniela’s experience in cultural integration and environmental restoration expand in different areas and thematic around the world. At IWP she focuses on Cuba and Chile research, and the design practice in Chile and California. Daniela’s projects are characterized by unique solutions to resolve social and environmental problems as well that promote education and cultural conscience of natural resources.  Her personal website can be found at dcorvillon.com.



Project Manager

Ibon has a PhD in conservation biology and started collaborating with IWP has a fellow in 2015. Now he is part of the team leading the Mashpi project and also serves as professor at the Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica in Quito.



Consultant specialist

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Olga is an environmental consultant with professional experience in hydrology and hydraulics, flood risk assessment, environmental and urban planning. Her academic experience was on flood risk assessment according to the European Legislation.  During two years she worked on the Coast of Ecuador creating flood maps, performing flood risk analysis and simulating green infrastructure scenarios to reduce flood vulnerability of impoverished communities.



Consultant specialist


Filiberto is a licensed architect in Ecuador. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University. He is a founding member of  El Selectivo – Colectivo de Arquitectura and has been Assistant Professor at the Catholic University in Guayaquil, where he also serves as Director of the Institute of Habitat and Design IPUR. He is interested in the study of public spaces and community development.