Megan Epler Wood

Senior Project Associate, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise
Principal, EplerWood International


Megan Epler WoodMegan Epler Wood founded the first NGO in the world dedicated to the development of tourism as a sustainable development tool in 1990, The International Ecotourism Society. As an NGO leader, educator and consultant, Epler Wood has dedicated her professional career to the creation of professional tools, guidelines, policies and educational resources for sustainable tourism development working in over 30 countries.

She has led an international consulting practice EplerWood International since 2003 with over a dozen projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She has advised on national policies for sustainable tourism development; fostered small scale enterprise development in rural and biodiverse areas; improved and diversified mainstream tourism supply chains to create wealth for the bottom billion; set measurable standards and delivered tools for sustainable destination development; and is now galvanizing global strategies for the growth of sustainable economies.

As Senior Project Associate she is developing a new sustainable tourism business education program for executives worldwide. In addition she is initiating a project with a feasibility study, which will review a wide range of partnership options with local institutions. The geographic focus of this project will be on emerging economies with training opportunities being developed in the fastest growing tourism destinations. Educational options will include executive training on-line and at Cornell campuses for in-person exchanges