Megan Epler Wood
Senior Project Associate, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise
Principal, EplerWood International
Megan 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 sustainable tourism business education program for executives and local institutions in all sectors of the tourism economy. The project is being launched with a feasibility study in 2015 to investigate a wide range of partnerships in emerging economies for delivering training both on-line and in countries across the world. The goal two-fold: to build management and operational skills for delivering a low carbon, highly efficient tourism supply chain with clearly outlined investment and pay-back strategies; and to train teams capable of refining and delivering on operational goals.