• Megan Epler Wood

    Director, International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health

    Megan Epler Wood is the director of the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health where she is managing a comprehensive program to build stronger health and sustainability systems within the international tourism industry.

    She founded The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) in 1990, the first NGO in the world dedicated to the development of tourism as a sustainable development tool. She was its CEO from 1990-2002, leading an international effort to define, manage, and guide the development of ecotourism with businesses, communities, governments, and international organizations.

    Since 2003, Epler Wood has led the international consulting practice EplerWood International, fostering sustainable tourism development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, working for the US Agency for International Development, the World Bank group, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Planeterra Foundation.

    Epler Wood is a senior professional fellow at the Cornell Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise in the Samuel Curtis Johnson School of Management leading research on the management of tourism for sustainability at the micro-, small-, and medium-enterprise levels in collaboration with other Cornell schools.

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