EplerWood International (EWI) provides market-based approaches to sustainable tourism development in response to the rising global demand for sustainable tourism projects that meet economic development needs while respecting and preserving social and environmental capital. The firm provides innovative systems for business, NGOs, and governments to build competitive resource efficient economies that benefit all members of society.
EWI provides market research, business plans, financial and investment plans, and other economic and social entrepreneurship tools to help countries or destinations build the capacity they need to deliver sustainable and ecotourism professionally. EplerWood International oversees the development of sustainable tourism as a tool to economically benefit underserved rural populations and as a means to support the conservation of protected areas and biodiversity. The firm is well versed in developing sustainable tourism strategies on a national and regional basis. Our work in countries from Cambodia to Honduras to Sierra Leone has consistently leveraged the practical approaches and concrete outcomes donors and local leaders have been searching for.
- Industry: advising adventure and ecotourism operations, hotels, tour operators, cruise, and transportation;
- Environment: managing sustainable development of mainstream and ecotourism;
- Poverty alleviation: creating income-generating opportunities for the bottom billion;
- Business: developing micro to medium-sized enterprises in local economies;
- Government: advising regional and national planning of tourism development, growth and policies.
- Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
- Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
- The Travel Foundation
- UN Environment
Meet the Team
Megan Epler WoodFounder and President
Since 2003, Megan has led EplerWood International, fostering sustainable tourism development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She has managed projects for USAID, the World Bank group, the Inter-American Development Bank, Harvard University's Center for Health and the Global Environment, Cornell University's Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, and the Planeterra Foundation, among others. EWI has completed over twenty contracts and raised millons of dollars of investment for sustainably designed tourism and community development projects in over twenty countries. Read bio...
Tanner C. KnorrProgram Manager
Tanner manages EWI new business, develops the newsletter, and builds presence for the company via PR, social media, and events. Tanner holds a Bachelor's in Archaeology and a Master's in Administrative Studies, concentrating in Economic Development and Tourism Management from Boston University. Read bio...
Dr. Vicente MolesSenior Consultant
Vicente J. Molés is an international consultant with more than 25 years of experience in international development programs and tourism. He advises several multilateral development institutions and the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative (ISTI) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Read bio...
Sofia FotiadouResearch Manager
Sofia oversees the Tourism and Environmental Health in a Changing Climate project funded by GIZ in collaboration with Megan's work at Harvard. She oversees the analysis of indicators for an international reporting system on biophysical, social, and health indicators to be integrated into the Post-Paris COP 21 system. Read bio...
Dr. Nejem RaheemResearch Associate Nejem Raheem brings over 15 years of experience as an environmental economist to EplerWood International. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of New Mexico, and is interim chair and associate professor of economics at Emerson College in Boston, MA. Read bio... Mark MilsteinSenior Enterprise Development Advisor
Mark collaborates with EWI to develop more strategic approaches to the development of micro, small, and medium tourism enterprises worldwide, bringing with him a broad range of expertise in social business development. He is a professor at Cornell University's Johnson School of Management and Director of Johnson's Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. Read bio...
Dr. Nabil GasmiResearch Associate
Dr. Gasmi manages the Tourism and Environmental Health in a Changing Climate project in the Tozeur region of Tunisia in conjunction with EplerWood International. The project is being carried out in collaboration with Harvard and is funded by GIZ. Read bio...