EplerWood International

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. The firm provides innovative systems for business, NGOs, and governments in lesser developed nations 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.

Corporate Capacities
  • 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.
Strategic Partnerships
  • Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Cornell University Johnson School of Management
  • Sustainable Travel International
  • The International Ecotourism Society
  • United Nations Environment Programme
Meet the Team

Megan Epler Wood
Founder 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 and the Planeterra Foundation, among others. EWI has completed over sixteen contracts and raised millions of dollars of investment for sustainably designed tourism and community development projects in over twenty countries. Read bio...

Jaime Leigh PepperJaime Pepper
Program Manager
Jaime Pepper joined EWI in 2015 and serves as Program Manager handling various types of communications including newsletters, the website, and social media. Jaime has a Master's degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from the Harvard Extension school. Read bio...

Vicente MolesVicente Moles
Senior Consultant
Vicente J. Moles is an international consultant with more than 20 years of experience in international development programs and tourism. He advises several multilateral development institutions and the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative (ISTI) at Harvard University. Read bio...

Sofia FotiadouSofia Fotiadou
Research Associate
Sofia joins EWI to perform research on Carbon Reporting Frameworks for Sustainable Tourism in collaboration with Megan's work at Harvard's Center for Health and the Global Environment. She will analyze existing indicators and evaluate how the tourism sector can develop a cloud-based reporting system on biophysical and social indicators to be integrated into the Post-Paris COP 21 system. Read bio...

Tanner Knorr smallTanner Knorr
Social Media and Communications Specialist
Tanner joins EWI as both a Teaching Assistant at Harvard Extension and as a volunteer to build EplerWood International's social media and communications presence to ensure stakeholders worldwide receive relevant information on education, training, and sustainable tourism management approaches. Read bio...

Mark Milstein
Senior Enterprise Development Adviser
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...