CEO/Global Strategy & Development Barefoot College
alongside Founder, Bunker Roy, to manage an aggressive scale–‐up of the
Barefoot Approach, Internationally. Specifically to implement the “barefoot model”
of community owned and managed, sustainable, grass roots development; in all
the 43 Least developed countries (LDCs) by 2015.
manages Global Strategy and Development for the Barefoot College. Responsible
for International coordination of the Women’s Barefoot Solar Engineering
program, she has been a field presence in more than 44 countries since joining
Barefoot College in 2011. Barefoot College is the only fully solar electrified
college built by the rural poor and managed by the rural poor. For 40 years the
College has demonstrated the power and impact of demystifying and introducing
modern technologies into rural settings focusing on meeting basic minimum
needs; The provision of drinking water (rainwater harvesting), basic lighting
(solar electrification), livelihood development (handicrafts, health
communications) and Education (Rural Solar Night Schools).
commitment to developing women as agents of sustainable change and helping
communities to develop their own capacity to meet the challenges within the
developing world is at the heart of every Barefoot Solution.
women in the developing world, she speaks regularly on the power of women as
agents of sustainable change and poverty reduction. She has been a donor to
many projects through Asia and Africa targeted at capacity building of women
and girls education initiatives. She has been a strong advocate for engaged
philanthropy; by, for, and about women and has consulted directly to Private
Foundations and Social Enterprises to help heighten their impact at both ends
of the Philanthropic spectrum.
to transforming beliefs into concrete action, she is an entrepreneur who has
created and restructured a series of companies since 2005 in both the
for–‐profit and non–‐ profit sectors. Her company MFC Art Consulting Ltd in
2006 launched her deep commitment to the social sector by mentoring women
artisans to gain unprecedented livelihood access in the luxury hotel sector.
Born in New Zealand, educated in the US and the United Kingdom, holding BA
& MFA degrees, Meagan is a mother of 3 and a passionate mountaineer; she
lives between Switzerland, Tanzania and India.