CEO, Barefoot College International and Founder, Step Up Consulting Ltd
Working 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.
Meagan 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 26 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).
A strong 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.
Championing 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 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.
Committed 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