Edward G. Sanders


Eco Tourism International,
Boulder, Colorado
President, 1999 to present
Ed co-founded Eco Tourism International to provide specialized ecotourism-related business consulting services to government planners and private developers. He prepares feasibility studies, market analyses, and financing proposals for ecotourism and conservation projects. He has evaluated ecotourism projects and certification programs, and prepared regional strategies, market surveys, business plans, financing proposals, and related sustainable development studies throughout the world. Ed is a former Vice-Chairman of the Board of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and author of several studies of ecotourism markets and the economics and financing of ecolodges. He was a founding partner and did the business planning and recruited most of the investors for a multi-faceted, 13,000-acre conservation and ecotourism project in Belize, utilizing a mix of innovative public and private financing approaches.

Sanders International, Boulder, Colorado
President, 1991 to Present
Ed Sanders is co-founder and President of Sanders International, a professional services firm specializing in alternative energy and environmental technology transfer, market and business development, and related policy issues. He is currently serving as part-time CFO of HOMER Energy and providing related project planning and consulting services. He previously served for six months as interim Chief Operating Officer of Global Clean Energy, Inc. where he helped position it to begin trading as a fully reporting OTC company. Other projects include environmental technology transfer programs involving clean energy, pollution control and innovative remediation programs (e.g., biomass power, coal mine methane recovery, and water and air pollution control technologies). In the late 1990s, he led the business planning and arranged most of the financing for a $60 million, 50 megawatt IGCC private power plant in India. He has prepared economic impact analyses, feasibility studies and business plans for clean energy and land conservation projects, including creation of markets for natural ecosystem services. He has evaluated and arranged non-traditional financing for environmental projects, eco-industrial and technology parks, and ecotourism ventures.

Adjunct Faculty, 1999-2000, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
Dr. Sanders taught the environmental finance course to graduate students in the University College's Environmental Policy and Management program.

IPAC, Inc., Arlington, Virginia
President and Chief Operating Officer, 1983-1990
Ed Sanders was President of IPAC, Inc., the international consulting subsidiary of Sears World Trade. He was responsible for the financial management, day-to-day operations, and directed a number of major international business development, technology transfer, licensing, financing, and public policy projects. He and the Chairman/CEO co-founded IPAC in 1983, acquired it from Sears Roebuck and Co. in a management buy-out in 1987, and sold it to an outside investor group in 1990.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Washington, D.C.
Staff Director, 1981-1983
Ed Sanders managed the Committee's 45 person staff. He advised the Committee Chairman on major policy issues, balanced competing demands of 16 other Senators, organized over 200 hearings per year, and represented the Chairman with Senate leaders and other Committees.

Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Washington, D.C.
Associate Director, 1969-1981
Ed Sanders started as a Budget Examiner in the International Division and rose through the ranks to become Associate Director of OMB for National Security and International Affairs (an Assistant Secretary level position). As Associate Director, he managed a 65-person professional staff that made recommendations to and briefed the President of the United States on funding options and management issues for all defense, intelligence, and foreign affairs programs.

Other Professional Experience
Ed Sanders was a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs from 1972 to 1973. From 1967 to 1969 he served on a IDA/RAND team as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Ambassador and as an advisor to the USAID Mission, Saigon, Vietnam.

  • Advanced Management Program (AMP), Harvard Business School, 1980
  • Ph.D., Economics, Yale University, 1968
  • BA, Economics, Pomona College, 1963
  • Board of Directors, Belize Lodge and Excursions (1999 - 2004)
  • Advisory Board, Economics Department, University of Colorado (2003 - present)
  • Board of Directors, Sustainable Travel International (2004 - 2006)
  • Board of Advisors, Rocky Mountain Sustainable Enterprises (2005 - 2009)
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Chautauqua Association (2006 - 2012)
  • Board of Advisors, HOMER Energy (2009 - present)
  • Editorial Board, Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy (2003 - present)
  • The International Ecotourism Society, Vice-Chairman of the Board (1998-2002)
  • National Academy of Public Administration, Board of Directors (1993-1997)
  • Environmental Enterprises Assistance Fund, Board of Advisors (1994-1996)
  • New York Council on Foreign Relations, Member (1993-2001)