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Wayne Ethan Mayer

Instructor in the Environmental Sciences and Policy Division
Environmental Sciences and Policy


Dr. Wayne E. Mayer, CEO of When Everything Matters (WEMCo), is a Strategic Sustainability Consultant skilled at leading companies to innovate and profit from social and environmental thinking. His approach to business tethers company practices to megatrends and positions companies as leaders in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices. An NSOE alum, Dr. Mayer provides high-level advisory services to multi-national corporations and teaches for the Duke Environmental Leadership Master of Environmental Management (DEL-MEM) Program and the Business & Environment concentration within the Master of Environmental Management program. Dr. Mayer helps transform business models into authentic Sustainable Development partnerships. He works across industries and offers extensive involvement in the mining sector. Dr. Mayer also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Duke Center for International Development (DCID). He collaborates with Duke University’s working group on mining, which investigates the human and environmental impact of artisanal, small-scale mining.  

Dr. Mayer’s regional expertise encompasses Latin America; for years he resided in Venezuela and, later, Peru and worked on integrated conservation and development projects throughout South and Central America. A gifted communicator, he finds creative ways to build alliances with governments, communities, development banks, investors, and NGOs. A dynamic teacher and public speaker, Dr. Mayer empowers people to see the big-picture among disparate elements. 

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Instructor in the Environmental Sciences and Policy Division · 2022 - Present Environmental Sciences and Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment

Education, Training & Certifications

Duke University · 2006 Ph.D.
University of Washington · 1994 M.S.
University of Denver · 1991 A.B.