Pierre Ferrari is president and CEO of Heifer International, a global nonprofit working to eradicate poverty and hunger through sustainable, values-based holistic community development. Ferrari joined Heifer in 2010 following more than 40 years of business experience ranging from large consumer package goods organization such as Coca-Cola (Senior VP, Coca-Cola USA) to smaller businesses.
From 1995 on, he focused his energies on a variety of social issues ranging from International Relief and Development (Special assistant to the President of CARE www.care.org), Conscientious Commerce (Chair of Ben and Jerry's continuing board www.benjerry.com,) board member of Small Enterprise Assistance Funds www.seafweb.org whose mission is to provide equity financing to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries, emerging markets and in countries undergoing economic transition. He sits the Advisory Council for The Emory Ethics Center www.emory.ethics.edu. He sits on the board an Atlanta non-profit that raise funds for Maji Mazuri (www.majimazuri.org.) a Kenyan organization whose mission is to help people escape from the bondage of poverty, ignorance and myth and become fully developed individuals. He is an advisory trustee of Oglethorpe University.
Pierre is involved in several for profits initiatives. He is an investor and director of Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products, www.guayaki.com a company that combines scaled reforestation in South America, the reparation of many small communities and the marketing of Guayaki yerba mate. He is president of "Hot Fudge" venture capital fund, a community development venture capital fund whose purpose is to use venture capital to create jobs, entrepreneurial capacity and wealth that advance the livelihoods and wealth opportunities of low-income people and the economies of distressed communities. He teaches (Sustainable) MBA Marketing as a practitioner at Bainbridge Graduate Institute. And he is a founder of EthixVentures. www.ethixmerch.com/ and of QuatreCinq LLC, a marketer of innovative, healthy and socially responsible nutritional supplements.
Pierre holds a Masters degree in Economics from The University of Cambridge and a MBA (1976) from Harvard Business School.
He has two amazing sons, married to the awesome Kimberly, in awe of two stepdaughters, reads voraciously, and enjoys golf and squash.
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