George Petty is Chair of the Heifer International Foundation – Heifer's global partner whose mission it is to grow and oversee an endowment to support the work of Heifer International. This officer position automatically seats George at the table of the Heifer International Board of Directors.
Professionally, George is Managing Director of Venture South International, S.A., a Swiss holding company which invests in affiliate lending companies in Colombia, Uganda and the Philippines. The affiliates are non-bank finance companies which make loans to small and growing businesses in the countries where they operate; VSI is a strategic partner and raises capital for each affiliate company. Prior to working with VSI, George worked for 11 years for ECLOF International. He serves as an advisor to Venture Dairy and is an Executive Committee Member and Treasurer for Fondation Aide aux Enfants Foyers "Bambi" Colombie. George speaks several languages and holds a B.A. in South Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He enjoys playing squash and lives with his family in Geneva. George has served on the Heifer Foundation Board of Trustees since 2012.