Meet Our Leaders
Heifer’s leadership brings a robust level of experience to Heifer’s mission in ending hunger and poverty in a sustainable way.
Pierre Ferrari, President and Chief Executive Officer
Pierre Ferrari was born in the Belgian Congo (today the Democratic Republic of Congo). Ferrari received a master’s degree in economics from The University of Cambridge and a Master's of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He joined Heifer with more than 40 years of business experience at companies like Coca-Cola USA, CARE and the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund.
Hilary Haddigan, Chief of Mission Effectiveness
Hilary Haddigan has worked with Heifer since October 1999. As Chief of Mission Effectiveness, she leads the development of organization strategy, as well as cross-cutting initiatives that advance change. Prior to Heifer, Hilary worked with Christian Aid in the UK, Volunteer Missionary Movement in Zimbabwe and as a teacher in the northwest of England - her homeland.
Robert “Bob” Bloom, Chief Financial Officer
Robert “Bob” Bloom is a Certified Public Accountant with an accounting degree from the University of Illinois. Bloom brings a wealth of financial experience to Heifer. He has previously worked at Vestcom, a communications provider; Acxiom Corp., a data processing and content provider; a sporting goods company and an accounting firm.
Oscar Castañeda, Vice President for the Americas Program
Dr. Oscar Castañeda has worked for decades designing, implementing and evaluating community-based sustainable development programs. Before joining Heifer, Oscar served World Neighbors as Country Director for his native Guatemala. He has also been a consultant and part-time professor in the fields of agroecology and organic agriculture, authored several publications, and led numerous workshops on sustainable organic agriculture and project planning and monitoring. Oscar is fluent in Spanish, English and German.
Mahendra Lohani, Senior Vice President of Programs
Dr. Mahendra Lohani, a native of Nepal, has served Heifer International for more than twenty years as both a volunteer and, currently, as Senior Vice President of Programs. He is a veterinarian with Masters and Doctorate degrees in animal nutrition and agricultural economics. As Senior Vice President of Programs, Dr. Lohani provides direction and leadership for Heifer programs in Africa, Asia and Europe. Under Dr. Lohani's guidance, the program is dedicated to building strong social capital in addition to livestock development and pro-poor wealth-creating value chains. Dr. Lohani leads a team of highly motivated staff, focused on accountability systems at both project and management levels.
Julie Wood, Vice President of HR Strategy and Operations
Julie Wood, has worked in the Human Resources (HR) Department of Heifer International since 2001. As the Vice President of HR Strategy & Operations, Julie leads the global strategic vision of HR in areas such as Talent Management and Development, Total Rewards, Workforce Planning, and Employee Relations. Prior to Heifer International, Julie served as the Community Outreach Coordinator for an Arkansas based nonprofit organization, Arkansans for Drug Free Youth. There she was responsible for community/volunteer recruitment and outreach as well as grant-writing and fundraising. Julie has earned certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She received her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and has worked towards a Master’s degree in Public Administration at UALR.