President and Chief Executive Officer, Heifer International
Pierre Ferrari joined Heifer International in 2010 as President and CEO with more than 40 years of business experience. Ferrari has a keen interest in sustainable and ethical development and the methods needed to get there. He is a marketer and entrepreneur and more recently, a social venture developer. He worked for many years with Coca-Cola USA, before deciding in 1995 to focus his energies and business acumen on social issues — to use his skills and aptitude to help, invest in and partner with people living in material poverty to help them achieve self-sufficiency, independence and health, goals that directly align with Heifer’s empowerment-oriented mission.
Following his decision to leave Coca-Cola, Ferrari joined CARE, where he worked as special assistant to the President, leading the first comprehensive strategic plan based upon performance measures, participating in a feasibility mission for a hospital in Zaire, and reviewing a women’s co-op banking project and micro loan programs in Niger.
Ferrari is a current Board member of the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund, which provides equity financing to small and medium enterprises in developing countries and emerging markets; InterAction, an alliance organization of 180 nongovernmental organizations united by a commitment to work with the world’s poor and vulnerable, serving as a convener and thought leader to make the world a more peaceful, just and prosperous place; and Global Impact, an organization that raises resources and partnerships that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and other services.
Ferrari is also a former Chair and current Board member of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream, which seeks to meet human needs and eliminate injustices, focusing on children and families, the environment and sustainable agriculture on family farms. As part of his service with Ben & Jerry’s, Ferrari led the Board to firm up its global commitment to fair trade by 2013 with its vanilla, cocoa and coffee farmers, etc., a course that matches well with Heifer’s work with smallholder farmers.
Ferrari holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Cambridge and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.