George Taylor is a “global nomad” with roots in South Asia and four decades of international development experience across 35+ countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. With formal training in African history and forestry he has an eclectic range of interests and passions. George has worked on many different sides of the international development equation: inside a large bilateral development assistance agency (USAID); for a private consulting firm (International Resources Group); managing the field programs of an international NGO in China/Tibet, India, Afghanistan and Peru (Future Generations); serving on the Executive Committee of a private foundation active in international philanthropy (Winterline Foundation); and working on program and institutional evaluations and other consulting assignments for Philanthropy Support Services (PSS), PaxTerra, the U.S. Forest Service Office of International Programs, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)/Gates Foundation, Winrock International, Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation/World Bank, the Center for People & Forests (RECOFTC) and others.
George is a graduate of Woodstock School in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India. He earned a BA from Wesleyan University in African History and an MS in forest resource management and policy/international forestry from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He has re-engaged with higher education in various roles at several institutions including the Future Generations Graduate School of Applied Community Change & Conservation, James Madison University (Justice Studies/International Development), Regis University (Masters in Development Practice) and, most recently, as a Visiting Fellow at the Colorado State University (CSU) School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) and the CSU Water Center. George speaks French, Spanish and Hindi and has dabbled in Nepali, Hausa and Arabic.