George Taylor, Visiting Fellow
George Taylor is Director of Philanthropy Support Services at PaxTerra and currently Chair of the Advisory Council of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder. George is a “global nomad”. He grew up in India; spent twenty years living and working in West Africa (Nigeria, Mali, Niger), South Asia (Nepal) and South America (Bolivia); and has had short-term assignments in 35+ countries. He has worked on multiple sides of the international development equation: inside a large bilateral development assistance agency (USAID); for a private consulting firm (International Resources Group); with an international NGO managing field programs in China/Tibet, India, Afghanistan and Peru (Future Generations); with a private foundation active in international philanthropy (Winterline Foundation); and, most recently, with Philanthropy Support Services (PSS) and PaxTerra working on program and institutional evaluations for clients including the Rights & Resources Initiative, World Resources Institute, International Food Policy Research Institute/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S. Forest Service, USAID, Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation/World Bank, Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), and The Nature Conservancy.
George is a graduate of Woodstock School in Uttarakhand, India and of Wesleyan University where he majored in African history. He has an MS in forest resource management and policy/ international forestry from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry. While at the Colorado Water Center, George will be continuing work started as a Visiting Fellow at SoGES exploring a) water resources management (WRM) in High Mountain Asia (aka the Third Pole), b) opportunities for CSU to more proactively engage on international water issues, and c) ways in which CSU can broaden and deepen its work on “internationalization”.