Biography of George Windecker
George has previously worked both as a commercial lender and an attorney. He devoted his legal practice to international project finance. Following careers as a banker and then as a private attorney, George is now dedicated to advising clients of Windecker Financial Planning LLC.
George received the following post-secondary education:
Harvard University, B.A. in Middle Eastern History, 1971
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, M.S. in Management (equivalent to an MBA), 1976
American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 1993
Commercial Lender in Asia
Following graduation from business school, George worked as a commercial lending officer at Citibank, N.A., from 1976 until 1991. He worked abroad exclusively, holding positions in bank operations, commercial and real estate lending, and consulting on bank operations and credit marketing. George worked at Citibank’s branches and other subsidiaries in East Asia, including in Indonesia, Taiwan, the People’s Republic of China, and Malaysia. In 1991, he resigned from Citibank in order to obtain a law degree and begin a career as an attorney.
Attorney in the U.S.
In 1995, he began a 20-year career as an attorney, focusing his law practice on international project finance. He began in the Washington, D.C. office of the Houston-based law firm, Fulbright & Jaworski, now known as Rose Fulbright. At Fulbright & Jaworski, he worked as an associate attorney in project finance and mergers and acquisitions, working primarily as counsel to the International Finance Corporation, a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group. He advised IFC in its financing of independent power projects in South Asia.
Return to Asia
George returned to Asia in 1997, working as an associate attorney out of the Singapore office of the New York-based law firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. From 1997 until 2001, he worked on project financing and securities offerings in India. He worked primarily as outside counsel to Enron Corporation for its development of LNG facilities and independent power projects in India.
In 2001, he moved as an associate attorney with Skadden Arps first to its Washington office, and then, in 2002, working out of Skadden Arps' London office, to Tunisia. In 2003, he moved again, this time to the United Arab Emirates. From 2001 until 2003, he worked primarily first as bankruptcy counsel to Enron Corporation and then as counsel to British Gas advising on its proposed development of an independent power plant in Tunisia.
Work with Foreign Law Firms
In 2004, following the pullback of U.S. companies from investments in the Gulf region, he resigned from Skadden Arps in order to join Afridi & Angell, a regional law-firm based in Dubai. At Afridi & Angell as Of Counsel from 2004 to 2007, he worked on investment and financing matters, primarily advising Mashreq Bank based in Dubai.
From 2007 until 2015, he followed his spouse on her diplomatic assignments to Norway, Israel, and Afghanistan. From 2007 until 2010, he worked as Of Counsel and Senior Lawyer at Wikborg Rein & Co. in Oslo, Norway. From 2011 until 2014, he was Of Counsel and a U.S. law expert at Agmon & Co. Rosenberg Hacohen & Co., in Tel Aviv, Israel. At Wikborg Rein, he acted primarily as counsel to developers of independent power projects located in East Africa and South Asia. At Rosenberg
Hacohen, he worked primarily as counsel to the Delek Group, Israeli partner of U.S.-based Noble Energy, advising on Delek’s financing of its interest in the development of deep, offshore gas fields located in the Eastern Mediterranean.
In 2014, in order to accompany his spouse on her assignment to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, he accepted a position as a warranted grants officer with the International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Bureau of the U.S. State Department at U.S. Embassy - Kabul.
Return to U.S. and Work as Financial Planner
In late 2015, George returned to the U.S. and now resides in Fairfax, Virginia. In 2018,he initiated a third career as a financial planner and an investment advisor/investment advisor representative. Over the years, he has advised family members and friends on personal financial matters, including house purchases, mortgage loans, college savings, IRA and retirement investments, as well as other business investments and financing.
He is joined by his spouse of many years in the management of Windecker Financial Planning LLC. He is the proud father of three grown children and grandfather of five grandchildren. He has been an 'Eligible Family Member' of the U.S. Foreign Service for 34 years and is committed to advising the Foreign Service community, including active and retired members, on financial matters.