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Scott Ragsdale is a business leader, deal maker, and endurance athlete. He is the Chairman of Naseba Group.
Over the past 25 years, Scott has served in senior management positions in eight different international cities: Tokyo, Sydney, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Monaco, Barcelona, London and Dubai.
He attended high school at The Bolles School and has a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
While at the University of California, Scott was elected President of the Berkeley College Republicans. During his Presidency the club grew to the second largest College Republican club in America.
Scott has 20 years of international management experience, has grown, managed and trained teams from more than 50 nationalities and he has been involved in facilitating billions of dollars in business deals.
Over five years, he lived and worked in Japan and passed the highest level in Japanese-Language Proficiency exam (1 kyu).
At the end of 2002, he co-founded Naseba with 60,000 euro investment and in less than four years took the company public on the Euronext with a value of $48 million, making him the first American to found and publicly list a company in France. At the peak of the economic crisis, he bought back and delisted the company from the exchange.
Ragsdale likes painful endurance challenges. He is a multiple Ironman finisher, has run more than 50 marathons, climbed several iconic mountains, swam the English Channel, completed Naseba7, seven Ironman triathlons in seven consecutive days across the seven Emirates of the UAE, also finished the Marathon des Sables – a seven day race across the Sahara desert in Morocco, considered to be the most difficult foot race in the world – these are just a few of the big challenges he has gone after and achieved.
On top of physical endurance challenges, Ragsdale also likes to do strict water fasts. Since 2013, He has completed numerous 20+ day water fasts, including several 40 day and 40 night fasts; and for the past several years, he fasts 3-4 days a week.
In 2020, for his 49th year challenge, Scott fasted 275 days which is 75% of the year, and included 3 x 40 day fasts.
Scott has lived outside of America since 1995, living for significant periods of time in ten countries. He has traveled to more than 120 countries including numerous travels to contentious hot spots such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen. He speaks French and Japanese.
He currently lives with his family in France.