Written by: JUAN CARLOS PASTOR @ IE Business School Women’s position in management and leadership has been prominently discussed in the business literature for over three decades. Yet there is increased frustration that the empowerment of women is not advancing quickly enough. Women continue to lag behind men at every…
Scott Ragsdale is a business leader, mentor, and endurance athlete and serves as the Chairman of Naseba Group.
Over the past 25 years, he has served in senior management positions in 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 become the second largest College Republican club in America.
After graduating in 1995, Scott moved to Japan and within 3 years, passed the highest level on the Japanese proficiency exam (1-kyu).
As a leader, he has grown, managed and trained teams from more than 50 nationalities and led and oversaw billions of dollars in business deals and capital raises.
At the end of 2002, he co-founded Naseba with a 60,000 euro investment and in less than four years took the company public on the Euronext 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 in order to take the group in a newer, more focused direction.
In his personal life, Scott is an avid fan of extreme endurance challenges. He is a multiple Ironman finisher, has run more than fifty marathons, climbed several iconic mountains, swum the English Channel, completed the Naseba7 (seven Ironman triathlons in seven consecutive days across the seven Emirates of the UAE), and 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 – just to name a few of the challenges he has completed.
Scott is a strong believer in the power of fasting and prayer.
Since 2016, he has completed many long fasts and consistently fasts 3-4 days a week.
In 2020, (for his 49th birthday challenge) Scott took advantage of the Covid lock down and travel constraints, and fasted a total of 275 days (75% of the year) which included 3 separate 40 day fasts.
Scott has lived outside of America since 1995. He has traveled to more than 120 countries including numerous travels to contentious hot spots such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen.
He currently lives with his family in the south of France.