Edward W. Scott, Jr.

Co-Founder,
Center for Global Development

Ed Scott founded BEA Systems with two other principals, Bill Coleman and Alfred Chuang, in early 1995. Mr. Scott served both as President of BEA and as Executive Vice President for World Wide Field Operations, supervising BEA’s sales, marketing, and services operations and is now serving as a Counselor to BEA senior management. Since withdrawing from direct management at BEA, Mr. Scott has become involved in a variety of philanthropic initiatives, including the founding and support of several orphanages and child development centers in Central America. Recently, Mr. Scott has become increasingly concerned about the causes and cures of global poverty and in 2001, he founded the Center for Global Development (CGD) in Washington, D.C. The Center is the only organization of its kind fully dedicated to the development and advocacy of informed analysis about the policies of the world’s richest countries toward the world’s poor countries. The Center envisions and works toward a future that allows all world citizens an opportunity to participate in the global economy. Mr. Scott serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for International Economics (IIE), a long-standing leader in international economic policy analysis. IIE and CGD function as aligned and collaborating research institutions. Mr. Scott is also a co-founder, along with Bill Gates, Jr. and George Soros, of DATA, an advocacy organization dedicated to building public and political awareness about development problems in Africa, most notably the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Bono, the lead singer of the rock band U2 and well-known for his public advocacy, is a principal spokesperson of DATA. Prior to founding BEA, Mr. Scott was executive vice president in charge of worldwide sales and marketing at Pyramid Technology. Mr. Scott also was one of the founders of Sun Microsystems’ federal division, Sun Federal. Before his career in the high-technology industry, Mr. Scott was a U.S. government executive for 17 years. In his last government assignment, he served as an Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Transportation during the Carter Administration. During his government career, Mr. Scott served under seven Attorneys General and three Secretaries of Transportation. He earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Michigan State University. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford, U.K