B.A., History of Science, Harvard University
M.B.A., European Institue of Business Administration (INSEAD)
After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy, Scott completed a B.A. in the History of Science at Harvard. Ferguson then taught high school math and science in Massachusetts and abroad on the island of Malta. He went on to complete an MBA at INSEAD, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious graduate business schools.
He joined the Computer Sciences Corporation in Boston and Brussels in 1981. With colleagues he began a management training and consulting company in Brussels and Paris. He then joined the World Bank Group in 1992 as an Investment Officer, working on private sector development projects in Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, and French West Africa. He left the Bank in 1996 to head a venture capital firm in Croatia.
After subsequently working as CFO and Director of Strategy for a consumer goods company and a medical services company in Europe, he joined CIMMYT (Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo) in Mexico in 2009 as Deputy Director General, where he worked to increase food availability in developing countries.