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Rick Scott is the USAID mission director in Timor-Leste, where he leads a program to help the people and government strengthen their 10-year-old democracy, with a focus on economic growth, health and governance. USAID fully endorses the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States signed at Busan, South Korea, in 2011, and supports Timor-Leste in its leadership role in the g7+ Group of Fragile and Conflict-Affected States.
Scott has more than 30 years of experience in international economic and humanitarian development. Most recently, he served as the director of USAID’s Office of East Asia Affairs in the Bureau for Asia in Washington, D.C. He has also served with USAID as the acting mission director in Liberia; as supervisory program officer in Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and West Bank and Gaza; and with missions in Morocco and Russia.
Scott's career in international development began when he joined CARE in Bangladesh in 1975. He also worked for CARE in Haiti and Sierra Leone, International Voluntary Services in Washington, D.C., and UNICEF in India before joining USAID in 1990.
He holds a bachelor's from Ripon College, a master's in forest science from the University of Wisconsin, and a master's in international development from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Last updated: June 12, 2013