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John Scott
John Scott
General Counsel and General Manager, Legal Department


As General Counsel and General Manager of the IDB Legal Department, Mr. Scott manages an in-house counsel team providing legal services to the Board of Governors, Board of Executive Directors, and Management. In this role, Mr. Scott serves as the principal legal advisor on a broad variety of issues, including the status of IDB as a public international organization, governance, policy development, implementation of strategic plans, operational programs, resource mobilization, institutional integrity, human resources, and change management.

Mr. Scott joined the IDB in 1985 and has held several management positions. For the year 2020, Mr. Scott served as Executive Vice President, a.i., acting as Chief Operating Officer for IDB operations. Other leadership roles have included Chief Counsel, Corporate Legal Affairs (2002 to 2015), and Assistant General Counsel, Legal Financial Office (1999 to 2002). Mr. Scott holds a J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University and a B.A. in English and Economics from Clark University.

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