Scott Mead - Philanthropist
|Artist and Investor|
Scott Mead Brief Bio
Financial professional, entrepreneur, photographer and supporter of several charities, Scott Mead started his career at the New York-based firm of Goldman Sachs. He later transferred to London where Scott headed up major client projects throughout Europe and Asia. Later in his career, Scott, together with his partners, established Richmond Park Partners, a private banking institution in London. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard College, Cambridge University, (as a Harvard Scholar), where he graduated with a M.Phil from Emmanuel College, and the University of Pennsylvania, with a degree in Law.
Scott Mead's career began in New York when he was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs. He transferred to the company’s London office in 1987, and helped establish Goldman Sachs in Europe. In 1994, Scott became a Partner, followed in 1996, by becoming Managing Director. While at Goldman Sachs in London, Scott was responsible for several divisions including Global Telecom, Media and Technology Investment Banking and Head of Privatizations. Scott managed many of the firm’s leading clients and was responsible for major ventures in over two dozen countries. Scott headed the team advising Vodafone on its purchase of Mannesmann for $200B. In addition, in the 90s, Scott was active in advising politicians and governments on how to privatize major governmental organizations and institutions.
In 2008, Scott teamed up with other partners to establish Richmond Park Partners in London, where he contributed to the company’s achievements and accomplishments. Richmond Park Partners is a private merchant bank that offers advisory services, restructuring and fund management.
Scott Mead is committed to many philanthropic areas. These include the recent establishment of the Mead International Fellows Program that awards student scholarships for specialized projects that support human rights and financially viable development in various regions around the world. The program donates funds to young law students, enabling them to complete their projects abroad. In addition, Scott is chairman of the Mead Family Foundation, dedicated to hospitals, centers of learning, and other cultural organizations.
In Support of Sports
Scott Mead is a competitive tennis player and has long supported Harvard College, where he earned his first degree. He established the Scott Mead ’77 Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Tennis in 2008 which supports the college’s tennis coaches and overall tennis program. Scott Mead, a graduate of Harvard College in 1977, was an accomplished athlete in squash, lacrosse and tennis. He hopes his endowment of a men's coach position will heighten the college sport experience for tennis players at Harvard. Mead says he is "delighted" and "honored" to enrich the men's tennis team with a financial contribution towards this head coaching position because he himself learned valuble lessons from his own coaches and wanted to give back to the future Harvard scholars who are also athletes. Mead is also active in the Global Advisory Council of the Women's Tennis Association Tour, which is the group that heads women's professional tennis.
Photography and Charity
Dedicated to his passion for photography, , in the fall of 2010, Scott Mead held a solo exhibit of his early photographic works at the Hamilton Gallery in London. Monies raised from the exhibition were given to a local children’s charity at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital. The funds will be used to build a new lab for Gene and Cell Therapy.