Scott Cooper, PhD, is the president and CEO of the Academy of Natural Sciences. An international museum professional and heritage preservation scholar, he has spent more than two decades protecting, transforming and promoting cultural sites and institutions around the world. He joined the Academy after four years as vice president of collections, knowledge and engagement at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, Canada. Previously, Scott was director of museums at the Qatar Foundation in Doha, Qatar, where he oversaw a $65 million capital project to create four groundbreaking heritage house museums, including the critically acclaimed Bin Jelmood House, the first museum in the Islamic world to be dedicated to the subject of slavery. He became drawn to environmental work while participating in a conservation project in the rainforests of Africa at age 17.