Meet the board

Roddy-Gow-Afghan-jacket-200x200_200x200Roddy Gow OBE – Chairman & Founder

Roddy is the Founder and Chairman of the Asia Scotland Institute –  He is also the Founding Partner of Canongate Partners, an international executive search consulting firm specialising in solving challenges for clients seeking to enter Asia and the Emerging Markets and Chairman of the Plant for Peace Foundation (UK) focused on building a long term agrarian solution in Afghanistan. He was previously Chief Executive of Asia House in London, where he drove its mission to educate and inform the people of the UK about a region extending from the Gulf in the West to Japan in the East.

During a career spanning service as a British Army officer, several years as a banker in the UK and US, and more than 30 years working at the highest levels of global executive search, Roddy has always been interested in the challenges of understanding and embracing the skills needed to function effectively across national boundaries.

Awarded the OBE in 2002 for services to British Trade, he was until recently a Vice Chairman of Cubitt Consulting and a member of the Business Advisory Council of the Said Business School, Oxford University. He is a Director of Oceana Energy (UK), a Board member of British American Business, a member of the International Advisory Council of Innovating Global Health and a Visiting Professor at London Metropolitan University.

He is a member of the Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers). He holds an MA degree from Trinity College, Cambridge University.



Elizabeth Linder

A graduate of Princeton University, Elizabeth joined Facebook five years ago when the company still had fewer than 100 million users. Since then she has built Facebook’s Politics and Government Programme for Europe, the Middle East and Africa from the ground up.

Her role involves advising political representatives, government agencies, public administrations and think tanks on the intersection of Facebook and 21st-century governance to better understand what she calls the “Conversational Century”. She works with heads-of-state, ambassadors, academics and other notable figures.

In 2012, Elizabeth co-authored an opinion editorial on the changing nature of public communications in the Huffington Post. She delivers speeches in parliaments from Brussels to Berlin and conducts workshops from Cairo to Copenhagen.


stewart6_new_194x200Stewart Langdon
Stewart is a Partner with LeapFrog Investments and Chairman of Asia Scotland Institute’s Business Advisory Council.

Based in Edinburgh, he has 13 years’ experience in investment banking, corporate finance and private equity investing.

Co-Head of South Asian Investments at LeapFrog, Stewart currently oversees deal teams and co-leads LeapFrog’s South Asian deal sourcing and execution. Prior to joining LeapFrog he worked at Rothschild for six years in London and Dubai.



Douglas brotherstonDouglas Brotherston

Douglas is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience in private practice.

He is the principal and founder of DBFM, an independent firm of chartered accountants specialising in strategic planning and business advisory services. He is also an accredited Mindshop Facilitator – a strategic planning consultancy process developed in Australia.

He was formerly a partner at Chiene + Tait in Edinburgh, before leaving to set up DBFM.



Dr. Susan Carpenter

In 1988 at the height of the asset-inflated economic bubble in Japan, I was employed as the first non-Japanese by a large Japanese pharmaceutical and liquor producer to launch foreign brands on the Japanese market and to negotiate joint ventures with foreign producers. I was a staff in the largest Japanese commercial television station during the first Gulf War. For seven years I was employed by Japanese government agencies, including the primary lender to SME and the state import-export bank that provided trade insurance to Japanese heavy industries.

I came to Scotland to receive a doctorate from the University of Edinburgh School of Management (2003) and I opened a consultancy in New York State with a vice president of NTT. Carpenter Kano Associates consulted on regional high-tech small business development for Japanese industry. I was a full-time lecturer in the UoE Business School, teaching courses regarding the Japanese and East Asian political economies and was the director of the MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets (2006-2009). From 2009 – 2016 I was the CEO of International Markets Analysts Ltd. The company conducted political and economic country risk analyses of international financial markets and engaged in the development of Sottish start-ups.

I published four books ‘Special Corporations and the Bureaucracy: Why Japan Can’t Reform’ (2003, Palgrave Macmillan), ‘Why Japan Can’t Reform: Inside the System’ (2008, Palgrave Macmillan), ‘Japan’s Nuclear Disaster: The Routes to Responsibility’ (2012, Palgrave Macmillan) and ‘Japan Inc. on the Brink: Institutional Corruption and Agency Failure.’ (2014).