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).
Roddy Gow OBE
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.