About us

The Asia Scotland Institute is a non-profit organisation which exists to promote a greater understanding of Asia through the sharing of knowledge. We run regular events with global leaders from across Asia, with the aim of stimulating curiosity and fostering an environment to promote the exchange of knowledge.


The Asia Scotland Institute was launched by Roddy Gow OBE in May 2012, with the first event taking place at the Playfair Library at the University of Edinburgh. Since that day, the Asia Scotland Institute has run many public events, reaching over 5,000 individuals in business, education and culture.


Our ultimate objective is for every person in Scotland to have direct access to the highest calibre of knowledge and insight on Asia. Through our established ties in business, politics, arts, culture, and education, we are committed to supporting in every way possible any organisation which shares this objective.