Lord Charles Bruce DL
Lord Charles Bruce is active in the not-for-profit sector in conservation, the fine arts, and multiculturalism. He manages a family estate in Fife as a sustainable rural business centred on Broomhall House, a leading travel destination and events venue. He chairs the Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust. He is president of the Democracy Forum, which hosts regular seminars in London on human rights and political authority in several Asian countries. He is patron of the Japan Society of Scotland. He has also hosted events at Broomhall on behalf of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Consulate.
Educated at the universities of St Andrews and Dundee, he studied Economic History and Sustainable Urban Design. He is on the advisory council of the International Academic Forum (IAFOR) – based in Osaka – and has lectured widely on the history of Scottish relations with Japan. He is deputy chair of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies. He contributes to Gitanjali and Beyond, a journal published in Scotland and India focussing on the global legacy of Rabindranath Tagore, India’s first writer to win the Nobel Prize.
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.
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.