Chavalit Frederick Tsao

Chavalit Frederick Tsao

Chavalit Tsao, also known as Fred in his network, is the fourth-generation steward of a family business which started in The Shanghai Bund before 1906. Fred joined his family business at the age of twenty after he graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master of Science in Engineering.

Fred's early business successes include starting up a highly profitable palm oil business in Thailand and turning around a bankrupt Thai national shipping line and successfully listing it. In 1995 and at the age of thirty-seven, Fred took over as Chairman of IMC Group. Under his stewardship, the traditional shipping company transformed into a multi-national conglomerate with diverse business interests in industrial, lifestyle, investments and learning sectors.

Besides family business, Fred is also passionate in cutting edge business economics and sustainability. As the Founder and the President of Family Business Network (FBN) in Asia, as well as Chairman of FBN Foundation, he also serves on FBN International Board to promote sustainable family business.

Fred believes that a business that plays its role in serving human wellbeing and creating wealth at the same time, and which continues to evolve to meet the needs of society, is a thriving and flourishing business. He advocates that evolution is the key and consciousness is the ultimate capital. Hence in his keen foresight Fred decided in 1995, more than two decades ago, to form a research center, named as East West Cultural Development Centre (today rebranded as AITIA Institute), as an extension of his own evolutionary journey.

In terms of understanding issues of human development, Fred is deeply interested in the connection between Western science and traditional Chinese philosophy. In the emerging fields of quantum physics, evolutionary biology, neurophysiology, and consciousness research, he sees evidence in the interconnectedness and essential oneness of the world.

Chris Laszlo, PhD

Chris Laszlo, PhD

Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, where he is the Faculty Director for research and outreach of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. He is Visiting Professor at the Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Benedictine University.

He is author of Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business (2014), Embedded Sustainability: the Next Big Competitive Advantage (2011), and Sustainable Value (2008), all from Stanford University Press. His earlier book, The Sustainable Company (2003/ paperback 2005) was published by Island Press. His work over the last decade has helped launch mainstream management approaches to sustainability for value and profit. Chris is also the managing partner of Sustainable Value Partners, a sustainability strategy consulting firm he co-founded in 2002.

In 2012, he was selected a “Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America™. In 2015, he was elected Fellow of the International Academy of Management

Prior to his academic life, he was an executive at the building materials company Lafarge S.A., holding positions as head of strategy, general manager of a manufacturing subsidiary, and vice president of business development. He also spent five years with Deloitte in the strategy consulting practice.

Sook Yee Tai

Sook Yee Tai

Sook Yee, is a certified public accountant, and has more than 30 years of experience spanning the profession, governance, corporate, investments, strategies and for most parts of her career leading businesses with wide geographical operations. Sook Yee is culturally attuned as she has work for family businesses and multi nationals with base in Malaysia, USA, United Kingdom, Mexico, Singapore and China. She has also served on the board of companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, during which time she also chaired their Remunerations and Nominations Committee.

Sook Yee understands the need for leaders to be able to read and understand market trends, is financially sensitized and have ability to lead and transform business models that meets market needs. She believes that the development of leaders and managers strategic and entrepreneurial mindset is key to lead 21st century flourishing enterprises. In an environment where technology is driving cycles shorter and shorter, there is no space for followership or gradual change. There is a strong need to make shifts in individual and collective consciousness to redefine purpose and reason for being. Having competencies and skills is no more sufficient to meet the needs of society. Management teams that provide an environment for innovation where curiosity is welcomed, and increase interconnectedness / integration will build flourishing enterprises which evolve and sustain.

Under the flagship AITIA Institute, Sook Yee now works to journey with family businesses and enterprises to support and transform its leadership and practices, so they can evolve and flourish.

Lingkang Gong

Lingkang Gong

Lingkang holds an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management. She completed her bachelor's degree at the Shandong University of Finance and Shandong University, with a major in International Economics and Trade and a minor in Accounting, respectively. After graduation from college, she initiated a startup in a national class incubator, which also owns the first accelerator in China. The company is a provider of raw material of anti-aging healthcare product. Her personal interest is to help mid- and small-size businesses in China solve the challenges put forth by the Globalization Era through a deeper understanding of traditional Chinese culture.

Maria Munoz-Grandes

Maria Munoz-Grandes

Maria Munoz-Grandes, MA, MEd, and MSc, is a PhD candidate at Leiden University (Netherlands). Her doctoral research is in the field of leadership development and organizational change, focusing on the new narratives of interconnectedness emerging in flourishing organizations, and the practices that promote a sense of connectedness not only within the organization, but also with society and the environment. Maria is also a researcher in the Quantum Leadership Project, at the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, Case Western Reserve University (USA) and a supervisor of final degree theses in the BA in Psychology at IE University (Spain). She been a psychologist, psychotherapist and trainer in private practice in Spain for 25 years, as a result of which she continues developing her intermodal approach to relational practices which emphasizes the centrality of quality relationships and collaborative dialogue, as well as the benefits of using in depth knowledge of multiple modalities of practice, and the life wisdom obtained through life-experiences, of clients and practitioners, as inspirational repertories for the co-creation of regenerative change processes, adapted to the unique needs and circumstances of the clients (being the practice therapy, counseling, coaching or consulting). She lives now in Philadelphia where she is engaged in the Nexus Project, an initiative aimed at developing community through the network of sustainable organizations in Philadelphia and in other cities.