Frederick Chavalit Tsao
The Chairman of IMC Pan Asian Alliance Group since 1995. He is the fourth generation to start his maritime career when he joined his family business at 20 years old. Under his stewardship, IMC has evolved from a traditional shipping business to one focused on integrated industrial supply chains and encompass lifestyle/real estate, investments and community development, with diverse business interests in more than 17 countries.
At the helm of a fourth generation family business, Mr. Tsao has long pondered on the role business plays in society and the significance of its existence. In his view, if we see economics as the actions to meet desires, then economics and consequently business (as main protagonist of commercial economics) is an integral part of society. Mr. Tsao concluded that the role of business in society is to “serve human well-being and create wealth at the same time.”
However, Mr. Tsao sees a systemic misalignment between business and societal needs. Harmony demand for a new worldview where there is common purpose for collaboration. He firmly believes that leadership needs to change significantly in search of the same. The new worldview should be founded on fundamentals of a meeting between esoteric wisdom and modern science. Tradition and cultural values need to be carefully integrated with social developments where new science of consciousness is meeting the esoteric values in pursuit of sustainability and harmony.
With these guiding principles, Mr. Tsao founded The East West Cultural Development Centre in 1995, a non-profit organization aimed at building more harmonious relationships in a rapidly globalized world. The Centre aims to provide an integrated platform for dialogue, research, design and prototyping models towards creation and building of harmonious societies through learning.
Mr. Tsao also recognizes the importance of family businesses in the global economy and is a strong advocate of more research in areas such as succession planning, business transformation, social engagement and leadership cultivation to allow family businesses to learn more from each other. He is a Board Member of Family Business Network â€“ International and Family Business Foundation. He founded Family Business Network Asia, a regional chapter of Family Business Network International to promote sustainable family business. He believes that family business can make a difference to the evolution of business in the new role of business in society
Mr. Tsao graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master of Science in Engineering (Industrial and Operations Engineering) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering).
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.
Julian Chang joined IMC/Octave in Shanghai, China as Dean of the Aitia Institute after designing strategy and policy for student life at the Tsinghua University Schwarzman Scholars program. He served as the Executive Director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia at the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation between 2001 and 2014. Prior to that, he held various teaching and managerial positions at Stanford University focusing on Asia and China. He is founding President of the Chinese Globalization Association, which supports research on the range and variety of China's outbound investment activity, both state and private. His PhD dissertation was on the Sino-Soviet relationship and political marketing in China. He co-edited China Rules: Globalization and Political Transformation; Economic Reform and Cross-Strait Relations: Taiwan and China in the WTO; and Presidential Politics in Taiwan: The Administration of Chen Shui-bian.
Gareth Craze is a doctoral student in the Department of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. His research interests primarily center on the relationship between human consciousness and creativity, as well as the interface between these phenomena, psychopharmacology and artificial intelligence. Gareth's scholarship has also extended into the areas of organizational neuroscience, indigenous research, coaching, sustainability practices, organizational citizenship behaviors, and computer-enhanced pedagogy. He previously graduated from the University of Auckland Business School in his native New Zealand with a Master of Commerce in Management.
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.
Joseph Leah is a PhD Candidate in Management-Designing Sustainable Systems at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. His doctoral research is on the impact of greater purpose and a ‘consciousness of connectedness’ in leaders on business performance and positive social and environmental outcomes. He teaches in the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University and is a Fellow of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. Joe is a former Principal with IMS Learning Solutions & Change Management, and was a Managing Partner with consulting firms Areks and StratX International. He has conducted corporate executive education programs in over forty countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas. Joe holds an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and a BA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Maria Munoz-Grandes, M.A., M.Ed., and M.Sc., 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 B. A. 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.