Roddy Gow

Chairman and Founder


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 and a member of the
International Advisory Council of Innovating Global Health.
He is the Chairman of the Asia Scotland Trust in Edinburgh focused on restoration
and conservation projects in Kolkata and Southeast Asia.
He is a member of the King’s Bodyguard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers). He holds an MA degree from Trinity College, Cambridge University.



Over the coming days, Glasgow will host the largest and most important sequel to the Paris Climate Accords. The hope is that the momentum generated by that meeting can be revived and a return of leadership from the United States be achieved. The Asia Scotland

Fears that Afghanistan could slip into anarchy and civil war

In late 2020 soldiers from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland deployed to Afghanistan for what is to be the beginning of the end of operations in this troubled country. They are part of a long line of brave Scottish soldiers serving in far