Scott MacLeod, PhD

Scott Macleod holds a PhD in Economic Geography from the University of British Columbia where his research was into the positioning of Singapore into global flows of goods, money, people and information. His current research is in the areas of inter-age leadership, complexity, strategic foresight and cognition.

Scott has over 30 years of experience connecting emerging global trends with organisational goals and leadership development in Asia. He has worked with and advised Fortune 500 firms, SMEs, governments, NGOs and remote communities across the Asia-Pacific region in understanding the risks and opportunities in shifting strategic contexts. His work is about making the awareness of emerging trends actionable for organisations and their leaders.

For seven years, he was Director of Canada’s award-winning Asia-Pacific Management Cooperative Program, a leading international management graduate school which worked closely with organisations across Asia. He then went on to found the McRae Institute for International Management, with activities in 19 countries in Asia and Latin America. The Institute worked with more than 100 organisations to improve operational outcomes in rapidly changing emerging markets.

In 2004, he moved to the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Until 2019, he taught ‘Core Issues’ content, developed and implemented new programs dealing with leadership and emerging regional trends, and directed the Center’s rapidly growing suite of leadership programs. He then took on the lead role in deepening the Center’s presence in Asia through the provision of high-value content.

He is now the Head of Knowledge and Solutions at HCLI. In that role, he is continuing his work in contextual leadership: for and from Asia.

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