Chavalit Tsao, known as Fred, is the fourth-generation steward of a family business that started in The Shanghai Bund before 1906. Fred joined the family business at the age of twenty after graduating from the University of Michigan with a Master of Science in Engineering.
His early business successes include the startup of a highly-profitable palm oil business in Thailand and the turnaround and listing of a bankrupt Thai national shipping line.
In 1995, 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.
Fred is passionate about cutting-edge business economics and sustainability. As the Founder and President of Family Business Network (FBN) in Asia, as well as Chairman of FBN Foundation, he serves on the FBN International Board to promote sustainable family businesses.
Fred believes thriving, sustainable businesses can serve human well-being and create wealth at the same time. He advocates that evolution is the key and consciousness is the ultimate capital. Hence in 1995 Fred formed a research center, the East West Cultural Development Centre, as an extension of his own evolutionary journey. To date there is ongoing research in the areas of globalization, sustainability, societal and management issues.
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.
Fred is the co-author of Quantum Leadership with Chris Laszlo, currently available for pre-order on Amazon (to be published July 30, 2019.) In this book, Fred argues that current approaches to leadership fail to produce positive outcomes for either businesses or the communities they serve.
OCTAVE Institute’s concept is the manifestation of numerous years of Fred’s research and contemplation. OCTAVE Institute is a unique blend of Eastern wisdom and Western science. It is a place that responds to our societal needs for healing in all relationships and the fostering of a harmonious community. OCTAVE Institute is a platform and an opportunity for anyone who is seeking to be his/her possibilities.