Prof. Dr. Charles Chow



(Professor) Dr. Charles Chow worked in the military, the police and the government before joining the private sector. As the first Singaporean to be trained by the German Navy, he was put in command of a Singapore Navy ship, and later helped set up the Singapore Police Coast Guard. After 15 years of uniform service, Dr. Chow joined the Singapore Trade Development Board, where he headed the Singapore-India Business Network and was responsible for drafting Singapore’s strategy for doing business in India. In 1996, Dr. Chow founded the East-West Group which secures the strategic interests of high potentials in Germany and India in education and the environment. Although a Roman Catholic, he has discovered great wisdom in The Bhagavad Gita and its relevance to management efficacy.


  • Corporate Social Innovations with corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a business function,
  • Application of The Bhagavad Gita to business and management,
  • Management Efficacy


  • Practical Efficacy, the Singaporean Way
  • Application of the gunas (individual inherent inclinations) for teamwork in productivity, creativity and innovation


  1. ISBN 978-1-259-07108-9, Management Efficacy, Wisdom from the Indian Bhagavad Gita and the Chinese Art of War, McGraw-Hill, Singapore, 2014.
  2. Audi Fashion Festival: Building a Brand in Singapore, SMU Case Study SMU-12-0041 completed in January 2013.
  3. Chingay Parade: Opportunities in Community Engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility in Singapore, SMU Case Study completed in August 2013.

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