Albert Low, LLD

Adjunct Faculty
Transformative Leadership

Transformative Studies

CIIS Main Building
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Albert Low is 76 years of age and was a business executive for the first half of his life employed as a senior human resource executive in South Africa and later in Canada. In Canada he was responsible for introducing a new way of company organization and he lectured widely on creativity in management.

He has a degree in Psychology and Philosophy and was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree by Queen’s University, Ontario for academic achievement and community service.

He has practiced Zen Buddhism intensely for 40 years. In 1976 he retired from the business world to study and teach Zen Buddhism on a full time basis. He spent three years on the staff of the Rochester Zen Center. He has been the teacher and director of the Montreal Zen Center since 1979.

When human resource executive he studied the management theories of the Tavistock Institute and in particular the theories of Elliot Jaques and Lord Wilfred Brown of the Glacier Metal Industry. He is very widely read in Western and Eastern philosophy and psychology and Western science, and has spent many years as a psychological counselor.

Albert Low is the author of numerous widely translated books on Zen, including the classic Zen and Creative Management, The Iron Cow of Zen, An Invitation to Practice Zen, and Creating Consciousness. In 1996, Fast Company magazine profiled Zen and Creative Management, originally published in 1976, as a prescient forerunner of the present interest in complexity, ambiguity, and spirituality in management. Low has given many TV and radio broadcasts, written numerous articles for magazines, and is well known in Europe, Australia and throughout North America.