Charles Caldwell
Human Resources Director
English Schools Foundation (ESF)



Originally from Canada, Charles holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Administrative Studies, Post-Graduate Diploma in Asia Pacific Management Studies and MBA from the Kellogg – HKUST program. In 2001 the Asia Pacific HR community recognized Charles with four awards including China Staff magazine’s prestigious HK Manager of the Year Award. In 2002 Charles was nominated for “Outstanding Contribution to HR in Hong Kong & China.” Charles has also received several other Hong Kong HR Awards and ERC service awards.

At 16 years old, Charles started his career as an entrepreneur in Toronto. The success of his company landed him on the cover Canadian Business Magazine. The formative years as a general manager planted a fascination for everything leadership, culture and insightful. After joining Landmark Education, Charles moved to Hong Kong in 1996 where he worked for Achieve Global, Rockwell Automation, Citrix Systems and Juniper Networks in senior APAC HR roles. In April 2011, Charles career had a change of season when he became the HR Director for English Schools Foundation.

In November 2014 Charles delivered a Hong Kong TedX Talk entitled, “Leading Through the Green Light.” The TedX talk can be viewed here:

Charles met his wife, Tess, over the Internet in 1996. They live in Hong Kong with their fourteen -year-old son and twelve year old triplets. (Being in HR, Charles claims he “has headcount issues everywhere!”) Charles is a Deacon of Union Church and a Board Member for International Care Ministries – an organization dedicated to helping the ultra-poor in the Philippines.


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