Fourteen candidates were selected in the 2014 cohort. Their ages range from seventeen to early thirties and they come from a broad range of careers.
James is a second year political science student at the London School of Economics with a passion for social entrepreneurship. At the age of 17, James founded Flashpoint, currently the largest non-profit debate and public speaking training programme in Hong Kong. He is President of the LSE Finance Society, the largest student society at LSE, and President of the LSE Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society, the premier ethnic society for HK students. He has held leadership positions across financial, political and artistic organisations at both high school and university. James is holder of the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship for Overseas Studies, the most prestigious scholarship offered by the Hong Kong government awarded to 1 to 4 students per year. He was also one of the top 10 schools debaters in the world and has competed across four continents. James is now developing his second major startup Tamar, a political think tank aiming to produce attractive and concise info graphics to popularise public affairs.
Stephen is a geneticist and strategy consultant. He is currently a Croucher Cambridge Scholar at Cambridge University researching genetic and developmental biology. Prior to his time at Cambridge he completed his undergraduate degree at Imperial College London majoring in Biochemistry. Stephen is a senior global executive of Innovation Forum, a global student organisation which focuses on bridging science between academia, industries and policy makers. Along side to this, Stephen is also the Chief business development officer of the Cambridge Consulting Network, a graduate consulting network, which he found the Hong Kong branch in 2013. Stephen is excited to join the DELP program and he is looking forward to make positive social impacts to the diaspora community in the UK.
Angela Lihua Yang is a Fashion Marketer, Social Entrepreneur and Promoter of West and East Art Culture. Angela obtained a MA degree in Fashion from Birmingham City University in 2013. She was awarded Graduate Entrepreneur by the British Government in 2014 for her work on the EU BSEEN business programme. She has retail marketing and management experience working for Le Creuset, Inditex Group, Prada and Louis Vuitton in Shanghai, Hong Kong and London for many years. In 2005 Angela was awarded an Image Designer Certificate by Color Me Beautiful USA. Her charity work includes working with “The Library Project” which was led by the American Education Group. She is now the founder and Managing Director of her own fashion company Luxmix Limited which specialises in the marketing of fashion, branding and promotion. Her main aim is to lead Luxmix, with its own unique style, to enhance cultural communication between the West and the East. As a member of the Diaspora Emerging Leadership Programme, Angela hopes to assist other entrepreneurs to further and develop their business within the fashion sector in the UK and China and also to encourage more British Chinese to pursue their goals. Angela enjoys travelling and photography to learn a diverse range of cultures whilst becoming more knowledgeable in alternative, inspirational fashion.
Chi-Ling Lok is a music entrepreneur and pianist. She is the founder, director and performing pianist of New Sound China UK – a British Chinese music composition and performance platform. New Sound China UK brings together both world famous and emerging British and Chinese composers and musicians in order to create cutting edge new contemporary music works blending both the British and Chinese musical heritages. The first new works of New Sound China UK will be performed throughout the UK in 2015/16. A graduate from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (Bachelor and Masters in Piano Performance) Chi-Ling Lok is a performing artist of great individuality and creativity, whose ‘artistic gifts are of the highest standard’ (Prof. Roland Proell, founder of the International Schubert Piano Competition, Germany). She has given numerous concerts as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and collaborated with leading composers such as Stephen Montague and Douglas Finch. She is very honoured to be a member of the Diaspora Emerging Leadership Programme and very much hopes it will help her realise her vision of making Chinese musical culture become an integral part of British contemporary music.
Andy Chan is a civil servant working for the Highways Agency, with strong connection with the Birmingham Chinese Community. Andy obtained a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Birmingham in 2009 and has worked in several public sector organisations ever since. These have ranged from local authorities, working with the Chinese community to increase participation rates for the Census and for the Environment Agency. Andy’s passion to help the Chinese community is evident through volunteer work and to perform dragon dance at the Mid Autumn Festival to showcase Chinese culture to the public. He hopes the programme will equip him with the skills and experience to be able to make a difference to the lives of the Chinese community across the UK and the Far East. He is a keen traveller and likes to explore different cultures.
Isabel Zhang was born and raised in Madrid and came to the UK for her undergraduate studies. After graduating in Economics from the University of Bath, Isabel joined and is now currently working as an Equity Researcher in a global investment bank. She feels deeply attached to her Chinese heritage. She wants to take an impactful role in shaping the future relations between the East & the West.
‘Starting from the immediate UK Chinese community, the Diaspora programme takes me one step closer to achieving this goal. It is a great opportunity to learn from current leaders and from other talented young people from different backgrounds, inspiring me and helping me to fulfill my future role.’
Yuelin Li is an medic/financier turned entrepreneur who is currently focused on building vertically integrated businesses. Previously Yuelin cofounded a data-driven investment platform for early stage companies in Beirut, and worked on the equities and credit trading floors at J.P. Morgan in London. Yuelin read Economics & Medicine at Clare College, Cambridge and spent her gap year studying acupuncture at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Outside of work, Yuelin sits on the management committee of Haringey Council Alternative Provision and is interested in tackling socioeconomic and environmental issues with technology. As a member of the Diaspora Emerging Leadership Programme, she would like to leverage her experiences in entrepreneurship and technology to connect Chinese and British communities and businesses.
Yunyun Bai is a fixed income investor and a CFA (chartered financial analyst) holder. Yunyun is from Beijing, China. She studied finance in Central University of Finance and Economics and was awarded “The Graduate of The Year”. Before coming to the UK, she used to do internship work in Investment Research Association in university, China Ministry of Finance and KPMG ltd. She is now working in financial industry in city of London. Yunyun is passionate about volunteering and community work. She used to be a volunteer game maker for Formula One Match and a volunteer English teacher in poor remote areas in China. Yunyun is very interested in cross board issues especially between UK and China. She is willing to contribute to promote the mutual understanding and a closer business partnership between the two countries.
Avril has an MEng Chemical Engineering Honors degree from Imperial College. She is currently a Seinor Process Engineer after 2 years at GlaxoSmithKline working on new drug development and supporting GSK’s future pipeline. She received the 2013 Exceptional Science Award for the contribution to science during her work on the new generation of Antibiotics. She has been investing in real estate since second year at university, and working part time as a career coach since 2012. Most recently, she has been actively promoting Science Technology Engineering and Maths for younger generations at GCSE schools in London and Hertfordshire as a female STEM ambassador. During her spare time, she likes swimming and playing tennis. She also enjoys wine tasting, and currently taking the Level 3 Wine&Spirit Award course at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. At diaspora programme, she would like to make friends with like-minded peers and to be mentored by the most sucessful elite in the British-Chinese community. She’s also hoping to get more exposure to politics and to learn how to become a social entrepreneur.
Emily Wen is a professional educator, social entrepreneur and Chinese culture promoter. After obtaining Master degree from London School of Economics in 2011, she founded and started the first education business by supporting from her mentor Dr Ma and Peter Martin. With great passion in Chinese language and culture, she established a non-profit interactive online platform focusing on the promotion of Chinese culture. Emily also works for Ealing Chinese School as a part time Mandarin teacher and helps UK Association for Promoting Chinese Education as a volunteer. As a member of Diaspora Emerging Leadership Programme, she believes the new generation leaders should influence people who are influential, persuade people who are persuasive and she is very keen to integrate all resources to bring Chinese culture to the international stage.
Mengwei Tu is a Sociologist. She started her PhD in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent in 2012 and was funded by Kent’s Hong Kong Alumni Association. Her research is about new Chinese migrants in Britain, with a particular focus on the one-child cohort. During her research, she saw the growing talent and upward mobility of the British Chinese, as well as long-lasting problems and emerging difficulties. In 2013, she was awarded a scholarship to take part in the Preparing Global Leaders Summit in Moscow. As a Chinese academic in Britain, she aims to break the ivory-tower stereotype and forge conversations between China and Britain, between the academic circle and the wider public. She has a BA in International Communications and an MA in Public Administration. Her expertise includes working as an international purchaser, a TV producer and a journalist. Currently she volunteers as Assistant Researcher, Editor and Translator of CCPN (China in Comparative Perspective Network) Global. As a member of the Diaspora Emerging Leadership Program, she is very keen in learning from other talented and passionate members and building a long-term professional relationship with them.
Duo Zhang graduated from the University of Durham with a degree in Sports Science and currently works as a programme manager for Nuffield Health, a leading non-profit health provider in the UK. A former football captain of the university and an apprentice with many professional athletes from the Olympics, Duo also founded an enterprise that promotes the concept of wellbeing and exercise in life known as DuoFitness. He joined the programme because he is very passionate about shaping the foundations and breaking the stereotypes that currently exists in the UK, especially in sports. With the support of colleagues and mentors, Duo hopes to one day be an ambassador for the British Chinese promoting the concept that regardless of your background, you should and can pursue your dreams!
Mary Xiuyun Liu is a PhD student in Clinical Neurosciences and a Gates Scholar at University of Cambridge. She is also the president of Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) in Cambridge, which is the biggest student society in Cambridge. She has been presidents or chairmen of 5 student organizations, two of which were established by herself. Mary also published 5 papers in different journals, and in 2014 November, one of the paper was published on JCBFM, a top journal in neuroscience field. Outside of studies she was also the director of 2014 Cambridge Chinese Spring Festival Gala, which attracted more than 1500 audiences. Mary wants to apply her problem-solving ability, passion, team spirit and organizing ability to contribute to the world through DELP.
Michael Cheung is a strategy consultant and a passionate leader. He is at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm advising businesses, governments and institutions, where he leads teams to help his clients solve their toughest problems. He joined in 2011 and was rapidly promoted to become the firm’s youngest specialist consultant, with a particular focus on big data and its ability to drive better decisions in businesses, societies and economies.
Michael has worked in over 12 countries across 4 continents, driven by a passion to cross and surpass cultural barriers, in particular British-Chinese cultures and relations, which he believes will play a critical part in Britain’s future. His passions have also led to him coaching and mentoring university students in their career choices, and now to joining the Diaspora leadership programme, where he aims to elevate the status of the British Chinese Diaspora in the UK and globally.