Date : Thursday 10 December 2020
Time: 17.00 to 19.00 GMT
Mei Sim Lai OBE DL, Chair and the Trustees of Mulan charity are delighted to invite you to join us for our online Panel Discussion event on:
" Women as Inclusive Leaders” Some perspectives from the world of media, business, politics and medicine.
We are delighted that Dame Fiona Woolf DBE DStJ DL, Lord Mayor of London 2013-2014 and a woman of a long list of significant achievements has agreed to chair this panel discussion for us. Following her speech to set the scene on her work on leadership, diversity & inclusion in all its forms, she will invite each panel member to share their journey to success with and discuss their views on the theme.
Three of our panel members apart from Sarah Owen MP are Past Mulan Award Winners
There will be a Q&A and time for the audience to contribute to the discussion.
Due to the pandemic this event is in place of the Annual Mulan Awards and fundraising Dinner. There is a donation of £20 per person to attend. Booking is via Eventbrite https://womenleadersasinclusiveleaders.eventbrite.co.uk or you can email Mei Sim on [email protected] to secure your place and pay by bank transfer to Mulan's bank account.
Chair of Panel/Moderator
Dame Fiona Woolf DBE DStJ DL
Dame Fiona Woolf was for many years an energy lawyer with CMS Cameron McKenna and has worked with 30 governments around the world. She became the 1st female Partner of the firm in 1981. From 2006 to 2007 she was the President of the Law Society in England & Wales.
In 2013 Dame Fiona became the 2nd woman since 1189 to take office as the Lord Mayor of London when she became the 686th Lord Mayor in the 800 year history of the City of London. As Lord Mayor she was the global ambassador for UK based financial and business services. Her programmes, set out in her 686 Plan, covered The Lord Mayor's Appeal, The Power of Diversity, The Lord Mayor's Charity Leadership Programme and Tomorrow's City. All of them had "The Energy to Transform Lives"- her Mayoral strapline.
Her many achievements and many appointments include:
- Being An Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple
- Current Master of the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants and Past Master of 3 City Livery Companies ( Solicitors, Plumbers, Wax Chandlers )
- Chancellor of the University of Law ( 2014-2018 )
- Alderman of Candlewick Ward Club in the City of London ( 2007 to 2018 )
- Trustee of Science Museum
- Aldermanic Sheriff of the City of London ( 2010 -2011)
- President of Chelsea Opera Group Trust
She was appointed DBE in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to the Legal Profession, Diversity and the City of London. In 2016 she became a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London.
Sarah Owen MP
First female MP of Chinese descent
Sarah Mei Li Owen is the Labour MP for Luton North. She was elected in the December 2019 General Election receiving 23,496 votes, equalling a majority of 55.2%.
Born and raised in Hastings, Sarah worked as a care worker for the NHS, a political assistant for Brighton and Hove City Council and a London Fire Brigade employee in the emergency planning department. She has also served as a political advisor to Alan Sugar and has worked on Labour's national small business policy. Sarah was formerly a political officer for the trade union GMB and a member of Labour's National Executive Committee. Sarah also served as the Chair of Chinese for Labour.
Sarah is British Chinese, making her the first Labour MP of East Asian descent, and the first female MP of Chinese descent.
Ching-He Huang MBE
Author and celebrity chef
Ching is an International Emmy nominated TV chef & cookery author who has become an ambassador of Chinese cooking around the world. Born in Taiwan, raised in South Africa and U.K., cookery was a vital connection between Ching and her Chinese heritage.
Ching's approach to cookery stems from the traditional cooking and lifestyles of her farming community grandparents in Southern Taiwan, and these are her major food influences.
Her creative food ethos is to use fresh, organic and ethically sourced ingredients to create modern dishes with Chinese heritage, fusing tradition and innovation. Ching strives to bridge cultural understanding through food, making Chinese cooking accessible, healthy and nutritious, appealing to both the East and West.
Ching has demonstrated she is the go-to expert for Chinese cuisine. Her career in the media as a TV chef and author has spanned the last decade, transforming people's perceptions of Chinese food over this time by keeping it fresh, popular and engaged. She works tirelessly to promote Chinese cuisine through her TV shows, books, wok range and involvement in many high profile campaigns and causes.
Lead Partner, PwC UK China Business Group
Suwei leads the China Business Group in PwC UK and across PwC’s European network. She is a Chartered Accountant by background and has dedicated the last 15 years in supporting UK/European and Chinese companies across multiple sectors in their cross-border trade and investments activities, including exports, deals & acquisitions, and capital markets transactions.
Suwei also works closely with public sector clients in relation to the government trade and investment strategies and policies, and their international development efforts in a number of regions around the world.
Suwei is the ﬁrst mainland Chinese who was admitted into partnership in a Big 4 ﬁrm in the UK. She is the ﬁrst female Ambassador of the “Women in Finance” China network of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). She sits on the Advisory Board of the Confucius Institute for Business at the London School of Economics.
Sharon Lingzhi Heng MBBS, PhD, FRCOphth, FRC
Sharon Heng graduated from the National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin, School of Medicine in 2008. She came to the UK in late 2010 to pursue her PhD in ‘Prophylaxis in Age Related Macular Degeneration’ at the renown Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital. She was under the pupillage of Professor John Marshall, the inventor of excimer laser for the widely used refractive surgery today. Ms Heng has won both national and international awards and accolades for her work involving ageing eye diseases, including the Asia Arvo Clinical Investigator award, UCL PhD studentship award, and several scientific grants, including the John Moulton charitable grant (250K GBP).
She is currently an ophthalmic surgeon and a clinical lecturer (Hon) at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL. She sits as a medical advisor to the team supporting Diabetic Retinopathy grading and laser teaching program across China and was a charity consultant to the training the trainer program for Chinese ophthalmologist for Lifeline Express, China. The focus of her work includes prophylactic therapy in Age Related Macular Degeneration and medical retina phase II/III clinical trials in both AMD and diabetic retinopathy. Her thesis on nanosecond technology as preventive therapy in AMD now forms the teaching guidelines for modern lasers across numerous European ophthalmic Centres and universities. Sharon won the Mulan award in 2014 for contributions in Science and technology.
Other than being a doctor, she is an entrepreneur and owns several businesses with market shares and investments both in Singapore and the United Kingdom. She is the CEO of Angel Babybox, which is an award winning baby crib and baby product company. Her product was recently named the Most Innovative Babycrib in the world by Lux magazine in 2020. She takes interest in establishing professional networking for Singaporeans and alumni in the medical and technology fraternity and participates in charitable events involved in eyecare. Sharon is the current chairperson of the London chapter of NUS alumni and is one of the founding member of successful professional forum series for the chapter.