From Health Care Worker to the Corridors of Power: My Personal Journey

Monday, 13 June 2022 | Time: 18:00-20:30 | Venue: Grimmond Room, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, 1 Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JR

To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, Mulan Foundation Network is pleased to host this Jubilee Lecture with the Hon Sarah Owen MP, Shadow Minister for Homelessness, Rough Sleeping & Faith

Sarah Owen was elected as the Member of Parliament for Luton North in December 2019.

Sarah is a campaigning MP and was appointed Shadow Minister for homelessness, rough sleeping, and faith in December 2021.

Sarah is a member of the Health and Social Care Committee, Vice-Chair of the APPG on Hate Crime, and is leading legislation through the House on regulations for fireworks and providing bereavement leave for parents following baby loss.

Sarah is also the first female MP of South East Asian descent and is the Chair of East and South East Asians for Labour.


Attendance at the event is strictly by invitation only and early booking is essential as the number of places is very limited.

To avoid disappointment, please RESERVE your place now on Eventbrite HERE.

Download flyer HERE

There will be a drinks reception after this event at The Farmers Club, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EL. This will be a paid for event which is £50 per person. Those interested in attending, please email Mei Sim Lai OBE, DL on [email protected]

Interview with Qiuyan Chen


Qiuyan Chen is a young Chinese activist based in London. Her work started in 2013, with a campaign suing the Chinese government for publishing textbooks promoting conversion therapy and describing homosexuality as an illness, and since then she has found Queer China UK,  the network dedicated to promoting links between the Chinese and British LGBT communities. She has also been running a mutual support network during the pandemic for overseas Chinese students trapped in the UK, as well as numerous other projects.


Despite facing threats from her university and the Chinese government, Qiuyan has continued her activism and hopes to encourage and develop a new generation of international activists. I caught up with her over Zoom in February to talk about it.

Film Screening - 'Golden Girls'

Special Screening of Golden Gate Girls:

the untold stories of the first Chinese female film director in America

Released on April 20 in the “Hong Kong, Reimagined” programme as part of the ongoing Chinese Cinema Season, Golden Gate Girls (2013) tells a story about the first Chinese film and fashion icon in Hollywood.



dir. Louisa Wei | 2013 | 90 mins | Documentary | Cantonese, English | Hong Kong SAR

Available between April 20 – May 12

IWD 2021




Online Panel Discussion

Thursday 4 March 2021 at 16.30 to 18.00

Booking link:

( No charge to attend and all are welcome )


IoD City is pleased once again to be leading again on this year’s Celebration of International Women’s Day with our panel discussion on Thursday 45 March 2020 This event is opened to all ( men and women ) who would like to attend. We are delighted that the following groups have been to join us:

  • Women in the Livery, a section of City Livery Club
  • Women Icebreakers of The 48 Group Club
  • The British Malaysian Society
  • PAWA ( Pan Asian Women’s Association ( Charity No 1148405)
  • Mulan Foundation Network ( Charity No 1147252)
  • tve ( Television for the Environment Charity No 326585)


2020 Webinar Panel: "Women as Inclusive Leaders"

It was our absolute pleasure to host our first ever webinar panel on the topic of "Women as Inclusive Leaders: perspectives from media, business, politics and medicine". The panel was chaired by Dame Fiona Woolf, DBE DStJ DL, Lord Mayor of London 2013-2014, who has long championed diversity during her distinguished career. Our panellists Ching-He Huang, Suwei Jiang, Sarah Owen MP, and Sharon Heng MBBS discussed the opportunities and challenges of building the 'new normal', the importance of sustainability + cultivating new talent, and ways to support women to express their natural leadership capabilities. We also enjoyed a dance performance by Sy Naet Nin of the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, and a presentation from jewellery designer Pauline Wong. The funds raised will go to support the work of the Mulan Foundation in 2021.

2020 Webinar Panel

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 or you can email Mei Sim on [email protected] to secure your place and pay by bank transfer to Mulan's bank account.


2020 International Women's Day event

Each for Equal: an equal world is an enabled world.

In the spirit of true collaboration between international women and men, 7 organisations joined forces to celebrate International Women’s Day on Thursday 5 March 2020, including the Mulan Foundation Network.

Update on 2020 mentoring scheme

STOP PRESS: Due to covid19 restrictions for the foreseeable future we are limiting the number of new mentees for whom we are arranging mentors. If you are interested being mentored or indeed being a mentor please email: [email protected] 

Mulan Foundation Network’s aims are to support and celebrate Chinese women’s achievements. A need for some direct activity to meet these aims was identified, and at the end of 2018, the ‘Mulan Foundation Network Mentoring Scheme’ was launched successfully.

It is aimed predominantly (although not exclusively) at young women of Chinese heritage in the UK (most mentees will likely be aged under 40, but exceptions are allowed).

The scheme is already well underway, with experienced senior executive women as Volunteer Mentors helping pre-qualified mentees. In 2019, several enthusiastic mentees started their journey.

A few mentee places are still available for 2020. Matching with a suitable Mentor is carefully undertaken. Enthusiastic, interested Chinese women are invited to contact us, for preliminary assessment.


Mulan 2019 Awards Ceremony & Dinner

Date: Saturday 7 December 2019 | Time: 18:00 for 18.30-22:30 | Venue: Oriental Club, Stratford House, 11 Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES

The Event – What is it?

- The 2019 Mulan Awards ceremony and Reception to recognise and honour the achievements and success of Chinese women in the UK and elsewhere,

- This Annual event for the Charity is hosted by the Chairman, Mei Sim Lai OBE DL and the Trustees of Mulan Foundation Network,

- It is an excellent networking opportunity for all attendees