I never intended to enter politics. My background is one of business, investing, and technology, followed by a period of helping to start up and think about social enterprise (or social venturing and reform), which finally culminated in policy development and being invited in mid-2009 to enter the House of Lords. I have a young family and am committed to supporting my community in the creative and social hub of Shoreditch in East London. As with many other young (and older) peers I have a number of external commercial advisory and non-executive roles which help me to fund my living, office, and social venturing costs through my own social enterprise, Shoreditch Ventures (see latest Accounts).
I have three areas of focus in my public work: social reform, East Asia, and future cities which you can out more about on this site along with keeping in touch with my activities, and finding out how you can get involved.
As a long-time social entrepreneur with a love of starting things up, I became very interested in the Victorian social reformers such as the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury and the Quakers who went on to build so many of our great British firms and funded abolition and many social reforms in years past. My desire is to help foster a revival of social reform activity in my lifetime, harnessing the skills and resources that business people and entrepreneurs can bring.
As the only current ethnic active Chinese-origin peer in the Lords and senior European East Asian politician I feel a particular duty to support East Asians as a community and the efforts of those seeking to foster better relations between countries such as China and Europe, in particular the UK. At a time when the eyes of the world are looking East, there is huge potential for East Asians and diaspora generally to help promote peace, prosperity, and poverty alleviation.
As a resident of Shoreditch it is clear to me that cities represent a future economic driver not just in metropolises such as London, but in other smaller, fast growing ones in the UK and around the world. I’m fascinated by the potential that exists to create jobs, social impact, and cultural understanding if we can network cities together using good technology, dialogue, and design. Such cities are founded and have been founded by great, creative, and entrepreneurially spirited civic leaders. A renaissance of such leadership today could help bring about renewal as power shifts to both a global and local and not just national level.
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