About us

Join our mission to amplify East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) leadership representation in the UK!

Why is Asian Leadership Collective needed?

Asian Leadership Collective was founded to address the lack of positive East and South East Asian leadership representation in the UK, especially in positions of power and executive level roles.

Data capture categories do not currently encompass the diversity of the ESEA community, such as the UK census data and ethnic groups, and diversity studies & reports. Due to this, ESEA representation is easily misrepresented and at worst ignored as a community who need support and resources. These beliefs lead to harmful stereotypes, unconscious bias, and the perpetuation of system racism against the ESEA community.

The increase of ESEA reported hate crime is at 179% in 2020 alone due to Covid-19. The first debate of its’ kind in parliament was led by Sarah Owen MP about Racism during Covid-19. Owen stated that “Coronavirus has been given the face of a Chinese Asian person. This sort of racism punches up as well as it punches down. […]political leadership, standing up for and standing alongside British East Asians and South-East Asians has been virtually non-existent, and at its worst it has incited further hatred.”

There was no UK based Community Interest Company which concentrates on amplifying and increasing East and Southeast Asian leadership. Until now.

Read our Who we are page on what we are doing to change the narrative and start the ESEA leadership movement .

Meet our Founder

Anna Chan is the founder and director of Asian Leadership Collective.

She is second generation British Born Chinese and is passionate in giving back. Anna is an active member of the ESEA community, volunteering her time in a professional and personal capacity to bring awareness and champion those of ESEA heritage. She has experience leading Employee Resource Groups, working with senior leaders, executive sponsors, and diversity and inclusion teams.

Anna initiated and co-founded the #ESEAeats movement on Instagram with Georgie Ma, which has been covered by Eater London, Huffington Post, and Gal-Dem; leading the narrative on ESEA culture and creating a space where “our community to celebrate our food and heritage”.

Find out more about Anna and why she is passionate about having more East and Southeast Asian representation in leadership positions.

Initiatives as Asian Leadership Collective

Collaborative author and contributor to joint “Response to the Call for Evidence on Ethnic Disparities and Inequality in the UK”

Download the report here

Asian Leadership Collective co-authored with:

  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • University College London (UCL)
  • City University of London
  • Simetrica-Jacobs
  • End the Virus of Racism
  • besea.n
  • ESA Scotland
  • Kanlungan

Read what initiatives will be coming up and how you can get involved here!