Amit Roy is one of the most experienced journalists to have covered the Asian community and writes an influential column in Eastern Eye. He has also worked as a foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, The Sunday Times and the Sunday Telegraph.
Amit has covered wars all over the world, as well as the Iranian revolution. He has also written economic reports on India for the Daily Telegraph.
Barry Gardiner MP is currently the UK’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change. Barry was first appointed to Labour's shadow cabinet in June 2016, leading on energy and climate change. Prior to these positions, Barry served on Labour's front bench as the Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries from 2013 and then Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change from September 2015. Under previous Labour governments, he served as the Minister for Biodiversity and as the Minister for Competitiveness in the Department of Trade & Industry, as well as a Direct Rule Minister in the Northern Ireland Office. He is the Vice-President for Europe on the board of the Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment. The Chartered Institute of Water and Environment Managers named him as the Environmental Parliamentarian of the Year in 2013 describing him as “One of the most influential environmental thinkers in politics today”.
Madam Christine Lee is a renowned British Chinese Solicitor in the UK. With her strong love of her motherland China and her solid morals as a devout practicing Christian, Madam Christine Lee has worked tirelessly to promote British Chinese rights and to nurture relations between China and the UK for years. Through her tremendous dedication, contribution and vision, Madam Christine Lee has earned credibility and respect on a global scale.
To Promote British Chinese rights Madam Christine Lee is the Legal Advisor to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the UK; the Executive Member of the Chinese Judicial Studies Association and the Executive Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Chinese in Britain Group. Founded by Madam Christine Lee, Christine Lee & Co Solicitors has offered professional legal service to British Chinese and pays close attention to the new UK policies which will influence the rights of British Chinese. It is the first British Chinese law firm authorised by Ministry of Justice of P.R.China to operate an office in mainland China. Madam Christine Lee has tremendous achievements in fighting the interests and legal rights for the British Chinese through judicial process. In 2005, she and her team succeeded in persuading British Government to amend articles against rights of British Chinese on Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill.
Dawn Butler MP was elected as the Member of Parliament for Brent South on 5 May 2005 and became the first elected African-Caribbean woman to become a Government Minister in the UK. Dawn continues to commit her time in parliament to representing groups and people in society that are often underrepresented. In 2017 Dawn became the first MP in its history to sign a question in the House of Commons using British Sign Language, highlighting the need to give the language full legal status. Dawn for the last two years has been awarded two Patchwork Foundation awards, having been voted People's Choice 2016 Labour MP of the Year and next receiving the Overall MP of the Year award 2017. Dawn is currently serving as the Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities.
Anuja is the first ever non-white, and youngest, judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London. She is the the first lawyer in her family and in 2010 she was one of the first Asian woman to be appointed Queen’s Counsel.
Over the last 20 years Anuja has been at the forefront of teaching and mentoring projects in the UK and abroad. She is a governor of the City Academy, Hackney, involved in a range of outreach projects and was the key note speaker for the 2017 Lord Mayors ‘Student Leadership Challenge’, an international programme for young woman.
Earlier this year, she was awarded an honorary degree by Dundee University. She was also appointed a Circuit Judge Commissioner on the Judicial Appointments Commission, an independent commission that selects Judges in England and Wales.
Anuja’s particular interest is the experience of ‘vulnerable witnesses’. She overseas training for judges and lawyers and is the Old Bailey Witness Liaison Judge. Anuja was appointed a Judicial Mentor and Role model in 2014.
Kalpesh is Group Managing Editor of Asian Media Group (AMG). He graduated with a law degree (LLB Hons) from Queen Mary University of London, and qualified as a barrister from the Inner Temple. Kalpesh is responsible for the strategy and growth of AMG operations over three countries: Britain, India and America.
Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE is currently Artistic Director of the Young Vic. He was previously the Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage, from 2011 to 2018, and Artistic Director for the Festival of Black Arts and Culture, Senegal, in 2010.
Professor Kevin Fenton is the Director for Health and Wellbeing at the London Borough of Southwark. In this role, which incorporates the statutory functions of the Director for Public Health, he works across the entire Council to champion and promote health, wellbeing, sustainability and equity in all policies and programmes. Key priorities include social regeneration, developing and supporting sustainable, high-quality and integrated health and social care systems, and improving health and reducing inequalities for all of Southwark’s residents.
Professor Fenton is on secondment to Southwark Council from Public Health England (PHE), where he was the National Director for Health and Wellbeing leading PHE's national prevention programmes including screening for cancer and other conditions, Health Checks, public mental health, sexual and reproductive health, and a range of wellbeing programmes for infants, youth, adults and older adults. He also led PHE's health equity portfolio with a range of programmes and activities focused on addressing the social determinants of health and promoting place-based approaches to health improvement.
Professor Fenton was previously the director of the National Centre for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a position he held for seven years from November 2005. He also served as chief of CDC’s National Syphilis Elimination Effort and has worked in research, epidemiology, and the prevention of HIV and other STDs since 1995. Previously he was the director of the HIV and STI Department at the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency.
He attended medical school in Jamaica, obtained his master's in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University College London. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles and policy reports.
Shailesh is Executive Editor of Asian Media Group. He has 30 years’ experience in journalism, overseeing a raft of titles, including Eastern Eye, GG2, Asian Trader, Pharmacy Business, Asian Hospitality as well as the Asian Rich List and GG2 Power List. An economics graduate, Shailesh has chronicled the Asian community in the UK and US for nearly three decades.
Terry Mansfield has spent his entire career in the media business, celebrating 50 years this month with The Hearst Corporation; he was the first non-American to join the Hearst Board of Directors. He was the Managing Director and later the Chief Executive for 23 years of The National Magazine Company, the British subsidiary of Hearst. When he retired as the Chief Executive of The National Magazine Company, he became a Consultant to the Hearst Corporation and became involved in many other worthy and highly successful projects.
Terry Mansfield believes in giving time to ‘Tomorrow’s Talent’ in the creative industries and he firmly believes there are three stages to life: LEARNING, EARNING AND RETURNING.
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