"The Economic and Trade Ministers of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) are keen to promote the region in the United Kingdom as an attractive place to invest and trade with. It is believed that a cohesive and concerted effort to present the ASEAN case will serve to be more effective than each member country doing it unilaterally. In furtherance of this objective, the ASEAN-UK Business Forum (AUBF), a seminal group composed of high calibre business-men, professionals and academics from ASEAN living in the UK, have forged together to promote the potential of trade and investment opportunities in the region."
The Aims & Objectives of the AUBF
To promote and raise the profile of the ASEAN region in the UK as an attractive business hub
To maintain close relations and forge cooperations with the ASEAN Secretariat and its affiliated NGOs
To work closely and liaise with the Ambassadors/High Commissioners of the ASEAN countries and ASEAN London Committee (ALC)
To promote bilateral trade between the ASEAN and the UK through the better understanding of the ASEAN-wide business trends, opportunities and challenges
To assist and provide an informed perspective on the issues the UK and ASEAN based companies face in their expansion programmes
To be a vehicle for information and provide feedback to the political, economic and business leaders in ASEAN.
The Patrons of the Forum are the members of the ALC comprising the Ambassadors and High Commissioners of the ASEAN countries, namely Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. The Forum works closely with UK business groups and maintains close relations and co-operation with the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, the ASEAN - Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the United Kingdom Trade and Investment and various UK Chambers of Commerce.
The Forum with its combined knowledge, expertise and top-level connections within the ASEAN region, aims to serve UK businesses in effecting high-level introductions to ASEAN luminaries, as well as organising seminars and dialogue sessions with ASEAN political and corporate leaders.
Keep abreast of changes in policies and regulations concerning your trade and business activities in ASEAN
Make business contacts
Social and business networking opportunities, both in the UK and ASEAN
Meet political and corporate leaders from ASEAN region, when they visit the UK whereby you will have an opportunity to voice your concerns about policies that may adversely affect your business in ASEAN
Opportunity to attend dialogue sessions, organised by the AUBF, with SEAN Ambassadors, High Commissioners in the UK and with other visiting ASEAN dignitaries
Contribute to ASEAN regional development
Updates on business, cultural and social events, complimentary lunches, conferences, lectures, seminars and other activities organised by AUBF
Ms Aimee Alado-Blake
Chairperson - Philippines
Mr Khanh Ho
Vice-Chairperson - Vietnam
Datuk SK Lingam
Founding member/Honorary President - Malaysia
Ms Merlene Emerson-
Vice-Chairperson - Singapore
Ms Chloris Flint
Treasurer - Philippines
Ms Shareena Abdulrahman
Business Development Manager - Malaysia
Ms Grace Htaike
Business Development Manager - Myanmar
Mr Dave Vasoodaven Committee Member - Malaysia
Mr Tuan PhuOng
Secretary - Vietnam
Mr Kevin Huynh - Committee Member - Vietnam
Orapin Dawson - Founding Member - Thailand
Ms Aimee Alado-Blake
Aimee qualified as a lawyer in the Philippines in 1999. She worked in the public and
private sectors and was granted a Fellowship on Intellectual Property Rights in
Tokyo, Japan in 2002-2003 under the auspices of Japan Patent Office and the
World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). She earned her Graduate
Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School in London in 2008.
She currently works for the British Government's Legal Department concurrent with
her private practice and being a trustee for WELL Trust. She was the legal counsel
for ENFID (Europe) since its inception in 2013 until 2016 and has served in different
capacities for ENFID-UK all those years.
Aimee is also the Founder of Appellation of Origin: The Philippines (AoOP), a
concept she created in 2015 which she aims to turn into a social enterprise. She
was the first UK awardee of “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World” by
Filipina Women’s Network in Oct 2015. In 2016, she became an Executive Director
of ASEAN UK Business Forum (AUBF) after initially founding the Conservative
Friends of ASEAN in 2015.
Aimee’s more recent appointments are to the Government Legal Department-
Gender and Equality Network (GLD-GEN) Committee in 2016 and as Chairperson
of AUBF in 2018.
Mr. Don Agrasada
Mr. Angel Arando
Mr. Jamaluddin Mohammad
Ms. Radziah Omar
Ms. Tharntip Bhadranavik Cowie, Dr. Orapin Dawson, Mr. Prinn Panitchpakdi
Mr. Ferdi Sujanto
Mr. Azwin Azehaire
Mr. Liem Richard Yen
Mr.Wee Guan Lee
Mrs. Coral Gladys Williamson JP