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"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

AUBF Connectivity

Ms Aimee Alado-Blake  

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Mr Kiran Rana Khunti

 Head of Trade ASEAN

Ms Merlene Emerson-

Ms Anh Dao Carrick
Business Development Manager  Vietnam

Datuk SK Lingam
Honorary President

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Mr Avan Tam Jing Kai 

Committee Member


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Mr Amriza Basyari Batubara

Deputy Head of Student & Youth


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.

The ASEAN UK Business Forum (AUBF) was officially formed in February 1998, by the then ASEAN Ambassadors and High Commissioners to the Court of St James', in tandem with

the ASEAN diaspora.


AUBF consists of a seminal group composed of a high calibre businessman,

professionals and academicians from ASEAN living and working in the UK, forging together to promote

the potential of trade and investment opportunities in the region.

The first elected office bearers of AUBF were:

Chairman: Mr. SK. Lingam (Malaysia)

Deputy Chairman: Professor Tony Pe (Myanmar)

Secretary: Mr. Keith Win (Myanmar)

1998 Committee Members:

Cambodia: Mr. Phok Meong
Indonesia: Mr. Joseph Saul, Mr. Ferdi Sujanto, Mr. Azwin Azehaire
Malaysia: Mr. Jamaluddin Mohammad, Ms. Radziah Omar
Myanmar: Mrs. Coral Gladys Williamson JP
Philippines: Mr. Don Agrasada, Mr. Angel Arando
Thailand: Ms. Tharntip Bhadranavik Cowie, Dr. Orapin Dawson, Mr. Prinn Panitchpakdi
Vietnam: Mr. Liem Richard Yen
Singapore: Mr. Wee Guan Lee

Committee Members

Committee Members


Mr. Don Agrasada

Mr. Angel Arando

Mr. Jamaluddin Mohammad

Ms. Radziah Omar

Ms. Tharntip Bhadranavik Cowie, Dr. Orapin Dawson, Mr. Prinn Panitchpakdi

Mr.Joseph Saul

Mr. Ferdi Sujanto

Mr. Azwin Azehaire





Mr. Liem Richard Yen


Mr.Wee Guan Lee


Mrs. Coral Gladys Williamson JP

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