Alan Mak MA, FRSA

Business Leader and Investor, Charity Trustee, Speaker, Lawyer

Alan Mak is a young business, political and community leader. He was born and raised in Yorkshire, where his parents started and ran a small family takeaway business, and where he carried the London2012 Olympic Torch.

Alan is co-author of the Next Generation Vision and President & Trustee of school breakfast club charity Magic Breakfast, a winner of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award. He is a private investor, a non-executive member of the Group Board of Havas Worldwide UK Group, and a business columnist for He writes and speaks widely on business, political and economic issues, focusing on Britain, America and China.

He is a member of the 48 Group Club Executive Committee, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman of the 48 Group Club Young Icebreakers network of next generation UK-China business leaders, and a member of the China Britain Business Council-TheCityUK China Advisory Committee. He serves on the London Advisory Council of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. He was profiled in “Between East & West”, a prestigious Heritage Lottery-funded project profiling leading British Chinese leaders and role models; is a supporter of the London Chinese Community Centre; and has previously assisted at the London Trafalgar Square Chinese New Year Festival.

Alan is a member of the Guardian/Courvoisier Future 500 Network of young business and public life leaders, a primary school governor in east London, and a former Ambassador for Enterprise UK. He is nominated as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and winner of Management Today’s Future Leaders “One to Watch” Award. He is a Global Advisory Board member & Ambassador for One Young World, the summit for young global leaders, a member of Cambridge University’s Alumni Advisory Board, and is Chairman & Founder of Cambridge10.

He was a member of the Conservative Party’s Globalisation and Global Poverty Policy Group and previously worked for Hon. Ed Vaizey MP. He is Chairman of Conservative Fastrack and a Director of the Enterprise Forum. He is a member of the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors’ Club, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Freeman of the City of London. He is Chairman of the Royal British Legion’s Young Professionals Branch, and a motivational speaker for Speakers4Schools, the social mobility-focused speaker network founded by BBC Business Editor Robert Peston. He has supported a wide range of charities including Norwood, the Mayor's Fund for London, the National Autistic Society, Crisis "Open Christmas" and the Brokerage Citylink.

Alan began his career as a corporate lawyer at Clifford Chance LLP in London where he was co-founder of the Clifford Chance Foundation, an advisor to senior management, a member of the Firm's Davos World Economic Forum team, and winner of awards including Square Mile Magazine/Lufthansa Young City Lawyer of the Year. He read Law at Cambridge winning the ECS Wade Prize for Administrative Law (Top of Year), and obtained his postgraduate law diploma in Oxford.

Professional Services

Speaker and consultant on
  • Sustainable business and responsible capitalism
  • Generation Y leadership in business, politics and the community
  • The UK-China relationship and China's place in the world
  • Globalisation, including the rise of the BRICs; CIVETS and Next 11 economies
  • Digital economy, technology, entrepreneurship, start-ups and business trends

Alan is based in London, but travels nationally and internationally, including to Asia and China.

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Updated on 03 December, 2011


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