Lord Wei of Shoreditch (Nat Wei)

Vice-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary China Group

Chair of the Hong Kong Group, All-Party Parliamentary China Group
Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for East Asian Business
Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade & Investment
Social Entrepreneur

Lord Wei of Shoreditch, also known as Nat Wei, is a social entrepreneur who is interested in social reform. He is the youngest member of the House of Lords and is the only active ethnic Chinese member of it. After graduating from Oxford, Lord Wei worked at McKinsey & Company, where he came to know Brett Wigdortz, who founded Teach First in 2002.

After his time at Teach First, Lord Wei worked on setting up various social enterprises, venture capital and joined the children's charity Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) where he helped to set up Future Leaders, a programme seeking to attract, develop and place high potential teachers and future leaders of urban schools. He was also previously an adviser to the Her Majesty’s Government on the Big Society.

As the only current ethnic Chinese peer in The House of Lords, and the first member of Chinese ethnic origin to have been born and brought up in the UK, Lord Wei takes an active interest in British Chinese community issues, particularly in social reform. He is also interested in economic and cultural ties between the UK and China. In April 2011, when Lord Wei was visiting China, he was given an award by Phoenix Television for his achievements. He is the most senior ethnic Chinese politician in the European Union.

As such, Lord Wei currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary China Group where he also heads up the Hong Kong sub-group as Chair. He also serves as Chair of the APPG for East Asian Business, which was launched at February 29th, 2012 in London's Houses of Parliament by international leaders from government, industry and academia. The purpose of the group is to facilitate the development of relations between businesses in East Asia and the United Kingdom. He also serves as Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trade & Investment.

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Updated on 23 December, 2012


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