Lisa is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultant and Public Speaker with a particular focus on the UK’s East and South-East Asian (ESEA) communities, which includes but is not limited to people of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Singaporean and Malaysian descent. She is the founder of Xiao Supper Club and Recipes for Inclusion, which offers workshops, public speaking engagements and arts & culture events aimed at encouraging dialogue and awareness around diversity and inclusion.
Lisa is guided by her purpose to reduce inequities for people of colour and advocate for minoritised groups including the ESEA communities. She was first drawn to her work after understanding how her cultural background and ethnicity as a minority in the UK impacted her sense of belonging and wellbeing growing up in the UK as a British-Chinese diaspora. This eventually led her to become a Global Mental Health ambassador and create resources and education on the importance of culturally sensitive mental health. In addition Lisa speaks and writes on intercultural and intergenerational East and South-East Asian experiences through podcasts, public-speaking events and creative writing projects. She is also the co-author of a book on the experiences of marginalised communities during Covid entitled, ‘The Colour of Covid’.
Lisa holds a Masters in Philosophy and Modern Languages from Oxford University and is a certified Mental Health First Aider. She draws on her lived experience, intercultural upbringing and international work experience (including education, operational management and social impact) to serve her purpose when leading training sessions. Her education experience in particular shapes her teaching style, which focuses on creating an energising and accessible learning journey for all learners. She is guided by values of equity, education and compassion in all that she does.
In her spare time, Lisa is an active community member always seeking to create change and betterment for people and can be found leading community peer support groups, arts and culture events that celebrate small ESEA-owned businesses and singing quite badly at karaoke.