Andrew Lee

Country representing

United Kingdom

Areas of interest

Environment
Human Rights
Interfaith Dialogue
Peace and Conflict
Youth Unemployment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

I am passionate about how leading businesses can use their status to positively enhance society via corporate responsibility, particularly through community investment. As a professional at a magic circle law firm, our legal work has an impact on the local and global economy. Therefore, it is also pivotal to ensure we understand how this influences society, such as the opportunities we create, as well as the role models we develop to motivate the next generation. As the world continues to globalise, it is also an interest of mine to be part of a society that embraces diversity. I feel enthusiastic to embrace different cultures and religions through further research, whilst offering an education to others about my own heritage. This is for more than just recreation, however, but to also help create an environment where everyone feels open to express their identity without fear of prejudice. In relation, it is key we discuss key subjects related to diversity, such as the equality of people regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation. It is therefore up to leading businesses to set an example for our evolving world, by not discriminating when looking to recruit, retain and promote the best talent. Diversity does not necessarily just relate to the common attributes of an individual, though. I have a passion for evolving the term to define for more than just ethnicity, religion, gender and sexual orientation. I feel diversity also relates to the socioeconomic background of an individual, and that where they studied, for example, is not judged inferior because of stereotypes it may receive. My own background is from a neighbourhood in London which has often received negative press in the media. Thankfully, I feel I have fulfilled much of my potential, and I want everyone in similar scenarios to feel they can do the same, whatever their ambition may be.

Actions

Aside from my day-to-day role in my firm, I have volunteered to support its corporate responsibility initiatives. For example, I mentored four students from Clapton Girls’ Academy in Hackney, East London. They were 14 to 15-years-old, heavily focusing on their GCSEs. As I grew up in a similar neighbourhood, which was renowned for its negative media coverage, I felt encouraged to support them throughout a crucial period of life. We reviewed methods to accommodate studying, such as time management and building confidence. Furthermore, we discussed what opportunities in further education and work are available, emphasising that they should not feel limited because of their socioeconomic background. Additionally, I mentored two younger students, aged 12, on separate occasions, to help them settle in Northumberland Park School in Tottenham, North London, following their move from primary school. The weekly sessions I prepared for them were mainly tailored to communicate more effectively with their new teachers and build new friendships. I also set them weekly targets, which varied from completing homework on time to getting to sleep early. Elsewhere in my firm, I am also a co-chair of the BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Network, which aims to help embrace diversity to create a more inclusive working environment. Additionally, I regard the network to inspire the firm to recruit, retain and promote the best people regardless of their ethnic background.