Sunday, 24 October 2021

Behind the Headlines: Afghanistan

 Dear Jean-Francois, 

The fall of Kabul and the subsequent crisis shocked the world and shone a light on the situation facing refugees arriving in the UK. Nearly three months on, Breaking Barriers and UK for UNHCR are pleased to invite you to an exclusive briefing on the situation today and the role that business and individuals can play in supporting displaced people and refugees. 

Date: Tuesday 9th November
Time: 09:00am - 10:00am
Venue: Online (Zoom, link below)

Hosted by global migration expert Julia Onslow-Cole, Partner at global immigration specialist law firm Fragomen and Breaking Barriers Trustee, the panel will include:
  • Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, UNHCR's Representative to the UK
  • Matthew Powell, CEO and Founder of Breaking Barriers
  • Emma Cherniavsky, CEO of UK for UNHCR
  • Zahida, a client of Breaking Barriers from Afghanistan
  • Yindi Gesinde, Partner at global law firm, Baker McKenzie
We would be delighted if you could join us to explore how businesses and individuals can turn compassion into action, understand more about what it's like to arrive in the UK as a refugee, and hear how a global law firm has already taken action to mobilise their support. 

We hope to see you there. 

Best wishes, 

Andrew Fordham 
Head of Philanthropy

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

U.K.-China Collaboration in Film, TV & Media for Global Sustainability Tickets, Sun 17 Oct 2021 at 12:30 | Eventbrite

 Dear All

Just following up on the tve lunch panel discussion event that we are holding on the UK- China Collaboration in Film, TV and Media.
It is an exciting time for the China film, TV and media industry and also an exciting time for environmental and sustainability issues.

Here are the details and eventbrite link for this event.

Please feel free to circulate to your friends and contacts that you think may have an interest in supporting this event.

I hope you will be able to join us and if so please contact me and book on eventbrite ASAP 


Friday, 25 June 2021

BMS Post AGM event - tve Video Presentation and Panel discussion on COP26

 The British Malaysian Society - Invitation to Post AGM event on tve and COP26 at 3.10pm to 4.30pm UK Time


Mei Sim Lai via 

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Dear  All

BMS Post AGM event - tve Video Presentation and Panel discussion on COP26

Please join us for our event after our AGM on Monday 28 June at 3.10pm to 4.30pm for a Presentation by tve ( television for the environment ) of which
I am Chairman followed by a panel discussion on COP26 moderated by BMS President, Sir Mark Moody-Stuart KCMG who is Chairman of the 
Foundation for Global Compact. Those on the Panel speaking on what their organisation is doing as regards COP26 are:

Professor Christine Ennew OBE , Provost at the University of Warwick and executive lead on the University's " Way to Sustainable" strategy 

Nick Nuttall , Trustee of tve and former Director of Communications and Outreach at the UN and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 
as well as being Director of Communications and Spokesperson for the Global Climate Action Summit in 2018. He has been involved with several
past COPs.

Datin Seri Sunita Rajakumar, Founder of Climate Governance Malaysia and Founder of the Malaysian Chapter of the World Economic Forum's Climate Governance Initiative. Non Executive Chairman of Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad and Caring Pharmacy Group  Berhad as well as being a director
of several other companies and a trustee of several charitable organisations. 

Founded some 37 years ago by the UN, WWF and Central Television tve is a UK charity that strives to use the power of film and story telling to highlight environmental and sustainability issues and solutions to make the world a greener, fairer and safer place. In addition to working with filmmakers and partners on film projects tve holds an annual Global Sustainability Film Awards which is now in its tenth year. Last year there were 108 film entries from around the world. The winner of the Founder's award was the film "My Octopus Teacher" which subsequently went on to win the 2021 BAFTA award and the Oscar for best documentary. tve also runs the biomovies global competition for young people who submit a short film that they have made with their mobile phone on an environmental or sustainability issue.

I attach the flyer with more details of the event and look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible if you would like to attend.

Please book on eventbrite using the link

There is no charge to attend and all are welcome.


Mei Sim
Mei Sim Lai OBE DL
The British Malaysian Society

Sunday, 30 May 2021

Monthly highlight of our members: Zakia Velox.


Zakia Velox is the founder of Le Jardin Paradis (translated as The Garden Paradise), the wonderful healing and holistic oil blends which she prepares herself to cater for everyone.

The company was formed in 2020 following the Life Coaching that she delivered helping people to feel empowered whilst reaching their goals, whether it was for personal or business. The conception of the oils came as an additional support to her clients. The essential oils became popular as a product on its own which led to the succession of Le Jardin Paradis.

Since the new branding, Zakia has been creating and selling fantastic oils blends to help people with their wellbeing, in particular during the COVID 19 lockdown, where those in isolation found the oils to be of great comfort and enlightenment.

In 2021, The Peabody Trust, a housing association offered Zakia a micro grant to create 45 Wellbeing boxes containing several of her popular oil blends and lavender bags that will be distributed to their residents across the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

In addition to the success of Le Jardin Paradis, Zakia has over 15 years of experience in the banking and finance sector.

Zakia is available for bookings as a Coach and available for essential oil orders, and welcomes customised requests with her healing essential oil blends.

Contact details:

TEL: 07503 480 470                                           EMAIL:

INSTAGRAM: le_jardin_paradis                                YOUTUBE: Le Jardin Paradis        TIKTOK: Le_Jardin_Paradis

Thursday, 15 April 2021

from our member Beatrice Boivineau: Wisdom and Nature


I am getting in touch to share with you an art auction Le Ciel Foundation are doing in partnership with Christie's called Wisdom and Nature. The auction brings together a collection of 55 nature-inspired artworks, generously donated by artists from around the world. 

The exhibition, which was first on show at Christie’s New York in March 2020, is open for bidding on Christie’s online from 6-27th April 2021.

Funds raised during the 2021 Wisdom and Nature sale will support Le Ciel Foundation's ongoing educational programmes for children and adults, to preserve indigenous knowledge and adapt ancestral wisdom into modern day solutions. 

To view the exhibition and place a bid please visit:

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