Warwick ASEAN Conference


Official Partner

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

The ASEAN Secretariat was set up in February 1976 by the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN. It was then housed at the Department of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia in Jakarta. The existing ASEAN Secretariat at 70A Jalan Sisingamangaraja, Jakarta was established and officiated in 1981 by the then President of Indonesia, H.E. Soeharto.

The ASEAN Secretariat’s basic function is to provide for greater efficiency in the coordination of ASEAN organs and for more effective implementation of ASEAN projects and activities

Brunei Darussalam then joined on 7 January 1984, Viet Nam on 28 July 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999, making up what is today the ten Member States of ASEAN.

Research Partner

Oxford Business Group

Founded as a research publishing firm in 1994 by Oxford graduates and originally based in the university town, OBG is today a British company with world-wide reach, employing more than 200 staff and continuing its commitment to producing detailed analysis. The Group publishes authoritative reports and online economic briefings covering 34 countries around the world from its offices in Istanbul, Dubai and London and a network of local bureaus in the countries in which it operates.

Modern offices in Istanbul house OBG’s editing and design departments, as well as other departments needed for what continues to be a bustling and growing company – HR, finance, accounts, logistics and IT. The offices in Dubai’s Media City are home to OBG’s Consultancy Division, Media, Subscriber, Public Relations plus Event Support teams. OBG’s London office is centrally located in Great Titchfield Street W1.

With its reports regularly cited in the Financial Times, BBC, the Economist and other leading media outlets and its staff frequently interviewed on all forms of broadcast media, Oxford Business Group is a recognised and respected source of business intelligence in many parts of the world.

With its authority further enhanced by collaboration with leading professional partners in its coverage countries, OBG’s balanced and insightful comments and analyses, showcased in award-winning design, are ever more recognised as compelling content, rightly drawing readers in.

Its reports are used by the world’s leading CEOs, governmental and policy leaders and international decision makers both as a platform for expressing opinion and as a key source of insight.

Supporting Partners

ASEAN-UK Business Forum

The AUBF was officially formed in February 1998 during the Asian Financial Crisis. As a direct consequence of this crisis, the perception and image of ASEAN in the UK and in Europe was tarnished. To address and combat this negative perception of ASEAN, the ASEAN London Committee (ALC) comprising of the then Their Excellencies the Ambassadors and High Commissioners of ASEAN to the Court of St James’s (UK) felt that it was vital for the ALC to rope in the ASEAN private sector to work in tandem with their Excellencies with the main objective of highlighting the positive aspects of ASEAN. Hence, their Excellencies initiated the ASEAN UK Business Forum (AUBF) comprising of a seminal group of high-calibre ASEAN professionals, academicians and businessmen representing their respective countries who are living in the UK to forge together collectively to promote the potential of trade and investment opportunities in the ASEAN region.

The ASEAN-UK Business Forum (AUBF) primary objective is two-pronged: firstly, it is dedicated to highlighting the abundant and unfolding business prospects, the legion of investment and trading opportunities in the prolific and dynamic growth ASEAN region, as well as being an idyllic destination for tourism. Secondly, it acts as an effective conduit for the business people of the United Kingdom and ASEAN to network and form strategic business alliances, thereby fostering and facilitating the ASEAN and UK Business to stay connected and beneficial to each other.

AUBF’s main brief is to promote trade and investment – a two-way process between the ten countries of ASEAN (Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and Philippines) and the UK.

– To promote and raise the profile of the ASEAN region in the UK as an attractive business hub
– To maintain closer relations and forge co-operations with the ASEAN Secretariat and its affiliated NGOs
– To work closely and liaise with the Ambassadors/High Commissioners of the ASEAN countries to the UK-the ASEAN London Committee (ALC)
– To promote bilateral trade between the ASEAN and the UK through better understanding of the ASEAN-wide business trends, opportunities and challenges
– To assist and provide informed perspective on the issues the UK and ASEAN based companies face in their expansion programmes
– To be a vehicle for information and provide feedback to political, economic and business leaders in ASEAN
– To assist and provide informed perspective on the issues the UK and ASEAN based companies face in their expansion programmes
– To be a vehicle for information and provide feedback to political, economic and business leaders in ASEAN

The forum works closely with UK business groups and maintains close relations and co-operation with the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta and also with the United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI), UKABC and the various British Chambers of Commerce, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Confederation of British Industries (CBI) and the various ASEAN Embassies and High Commissions in the UK.


In line with the highly anticipated ASEAN Economic Community, Aseanite aims to provide social capital development services relevant to the needs and gaps in each local market, based on a shared network belief that empowering ASEAN citizens is central to driving economic and social development in ASEAN. Aseanite also aims to be the platform that connects the world to Southeast Asia, to improve the international community understanding on ASEAN’s growth potential and to facilitate business and investment opportunities that would benefit the region as a whole.

To strengthen social ties in the region, initiatives such as forums, roundtables, festivals and more will be organised to gather regional stakeholders from all walks of life to enlighten our members on pertinent issues surrounding the region. We aim to play a key role in helping the region achieve an effective integration by raising engagement with key stakeholders such as businesses, corporations, policymakers, aspiring entrepreneurs, community leaders and civil society in ASEAN matters.

Our network approach is critical to how we achieve impact. Working collaboratively through locally based and locally owned in-country initiatives enhances the legitimacy, relevance and effectiveness of our network of professionals. The collaborative network helps drive the scale and quality of support provided to our talented young professionals and entrepreneurs and ultimately, working together towards a common goal of shaping the future of Southeast Asia.

Living under the same clouds, dreaming the same dream.
Join us, and let us move forward, together.
Aseanite | #StrongerTogether

*Aseanite was formerly known as the ASEAN Young Professionals Network.

ASEAN Youth Leaders Association (AYLA)

The ASEAN Youth Leaders Association (AYLA) is a network of young people across Southeast Asia aiming to promote an inclusive and empowered youth participation working towards ASEAN Community Building and Sustainable Development while achieving a better understanding of unity in diversity, regional solidarity and the ASEAN Identity.

AYLA envisions an inclusive ASEAN Community where 1 million young people are empowered to work towards sustainable development by 2025.
The ASEAN Youth Leaders Association is passionately committed to changing the lives of young people may they be men, women or children by providing them opportunities for personal growth and development, reaching their utmost potential. Through Youth Focused Actions, AYLA becomes a platform that allows young people regardless of religion, nationality or race to brilliantly serve their communities by:

Connecting Grassroots to opportunities around ASEAN (Inclusivity)

There is a need to expand the horizon of the youth sector in the grassroots. Contextualizing a deeper understanding of Sustainable Development in ASEAN will develop a shared understanding and co-ownership in addressing local needs and connecting them to opportunities that can maximize their potentials.

Commitment to Youth Development (Empowerment)

Long lasting impact comes from building the capacity of the youth by equipping them with knowledge, skills and tools that facilitate personal development, shared leadership and social responsibility, that guide effective, youth led initiatives for community development in the ASEAN.

KRA Group

KRA Group is a public affairs consulting firm with an ASEAN-wide focus that specializes in stakeholder relations, business advisory, strategic communication solutions, in-depth cross-market research and reputation management.

With more than twenty years experience, our team of experts assists clients in strategizing engagements with various stakeholders of interest to the clients such as politicians, government departments/agencies, shareholders, trade associations, think tanks, business groups, NGOs, local communities and the media. We help clients build and maintain a strong reputation and find common ground with their stakeholders in markets across Southeast Asia.

KRA goes the extra mile in providing services for our clients. We provide vital and constant information flow as well as in-depth analysis on issues which affect our clients, so that they are better equipped to manage the issues effectively in navigating through various terrains and crisis situations. Our clients come from various sectors including finance and banking, plantation, infrastructure, special economic zones, government, telecommunications, oil and gas and utilities.

Education Malaysia (EM) UK & Eire

UK & Eire Education Malaysia (EM) (formerly known as Malaysian Students Department UK & Eire) and Council of Malaysia is a unit under the administration of Malaysian High Commission in London and also one of the most important units under the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia

Malaysia Hall serves as the center and base for Malaysian students who are in the UK. In addition to guest rooms available, the Council has also been equipped with a range of other facilities for students and a cafeteria that provides Malaysian delicacies can be enjoyed not only by the students but UK residents and tourists.

The history of Malaysia Hall in Bryanston Square has its own historical reference and depth for each Malaysian soul. It was a venue for the discussion of the strategy by the leaders of Malaya (Malaysia) at the beginning of 1950 to gain independence from the British colonial power.

Since its inception, more than 200,000 Malaysian students in the UK and Ireland have stayed in and enjoyed the facilities provided. Time elapsed and the chronology of the history of Malaysia has made it a symbol for every sentimental former Malaysian student studying in universities in UK and Ireland.

Community Partners


QM ASEAN Society


Edinburgh International Asia Conference (EIAC)

York ASEAN Society

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)