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Johnny Luk

Writer and Former British Rowing Champion

Johnny is the co-founder of FAiL Night and former CEO of the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs. Johnny was also a Microsoft Venture Judge and the London Mayor's Low Carbon Judge. Before, he was a Aid to the Director of the Conservative Friends of the Chinese, Senior Policy Advisor in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Deputy Head of Strategic Operations for Entrepreneurship in UK Trade & Investment, leading a six country investment roadshow in Europe. He is the author of 'The Grad Job Game'​, which was serialised by 'The Chinese Weekly'​. Johnny is in the 'Visible Chinese'​ index for high achievers in British Chinese culture. Johnny graduated from Durham University and briefly worked in KPMG. He was awarded a dissertation prize on colorectal cancer and graduated with a Natural Sciences degree in Biology, Business and Geography. Johnny was the Representative Chair in Durham University and its former Livers'​ Out Officer. He also won the 'Durham Award' for his community service. Passionate in sports, Johnny was the 2009 National Schools Rowing Gold Medallist and Captain of Rowing. He has a boat named in his honour. At school he was a Senior Prefect and interim House Captain. He is the two-time House Champion in Debating and recipient of the Junior Debating Prize. At the age of 8, he won the junior regional checkers championships in the Netherlands. Johnny lived in four countries, can speak English, Cantonese and Mandarin and has an interest in writing, smiling and meeting passionate people.

Uber Losing Its License Is A Step Back For London

Uber for all its faults - provides a good service for the vast majority of people. I have spent probably hours collectively talking to amazing drivers, some who actually left the black cabs for an eco-friendlier car, because the technology is better, there are more clients and because it's more cost effective for the customer.
22/09/2017 12:10 BST

Why Being Just A Tiny Bit Better... Can Make All The Difference

I have been pondering about how the world works lately, one of my favourite past times. For example, have you ever noticed there is a pattern of the top 1% of businesses or personalities sucking up all the media profile, funding, and customers, leaving the rest surviving on scrapings and grinding away like bottom dwellers?
15/09/2017 11:22 BST

You Are Getting Bad Career Advice From Ucas

I hate it when students come to me and say, 'oh I want to focus on passing my exams first then I will look for jobs'. That's a worrying sign. It's not because of intellectual capacity, far from it, but because it indicates a lack of pragmatism, i.e. it's a mind set issue. A degree is a piece of paper that gives you an opening to a door, but that's it.
02/05/2017 15:26 BST

Oxford To Win The 2017 Boat Race

I will say straight off the bat, barring a sinking or crash; Oxford University Men's first team will win the 2017 Boat Race. I didn't go to either university, so I have no bias here.
30/03/2017 16:04 BST

Why Did Trump Fail To Pass His Health Reforms?

President Trump is probably sitting in the Oval Office seething. What went wrong? Leaving aside the technical details, such as the loss of medical insurance coverage for 25 million people - scaring the moderates, or in the other extreme, not cutting costs enough for the diehards, this legislative exercise, like all major decisions, is about behaviour.
27/03/2017 08:42 BST

My Journey As A British Chinese

I went to a school where I was one of the very few Chinese people there and I found myself really struggling with my identity. That became stronger when other friends began to date; it was so hard to ask girls out because I felt so 'different' which for a teenager, really killed my confidence.
03/02/2017 10:16 GMT

Rio Olympics Represents So Much More Than Just The Medals

To me sports breaks down social barriers because it strips everything to the basic level. It leaves little to interpretation. You are measured by your ability, not skin colour and that authenticity is both refreshing in an increasingly wishy-washy world, and motivating for those who want it enough.
31/08/2016 14:25 BST

Scotland Is Not Leaving the UK Anytime Soon

There have been a lot of jitters lately about Scotland being on the verge of jumping out of the UK since the Brexit vote. You hear it with Nicola Sturgeon, the steely Scottish First Minister, announced almost immediately that a second referendum 'must be, and is, on the table.' You see it from the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, dashing to Scotland with a commitment to the union. The surge of SNP memberships helps to stoke the flames...
18/07/2016 16:09 BST

Leaving the EU - What Now for the Younger Generation?

As times go by, it will be up to us to become more prominent, not just through protest, but through engagement in politics, to shun the pressure of a 'post-truth era' and who knows - in the future, we might well re-join, or forge another club - led by us.
28/06/2016 14:25 BST