Eileen Chan-Hu is the Executive Director/ Co-Founder of CRAICNI (Cultivate Respect, Appreciate Inclusion in Communities in Northern Ireland), a social enterprise that provides inclusion and diversity services through training and educational programmes.
Passionate about all things Northern Irish/Irish and how diversity of many cultures come about and through commonalities to enjoy the "Craic" as a way of life. Born in Belfast of Chinese origin, Eileen has worked with minority ethnic communities, Ethnic Minorities Project in Ballymena and was the former CEO of Chinese Welfare Association NI. She is most proud of overseeing the management of the building of the first Chinese multipurpose community centre in UK.
Eileen has worked in the community and voluntary sector for over 20 years to senior management, stood for Council elections and has been involved in various voluntary intiatives. She provides consultancy in human trafficking, an area of expertise from her many years of working in this field to support victims and survivors and set up the first International Organisation for Migration branch to work with many non EU citizens. Eileen is currently appointed as an Equality Commissioner for the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, which is an independent public body which oversees equality and discrimination law in Northern Ireland.
Being part of Europe, supports citizens to come together for many different reasons and rights that have benefited people in being united. In terms of equality and human rights, this will be important at the New Europeans. As a child of non EU nationals but born in UK has benefited myself to be a European citizen and I feel I can support New Europeans in areas of social policy to benefit all.