Dr Yanki LEE is an architectural designer, social innovator, design activist and expert in design research for social inclusion and participation. She has extensive experience collaborating with designers and enabling them to engage users in the design process. As an international speaker and writer, Dr Lee has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and articles.
In 2000 Yanki was awarded an MA degree in Architecture from the Royal College of Art (RCA), she went on to join the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD) and became a UK resident. She was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 2012 for her contribution to the Helen Hamlyn Centre, the RCA community and design research. In 2017 Yanki established the Enable Foundation in Hong Kong, using startup funding from HKSAR Government’s Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund) as part of the Social Innovation Design Lab (SI.DLab). Enable Foundation is a non-profit social design collective with expertise in cross-generational co-creative and design research practices, set up for real-world impact. Enable Foundation aims to develop capacity training programmes and projects on design thinking & doing. It also aims to facilitate projects that uncover creativity within individuals/organisations from private and public sectors.