Vivien Lee has been active in the arts scene in Hong Kong and Mainland China for over 20 years and she was one of the very first fundraisers for the arts. Vivien joined the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society back in 1991 and started as the head of the Development department. Over the years in Hong Kong (1990-2004), she raised more than HK$1billion for the arts, her arts-&- business partnerships flourished into many exciting arts programs, including the long running Exxon Vision Series and Young Friends Scheme of the annual Hong Kong Arts Festival.
In 1997, Vivien joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Society as its Assistant General Manager (Development) to solicit business partnerships and was appointed as Head of Institutional Advancement of the HKPO after its restructuring in 2003 with two major tasks: the celebration of the orchestra’s 30th Anniversary as well as to launch the inaugural season of Maestro Edo de Waart.
Vivien moved to Shanghai with her family in 2004. In 2005, she joined the Shanghai Conservatory of Music’s Arts Administration Department as Program Manager, responsible for building a practical training curriculum and developing internship opportunities for the SHCMAAD undergraduates. Vivien has been lecturing on Fundraising and Development for Arts in the Post-graduate Studies of the SHCM’s Arts Administration Department since 2011, and she also lectured in the Shanghai Theatre Academy since the 2015/16 academic year. Her
partnership with two seasoned arts administrators from HK under Cultural Links founded China’s first cutting-edge arts festival “Fringe Shanghai” in 2006-2010; many of these trend setting projects brought forth meaningful partnerships with reputable organisations such as the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, MOCA, the British Council, Germany Consulate Shanghai just to name a few. Vivien also sat in the Arts and Charities Sub-committee of the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce in China (HKCCC) Shanghai Chapter in 2007-08.
In 2014, she was invited to join as a member of its advisory board for a Hong Kong registered charity, You Dao Foundation, and she volunteered in many You Dao projects in Shanghai, including the annual Sports Day. In 2015 December, she facilitated the setting up of the Special Fund of the Shanghai Charity Foundation and the You Dao Foundation which allowed over 200 student scholarships granted up-to-date.
She holds an Executive Diploma of Management Studies at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
SPEED. She is now based in Hong Kong with her family here.