Who runs Viva?
The Viva Committee is made up of a group of professional women from different backgrounds and countries, based in Beijing. The committee is responsible for the strategic and operational success of the group and currently comprises the following individuals. If you’re interested in joining the committee, note that elections will be held in our AGM every May. In the case that a committee member must step down in advance, we will make an announcement on our website and newsletter, and the position will be open to applicants.
To join us – write to our Co-Presidents, Cindy Jensen and Kelly Brantner – firstname.lastname@example.org – explaining your motivations for joining our dynamic women’s group and which role you wish to take up.
|Co-Presidents of the Viva Board: Cindy Jensen and Kelly Brantner
Both are Canadian nationals, long time Beijing residents as well as long time supporters of Viva.
Cindy Jensen is the Founder and Managing Director of Boldmoves China, a consulting firm with a focus in Strategy Development, Executive Coaching and Leadership Development.
Cindy is an active member of the Beijing community. She served on the Canada China Business Council Board for two terms including as the Chair of the Board. She also serves on the Canada Board for Educating Girls of Rural China (EGRC), a charity dedicated to helping young women from rural areas of Western China obtain an education.
Cindy has been an advocate for Viva and its’ mission since the association started in 2008 and was instrumental in the development of Viva’s Mentorship Program as well as Viva’s current programming.
Kelly Brantner is the Founder and Managing Director of Triticum Partners Ltd., a firm that assists start-up organisations with securing the necessary early rounds of financing to grow their business.
Kelly is also an active member of the Beijing community. She too has served on the Board for the Canada China Business Council and has sat for four years on the Advisory Board of Green Leader Adventures (GLA). GLA is a Chinese social enterprise that works with Chinese high school students on humanitarian aid project in Cambodia.
Kelly previously served as a two term President of Viva and re-joined the Board along with Cindy in an advisory capacity as the Co-President in 2015. She has been instrumental in the development of Viva’s current programming as well as their involvement in Mentor Walks, a joint program offered along with Capital M, Australian Embassy, AustCham, AmCham, BritCham and Beijing Women.
|Communications Manager: Wang Zhen
Known to many as Lauren Wang, Zhen Wang joined Viva as a board member in 2015. As the communications manager Zhen has been working proactively with the team to maximize the influence of Viva.
After leaving school, Zhen worked her way up on a factory-floor, eventually becoming the shop-floor supervisor. Then she went back to school to complete her education and taught for a year when she graduated from college. From being a teacher Zhen then moved on to the next opportunity, started work in the relocation service industry as account manager.
Having spent more than 7 years in the moving industry, Zhen has left for a new challenge in healthcare area. She is currently working as an English training program manager in a hospital.
Fluent in English, Japanese and Mandarin, Zhen is currently undertaking an American university course in project management
|Special Projects Coordinator: Du Shan
Ms Shan Du did her undergraduate study in Beijing and post graduate degree in Birmingham, England, specialized in International relations.
Later she lived and worked in Vienna Austria. Started as an intern in the external relation office of the United Nations preparatory commission of nuclear test ban treaty organization (CTBTO), and later worked as a legal assistant in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). When she returned Beijing, she got the job at the World Health Organization China Office. That’s when she officially entered healthcare industry. Now she works at Siemens Healthcare in China as a government affairs manager. Shan has great passion about the United Nations’ work and has great interests in international cultures.
|Finance Manager: Lucie Lau first moved to Shanghai in 2001 and has lived in both Shanghai & Beijing.She is a Senior Partner of Mega City Relocations Ltd, specializing in relocations (international/domestic/local and office moving) home and school search and import/export of furniture and commodities. She has played an active role in the Singapore Chamber of Commerce & Industry in China in membership drives, networking, social & yearly events.Lucie has secured sponsorships, participations, lucky draws and advertisements for various events and charity auctions. She has been active in volunteering and charity drives since a young age, from Interact Club, the previous Bukit Merah Old Folks’ Club and numerous Charity Auctions for the American Womens’ Association in Singapore. She has assisted to secure sponsorships and items for the Amcham Charity in Beijing for four years. She has also participated in the Annual Charity Carnival in Shanghai.Contact: email@example.com|
|Founding Viva Members
The Viva team would like to extend thanks to Sarah Cooper (former president and co-founder of Viva), Jasmine Keel (former vice-president and co-founder of Viva) who have now stepped down from the Viva committee and who helped it to grow into the successful organisation that it has become.