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 President, Bridget Rooth –  president@vivabeijing.org – explaining your motivations for joining our dynamic women’s group and which role you wish to take up.


Steering Committee: Cindy Jensen 

Steering Committee: Kelly Branter


Could you be our next Events Manager?

Events Manager

·       Coordinate event logistics such as venue, catering, and marketing displays and information

·       Source new venues as needs dictate


Special Projects Manager: Natalia Skirtenko is a Professional Coach, passionate about helping people to develop their best qualities and reach their full potential. After earning degrees in English, Mandarin, and Political Science, she began her career as the Manager or International Affairs, in Russia.  She later earned her MBA and coaching certifications as a start to her years of experience working with numerous people from varied backgrounds and cultures (e.g., Russian, Chinese, Malaysian, Dutch, African, and USA). Contact: special projects@vivebeijing.org
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: finance@vivabeijing.org
Membership Manager: Michelle Raffani


Could you be our next Programme Manager?

Programme Manager

·       Recommend topics and secure speakers for a minimum of 8 monthly events a year

·       Present a schedule of events, to be agreed on by the Board

·       Coordinate with the Communications Manager to ensure events are adequately publicised

·       Coordinate with Events Manager in terms of logistical requirements

Irene Lu Communication Manager: Irene Lu

Irene was born and raised in Taiwan. After high school she went to Canada and Germany for undergraduate degree. Started her career as a PR professional for luxury brands in Taiwan afterwards Irene got into executive search industry till she moved to China in 2013. Irene had her first public sector working experience with EU SME centre in communication department then she decide to go back to private sector meanwhile pursuing her graduate degree in creative field. Irene is interested in traveling, reading, sports, cooking, outdoor activities, mind&body balance and philanthropy work.
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.