The team at Bridging Hope Charity Foundation is dedicated to improving wellbeing for all, through their passionate work in the two pillars of the arts and mental health.
Tina Tian is an Australian resident who has lived in Australia for over fifteen years. Tina was born in China and received her high school and university education in Australia. Having run a global property and investment business with headquarters in Beijing and Sydney, Tina has dedicated the past several years to setting up the Bridging Hope Charity Foundation, which she established in 2015. Her passion and commitment to the Foundation has taken centre stage in her life and her focus is on ensuring that Bridging Hope Charity Foundation has a significant and enduring impact in the fields of mental health and the arts.
Tina is the recipient of the prestigious ‘2017 China Philanthropic Person of the Year’ award.
Over the past 20 years Stephen has been involved in all aspects of the lifecycle of property development and investment. Stephen took on the role of Director of BCHF in 2016 and along with the Founder Tina Tian has built a committed and passionate team around them.
Under his guidance the foundation has taken on several key partnerships, notably a 3-year program with Lifeline to develop a culturally responsive mandarin speaking service for crisis support, significant contribution to the 2018 Biennale of Sydney, support for the UNSW A&D Annual, The Big Anxiety Festival, as well as Foundation programs that support emerging artists and sponsored mental health seminars delivered by industry leaders to corporate and community partners.
Newly migrated from China, Ariel holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Management from Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Since arriving in Australia, Ariel has been passionate about driving cultural exchange between China and Australia.
She facilitated Australian artists into renowned Chinese art museums for residency. She has extensive experience in international event marketing, art gallery operation and visual arts curation and she loves what she does. She hosted the China Contemporary Art Month Forum at the China Cultural Centre in Sydney and curated numerous exhibitions at Art Atrium Gallery. She was also researcher for a particular Chinese psychotherapy approach using art called Xie Yi.
She speaks fluent Mandarin, Cantonese and English, and is instrumental in improving arts and mental health initiatives with a particular emphasis on Chinese communities both here and abroad. “In arts we believe”.
Before moving to Australia, Melody had been working at Beijing New Century International Children’s Hospital. In China she is well known for her work in pediatric psychology and is a published author of four books. Melody also made guest media appearances across TV, Radio and other various platforms.
Melody Yun Qu finished university in 1991 and completed her Masters in Developmental Psychology at the Institute of Psychology, China Academy of Sciences. She is a German certified Positive Psychotherapist and Level Two Counsellor in China. In Australia she is a registered ACA member Level 4, the highest level achievable. She is currently a doctorate candidate at the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, and is currently researching family factors influencing children and adolescents’ emotional health. Melody is an Advisor to the Bridging Hope Charity Foundation.