Born in Shanghai, China, raised in Hong Kong, and educated in the United States, Diana Lee was trained as a petroleum geologist and mechanical engineer. She was a professor in renewable energy and land use and resource management at the State University of New York System where she was twice honored as Outstanding Teacher of the Year. For more than 30 years Lee has been working as an international business consultant. She has been listed in the international “Who’s Who of Women, Outstanding Women of the 20th Century,” et al. Lee has spent the past five decades enthusiastically pursuing the art of ikebana and holds numerous advanced teacher certificates from the headquarters of the Sogetsu School in Tokyo, Japan.