Viviantie Sarjuni

Chief Executive Officer, Sabah Creative Economy and Innovation Centre (SCENIC)


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biography

Viviantie Sarjuni serves as the Chief Executive Officer of SCENIC. Having spent her formative years in a rural setting, she understands the challenges faced by rural communities, particularly in their quest for an improved quality of life and enhanced educational opportunities.

Her professional journey began in Kuala Lumpur in 1999, where she garnered 22 years of diverse experience spanning the service industry, creative, contact centers, cybersecurity, education, entrepreneurship, and technology. In 2020, she returned to her roots in Sabah, driven by the aspiration to contribute to the state’s development. Her focus was instrumental in the establishment of SCENIC, a state initiative championing the realms of technology, innovation, and creativity.

Collaborating with ecosystem partners, SCENIC, under Viviantie’s leadership, has successfully advanced the Social Entrepreneurship agenda in Sabah, aligning it with the broader goals of the technology and creative industries. The agency was honored with a merit award as the Most Impactful Public Agency in Driving Digital Adoption in 2022, a recognition endorsed by MOSTI (Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia).

Among SCENIC’s notable achievements is the launch of the first Digital and IOT Sandbox in Borneo, establishing the first Toon Boom Accredited Training Centre in Malaysia—now poised to realize the vision of the Sabah Animation Hub. Additionally, SCENIC successfully reactivated STEM initiatives in Sabah, furthering the agenda of social innovation and social entrepreneurship, and fostering the growth of more tech startups in Sabah, dedicated to addressing pressing challenges within the community.

These collective efforts aim to cultivate talents and startups that not only contribute to driving the state’s economy from the ground up but also underscore the fact that Sabah is not lacking in talent; rather, it needs more opportunities to flourish.

A Chevening scholar of 2022/23, Viviantie recently completed her Masters in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, through the prestigious Chevening scholarship—a privilege scholarship by the UK government. Her commitment to the cause has extended beyond borders, with invitations from various universities, including those in Scotland and Amsterdam, as well as the Social Enterprise World Forum 2023 in the Netherlands, to share insights on government efforts in promoting social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Having returned to Malaysia in January 2024, Viviantie remains dedicated to fostering positive change through her role at SCENIC and contributing to the advancement of Sabah’s socio-economic landscape