Born in Kota Kinabalu, Lee Chuen Wan started his career working as a Sales Executive for Dunlop Malaysia and was later appointed Area/District Manager in Sabah.
In 1987, he went to read law at the University of Buckingham UK. In 1989, he obtained a Bachelor of Law (LLB Hons) degree, and was admitted a Barrister of law of the Middle Temple and in 1990 he started his legal practice in Kota Kinabalu. In December 1990, he was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor to the High Court in Sabah & Sarawak. At the end of 2009, he retired from active legal practice. Currently, heis working as a Legal Consultant in MG’s Legal Chambers and is an Independent Non-Executive Director of a Malaysian Listed Company.
He is married to Datuk Naomi Chong Set Mui and they have a son and two daughters who have all graduated and two of them are married.His wife has been active in politics, social and voluntary work for over 30 years. Since 2007, she is the President of the Sabah Girl Guides Association. Previously, she was a Senator in the Dewan Negara of Malaysia.
In recognition of his services to the State, Country and Community, in 2002 he was awarded the AMN by the King of Malaysia, the ASDK and PGDK, which carried the Datukship title. In 2010, he was appointed a Justice of Peace (JP) by the Governor of Sabah. Similarly, in 2009, in recognition of her services to the State and Nation, his wife Naomi was awarded the AMN by the King of Malaysia, the ADK, ASDK and PGDK, which carried the Datukship title by the Governor of Sabah.
He joined Rotary as President of the first Interact Club that was chartered in Sabah by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu in 1970. It was the Interact Club of All Saints School, now known as SM All Saints.
At the age of 31, he became a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Likas Bay which was then under District 330. He has served in various Avenues of Service in the Club and in District 3310. During his Presidential Year in 2002-03, two significant community service projects were launched;
– the club’s first Water and Sanitation project at Kg Tamalang, Kundasang, Sabah which later led to another six more Kampongs in Sabah getting clean Water and Sanitation, and
– the Cleft Lips and Palate Operation Project which later led to the Operation Smile Project and now Smile Cambodia Project, an international joint community service project in Cambodia. This Cleft Lip & Palate Operation Project was also awarded a Significant Achievement Award by the RI President.
He was Chairman for Promotion Media and Publication of the 2014 Rotary Institute held in Kota Kinabalu and Advisor to the Spouse Programme Committee, where his wife Naomi was the Chairperson of the Spouse Programme.
Besides being a Rotarian, he has been actively involved in voluntary and social work for more than 40 years. He has served as a Legal Advisor of various Associations, including The Kota Kinabalu Charitable Foundation, Chinese Chambers of Commerce, Temples and Trade Associations and various NGOs in Sabah.