The daughter of ethnically Chinese and European parents, Lydia Lui began working as the Deputy Program Director of the World Press Institute in May 2018.

As Deputy Program Director, Lui works closely with the Executive Director David McDonald and the Program Director Doug Stone in the development, administration, planning and coordination of the nine-week fellowship program. Lui also travels with the fellows for a portion of the program.

In addition to working with WPI, Lui is a practicing attorney at Vantage Law Group, PLLC, and a professional violinist in the Washington DC and Twin Cities, Minnesota metropolitan areas. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, and a Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law).

Lui is passionate about making the world a better place and frequently works pro bono for WomenVenture, a nonprofit that provides women of all ages, cultures, races and income levels with the tools and resources to achieve economic success through small business ownership. She also serves as a Board Member for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

In her personal time, Lui can be found traveling the world, having visited Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and Uruguay.