Originally from Hong Kong and now semi-retired, Albert Wong was an investment banker and stockbroker for almost four decades. He has served on numerous ASX boards in both executive and non-executive capacities over the years. In 2016, he was engaged as a consultant to China’s Nanshan Group and was instrumental in its negotiation and ultimate acquisition of a strategic 20% equity stake in Virgin Australia for $440M. Currently, he serves as Chairman of Scimita Ventures.
Mr Wong’s philanthropic activities include serving on the Boards of UNSW Foundation, The Australian Museum Foundation (ret’d November 2020), and former President of the Physics Foundation (2014-2017) at the University of Sydney where he remains an Honorary Life Governor. Today, Mr Wong continues to serve on the boards of UNSW Foundation and the GWS Giants Foundation. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in January 2017.
In more recent years, Mr Wong commissioned and co-wrote a book with Australian historian Dr Will Davies on the role played by the Chinese Anzacs and Chinese Labour Corps in The Great War and lobbying both State and Federal Governments to support awareness of this little-known chapter in Australian history.
The book entitled “The Forgotten – The Chinese Labour Corp and Chinese Anzacs” was officially launched in April 2020 by His Excellency, General David Hurley, Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia. In March 2021, Mr Wong was made a fellow of the Royal Society of NSW. Mr Wong joined the CMRI Board in October 2013 and is Co-Chair of the Institute’s Fundraising and Marketing Committee.