Dr. Wilfred WONG, GBS, JP
Dr. Wilfred Wong Ying-wai is the President & Executive Director of Sands China Limited, listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Sands China Limited is an integrated resort developer and operator in Macau and a subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Dr. Wong is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Xinyi Glass Holdings Limited which is also listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Dr. Wong joined the Administrative Officer grade of the Hong Kong Government in 1975 and served in a number of key positions including Deputy Secretary for the Civil Service and Deputy Director General of Industry. Dr. Wong joined the private sector in 1992 and since then, he has held top management positions in a number of Hong Kong listed companies in the property development and construction business sectors including K. Wah International Holdings Limited, Henderson China Holdings Limited, Shui On Group and Hsin Chong Construction Group Limited.
Dr. Wong started his political career at the national level when he was appointed a member of The Basic Law Consultative Committee (1985-1990) by the Central People’s Government. He was subsequently appointed by the National People’s Congress as a member of the Preliminary Working Committee for the Hong Kong SAR Preparatory Committee in 1993 and a member of the Hong Kong SAR Preparatory Committee in 1995, both bodies were responsible for the transitional policies and arrangements relating to the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR Government in 1997. Dr. Wong was elected as Deputy to the National People’s Congress of the PRC during 1997-2013.
Dr. Wong’s public service continues through his participation in numerous important councils and committees in Hong Kong over the last 30 years. He is currently the Chairman of Hong Kong Film Development Council; Chairman of Hong Kong Arts Development Council; Chairman of Asian Film Awards Academy; Chairman of Hong Kong International Film Festival Society; Chairman of Hong Kong Institute for Public Administration; Chairman Emeritus of Hong Kong Baptist University Foundation; Chairman Emeritus of the Pacific Basin Economic Council; and Committee Member of the 9th National Congress of China Federation of Literary and Art Circles.
For his distinguished public service, Dr. Wong was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star and Silver Bauhinia Star Medals by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2015 and 2007 respectively. He was conferred the degree of Doctor of Humanities honoris causa from Hong Kong Baptist University in November 2013, recognizing his outstanding professional and political achievements as well as chairmanship of Hong Kong Baptist University Council (2007-2012). He was educated at Harvard University (MPA), The University of Oxford, The University of Hong Kong (BSoc.Sc.) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.