The HKSAR Government has announced the 2018 Hong Kong SAR Honours List. Among the recipients, four distinguished individuals have been honoured with the Grand Bauhinia Medal (GBM), ten with the Gold Bauhinia Star (GBS), 20 with the Silver Bauhinia Star (SBS), and 40 with the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS). ASTRI’s Chairman Mr Wong Ming-yam, who was honoured with the BBS in 2012, has been conferred with the SBS Honour this year. The Honours recipients are from different walks of life. The SAR Government has bestowed the honours on them in recognition of significant contributions to Hong Kong – their dedicated public and community service. The presentation ceremony for the awards will be held on 27 October 2018.
In the citation for Mr Wong, the SAR Government announcement said: “Since his appointment as the Board Chairman of the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) in 2013, Mr Wong has been steering the Board to set the policy and strategic directions for ASTRI and leading ASTRI to strengthen its corporate governance, research capabilities, commercialisation of research and development results, among others, to build up the branding of ASTRI.” The citation recognised his accomplishments in the field of innovation and technology, and lauded his significant contributions to “enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries.”
On behalf of the entire ASTRI organisation, we wholeheartedly congratulate Mr Wong Ming-yam for this well-deserved recognition. As the Chairman of ASTRI’s Board, he has selflessly dedicated his deep knowledge and vast experience to the advancement of ASTRI’s R&D endeavours. With over 35 years of experience in technology-based sectors, Mr Wong remains as passionate as ever about fostering innovation and serving the community. In addition to providing strategic leadership and governance oversight to ASTRI as its Chairman, he is also a key source of inspiration for its Management and the entire workforce. He continues to be associated with several Government Boards and Committees on Innovation and Technology, and keeps serving the interest of the city as well as of the nation in his many capacities.