Hong Kong’s Electronics industry body honours ASTRI Chairman for a lifetime of contributions to the sector

Mr Wong Ming-yam, Chairman of ASTRI, has received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Hong Kong Electronics Industry Council (HKEIC) for his long and rich contributions to the electronics sector of Hong Kong. The award was presented to Mr Wong at the 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner of HKEIC on 13 April 2018. Hon Mr Nicholas Yang, Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government, was the Guest of Honour who also handed over the award to Mr Wong and other awardees at the event.

Mr Wong Ming-yam has chaired the Board of Directors of ASTRI since 21 October 2013. He is currently the Honorary Chairman of both Hong Kong Electronics & Technologies Association, and Hong Kong Critical Components Manufacturers Association. Mr Wong has held a number of roles across organisations, responsible for regional as well as international markets, most notably at Royal Philips N.V. – the global electronics giant. At Philips, he gained over 30 years of global industrial operations experience; his responsibilities there included not only the industrial management of Philips Audio Video Entertainment products, but also the overall supply chain technology development across multiple markets.

Passionate about developing Innovation and Technology as well as serving the community, Mr Wong has been associated with several Government Boards and Committees for the more than 35 years. As an important pillar of economic development in Hong Kong, Innovation and Technology development has opened up a vast space for career development for people, which according to him, “allowed someone like me to develop my professional career across multiple industries and enterprises.” He recalled how “as a mechanical engineer I eventually morphed from technical roles into management positions of multinational corporations and strived to help position Hong Kong’s technology industry in the international scene and, in that process, enriching my own life.”

In the past Mr Wong has been associated in different senior advisory capacities with the HKSAR Government’s Innovation and Technology Commission, Hong Kong Productivity Council, Hong Kong Science and Technology Park Corporation, and the Advisory Committee on Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government. At present, he continues to contribute in a number of public service roles linked with Government’s Innovation and Technology initiatives. He serves as a member of Enterprise Support Scheme Assessment Panel under the Innovation and Technology Fund; the Chairman of the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee, CreateHK, and an ex-officio member of the Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-industrialisation of the HKSAR Government.

Highlighting the historic crossroads that Hong Kong finds itself in, Mr Wong said, “Our city has certain unique advantages. We are blessed to be closely linked with the rapid developments in our motherland, and also have the potential to tap into emerging and large markets. Developments such as the ‘Greater Bay Area Development’, the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative, ‘Industry 4.0’ and ‘Made in China 2025’ offer unprecedented opportunities for Hong Kong’s Innovation and Technology sector. I am confident that the industry can take full advantage of it.”

Sharing his delight to be a part of HKEIC’s 30-year anniversary celebration, Mr Wong thanked the Council for the honour bestowed on him and said, “I am honoured and pleased to receive this recognition in the presence of so many dignified people, and many of my long-time friends and peers.”

Mr Steve Chuang and Mr Chris Tse – Chairman and Vice Chairman of HKEIC respectively, and Mr Jimmy Kwok – Chairman of Federation of Hong Kong Industries, also spoke on the occasion.

The Hon Mr Nicholas Yang, Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government, handing over the award to Mr Wong Ming-yam
Mr Wong Ming-yam delivering his acceptance speech at the event