James Wong had a wide range of cultural experiences during his childhood, growing up in the United States, Canada, and Hong Kong. James completed his undergraduate work at the University of Washington in 1984. He went on to earn his master of science in information systems engineering from Florida Tech in 2007, as well as a Juris Doctor from the University of California Hastings College of Law. The advice he has for current Florida Tech students is, “Use your skills to contribute to the greater good, and speak your own voice.”
James held various positions as a lawyer on Toyota’s eDiscovery team and as a tax lawyer at Baker and McKenzie, as well as PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2010, he joined Hon Kwok Land Investment Co. Ltd., where he is currently the executive director. He also serves as executive director for the Chinney Group, which includes four publicly-listed companies in Hong Kong focused on high-tech engineering, construction, trading, investments, and real estate. The businesses range from building an eighty-story Hon Kwok Tower in Shenzhen to installing the air traffic management radar at the Hong Kong Airport. James’s position at Hon Kwok comes as no surprise; his great-grandfather founded the company in Nanjing in the 1920s to build China’s railway system.
In addition, he serves on the Board of Trustees at Florida Tech, where he is also an adjunct professor teaching business and healthcare law. He currently holds a position as a member of the executive committee of the Urban Land Institute in Hong Kong. James has published and spoken widely on subjects including eDiscovery, social media policies in the workplace, China for newbies, and more recently, China and the One Belt One Road Initiative. He previously served as a delegate to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference for Jiangsu Province from 2013 through 2018.
An opinionated traveler, James ranks among the top 1 percent of reviewers on TripAdvisor.com.
Wong was featured in Florida Tech’s 60th Anniversary special edition book, “60 for 60: Celebrating Sixty Years of Alumni at Florida Institute of Technology.” Copies are available for purchase here.