Adam Wong

Adam Wong

Adam Wong is doing his Bachelor Degree of Business Administration, majoring in Finance and Marketing, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His strong interests in digital marketing and international business were developed from his two internship experiences in the John Swire & Sons and the Sydney office of Hong Kong Trade Development Council, where he initiated a social media marketing campaign. Combining his skills and personal interests, he also co-founded an online fashion store - Hide n Seek, selling fashion items in Hong Kong. With accumulated knowledge in different industries, Adam also has strong interests in finance and economics. He is a contributor of Project Firefly, a student based essay collection website covering different contemporary topics such as Finance, Economics, Politics and Diplomacy. His interests of sustainable development are developed during his internship in John Swire & Sons where he touched the topics such as biofuels and sustainable agricultural development. Outside the academic and business world, he is a passionate sports lover and language learner. He is an avid member of the school basketball team and he speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, several dialects in the southern part of China and some basic Japanese and Spanish. He also spends a lot of time on travelling, fashion and photography.

Recent Posts

The Path Not Taken: Following Unconventional Wisdom in Economics

Student Reporter Adam Wong interviewed Dr. Steve Keen, Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Western Sydney, on his new but controversial economic ideas in sustainability and economic modeling. Economics has always been one of the main forces of human development and in this new era of resources depletion and financial instability, this is no different. Conventional economic ideas continue to play a vital role in helping our governments and societies to make decisions that improve our well-being. However, Dr. Keen is against the conventional ideas of orthodox economics and he views the economic world completely differently from neoclassical economists. Economics cannot grow forever

‘Green must become grey growth,’ Dr. Keen pointed out in his presentation. Our economic growth cannot be infinite, he said, even with advances in technology and if we continue to follow the current mindset of neoclassical economists.

A Universal Diet – Can the Same Sustainable Development Plans Work for Emerging Economies?

‘Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.’ William Ruckelshaus, the former Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, made this famous statement in BusinessWeek in 1990. Twenty years later, we are still seeking the right ‘diet’ for sustainable development. While the recent developments in the global dialogue on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and resource efficiency have helped create a better “diet plan”, the question remains: could it work for all economies? First, let’s have a look at some of the hottest items in our new sustainable development diet. At the World Resources Forum 2012 held in Beijing, China, 2007 Nobel Peace Prize co-winner Dr. Mohan Munasinghe was one of those tackling the topic.

Young Dreamers Take Action: New Ways of Financing and Capacity Building in Indonesia

There was a young face sitting at the panel in one of the sessions at the UNEP Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia conference. With no name in the conference agenda or on the table, there were no clues as to her identity. While everyone was still wondering who she was, she started her presentation on new models of microfinancing and capacity building for socio-eco-preneurs (innovative entrepreneurs who minimize or eliminate negative ecological and socio-cultural impacts when developing goods and services for profit). Given that the attendees were here for both practical and innovative solutions, Vrilly Rondonuwu, along with her three colleagues, Idda Mahbubah, Adie Nugroho and Airin Azizah did not fail to deliver as they represented Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Indonesia to a captivated audience. These young people’s main objective is to create a sustainable financing and capacity building model for Indonesia by involving multiple stakeholders, which include financial institutions, banks, corporations, and socio-eco-preneurs.

To Repeat or Not to Repeat -The Future of Resource Consumption in Emerging Economies

Student Reporter Adam Wong  interviewed Yi-Heng Cheng, CEO of Kunshan Quanta K&M Consulting and Shanghai Microtech Co. Ltd. on the future of resource consumption in China. The emerging economy is today in the historical position that European conturies and America were some decades ago, and rapid industrialisation means that the ever-hungry economy is fiercely demanding all the time. But the world has changed significantly since then and countries face the challenge of either being swept away by the tide or being eroded in its wake.

The Path to Maximum Energy Potential Means Embracing Biofuels

Can biofuels still be the magical solution to our energy problems? Thousands of scientists will admit that biofuels are no longer a new concept (in fact, it is a very old idea). From the ‘first generation’ ethanol to the ‘second generation lignocellulosic’ biofuels and the latest algae-based biofuels, scientists and researchers are trying their best to find the best biofuels solutions. But with controversy shrouding if they’re actually sustainable  means that biofuels are still debated hotly. Opposition to biofuels mainly revolves around concerns that are mainly related to the sustainability aspects of their development and manufacturing.

“Be Water” – Adapting, Changing and Maintaining Sustainability through Chinese Philosophy

“Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind; be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; you put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; you put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. “

The above is one of my favorite philosophical sayings, and it is from a legend of my hometown, Bruce Lee, a martial artist and modern philosopher.