Distinguished Science Alumni Awards 2005
WONG Ah Long
WONG Ah Long
Chairman, Pacific Star Investment and Development
Deputy Chairman, NUS Council
Mr WONG Ah Long graduated from the University of Singapore with an Honours degree in Applied Chemistry in 1969, followed by a Masters degree in Business Administration in 1972.
Mr WONG was the Chief Executive Officer for a township development in Surabaya from 1974 to 1981. Thereafter, he was engaged in partnership in the construction and development business in Singapore and Indonesia till 1987. Between 1987 and 1991, he was the General Manager of the construction arm of Singapore Technologies, before serving as the General Manager of DBS Land up to 1996.
In 1996, he joined Suntec City Development Pte Ltd--Singapore’s largest private development (of about 7 million sq ft built-up area) as its Chief Executive Officer and successfully transformed Suntec City into the premier business and retail shopping centre in Singapore. Under his astute leadership, Suntec City won several international awards, including the FIABCI Prix d’ Excellence in 1999 for the most successful project in the office and retail sector.
He is currently the Chairman of Pacific Star Investment and Development, a member of an international group specializing in large-scale real estate investments in Asia, overseeing and directing the investments and developments of the Group. He also holds directorships in several other real estate and development companies.
Despite his hectic schedule, Mr WONG has put in a lot of time and energy to actively support NUS in its education and alumni initiatives. He serves as the Deputy Chairman of the NUS Council and the Institute of South East Asian Studies Board of Trustees. He is a member in the Advisory Board of the NUS Business School and the International Resource Panel of the Business Alumni Association and the past Vice-President of the NUS Business School Alumni Association. In addition, he chaired the fund raising committee for the Kiang Ai Kim Scholarship Fund for the Department of Chemistry. The above-mentioned are a few of his many efforts in promoting stronger ties between the alumni and university. Notwithstanding, his service to the public and business community at large should also be highlighted. He is a member of the Hong Kong-Singapore Business Association and president of Singapore Chapter of FIABCI. In addition, he undertakes the role as the treasurer of the Garden City Fund management committee and member of the National Council of Drug Abuse.
In recognition of his devoted and sustained contributions to NUS and the alumni community, Mr WONG was awarded the inaugural NUS Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Furthermore, he was awarded the Eminent Alumni Award from the NUS Business School.
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