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HF Scholar 2021 INSEAD Christopher Wong

Christopher Wong

CITIZENSHIP

Canada

HINRICH SCHOLARSHIP

INSEAD
Singapore
Master in Business Administration, Class of 2022
“Thanks to the Hinrich Foundation, I am empowered to lead the change in my industry, advocating for sustainable global trade through the projects that we work on, the materials that we use, and the standards that we uphold.”

Scholar background

Based in Montreal, Canada, Christopher Wong is currently engaged in business development and corporate rebranding work for his family company – Papillon Ribbon & Bow – which manufactures and distributes wholesale decorative ribbons globally.

Previously, Christopher had experience leading and representing his family business during its entry and relocation of production from China to Myanmar in 2017. There, he was Director of Operations for Soleil Ribbon, which he took from a greenfield development to a productive factory with 250 employees. He also set up Wingabaw Park, a small private industrial park development to legally acquire land, develop dormitories and enable Soleil to expand in Bago.

Before Myanmar, Christopher worked as a consultant and studied engineering in Canada. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering at McGill University in 2015.

Personal statement

From my experiences in creating over 250 jobs in Myanmar by relocating production from China, I know firsthand how global trade and foreign direct investment can support rising communities and provide an incredible vehicle for social enterprise.

Global trade is also the driving force behind my family’s immigrant success story. It is the glue which has held us together across three generations despite the oceans of distance which separate us. But the world has changed drastically from when my grandparents began the business. The planet demands that we take swift and immediate environmental action. Society demands that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose.

That is why I aspire to lead the change for my family business and for our industry.

By transforming our brand and integrating environmental, social responsibility and governance (ESG) considerations in our long-term strategies, I will prove how multinational businesses in mature and entrenched industries like ours can remain viable while acting as a force for good.

To succeed, I will need help. And through INSEAD's MBA program, I will have the opportunity to develop the skills, tools and network necessary to support our transformation.

I am deeply inspired to have been chosen as INSEAD's class of 2022 Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leader Scholar. At such a challenging time, this news fills me with hope and optimism. With the Hinrich Foundation's support, sharp insights, and vast community of trade leaders, I have a wealth of resources and mentors to aid me in my goal.

As trade practitioners, we have the power to impact the world based on the projects that we work on, the materials that we use, and the standards that we uphold. As a Hinrich community’s representative, I am committed to the foundation's mission to advance sustainable global trade and how trade can be a force for good.

The time for awareness was yesterday. Today is the time for action.

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