Brian A. Wong
Brian A. Wong is currently the Vice President of Global Initiatives, Alibaba Group and a member of Alibaba Academic Council. He is an internet executive with over 20 years of management experience in e-commerce and digital media in Greater China, SE Asia, India, the US and Europe. He presently serves as Vice President of Globalization Initiatives, where his present scope of work focuses on creating capacity building programs for governments and entrepreneurs to demonstrate how e-commerce can promote inclusive development in emerging markets. During his fifteen year tenure with the firm, Brian served as the Special Assistant to the Chairman for international affairs, the Executive Director of the Alibaba Global Leadership Academy (AGLA), led the company’s global sales, marketing, and business development operations, and spearheaded Alibaba.com’s international expansion. Brian originally joined the company as its 52nd employee.
In previous roles, Brian has held executive positions at the McGraw-Hill Companies and served as Special Assistant to Mayor Willie L. Brown of San Francisco. He is also Founder and Chairman of the digital media platform RADII (www.radiichina.com), an initiative dedicated to bridging understanding between China and the world. Brian has been an advisor to various governments on e-commerce strategies and has been featured as a speaker at international conferences e.g. World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos, the B20, the ASEAN World Economic Forum, the UNCTAD E-commerce Week, was an advisor on CNBC’s TV series “Pop-up Start-up” and a technical consultant for the HBO television series “Silicon Valley”.
Brian is a graduate of Swarthmore College, the Johns Hopkins (SAIS)-Nanjing Center, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Swarthmore College Council on Presidential Initiatives, a former member of the Wharton School Alumni Board, and a director of the 1990 Institute. Brian was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a China Fellow with the Aspen Institute.