Brian A. Wong

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Brian A. Wong
Born Palo Alto, California
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Swarthmore College, Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) –Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies; The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Internet executive, Entrepreneur, & Angel investor
Known for Vice president of the Alibaba Group, Founder and Chairman of RADII Media

Brian A. Wong (born May 15, 1974) is an American internet executive, entrepreneur and angel investor currently serving as vice president of Global Initiatives at Alibaba Group and a member of the Alibaba Academic Committee.[1] He is also the Founder and Chairman of RADII Media.[2]

Early life and Education

Wong was born and raised in Palo Alto, California. He did his high school at Palo Alto High School. He earned a BA degree in Pre-Medical studies and English literature from Swarthmore College.[3] He also holds an MA Certificate in International Relations from Johns Hopkins (SAIS)-Nanjing U Center and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.[4]


After graduating from the university, Wong worked as Special Assistant to San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr.[5] He later joined Alibaba Group, the renowned global Chinese e-commerce company after meeting Jack Ma and Joe Tsai in San Francisco in 1999.[6][7] He joined the company as the first American and as its 52nd employee.[8]

Wong is currently the vice president of Alibaba Group.[9][10][11][12] He was responsible for executive leadership development as Executive Director of Alibaba Global Leadership Academy (AGLA).[13][14] He served as the special assistant to the Executive Chairman for international affairs.[15] He spearheaded’s international expansion.[16][17]

Wong has been an advisor to various governments on their digital transformation strategies and has been featured as a speaker at international conferences.[18][19][20][21]

Wong is the founder and Chairman of RADII, a digital media platform.[22][23][24] He is also the co-founder of Operation Masks, a non-profit created by a group of entrepreneurs who want to contribute to the fight against COVID-19.[25][26]

Wong served as a member of the Wharton School Alumni Executive Board[27] and presently serves on Swarthmore College's Council on Presidential Initiatives.[28] He is frequent speaker and lecturer on the benefits of the role of the digital economy in promoting more inclusive development for all.[29]


Wong was selected as a Young Global Leader in 2015 by the World Economic Forum.[5] He was also selected as a member of the Aspen Institute’s 4th class of China Fellows and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.[30]

Wong is also a member of the Committee 100, a distinguished group of Chinese-Americans.[31][32]

See also


  1. David Thomas,"Alibaba tests water with e-commerce initiatives". 12 November 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  2. "Can China Balance Consumerism With Sustainability?". 12 November 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  3. Jeffrey Lott,"Alumni Worldwide". Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  4. "Brian Wong WG'03 Vice President Alibaba". Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Brian A. Wong Vice-President, Global Initiatives, Alibaba Group". Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  6. Jesus Alcocer,"The Man Behind Alibaba’s Leadership Initiative". 10 April 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  7. "Alibaba Partners With World Economic Forum To Launch Davos Friends of Africa Growth Platform for African Entrepreneurs". 25 January 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  8. "Digitally China: The Inside View of China’s Development from 8 to 800 Million Internet Users". Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  9. Tom Brennan"China Offers Clues To Africa’S Prospects For Digital Growth". 6 September 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  10. Matthew Michaels,Harrison Jacobs,"The two biggest things Silicon Valley misunderstands about China, according to a top Alibaba exec". 23 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  11. Josh Horwitz,"On the Alibaba campus, ambition and humility are both on display". 9 December 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  12. "Jack Ma relies on Chinese philosophies for Alibaba's success". 31 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  13. Rachel Feintzeig,"For New Hires at Alibaba, a Crash Course in Chinese Business". 10 January 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  14. "From Hangzhou to Rwanda: what Jack Ma is bringing to Africa’s digital transformation". 3 September 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  15. Russell Flannery,"Alibaba Expands Its Influence In Asia With An Offline Touch". 18 April 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  16. "How Jack Ma sees a thriving future of entrepreneurship in Africa". 2 March 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  17. "Davos 2020: Brian Wong On Turning Challenges Into Opportunities". Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  18. "B20 Türkiye Konferansı". Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  19. "Brian A. Wong". Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  20. "Enabling E-commerce: Opening the Door for SMEs". Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  21. "Brian Wong: Advisor". Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  22. "The website Radii wants us to focus on a China of innovation, lifestyle and transformative technology". Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  23. "Changing Perceptions; Bridging Nations". 24 July 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  24. "2015年“全球青年领袖”名单公布". Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  25. Mara Hvistendahl,"The tech industry turns to mask diplomacy". 27 April 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  26. "Turn Crisis Into Opportunity: New Digital Handbook For Entrepreneurs During Covid-19". Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  27. "Brian Wong: Advisor". 7 December 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  28. "Brian A. Wong". Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  29. "Sunway iLabs partners players in digital ecosystem". 23 April 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  30. "Brian A. Wong Vice President, Alibaba Group". Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  31. "Brian Wong Vice President, Global Initiatives Alibaba Group". Retrieved 21 May 2020. 
  32. "和马云、蔡崇信喝了杯茶后,他成为阿里第一个美籍员工". Retrieved 21 May 2020. 

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