Published on: Apr 12, 2019
Doby Wong is the Head of Trust Services of the Alpadis Group Hong Kong office. Doby provides trust services, from trust planning and due diligence process, all the way to the set-up and management of trust structures. Read about Doby’s work at Alpadis Group, self-sufficiency and 3D Printing:
1. In a short paragraph, please describe what you do at Alpadis Group.
I work in Alpadis Group in Hong Kong, and as a trust company our work is to provide trust services to clients. This involves the setting up of the trust; providing administration and management of the trust as well as its underlying assets, providing wealth planning advice, etc.
As a trustee, we need to provide our high-quality services to our wealthy clients. Especially after the launch of Trust or Company Service Provider licensing regime as well as the start of Common Reporting Standards in Hong Kong last year as stricter compliance procedures and rules are needed to be complied with which in turns increases the workload significantly.
2. Briefly describe a typical working day.
Every day is a busy day. We are often called on to provide advice and guidance for our clients and partners including banks, lawyers and even government authorities. There are plenty of meetings and face-time with colleagues and clients.
3. What is your favourite thing about your career?
I like the fact that we are part of a fast-growing group that has the capability of providing very high-level services to clients. we have a very talented team full of knowledge and experience and it is great to see this result in real benefits for clients.
4. Do you have any productivity tips at work?
Time management is critically important especially during busier periods. I recommend identifying your priorities, setting deadlines and respecting those deadlines!
5. What is the best piece of advice you've received?
Be self-sufficient, learn to rely on yourself
6. If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
Invisible so that I can do whatever, and go wherever, I like!
7. Who was your favourite teacher? Why?
I can’t think of any favourite or non-favourite teachers, I guess they all made a different impact but not in a noticeable way.
8. What would you do if you were invisible for a day?
I would go and take in some of the best attractions in Hong Kong, eat at some amazing restaurants and sit in a café and people watch.
The most attractive thing is not “what can I do” but “there is nothing I need to do” as no one can find me!
9. Give us three reasons to be optimistic about the future.
Being in good health, having some good friends and strong family ties
10. If you could time travel, where would you go?
I would go back to my secondary school as most of my best friends are from those days!
11. If you could share a meal with any 3 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
Hhhmmm, there are so many options. I’m confronted with the paradox of choice here…
12. What do you think is the greatest invention of all time?
I think that 3D Printing is a technology that has great promise, and has already helped a lot in medical technology
13. Would you rather win an Olympic medal, an Academy Award or the Nobel Peace prize?
I would not want to win any of them. I think the global attention these awards bring would be far too disruptive to me and my family
14. Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest?
My hearing is not bad, but my sight is not good, so if you find me in street but I don’t say hello to you, sorry in advance!
15. What's the most courageous/daring thing you've ever done?
I think we are all courageous everyday even if we don’t realise it through small acts such as apologizing, it takes courage to admit you are wrong, taking responsibility for our work and life or just being ourselves