Nicolette Tong

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Executive Advisor  of The Wave

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Executive Vice President of Business Development – Spatial Concept

Ms Nicolette Tong is an impressive business leader with over 30 years of experience in team management, start-up ecosystem building, design and built environments, digital transformation, and sustainable global expansion. She is an expert in business growth through trend prospects, need-finding, business ideation, strategies implementation, and execution with ambitious KPIs. Nicolette is also a talented community builder who has fostered a spirit of innovation and creativity among members of the Kwun Tong community. 

With her extensive background in the industry. Nicolette has helped numerous companies to expand sustainably and globally. She has an exceptional track record in product and strategic development, having provided direction for The Wave, a certified B corporation that incorporates event spaces, coworking spaces, and serviced offices. During her tenure, she helped over 500 start-ups and SMEs grow sustainably in the last 7 years. As a leader of The STILE Initiative, an investment-backed accelerator program based in Hong Kong, she focused on balancing and integrating business development and investment.

Nicolette has also excelled in team building, bringing together talented individuals to form cohesive and productive teams. She has successfully influenced the Kwun Tong community to become more innovative and entrepreneurial, fostering a supportive and collaborative environment for local businesses to thrive. Additionally, Nicolette has extensive knowledge and experience in digital transformation, which she has leveraged to help companies optimize their operations and drive growth in the digital age. 

Nicolette has served in various mentorship roles and positions as a judge, board member, and keynote speaker for multiple organizations. Her skills and expertise in business growth, team building, design and construction, and digital transformation make her a valuable asset to any company looking to achieve sustainable growth and success.

/ Awards

1984 Gold Awards, International Art Competition, Los Angeles
1980 Best work in “Applied Typography 6” Yearbook, Japan
1981 Gold Award in Mercury Award and Grand Winner of Galaxy Awards, New York
1995 1st Prize in the 1st International Computer Art Biennale in Rzeszów, Poland
1979 The first painter-cum-designer elected as one of the “Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Person”
1981 Urban Council Fine Art Award (Painting Category, Chinese Media)
1984 The only designer to receive the Urban Council Design Grand Award (Best Designer of the Exhibition)
1991 Artist of the Year Award – Designer of the Year
1992 Men of the Nineties
1998 Outstanding Achievements Award, Graphic Arts Association of Hong Kong
1999 The Honor of Bronze Bauhinia Star, HKSAR
2000 Outstanding Artists and Designers of the 20th Century, UK
2004 The World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer
2005 Honorary Doctor of Design in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2005.
2010 The Honor of Silver Bauhinia Star, HKSAR
2016 HKDA Lifetime Honorary Award by Hong Kong Designers Association
2017 Outstanding Chinese – Outstanding Hong Kong People Award
2019 Zhuhai Design Week Outstanding Achievement Award

1984
Gold Awards, International Art Competition, Los Angeles

1980
Best work in “Applied Typography 6” Yearbook, Japan

1981
Gold Award in Mercury Award and Grand Winner of Galaxy Awards, New York

1995
1st Prize in the 1st International Computer Art Biennale in Rzeszów, Poland

1979
The first painter-cum-designer elected as one of the “Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Person”

1981
Urban Council Fine Art Award (Painting Category, Chinese Media)

1984
The only designer to receive the Urban Council Design Grand Award (Best Designer of the Exhibition)

1991
Artist of the Year Award – Designer of the Year

1992
“Men of the Nineties”

1998
Outstanding Achievements Award, Graphic Arts Association of Hong Kong

1999
The Honor of Bronze Bauhinia Star, HKSAR

2000
Outstanding Artists and Designers of the 20th Century, UK

2004
The World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer

2005
Honorary Doctor of Design in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2005.

2010
The Honor of Silver Bauhinia Star, HKSAR

2016
HKDA Lifetime Honorary Award by Hong Kong Designers Association

2017
Outstanding Chinese – Outstanding Hong Kong People Award

2019
Zhuhai Design Week Outstanding Achievement Award