Wong Kit-loong, former CEO of Hong Kong Housing Association, dies aged 69

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13th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) Wong Kit-loong, the former Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Hong Kong Housing Association (HKHA), has passed away at the age of 69. His family has expressed a desire for a low-key funeral, reflecting their wish for privacy during this mournful time.

Joining the HKHA in 1994, Wong initially took charge of property management before rising to the role of CEO in 2009, a position he held with distinction until his retirement in March 2020. During his tenure, Wong was pivotal in several key projects, including land development research and the redevelopment of old buildings, which have left a lasting imprint on the housing landscape in Hong Kong.

Wong’s leadership extended beyond the confines of his immediate professional duties. He was a respected figure in various professional bodies related to housing and property management. His affiliations included the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Hong Kong Institute of Housing, the Chartered Institute of Housing, and he was a Registered Professional Housing Manager. His stewardship was also felt in academia, where he supported apprenticeship training, significantly impacting the vocational training landscape in Hong Kong.

Wong’s contribution to public service was extensive. He served on various government boards and committees, including the Hong Kong Association of Property Management Companies and the Urban Renewal Authority’s Land, Rehousing and Compensation Committee. His expertise was also sought in educational circles. He was a member of the Property Management – Industry Training Advisory Committee of the Education Bureau and played a crucial role in the Steering Committee on the Qualifications Framework Fund.

Under his chairmanship at the Committee on Apprenticeship and Trade Testing, there was notable growth in the number of registered apprentices, with the Hong Kong Housing Society becoming a major partner of the Vocational Training Council in apprentice employment. Wong was a champion of the VTC Earn and Learn Scheme, which redefined apprenticeship training in the region. His advisory roles spanned several tertiary institutions, including HKU SPACE, SCOPE at City University of Hong Kong, The Open University of Hong Kong, and CUSCS of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Reflecting on Wong’s immense contributions, the chairman of the HKHA, Chan Ka-lok, stated, “Wong Kit-loong dedicated his career to the development of the housing sector and the broader industry. His leadership and vision have been instrumental in shaping our strategies and initiatives. He will be deeply missed.”

Wong’s death marks the end of an era for the Hong Kong housing sector, where his efforts have improved the quality of life for many and guided the future direction of housing policies and practices. As the community mourns his passing, his legacy in shaping Hong Kong’s housing landscape is indelibly etched in the annals of the city’s development history. His family’s request for privacy in arranging his funeral speaks to the personal humility that characterised a man who was a giant in his professional world but a private individual at heart.