After a distinguished career in international banking and hospitality investing, Albert Ip, BSAMCS ’73, is devoting his time and talent to helping burnish Washington University’s brand in Hong Kong so more students there apply and benefit as he has.
Now, with multiple appointments at universities in Hong Kong, the former WashU trustee (2017–21) has established collaborations between WashU and top universities in Hong Kong and Macau, trying to expose more students to WashU and thus raise its profile.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong and University of Macau, for example, offer dual MS degrees with Olin Business School. At Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, its engineering school signed a collaboration agreement with McKelvey School of Engineering in 2020. And Ip also connected the University of Hong Kong’s top-flight medical school with WashU.
Ip’s journey to WashU was chronicled in Washington Magazine in 2017 in the story, “Giving back for a better future.”
Ip’s highly successful career includes multiple roles at Citigroup, including managing director and corporate banking and transaction banking head; at Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) as managing director of investments; and at Langham Hospitality Investments as CEO. He has served on the boards of 11 listed companies in Hong Kong, and he still serves on five, including New World Development, Power Assets, and Hutchison Telecom HK.