WONG Brian

Dr. Wong Brian

  • Founder, Oxford Political Review
  • Rhodes Scholar (DPhil in Politics, Balliol)
  • Head of Speaker Strategy, Polemix
  • TIME, Nikkei, Diplomat, FT (CN) Contributor
  • Ex-Debate Coach, Yale+Oxford
  • Geopolitics Strategist

Brian is a geopolitical strategist and advisor publishing extensively on Sino-American relations, statecraft in Asia, and the intersection of nascent technologies, political philosophy, and public policy. A Hong Kong Rhodes Scholar (2020) and third-year DPhil in Politics at Balliol College, Oxford, they graduated with a Distinction in the MPhil in Politics at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, and First Class Honours (9th out of 240+ in the 2018 cohort) from Pembroke College, University of Oxford with an MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, having attended Oxford on a full scholarship on a Kwok Scholarship. Brian has taught modules in politics to undergraduate students at Oxford and Stanford Universities (latter on exchange). Brian has spoken at Carnegie-Tsinghua, Stanford, and Tufts, and advised leading MNCs on macro risks in Asia.

As a columnist for the Hong Kong Economic Journal and the Editor-at-Large for ThriveGlobal, they write regularly for publications such as TIME, Foreign Policy, Aeon, Financial Times, Diplomat, Fortune, SCMP, Nikkei, Japan Times, SupChina, E-IR, Institute of Art and Ideas, USCN Perception Monitor, Neican, The Hindu, having also presented and written on issues of public philosophy for the Journal of Practical Ethics, the American Philosophical Association, and the Royal Institute of Philosophy. Brian’s comments have been featured on The Atlantic and POLITICO. They also serve as the Strategy Head for Polemix, a Web 3.0 start-up.

They are also the Founding Fellow of Governance Partners Yangon, a capacity-building oriented policy group and NGO based in Myanmar and Hong Kong, and the former Founding Secretary of Citizen Action Design Ltd., a youth-centric think-tank based in Hong Kong, alongside co-founding Project Change, an initiative designed to support youth with mental health issues in the city. Brian is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Political Review, a publication aspiring to bridge the theory and practice gap.

Brian sits on the Board of Trustees for OxStu and served on the Standing Committee of the Oxford Union. They have been a part of the core leadership teams for the North American and European Universities Debating Championships. As a competitive debater who has represented Oxford, they are the current Debating Coach of Eton College and the first ever Hong Kong-born Chinese to have advanced to the open semifinals of the World Universities Debating Championships (2020). Brian serves as the Chief Tutor to the Apollo Fellowship, an Effective Altruism-based debate scholarship for high-impact youth.