VF: VINCENT FONG
MF: MICHAEL FRIEDBERG, IWC FORUM EDITOR
MF: Vincent, thanks for joining us. It’s always interesting to learn about collectors worldwide.
VF: Thanks. I was born and raised in a small, quiet town in Malaysia. My family, carpenters and builders, taught me the importance of good craftsmanship. My mom, a retired nurse, instilled in me responsibilities towards the environment and the community. They very much influenced my choice of profession.
MF: I understand that profession is urban planning.
VF: I graduated from architecture school in 2003, and completed my training in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. My office then landed a project in the United Arab Emirates about 12 years ago, and I’ve been here ever since.
I’m now an Urban Designer for the city of Abu Dhabi. It’s an honor and a privilege to be given the opportunity to be part of the city's future and the opportunity to learn from multidisciplinary teams from the entire world.
Of course, all this would not have been possible if not for my supportive wife, Virginia Lim. Her brilliance is playing a pivotal role in the education sector here in the UAE. Oh, and Virginia has her own set of IWC collection too – we are an IWC collecting family!