Albert is an experienced engineer, accomplished entrepreneur, innovative educator and a well-respected humanitarian worker. His research interests include robot-assisted search and rescue systems, emergency engineering, appropriate technologies for humanitarian relief, and emergency water and sanitation systems.
Albert was the first Hong Kong engineer to join Medecins Sans Frontiers’ field missions in 2000. He volunteered in South Sudan during the civil war, Uzbekistan during 911, Indonesia during the South Asia Tsunami, Pakistan during the Kashmir earthquake, and Sichuan during the Wenchuan earthquake. Albert has also served as board members and advisors for major international relief organizations, including MSF and Red Cross. Throughout his career, Albert has travelled to over 100 cities in 25 countries.
Albert co-founded INSIGHT Robotics with 2 friends in 2009 and developed world’s most accurate wildfire detection robot to protect valuable natural resources. The Company now has over 50 staff from 12 nationalities based in 5 offices around the globe. IBM named INSIGHT Robotics as Global Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 for its cutting-edge technology and social contributions.
In 2006, he solo-cycled 2000 km alone across the Qinghai-Tibet plateau to raise $200,000 for Medecins Sans Frontiers. Prior to the Sichuan Earthquake, Albert organized the first “Emergency Engineering” course in 2006 with HK Institution of Engineers to prepare young engineers for demanding emergency relief operations work. Some of the participants later contributed to the relief work in Sichuan. “Advanced Emergency Engineering” was organized the following year.
Albert is keen in promoting volunteerism and global citizenship to younger generations. He joined CEDARS in 2009 and shared his extensive NGO network and relief experience to support Service-Learning activities in HKU. To date his team has supported over 18000 students serving more than 92000 people through 600 projects worldwide.
In 2017, Albert joined Lingnan University and developed Hong Kong’s first liberal arts entrepreneurship programme during the first 4 months in his new office. The Programme is now benefiting over 2500 students and community members every year. Albert teaches “Policy and Technology for Rural Sustainability” and “Humanitarian Entrepreneurship for Global Grand Challenges”. His courses, that emphasize team teaching and interdisciplinary learning, aims to stimulate students to apply design and innovation methods for solving social and humanitarian problems. In less than 12 months, Albert established research and teaching partnership with world-class universities - d.school at Stanford, Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, D-Lab at MIT and Lehigh University.