Hong is a Chartered Chemical Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist and Professional Process Safety Engineer. He is also a Project Management Professional credential holder.


Hong Wai Onn is a chemical engineer by training and profession. He is a passionate advocate who believes in harnessing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to advance development of the palm oil processing industry by ensuring greater participation by young people, especially chemical engineers.

Hong was born in Ipoh, Malaysia, and grew up in a small family. He attended Universiti Malaysia Sabah, where he studied chemical engineering. He started his career in palm oil industry with Genting Plantations and this exploration eventually formed the basis of his first book – a short memoir called A Chemical Engineer In The Palm Oil Milling Industry.

Hong has close to 15 years of operational experience in palm oil and biotechnology industries covering a very wide spectrum of responsibilities including production, engineering, project management, applied research, process safety and leadership roles.

Hong was the former Honorary Secretary of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) in Malaysia Board. He is also a founding member of IChemE Palm Oil Processing Special Interest Group.

Hong is an award-winning author and public speaker at seminars, conferences and panel discussions. He sits on the Industry Advisory Panel for Chemical Engineering at few public and private universities.