ROLAND WU (P'93)

2019 Leavers' Celebration Ceremony, Guest Speaker, Roland Wu (P'93) from Geelong Grammar School on Vimeo.

Roland began at Geelong Grammar School in Barwon House in 1989, went on to Timbertop and was in Perry House in Senior School, graduating in 1993. He was a School Prefect, a House Prefect and a member of the Overseas Students’ Committee. In 1994, he returned to Timbertop as an Assistant before studying at Sydney University and working for KPMG in Hong Kong. In 2002, Roland joined his mother’s textile company and is involved mainly in textile trading, helping customers (including international fashion brands like Polo Ralph Lauren) sourcing material for clothing production. He also established the Cocoa Lab social enterprise, which operates a café in Kowloon that provides above minimum wage on-the-job training to blind people and assists them find permanent employment as coffee baristas and pastry chefs. More recently, Roland started a social inclusiveness and empathy education programme for secondary students in Hong Kong called Baking in the Dark.

Roland works mainly in Hong Kong and China and has been the President of the Old Geelong Grammarians Hong Kong Branch since 2004. In that role Roland helps to build strong connections between Old Geelong Grammarians and the current Geelong Grammar School community in Hong Kong. Since 2012, this has extended to his involvement in the Lee Hysan Foundation, which provides an annual scholarship for a student from Hong Kong to join GGS from Year 8. Roland is a member of the scholarship selection panel, chaperones families on their pre-enrolment trip to Australia and acts as a mentor throughout each student’s five-year journey at the School.