Born and raised in Malaysia’s food heaven and UNESCO’s World Heritage Penang, Thomson Ch’ng is an award-winning multicultural community leader and a former international student.
Since arriving in Australia in 2009 , Thomson has served for various national and local not-for-profit organisations, including as an advisory committee member to the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia (FECCA), NSW Convenor of the Asian Australian Alliance, Vice-President of the Jakarta-based ASEAN Youth Organization (AYO) and a founding delegate and National President of the Council of International Students Australia Inc. (CISA).
Thomson has won various national and international awards for his contribution to multicultural Australia. He was awarded the Distinguished Young Alumni Award by the Australian High Commission in Malaysia and the Malaysian Australian Alumni Council in 2019, and the prestigious International Alumni of the Year by PIEoneer Award 2020.
In March 2021, Thomson’s story was featured by the Australian National Maritime Museum as part of the “A Mile In My Shoes” Migration Story Project launched in partnership with the Empathy Museum UK. In May 2022, Thomson was honoured on the Australian National Monument to Migration for his contribution to Australia.
Thomson is passionate about creating a home away from home for the Australian Malaysian Singaporean community.