NUS Business School Eminent Business Alumni Award 2008


An achiever. A leader in his or her field. A valued supporter of the NUS Business School and the University.

These were but some of the qualities that the Award Selection Committee of the NUS Business School Eminent Business Alumni Award 2008 looked for in the award recipients.

The NUS Business School Eminent Business Alumni Award was created to award prominent graduates of the School or its predecessor institutions who have attained a high and recognized level of achievement in the field of business and management competence in both the public and private sectors.

First held in 2003, this illustrious award, which returned in 2008, was conferred to esteemed graduates of the school in recognition and acknowledgement of their contributions to both the School and in their respective business fields.

“We have more than 27,000 business graduates present across all industries and regions, occupying various levels of leadership and influence,” said Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean of NUS Business School. “Our alumni have excelled in their own chosen fields and continued to be a valued supporter of our school. We are very proud of them and the awards is a way we pay tribute to them.”

Tough Choice

For the 2008 Awards, a total of 29 nominations were received over a one-month period by faculty, alumni and staff of the school who believed the nominees deserved special recognition for their outstanding contributions.

Nine of the nominations were for the senior category for alumni aged 40 and above, and 12 for the junior category for alumni below the age of 40, with some nominees receiving multiple nominations.

“This year’s nominees came from a wide range of fields and industries,” said Mr Peter Seah (BBA Hons 1968), Chairman of Sembcorp Industries, ST Engineering and Singapore Computer Systems who chaired the eight-member Award Selection Committee. “They were all outstanding nominations – which made our job very difficult!”

The other members of the Award Selection Committee included Professor Kulwant Singh (BBA Hons 1982, MBA 1989), Interim Dean of NUS Business School, who held the position of Vice Chairman; Mr Peter Tay (BBA Hons 1975, MBA 1987); Mr Benny Lee (BBA 1976); Mr Malcolm Koh (MBA 2007); Dr William Chung (Executive Education); Mr Wong Ah Long (MBA 1972) and Mr Aw Beng Teck, Director of the Global Alumni Network Office (GANO).

“A key factor in the success of our school is the quality of our alumni, many of whom are very impressive,” said Prof Singh, who also believed that the awards was a great way to give recognition to alumni who made contributions to their field and school.

“As the Chairman of the Award Selection Committee, it is my privilege and honor to lead the committee in assessing all the submissions, many of whom come with outstanding credentials and accomplishments,” shared Mr Seah. “It is a humbling experience to be in a position to evaluate candidates of such high caliber. It also gives me much pride as all of these highly successful nominees are from my alma mater.”


The Award Recipients

On 22 July 2008, the Eminent Business Alumni Awards were presented to four alumni for their contributions in their respective field or industry, as well as for their contributions to their alma mater. The winners were:

Senior Alumni Category
Ms Veronica Eng (BBA Hons 1976)
Partner of Permira Advisers Limited, United Kingdom

Mr Ng Ser Miang (BBA Hons 1971)
Chairman of NTUC Fairprice Co-operative Limited
Executive Board Member of International Olympic Committee
Singapore Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary and The Kingdom of Norway

Young Alumni Category

Mr Adam Khoo Yean Ann (BBA Hons 1999)
Executive Chairman of Adam Khoo Learning Technologies Group Pte Ltd

Mr Howie Lau How Sin (BBA Hons 1993)
Executive Director of Lenovo (Singapore) Ptd Ltd

In addition, the school also presented Special Service Awards to two alumni for their contributions to the School and the NUS community. The recipients were:

Special Service Award
Mr Peter Y B Tay (BBA Hons 1975, MBA 1987)
Managing Director, TPS Corporate Services Pte Ltd

Mr Yeo Keng Joon (BBA Hons 1985)
Managing Partner, Global Biotech Singapore


NUS Business School congratulates all recipients of the awards.

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