Date: 12 November 2010
Venue: Raffles City Convention Centre, Padang Ballroom
In front of 250 guests comprising Guest of Honor Mr S Dhanabalan, Chairman of Temasek Holdings & NUS Business School Management Advisory Board; Mr Peter Seah (BBA HONS 1968), Chairman of DBS Group Holdings & DBS Bank and the Awards Committee; Prof Bernard Yeung Dean of NUS BUS Business School, alumni and friends – seven individuals were honored for their achievements and contributions at the NUS Business School Eminent Alumni Awards 2010 on November 12.
In the senior alumni category, the winners were Chew Hua Seng (BBA 1979), founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of private education giant Raffles Education Corporation; Chua Sock Koong (BACC HONS 1979), Group CEO of SingTel and Lam Kwong Yu (APEX-C MBA 2004), founder, Chairman and CEO of listed Starlite Holdings. In the junior category, the winners were Huynh Quang Hai (MSC (MOT) 2000, GDBA 1999), Executive Director of VSIP Group and CEO of the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park North, and Laurence Lien (MBA 2000), CEO of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre. There were also two winners for the Alumni Service Awards: Robin Ng (EXEC PROGRAM 1981), the founding president of the Mandarin Alumni, and Paul Yap (BBA 1973, MBA 1985), the long-time president of MBA Alumni – NUS.
At the event, Prof Yeung congratulated the seven winners and described the alumni as assets to the school, its link between the past and the future.
He also took the opportunity to look at how far the school has come in the last 45 years. The school started as an academic department within the Faculty of Arts and Social Science in 1965, he noted. “Today, it is ‘one of the best universities in the world and the topmost business school in Asia,’ according to the Princeton Review. The Financial Times has put us in the top 30 list of Executive MBA programs around the world. Our regular MBA program is also well-ranked by both the Financial Times and the Economist.”
All the winners made gracious speeches thanking former professors and also people close to them. In addition, Laurence Lien, who heads the non-profit NVPC, used the occasion to do a bit of headhunting. “I feel very lonely in the non-profit sector,” he quipped. “Do come and join me in the challenge.
“Don’t just do some good; do a lot of good.”
The dinner was a formal occasion, with the guests dressed to the nines, and with entertainment provided by the NUS Wind Symphony. However, it was clear that the evening was an enjoyable one. As the evening went on, the general hubbub rose as people circulated around the room.
Said Wong Soon Hwa (BBA 1980) Vice President & General Manager, Asia & Japan, Hertz International (China): “Events like this bring people together. Here, you are meeting and reconnecting with people you know and making new contacts. It’s great networking for alumni.”
Ho Nai Chuen (BAcc 1980), Managing Director of On Cheong Jewellery added that such events could also help the school. “Maybe one day, they will contribute back to the University,” he said.
For Leng Chin Fai (BAcc 1985; MBA-C 1998), Director of Fei Yue Community Services, the highlight of the evening was the video of the achievements of the winners. “I enjoyed the presentations. It lets others know what they have contributed, especially the service award winners. They’ve done a good job.”
Perhaps the best evidence of that it was a successful night came from Seraphine Sim (BAcc 1984), CEO of Secret Recipe, “This is the first time I’m attending an alumni event and I’m enjoying myself tremendously,” she said. “I have to confess I was planning to leave early but I was having such a good time that I decided to stay on!”
NUS Business School Eminent Business Alumni Award Winners
Senior Alumni Category – Video »
- Chew Hua Seng (BBA 1979)
- Chua Sock Koong (BACC HONS 1979)
- Lam Kwong Yu (APEX-C MBA 2004)
Young Alumni Category – Video »
- Huynh Quang Hai (MSC (MOT) 2000, GDBA 1999)
- Laurence Lien (MBA 2000)
Alumni Service Category – Video »
- Robin Ng (EXEC Program 1981)
- Paul Yap (BBA 1973, MBA 1985)