The NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni Association welcomed Kwek Chok Ming (BBA 1978, APEX MBA Chinese 2009) as its new President in July 2014. Having been a member of the association since 2009, Chok Ming’s involvement started to deepen when he was appointed Deputy PR officer two years ago. A keen golfer, he married his passion with his alumni duties by spearheading a series of golf events and activities. Through these outings, he met many alumni members and drew their interest in the association. Now in his capacity as President, he hopes to grow membership numbers further and facilitate a platform for members to network while cultivating greater community spirit.
One of the first tasks that Chok Ming has set himself is to encourage greater participation among the existing alumni. He recognises the unique challenges presented by the association’s diverse membership – younger MBA alumni, senior local entrepreneurial alumni from previous short business courses and EMBA alumni who are mainly based overseas. To foster common ground and create unity, Chok Ming proposes tightening focus on educational and sports events. These need not be limited to solely business networking purposes but could expand to continuing education and sharing life lessons. Based on past experience, Chok Ming believes that such knowledge-based seminars are key to ramping up participation rates. To involvement overseas alumni, he hopes to connect with overseas chapters with GANO’s support and build a network for them. Overseas chapter activities too could run on a broader spectrum of events.
Also on Chok Ming’s agenda is increasing alumni membership by inviting non-Business School alumni to join as associate members. Any NUS alumni can become a member, with the understanding that all communication will be in Mandarin, and enjoy learning and building connections within a Mandarin-speaking network.
Chok Ming is also keen to focus on entrepreneurship by providing a platform for entrepreneurs to connect with local enterprises and tap on their knowledge and expertise.
“I would like to thank all the past Presidents and advisors who have kept the NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni Association running over the last 22 years, as well as extend my appreciation to GANO for providing support and being the backbone of the organisation,” concluded Chok Ming. “Last but definitely not least, a great big thank you to the NUS Business School for giving me this opportunity.”