Writing a new chapter in India

Hoping to further extend the NUS Business School alumni network globally, the Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) recently organised a series of events to engage our alumni who are based in India. The events kicked off with the launch of the Bangalore Alumni Chapter, our first alumni chapter in India, on 24 February 2016. This was then followed by two concurrent dinner gatherings in Hyderabad and Kolkata on 26 February 2016.

Bangalore
February 24, 2016
The Oberoi Bengaluru
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The Bangalore Alumni Chapter Installation Dinner, held at the prestigious Oberoi Bengaluru Hotel, kicked off with a welcome address by Dr Prem Shamdasani, Associate Professor of Marketing and Academic Director of UCLA-NUS Executive MBA and APEX MBA (English) Programmes.

Professor Shamdasani acknowledged the commitment and contribution of the alumni in Bangalore towards raising NUS Business School’s branding and image in India. He also congratulated them for building a cohesive alumni community and working together to successfully launch the first alumni chapter in India. Since 2011, the closely bonded Bangalore alumni community has actively supported NUS Business School bIMG_4269y attending and participating in MBA and EMBA programme information sessions, answering student candidates’ queries and organising large-scale alumni gatherings throughout the year. These included a senior alumni panel on leadership in India in 2011, as well as alumni forums that featured well-known industry leaders as guest speakers, such as Mr Vikram Kirloskar (Chairman and Managing Director of Kirloskar Systems Limited, and Vice Chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd), Mr Aroon Raman (Managing Director, Telos Investments & Technologies and former Managing Director of Raman FibreScience Private Limited) and Mr T V Mohandas Pai(Chairman of Manipal Global Education and former CFO and Head of HR, Infosys Ltd).

25166354550_6c10607cdb_kIMG_4334To celebrate this milestone for the Bangalore alumni community, the chapter committee invited Mr K Ganesh, a successful serial entrepreneur with four successful green field ventures and exits that include GrowthStory.in and Portea Medical, as guest speaker for the evening. His views on “The Entrepreneurial Landscape and Investment Opportunities in India” captivated the audience, which was made up of alumni, UCLA-NUS EMBA participants and corporate guests. The topic wa
s timely and relevant in the current climate of strong interest in entrepreneurship throughout India, which recently saw a significantly large increase in the number of start-ups, as well as those successfully raising significant investments, especially in Bangalore. Mr. Ganesh delved on addressing the needs of the next 200 million in Tier 3, 4 & 5 cities in India, since the maximum impact of internet and tech-savvy start-ups was felt only in the major metros, with additional usage of voice-based & vernacular chat medium.  He also spoke about his investments across the sector spectrum, comprising of unique businesses catering to all major untapped needs – food, clothing, shelter & beyond – across one’s life cycle, and stressed on the creation and deployment of a robust strong technological interface and back-end for a start-up to differentiate itself and stand out amongst all its crowded peers

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The inaugural committee for our Bangalore Alumni Chapter is led by Rahul Tadimalla (MBA 2007), who has been instrumental in being the liaison between the school and the alumni community in the city as well as raising the profile of NUS Business School by bringing in famous speakers for events. The committee comprises of:

President Rahul Tadimalla (MBA 2007)
Vice President Keerthi Aruvela (MBA 2008)
Secretary Namrata Arora (MBA 2012)
Outreach & Logistics Ankita Agarwal (MBA S3A 2015) and
Prabha Vallabhi (MBA 2015)
Marketing & Branding Pragnya Kashinath (MBA S3A 2010),
Rishabh Mehrotra (MBA S3A 2014) and
Sanjay Rao (MBA 2008)
Honorary Advisors Sudheendra Kumar (UCLA-NUS EMBA 2012),
Ramesh KV (APEX-E EMBA 2003),
Sanjay Singh (UCLA-NUS EMBA 2013), and
K Vijaya Kumar (APEX-E EMBA 2012)

The Bangalore Alumni Chapter was officially installed with the handover of the Chapter Plaque by representatives of the school, Prof Shamdasani, Ms Joan Tay (Executive Director, Dean’s Office) and Ms Ng Pheck Choo (Director, Global Alumni Network Office) to Chapter President, Mr Rahul Tadimalla. Each committee member also received a personally engraved pen as a token of appreciation.

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Proudly holding the Chapter Plaque, Rahul Rahul announced, “one of our responsibilities is to be the advocate of NUS Business School in India, and the link between the GANO and India-based alumni.”  Rahul further noted the chapter committee’s focus on strengthening the brand equity of NUS at large, and not only of the Business School. He wants to further build a platform to foster social and professional networking among the alumni of the Business School & those of various other faculties residing in India, as well as between India alumni and those resident in other geographies. “I’m ecstatic that Bangalore has been chosen as the first city to launch an official India Alumni Chapter”, he exclaimed! Not surprisingly, Bangalore has the highest concentration of NUS Alumni in India.

The Vice-President of the Bangalore Alumni Chapter Committee is Mrs. Keerthi Aruvela (MBA 2008), who, despite her unavoidable absence from the event, has been a backbone of the committee in organizing and supporting the network’s various initiatives. She has been regularly involved during the last few years, and even before she relocated to Bangalore. The Committee would also like to place on record its appreciation for the contribution of Mr. Vamsi Reddy (MBA 2008), who was an active participant in organizing networking events for the Bangalore Alumni Network, and bringing all the alumni together. He recently moved to Jakarta, just before the chapter installation event.

Get to know the Bangalore Alumni Chapter Committee and reach out to them if you would like to be involved in alumni activities in the city. “We welcome all National University of Singapore alumni including those from other faculties to join us!” exclaimed Rahul.

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Hyderabad & Kolkata
February 26, 2016
Fusion 9 at HITECH City (Hyderabad)
Chinoiserie, Taj Bengal Hotel (Kolkata)

The smaller alumni communities in these two cities were pleased that they were not forgotten. Before returning to Singapore, school representatives from GANO and the Dean’s Office took the opportunity to stop over in Hyderabad to host an informal dinner gathering. Popular rooftop restaurant Fusion 9, which is located in HITECH City, one of India’s leading hubs, provided the perfect setting for the alumni gathering.

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Thanks were due to Hyderabad Alumni Representative Ankur Gautam (MBA 2013), who provided GANO with the ground support needed for the dinner arrangements. The last gathering held in the city was in 2013, and the alumni had since kept in contact via a WhatsApp group created by Ankur.

For Sandeep Sista (MBA S3A 2012) and Gaurav Kundarap (MBA 2011), it was an eye-opener as they had moved to the city recently and were not aware of the close-knit alumni community there.

Rahul Tadimalla, President of the newly installed Bangalore Alumni Chapter, and who was flying into the city for a relative’s wedding, seized the opportunity to join the dinner and get to know the alumni there. He also shared with them the upcoming plans that his committee was working on for community engagement in Bangalore. He was pleased to be reconnected with Sanjay Singh (MBA 2003), who was a member of the senior alumni panel for an alumni event held in Bangalore in 2011.

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Meanwhile in Kolkata on the same evening, Professor Ravi Jain played host to our alumni at Chinoiserie in the Taj Bengal Hotel with the support of Alumni Representative for Kolkata, Ankita Singhania (MBA 2010). The dinner marks the first time the Kolkata alumni have come together.

Sandip Saha (MBA 2002) appreciated the event as it helped connect the city’s small but growing local alumni community. “It was an enjoyable evening. New friends… nostalgic stories… positive vibes. Thanks to NUS Business School for such an initiative,” he said.

Fellow Kolkata alumni Malay Desai (MBA 2007) echoed Sandip’s sentiments: “It’s a good initiative to start such reunions in Kolkata. I look forward to having more of these reunions in the future.”

Having received such positive feedback for all three events, and with the successful launch of the Bangalore Alumni Chapter, we hope to launch similar chapters in other Indian cities and to continue reaching out to more than 200 Business School alumni and 2,000 NUS alumni in India.

Recognising the invaluable contributions of our NUS Class Ambassadors

Date: Friday, 18 March 2016
Time: 7 pm
Venue: Shaw Foundation Alumni House Auditorium

Celebrations and commendations were the order of the evening as the NUS Office of Alumni Relations held its annual Class Ambassadors Investiture and Outstanding Class Ambassador Awards on 18 March 2016. The ceremony, which served to officially appoint ambassadors from the graduating class of 2016, was attended by over 100 representatives from the Alumni Advisory Board, faculties, halls, colleges and other alumni groups.

The Class Ambassadors were nominated by the programme and alumni offices of their respective faculties, who had identified them as leaders in student communities and important links to the rest of their classmates. Aside from participating regularly in events organised by NUS, OAR or their respective faculties and halls, Class Ambassadors are also instrumental in building class networks, providing leadership for class reunions, and keeping their classmates connected to one another and to NUS.

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A total of 25 students from a variety of different degree programmes were appointed as Class Ambassadors for NUS Business School’s Class of 2016. Vice Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Chng Chee Kiong, and Associate Professor Victor Savage were also on hand to present the nominated ambassadors with their Certificates of Appointment and Class Ambassadors’ Kits.

For the first time this year, the Outstanding Class Ambassadors Awards were presented to recognise existing Class Ambassadors who had demonstrated strong leadership and contributed significantly to building class connections and strengthening their ties with their alma mater. NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost, Professor Tan Eng Chye, graced the occasion and presented the awards to the deserving recipients.

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Receiving the award as an Outstanding Class Ambassador for NUS Business School was Lee Junxian (BBA 2008/MBA 2014). Over the years, Junxian has supported and sponsored various events and initiatives organised by the Global Alumni Network Office of NUS Business School as well as the NUS Business School Alumni Association. He has served on the association’s board of directors since 2012, and is currently its treasurer. Over the past two years, Junxian was involved in the annual Bizad Charity Run, one of NUS Business School’s biggest flagship events, as part of its organising committee. Most recently, he was also a guest speaker for “Mind My Business”, our entrepreneur networking event, where he shared his success story of working in the food and beverage industry.

Even after graduation, NUS Business School continues to occupy a special place in Junxian’s heart. “It is a great honour and privilege to serve as a Class Ambassador of NUS,” he said, adding that it is important to stay connected to the school. “I have benefitted academically, professionally and personally from my education at my alma mater. There’s no better way for me to stay connected with my peers than through alumni activities.”

For Junxian, the award is a form of encouragement for his efforts, as he continues to volunteer his services as a Director with the NUS Business School Alumni Association. However, the award is not the key motivator, as he explains: “I don’t do this for the sake of the award but because I really want to give back to NUS Business School.”

We hope that Lee Junxian will serve as an inspiration to the other Class Ambassadors and help us create a more vibrant alumni networking scene both locally and abroad.