Alumnus hires NUS Business School graduates in India


Of the many things alumnus Mr Sridhar Vaidynath (APEX-MBA 2006) remembers of his MBA days, is the rigorous training he received at the NUS Business School.

“After going through the very challenging course at the NUS Business School, which started each day at 8am and sometimes did not finish before 11pm, I lost weight – but in turn, gained an in-depth understanding of other disciplines such as service marketing and branding.”

Having a distinguished career within the financial markets as an Investment Banker and over 18 years experience, he was one of the founding fathers of Edelweiss Capital Ltd (India’s leading Investment Banking and Brokerage house). Clearly, he had an excellent insight into what makes Indian capital markets tick.

Despite that, he challenged himself further and broadened his reach by joining an internationally active bank, adding his experience (in private equity and managing IPO’s) to an already highly successful bank – Standard Chartered, India’s largest foreign bank.

Explaining his decision, Mr Vaidynath states, “Learning from my course mates’ previous experiences and teaming up with them to jointly analyze companies from a variety of backgrounds gave me the confidence and additional knowledge to expand my reach to globally active financial players.”

In line with this experience, he now also recruits other graduates from the NUS Business School. “I feel I need to add as many diverse perspectives to my team as possible,” he explains. “Having to analyze and prepare my clients to go public, and also to assess their chances of making their name in a global market it is vital that my team has international experiences, and education which back their analysis.”

Mr Vaidynath recently recruited alumnus Mr Nilesh Borana (MBA 2007) as Manager of his company. Mr Borana came to know about the opportunity at Standard Chartered – STCI Capital Markets Limited through the NUS MBA Career Service Office.

Echoing the usefulness of his MBA education in his current capacity, Mr Borana shares that the MBA has shaped him to take on the challenges that lie ahead. “I had the opportunity to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and travel to a few places around the world. This I believe gave me tremendous exposure and has helped me to develop a global outlook.”



Hong Kong Alumni Chapter Pre-Installation


Venue: Hong Kong

Organizers:Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA)


Since interest in a Hong Kong Alumni Chapter was first mooted, the Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) has grabbed every opportunity to touch base with our alumni based in Hong Kong to gather more ideas. The goal was to eventually realize the wishes of our alumni who are either based in, or have connections with, Hong Kong; to serve their needs – business and social – while they are in the country. Today, the efforts are about to bear fruit.

Florence Leow, Manager at GANO was in Hong Kong early in April 2010. Over four days, she met up with several alumni who have shown interest towards assuming key posts in the Chapter. One-on-one dialogue sessions with each helped towards the finalization of the Chapter’s Executive Committee members as well as the date of Chapter installation.


Members Met

Alumni that GANO met up with were:

  • Kwik Sam Aik (BAcc 1973), Chairman, NUS Business School Hong Kong Alumni Chapter; and Executive Director, Wellfull Capital Ltd
  • Manash Dasgupta (APEX-E MBA 2003), nominated member, NUS Business School Hong Kong Alumni Chapter; and Director of Regional Sales, Treasury and Trade Services, Citi
  • Tan Choon Lang (MBA 2007), Associate, Investment Banking Division, Citigroup
  • Tan Yong Wah (APEX-E MBA 2000), Head (Information Technology) , Corporate Services Department, HK Monetary Authority
  • Chow Yew Hon (BBA 1973), Deputy Chief Executive, United Overseas Bank


More Information

Find out more about the new Hong Kong Alumni Chapter Installation here.

Love Him or Spoil Him” Seminar


Date: 24 November 2010 (Wednesday)

Time: 3:00pm

Venue: Mochtar Riady Building

Organizer: Mandarin Alumni


A seminar on the perennial parenting dilemma to “Love Him or Spoil Him” attracted 44 alumni from our MBA, EMBA, MPAM and Executive Education programs. Dr Anthony Tseng Tsai Pen (曾在本老师) delivered his observations of, and considerations for, parent-child relations to a completely attentive audience. As he interacted with alumni, it was clear that the topic was close to Dr Tseng’s heart. He facilitated an in-depth discussion with the audience, with whom he had a very good rapport. Alumni came away looking forward to more of such a forum in the future.

Also on hand to interact with alumni were Associate Professor Quek Ser Aik, Vice Dean of Graduate Studies, who delivered the opening address; Aw Beng Teck, Director of the Global Alumni Network Office; Angle An, Associate Director of Global Alumni Network (China); Kelly Koh, Alumni Relations Executive at Global Alumni Network Office; and Ms Kwok Feng Gui, Executive with Mandarin Alumni.

Learning Points

Dr Tseng began by acknowledging that our alumni have acquired a variety of knowledge and skills at University, with which they have made admirable achievements in their respective careers. He then pointed out that the busy daily life of studying and working has resulted in the omission of all serious discussions on the topic of parent-child relationship.

Sharing his personal experience, Dr Tseng revealed that he seldom gave guidance to his two daughters on life and death, marriage, vocation, money, work and so on through the years of his teaching career. It was only when he gave his younger daughter “10 lessons of private tuition” that the importance of parent-child relations dawned on him. Only then did he begin to grasp some of the aspects of parent-child relations.

He emphasized that managing and maintaining a good parent-child relation is not an easy task. Rational thought, with long-term on-going effort to cultivate good relations, was necessary. However, with constant conscientiousness towards one’s relationship with one’s child, one could reap fruitful rewards – these would be the real achievement and satisfaction in life.

APEX-C MBA Class of 2011 Hiking in Sanya, Hainan


Date: 25 – 27 February 2011 (Friday – Sunday)
Venue: Sanya, Hainan, China
Organizer: APEX-C MBA Class of 2011


Seventeen alumni from APEX-C MBA Class of 2011 went hiking in the picturesque seaside city of Sanya in Hainan, China. Aimed at preparing participants for the upcoming 6th Gobi Challenge, the group was led by professional trainers.

The night of 25 February 2011, participants from Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai and other cities rounded up at the Bird Nest Hotel, a resort tucked away in a beautiful valley. The following afternoon, the real test began! The trainers guided participants in a warm-up session in preparation for the impending trials, and explained the ground rules. Then, to add some excitement, the participants were divided into two groups, led by different leaders, for a bit of friendly competition. Withstanding the scorching sun, both teams successfully completed the entire journey, thanks to mutual encouragement, strength and perseverance as well as trainers’ assistance. At the hike’s end, the trainers offered a detailed summary and review of the participants’ performance, preparing them for the next hike.

Our alumni enjoyed a party that night that was filled with interesting fun and games, so much so that the day’s exhaustion was banished. Before the revelry, though, they conducted a meeting to discuss training and equipment requirements for the Gobi Challenge, to assign roles and tasks, and to schedule training.

The hike might have been over, but the participants unanimously agreed that such sporting activities should be organized more regularly. Their common sentiment was one of “let’s march towards the Gobi and fight for the glory of NUS and APEX-C MBA Class of 2011″!


Chinese MBA Alumni & Students Networking Session


Date: 30 July 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: Mochtar Riady Building
Organizers: MBA Office and Shanghai Office

French crepes are not what you would expect at an event attended by our Chinese PRC students and alumni, but everyone queued up patiently for a taste of the delectable thin pastry – and enjoyed it thoroughly!

The event, jointly-hosted by the MBA Team and Shanghai Office, engaged our students and alumni who valued the opportunity to network across programs and cohorts, to know each other better.

There was good representation from the batches spanning from 2007 to 2011 from both Full-time and Part-time programs, MBA exchange students, S3 Asia MBA students, the NUS MBA Double Degree with Peking University students – all of whom introduced themselves at the beginning, then enjoyed the afternoon tea and interaction with their fellow comrades from the different provinces in Greater China.

In all, there were 42 participants, including 4 alumni, 31 current students from two cohorts, 7 staff from both offices, and our guests from Fudan University.

Article contributed by Chua Nan Sze & Rose Liu Wei.


NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

Date: 18 September 2015, Friday
Time: 7pm to 10pm
Venue: The Scholar, NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House
Organiser: NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni





NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni celebrated its Mid-Autumn Festival Dinner on 18 September 2015 with 90 guests, including alumni, faculty members and MPAM students, at The Scholar, NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House.

Vice-President of NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni, Mr Sun Xiushun, APEX MBA Chinese 2012, gave a welcome speech and expressed his appreciation for all who had attended. Mr Jing Xiangyang (MBA 2000), Assistant Welfare/Recreational Officer of NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni,  and Ms Weng Jing (MPAM Current) were the emcees for the evening.

It was a fun filled evening with great food and drinks, where everyone interacted over games and karaoke session, filling the venue with great conversation and laughter.  Come the end of the night, it was clear that the merry revellers had a great time judging by their happy faces, especially those who had walked away with attractive prizes from the lucky draws.


Salivating over the Ingredients of a Food Startup

Date: 5 November 2015 (Thursday)
Time: 6.30 – 9.30 pm
Venue: The Penny Black (Level 2) @ Boat Quay

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Food for thought in Mind My Business

F&B photo4 F&B photo3 F&B photo2 F&B photo1Informative, insightful and entertaining – the latest event in the Mind My Business series, ‘Salivating over ingredients for a food start-up’, was all that and more. It featured sharing sessions by three F&B alumni entrepreneurs, Lee Junxian (BBA 2008/MBA 2014), founding partner of Reedz Group of Restaurants; Jacinta Lee (BBA Hons 2011), co-founder of MSJ Gourmet Group; and Fu Yong Hong (BBA 2014), co-founder of GreenDot. A total of 88 alumni and guests turned up, eager to learn more about these young entrepreneurs’ journeys, uncover their motivations for diving into F&B and discover the recipe for success!

Diana Chai Choo (BBA 1997) liked that the event gave her the opportunity to learn from young entrepreneurs. “It takes a lot of hard work to succeed in the F&B industry yet graduates nowadays, like tonight’s speakers, chose to take that brave step and establish F&B start-ups. So it’ll be good to hear their thought processes,” she commented. Canice Teo (MBA 1992) agreed, adding: “Starting your own business is a good way to get experience and have a fulfilling career.”

Spirits were high as alumni and guests mingled over dinner and drinks, catching up with old friends and connecting with new ones. “Such events are a great way for me to update myself on the latest news and trends and widen my network,” said Clement Tan (BAcc 1983). Echoing similar sentiments was Benny Tan (BBA 1975), who was attending the Mind My Business series for the first time, and applauded the School’s efforts to initiate such networking initiatives. Tolmas (BBA 1984) added, “The event’s central venue also makes it convenient for those of us working in the area to pop by after work.” Recent graduate and host for the night Mark Thomas (BBA 2014) also appreciated the diverse age groups of the participants. “It’s a fantastic avenue to look for opportunities and create new connections,” he said.

For others such as F&B business owner Rehan (alumni guest NUS B.Eng 2012), the event provided a great platform to meet like-minded individuals and exchange perspectives. He was particularly keen on hearing the story behind Reedz. “It must have been a difficult decision to set up F&B outlets within school campuses, as its founders have done, so it’ll be interesting to learn about their experiences.”

Indeed, the three speakers delivered highly inspiring and engaging presentations. They outlined the challenges they faced while starting up their businesses, the strategies they adopted and the solutions they devised to overcome obstacles and accomplish what they have today. In the Q&A session that followed, questions from the audience ran the gamut from what the speakers define as success and their future plans to the qualities that aspiring entrepreneurs must possess.

Attendees stayed on to network with fellow alumni even after the sharing sessions came to a close. Several of the participants made a beeline for the speakers, eager for a tête-à-tête. David Tsai (BBA 2002) found the event to be an eye-opener, and, as an entrepreneur himself, highly relatable. “I was definitely able to identify with the challenges and struggles highlighted by the speakers,” he said. Aspiring entrepreneurs Farik (BBA 2008) and Shruti Dwivedi (BBA 2002) also found the event beneficial. “I’m looking to set up a seafood company,” Farik explained. “So tonight’s presentations provided a lot of inspiration and advice on what it takes to succeed in the F&B industry.”

If you’ve missed out on this event, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the next instalment of the Mind My Business series!

Mind My Business, an initiative of the Global Alumni Network Office, is a networking platform for alumni of NUS Business School who are entrepreneurs or business owners or are aspiring to be. Through this collaborative platform, alumni are encouraged to support one another through the sharing of experiences, knowledge, contacts and opportunities.

You can find more information on our Bizalum portal.

NUS Bizad Leaders’ Night 2015

Date: 27 October 2015 (Tuesday)
Time: 6.30 – 9.30 pm
Venue: Glass House Park Mall (Fish & Co.)

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Forging friendships old and new at NUS Bizad Leaders’ Night 2015!

Bizad Leaders Night PhotoAfter the success of the inaugural NUS Bizad Leaders’ Night last year, it’s no surprise that the event made its return this year, bigger and better than ever! In this exclusive outing, alumni who were student leaders on the Management Committee (MC) of the Bizad Club and Bizad Society as far back as the 12th MC had a chance to gather, catch up with old friends, find out what the new committee is up to and discover how much Bizad campus life has changed.

Organised by GANO and supported by the Bizad Club, the gathering provided a great avenue for Bizad leaders, both past and present, to connect and cultivate a supportive environment to enrich students’ life on campus. More than 60 alumni and students participated in the event, which even saw representatives who served on the Bizad Accountancy Society in the 1980s and the Bizad Society in the 1990s, before the merger of the Bizad Club and Bizad Society in 1999.

Among them was Foo Sake Liang (BAcc 1984), who was President of the Bizad Accountancy Society. “A lot has changed since then,” he observed. “In the past, we had no funding. Many of the students were also highly focussed on their studies and didn’t place much emphasis on forging connections. These days, the Management Committees of Bizad Club have it much better. They have a lot of resources to tap on and, with the rise of social media, it has become much easier to promote interactions.” Echoing similar sentiments was fellow alumni Senthil Hari (BBA 1998), who served on the Bizad Society in the 1990s. “It’s very impressive seeing the achievements made by the recent committees,” he said.

Apart from checking out how far the Bizad student life had evolved over the years, the event also provided alumni with a golden opportunity to reminisce over old times with former batch mates. That was exactly what close friends Jeffrey Chin (BBA 1998) and George Lam (BBA 1998) aimed to do. “The camaraderie among the 1998 alumni is still very strong,” said George. “It’s great to be able to relive the good old times and, at the same time, share our experiences with the students and younger alumni.”

It was this same spirit of friendship and belonging that inspired second year BBA student Teo Kai En to organise the inaugural Bizad Leaders’ Night last year when she was the Alumni Relations Director of Bizad Club. “It’s a great platform to bring together past and present Management Committees. Past leaders are able to share their experiences and provide advice and guidance to current members.” Attending the event as a participant this time round and seeing the great turnout, she felt both proud and satisfied to have had a role in its beginning. “It’s like coming home,” she said with a smile. Second year BAcc student Janice Lai who served as vice-president in the previous committee agreed. “There’s definitely a sense of nostalgia coming to the event as a participant,” she said. “But I’m looking forward to sharing advice and tips with the juniors and telling them what they can expect in the near future.”

Such nuggets of information and invaluable advice were definitely what the students hoped to receive. “It’s a good avenue for the leaders to see the evolution of the Bizad Club over the years and how student life on campus has changed,” said Wong Jun Jie, a second year BBA student and President of the current 29th MC. “It’s also a fantastic opportunity for us to network with the alumni and get a real sense of our future prospects.”

Tan Xin Yin, Director of the BizConnect team which managed this year’s event, agreed and expressed her pleasure at the turnout. “The response was much better than expected,” she said, explaining that GANO and her team decided to shift the venue to a more central location to enable more participants to attend. A lot of hard work was involved but the results were worth it. “I’m looking forward to meeting my successors and offering them my advice,” she said with a laugh.

The informal affair was filled much fun and laughter as students and alumni mingled and bonded over shared experiences. In addition to having past and current Bizad Leaders unite, the event also marked the transition of the outgoing 28th MC to the newly elected 29th MC. Tokens of appreciation were handed out by GANO Director, Ng Pheck Choo. A video montage, put together by the new committee, paid tribute to their seniors’ efforts over the past year and was greeted with loud cheers by the audience. Adding to the convivial atmosphere was when everyone sportingly joined in the networking games that were organised.

Roch Low (BAcc 1984) who was President of the Bizad Accountancy Society took the opportunity to share information on the upcoming NUS Bizad Charity Run 2016 with the attendees. Chairman of the organising committee for this annual flagship event, Roch had also volunteered as a Mentor for the BBA students. He encouraged other past Bizad leaders to be more involved and contribute towards enriching the students’ life.

Alumnus Steve Tan (BBA 2007), President of 19th MC, certainly enjoyed himself. “It was interesting to meet old friends and recall fond memories,” he said. He was happy to see a greater balance between academic studies and campus activities among the students today. “Learning to network and forming useful connections are becoming as equally important as good grades these days,” he added. Recent graduate and President of 26th MC, Foo Shida (BBA 2015) expressed similar views. “My journey in the industry so far has made me value the importance of nurturing relationships and forging new connections even more,” he said, “and I’m happy to come back tonight to share my insights.”

In all, the night was a memorable and fruitful one for many of the participants. Bizad Leaders, we hope to see you again in the next year’s edition!

NUS Accountancy Networking Night 2015

Date: 22 September 2015 (Tuesday)
Time: 6.45 – 9.30pm
Venue: CPA Australia, One Raffles Place

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NUS Accountancy Student-Alumni Networking Photo1 NUS Accountancy Student-Alumni Networking Photo2 NUS Accountancy Student-Alumni Networking Photo3 NUS Accountancy Student-Alumni Networking Photo4 NUS Accountancy Student-Alumni Networking Photo5Following the success of the first NUS Accountancy Networking Night last year, the event made a much-anticipated return on 22 September 2015. Twenty alumni and fifty-five students turned up at CPA Australia, eager for a fruitful session. Alumni members were eager to share their experiences with NUS Business School undergraduates, and the students, in turn, were keen to glean industry insights and learn about the career opportunities in store.

Current student See Jun Zhe was one of them. “By listening to the alumni’s stories and experiences, I have a better idea of my career prospects and the type of exposure needed to get ahead,” he shared. Fellow undergraduate Chooi Jynn Chee had a similar plan. “There’s such a broad spectrum of fields to explore with this degree,” she explained. “Getting first-hand accounts from the alumni on what it’s like working in the industry will really help in selecting the right career after graduation.”

To maximise the alumni sharing session, a ‘speed-networking’ format was adopted for the alumni sharing session. Each alumni chaired discussions with two groups of students, sharing their professional insights and personal journeys, as well as answering questions from the students and proving advice. A student ambassador was on hand for each group, to facilitate the discussion. When the buzzer rang, the students moved on to the next table for a similar session with another alumni.

Daniel Lee (BAcc 1987) applauded such initiatives by the School. “We didn’t have such platforms in the past,” he said. “So I kind of fell into my career. But students nowadays can benefit from career counselling and networking events such as these and better plan their careers.” Daniel has made a name for himself in the specialised sector of family office over the years. With his years of experience and expertise in a specialised sector, he was able to impart practical career and life advice to the undergraduates. “Accountancy is more than just crunching numbers – you need to figure out how to resolve problems and institute a change,” he said. Adeline Kee (BAcc 1987) echoed similar sentiments, adding, “In today’s highly competitive global market place, graduates need soft skills as well as accountancy skills to succeed. They need to be able to promote themselves well.”

Thanks to the alumni’s diverse experience, the students were treated to a variety of perspectives and insights into numerous industries throughout the night. Recent alumni Fang Hui (BAcc 2011) provided an illuminating view of life at Deloitte, one of Singapore’s big four. She advised students on the internship process and shared tips on how to manage the transition from intern to working professional. Second-year student Pok Yuen Ping found the session highly useful. “I was planning to enter one of the big four after graduating,” he explained, “but after this session, I realised that it’s not a good fit for me. I need to be in something smaller.” Second-year student Zheng Xin Yan also benefitted greatly. “I attended last year’s event, but I feel that I’ve gained more this time round,” she said. “I’m starting my internship this year so everything I’ve learnt tonight has been extremely relevant and will help me make a better decision.”

The night was further enlivened by insightful and engaging speeches delivered by distinguished guests, Mr Melvin Yong, CEO of CPA Australia, Lucas Lam, Senior Relationship Manager from CPA Australia and NUS Head of Accountancy, Professor Ho Yew Kee. In all, the event was a rewarding affair. Students gained professional insights while our alumni had a chance to connect with future generations of accounting professionals. Alumni members were also able to catch up with old friends. Kelvin Tan (BAcc 1987) was delighted to reconnect with fellow alumni Daniel. “This is the first time that we’ve seen each other in 30 years,” he laughed.

How’s that for a sound testimony to the night’s success? If you’ve missed out on this round, keep your eyes peeled for the next networking event!