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.

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February 24, 2016
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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.

 

Making Mentoring Our Business

Date: Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Time: 7 pm
Venue: Harry’s, 28 Boat Quay

 

24836684493_0cfd85769b_z 25370513321_25efc79db5_z 25463407825_7ee380d5ef_zThe NUS MBA Mentorship Programme kicked off its latest mentoring cycle with a bang, bringing together students and alumni to exchange knowledge, insights, ideas and experience over drinks and dinner. Former mentee Subhajit Mandal and current mentor Titus Yong (MBA 2000) were shared their experience and thoughts on the programme with participants from the current cycle.

In his sharing, Titus highlighted the two-way nature of the mentoring relationship. “The mentor-mentee relationship should be symbiotic, not parasitic,” he said. “While mentors can introduce mentees to internships and opportunities, mentees can introduce new technologies and potential business contacts to their mentors and even share their overseas experiences and cultures if they aren’t from Singapore.”

Mentor Anson Dichaves (UCLA-NUS EMBA 2009) concurred with Titus and emphasised the importance of a good mentor-mentee match in sharing experiences and networking. “My mentee Daniel and I come from engineering backgrounds and have worked in the same company before,” he explained. “I want to help mentees set the right expectations from the beginning.” Fellow mentor Kwok Lih (MBA 2006) echoed these sentiments: “I want to reach out to the younger generation. With more than 20 years of working experience, I have contacts I can introduce to them.”

Mentees also benefit immensely from the programme by gleaning valuable insights from their mentors. “I’ve been mentored before in other settings and I’ve seen how it can help me in my career,” said mentee Michael Chang. Fellow mentee Tomoyuki Shigeta agreed: “I’m considering running my own business in the future so it’s helpful to build relationships with mentors as they have more insight and industry experience.”

Experienced mentors like Tan Boon Chin (Apex MBA English 2003) are encouraged by their mentees’ positive feedback. “Although it’s not my first time mentoring, I enjoy this aspect of giving back to the Business School and mentoring young people,” he enthused.

The networking session continued well into the night with both mentors and mentees looking forward to a successful mentoring relationship.

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We speak to former mentee Masahiro Okumura (MBA 2016), who was previously mentored by Titus Yong (MBA 2000).

Having previously worked in investment banking and a private equity fund, Masahiro, who currently resides in Japan, has benefitted immensely from a strong mentor-mentee relationship. “My one-to-one interactions with my mentor Titus were very valuable,” he said. “One of the biggest things I learned was the importance of setting priorities in terms of work, family, friends and hobbies. I learnt how to prioritise work and life strategically so that I can enjoy and expand on both areas.”

Masahiro was particularly inspired by Titus’ DreamBearer project, which inspires and encourages people to achieve their goals through various initiatives, such as an expedition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He is keen to contribute to such causes and hopes to return to NUS Business School to be a mentor to other MBA students in the future.

 

Mentoring a new generation

Date: Wednesday, 9 March 2016
Time: 5:30 pm
Venue: ACE Ideation Centre, LaunchPad@one-north

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It was a night of meeting, greeting and forging new friendships as 40 students and alumni came together for a networking cum dinner session organised by the NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA). Supported by the Global Alumni Network Office, the evening’s activities served as a prelude to NUSBSA’s Youth Mentorship Programme and aimed to provide students with personalised career guidance in their undergraduate years as well as the first five years of their working life. 

Picture1Conversation flowed fast and furious as each alumni-student pair was given 10 minutes to get acquainted, with students switching tables for a total of four rotations. This one-to-one approach increased the pairs’ interactions, helping students to better nominate a suitable mentor for themselves at the end of the event.

It was an eye-opening experience for the students, who were able to meet and network with people from a variety of industries in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. “Meeting people from different industries gives me a wider range of options and a broad viewof the industries I’m interested in,” explained Year 3 student Constance Wang. Fellow Year 3 student Chen Qijian agreed: “You get to hear different stories and diverse opinions from the alumni. It’s a rare opportunity for us to connect and interact with them, something you can’t experience on a day-to-day basis.”

Students also benefitted from the alumni’s ready sharing of stories. “They have a wealth of experience and insights that we don’t normally possess at the undergraduate level,” said Year 2 student Justin Tay. Year 4 student Chian Singchuen concurred: “It’s a great way to bounce your ideas off people, especially when they’re from different industries. Getting their perspective on the industry is really beneficial.”

For the alumni, the evening was the perfect platform for them to payit forward, especially in times of financial turbulence. Ritchie Goenawan (BBA Hons 2010) explained: “Today’s job market is a difficult one. It’s nice to give students extra guidance during their transition from school to the workforce.” His comments were echoed by alumna Grace Ban (BBA 1977), former Managing Director of Estée Lauder. “I enjoyed my university years and benefitted a lot from them, so I want to share these experiences with the students,” she explained. Low Yeng Teck (MBA 2002) also agreed with his fellow alumni: “Keeping my experience to myself is a waste. It’s more meaningful to help students out by sharing the knowledge I’ve gained with them.”IMG-20160309-WA0010

Amid the chatter and laughter on all sides, the students wrapped up the night’s activities by nominating their preferred mentors. In light of the successful event, we hope to double the number of participants for next year’s intake of mentors and mentees and to continue building strong ties within our Business School community.

 

 

Gathering of Alumni on Chinese New Year Tuan Bai Luncheon

Date: 21 February 2016, Sunday
Time: 11.30 am
Venue: Carpenter 29 Restauranttesting

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The Chinese New Year Tuan Bai organised by NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni was held on Sunday, 21 February 2016.  70 alumni, faculty and staff turned up for the traditional Chinese New Celebration and Lo Hei luncheon at  Carpenter 29 Restaurant. It was an eventful entertaining afternoon, where everyone had a great time catching up and mingling with each other.

 

Gaining new insights and forging new connections at the NUS BizConnect Human Resource & Supply Chain Networking Dinner

Date: 26 January 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 6.30 pm
Venue: Moo Bar & Grill, The Cliff at McCallum Street

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An evening dedicated to exchanging views, sharing experiences and creating new connections – this was what the NUS BizConnect Human Resource & Supply Chain Networking Dinner promised – and delivered. Aimed at connecting alumni from the human resource (HR) and supply chain industries with current students, the event drew over fifty participants, and provided the perfect platform for them to network, exchange knowledge and share business opportunities.

For second-year BBA student Lim Peck Yee, who has already decided to specialise in supply chain, the networking dinner was a prime opportunity to get a first-hand perspective of the sector. “Such events are useful because they bridge the gap between academic life and the realities of the industry,” she said. Fellow student Lim Kai Chin agreed. “After speaking to the alumni in thePicture5 supply chain sector, I now have a clearer picture of the industry and its challenges,” he said. First-year student Andrea Yeo Si Han, who was looking to gain some industry insights on HR, added: “Through this session, I’ve discovered new aspects of HR that can’t be learnt from books.”

But it wasn’t just the undergraduates who benefitted from the event. Poh Yingwen (BBA 2008) enjoyed the opportunity to share her experiences with the students. “No one prepared us  for the steep learning curve you’ll be faced with once you’re in the industry,” she said. “This event is an excellent way for students to gain industry knowledge and exposure.” Stacy Lim (BBA 2012) agreed, adding: “In the past, I didn’t have much opportunity to speak to the seniors in such a setting so it’s great to be able to share some pointers with the undergraduates and give back to the School.” Reflecting on his own school days, Zheng Qinyao (BBA Hons 2010) remarked on how different the undergraduates today are compared to his time. “They have a very clear idea of what they wish to pursue from the outset,” he said. “It’s inspiring to see their drive and passion.” For alumnus Chye Shu Yi (BBA Hons 2014), the event was a great avenue to gain perspectives from both undergraduate students and HR professionals in the field. “As a lawyer specialising in employment law, it’s my responsibility to add a legal perspective to HR procedures,” she said. “So this sharing session is an excellent way for me to keep my ears to the ground.”

Picture6Judging by the overwhelming response and the chatter and laughter as both alumni and students mingled over food and drinks, it was clear that the night was a resounding success. First-year student Gan Chin Boon definitely did not regret his decision to attend. “Talking to the alumni tonight has helped me to decide on a school of study,” he said. “I look forward to attending similar events in future.” First-time attendee Wendy Chng Petit (BBA 1998) mirrored his sentiments. “It was very interesting to talk to the students,” she said. “Talking to them made me relive my own undergraduate journey. It really brought on a sense of nostalgia!” Having been working overseas for the last 15 years, she also welcomed the opportunity to connect with old friends at the gathering.

We would like to thank everyone fo24849696092_4281b31b84_zr participating and making the evening such a fun and enjoyable affair. Jointly organised by the Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) and the BizConnect team from NUS Bizad Club, three to four industry networking events are organised yearly. So if you missed this one, don’t fret – just keep your eyes peeled for the next one!

Starting the New Year on a high

Date: 14 January 2015
Time: 6.30 to 9.30 pm
Venue: The Penny Black, Boat Quay

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It was an evening of great fun, awesome food and lots of laughter as NUS Masters of Science in Management [MSc (Science)] students and alumni gathered at The Penny Black to start the New Year on the right foot.

The event marked a special milestone as the group was celebrating the launch of the NUS MSc (Management) Alumni Club or MMAC for short. Started by a group of six young alumni who formed the core Executive Committee, and supported by the Global Alumni Network Office of the school, it was the start of the group’s effort to bring together graduates from the programme across different graduation years.

Strengthening alumni networks

MMAC Executive Member, Akanksha Batura (MSc 2015) said, “The club serves as a platform for us to create opportunities for alumni to meet and continually strengthen our networks, thus enriching our professional experience even after we start working.”

Picture3Many of the alumni treasured the opportunity to rekindle old friendships. “While we havebeen able to meet informally from time to time as a group, such events supported by the school makes it easier to stay in touch and reach out to even more people,” said Dennis Le (MSc 2015). “And it’s a great location, right next to my office!”

Fellow Exco member, Law Yi Ming (MSc 2015) shared
the sentiment that fuelled his desire to set up the club, “We aim to create a strong MSc (Mgt) community to enhance the MSc (Mgt) experience socially and professionally beyond graduation by providing opportunities for alumni and students to interact, exchange experiences and support one another.”

“We should be part of the experience for the students and give them a sense of belonging to the community. That’s why we need to engage them early to share ideas and provide support.” And he walks the talk – taking up hosting duties for the night.

Inspiring current students

Dr Jumana DSC_0050Zahalka, Assistant Dean (Undergraduate Academic) and Senior Lecturer, emphasized, “Despite their different nationalities, all the students have one thing in common – a desire to enhance their work experiences. This new club will be a valuable platform to the students as they forge their own career paths, guided and inspired by the alumni.”

That was definitely the case for current student HuangMian. “I’m here to talk to the alumni, listen to their stories and experiences and gain advice, particularly in job hunting,” he shared.

Fellow students Sun Qingwei and Guo Zihe agreed. “It’s always great to hear from someone who’s actually in the field – you’ll get a first-hand insight into a particular career,” Qingwe added.

From strength to strength

Giving back to the School was a sentiment expressed by many of the participants that night.

Picture2“I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences as an alumna with the students,” said Michelle Yap (MSc 2015), expressing a common sentiment among the alumni present, much to the delight of many current students.  Likewise, Rohit Lara (MSc 1997) also welcomed the opportunity to forge new connections and hope to be a mentor for the students.

A lively ‘human’ bingo game generated such as buzz as participants worked the room to fill their bingo sheets with names of others who fulfilled diverse criteria ranging from work, travel and language experiences to special interests and abilities such as bungee jumping and musical prowess!  It was a great activity and one that descended into much hilarity for all.

Current student Haram found the night to be both entertaining and useful. “This has been a great event to meet alumni and get ideas for a future career after graduation,” he said.

Picture4Alumni Rui Ting (MSc 2015) also did not regret turning up for the event. “I miss the old times, so this is a great way to get that feeling back again,” she said.

The successful event had greatly encouraged the MMAC Exco to continue their efforts.

“We are glad that this event was so well-received among students and alumni, and would like to thank everyone for turning up – the event definitely would not have been as much fun without your full support and active participation! Our appreciation to GANO and the NUS Business School Programme Office for their great support, “said Yi Ming.

“We’re already planning for the next gathering! So keep in touch and stay tuned on the official MMAC Facebook group.”

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NUS MSc (Management) Alumni Club 

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Secretariat: Law Yi Ming & Kelly Soh
Communications: Akanksha Batura & Jasmine Guo
Programmes: Durwin Ho & Thing Jia Lian

Vision
To be a valuable and well-integrated stakeholder of the NUS MSc (Management) Programme.

Mission
The NUS MSc (Management) Alumni Club seeks to:

  • Forge a strong common identity among students and alumni by providing and being involved in more platforms of interaction.
  • Further the brand name and enhance the collective reputation of the Programme by contributing back to the NUS community and society.

Connecting people, sharing experiences

Date: Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: Folks Collective, China Square Central

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Following a successful NUS BizConnect Networking Dinner in January, NUS Bizad Club and the Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) jointly organised a second dinner on 15 March 2016, this time for those in the marketing industry. The event brought together over 60 current undergraduate students and alumni for an evening of networking over a sumptuous buffet dinner.

To facilitate the sharing of insights and networking between alumni and students, attendees were assigned tables in a total of three rotations. Throughout the evening, the restaurant was filled with conversation and even laughter as both students and alumni freely shared their industry experiences and insights with each other.

SomeDSC_0128 students, such as Gan Chin Boon, saw the event as an opportunity to find out more about the industry. “I’m still in Year 1 and I’m exploring various career paths,” he explained. “I want to find out more about marketing and see if I’m suited for the industry.”

Others, keen to enter the marketing industry after graduation, were particularly excited to meet seniors who had been there and done that. Year 1 student Ong Kah Jing, who runs his own knowledge sharing start-up, shares: “I want to use the opportunity to find out more about the industry and to see how I can apply this to the way I develop my career and run my own start-up.” Year 4 student Angela Lee, a former digital marketing agency intern, agrees: “I’m in my final year, so I see this as a way to explore my career options and get to know more people in the industry. I’m interested to find out how companies get their products to consumers and to see what marketing channels they use to achieve this.”

The invited alumni delivered with aplomb, enthralling students with their stories, insights and learning experiences. Regional brand manager Ritchie Goenawan (BBA 2010) was one of theDSC_0124m, captivating his listeners with his tales of Vietnamese village life, which he experienced while on a work trip. “It sounds clichéd, but your job can really make a difference in many people’s lives,” he said, describing how one of his marketing campaigns made a huge impact in the lives of poor Philippine families.

Some alumni shared that they too had much to learn from the students. Kelvin Ling (BBA 1990) explained: “Certain things we learnt back then have since become obsolete. It’s great to learn new things from the students.” Maurice Tan (BBA 1991) has the same sentiments: “It’s interesting to see how NUS Business School has progressed over the years and to connect with the next generation of students and different generations of alumni. It’s like my own mini consumer research project!”

Picture7All in all, it was an educational yet fun-filled evening for the attendees who gained new insights into the industry and made many new friends. Many looked forward to more of such networking sessions in the future. “The alumni’s stories gave me a first-hand glimpse into the marketing industry,” shares Nicole Lee, a Year 3 student and former marketing intern. “I’d love to attend similar events next time.”

NUS BizConnect committee is DSC_0150part of the NUS Bizad Club, the core student body representing all undergraduates pursuing the BBA and BAC degree in NUS Business School. With GANO support, BizConnect organises 3-4 industry-related networking dinners which are typically held off-campus (usually in the CBD area). These events aimed at bringing together and connecting alumni from different industries, and at the same time, providing opportunities for our alumni to share their experience with current undergraduate students. Both alumni and students will benefit from the exchange of market information and industry trends.

If you are interested to volunteer as one of our Industry Alumni Reps and be part of the organising committee, do contact Hamidah (GANO) for more information.

Alumni Appreciation & Lo Hei Dinner

Date: 29 January 2016 (Friday)
Time: 7 pm
Venue: Royal Palm, 30 Raffles Avenue

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The Alumni Appreciation Dinner is our way of saying Thank You and appreciating all our alumni and student volunteers for their unwavering support and selfless contributions to the School.  This year was combined with the Lo Hei dinner held at Royal Palm at the iconic Singapore Flyer. Alumni and students arrived early to network with old friends and new before sitting down to a delicious multi-course meal.

Among the alumni volunteers that evening was Fu Yong Hong (BBA 2014). Having incubaAA n LH photo 2ted his business idea at NUS Enterprise, Yong Hong now heads up a successful enterprise supplying healthy balanced meals – filling a niche in the local market. Given his entrepreneurial start, it is little wonder that he has an affinity for his alma mater. “I’m grateful for my experiences at NUS and I’ve always been interested in giving back,” he shared. “That’s why I was glad to participate as a guest speaker in the ‘Mind Your Business’ event.”

Fellow ‘Mind My Business’ AA n LH photo 1AA n LH photo 3participant Ow Tai Zhi (BBA 2011) agreed. He first became involved in alumni activities when he applied his organisational skills to running the Mind My Business events for GANO. He went on to volunteer his time and efforts in this year’s Bizad Charity Run. “I was constantly inspired by my fellow alumni,” he said. “Even though everyone involved had no prior experience, someone would always step up when needed.” Fione Goh (BBA 2009), who also helped out in the run, shared similar views. Having honed her skills helping organise the marketing for the Run in 2014, she took on a leadership role the following year.

Current students were also recognised for their contributions in helping make this year’s Bizad Charity Run such a success. Second-year students Xin Ying, Kai En and Desheng saw the appreciation dinner as an opportunity to mingle once again with the alumni. “We are blessed to be able to talk and learn from them,” said Desheng. “It’s great to hear from people who have walked the path,” added Kai En. “Such events provide an excellent platform for us to connect with like-minded people and build valuable networks.”AA n LH photo 4AA n LH photo 6AA n LH photo 5

Benedict Andrew Lim (MBA 2000) concurred. An experienced alumni mentor with the MBA Mentorship Programme, Benedict also helps to drive industry   engagement for the School. “It’s important to match the right human capital for each industry,” he said. “That’s always a challenge but it is also important that the courses offered and the working environment reflect the times.” He elaborated by explaining that with millennials now entering the workforce, employers have to empower and trust them rather than dictate to them. “Inspire them to contribute and they will then exceed all expectations,” Benedict advised. This sentiment was something that newly minted alumnus Mark FrancisThompson (BBA 2015) can readily identify with. “I’ve always been glad to give back – even when I was a student – and I will continue to do so now, not just with Mind My Business events but with others,” he said. “It’s never too early to get involved.”

And on that note, we would like to express our appreciation once again all our alumni and student volunteers for their dedication and time. Here’s to forging an even stronger alumni community in the years ahead.

Charting new records at Bizad Charity Run 2016

Date: 23 January 2016, Saturday
Time: 5 pm – 9 pm
Venue: NUS Business School, Mochtar Riady Building

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BCR 2016 Photo 2 BCR 2016 Photo 1The popular NUS Bizad Charity Run – the annual flagship event, organised by NUS Business School Alumni Association and Bizad Club, never fails to draw a huge turnout and this year was no exception . Despite the rain, more than 1, 300 participants arrived bright and cheerful on a Saturday afternoon, ready to run in the name of charity. More than $160,000 in donations have been raised to date – an all-time high. The funds will go towards NUS Business School Study Bursaries and two external beneficiaries, Boys’ Town and Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore).

Nurturing a stronger community spirit

Already in its sixth year, the NUS Bizad Charity Run continues to cultivate a strong culture of giving among the Business School fraternity. “It’s a great opportunity for me to not only raise funds for the needy but also give back to the School that has helped to shape me,” said Maxine Teo (BBA 1996), the emcee for the event. It was a sentiment echoed by many. Fellow alumnus Mohit Khemani (MBA- HEC 2015 ) even took it upon himself to rally more than 20 of his colleagues to participate in the run. “We frequently organise corporate events so I thought the charity run would be a great team-bonding activity,” he said. “What’s more, we get a chance to contribute to a meaningful cause.”

First-time runner Chooi Kuan (BBA 1987) agreed. “I’ve just started running so I’m not sure how well I’ll fare,” she shared with a laugh. “But I’m definitely taking it as a personal challenge, and it’s a great avenue to give back.” This was something that Guest-of-Honour Mr Teo Ser Luck touched on as well in his opening address. He also gamely joined in the spirit of the event, participating in the Fun Walk . Peter Yap (MBA 1986) added: “What matters is that I finish the run – I don’t have any particular target,” he said. “It’s all for fun and in the name of charity.”

Fostering an all-inclusive society through sports

Apart from the students, alumni and faculty, members of the public were also in attendance. Among them was Zhang Xiao Hang. “I’m happy to complete the race and surpass my target,” she said. “I was told that the views during the run were gorgeous and I definitely wasn’t disappointed.” Beneficiaries from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore) also took part, wheeling alongside the runners in the Fun Run.

Making the biggest splash, however, was Mdm Jenap Said aka ‘Catwoman’ . Known for completing marathons in her signature ‘Catwoman’ outfit, Mdm Jenap has completed more than 40 full marathons and ultramarathons with the aim of raising funds for the less privileged. This year, she focussed her efforts on the Bizad Charity Run. “It’s always good to run for a purpose,” she said. “I’m hoping that more people will support me so that I can raise even more funds for the beneficiaries.”

Apart from the race, there were plenty of activities to entertain runners and non-runners alike. Visitors thronged the photo booth, making use of the fun props and posing for photos. Booths set up by the beneficiaries provided information and resources for those keen to find out more. Local band Second Sunrise accepted song requests from the audience and captivated everyone with their great live renditions of old and current hits.

Key highlights also included the lucky draw and the prize presentation.

“This annual event provides an excellent platform for alumni to help the less privileged and empower the community,” said Sonny. Roch encouraged everyone to continue supporting the School, either by raising funds or volunteering in the various committees. “Every little bit counts,” he said. “And it’s infectious – once you’ve taken that first step, you’ll feel inspired to do more.”

Growing the tradition of giving back

Over the years, the event has gone beyond simply raising funds for the needy. And this is something that one of the organising committee members of the inaugural charity run and founding partner of Reedz Group of Restaurants, Lee Junxian (BBA 2008/MBA 2014), takes pride in. “When we first started six years ago, the event drew about 500 participants,” he shared. “Today, the charity run has grown to become a marquee event that serves to unite and inspire the School community to make a greater impact every year. As an alumnus, I feel very encouraged.”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their generous support and active participation! We will continue to organise future runs and events that will enable us to grow this tradition of giving back and forge stronger bonds among our community and partners.