NUS Biz50 Charity Golf – teeing off in the name of charity

Date: 21 July 2015, Tuesday
Time: All day
Venue: Jurong Country Club
Organiser: NUSBSA/GANO

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Our 50th birthday celebrations continued in full swing with the NUS Biz50 Charity Golf event on 21 July 2015.

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Organised by the NUS Business School Alumni Association, NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni and MBA Alumni-NUS, and supported by GANO, the charity golf tournament was held in place of the annual golf reunion challenge to raise bursaries for financially needy students at the School. “In light of the triple celebrations this year – SG50, BIZ50 and NUS110 – it seemed like a good opportunity to do our bit for charity,” said Tan Boon Chin (APEX MBA English 2003), Chairperson of the Organising Committee. A total of S$448,196 was raised – an amount that far exceeded the initial target of S$300,000 – a testament to our alumni community’s great generosity.

Some 144 business leaders and alumni turned up at Jurong Country Club, eager to tee off in the name of charity. Among them was Peter Yap (MBA 1986), who joked that he was ready for his photo close-up with his prize and gestured to the Lexus that was displayed at the club’s entrance – the prize for the lucky hole-in-one winner. “It’s a fun get-together where we can catch up with old friends,” he said. “This year is extra special since we get the chance to contribute to a meaningful cause.”

Yeo Keng Joon (MBA 1985) expressed similar sentiments. “It’s a good opportunity to give back to the needy,” he said. Keng Joon’s commitment to playing his part for society was demonstrated early on when he started the bursary fund and stood as its founding president. He continues to walk the talk today as one of the charity golf’s platinum donors. Equally generous-hearted was fellow platinum donor Robin Ng (Founding President & Honorary Advisor, NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni), who cited his father, a taxi driver who was tireless in his efforts to help the community, as his inspiration. “We have a social responsibility to help the less fortunate as long as it’s within our means,” he commented. “Education is very important nowadays. Hopefully, the students will benefit from this and, in the years to come, be inspired to pay it forward.” Picking up on the theme of paying it forward was Kong Yuet Peng (MBA 1986), who encouraged alumni members to return to the alma mater and contribute in their own way. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be financial terms,” she said. “If we’re in a position to help the younger generation, be it in the form of widening their network or sharing our knowledge and expertise, then we can act as a bridge for old and new members.”

Spirits were high as participants mingled over a hearty lunch at the terrace while waiting for the game to start. One of them was Chua Lian Tee (Past President, NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni), one of a handful of female players present. An avid golfer, Lian Tee’s love for the game began two decades ago. “I was the first lady golfer to represent the Mandarin Alumni association many years ago,” she shared. Her love for the game – and support for the School – continued unabated as she made it a point to try and attend the golf event every year. Wang Zhongchao (APEX MBA Chinese programme) agreed, adding that he always looked forward to the warm camaraderie during the event. Brahm Majithia (APEX MBA English 2000) was another staunch supporter, even generously sponsoring prizes for the golf game.

The evening dinner was another event highlight. Golfers and guests celebrated together over a well-deserved eight-course dinner while Lee Ming Hui (BBA 2008) reprised his emcee role from last year and kept the audience entertained throughout the night. Gracing the occasion was Minister for Health, Mr Gan Kim Yong who presented the donor appreciation tokens and ‘Best Golfer’ prize. The awards ceremony took place throughout the dinner, with most golfers picking up a prize as the evening progressed either in the lucky draw or for their prowess on the golf course. Prizes were handed out for a range of categories, including the novelty holes, the ‘Overall Best Golfer’ and the coveted ‘Dean’s Cup’. Prizes notwithstanding, everyone was a true champion that night. NUS Business School Alumni president, Sonny Yuen (BBA 1985) said it best: “We’re always happy to get together and support the School in every which way. What matters is not winning the game, but winning hearts.”

Congratulations to everyone who took part this year. Without your active participation and generous support, our inaugural NUS Biz50 Charity Golf would not have been such a smashing success!

Explore Singapore Networking Dinner

Date: 30 July 2015, Thursday
Time: 6:30 pm – 10 pm
Venue: Grand Park City Hall
Organiser: Global Alumni Network Office and MBA Alumni-NUS

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Explore Photo3 Explore Photo1 Explore Photo2Dinner, drinks and networking – this was what the 2015 cohort of the MBA programme had to look forward to after an exciting day exploring Singapore. And what a fitting end it was to the Explore Singapore tour, which took the students on a journey around the NUS Campus and to some of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks.

Current MBA student Liz Naglestead set the tone for the evening as she performed her emcee duties to loud cheers and applause from her peers. Adding to the excitement of the night was special guest Joel M. Stern, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Stern Value Management, who gave a lively talk titled ‘Application of Modern Finance: Corporate Governance and Value Maximisation’.

But for many of the students, the highlight of the event was the opportunity to network with those currently on the programme as well as MBA alumni. French student Delphine Günther was impressed by the diversity of the cohort and the mix of cultures. “I am extremely excited to see students from all over the globe,” she said. “I chose the NUS MBA programme because I wanted an Asia-oriented MBA and this is exactly what it is.”

For fellow student Saurabh Gupta, the school’s strong reputation was a key factor in choosing to do his MBA at NUS. “The NUS MBA has the distinct advantage of being a top Asian school. On top of that, the different subject courses offered will provide me a breadth of experiences across industries to help in my career progression.”

Clodimir Bogaert from Belgium also sees great opportunities ahead for him. “The NUS MBA enables me to focus on specific areas of studies, particularly in leadership development,” he explains. “With a good balance between theory and practical application, the programme develops the skills I need to chase my dreams and goals.”

The new cohort also gained valuable insights from MBA alumni such as Chetan Jotwani (MBA, 2012), who attended the event to connect with the incoming students and meet fellow alumni from previous batches. “I really enjoy sharing my personal experiences with the new students, and I hope that it provides them with a better idea of what they can expect from the NUS MBA,” he shares. “I give them the assurance that everything is possible and there are many success stories.”

Too soon, the evening wound to a close but there was no sign of the students or alumni making their way home as many were still engrossed in their conversations. It was a fantastic start for the new cohort, and we extend the warmest welcome to the NUS MBA.

NUSBSA Bursary Dinner & Launch of Student Experience Fund

 

Date: 4 October 2011 (Tuesday)

Time: 7 – 9:30pm

Venue: NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House

Organizer: Business Development Office

 

Undergraduate students facing financial difficulties are now able to tap a new NUS Business School Alumni Association Student Experience Award to go on semester-long exchange programmes with prestigious foreign partner universities, thanks to donations from alumni and friends of NUS Business School.

This marks the first time local donors have come together to set up an award to support the school’s undergraduates in overseas exchanges, giving a total of S$278,700 in endowed funds. Their donations will grow to a total of almost S$700,000, after a S$1.50 for S$1.00 matching grant from the Government.

With this fund, at least 11 students are set to benefit from the Student Experience Award every year. Each successful applicant will receive at least S$1,800 to defray their overseas expenses, such as costs of accommodation and daily necessities.

Coming amid uncertainties in the global economic outlook, the award gives deserving undergraduates some welcome financial support in gaining international experience and perspectives at some 100 partner institutions, including New York University, HEC and Beijing University.

Article reproduced from Business Leads, enewsletter of the NUS Business School.

Dream big, drum loud

Roch Ong (NUS-PKU IMBA 2008)

roch_ongDream Big, Drum Loud is the mantra of ZingO Festival Drum Group and the personal philosophy of its founder, Roch Ong.

Established as a society in 2004 and subsequently incorporated in 2011, ZingO showcases a unique and dynamic drumming repertoire accompanied by martial arts-style choreography and driven by its most important ingredient for success, a consuming passion for its art.

NUS MBA graduate Roch Ong has brought the group from its infancy as a fledgling percussion group on a part-time basis to the market leader of the genre today as a professional performance group. ZingO has developed a strong brand image over the years and an impressive portfolio that includes televised performances at the Youth Olympic Games 1-year Countdown and Singapore Arts Festival 2009 Opening Pre-Show as well as a 13-episode teenage drama “Cheerful Drum Beat”, themed around ZingO, and in which Roch coached the cast. ZingO have also taken part in popular celebrations such as 2008 Esplanade Moonfest, 2013 Esplanade Huayi Festival and 2013 Nine Songs – SPH ZaoBao 90th Anniversary Mega Outdoor Concert.

So what diverted this NUS Business School graduate away from the traditional business path and his career in engineering to turn the art of drumming into a viable business?

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Roch attributes much of his motivation to two separate factors: a passion for drumming that was lit in his secondary schools days in Johor Bahru, and the support and encouragement of the then Dean, Prof Kulwant Singh. “I was concerned that by following my passion rather than going down the traditional business route, I would be bringing shame on the school,” Roch recalls. “But Dean Kulwant was extremely supportive of my dream, reminding me that NUS Business School wasn’t just looking for high income earners as graduates but for leaders and business owners.”

Bolstered by the support of his alma mater and the new skills he had picked up on his MBA, Roch began to look upon his already established ZingO group as a business that he could grow and develop into a Singapore icon, and one that could garner demand for its performances beyond the shores of Singapore.

New skills take the business further afield
“During my MBA, I took a leave of absence for one year to finance my course through my drum teaching,” he explains. This experience gave Roch the confidence to make the decision to give up his full-time engineering job, which he was supposed to resume upon completion of his MBA. He turned his energy to making ZingO a full-time business instead of a part-time hobby it had been to this point.

“Through doing the MBA, I realised that most successful businesses are driven by passion rather than the pursuit of money,” Roch recalls. “So I decided to face my fear of financial insecurity and take the leap. After all, you only live once, so you should follow your passion.”

He is also able to draw on skills learnt in his engineering work and on his MBA to help run his business. He attributes his ability to deal with tough customers and his understanding of human behavior to his work experience. His ability to see things through others’ perspective, work in teams and build a sustainable business he attributes to his MBA course. “After that,” he adds, “practice made perfect!”

A testament to that fact was the nomination of ZingO for “Best Sound Design” at the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards in 2009.

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Roch no longer performs himself but devotes all his time to growing the business and developing his protégés. “My days are typically taken up teaching Singapore’s youth our unique drumming style in primary and secondary schools as well as other institutions – the bread and butter of our services,” he explains. “The evenings and weekends are spent overseeing group performances, rehearsals, planning new choreography routines with my team and conducting workshops.”

The unpredictability in demand for performances has inspired Roch to seek additional sources of revenue. “The performance revenue at the moment is unpredictable as it relies on large events being organised and held in Singapore, and we also rely on word-of-mouth referrals,” he explains of the need to sustain business operations in other ways. Typical engagements include corporate anniversary celebrations, official openings, groundbreaking ceremonies and events held by international companies based in Singapore that wish to showcase the local Singapore culture.

In addition to workshops, he is combatting the limitation in demand for performances by expanding to venues overseas. Having already ventured abroad to play at events such as the Taiwan International Drum Festival and the Malaysia International Drum Festival, the group is now scheduled to perform in the Middle East in Abu Dhabi in October this year, marking an exciting new era for ZingO and its passionate founder.

ECAN Reading Club: In Search of the Obvious: the Antidote for Today’s Marketing Mess

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8 March 2014 (Saturday)

Venue:
Shanghai, China

Organiser:
NUS Business School Shanghai Office & NUS Eastern China Alumni Network (ECAN)

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Nearly 20 loyal members of ECAN Reading Club gathered at Cherish Maternity Care (Shanghai) Co., Ltd on 8 March 2014 for the first activity of 2014. Alumni shared their perspectives on In Search of the Obvious: the Antidote for Today’s Marketing Mess, a book authored by marketing guru Jack Trout on how to decipher the misunderstandings, pitfalls and opportunities in the marketing mess.

During the two-hour event, which as well moderated by Lu Zhigang (APEX-C 2008), participants shared their views on corporate strategy, marketing, advertising and brand building as related to their own experiences and businesses.

Zhao Cheng (APEX-C 2008) kicked off the discussion with the impact that the theory of positioning expounded in this book had on the marketing initiatives in her startup, Cherish. Chen Liang (MBA-C 2001) believed that  general managers should have a firm grasp of the market so as to position their brands, tactics and operations and did not agree with the view in the book that product lines should not be over-diversified. Instead he argued that the key to success is whether you have enough resources required to be put in your business.

As an active explorer of commercial real estate and e-commerce, Tong Lidan (APEX-C 2012) shared her experience in transforming Sijiqing (SJQ), a renowned fashion market, by truly understanding its customers and keeping pace with their changing demands.

The event impressed the new alumni present so much that many decided to join the reading club there and then!

Look out for more great conversation builders in the coming months!

The accidental social entrepreneur

Sim Sin Sin (BAcc 1984)

simsinsinWhen you run a social enterprise, the focus has to be a little different from that of running a commercial enterprise. When others depend on you, giving up when the going gets tough is not an option. No one is more aware of this than Mdm Sim Sin Sin, former CEO of Secret Recipe and founder of social enterprises Laksania and Social Food Inc. She sees these social enterprises as her “new life” and her days in Secret Recipe and as a certified public accountant as her “past life”.

“In a way, you can say that I am an accidental social entrepreneur,” she says, for running a social enterprise was not something that Sin Sin had considered until she was approached by the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in 2007 to run a central kitchen designed to employ ex clients of IMH. “I knew immediately that it was something I wanted to be involved in, but the business model of Secret Recipe could not incorporate the use of a central kitchen,” she explains.

Undeterred, Sin Sin went ahead with the project in 2008, conceptualising a new F&B chain, Laksania, to which the central kitchen could supply. This was seeded through $300,000 in funding from the Ministry for Social and Family Development’s ComCare Enterprise Fund.

“It wasn’t simply a case of opening up the restaurant and beginning operations,” Sin Sin recalls. Before launching the first Laksania outlet at Nex Shopping Centre in 2010, she and her daughter conducted three years of research and development in two phases: one phase was to perfect Laksania’s proprietary Laksa paste recipe so that it could be produced and the chain scaled without its core recipe losing its unique combinations of flavours; the other phase was to establish the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of the central kitchen in a way that all employees could work effectively within their existing capabilities.

“Our employees need to be engaged in single repetitive tasks that they can be trained to complete day in, day out,” Sin Sin explains. “Any variation in their duties may upset them and the balance of operations tremendously, so we had to build the SOPs on that premise.”

She put a lot of research hours into finding out not what her employees couldn’t do, but rather what they could, and building their individual job scopes around their capabilities. Having been involved with these employees for so many years, she had built a close bond with them. So when the use of the IMH kitchen was recontracted to a different supplier in 2012, Sin Sin couldn’t simply drop the project. Given just a month to move out, she temporarily rehoused the central kitchen in her Laksania East Coast outlet, taking with her 11 employees who wanted to make the change. “I had to let 13 employees go, and that was my most painful experience,” she recalls.

And the problems kept coming. She lost her Halal license due to the loss of the central kitchen license. Despite slow sales at Laksania and higher operating costs with the loss of the IMH kitchen, Sin Sin did not want to let her employees down by closing the business. Instead she sacrificed personally by selling her landed property, and added in her life savings to continue the project. More than $2 million has been pumped into the business to date.

Even when she thought things were looking up with the launch of a new Laksania outlet at Jem in Jurong, sales suffered when the entire mall had to be closed for repair following a ceiling collapse. On top of that, the East Coast outlet had to close in December 2013 due to slow sales.

Sin Sin laughs at the irony of the situation: “My friends asked me if I had lost my mind, especially given my history as a CPA, but I just couldn’t give the project up. I had to find a way to make it work. It wasn’t just the business at stake, it was these people’s lives. I couldn’t let them down.”

So, determined not to let the downfalls beat her, Sin Sin soldiered on. The company relocated the central kitchen to larger premises at Kampong Ampat in August 2013 and has since obtained its central kitchen and Halal licenses. It is in the process of obtaining HACCP certification.

To keep the central kitchen going now, she is looking to rebrand Laksania to attract a wider audience and have the central kitchen supply other businesses as well as Laksania. Providing meals en masse daily to institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes and schools is one way she can keep the kitchen going without having to retrain her kitchen staff.

Having invested a great deal of time and funds into training research, and amassing a depth of highly specialised knowledge on how to train individuals with special needs, Sin Sin has now identified an additional avenue through which she can help the disadvantaged – through specialised training geared specifically for the marginalised in society, such as those with autism, Downs Syndrome and other mental and physical disabilities.

Having stepped down as CEO of Secret Recipe, Sin Sin now devotes all her efforts to her social enterprises or her “new life”, and is currently seeking investors who believe in her social cause. With more than 20,000 marginalised people with disabilities in Singapore, 70-80% of whom aren’t in gainful employment, it’s a cause worth supporting.

MBA Alumni-NUS 29th Annual General Meeting

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MBA Alumni-NUS Executive Committee Members 2014/2015

 

Date:
22 February 2014 (Saturday)

Venue:
Mochtar Riady Building, Seminar Room 2-2

Organiser:
MBA Alumni-NUS

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Twenty-five life members of MBA Alumni-NUS attended the association’s 29th Annual General Meeting on 22 February 2014 to review the year’s events and elect members and office bearers to the Executive Committee and appoint Auditors & Co-Opt Directors (2014/2015).

 

 

Passing the baton

Simon Phua (BBA Hons 1976)

simon_phuaAs Simon Phua prepares to step down as President of the NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA) following the committee elections in June 2014, we take a look back with him at the achievements of the Association over the years and look ahead to the Association’s new initiatives.

Fundraising achievements
“I am proud to be able to look back and say that we have consistently contributed over $100,000 a year to the students, the school and the community since 2007 through various fundraising initiatives,” says Simon.

Two golf events held in 2007 and 2008 were the first major fundraisers organised by the Association, specifically to raise money for the building of the Mochtar Riady Building. In total they raised close to $400,000. Now an annual social event, the golf championship and dinner have become a highlight on the calendar for many.

“Sub-named Bursary and Student Exchange Funds were also started to support students of NUS Business School, and are ongoing initiatives,” Simon explains. “To date we have raised over more than $500,000 for Bursaries and more than $275,000 (excluding matching grants) towards the Student Exchange Programme to support students as they broaden their experience.”

However, the Association’s signature charity event is the annual Bizad Charity Run, first held in 2011. “It started as a simple event, as an idea to do something different to raise money for designated charities and bursaries,” says Simon. It grew in popularity and in 2013 the Bizad Charity Run raised a record sum of over $175,000. This funded five bursaries of $25,000 each and the remaining funds went to charities. This year’s run, held on 11 January 2014, attracted a record number of participants and garnered good media attention. It raised a further four bursaries and supported local charities. Next year’s event will flag off NUS Business School’s 50th anniversary.

Continued support is needed
But as Simon cautions, “The work we do doesn’t happen out of thin air. It requires the support of our Association members, alumni and students, who generously give their time and support to organise such events and think of creative new ways to give back.”

So as the Committee prepares to elect its new leadership team for the next two years, Simon hopes to see younger alumni getting involved, particularly those who graduated in the ’80s and ’90s and who now have well established in careers. “We need the support of all graduates – the ones that continue to support us year after year, those who haven’t yet become involved and of course new graduates.”

New initiatives to drive greater results
Looking ahead, the Committee has identified the Bizad Charity Run and the Alumni Reunion Dinner as the Association’s two signature events. “The reunion dinner event is a good opportunity for us to raise money and to recruit new members. Last year at our inaugural event, we filled 30 tables and this year we are targeting 40.”

As for the Bizad Charity Run, Simon would like to see it increase in scope to become an annual Bizad Day, where many different fundraising events can be held concurrently.

The Association will also continue to support the initiatives of its members, with the BSA Youth Wing being one example, with its Connexxions series of networking events. “It’s important that we support initiatives like this as a means to sow the seeds necessary to engage future alumni, and to attract and retain graduates each year,” advises Simon.

The latest target is a $75,000 endowment NUSBSA Social Impact Prize. The first of its kind, it will be awarded to students who have not only done well academically but have demonstrated their passion for community services and have contributed meaningfully to society.

“It’s been a challenging and fulfilling time being the Association’s President,” Simon concludes. “I would like to thank GANO for their support and I hope that alumni will continue to engage in our varied initiatives, and that as we create greater awareness of what we do, that more alumni will come forward to serve and take up life membership in our Association.”

NUS MBA Mentorship Programme Kick-Off

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Date:
21 February 2014 (Friday)

Venue:
Cluny Room, NUSS Kent
Ridge Guild House

Organiser:
Global Alumni Network Office

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It was an evening of mutual learning as mentors and their mentees gathered for the MBA Mentorship Kick-off 2014. Since its inception in 2007, the MBA Mentorship programme has served as a valuable bridge to connect the students of today with the mentors of tomorrow. This year, the event took a different turn with the aim of fostering even closer relationships between mentors and their mentees.

This year, participants were treated to an insightful panel discussion with three experienced mentors from the programme – Yeo Keng Joon (MBA 1985), Benedict Andrew Lim (MBA 2000) and Anuprita Bhomick (MBA 2003).

Led by Student Emcee Vivek Katti, the panellists shared their advice and experience with the mentors and mentees present. They emphasised the importance of mentorship, commenting that mentors are crucial in helping students to walk the right path. However, they explained that mentees should not have set expectations of their mentors and the help they should receive. Anuprita elaborated, saying: “Mentors can’t always help you open a door. You have to earn the contacts of your mentor.” Benedict echoed her sentiments, adding that the onus is on mentees to work hard to evolve and prove themselves. The panellists also stressed the importance of building networks with Keng Joon commenting: “50% of your MBA is in networking. Don’t underestimate it and be active as alumni.”

Addressing the questions of what makes an ideal mentee, the panellists emphasised that there is no such thing as each is individual and all bring value contributions to the table. However they did advise mentees to always keep an open mind and accept constructive criticism to really benefit from the programme. The panel also shared that mentors can learn from mentees as well.

As the panel discussion came to an end, the panellists addressed concerns from the mentees that they may not be able to contribute as much to the relationship as their mentor. All panellist agreed that this was no cause for concern as long as the mentees pay it forward in turn and pass on the knowledge and help they have received from the MBA programme by becoming mentors themselves. They also advised mentees to keep in touch with their mentors and to share their successes in life, big and small. “Sometimes the best reward for a mentor is learning of their mentees’ successes,” Benedict concluded.

Students in attendance were honoured to meet their mentors for the first time and glad that the panel discussion had cleared up some common misconceptions. Pu Xingyu, a student who worked in Deloitte in Shanghai, joined the MBA Mentorship programme as she wanted to broaden her network and gain more experience. “My pairing with my mentor Srikanth (MBA 2008) is ideal as I am considering switching careers from auditing to consulting. Srikanth used to work for KPMG before becoming a consultant in DHL, so I am looking forward to gaining some valuable advice in this area,” she said.

Another student, Derek Hyung Woo Kim, currently completing part of his S3 Asia MBA programme in South Korea, had flown to Singapore especially to attend the event and meet his mentor Ivan Lee (MBA 2008). He finds his pairing extremely suitable as, having switched from the pharmaceutical line to the hotel and resorts industry, he is looking to learn more about the casino industry. “Ivan works for Resorts World Sentosa, so I am really interested to learn from him. Eventually I plan to return to South Korea and use my knowledge to level up the casino industry there as it opens up to cater to the China tourist market. This is a huge opportunity for me,” shared Derek.

Mentees Prabha Vallabhi and Lui Haitao commented that the programme presents a good opportunity for mentees to learn from industry leaders. Lui Haitao, who is looking forward to a move from healthcare to IT, hopes to get insider knowledge and advice on the IT industry from her mentor Anuprita, Marketing Director at Dell.

With the resounding success of the MBA Mentorship launch, we hope that more alumni will step up to be involved, not just as mentors, but by giving talks, volunteering at events or simply contributing whatever they can offer, to pay it forward and help our MBA students benefit in the same way that they have benefited from the NUS MBA programme.

NUS Accountancy Networking Event

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Date:
20 February 2014 (Thursday)

Venue:
ISCA House, 60 Cecil Street

Organiser:
Bizad Club, Department of NUS Business School Accounting & NUS Accounting Graduates Representatives
In collaboration with: Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants & Global Alumni Network Office

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In an effort to reunite and reconnect the Accounting alumni, the NUS Accounting Department and the NUS Bizad Club jointly organised the inaugural NUS Accounting Network Evening on 20 February 2014 at ISCA House, Cecil Street. Supported by the Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA), this event gathered 60 Accounting alumni and students for an evening of knowledge-sharing and networking.

Derrick Kew, Vice President of NUS Bizad Club, welcomed attendees to the event and expressed the excitement among current students for the chance to be able to meet up with their seniors. After speeches by Mr Lee Fook Chiew, Chief Executive Officer, ISCA; Professor Ho Yew Kee, Head, Department of Accounting and ISCA Council Member; and Loh Uantchern (BAcc 1987), Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Accountancy Commission, Adjunct Professor and Immediate Past President of Institute of Internal Auditors Singapore, attendees were segregated to different tables for three rounds of speed networking. This provided a platform for alumni to meet fellow graduates and offer students professional insights into the industry. Our accounting undergraduates took the opportunity to mingle with notable alumni such as Mr Wan Tuck Wah (BAcc 1967), Mr Lim How Teck (BAcc 1975), Chairman of Certis Cisco Security and partners from the top three accounting firms in Singapore.

After a successful networking night, we hope to organise this event as an annual affair that will help to create internships and career opportunities for our students!