Senior Alumni Awards Recipients
Ms Janet Ang Guat Har
BBA Hons 1982
Managing Director, IBM Singapore
In her 32 years in the IT industry, Janet Ang Guat Har has held various leadership roles including Director of Sales Operations at IBM Asia Pacific and Vice President of Global Desktop Operations at Lenovo Group. She also serves on various boards including PUB, iDA, ISS, NVPC, Caritas (Singapore) and is President of the International Women’s Forum in Singapore.
Ms Ang is passionate about giving back to her alma mater, which she believes played a huge part in her development. To her, giving back is both an obligation as well as a privilege and she advises young people today to be compassionate and caring.
Dr Chen Chun Hua
Asia-Pacific Executive MBA Chinese 2000
Joint Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, New Hope Liuhe Corp Ltd
On top of the various positions she has held at Liuhe, Ms Chen Chun Hua is also a non-executive Director at SPT Energy Group Inc and Vtron Technologies Ltd and, in addition, has served as an Independent Director of China Merchants Fund Management Co Ltd, Shunde Rural Commercial Bank and Midea Group Weiling Holding Ltd.
That said, Ms Chen has always emphasised her role as a teacher and the importance of education. A Professor and Doctoral Tutor at the School of Business Administration, South China University of Technology, and previously Executive Dean at the School of Economics and Commerce, South China University of Technology, she has been voted Most Popular Teacher a total of four times and has had a faculty set up in her name. To her, the impact a good teacher can make on the lives of others cannot be overstated and she exemplifies this belief in her daily life.
Dr Feng Lun
Master in Public Administration and Management 2013
President, Vantone Group and Chairman, Vantone Holdings Co Ltd
An innovator in the real estate industry, Dr Feng has served as the rotating President of the China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce, the Vice Chairman of the Urban Residential Development Commission for the China Real Estate Association, and the Vice President of the China Real Estate Research Association.
A firm believer in the importance of social responsibility, Dr Feng is a dedicated advocate and practitioner of the sustainable development of corporate citizenship. He currently serves as the President of the Alxa Society in the Society of Entrepreneurs & Ecology (SEE) and is a council member at One Foundation and Aiyou Huaxia Charity Foundation. In 2009, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, he proposed the concept of the “Great City”, a novel urbanisation solution that is characterised by its focus on energy conservation, environmental protection, the saving of land and the thriving of industry. With his contributions, Dr Feng has revolutionised the way the industry approaches sustainable development.
Mr Liak Teng Lit
Group Chief Executive Officer, Alexandra Health System
Prior to his current position, Mr Liak was the CEO of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital from 2010 to 2012, Alexandra Hospital from 2000 to 2010, Changi General Hospital from 1997 to 2000 and Toa Payoh Hospital from 1992 to 1996. He was also involved in the restructuring of major hospitals, including the National University Hospital, Kandang Kerbau Hospital and Singapore General Hospital. On top of this, Mr Liak currently serves on the boards of Alexandra Health, NTUC Health, National Environment Agency, Pathlight School, Advisory Panel of the Singapore Human Resources Institute, to name a few, and is also the Chairman of Public Hygiene Council.
Through his wide range of prominent leadership positions, Mr Liak has overseen the development of many significant institutions and fields in Singapore. He believes that change starts with oneself, and that people and societies should always remain humble, continue to learn and strive to be better.
Dr Robert Yap Chin Kok
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, YCH Group
In recognition of his significant contributions to the SCM industry, Dr Robert Yap Chin Kok was conferred the Asia Logistics Hall of Fame award in 2003 and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007. In 2013, Dr Yap was further honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award (Logistics) presented by the World Chinese Economic Forum. He also sits on the ASEAN-Business Advisory Council, which he chaired from 2007 to 2009, and is presently President of Singapore National Employers Federation and a Board Member at International Enterprise Singapore.
In all his work, Dr Yap carries the belief that everyone should be given a chance to maximise their potential and that this should be encouraged through education, scholarship initiatives and training. To him, the power of knowledge and the importance of sharing it cannot be overstated.
Mr Atsushi Yoshikawa
President and Group Chief Operating Officer, Nomura Holdings Inc
Since joining Nomura in 1978, Mr Atsushi Yoshikawa has held key positions across a number of the firm’s businesses, including Retail, Equity Sales, Investment Banking, and Asset Management. He served as CEO of Nomura’s Asset Management division and as President and CEO of Nomura Asset Management, Japan’s leading asset management firm, from April 2008 to June 2011. He has also served as Co-Head of Investment Banking in Tokyo.
Young Alumni Awards Recipients
Ms Jasmine Ser Xiang Wei
National Shooter Jasmine Ser Xiang Wei has been a prominent figure in the Singapore shooting scene ever since she won the 2006 Doha Asian Games Team Silver at the age of 16. She continued to develop her skills, winning numerous medals, including multiple golds in the South East Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. Jasmine’s list of achievements also includes winning double gold and double silver medals in Shooting, and setting two new Games records in the 10-metre Air Rifle (Singles) event and the 50-metre Rifle 3 Positions (Pairs) event at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, in 2010. She was also a gold medallist at the Southeast Asian Games in 2007 and 2009.
For her sporting excellence, the NUS Sportswoman of the Year 2010 was also crowned Singapore Sportswoman of the Year in 2011, topping the honours list at the Singapore Sports Awards ceremony, which recognises extraordinary efforts and achievements by Singaporean athletes. In 2012, she was awarded the NUS President Sports Award, the highest honour given to student athletes for their outstanding performance and dedication to sports.
Alumni Service Awards Recipients
Mr Tan Soo Khoon
BBA Hons 1971
Former Member and Speaker of Parliament
Managing Director, Crystal Time (S) Pte Ltd
Mr Tan Soo Khoon was first elected to Parliament in 1976 at the age of 27 and subsequently served through seven terms spanning 30 years. In 1984, he was elected Deputy Speaker and, from 1989 to 2002, he held the position of Speaker. He then returned to the backbench until his retirement from politics in 2006. Mr Tan was also President of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organisation for three terms. He is currently the Honorary President and Advisor of the Singapore Clock and Watch Trade Association, and has been serving as Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to the Czech Republic since 2007. He also serves on the board of several publicly listed companies.
In his time as a Speaker, Mr Tan earned a reputation for bringing fairness to both sides of the House, allowing members from both the ruling party and the opposition to speak their minds. Mr Tan has wowed many with his well-researched, frank and sharp speeches on many important issues and has encouraged a culture of much-needed open dialogue.
Mr Gan Giap Leong
Marketing Management Programme 1993
President 2006−2008, Honorary Advisor
NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni
Mr Gan Giap Leong has been an active participant of the NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni since 1996, serving as the Assistant Welfare/Recreational Officer, Auditor, Honorary Advisor and President for two terms. In addition, he has been involved in the NUS Business School Golf Reunion Challenge since 2007, and has chaired its committee from 2010 to 2011. With his active participation in alumni affairs, he is an inspiration to the alumni community.
Mr Gan is an ardent supporter of the NUS Business School Bursary Fund for financially challenged students since 1997. His commitment to providing aid to the Chinese lower-income community was evident when he suggested a ‘Mendaki’-type self-help group during a dialogue with then-PM Mr Goh Chok Tong, which supported the formation of the Chinese Development Assistance Council. Besides being a passionate student and alumni advocate, Mr Gan is also actively involved in community service and was awarded the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2005 in recognition of his contributions. He has been a People’s Association Grassroots member since 1985, serving the constituencies of Tanah Merah, Bedok, Bukit Timah and Bukit Batok East (BBE).
Mr Simon Phua Kheng Jin
BBA Hons 1976
Past President 2012–2014, NUS Business School Alumni Association
Managing Director, JES Panels Pte Ltd
Mr Simon Phua Kheng Jin has been an avid supporter of alumni matters since 2006 when he served on the NUS Business School Alumni (NUSBSA) Board of Directors. A strong believer in giving back to society, he led two successful fund-raising drives, the Business School Golf Challenge in 2007 and 2008, which contributed towards the Building Excellence Fund for Mochtar Riady Building and the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy respectively.
Mr Phua rejoined the NUSBSA board as the President in 2012 and served for two years. Under his leadership, NUSBSA continued to contribute to the School, Students and Community through its fund-raising initiatives. The Bizad Charity Run, first incepted in 2011, saw record turnout in participation and funds raised for students’ bursaries and charitable organisations. Mr Phua also supported the inception of the BSA Youth Wing, which promotes active engagements between students and the younger alumni.