Eminent Business Alumni Awards 2016

Date: 11 November 2016
Venue: Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
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© NUS BIZ SCH | Photography by Lionel LinThe Eminent Business Alumni Awards recipients with the Awards Committee and Minister Lawrence Wong (centre, front row)

The Eminent Business Alumni Awards recognise the School’s graduates who are not just business leaders, but also make a difference to society.

This year’s recipients were honoured by Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance at an award ceremony held at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel on 11 November 2016.

Presented biennially to recognise the achievements of distinguished alumni, the 12 recipients include movers and shakers who spearheaded change in a range of industries such as technology, banking, finance, food and beverage and non-profit organisations.

The recipients are also trailblazers who give back to the community and school through philanthropic work such as volunteering and fund raising, student mentoring and alumni engagement.

© NUS BIZ SCH | Photography by Lionel LinFrom left: Minister Lawrence Wong; Senior Alumni Awards recipients Albert Cheng Yong Kim, Jocelyn Chng Yee Kwang and Ronald Ong Whatt Soon (Not present: Susan Chong Suk Shien and Fang Hong Bo); Peter Seah, Prof Bernard Yeung

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From left: Minister Lawrence Wong; Alumni Service Awards recipients Tan Boon Chin and Nancy Widjaja; Peter Seah and Prof Bernard Yeung

“They embody the School’s sense of community, the pursuit of excellence, and its commitment to innovation, leadership and care,” said Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor, NUS Business School.

Young and relevant © NUS BIZ SCH | Photography by Lionel Lin
From left: Minister Lawrence Wong; Young Alumni Awards recipients Tan Jian Feng, Marcus Tan Yi Wei, Quek Siu Rui, Ivy Tse Wing Man and Clement Wong Chun Hoong; Peter Seah; Prof Bernard Yeung

In his address, Mr Wong highlighted businesses should embrace change and innovate in a new economy that will be digitally driven. This trend is reflected in Young Alumni award category which was dominated by technology firms.

Mr Peter Seah, Chairman of DBS Group, alumnus of NUS Business School (BBA Honours, 1968) and Chairman, Awards Committee also pointed out this year saw the most number of nominees in the Young Alumni award category.

“It is a true reflection of millennials determining the future of business. As an exporter of talent to Asia, NUS Business School continues to nurture and mould this young talent pool that will keep Singapore relevant and plugged-in to the regional economies,” said Mr Seah.

More information about this year’s award recipients can be found here.

NUS Business School Eminent Business Alumni Awards 2014

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It was a night of celebration, accomplishments and
recognition as NUS Business Alumni gathered at the Mandarin Orchard by Meritus, Singapore on 04 November 2014 for the NUS Business School Eminent Business Alumni Awards 2014. Held biennially, the prestigious event serves to recognise alumni who have distinguished thems elves in their respective fields and made considerable contributions to the larger community.

Guest-of-Honour Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry, set the tone for the evening’s festivities with his keynote address, recapping Singapore’s journey from independence and highlighting the importance of education in the nation’s growth. He ended his speech by addressing the alumni present as future business leaders and encouraged them to nurture their workforce to drive Singapore ever forward.


The recipients of the Eminent Business Alumni Awards are truly the cream of the crop. Peter Seah (BBA Hons 1968), Chairman of the Awards Committee, spoke of the challenges the selection committee faced in picking the winners. “We had to choose from a list of 23 nominated candidates, all of whom have successful careers, provided committed service to the school or are young graduates who have displayed excellent performance,” he said. “This time was especially challenging as, in light of next year being our 50th anniversary, we not only had to select those who are outstanding but also well-rounded individuals who embody the NUS Business School spirit and can do the School proud.”

Sprinkled with toasts and laughter, a palpable sense of camaraderie permeated the night as attendees mixed and mingled, congratulating the recipient while laughing over shared memories of their time on campus. For many, this was a time to connect and meet up with old friends whom they had not seen since graduation. Even the overseas alumni marked this event in their calendars like Stella Lin Hee Shiu Cheng (BBA 1975), Executive member of NUS Business School Northern China Alumni Network, who flew to Singapore from Beijing for work. “I especially arrived in Singapore a day early so I could make it tonight,” she said. “It’s always great to be able to meet old classmates and I’m happy to have made it.”


David Shaw Tze Tuan (BBA 1981), who came to support his friend Janet Ang, who was honoured that evening, lauded the ceremony, saying: “Events such as these are good for expanding my present network, allowing me to build new connections and, of course, to renew contacts with old friends.” His army buddy Tan Wang Cheow (BACC 1981), Chairman and Director of Food Empire, shared the same sentiments, commenting: “I even got to touch base with one of my classmates from Vietnam this evening.”

Past recipients and current students also joined in the celebrations. Robin Ng Chee Chuan who was honoured with the Alumni Services Awards in 2010, shared his thoughts in Mandarin, saying: It is very heartening to see our alumni, who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the various industries, being affirmed and recognized for their accomplishments and their contributions to the School and society.  This year’s awards also showcase our alumni excelling not just in their career but also in sports, and certainly Jasmine Ser does the School and nation proud in being a prominent feature of the Singapore shooting scene.

Fellow alumni Mr Howie Lau commented that he makes it a point to come back for all the activities NUS organises. Current MBA undergraduates Mondy and Vera were keen to gain insights from and connect with the alumni spanning the years and mingle with their fellow coursemates, which they did with much chatter and laughter.

As the recipients went on stage to collect their awards and make their speeches, the room erupted in cheers and applause. Mr Sonny Yuen (BBA 1985), President of the NUS Business School Alumni Association and awards committee member, showed his pride in the recipients. “Selecting from so many deserving nominees was tough, but we have some excellent award winners including a few international candidates and a deserving young lady,” he said, referring to Ms Jasmine Ser Xiang Wei (BBA 2014), who is the Olympic Games representative for Singapore.

The night ended on a high note with the unveiling of the new logo for NUS Business School’s 50th anniversary with the slogan “Leading from Asia”.

First-time attendee Kevin Goh Di Yao, who is an active member of the NUS Bizad Charity 2015 committee, best summed up the event when he said: “Tonight has been an eye opener for me. It’s good to be here and this has inspired me to give back too.”

NUS Business School would like to once again congratulate all the recipients of the NUS Business School Eminent Business Alumni Awards 2014. You have done us proud.

Click here to view the list of recipient of NUS Business School Eminent Business Alumni Awards 2014.

Creating A Giving Society


gano-nov10-af-laurenceLaurence Lien used to have a high-flying job in Singapore’s Administrative Service. At a relatively young age, he was given tremendous responsibility. For example, when he was at the Ministry of Finance, he was given the job of working out the Generally Accepted Principles and Practices for sovereign wealth funds.

However, he put that all aside in 2008 to become the Chief Executive of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, which was set up to promote volunteerism and philanthropy in Singapore.

For him though, the change was not a drastic one, but almost a logical one given his background and interests.

“Having gone through different postings in government, I’d seen different aspects of Singapore whether it’s more economic ones, at the Ministry of Finance or educational ones at the Ministry of Education,” said Laurence. “The posting I enjoyed the most was MCYS or the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports. I was exposed to the sector quite a lot.”

At the time, he was also brought in to lead the Lien Foundation, his family foundation, which also gave him exposure to the social work sector.

That interest began when he was very young, thanks to his religious upbringing.“I was part of a church. I was a cradle Catholic and I have been going to church since I was born. Being Catholic, the sense of social mission was there.”

In that sense, that makes him the perfect person to lead NVPC. Currently, the organization is aimed at trying to turn Singapore into a giving nation, where giving is a way of life. According to Laurence, there is still some way to go. “I think for many Singaporeans, giving is still incidental, something you do with your spare change or spare time. It’s not an integral part of a person.”

The sector is short of talented people so the NVPC is focused on building capacity for non-profit organizations. It also wants people to consider jobs in non-profits as a career. Said Laurence: “The non-profit world is challenging. You are dealing with complex issues and complex problems. Solutions are not so straightforward as there are multiple stakeholders. 

“With the challenge there is a greater sense of purpose, fulfillment and enjoyment.”

Running the NVPC, an organization with considerably fewer resources than the Administrative Service, has numerous challenges, but Laurence is unfazed. Apart from his 14 years in Government, he also had the benefit of a Master in Public Policy as well as his Master in Business Administration from the NUS Business School.

Laurence benefitted considerably from his MBA, which he did part-time when he was still in the Administrative Service. “A lot of the learning is directly relevant to running an organization, whether it is human resource management, accounting or corporate strategy. It doesn’t matter whether you are in the public or non-profit sector, you need good managerial skills. You need tool kits to help you get the best out of your people, to make sure you’re adopting the right strategies, that you are getting feedback that you’re on the right track and doing the right things. And all that training was extremely valuable.”

Eminent Business Young Alumni Award Winners Huynh Quang Hai (centre left) and Laurence Lien (centre right) with GOH S. Dhanabalan, Chairman of Temasek Holdings & NUS Business School Management Advisory Board (left) and Dean Prof Bernard Yeung (right), at the award ceremony dinner on 12 November 2010 Read about the Eminent Business Alumni Awards 2010 »

Eminent Business Young Alumni Award Winners
Huynh Quang Hai (centre left) and Laurence Lien (centre right) with GOH S. Dhanabalan, Chairman of Temasek Holdings & NUS Business School Management Advisory Board (left) and Dean Prof Bernard Yeung (right), at the award ceremony dinner on 12 November 2010

Of Eminence and Awards

Buzz_OfEminenceAndAwards150 alumni, guests and staff attended the NUS Business School Eminent Business Alumni Award presentation ceremony on 22 July 2008. The formal event, held at St. Regis Hotel, saw Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Mr Lee Yi Shyan gracing the occasion as Guest-of-Honor.

“Tonight, we salute our alumni who enabled us to reach new heights – many of whom have also returned to serve NUS and our school,” said Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean of NUS Business School during his opening address. “The school is proud of its alumni and the awards is one way of saluting our illustrious alumni.”

“Many of the nominations came with outstanding achievements,” said Mr Peter Seah (BBA Hons 1968), Chairman of the Award Selection Committee. “Choosing the winners was a humbling experience.”

“It was an honor to have been on the selection committee,” said Mr Wong Ah Long (MBA 1972), CEO of DLF Trust Management Pte Ltd. “It was difficult to select a winner as many of the nominees were very good.” Mr Wong was part of the Award Selection Committee and was a past winner of the NUS Businesss School Eminent Business Alumni Award.

The evening saw the presentation of Eminent Business Alumni Award to four alumni.

Mr Ng Ser Miang (BBA Hons 1971), Chairman of NTUC Fairprice Co-operative Ltd and Chairman of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee and Ms Veronica Eng (BBA Hons 1976), Partner of Permira Advisers Limited, UK were presented the awards in the Senior Alumni category.

In the Young Alumni category, Mr Adam Khoo (BBA Hons 1999), Executive Chairman of Adam Khoo Learning Technologies Group Pte Ltd, and Mr Howie Lau (BBA 1993), Executive Director of Lenovo (Singapore) Pte Ltd were presented with the awards.

The evening also saw the presentation of the Special Service Award to two other alumni for their dedication and contributions to the school – Mr Peter Tay (BBA Hons 1975, MBA 1987), Managing Director of TPS Corporate Services Pte Ltd and Mr Yeo Keng Joon (MBA 1985), Managing Partner of Global Biotech Singapore.

“It’s a great evening – the atmosphere, the company and the speeches. It’s most inspiring!” said Ms Sun Jing (APEX-C MBA 1998), Senior Executive of Overseas Union Enterprise Limited.

Many of the guests thought the award winners deserved the accolades. “They are all industry leaders whose achievements are above the benchmark,” pointed out Mr Anand Agarwal (MBA 2005), Associate Director with UBS AG. “The winners have all made huge commitments to their organizations for so long. Resilient is a quality that describes them all.”

“I feel proud that our alumni have such achievements,” said Ms Tang An (APEX-C MBA 2000), Public Relations Officer of NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni.