NUS & KPMG – Battle on Cricket Grounds

Surya reports on a cricket friendly between the NUS MBA team and KPMG at the Ceylon Sports Club.
As I passed through the Ceylon sports club near the Farrer Park MRT about a month back, I wondered if I would get to play on that lovely ground.

This small dream of mine came true quickly when I heard that the NUS MBA team was going to play a friendly cricket match against KPMG at the very same venue. I was also excited because of my extreme love and passion for the game of cricket and felt it could prove to be an exclusive opportunity to catch up with some folks from KPMG to find out more about their operations and work culture in Singapore.

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The Pilgrimage to Omaha – Enlightened and Humbled

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NUS MBA students Kashif Aslam, Kirti Chopra and Kuruvilla Alexander attended the Berkshire-Hathaway AGM in Omaha.

On the 21st of April in the midst of our final exams, we got a pleasant surprise in the form of an email about the chance to meet the “Sage of Omaha” or more popularly known as Mr. Warren Buffet. The annual pilgrimage to Omaha was happening and the NUS MBA would send its share of disciples.

The reason was Berkshire Hathaway’s Annual General Meeting and the place was Omaha, USA. The event attracts some of the most ardent investors and authorities in the field of finance, all willing to fly from all over the world to hear the Oracle speak.

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A Brief Stint with Microsoft: Microsoft Case Challenge 2009

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The 2009 Microsoft Case Challenge was held in Beijing from January 5-6. Muthuramen Ganesan’s team emerged as runner-up, with the chance to implement their proposed business plan with funding from Microsoft.

Event: The 2009 East-West MBA All-Star Case Challenge
Venue: Grand Hyatt and Oriental Plaza, Beijing
Date: January 5-6 

16 teams, 12 universities: needless to say the atmosphere was electrifying! Here we were in Beijing, to represent the NUS Business School in an exclusive “by invitation only”, non-profit case challenge organized by the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in conjunction with Microsoft “FirenzeChina”. We were enthralled and felt extremely proud to be the only team from Singapore to participate in this international competition. It had been hard work preparing for this contest especially given that all four of us were located in four different cities, teleconferencing day and night coordinating with each other.

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Berkshire Hathaway AGM – The American Dream

NUS MBA student  R. Suraj gives us a look into the inside of the famed Berkshire Hathaway AGM.

My flight to Omaha was delayed. I was stuck indefinitely at Denver airport. A long-winding chain of angry passengers stood in front of the United Airlines customer service counter. In front of me was a smartly suited man in his 30’s, busily typing into his Blackberry. He asked where I was heading.

“I am going to an AGM in Omaha. It’s a company called Berkshire Hathaway,” I said, hoping he would know the company.
“They call it the Woodstock,” he said.
“What?” I gave him a quizzical look.
“It is not any AGM. It is the Woodstock of Capitalism,” he reminded me. I nodded in acceptance.

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