Australian Alumni In Singapore


    Australian Universities


    Singaporeans studying in Australian Universities annually


    Australian Alumni Chapters in Singapore


    The Australian Alumni Singapore (AAS) is the national umbrella organisation for the 200,000 Singaporean or Singapore-based graduates of Australian universities. With the Patronage of the Australian High Commission and the President of Singapore, AAS, the Australian Alumni of Singapore, aims to promote friendship and goodwill among the various graduates and members from different Australian tertiary and professional institutions. Since 1955, the AAS has created platforms that forge closer business, social and cultural links between Singapore and Australia - alliances that enhance professional and leadership opportunities for Australian alumni from different Australian tertiary and professional institutions in Singapore.


    In 1955, a small group of returned graduates from Australia, with the esprit de corps to establish a forum to interact and forge a close link between Singapore and Australia, founded the Australian Alumni Singapore under the leadership of the founder President, Mr Michael Fam Yu Onn. Since it’s inception, the Australian Alumni Singapore has grown into a well-established graduate organisation.

    Through the years, thousands of students have gone to Australia to receive higher education and returned to join the ranks of successful professionals instrumental to the present development of the Republic into a modern and sophisticated centre of communication and commerce. Many of the returned graduates who, at one time or another, were actively associated with the Alumni are today Government Ministers, community leaders, and prominent figures playing vital roles in Government, Public Service and Private Sectors, responsible for the continued progress of our young nation.

    The Australian Alumni Singapore, through the uniting efforts of it founders and successive office-bearers, and the enthusiasm and support of the Australian High Commission, has not only forged a close link to promote goodwill and understanding of each other’s social, economic and cultural values, but also formed an important part of the fabric of relationships between the peoples and professionals of the two countries.


    • To provide platforms for Australian Alumni to meet together
    • To strengthen people to people ties between Australia and Singapore
    • To further the legitimate and collective interests of its members
    • To promote professional growth and development of its members
    • To promote networking and friendship with members and the business community
    • To provide assistance to students intending to study in Australia and to those newly returned
    • To provide goodwill between Singapore and Australia

    AAS works closely with the Australian High Commission, the office of the President of Singapore, Australian Universities, and their respective Alumni Associations and Chapters in order to achieve these objectives.



    64th Annual Report of the AAS

    March 20, 2019

    AAS President - Chris Cheah

    Dear All,


    It has been 1 year since I took over as President of AAS from Immediate Past President, Mr Christopher Cheah. I would like thank Christopher for his trust and support and it is a big shoe to fill after a phenomenal growth of AAS under his care. I am humbled and honored to serve AAS alongside a dedicated group of committee members to continue to fulfill the vision:


    Ø To become a leading alumni association in Singapore, with over 5,000 members;

    Ø To become an effective facilitator to our members, enhancing their professional and business networks;

    Ø To become the key link promoting and encouraging Australian education to Singaporeans, and Singaporean education to Australians.


    AAS receives very strong support from the Australian High Commissioners HE Bruce Gosper and his team by continuing to hold many important events at the Australian High Commissioner’s residence. A representative from the Australian High Commission joins our Management Committee meetings and is an integral part of AAS management team.


    AAS Council of Advisors who is made up of highly regarded and successful Australian alumni continues to provide good guidance and strong support to the Management Committee. They are a pillar of strength to AAS which my team is deeply appreciative.


    AAS will continue to proactively engage strategic partners like Australian Chamber of Commerce (“Austcham”), The Australia and New Zealand Association (“ANZA”), CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (“CA ANZ”), The Alumni International Singapore (“AIS”), EDB Society, Engineers Australia, CFA Society, ambassador and high commissioner of many countries etc to create platform for AAS members to network.


    For 2018, AAS held the 2nd Graduate Homecoming Career Fair in partnership with NTUC E2i. 4 networking events, a Sponsors Appreciation event and the flagship 63rd Anniversary JCU-AAS Annual Gala Dinner in Marriott Tangs Hotel. AAS also supported numerous activities by Australian High Commission, in particular the inaugural Good Science = Great Business Week. AAS will continue to organize these events and others that are relevant to members and stakeholders.


    AAS is certainly a prominent international alumni association in Singapore today which we should be proud of. With a total Australian alumni population of 200,000 in Singapore, there are a lot more that AAS can do to engage more of the committee. My team will certainly strive to reach out to more Australian alumni in order to grow and improve AAS for the benefits of our members, current and future.


    I wish to take this opportunity to express my gratitude:


    Firstly, to our current Term Sponsors - Platinum Sponsor James Cook University, Gold Sponsor Lend Lease, Silver Sponsor Jetstar and Qantas, our Official Airline.


    Secondly, to our Partner Universities – Platinum: James Cook University, Murdoch University and RMIT University, Gold: University Technology of Sydney, Silver: Deakin University and Digital: University of Southern Queensland.


    Last, but not least, I wish to thank all members of my Management Committee current and past, Members of our Council of Advisors and our Secretariat current and past for their excellent support. I and my fellow committee welcome passionate and dedicated Australian alumni to come forward to volunteer with AAS, especially newer graduates who will provide a fresh perspective. My team and I look forward to continue to serve AAS and build a long term, successful and sustainable AAS.

    Yours sincerely,


    Joseph Kwok


    Australian Alumni Singapore

    20 Mar 2019

    You can download the 64th AGM Report here.


  • Message from His Excellency Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam

    Ex-President of the Republic of Singapore
    Patron of the AAS

    Since its establishment in 1955, the Australian Alumni Singapore (AAS) has evolved and grown to be one of the leading alumni organisations in Singapore. Under the competent leadership of its Management Committee and the strong support of the Australian High Commission, the membership of AAS has seen phenomenal growth in recent years and its activities are well attended by members. Through these efforts, the AAS helps promote goodwill and understanding among Singaporeans and Australians.


    Singapore and Australia share a special relationship built on long-standing ties and mutual trust. The two countries enjoy strong political, economic and people-to-people ties, which will be further strengthened with the Singapore-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. The work of AAS adds another important dimension to the lasting friendship between Singapore and Australia.


    I would like to congratulate the AAS on its many achievements. Starting this year, the AAS will be implementing its new 2017-2019 Strategic Plan and the supporting digital initiatives. I am confident that these plans will bring AAS to the next level.


    H.E. Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam
    Ex-President of the Republic of Singapore
    Patron of Australian Alumni Singapore

    Message from His Excellency Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam President of the Republic of Singapore Patron of AAS
  • Message from His Excellency Mr Bruce Gosper

    Australian High Commissioner to Singapore

    Patron of the AAS

    I am pleased to be Patron of the Australian Alumni Singapore (AAS). The close partnership that Australia and Singapore share is supported by strong ties across defence, trade, innovation and importantly, people-to-people links. The 140,000 Australian alumni in Singapore act as a reminder of Australia’s deep commitment to and interest in Singapore and the wider region.


    The Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan is now in its fourth year in Singapore. As one of the pilot countries, Singapore has seen more than 700 Australian students study here over the last four years, and more than 40 scholars, gaining valuable insights and hopefully a passion for the region which will continue on into their future careers. Many senior Singaporeans, as original Colombo Plan students, have engaged with the program and shared their time, wisdom and passion for the relationship with Australia. This has been an important contribution to our efforts to build leaders with the same affinity with Singapore and the region.


    Australia and Singapore’s strong people-to-people links are underpinned by our commitment to invest in our people through skills and education. Under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, we will see increased recognition of Australian tertiary qualifications, an internship pilot program which will enable Singaporean students to access to internships with leading Australian companies, and a dialogue which will promote cultural exchange between Australian and Singaporean schools.


    Of importance also is Australia’s Global Alumni Strategy which aims to connect alumni to each other, celebrates their achievements and their two-way links with Australia. Australian alumni who understand the culture of both countries, and have a positive outlook on doing business between both countries can result in more opportunities for collaboration and expansion, an aspect invaluable to the relationship. I believe the AAS has done an excellent job in connecting alumni in Singapore and providing a contemporary and forward-thinking agenda, and I look forward to supporting the AAS in that role.


    H.E. Mr Bruce Gosper

    Australian High Commissioner to Singapore

    Patron of Australian Alumni Singapore

    H.E. Mr Bruce Gosper, Australian High Commissioner to Singapore, Patron of Australian Alumni Singapore

    Amended by resolutions passed at the Annual General Meeting on 28 March 2017 and approved by

    Registrar of Societies on 19 June 2017.


    The AAS Code of Conduct and Ethics, adopted at the 62nd Annual General Meeting on the 28th March 2017, outlines the values and behaviours which govern our way of working. It constitutes a reference point covering all aspects of our Representatives working relationships, specifically (but not exclusively) with other AAS representatives, our Members, Universities and Partners, Governments and Regulators, Sponsors, Suppliers, and the broader AAS community.

    The objective is to define the way we think, work and act at AAS to ensure we deliver against our vision and mission, in the right way. The AAS Code of Conduct and Ethic sets out the ethical and professional attitudes and behaviours expected of all AAS Representatives. AAS subscribes to this code and is committed to embedding its broad principles into its operations.



    Joseph Kwok,  AAS President

    Mr. Joseph Kwok

    University of New South Wales



    SooChow Securities CSSD (Singapore) Pte Ltd

    Geoff Howie, AAS Vice President

    Mr. Geoff Howie

    University of Queensland

    Vice President

    Market Strategist


    Grace Ong, AAS Management Committee

    Ms. Grace Ong

    University of Adelaide


    Co-chair of Alumni Engagement

    Deputy Managing Director

    Kaeser Gastechnik Singapore Pte Ltd

    Rennie Sng​, AAS Treasurer

    Mr. Rennie Sng​

    Murdoch University​

    Committee Member

    Paul Ho, AAS Management Committee

    Mr. Paul Ho

    Macquarie University


    Founder, Managing Director

    Icompare Loan

    Rajaneesh Kurup, AAS Management Committee

    Mr. Rajaneesh Kurup

    James Cook University

    Committee Member

    Chair of Membership
    Co-chair of Partner University Program

    Senior Manager Solution Marketing


    Kevin Dam, AAS Management Committee, UTS

    Mr. Kevin Dam

    University of Technology Sydney

    Committee Member

    Chair of Digital Transformation

    Sales Director

    KD Consulting

    Davian Sim, AAS Committee Member

    Mr. Davian Sim​

    Macquarie University

    Committee Member

    Co-chair of sponsorship

    Head of Strategic Corporate Development

    Aalst Wilmar Pte Ltd

    Chee Kheng Hock Rothschild​, AAS Committee Member

    Mr. Chee Kheng Hock Rothschild​

    Macquarie University

    Committee Member

    Chair of Regular Events

    GM Indonesia

    Red Dot Payment Pte Ltd

    Chee Kheng Hock Rothschild​, AAS Committee Member

    Dr Peter Ling

    University of Western Australia

    Committee Member

    Chair of AAS Branding and Publicity

    Visiting Fellow
    Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
    Nanyang Technological University Singapore


    Mr Michael Yap, Council of Advisors, Australian Alumni Singapore

    Mr Chris Cheah ​

    Chairman of COA

    Founder and Joint CEO, TrustCapital Advisors Investment Management Pte Ltd

    Chris Cheah is also the Chairman of the Singapore chapter of Diplomatic Council, a unique organisation with consultative status to the United Nations combining a global think tank, a world leading business network and a charitable foundation. Chris is the President of Australian Alumni Singapore from April 2014 – March 2018. Prior to TrustCapital, he was the Head of Property Asia for ANZ Bank. Chris has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of Queensland and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

    Mr Michael Yap, Council of Advisors, Australian Alumni Singapore

    Dr Dale Anderson

    Deputy Vice Chancellor, James Cook University

    Dr Anderson is the Deputy Vice Chancellor, James Cook University Australia and Head of the Singapore Campus. As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr Anderson is a member of the James Cook University Executive and the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee.

    He is currently a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the First Vice President of the Singapore Association of Private Education, a member of the Education Committee and the ASEAN Committee of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Singapore Management Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Dr Cheong Choong Kong, Council of Advisors, Australian Alumni Singapore

    Dr Cheong Choong Kong


    Dr Cheong Choong Kong is the Malaysian former Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Airlines and former Chairman of the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation.

    He is a Director of several companies, including Singapore Press Holdings Ltd, Great Eastern Holdings Ltd, Great Eastern Life Assurance Company Ltd and Overseas Assurance Corporation Ltd.

    He is Distinguished Australian Alumnus Award Winner 2015.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Mathematics from the University of Adelaide in 1964 where he studied in Australia as a Colombo Plan scholar.

    He also received a Master of Science (1966) and a PhD (1968) in Mathematics from Australian National University.

    Dr Bill Foo, Council of Advisors, Australian Alumni Singapore

    Dr Bill Foo


    Bill is currently a professional director, corporate advisor and chairman of several non-profit, private and public listed entities including SGX listed Mewah, CDL Hospitality and Tung Lok, and IC Power Singapore Ltd. Bill is also a Senior Advisor at Bank of Singapore and Lazard Asia and Non-Executive Director of Tower Capital Asia Pte Ltd(PE) and Unigestion Asia Pte Ltd(Investment Management) and Director of Business Circle Singapore Pte Ltd, in partnership with Trans Tasman Business Circle.


    Bill serves on several community and charity organisations including as Chairman of Heartware Network(a youth charity) and Salvation Army South Asia, and as a Director of the International Institute of Strategic Studies Ltd(Asia)/Trustee.


    Bill has a B.Admin from Concordia, MBA from McGill and an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from James Cook University where he is Special Advisor to the Chancellor.

    Mr Philip Forrest, Council of Advisors, Australian Alumni Singapore

    Mr Philip Forrest​

    Non-Executive Director

    Philip Forrest is the Non-Executive Director of 7 companies in the Asia Pacific region. He has also served on the Council of the Singapore Business Federation; the Boards of the Australian Chamber of Commerce (former president) and the British Chamber of Commerce; the Council of the Association of Banks in Singapore; and the University of Queensland's BEL Ambassador Council in Singapore (chairman). He sits on the governing council and several committees of the Singapore Institute of Directors and is a Fellow of that institute, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, CPA Australia, and the Australian Institute of Business and Economics.

    Mr Loh Hoon Sun, Council of Advisors, Australian Alumni Singapore

    Mr Loh Hoon Sun

    Managing Director, Philip Securities, Former President AAS

    Mr Loh Hoon Sun has been with Phillip Securities since 1990, first as Managing Director and now Senior Advisor. He graduated from The University of Queensland, Australia. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and ISCA and Member of CFA Society and IBF Distinguished Fellow.


    He has served as Chairman, Gold Exchange of Singapore, and Board Member of, SIMEX, Stock Exchange of Singapore, Securities Industry Council, ACRA and GST Board of Review. He is a Past President of Chung Ling Alumni, Singapore, CPA Australia, Singapore Division and Australian Alumni Singapore.

    Mr Neil Parekh, Council of Advisors, Australian Alumni Singapore

    Mr Neil Parekh​

    General Manager Asia, National Australia Bank

    Neil joins NAB after a career track record in financial services holding Leadership positions for Natixis, DBS, Society Generale and Bank of America in US, Asia, Middle East & India. Neil holds Board Directorships with Nautilus Insurance, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE) and as Vice-Chairman for Singapore Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the governing council of the ABS (Association of Banks in Singapore) and the Advisory Committee of the AICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, a Master’s degree in Finance and an MBA in International Business.

    Mr Mah Bow Tan, Council of Advisors, Australian Alumni Singapore

    Mr Mah Bow Tan​

    Former Member of the People's Action Party

    Mah Bow Tan is a former Singaporean politician. A member of the governing People's Action Party (PAP), he has been a Member of Parliament (MP) representing Tampines GRC from 1988 to 2015. He was a member of the Cabinet from 1991 to 2011, serving as the Minister for Communications (1991-99), Minister for the Environment (1993-95) and Minister for National Development (1999-2011).

    Mr Michael Yap, Council of Advisors, Australian Alumni Singapore

    Mr Michael Yap

    Members Vice - Chancellor's Circle

    Swinburne University of Technology

    Michael Yap is the Executive Committee Member of the EDB Society and Lions Club of Singapore. He is an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University.


    Michael has 40 years of elite leadership experience in Non Executive and Executive positions as Director, General Manager and CEO in both the Public and Private sector across the Asia Pacific. He is a Graduate in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry from the University of Swinburne and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute of the UK.

    Mr Michael Yap, Council of Advisors, Australian Alumni Singapore

    Mr Chia Yoong Hui

    Chief Executive Officer,

    Ascenz Solutions

    Awarded EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 - Maritime Technology Solutions. Chia Yoong Hui founded Ascenz and has served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Director since the company’s inception in 2008.

    Under Chia’s leadership, Ascenz has grown to an award-winning company, well recognized in the industry for its innovation. He has pioneered ship data analytics on the world stage to further the company's growth.

    Chia graduated from the University of Wales with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Business Computing with Financial Management, and received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in 2005.



    His Excellency Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam
    Former President of the Republic of Singapore
    His Excellency Mr Bruce Gosper
    Australian High Commissioner to Singapore


    Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam (2010)
    Chairman, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
    Former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore


    Dr Anthony Chung Jia Chi (2002)
    Past President, 1987 – 1989
    Prof Brian Lee (2003)
    Past President, 1985 – 1987
    Mr Tan Kah Hoe (2004)
    Past President, 1993 – 1995
    Dr. Geoffrey Chiam Heng Khim (2005)
    Past President, 1967 – 1970


    Eminent Alumnus Award
    Dr Tan Chin Nam (2012)
    Chairman, Media Development Authority International Advisory Panel
    Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
    Mr Jeffrey Tan (2012)
    Head, Commune Participation Program
    Singapore Arts Festival
    National Arts Council



    University of Melbourne



    Monash University



    University of Melbourne and University of South Australia



    Monash University



    Monash University



    Monash University


    • 1955 – 1956  Michael Fam Yu Onn (deceased); Peter Tan
    • 1956 – 1957  Michael Fam Yu Onn (deceased); Wilfred Anthonisz
    • 1957 – 1958  Michael Fam Yu Onn (deceased); Tan Sock Kern
    • 1958 – 1959  Peter Tan (deceased); Choo Chek Juan
    • 1959 – 1961  Choo Chek Juan; Lee Hong Wei
    • 1961 – 1962  Choo Chek Juan; Chan Chee Wah
    • 1962 – 1963  Roy S P Soon; Dr. Benny Foo Cheong Khean
    • 1963 – 1964  Tan Kiong Koo; Christopher Chee
    • 1964 – 1965  Dr. Benny Foo; Cheong Khean Dr. J C K Yin
    • 1965 – 1966  Lawrence Mah; Peter Lim
    • 1966 – 1967  Lawrence Mah; V T Lingam
    • 1967 – 1968  Dr. Geoffrey Chiam Heng Khim; Leslie Wong Kok Chin
    • 1968 – 1970  Dr. Geoffrey Chiam Heng Khim; Ong Teck Joon (deceased)
    • 1970 – 1971  Ong Teck Joon (deceased); Allen Ng Poh Meng
    • 1971 – 1973  Ong Teck Joon (deceased); Prof Li Yu Pek
    • 1973 – 1974  Chin Kim Shek; Prof Li Yu Pek
    • 1974 – 1975  Richard Lee Sian; Lin Ernest Chen
    • 1975 – 1976  Richard Lee Sian; Lin Helen Soh
    • 1976 – 1978  Ernest Chen; Jim Tan
    • 1978 – 1979  Jim Tan; Helen Soh
    • 1979 – 1981  Tan Keng Tat; Helen Soh
    • 1981 – 1982  Helen Soh; James Chin Kwok Wing
    • 1982 – 1984  Leslie Wong Kok Chin; James Chin Kwok Wing
    • 1984 – 1985  James Chin Kwok Wing; Dr. Anthony Chung Jia Chi
    • 1985 – 1987  Prof. Brian C L Lee; Dr. Anthony Chung Jia Chi
    • 1987 – 1988  Dr. Anthony Chung Jia Chi; Ong Tiong Wee
    • 1988 – 1989  Dr. Anthony Chung Jia Chi Alfred M A Chung (deceased)
    • 1989 – 1990  Alfred M A Chung (deceased); Dr. Philip S M Chin
    • 1990 – 1991  Alfred M A Chung (deceased); Michelle Tan
    • 1991 – 1992  Alfred M A Chung (deceased); Dr Ting Seng Kiong
    • 1992 – 1993  Theodore Tan; Teo Keng Hoe
    • 1993 – 1995  Tan Kah Hoe;Tan Swee Keng Peggy
    • 1995 – 1996  Dr Ting Seng Kiong;Tan Swee Keng Peggy
    • 1996 – 1997  A/Prof Lawrence Chia; Alwyn Lim
    • 1997 – 1998  A/Prof Lawrence Chia; Dr Mark Goh Keng Hock
    • 1998 – 1999  Dr Ting Seng Kiong ;Dr Mark Goh Keng Hock
    • 1999 – 2001  Tan Swee Keng Peggy; Dr Patrick Fernandez
    • 2001 – 2002  Dr Patrick Fernandez; Dr Anthony Chung Jia Chi
    • 2002 – 2003  Dr Patrick Fernandez; Alfred Shee Ping Fatt
    • 2003 – 2004  Alfred Shee Ping Fatt; Dr Patrick Fernandez
    • 2004 – 2006  Alfred Shee Ping Fatt; Dr Lim Shun Ping (deceased)
    • 2006 – 2006  Dr Lim Shun Ping (deceased); Simon Ho
    • 2006 – 2009  Simon Ho Khee Lim; Tan Swee Keng Peggy
    • 2009 – 2014  Loh Hoon Sun; Tan Swee Keng Peggy
    • 2014 – 2015  Christopher Cheah; Tan Swee Keng Peggy
    • 2016 – 2017  Christopher Cheah; Paul Chia
    • 2017 – 2018  Christopher Cheah; Joseph Kwok
    • 2018 – 2019  Joseph Kwok; Geoff Howie
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7. Accuracy of Personal Data

We will keep all Personal Data collected as accurate, complete and up-to-date as necessary, taking into account its intended use and the interests of our customers and visitors. Where possible, we will validate the Personal Data provided by using generally accepted practices and guidelines.

8. Protection of Personal Data

We will use our best endeavours to protect your Personal Data against loss or theft, as well as any unauthorised access, disclosure, copying, use or modification with security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the Personal Data, regardless of the format in which it is held.

9. Retention of Personal Data

We will retain your Personal Data only for as long as the purposes for which such data is collected or used (as notified to you) continues, or where necessary, for our legal or business purposes.

10. Changes to Policy

We reserve the right to modify or change this Policy at any time and will place such amendments on this webpage. Your continued use of your website after any modification to this Policy shall constitute your acceptance of the amended Policy.

11. Several Obligation

Please note that our liability hereunder is several and each of the above party shall not be liable for the respective privacy breaches of the other party.

12. Contact Us

For questions regarding this policy or to access or correct your Personal Data, please contact us at secretariat@aas.org.sg.