WHO WE ARE
The Australian Alumni Singapore (AAS) is the national umbrella organisation for the 140,000 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.
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.
AAS PRESIDENTS MESSAGE 2018
63rd Annual Report of the AAS
January 18, 2018
How time flies! By March this year, I would have fulfilled my four-year term as the President of AAS and as required by our Constitution, I will step down.
Upon assuming the role of President in March 2014, I set out the following Vision for AAS:
To become a leading alumni association in Singapore, with over 5,000 members;
To become an effective facilitator to our members, enhancing their professional and business networks;
To become the key link promoting and encouraging Australian education to Singaporeans, and Singaporean education to Australians.
Through a lot of hard work by the Secretariat and Management Committee, we managed to grow our membership from 600 to 3,100 within the last 4 years. With a total Australian alumni population in Singapore of 140,000, I am confident my successors will comfortably grow our membership to 5,000 and beyond in the not too distant future.
We have received very strong support from the Australian High Commissioners HE Philip Green (previous) and HE Bruce Gosper (current) and their teams. They have embraced many of our initiatives and we have collaborated strongly. We have held many important events at the Australian High Commissioner’s residence including our AGMs, Celebrating Australian Alumni in Singapore, Sponsors Appreciation Dinners and Signing Ceremony of Partner University Program. We even have a representative from the Australian High Commission joining our Management Committee and be an integral part of AAS management team.
We proactively engaged The 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.
We established a Council of Advisors that is made up of highly regarded and successful Australian alumni. Together, they have provided guidance and support to the Management Committee in charting a long term, successful and sustainable AAS.
Our activities, AAS Bi-Monthly Networking events are now attracting 150 to 200 attendees. Our Annual Gala Dinner are held at prestigious venues and attracting up to 600 attendees including many VIPs. We had very successful sporting events AAS Mc Ritchie Reservoir Walk and AAS Basketball Challenge. However, the most meaningful and memorable event is still our AAS Graduate Homecoming event held in 2015 which was held at The Australian High Commission itself, attracted over 600 attendees with the Guest of Honor HE General the Honorable Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
We should all be very proud of our AAS, which is definitely the pre-eminent international alumni association in Singapore today. Nevertheless, we must not be complacent and need to continue to strive to grow and improve AAS for the benefits of our members, current and future.
Finally, I wish to take this opportunity to express my immense gratitude to the following people.
Firstly, I would like to thank our Term Sponsors current and past who supported us during my term as AAS President - Platinum Sponsors James Cook University and National Australia Bank, Gold Sponsors Lend Lease, Westpac, and Flight Centre, Silver Sponsors Crown Group, Hui & Kuah, Jetstar, Ocean Master, TrustCapital and Singapore Airlines and Qantas, our Official Airline.
Secondly, I would like to also thank 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 must highlight Joseph Kwok for agreeing to take up the challenge to be my nominated successor and who is passionately organising this year’s Graduate Homecoming Event on March 2, Leesa Soulodre who has truly transformed AAS digitally, Peter Tan, who championed and delivered our highly successful Partner University Program initiative and Irene Ho who has been a hardworking, no-nonsense and vocal supporter and the fantastic AAS Ambassadors of Melvin Gwee, Lee Ee Win and Grace Ong.
Australian Alumni Singapore
18 Jan 2018
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 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
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE 2018
THE WAY FORWARD - STRONGER TOGETHER
Mr. Joseph Kwok
University of New South Wales
SooChow Securities CSSD (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Mr. Geoff Howie
University of Queensland
Ms. Grace Ong
University of Adelaide
Co-chair of Alumni Engagement
Deputy Managing Director
Kaeser Gastechnik Singapore Pte Ltd
Mr. Rennie Sng
Co-chair of Alumni Engagement
Mr. Paul Ho
Chair of Regular Events
Founder, Managing Director
Mr. Rajaneesh Kurup
James Cook University
Chair of Membership
Co-chair of Partner University Program
Senior Manager Solution Marketing
Mr. Kevin Dam
University of Technology Sydney
Chair of Digital Transformation
Mr. Davian Sim
Co-chair of sponsorship
Head of Strategic Corporate Development
Aalst Wilmar Pte Ltd
Mr. Chee Kheng Hock Rothschild
Co-chair of sponsorship
Red Dot Payment Pte Ltd
COUNCIL OF ADVISORS 2018
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.
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
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 also received a Master of Science (1966) and a PhD (1968) in Mathematics from Australian National University.
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
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
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
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
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
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 Chia Yoong Hui
Chief Executive Officer,
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.
OUR ALUMNI PARTNERS
His Excellency Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam
Former President of the Republic of Singapore
His Excellency Mr Bruce Gosper
Australian High Commissioner to Singapore
DISTINGUISHED AUSTRALIAN ALUMNUS AWARDS
Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam (2010)
Chairman, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore
AAS DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARDS
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
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT / AAS AWARDS
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
OUTSTANDING AUSTRALIAN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AWARDS
University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne and University of South Australia
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