Letter from the President

Dear fellow Singapore alumni;

    In terms of numbers, University of Manchester has more than 4,000 alumni in Singapore alone. In the Asia-Pacific region, we are close to 50,000. If we extend that globally, we are over 300,000 in every corner of the world. Locally, we have many senior Manchester alumni have achieved great success in their professional careers which I believe is a valuable network for our alumni to tap upon, to meet, to interact and to learn from. Therefore, the real value of our education is not just an academic certification, but the entire network that is associated with the word "Manchester".  

      Regardless if you studied in Manchester or through distance-learning, we all have great memories of our student days and university life will always hold a special place within us. When I look back to my days in Manchester, the University has definitely helped to shape my personal and professional development. Therefore, when the calling came upon the recent election to take over as President of the alumni association, I’ve decided it is time for me to step up to serve and contribute back to the University.

        The objective for the Alumni Association is simple – We aim to bring Manchester Alumni network together locally and regionally. Where our alumni can find similar interest group focus alumni, to make new friends and interact, be it for social, professional or business interests. For those who have been to our events, you will know that we regularly organize social get together, business networking opportunities, various social and sporting events for our Alumni. Regionally, we are starting to link up various Chapters together via the “Connect Asia” initiative launched by the University Alumni office. 

        These are exciting times. With the new committee team appointed for the next two years, I hope that we can work together to create a vibrant Manchester alumni community and promoting our University of Manchester brand name in Singapore. The committee team will seek to establish collaborations with other alumni associations, agencies and merchants for broad range of activities and events catering to our diverse group of alumni interests. 

          As the new President of the University of Manchester Alumni Association Singapore, I look forward to your full support and active participation with the alumni association and also more alumni volunteers to contribute actively to the association.

            Alex Chan
            President, University of Manchester Alumni Association Singapore


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            Teo Chee Hean – Patron

            Mr. Teo Chee Hean is the current Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security. He is also a Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Representation Constituency.
             
            He was awarded the President’s Scholarship and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Scholarship in 1973. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in Electrical Engineering and Management Science from the University of Manchester (UMIST) in 1976.


            Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim

            Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim – Advisor

            Assoc Prof Muhammad Faisal Ibrahim is the current Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Social and Family Development. He is also a Member of Parliament for Nee Soon Group Representation Constituency. Currently an Associate Professor in National University of Singapore. 
             
            He was awarded the NUS-Overseas Graduate Scholarship in 1997 and obtained his PhD in Management Science from the University of Manchester (UMIST) in 2000. He received the Best Paper Award (Real Estate Market Analysis Category) in the 21st Meeting of the American Real Estate Society (ARES), Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.


            PROF HARDY CHAN – ADVISOR

            Prof Hardy Chan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Polymer Chemistry and Physics at the Borough Polytechnic in London. His PhD degree was awarded by the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in the area of Heat Resistant Polymers. Prof Chan was employed by the Swiss Chemical company Ciba as a research polymer chemist soon after, to investigate stabilization and flame retardancy of plastics.  

            Prof Chan left the UK to join the Chemistry Department of NUS in 1981 as a lecturer and rose to the position of full professor in 1996. He had held many key positions during his illustrious career.  These include Head of Department of Chemistry; Founding Head of Department of Materials Science; Vice Dean of Research of the Science Faculty, and Co-Director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance.  Most recently Prof Chan was appointed a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering of A*STAR to advise on materials research.

            In research Prof Chan has made impactful contributions in the area of electrically conducting polymers. He was one of the pioneers to apply X-ray electron spectroscopy to study the mechanism of conduction along and between polymer chains and his team reported the first self-doped conducting polymer which was a significant breakthrough.

            Prof Chan has produced close to 200 scientific papers, many of which are highly cited. He has supervised over 60 postgraduate students and taught countless undergraduates. Many secondary and JC students have also benefited from his mentorship in projects carried out in his laboratory. 

            For his contributions to science education in Singapore, Prof Chan was awarded the Long Service Award and the Public Administration Award.


            WIlliam W.H. Liu – ADVISOR

            Chairman & Managing Partner, Stream Global Pte Ltd.

            Mr William Liu (or Bill as he is more commonly known) started his career in the I.T. industry in 1970.after graduating with a B.Sc Hons in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester and a M.Sc in OR & Management Studies from Imperial College. Mr Liu is currently the Chairman and Managing Partner of Stream Global Pte Ltd, a venture catalyst in the ICT and IDM space. From 2001 to 2006 he was President of Green Dot Capital Pte Ltd, which invested in start-up and early stage companies, globally. It was also the holding company of Singapore Computer Systems Ltd and SNP Corporation Ltd, both were listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange.

            Prior to joining Green Dot Capital, Mr Liu was the President & CEO of ABACUS International, Asia’s premier Global Distribution Systems (GDS) and Computer Reservations Systems (CRS) company and a joint venture company with Sabre, Inc of USA. Bill was responsible for its operations and profitable growth that spanned 20 countries in the Asia Pacific.
            Prior to joining ABACUS, Mr Liu was International Computers Ltd’s (ICL) Vice President for Asia and concurrently the non-executive Chairman of the Singapore operations. He also served as General Manager of ICL Taiwan for a year in 1992.

            He is currently a Board member of SISTIC.com Pte Ltd, Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), Air Blackbox Asia Pacific and H&W Investments Pte Ltd. He was previously Board member of the National Library Board, Singapore Computer Systems. Mr Liu was actively involved in IDA’s 2015 “Intelligent Nation, A Global City powered by Infocomm” Master Plan, sitting on 3 sub-committees, viz. Infocomm Competency Council, Financial Services and Enterprise Development.

            He is a past Chairman of the Singapore Federation of the Computer Industry (SFCI) from 1995 to 1998 and a Board member of the Singapore National Computer Board and the Institute of Systems Science. He is also a founder and past President of the Operational Research Society of Singapore. He was elected to Singapore Computer Society’s Hall of Fame in 2007.
             


            Alex Chan - President

            Career scorecard so far: 2 World's First, 5 businesses, 7 Brands, 4 Books and counting. Alex is an entrepreneur, publisher and author. He started his career in IBM Global Services. After coming back from UMIST, he decided to venture into tech start-ups and was hooked.

            His first company Logos Inc. has been awarded internationally for projects done for clients like MasterCard, Ricoh, etc. In 2004, due to his deep passion for music, he started an audio hifi business who not only made many audiophiles happy, but also supplied state-of-the-art equipment to clients like St James Power Station. Alex is currently actively involved in the various businesses (mostly tech-based). During his stint in UMIST, he discovered his love for writing. Thirteen years later, he co-founded a publishing company and co-authored his first book. He firmly believes that we can all change the world for the better in our own ways.

            Alex graduated with a Master of Science in Economics from UMIST in 1999. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics (Honours). During his stint in UMIST, not only did Alex gained a Masters degree, but discovered a life’s calling.


            Dr Pang Chin Hong – VIce President

            Chin Hong graduated with Bachelor of Civil Engineering (First Class Honours) from University of Manchester in 2000. Subsequent to his short stint as an Engineer in Malaysia, he moved to Singapore in 2002 to pursue Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Civil Engineering in National University of Singapore under the NUS-Graduate Study Scholarship (2002-2005).
             
            Moved out from Engineering, he switched into the Finance/Investment career as Equity Investment Analyst in 2006. He has worked in Phillip Securities Research, BNP Paribas Securities and CLSA Singapore over seven years, serving the positions of Associate Director and Senior Analyst. He was awarded Business Times – Starmine Award in 2009 as Singapore Top Stock Picker for Real Estate Category, and has been ranked in AsiaMoney and Institutional Investors.
             
            He is currently the Assistant General Manager at Frasers Centrepoint Limited, one of the largest listed Integrated Real Estate Group in Singapore. He serves in the CEO Office assisting in corporate and strategic planning, group budgeting and finance/investment activities. He is also chairing the Working Committee of the group’s Sustainability Reporting Initiatives.
             
            Chin Hong believes that his participation in the Committee of the Alumni Association is the least effort he can contribute back to his beloved alma mater.


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            DR. Sharrada Subramaniam – Secretary

            Sharrada graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Biomedical Sciences (First Class Honours) in 2010. She completed her PhD studies in Immunology at the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR) / Nanyang Technological University in 2015 under the Singapore International Graduate Award scholarship. 
             
            Sharrada’s PhD work focused on allergies and the immune response. She hopes that her research would be able to contribute towards future treatment and management of allergies. After a short postdoctoral stint, Sharrada moved into medical communications as a Medical Writer working in various aspects of disease and healthcare.

            She is currently the Scientific Manager at A*STAR (serving at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology). Sharrada reviews and negotiates academic agreements, reviews grant applications and assists the senior management in strategic planning and industrial collaborations.
             
            While embarking on a new and exciting journey ahead, Sharrada hopes to contribute to her alma mater, which has left her with more than just a degree, but also plenty of fond memories.


            Steven Poh - Treasurer

            Steven graduated with Masters of Business Administration (Distinction) from The University of Manchester, Manchester Business School in 2012. He also hold a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics Engineering (First Class Honours) from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (Distinction) from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).
             
            Currently, Steven is the Manager, Project Management Office for the Research & Technology (R&T) Centre at Thales Solutions Asia. As a pioneer at R&T Centre, he has over 9 years of bid & project management experience and had worked with multi-nationals project teams in the domain of wireless communications technologies. Prior to Thales, Steven worked for Panasonic Singapore Laboratories researching in the area of wireless technologies and participated in standardization activities.


            Willard Ng - COmmittee Member

            Willard graduated with a Bachelor of Management (Hons) with the Manchester Business School, UOM in 2012. 
             
            Outside work, he loves to travel and experience the different cultures of the world. His dream is to travel around the world. He enjoys sports such as soccer and cycling, and believes in giving back to the society.
             
            Willard hopes to promote the alumni ésprit de corps through networking / social events and other interest activities. He is currently serving an AML role in a swiss private bank.


            fabien chen - COMMITTEE MEMBER

            Fabien graduated with a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Manchester in 2010. He loves the school and was very active in school - taking on the role of President of the Singapore Student Society of Manchester during his time in Manchester. Now, he looks forward to building the University’s reputation and alumni network in Singapore.

            Fabien has worked in strategy consulting and corporate finance. He has executed a wide range of fund raising exercises and M&A deals in a variety of industries. He is currently completing his MBA with INSEAD and is (not) looking forward to going back to the working world! 


            Yuree Hong - COmmittee Member

            Yuree Hong graduated with MSc in International Business and Management at Manchester Business School in the UK in 2010. She took on the role as a social media marketing and communications in the UOMaaS committee since April, 2015. 
             
            She is currently a marketing and communications manager at ARIM Technologies, an enterprise startup in cyber security. She has moved to Singapore from South Korea, her home country, since 2011 to serve as a social media research analyst at iSentia Brandtology, which had been acquired by iSentia Group in 2012.
             
            She is an inventive thinker that desires a challenge and that does not hesitate to work outside her comfort zone. Connect with Yuree on Twitter @yureehong17 / LinkedIn https://sg.linkedin.com/in/yureehong17


            Joshur Ang – Committee Member

            A Mancunian through and through, Joshur graduated with a Masters of Research in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (Distinction) from The University of Manchester in 2012. Prior to his Master’s degree he received a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology (Enterprise) from Manchester.
             
            His five years’ experience with University of Manchester not only sharpens my research skills but also made him a better person. By joining the committee of the alumni society, he hopes to contribute back to the university by promoting its brand name through networking/social events.
             
            He is currently working as a Research Officer in A*STAR, studying the changes in muscle biology under obese and diabetic conditions. Outside work, he enjoys football, travelling and also the company amongst his peers.


            Sunil Rai

            Sunil Rai - Committee Member

            Sunil Rai is a Corporate Lawyer and Partner with Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP. Sunil concentrates his practice in corporate and commercial areas encompassing domestic and cross border M&A share and asset transactions, joint ventures, investments and divestments, corporate governance, restructuring of entities, employment law matters including formulating stock option/ share award schemes, establishing new businesses and assisting clients in drafting a broad range of contracts. Sunil has a particular interest in the supply chain industry and private investment funds (venture capital/private equity) and also assisting in the growth of various SMEs, start-ups and private funds through establishing new ventures, handling legal issues, fund-raising and value creation.

            Sunil graduated with MBA from University of Manchester – Manchester Business School in 2015. He is also in Singapore Business Review: Listed in 40 and Under, 2016.

            Enough though there is a fair bit of hard work needed in being part of the UOMAAS Committee, however, committee members would attest that it is highly rewarding especially in terms of new friends and connections while in office.


            Sub-Committee Members

            June Yap graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Management from the University of Manchester in 2015.

            During her studies in UOM, she co-founded a film production company. She is also a co-owner of a bridal boutique in Singapore.

            Currently she serves in the CEO Office as Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer in RSH (Inditex Brand) - assisting in daily operations, corporate and strategic planning, group budgeting and finance activities with focused in Business Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services.

            Outside work, she enjoys reading, travelling, jogging & sanda. “Never Settle” is her personal mantra.

            Connect with June at https://www.linkedin.com/in/juneyap823/


            jason chua

            Jason has over 5 years of experience specializing in Presales, Technical & Training over the South East Asia region. His other experiences include IT consulting and planning for SMBs, startups and large homes in his free time for more than 10 years.

            Coming from both technology and business background, Jason’s knowledge of business processes gives him an edge in understanding each client’s needs, proposing the right solution and communicating them to the technical team. His experience in volunteer management and freelance work further honed his skills in leading teams of multi-disciplinary consultants and contractors; as well as giving training from C-level executives to blue/gold collar workers.


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            Jun Jie graduated with bachelor of Management at Alliance Manchester Business School in 2016.

            Currently he is working as a business development role in a UK FinTech company, focusing local market. He came to Singapore to study in 2009 after completing his high school in China.

            He believes that the UoMAAS is a good platform to serve all our alumni better and bring them together


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            TANG HIAN SENG – Alumni Association Advisory Board Member, Former President of the UMAAS and winner of the CASE EUROPE – Alumni Volunteer of the Year 2017 Award

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            A member of the Alumni Association Advisory Board (AAAB) and former President of The University of Manchester Alumni Association Singapore (2013 – 2017), Hian Seng has been named CASE Europe Volunteer of the Year 2017. The award recognises his outstanding achievements in promoting the connection between alumni from the Asia-Pacific region and our University.  Hian Seng was nominated for the award by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, and Kate White, Director of Development, who commented, “Hian Seng has showcased his remarkable leadership skills by fostering a new-found dynamic in the alumni group in Singapore.

            Hian Seng graduated with Bachelor of Electronic Engineering (First Class Honours) from UMIST in 1999 and was also awarded the Electronic Engineering Department Course Prize as the top graduating student and Farnell Final year Project Prize.  Currently, Hian Seng, Director of H&W INVESTMENTS PTE LTD, runs his healthcare business activities Vietnam and shuttles frequently between the two countries.  He has a joint venture partnership with the local Vietnamese group of doctors and dentists to establish a group of Sentosa International Dental clinics in Hanoi (Vietnam) and other hospital projects. 

            Prior to venturing his business ventures, Hian Seng was the Country Manager – Asia Region for Seanet, a Sweden global maritime mobile GSM operator, providing mobile network in international waters onboard cruise, ferries, merchant vessel and offshore markets. During his two years in Seanet, Hian Seng was responsible for the Asia regional business and also acts the main liaison between Sweden senior management in head office and the Asian strategic partners and clients.

            Prior to Seanet, Hian Seng spent about 4 years at AlanDick Singapore, a British telecommunications infrastructure service provider, heading the business as the Country Manager for Singapore and also responsible for the Asia Pacific regional business development. At AlanDick, he helped the UK company established and incorporated the local Singapore entity and grow the business into a full fledge operational organization.