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 also 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

            teo chee hean

            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 Chan graduated with a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from UMIST in 1975. He was employed by Ciba- Geigy in Manchester as a research chemist to study flame retardants for polymers from 1975 to 1981. He joined the Chemistry Department of NUS in 1981 as a lecturer and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 1996. Prof Chan has held many administrative positions in NUS, including Vice Dean of Science and Head of Materials Science Department. He is currently Co-Director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance.

              Prof Chan has published over 150 research papers and supervised more than 50 PhD and MSc students. He is Fellow of the Institute of Materials and a Chartered Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Prof Chan has served on many national research policy making committees and he is member of the Plastics and Rubber Technical Committee of the Singapore Chemical Industry Council.

                Prof Chan was awarded the Singapore Standard Council Distinguished Award for contributions to the National Standardization Programme (2002), the National Day Long Service Award (2010) and the Public Service Medal (Bronze) in 2012 for his service to chemical education.

                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) Regional 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, GreenDot Energy Pte Ltd, Payment Link 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 was 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 past President of the Operational Research Society of Singapore. He was also elected as a member of Singapore Computer Society’s Hall of Fame in 2007.

                Alex Chan - President

                Alex graduated with a Master of Science in Economics from UMIST in 1999. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics (Honours). 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 believe that we can all change the world for the better in our own ways.

                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.

                Sharrada Subramaniam – Secretary

                Sharrada graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Biomedical Sciences (First Class Honours) in 2010. She is a recipient of the prestigious Singapore International Graduate Award scholarship and will be completing her PhD in Immunology at A*STAR/Nanyang Technological University in mid-2015. 
                Previously, Sharrada spent a short time at a Biotechnology company in Malaysia before deciding to pursue her PhD. Currently, her PhD work focuses on the immune response and mechanisms of allergies. She hopes that her research would be able to contribute to future design of drugs able to prevent or cure allergies. She has been given the honour to present her work in both internationally and local conferences She also won a prize for the Best Poster presentation at the Singaporean International Symposium of Immunology in 2013.
                While embarking on a new 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.

                Yuree Hong - Social Media

                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.

                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. 

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                Tang Hian Seng - Ex-President

                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 runs his business activities in Singapore and China and shuttles frequently between the two countries. In addition to his business activities while in China, he is also actively involved with the Manchester China Alumni committee team activities and has forged close relations with the China alumni committee team to foster closer social and business interaction between alumni in both countries.

                  Prior to venturing his business ventures in China, 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.