Getting to Know: Gordon Loke

In our ‘Getting To Know’ Series, we regularly feature staff, students, and other community members of NUS Business School, who make us who we are – you know, the ordinary people who make an extraordinary difference to our culture. 

We’ve all had issues from time to time with our PCs and laptops, and it can be a frustrating experience. So who do you call when things go haywire? Well, most likely our IT team and in particular, Gordon Loke.

Gordon’s philosophy in life is to do good and be good, and so as an IT support specialist in the School’s IT team, he’s always ready and willing to help others. After we barged into his office in Biz-2 (a ‘cave’ of the sorts, with plenty of IT equipment, and a big music stereo), Gordon had to open up to us:

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“I’ve often hit a wall during training”: Jerome Tan, Case Competition Veteran

The following is a guest post from fourth year undergrad Jerome Tan, fondly known as the ‘serial winner’ of several competitions that our students have participated in. Jerome has taken part in eight international competitions up to now; he made it to the finals in six of them, and won five. His favourite? The Sauder Summit Global Case Competition in Vancouver.  Here’s more from Jerome:

It always begins the same way: the euphoria of being selected, the excitement of meeting new teammates, the exhilaration of learning about a new country. All too quickly though, one gets dragged back down to earth. Overnight training on weekends becomes the norm, and the prospect of having to keep pace with academics while missing an entire week of lessons becomes more daunting as the dates draw nearer. There have been semesters where I was literally on campus every single weekend for something case-related — all this of my own free will and volition.

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Staff members join international b-school consortium

We are extremely proud of our staff members, Yue-Wen Lim, Zahira Binte Nawi and Nelson Tan, who have been selected to represent NUS Business School at the Partnership in International Management (PIM), an international consortium of leading business schools that works to promote student exchange programmes.

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Yue-Wen Lim is the Director of International Relations at the School and is appointed as the Asia and Asia-Pacific Chair for PIM. Chairs are in charge of implementing the strategies suggested by the members during PIM’s Annual Meeting, as well as managing the budget, deciding on the structure and contents of the Annual Conference, and addressing the major issues of the association.

“It is my pleasure and honour to be elected as the new Chair of Asia-Pacific region for the PIM network. NUS Business School has been a long and active member of the network, and our participation has allowed our students to exchange with some of the top business school members. As the new Chair, I hope to encourage schools in the region to take full advantage of this network and be key players in this organisation’s evolution in coming years,” says Yue-Wen.  Continue reading

An Assignment with Impact

It was a cross-border assignment that took four undergraduate students, supervised by Professor Ivan Png, to remote parts of Indonesia where they worked with local farmers. The aim? To propose an innovative, zero-burn solution to the weighty issue of the haze that regularly affects Southeast Asian countries.

The assignment was a part of Field Service Project (FSP) for NUS BBA honours students, done in collaboration with WWF Indonesia. At the end of the stint, undergraduates Ying Siang Kane, Lee Heejin, Alvin Lim Kai Hui and Lewis Tay Zhi Hao produced a proposal that has won the support of Temasek Foundation and which may eventually be presented to the Indonesian government.

The NUS BBA team with the family of the Segamai Village head.

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Getting to Know: Jamilah Binte Ramli

In our ‘Getting To Know’ Series, we regularly feature staff, students, and other community members of NUS Business School, who make us who we are – you know, the ordinary people who make an extraordinary difference to our culture. 

She’s outspoken, funny and confident, and as one of just two administrative staff members supporting the School’s Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO), Jamilah Binte Ramli is a force to be reckoned with. She handles administrative duties for the centre, including coordinating high-level events, academic seminars and industry roundtables. Seated in an office tucked away in the more tranquil wing of NUS Business School (yes, we are spread across two buildings, with the other one simply called ‘Biz 2’) that houses all the Research Centres, Jamilah and her peers enjoy the quiet and easy access to facilities in the building.

As a veteran of NUS, Jamilah also serves as a treasure trove of tips for newbies looking to survive and thrive in this vast community. Her best advice? Live well, leave well. Here’s Jamilah for you:

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Central banker turns academic

Dr Duvvuri Subbarao, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India and former Finance Secretary to the Government of India, has joined the School as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow for a year, effective from 2 May 2014.

A career civil servant with some 40 years’ experience in India’s state and federal governments, Dr Subbarao will take part in various activities at the business school as well as at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). He will share his deep insights in finance through seminars, lectures and workshops, and at meetings with policymakers, academia, students and the business community. 

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NUS Business School Town Hall 2014

It’s not every day that staff and faculty members of the School are able to come together for a shared purpose – but this is exactly what took place at the Town Hall on Monday, 21 April. An enthusiastic crowd of over 200 people turned out to learn about new initiatives and share ideas on how to support the School in its journey towards embracing more fully its vision, mission and values.

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Faculty Interview: Andrew Delios and Zhijian Wu

An integral part of our School community, our faculty members run on such a tight schedule that it’s rare to have one slow down long enough to speak with us. So we were pleased as punch when we got a chance to speak to Professor Andrew Delios, a renowned name not only within the School but outside as well.

A veteran of the School, Prof Andrew is a thought leader and expert in global business strategies and competition issues in emerging economies. He has not only authored six books, but also co-authored more than 80 published journal articles, case studies and book chapters.

For his latest book, Prof Delios had teamed up with NUS MBA alumnus Zhijian Wu and journalist Phillip Day. Here are excerpts from our interview with Andrew and Zhijian on ‘China 88: The Real China and How to Deal With It’ :

Q1. Please tell us a little about yourself and your association with NUS Business School.

AD: I’m a Canadian citizen and have been living in Singapore for 13 years. I joined NUS Business School as an Associate Professor when I first came to Singapore, and am now a full Professor. I teach international business and corporate strategy to PhD, EMBA and MBA students of the School.

ZW: I’m currently the CEO of Woodsford Capital Management Pte Ltd, a quantitative macro fund management company based in Singapore, which I co-founded in 2010. I’m originally from China and have been living in Singapore for more than 10 years. I graduated with a Masters degree from NUS Business School.

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Team NUS Selects A “FuerteVentura” at VCIC East Asia Round

The following is a guest post by our NUS MBA student, Neil Mehta, who was among the first runners-up team of NUS MBA students participating in the East Asia round of the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) organised by Nanyang Business School.

The first thing about any business case competition is a business plan. So when an email popped into our inbox asking us to evaluate business plans from real entrepreneurs instead, some of us began to scratch our heads. “Hmm…what’s it like to be on the other side of the table?” The uniqueness of this proposition coupled with a desire to get a taste of the world of venture capitalists(VCs), entrepreneurs and billion dollar start-ups drew some of us from the NUS MBA programme to form team “FuerteVentura”. Loosely translated, it means “promising ventures”, which captures the quintessence of our mission.

(L-R) Chenyin Ge, Christian Halberg, Ryoko Nagano, Jude Nilendra and Neil Mehta
(L-R)  Christian Halberg,Chenyin Ge, Ryoko Nagano, Jude Nilendra and Neil Mehta

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Getting to Know: Christopher Chong

In our ‘Getting To Know’ Series, we regularly feature staff, students, and other community members of NUS Business School, who make us who we are – you know, the ordinary people who make an extraordinary difference to our culture. 

It is no secret that communication between the media and organisations has assumed much greater importance in today’s day and age, due to the evolving media landscape. This is why Christopher Chong tries to keep his mobile phone close at all times, even after dinner and on weekends.

As a senior manager of media relations in the School’s Corporate Communications office, Christopher serves as the main point of contact between the School and journalists, playing one of the key PR roles in the Corporate Communications team. This lesser-known employee (well, not anymore) is responsible for making many at the School famous by getting them media coverage.

We could go on and on, but at the risk of sounding biased (he is, after all, one of our team mates), let us hear directly from Christopher. And, ‘no comment’ was not an option in our interview.

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