What makes a world-class stock exchange?

Not all stock exchanges are created equal. Even among well-developed markets, some exchanges prosper, while others stagnate or fail. At the Think Business talk about “Building a world-class stock exchange”, Professor David Reeb outlined crucial elements for transforming a regional exchange into a truly world-class stock market.

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Overcoming the Challenges of an Ageing Population

By the year 2030, almost a quarter of Singapore’s population – some 900,000 Singaporeans – will be above 65 years old. With a shrinking and ageing population, as well as Singaporeans’ longer life expectancy, there is an urgent need for the city state to review its pension, transportation and resource plans to better support retirees. Along with these, there are also concerns about increased pressure on housing prices and taxes, and the need to look into other fiscal policy instruments to help the economy grow at sustained path.

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A Passion for Connecting the Dots

Since he was a young boy, Adjunct Associate Professor Goh Puay Guan has always been passionate about piecing together the big picture. Today, he is fortunate to be able to apply his passion to work; piecing together supply chain puzzles to form the big picture.

“I’ve always been excited about how we can synthesise and integrate various aspects of the value network into a coherent framework. I find it very satisfying to make sense out of a lot of information, and organise it into a clear picture and actionable items,” he shares in his ‘Profile of Success’ by Stanford University.

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Prof Chris Chia inducted into Hall of Fame

Practice Professor Christopher Chia has been inducted into the Singapore Computer Society (SCS) Hall of Fame. The award honours individuals who have shaped the Infocomm & Media (ICM) landscape of Singapore with their achievements and contributions.

“I am tremendously honoured and grateful that the Singapore Computer Society has conferred this award. I am humbled by the thought that I have been chosen to stand amongst a very few thus honoured and who have given a lifetime to this field.  The world of IT has in the short space of a few decades literally transformed the world of work, live and play. I am truly thankful to have had an opportunity to contribute to this transformation over the years as industry developer, regulator, user and now educator” says Professor Chia of the achievement.

Established in 1967, the Singapore Computer Society (SCS) is the largest IT professional body in Singapore, with more than 27,000 members. Previous Hall of Fame inductees include Mr Lim Swee Say (Minister, Prime Minister Office), Mr Wilson Tan (CEO, CapitaMall trust) and Ms Yong Ying-I (Chairman, IDA).

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Prof Chris Chia (4th from left) at the recent SCS Gala Dinner & IT Leader Awards Ceremony

Since the early ‘80s, Professor Chia has been instrumental in transforming Singapore’s vibrant media sector by supporting the growth of enterprises, nurturing talent, and fuelling the creation of compelling and innovative content and services. As the chief executive officer of the Media Development Authority (MDA) from June 2004 to October 2010, Professor Chia was responsible for transforming Singapore into a media hub. He increased the media sector’s revenues from $15B to $25B; and expanded the Interactive Digital Media segment in the areas of film, TV, publishing, interactive media, games, animation and music. Continue reading

Prof Ho Teck Hua Appointed NUS Deputy President

ho-teck-hua NUSProfessor Ho Teck Hua has been appointed Deputy President (Research and Technology) at NUS. Beginning 1 June, 2015, he will take over from Professor Barry Halliwell, who served in the role since 2006.

Prof Ho started his academic career at NUS in 1988, and life has come to a full circle for the prominent behavioural scientist who moves back to Singapore after living in the US for more than two decades.

“It was a difficult decision (to move back), but I believe that NUS will achieve greater heights under the current leadership, so I am very excited to join the leadership team, and also to serve Singapore,” he said in an interview with The Straits Times.

Prof Ho holds a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Electrical Engineering (1985) as well as a Master of Science in Computer and Information Sciences (1989) from NUS. He has also received a Master of Arts (1991) and a PhD (1993) in Decision Sciences from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Continue reading

East meets West: NUS Business School partners with Chicago Booth

NUS Business School is joining forces with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to develop human capital for Asia’s dynamic economies and corporations through a series of executive education programmes. To be named the Asia Executive Series, it kicks off in November 2015 with the intensive one-week ‘Emerging Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) for Asia’ programme.


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Dr Michael Frese wins Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award

Dr Michael Frese Our heartiest congratulations to Professor Michael Frese, who has been awarded the 2015 Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award by the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology (SIOP). The award honours individuals who have made the most distinguished empirical and/or theoretical scientific contributions to the field of industrial and organisational (I-O) psychology.

The award, in recognition of a lifetime achievement, comes after Dr Frese’s selection as a Fellow at the Academy of Management (AOM) last year.

“SIOP is the biggest national association in Industrial and Organisational Psychology. It includes scientists from business schools (about half) and from psychology departments. I firmly believe that I could only get this award because of my work during the last six years here at NUS Business School, including the grants that I received here. It is a great intellectual climate and it assembles some of the best minds in science,” says Dr Frese.

Dr Frese received his Diploma and Doctorate from the Free University of Berlin and Technical University Berlin respectively and holds a joint appointment at National University of Singapore, Business School and Leuphana University of Lueneburg (Germany). His research spans a wide range of basic and applied topics within organisational behaviour and work psychology. He is also known for his cross-national research on innovation. Most recently, he has analysed cultural factors in organisations and across nations, research that looks at psychological success factors in entrepreneurs in developing countries and in Europe, and at innovation.

With over 120 peer-reviewed articles, 200 book chapters, 20 books, over 40 invited congress keynote addresses and large scale research grants (from 50,000 to a few million Euros), he remains one of the most influential and frequently cited management scientist and organisational psychologist in the world today.



“I don’t want any regrets when I look back at my life”: Leonard Lee

A computer programmer at the age of 14, then a PhD scholar at MIT and a marketing professor. Not exactly a typical career progression. Dean’s Chair and Associate Professor Leonard Lee explains his unconventional career decisions in an interview with Outside-In:

Early Years

“I was 14 when my dad brought home our first computer and I quickly developed a passion for programming,” recalls Leonard of his interest in technology in the early years. After junior college, he was awarded a scholarship from the National Computer Board (NCB), (now known as the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA). After completing a BSc in Computer and Information Science at NUS and an MS in Computer Science from Stanford, he returned to Singapore to join the IDA. “I used to work with a lot of organisations and government agencies, and in the midst of the dot.com boom in the late 1990s, everyone seemed to be scrambling to find his or her own identity in the emerging cyber era,” he recalls.  He admits that even though he knew he wanted to be an academic, he wasn’t sure of what area he was specifically interested in or wanted to pursue.

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