A Man on a Mission

It is not often that one gets to be a professor, speaker, writer, inventor, subject-matter expert, consultant, pilot, poet, business leader, and a father – and excel at each of these roles. But when asked what inspires him the most, Visiting Senior Fellow Keith Carter immediately responds, “While I wear multiple hats, there’s one thing I most definitely do and love: To make lives of others easier with technology. That is my passion, and my mission in life.”

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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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“Huat Ah!” NUS Business School celebrates Lunar New Year

Some180 staff and faculty members came together on 3 March to usher in the Lunar New Year with a Lo Hei Lunch and Lion Dance, following the School’s first Town Hall meeting of the year.

Photos by Zinkie Aw

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Lessons in Love

Business education can be intense, but it’s not all work and no play. For three couples, it held the promise of a brighter future not only for their careers, but also their love lives. They now share their experiences as to how some of the most important lessons in life take place outside of the classroom.

Lesson # 1: Trust Your Instincts and Invest Your Time Wisely

If William Tan had not changed his mind and made the switch to the Faculty of Business Administration in 1989, he may not have met his soulmate.

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William and Jane’s first Christmas together

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A Glamorous night with Talent Showcase

The School’s Dinner & Dance on 30 January at the Hilton Hotel’s Grand Ballroom saw some 230 faculty and admin staff turn up in glamorous costumes with a “retro” theme to celebrate our 50th anniversary.

Organised by the School’s Social Committee, the evening started with some fun and games in the foyer with a life-sized Snakes and Ladders board,  the ‘Kachang Puteh’ man and instant photo booth. Dressed in colourful shirts, elegant dresses and gowns, big hair and flashy jewellery, many attendees aimed to be picked as Best Dressed Female and Male.

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Brewing a Silent Revolution

Sometimes it takes losing everything to grow and discover yourself. NUS BBA alumna Anthea Ong‘s story is one such take on triumphing over adversity.

After her graduation in 1990, Anthea built a successful career, got married and even embarked on an entrepreneurial venture in education technology and consulting.  She made all the right moves that paid off.

However, unfortunate circumstances led to her losing everything almost overnight – her marriage, her business and her sense of self.   “For the first time in my life, I had fallen off the safe path and didn’t know what the future held.  It was the darkest period in my life,” recalls Anthea.

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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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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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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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Getting to Know: Candy J Tan

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. 

Don’t let her quiet demeanour and soft voice fool you. Candy Tan, the Assistant Manager in the Development office at NUS Business School, and two of her colleagues, are passionate about raising funds to support students, faculty research, professorships, and research centres. In short, they handle a key strategic area for the School: donor relations.

So, if your study expenses at the School are covered through a scholarship or you’ve made a highly subsidised  international exchange trip that you could’nt have afforded otherwise, Candy is one of the people you need to thank. We sat down with this mum-to-be to get to know her better:

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