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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Getting to Know: Alan Chua

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. 

He is the quintessential marketing pro – enthusiastic, personable, pleasant to talk to  – and he exudes an infectious energy, say those working with him. As a marketing manager in the NUS MBA team, Alan Chua is one of the brains behind the omnipresent witty NUS MBA advertisements and promotions. But the best part about his job? He gets to travel to different parts of the world to attend road shows, information sessions, etc. to recruit the best MBA students!

No wonder then that world domination through globetrotting is his all-time dream. Here are some more interesting facts about him:

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Getting To Know: Chew Jian Dee

This post is the first of our “Getting To Know” Series, in which we will 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. 

His is a cheery face familiar to many a final year undergrad. Sarawak-born Chew Jian Dee is a godsend to frazzled students. The projects manager in the NUS BBA office is a human timekeeper to help them keep track of their final submissions so they graduate in time — which Jian Dee says is the best part of his job.  

The only drawback? His office is SO hard to locate, tucked away in a corner of the Mochtar Riady Building. We hope it’s easier to find him after this!

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Name: Chew Jian Dee

Role & Department:  Manager (Projects), NUS BBA Office

I help administer the Field Service Project module (FSP), assist in exams related matters, students’ graduation matters, students’ honours programme, AACSB and EQUIS accreditation and any new projects.

No. of years of service:  3 years (started in 2011)

Family: I have a very caring wife who takes care of me and our twin boys who drive us both nuts. As the saying goes, boys will always be boys!

Three words that describe me:  Happy, friendly and caring

My all-time dream is: To travel the world and watch live badminton matches with my family!

My super power :  My patience and tolerance. I inherited this power from my mum. She is super patient and  tolerant. I remember once she fell and broke a bone during one of her trips but she continued as if nothing had happened. In fact she did not realise something was broken until she came back from her trip! I really admire her for that

Coolest fact about my team/department is: That we’re a team with great understanding and care for each other and our excellent team work.

Three things I love about my job: Wonderful colleagues, a good working environment and great mentors

During weekends I love to:  Spend quality time with my family and play some badminton matches!

Best advice to your co-workers:  Learn from each other, pick your battles and show good team work

Jian Dee ChewChew Jian Dee is a manager in NUS Business School. A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, Jian Dee specialises in operations management, sales and marketing and events management. Connect with him here to learn more about his passion for badminton, his work or anything else.