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Dear Members and Alumni,

It's August, which means it's time to watch the fighter helicopters holding the giant red and white flag with the crescent moon and 5 stars arising fly by while we pledge that Singapore can Count on Me as we Stand Up for Singapore amidst the many flags fluttering from our homes.

To those who grew up learning these songs, you'll quickly recognise the generation I'm from. I still remember the lyrics to Munnaeru Vaalibaa to this day. It's one of my favourites. And if anyone is up for a karaoke session (no NDP songs ... I promise), perhaps you could organise one via HCS Connect, our WhatsApp group! Remember those good feelings we had when we were focused on having fun with our super smart fellow students? Channel that to HCS Connect and feel free to be random in inviting fellow alums to interesting events with no agenda other than to find out more about our people - CID officers, inventors of the Next Big Thing, Mathematicians who play FIFA and football, the next Ralph Waldo Emerson in the making ... and did you know that one of our members was actually in a Hollywood movie that grossed USD224 million? Find out who that person is. Yes, that one actually comes to our events.

I know many are still waiting to be added to HCS Connect - please be patient with us as we verify the identities of the applicants to ensure that our environment remains safe. For those who need to renew their memberships, please sign up again at harvard.sg. Unfortunately, once your membership lapses, you'll have to go through the sign up all over again. We're looking into a solution.

We have a whole host of interesting events coming up in August, September and October. Watch our FB pages and HCS Connect. And if you have suggestions for events, contact us. We're always interested in hearing from you.

PS: If you happen to own a venue (e.g., F&B locations) and would like to work with us, please contact me.

Verily yours,

Welly Tantono
HCS President

HCS Whatsapp Group

You've asked, we've responded!

Since our newsletter, many of you have joined our HCS Whatsapp Group, and we now have a group of 60+ HCS members sharing in the group, sharing events and upcoming happenings!

If you're a paid member but have not signed up, please do so via this link

For members who did not receive an automatic approval by us, we seek that you kindly drop a message to Benjamin (+65 98805746) or Stefan (+65 81575761), sharing with us your full name and email used for HCS membership. We will check the database and approve you soonest!

See you on WhatsApp!

Aug 7 (Monday) - Art, Science and Buddhism: What is Left Unsaid? - Talk by Harvard Professor Eugene Wang

The Harvard Club of Singapore (HCS) invites you to a talk by Professor Eugene Wang.

Art, Science, and Buddhism: What is Left Unsaid?
By Professor Eugene Wang

Where do art, science and Buddhism converge? The question usually takes us to familiar grounds: meditation, mindfulness, consciousness, inter-subjectivity (non-self), flux etc. Is there anything flying under our radar screen that ranges beyond these familiar topoi? Force fields is definitely one of those blindspots.

The notion conveniently connects modern physics to the time-honoured Chinese concept of “force” (qi) and “field” (chang). With its currency in physics, social psychology, science fiction, and art, the term points to, among other things, an individual’s or group’s psychological environment with its evolving dynamics, varying intensities and experiential qualities. Technology-inflected modern art that treats forms as forces in an abstract domain and negative space further highlights the relevance of the concept.

When: Monday, 7 August 2023 at 6:15pm
Where: In Singapore and exact venue to be confirmed in Peatix link

This event is free and open to all HCS Members in Singapore. Seats are limited so do sign up here to get the latest information about the event

August 17 (Thursday) - The Trillion Dollar Cryptocurrency Industry: Past, Present and Future

HBS Club of Singapore invites you to an engaging in-person discussion with Hassan Ahmed (HBS MBA 2011 and CEO of Coinbase SEA) and Markus Thielen (Head of Research and Strategy at Matrixport and author of Crypto Titans: How Trillions Were Made and Billions Were Lost in the Crypto Markets). If you want to better understand why and when crypto prices move up or down, this session is for you!

RSVP here at https://tinyurl.com/uszbmw2j
When: Thursday, 17 August 2023 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Genting Centre, 3 Lim Teck Kim Rd, Singapore 088934
Who: All members of HBS Club of Singapore, Harvard Club of Singapore, select Partner Schools, their spouses/partners/guest

August 20 (Sunday) - Art Jamming

Join us for a fun weekend painting session at Arteastiq (Mandarin Gallery)! Come unleash your inner artist and make new friends with fellow art lovers, or simply use this opportunity to de-stress in an idyllic setting.

All materials will be provided (50x50cm canvas, 6pc paint brushes, and unlimited acrylics). The ticket includes a complimentary beverage of your choice, such as gourmet coffee or tea.

When: Sunday, 20 August 2023 at 2:30pm
Where: Arteastiq at Mandarin Gallery

If you're interested in this event, please get a ticket here. Tickets selling fast!

Sep 5 (Tuesday) Interschool Speed Dating

Click here to access the Google Form referred to in the poster. By submitting the form, you consent to the use of your data for administration of the event. The organisers will delete your data after the event is over.

Only active HCS members are eligible to be screened, so make sure that you are an active member. If you are not yet an HCS member, please sign up via our membership sign up page. The Harvard Club of Singapore will send you the payment link after LBS has selected the final pool of participants.

For specific queries about the event, please write to [email protected].

Sep 6 (Wednesday) - Snoring: The Silent Killer

Snoring is a very common problem. It not only affects the bed partner’s sleep, but also affects the snorer’s health. Snoring is a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Typically, the snorer might have daytime symptoms, like excessive tiredness, sleepiness, poor concentration, fatigue irritability, moodiness and forgetfulness; during the night, there might be loud snoring, noted choking and gasping during sleep, frequent passing of urine and nightmares. Treatment depends on the severity of the sleep disorder. This talk will cover normal sleep, sleep physiology, sleep patterns, sleep tests and snoring/obstructive sleep apnea and its treatment.

Dr Kenny Pang is a leader in the field of ENT, Sleep Medicine and Sleep Surgery. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He attained his Surgical Fellowship from both the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and Ireland, and his Masters of Medicine (ENT).

Date: Wednesday, Sept 6 2023
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Ticket Prices:
- HCS Members: $25
- Non-HCS Harvard Alumni: $45

If you're interested, please RSVP here

Sep 7 (Thursday) - Let's Talk Money!!

Love it or hate it, price negotiations are at the core of many business transactions. Whether you are
dealing with your commercial landlord, making an investment, closing a major deal, purchasing goods or services, or seeking fair compensation for your expertise, negotiations are inevitable. And let's be honest, most of us aren't fans of the process.

But here's some great news: Negotiation isn't an elusive art, nor is it a skill that you either possess or
lack. There's a lot of science behind it, and it's not the rocket kind!

Join us for an evening of negotiation-nerding with Dr. Claudia Winkler, an alum and international negotiation expert from Negotiation Academy where she will share essential techniques and the science that will help you:

  1. Use opening offers wisely.
  2. Develop a concession strategy.
  3. Prepare the right set of numbers.
  4. Utilize and/or protect yourself from the 'anchoring effect'.
  5. Analyze your BATNA and ZOPA before entering a negotiation.
During this interactive 90-minute session, you'll have the opportunity to engage in negotiations
yourself, while we equip you with the tools you need to significantly impact your outcome! Plus, there's a prize for the best negotiation result!

When: Thursday, 7 September 2023. Registration and coffee starts at 4:30pm and workshop is from 5:00pm - 6:30pm followed by drinks and networking
Where: Cooley LLP, 182 Cecil Street, Level 38, Frasers Tower, Singapore 069547
Who: Active HCS members, Harvard alums who are not active HCS members and guests of active HCS members
Tickets:. Available here
Dr. Claudia is the founder and CEO of The Negotiation Academy LLC. With her outcome-oriented and creative training solutions she has helped more than 4,500 individuals, online in 126 countries and in-person across Europe, the US, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Australia to boost their negotiation skills and gain an edge in their businesses or career.

Dr. Claudia holds a Master's and Doctor's degree in European and international law and received her LL.M. from Harvard Law School as a Fulbright Scholar, where she trained extensively with the Harvard Negotiation Project. As a frequent speaker at legal and business conferences around the world, she has shared a stage with leading personalities like Hugh Hilton, Michael Douglas and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, inspiring audiences of 2,500 people and above to leverage the power of negotiation skills.

Oct 19 (Thursday) - Improv Night / Workshop

What do Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler share in common? They all got started their comedy careers doing improv. Join us as the Singapore-based group Grace Under Fire share with us the tips and tricks of becoming a fantastic improvisor, which will make you the star of your own show at home and at work. Think you have no funny bone? We'll get it out of you yet. As we all know, laughter is the best medicine. I promise you that you'll end up going home cured of all ailments after this one session!

When: Thursday, 19 October 2023 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Crane Claymore Connect, Magpie Room, 442 Orchard Rd, #01-11 Claymore Connect
Who: Active HCS members and guests of active HCS members
Tickets: Available here

Nov 4 (Saturday) - Ivy Ball 2023

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The Ivy Ball is back! Join us on November 4, 2023 at the Fullerton Hotel for an evening of fun and friendly competition with your fellow Ivy Leaguers.

You've missed the early bird period but don't fret. Tickets are still available so hop on over to https://evnk.co/ivyballsg2023. There will be a fight song session, and you'll get a chance to practice. Let's win it for Harvard this year!

If you are interested in being a sponsor for the Ivy Ball, please contact [email protected].
The Executive Committee 2023/2024
Welly TANTONO – AB ’96, President (Term Ending 2025)
Titus YONG – EdM ’03, Vice President (Term Ending 2024)
Benjamin GOH – MPP ’17 Treasurer (Term Ending 2024)
Nara NAHM – AB ’92, Secretary (Term Ending 2025)
Andrew NAI – GMP ’13, Member (Term Ending 2024)
Kamal KARMAKAR – OPM ’08 (Term Ending 2025)
Gerald TAN GMP'21 (Term Ending 2024)
Yong Han POH – AB'20 (Term Ending 2025)
Stanley PARK – JD'88 (Term Ending 2025)