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Dear reader (),

September was a busy month for the Harvard community.

On 14 September 2023, President Tharman Shanmugaratnam joined a long list of Crimsons who were popularly elected to the presidency role in their countries. The Club sent its congratulations to the President, who replied almost immediately to let us know that he is looking forward to the Harvard community’s continued contributions to Singapore. I'm confident that our community will be able to meet his call to action!

On 29 September 2023, Harvard inaugurated Claudine Gay to be the university's 30th president and first black president. I'm excited about her tenure. President Gay has made it a point to engage with the global Harvard community to leverage its convening power in business, in law and in public policy to be of service to the world. Her inauguration address is a call to action and a reminder to each of us that we have a reservoir of courage and resources to draw from to do our part to build trust in a society that threatens to fragment, improve lives through the work we do, and live out our aspirations to do that which may seem impossible. Remember our "willingness to sound foolish, risk ridicule, be dismissed as a dreamer"? We will need those in gobs to meet today's challenges.

Let's work together to meet these calls to action. If you have a great idea or a passion to change the world that HCS can support, drop me a note at [email protected]. In the meantime, enjoy the events that we have put together this month - rock climbing, improv workshop, and our joint events with the HBS Club of Singapore.


Welly Tantono
President of the Harvard Club of Singapore

4 Oct (Wednesday) - A.I. in Southeast Asia

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has unquestionably assumed the spotlight in our lives, reshaping the way we live, work, and interact with the world. It is becoming increasingly clear AI is a transformative force that is fundamentally altering the fabric of our society, presenting both immense opportunities as well as ethical challenges.

Understanding and harnessing AI's potential is not just a matter of curiosity; it's essential for shaping our future in this AI-driven world. Please join us for an engaging inperson session on: How is AI impacting us in South East Asia. The session will feature Jefferson Chen (Co-Founder, Advance Intelligence Group, Stanford MBA 2010) and Shiyan Koh (Managing Partner at Hustle Fund, HBS MBA 2011). The session will be moderated by Li-Anne Huang (former Head of Corporate Development at Monk’s Hill Ventures, Stanford MBA 2003).

When : 4 Oct 2023 (Wednesday) , 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where : Genting Centre, 3 Lim Teck Kim Rd
Cost : $20 for HCS Members
If interested in joining us, please sign up here.

11 Oct (Wednesday) - Let's Climb!

Calling all Harvard climbers! The Club will hold a climbing get-together for alums at the Ground Up gym located at Level 2 of the Civil Service Club at 60 Tessensohn Road. Ground Up offers indoor top rope, bouldering and outdoor lead climbing areas. For first-timers, the gym offers a guided session to show you the ropes.

When : 11 Oct 2023 (Wednesday) from 7:30pm till closing
Where : GroundUp, Level 2 Civil Service Club, 60 Tessensohn Road S (217664)
Cost : Depends on whether you need to rent equipment, are a first-timer and need a guide, etc. Ranges from $22-$45. Fees will be paid to directly to Ground Up at the door.
If interested in joining us, please write to [email protected].

13 Oct (Wednesday) - HBS Halloween Horror Nights

Celebrate Halloween with your HBS alums (and guests) at the scariest and probably most haunted place in Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights (Universal Studios)! Catch up with HBS alums and their families while “Dieing in Hell at KT’s Grill” (translation: eating at KT’s Grill).

Afterwards, you can enter Universal Studios park which has been transformed for Halloween including 5 terrifying Haunted Houses, 3 sinister Scare Zones and 2 spooky live shows.

When : 13 Oct 2023 (Friday) from 6:30pm till midnight
Where : KT’s Grill, 8 Sentosa Gateway S098269
Cost : $130 (dinner and park ticket) - normally $217
If interested in joining us, please sign up here.

19 Oct (Thursday) - Improv 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. we promise you that you'll end up going home cured of all ailments after this one session!

When : 19 Oct 2023 (Thurs) from 19:00 to 21:00
Where : Crane Claymore Connect, Magpie Room, 442 Orchard Rd, #01-11 Claymore Connect
Who : Members of HCS, HCS partner organisations and their guests
Tickets : Available here.

25 Oct (Wednesday) - HBS Global Networking Night 2023

GNN is an annual night of fun where the HBS community members connect, mix, and mingle during worldwide celebrations. Harvard Business School (HBS) Club of Singapore is delighted to invite you to the upcoming Global Networking Night (GNN) in a different avatar. To make the networking more engaging and the event even truly global, we will be inviting alums from Harvard University and some of our partner schools like Stanford, INSEAD, MIT, Columbia and Chicago Booth. And since this is part of the GNN series, we will only be wining, dining and mingling!

When : 25 October 2023 (Wednesday) from 18:30 to 20:30
Where : Palm Bistro, 60 Anson Road
Who : Active (i.e., paying members) HCS members and one guest of active HCS members
Tickets : Available here.

18 Nov (Saturday) - HBS Club of Singapore Gala Dinner 2023

HBS is organising an end of year Gala dinner and all HCS Members are invited! The gala dinner will include a keynote address by Sunny Verghese, CEO/Co-Founder of Olam and HBS alum. Sunny is Chairman of the World Council for Sustainable Development and is a passionate advocate of leadership behaviours for a more sustainable world, role modelling them within Olam. If you're interested, please buy your tickets via this link. Click on "Registration" and you will be given an option to choose "Member of Harvard Club of Singapore" to purchase a ticket for $150. We look forward to seeing you there!

When : 18 Nov 2023 (Saturday) from 18:00 to 22:30
Where : Equarius Hotel
Who : Active (i.e., paying members) HCS members and one guest of active HCS members
Tickets : Available here.

28 Nov (Tues) - Beyond Oppenheimer and Einstein

The history of Harvard, Princeton and Singapore with the Institute for Advanced Study

You've seen the movie. Now, get a chance to meet via Zoom, Professor Phillip A. Griffiths, the former Director of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Harvard Professor and Princeton Ph.D., and in real life, Professor Gan Wee Teck (Harvard Ph.D. and former Princeton assistant professor) and Associate Professor Tan Meng Chwan, both of NUS and former members of the IAS , as they share with us the history of the IAS and its relationship to Harvard, Princeton and Singapore.

Since its founding in 1930 with Albert Einstein as one of its first 23 members. 35 Nobel Laureates, 44 of the 62 Fields Medalists, and 23 of the 26 Abel Prize Laureates, as well as many MacArthur Fellows and Wolf Prize winners have served as faculty or members of the IAS. In addition to Albert Einstein, past Faculty have the giants of intellectual pursuit - Kurt Gödel, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Erwin Panofsky, Hetty Goldman, Homer A. Thompson, John von Neumann, George Kennan, Hermann Weyl, and Clifford Geertz.

This event is open to the members of the Harvard and Princeton community.

When : 28 Nov 2023 from 19:00 to 20:00 (drinks and nibbles during and post talk)
Where : NUS Math Dept. Lounge, Level 4, Block S17,10 Lower Kent Ridge Road Singapore 119076
Member (+1 Guest) : $5 each
Non-Member Alumni (+1 Guest) : $10 each
Princeton Alumni : TBD
If interested, please register here.

The Committee 2023-2024

Welly TANTONO, AB '96, President (Term Ending 2025)
Titus YONG, EdM '03, Vice President (Term Ending 2024)
Nara NAHM, AB '92, Secretary (Term Ending 2025)
Benjamin GOH, MPP '17, Treasurer (Term Ending 2024)
Andrew NAI, GMP '13, Member (Term Ending 2024)
Gerald TAN, GMP '21, Member (Term Ending 2024)
Kamal KARMAKAR, OPM '13, Member (Term Ending 2025)
POH Yong Han, AB '20, Member (Term Ending 2025)
Stanley PARK, JD '88, Member (Term Ending 2025)
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