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Dear ,

Last weekend was family day at Harvard and the Yard was full of parents visiting their kids. It was also a time for the leadership of the Harvard alumni community to gather together to share best practices and to celebrate the the achievements of the various Harvard clubs around the world, including a special call out for the Harvard Club of Ukraine which demonstrated admirable resilience in mobilising resources to support the people of Ukraine.

Attending the annual leadership conference reminded me of why the members of the HCS board serves its community. I know many of you are interested in giving back to the Harvard community. If you are, the door is open for you to exercise leadership. You just need to show up, like Jiang Shuo did. Together with with Ayesha Khanna's support, she is now leading a sunset hike this month on 25 Nov. We hope to see more wellness activities bubble up organically from the community instead of waiting for the board to organise it.

You can also use your connections to host an interesting talk, the way Kirsten Conrad did when she convinced Prof. Griffiths to speak at our Beyond Oppenheimer and Einstein event on 28 Nov.

How about helping us with ideas for fundraising or membership drives so that we can increase the value that the club brings to the Crimson community in Singapore?

Or let's find a way to bring Harvard a capella groups to Singapore to host workshops for the local schools?

Remember, this club is for you. What we can do is limited only by your generosity with your imaginations and efforts. If you have ideas for events or sponsor the venue for our events, drop me a note at [email protected].


Welly Tantono
President of the Harvard Club of Singapore

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.

21 November (Tuesday) — Annual Thanksgiving Dinner 2023

What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than to catch up with your fellow Harvardians at this year's annual Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday, November 21! In lieu of turkey but staying in the aviary tradition with an Asian flair, we will be feasting on delicious peking duck!

When : 21 Nov 2023 (Tuesday) , 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Where : Tung Lok Peking Duck (Orchard Central)
Cost : Young Alums (Class of ’13 and younger) - $40 ~ 50; Senior Alums - $60 ~ 70
We look forward to seeing you and giving thanks together! Kindly RSVP to Stanley Park HLS '88 (sta[email protected]) no later than Tuesday, November 14. Thanks!

22 November (Wednesday) — Startup Fundraising: Opportunities and Challenges

Join us for a round table discussion with our friends from Harvard and Columbia on raising funds in the current economic environment

When : 22 Nov 2023 (Wednesday) , 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Where : Gunderson Dettmer, 1 Wallich Street #37-03, Guoco Tower, Singapore 078881
Cost : $10 (Food and Drinks inlcuded)
Sign up here if you're interested!

25 Nov (Saturday) - Hiking Into the Sunset!

Calling all Harvard fitspo and hikers! As part of building more fitness-related events in our programming, we will be organising a hike around Mount Faber! The event will be led by our very own HCS Wellness and Fitness subcomittee. We will start from Old Habits Cafe and walk from Mount Faber to Vivocity, and have dinner thereafter. Bring your hiking shoes and lets have a great hike together into the sunset!

When : 25 Nov 2023 (Saturday) from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where : Old Habits Cafe, S(098803)
Cost : Free
If interested in joining us, please rsvp 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.

5 Dec (Tues) - Dean Doug Elmendorf: The De-risking of US-China Relations: Analysis and Implications

Join Harvard faculty and fellow alumni for a lively discussion of China’s economic headwinds, the state of US-China relations, and implications for the Asia-Pacific region.

Doug Elmendorf has been dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School since 2016. He had been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution after serving as the director of the Congressional Budget Office from January 2009 through March 2015. He had previously been a senior fellow at Brookings, assistant director of the Division of Research and Statistics at the Federal Reserve Board, deputy assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department, senior economist at the White House's Council of Economic Advisers, and an assistant professor at Harvard University.

In these policy roles, Doug worked on budget policy, health care issues, the macroeconomic effects of fiscal policy, Social Security, income security programs, financial markets, macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, and a range of other topics. He earneed his PhD and AM in economics from Harvard University and his AB summa cum laude from Princeton University.

When : 5 Dec 2023, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Where : Fullerton hotel Singapore
Member (+1 Guest) : Free
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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