Harvard University Association of Alumni in Singapore

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Welcome

As the official club of Harvard alumni in Singapore, the objective of the Harvard University Association of Alumni in Singapore (HUAAS) is to advance the mutual welfare of Harvard University and its alumni in Singapore. Our motto is “Veritas Singapura” combining the ethos of our alma mater and referencing the national anthem of Singapore. The association’s activity will be focused on three areas: Programming, Outreach, and Structure.

  • Programming – maintaining an active event calendar for social and professional development activities
  • Outreach – growing the number of active members in the Club year on year to improve the quality of relationships in the Harvard community
  • Structure – maintaining a dispersed leadership model allowing for broad participation from various segments within the Harvard community and alumni from the college and different graduate schools and divisions of Harvard University.

Officers

Rebecca WOO, AB ’89, President (Term Ending 2021)
Titus YONG, EdM ’03, Vice President (Term Ending 2020)
Andrew NAI, GMP ’14, Treasurer (Term Ending 2020)
Allen Chu, AB ‘92, Secretary (Term Ending 2021)
En-Ming ONG, AB ’11, Member (Term Ending 2020)
“KC” CHEW Kheng Chuan, AB ’82, Member (Term Ending 2021)
Michael KOH, MDes ’93, Member (Term Ending 2020)
Nadine YAP, AB ’92, AM ’95, Member (Term Ending 2021)
Stephen JACOB, MPP ’00 , Member (Term Ending 2021)

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Past Events

November 2019

Panel Discussion: Current trends in planning and architecture

November 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm SMT
KPMG Clubhouse, 36 Robinson Road
Singapore, 068877
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Free
Architecture-Discussion

Join us for a joint KPMG and HUAAS event where Three illustrious Graduate School of Design alumni -- Paul Tange, Nina Yang and Ong Ker Shing -- will share their best practice and development experience in Singapore and internationally. The panel will be moderated by Teo Yee Chin. Paul Kent, partner for Economics and Regulation KPMG will also give comments. Join us on Monday 11 November 19 at the KPMG clubhouse, at the 1st storey of City House at 36, Robinson…

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Ivy League Ball Singapore 2019

November 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - November 17, 2019 @ 12:00 am SMT
Hilton Hotel, 581 Orchard Rd
Singapore, 238883 Singapore
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Ivy League Ball Singapore 2019

After last year's inaugural success, the SECOND Ivy League Ball Singapore 2019 will be held on Saturday, Nov 16th again at the Hilton Hotel Ballroom. This year, the event is led by Cornell University and Harvard University, as Columbia and U Penn passed on the baton. We invite alumni, their friends, and family to join us for a cocktail reception, dinner, drinks, a bit of competition!!, music and dancing with renowned DJ Shigeki. We have a very exciting lineup of…

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A Spoonful of Sherman with Columbia, Harvard, and Penn

November 26, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm SMT
SOTA Drama Theatre, 1 Zubir Said Drive
Singapore, 227968 Singapore
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The alumni associations of Columbia, Harvard, and Penn invite you and your family for an evening of theatre guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and sing, no matter what your age! Join us for “A Spoonful of Sherman”, a smash hit show featuring stunning sets and a stellar local cast, including music from films we have grown up with: Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Winnie the Pooh and The Jungle Book. The Oscar-winning Disney songwriters, the Sherman brothers, created…

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January 2020

Harvard Prize Book 2019/2020

January 11 @ 8:30 am - 11:50 am SMT
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Level 2
Singapore, 189655 Singapore
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The event kicks off with the Harvard Prize Book ceremony and an explanation of HUAAS's Prize Book criteria (sustained altruism, caring). This year, recipients from over two dozen participating junior colleges, polytechnics and ITEs will be awarded the Prize Books. Several recipients have been selected to share about their service projects, motivation and insights. This is followed by a Panel discussion on the theme of fostering altruism. The panelists include: Dr William Wan (Secretary General of Singapore Kindness Movement) Dr…

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Global Networking Night 2020 – Singapore

January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm SMT
SEAR, 50 Raffles Place #45-01 Singapore Land Tower
Singapore, 048623 Singapore
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Global Networking Night is a great opportunity to explore and expand your Harvard Network, with last year's program drawing more than 8,000 registrants in over 100 cities.

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February 2020

Populism in Europe: Is Spain Different?

February 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm SMT
Yale NUS Performance Hall, College Avenue West 138527 Singapore + Google Map

European countries have been swept by a tide of radical-right populism, but Spain has been an exception. Why so? About this Event José Ignacio Torreblanca is Professor of Political Science at UNED University in Madrid and Head of the European Council on Foreign Relations, Madrid Office. The talk will be followed by a discussion with Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh, Singaporean writer and author of Floating on a Malayan Breeze: Travels in Malaysia and Singapore.

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Too Small to Fail – Book Launch and Discussion by author James Breiding.

February 12 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm SMT
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Seminar Room 3-1, Level 3 Manasseh Meyer 259772 + Google Map

The book “Too Small to Fail: Why Some Small Nations Outperform Larger Ones and How They Are Reshaping the World" (Harper Collins): Small, nimble, successful nations such as Singapore took nine out of the top ten spots in IMD’s most recent Global Competitiveness Report. The same nations dominate rankings among other important metrics, such as innovation, PISA scores, CO2 emissions, even happiness. Singapore features prominently in the book; veteran diplomat and Ambassador-at-Large Prof Tommy Koh wrote the preface. Author James…

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[UPDATE – POSTPONED] Fireside Chat with Prof. Peter Rowe, Harvard Graduate School of Design

February 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm SMT
URA Centre, 45 Maxwell Road 069118 Singapore + Google Map

Whether in a mature metropolis or a rapidly-growing city, societies around the world face the challenge of managing urbanization. The former Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, Professor Rowe, has researched cities and advised on urban planning projects from Spain to China. In this fireside chat open to people of all backgrounds, he will discuss how the field of urban planning has evolved, what it can offer to cities today, and what trends to look forward to…

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[Postponed] Fact or Fad? Nutrition in 2020

February 20 @ 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm SMT
Hilton Hotel, 581 Orchard Rd
Singapore, 238883 Singapore
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Whether you want to gain muscle, lose fat, or prevent disease, having a solid diet is a cornerstone of success. But with internet overload, how do you know you haven’t fallen into the ‘fake news’ of nutrition science? Come hear from experts who can help you separate fact from fiction when exploring diets and nutrition. You will learn about what makes good science, how to create a personalized plan, and if you should be plant-based, a carnivore, or just fast!…

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[UPDATE – POSTPONED] Cities in Blue and Green: CLC Lecture and Book Launch with Prof. Peter Rowe, Harvard Graduate School of Design

February 21 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm SMT
MND Auditorium, 5 Maxwell Road 069110 Singapore + Google Map

Throughout its nation-building journey, Singapore’s efforts to manage water resources, protect natural landscapes, and cultivate vegetation have been crucial elements underpinning the city’s liveability. Ranging from infrastructure systems to social history, a new publication by Peter Rowe and Limin Hee, “A City in Blue and Green: the Singapore Story” will be launched at this lecture. This book explores the unique strategies and effective practices utilized by Singapore across the decades, which have transformed the city into a “clean and green”…

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Managing Your HUAAS Membership

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In 2019, HUAAS formally adopted annual dues for membership in the association. We operate on the calendar year, but dues can be paid at any point during the calendar year. However, in order to vote at the AGM, you will need to pay your dues by 1 March of that year. There are essentially three tiers of dues: $100 – Alumni/Affiliate; $50 Young Alumni (Harvard College graduate within past 5...

A Spoonful of Sherman – recap

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What a show! 25 participants joined us during the evening of November 26th to watch A Spoonful of Sherman at the SOTA.  It was an evening for members and their families to enjoy the classic smash hits from a stellar local cast.  We enjoyed classic songs from films we have grown up with including Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Winnie the Pooh and The Jungle Book and many more. We also had...

Ivy Ball 2019 Recap

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The second Ivy League Ball in Singapore took place on Nov 16th, 2019 at the Hilton Ball room, with about 350 alumni and friends ready to compete, eat, drink and be merry!! Funds raised through the auctions are dedicated to two worthy charities – AUW ( asian-university.org ) and AWWA (aww.org.sg ) (donations to the Ivy Ball are still accepted!).  HUAAS and the Cornell alumni groups...

Current trends in planning and architecture – Recap

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Monday Nov 11 – – Our talk on architecture was well attended with about 25 guests who participated in a lively discussion with renowned architects Paul Tange, Nina Yang and Ong Ker Shing moderated by Teo Yee Chin.  From formal government planning to environmental issues to small boutique bespoke needs to design … Topics ran the gamut!  The whole evening was insightful for...

Sake Tasting at Sequoia Sake – Recap

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November 5 – The gathering by the alumni clubs of Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, and Penn brought about 35 alums together for a fun evening of sake tasting and Japanese snacks at Sequoia Sake. Sake sommelier Takuro guided the alums though a tasting of 8 different types of sake.  It was a fun night for alums to connect ahead of the Ivy Ball in Singapore. 

Breakfast with Dean Nohria and Dean Doyle – Recap

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15 Oct 2019 – The Harvard University Association of Alumni in Singapore and the Harvard Business School Club of Singapore jointly hosted a breakfast with Dean Frank Doyle of the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science and HBS Dean Nitin Nohria. Over 100 alumni attended the event at the GIC offices. The deans updated us on developments at both schools and the joint programs the two...

Welcome to Your City

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HUAAS Welcome to Your City Event Attendees

In coordination with HAA and global clubs around the world, HUAAS hosted the Singapore “Welcome to Your City” event on October 2.

It was a fun and informal way for alums new to town to connect with other local and expat Harvard alumni in Singapore. The venue at the Suntec Dallas Restaurant was stylish and elegant. Our alums enjoyed great company and a good selection of food and wine.

HUAAS Guo Pei exhibition private guided tour at Asian Civilisations Museum 2 August 2019

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Guo Pei is an internationally renown designer resident in Shanghai, China. Her dresses have been worn by celebrities such as Rihanna. 20 HUAAS members, Harvard alumni and guests were given a special treat at the Guo Pei exhibition at ACM. The FOM docent, Mrs. Patricia Welch, expertly guided the tour. All were impressed by the fabulous couture, runway and private client creations on display. Guo...

About HUAAS

As the official club of Harvard alumni in Singapore, the Harvard University Association of Alumni in Singapore (HUAAS) was formed on 7 December 2015 under the Registry of Societies. The registration number is T15SS0208H. Our constitution is available here

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