Harvard University Association of Alumni in Singapore

Veritas Singapura

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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 (2020/2021)

Rebecca WOO – AB ’89, President (Term Ending 2021)
Titus YONG – EdM ’03, Vice President (Term Ending 2022)
Welly TANTANO – AB ’96, Treasurer (Term Ending 2022)
Allen Chu – AB ‘92, Secretary (Term Ending 2021)
En-Ming ONG – AB ’11, Member (Term Ending 2022)
Andrew NAI – GMP ’14, Member (Term Ending 2022)
Arthur LANG – AB ’96, MBA ’01, Member (Term Ending 2022)
Nadine YAP – AB ’92, AM ’95, Member (Term Ending 2021)
Stephen JACOB – MPP ’00, Member (Term Ending 2021)

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Past Events

February 2020

[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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March 2020

Masterclass on Street Photography – Joint event with U Chicago Alumni

March 7 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm SMT
Steven Golden Studio, 5 Blair Road 089905 Singapore + Google Map

Travel Photography: Capturing the Moment Have you ever been travelling in an exotic country on holiday and wished you could make better images? This seminar will help you “see” pictures when you are on the street or travelling. Former Lonely Planet photographer Steve Golden will share techniques for photographing people, working with natural light, and capturing a decisive moment. Part one of this workshop will take place in Steve’s Chinatown home studio, where he will use his new photography book…

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June 2020

Harvard belongs to all of us

June 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm SMT
HAA President Alice Hill

Join us for a conversation and Q&A with Dr Alice Hill, President of the Harvard Alumni Association. Hear about the impact that the current US and world crises are having on the Harvard community and beyond, and the role that Harvard and its alumni are playing. Consider with us how, as members of this community, we can contribute in a meaningful way. Alice Hill (AB ’81, PhD ‘91) is the President of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). She is the…

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Singapore and Taipei Wine Tasting with Park90

June 26 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm SMT

Please join us for a virtual winetasting of burgundies with Park90 and friends from Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Penn and Yale in Singapore and in Taiwan, led by Mason Ng, the Regional Co-head Sommelier of Park90, and Szu Hao Tseng, the sommelier in Park90 Taipei. Mason, who started off his wine career at Les Amis in Singapore and proceeded to be the head sommelier at Atlas, was awarded as the Best Sommelier for Singapore’s National Sommelier Competition 2019. Szu Hao, who…

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July 2020

All-Ivy Trivia Night: Independence Day Edition!

July 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm SMT
Quiz Night

After two successful All-Ivy Trivia Nights, we’re back for Round III. This event, hosted by Ranajit Dam (Columbia J-School 2004), takes place on July 4th, U.S. Independence Day, so you can expect a distinctly American flavour. And this time we actually do have a prize – a voucher from Singapore restaurant Tree Lizard. HOW TO TAKE PART: If you already have a team - Send your team’s email addresses (Gmail preferred) to either [email protected] or 8152 7329, and also your…

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A Cautionary Tale: How We Lost 95% of Our Money in 30 Days Trading Options

July 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm SMT

In this fireside Zoom chat, two entrepreneurial best friends, Rocket Eyewear co-founder Ong En Ming (Harvard College '11) and Hmlet co-founder Zenos Schmickrath, share how they started trading stock options during the peak of COVID-19 and managed to lose 95% of their money within their first 30 days. Date: Friday, July 10 at 3 PM Duration: 40 minutes Format: Zoom call

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Ivy League Glenglassaugh Whisky Virtual Tasting by Asher BWS

July 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm SMT
Glenglassaugh various products

Love whisky? On Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 8PM, Stuart Fear, Brown-Forman Asia's brand ambassador, will be conducting a whisky tasting class featuring Glenglassaugh Evolution, Glenglassaugh Revival and Glenglassaugh Torfa. For $58, you will receive a tasting set including 3 x 50 ML bottles of Glenglassaugh whiskies, a special customised whiskey tasting glass and other gifts delivered to your doorstep.

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August 2020

Webinar – Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

August 5 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am SMT

Since at least the industrial revolution, capitalism has done an amazing job of driving the world’s economic growth. There have been hiccups, certainly. A monopoly here, abusive labor practices there, but the rise of the middle class owes its existence to the free exercise of capitalism. Other systems? They were tried but crashed. Now, with all that is going on around us, should we ask if capitalism needs a version 2.0? As wealth concentrates, is capitalism destabilizing society? Is there…

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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

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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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