Columbia Alumni Associations in Asia

The Columbia alumni network in Asia is growing rapidly. The Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) has  been integral in connecting and expanding this network in Asia to provide you with the opportunities to connect with alumni throughout the region.

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Distinguished Universities Alumni League

DUAL is the Distinguished Universities Alumni League, an umbrella organization comprising members from the following 20 alumni clubs - Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University/Cornell University Hoteliers, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Imperial College, INSEAD, King's College London, London Business School, London School of Economics, MIT, NUS MBA, Oxbridge Society, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California - Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University

Upcoming Events

1. Thursday, 18 Apr, 2019 07:00pm - 10:00pm - DUAL Drinks - Hosted by MIT - and NEW VENUE

NEW VENUE!!! Do come down and join us for our monthly DUAL Drinks (3rd Thursday) at a venue with a great view! It will be a wonderful time to relax, catch up with old friends and meet new people! MIT will be hosting April's DUAL Drinks - come and meet their alums!

Venue: Cook & Brew, The Westin Singapore, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961
Cost: Cash Bar. Happy Hour; $10nett House Wine, House Pour Spirits and selected cocktails
RSVP: Just Come! No need to RSVP!
Contact: Questions: please email Hau Yee at hauyee.ng@gmail.com

2. Saturday, 27 Apr, 2019 12:00pm - 02:00pm - Harvard Club of Singapore - Visit to Jewel Changi Airport & Brunch at TONITO

The Jewel Changi Airport has just opened and is the latest attraction in Singapore. Come join us for brunch at TONITO and feast on the best of Latin American fare, with stunning views of the world’s tallest indoor waterfall as your backdrop. The restaurant looks out to the waterfall. After brunch, explore the architectural marvel that is Jewel Changi Airport. There are seven storeys of retail and dining outlets, an indoor garden that spans four storeys and the forty-metre high rain vortex which is the tallest indoor waterfall in the world! DUAL members, family & friends are most welcome!

Venue: TONITO #02-248, Jewel Changi Airport
Cost: Harvard Club of Singapore members: $40, others: $50 for brunch.
RSVP: events@harvardclub.sg, seats are limited & registration is required.
Contact: events@harvardclub.sg

3. Tuesday, 07 May, 2019 07:00pm - 10:00pm - DUAL Wine Dinner - Jackson Family Wines

The Jackson Family is the largest land owner of premium Vineyards sites across the key wine growing regions of California, including world renowned Sonoma Coast and Napa Valley. This guarantees the family can select the best quality fruit for their own wines every year. The strategy works as they have successfully crafted American’s No. 1 Selling Chardonnay for the last 27 years and have won numerous prestigious 90+ ratings and awards for their wines, winemaking and contributions to the industry from leaders in the industry including Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast.

Venue: Cherry Garden Cantonese Restaurant, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Level 5, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore, 039797
Cost: $100 nett
RSVP: Please email Ms. Ng Hau Yee at hauyee.ng@gmail.com
Contact: Questions: please email Hau Yee at hauyee.ng@gmail.com

Space is limited. First come first serve.

4. Thursday, 09 May, 2019 06:30pm - 07:30pm - Yale Information Session in Singapore

John Yi, Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions and regional admissions director for Singapore, will discuss academic programs, residential colleges and campus life, admissions, and financial aid.

Venue: Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), 121 Dover Road, Singapore 139650
RSVP: https://apps.admissions.yale.edu/register/YaleinSingapore2019?fbclid=IwAR15PW0cLEDxqGyjCRzOISSKuoTGuMOx7RVBkoAUxlnZ2e1WABHL0yP2Jnk

The session will take place in CPA 1. Family and friends are welcome to attend. Guests who intend to drive are advised to park their cars at the public car park opposite the school. Bus services: 33, 74, 166, 196. Nearest MRT stations: Dover, Buona Vista.

5. Thursday, 09 May, 2019 07:00pm - 09:00pm - INSEAD Professor’s Lecture series - The Rise of Inequality with Prof. Pushan Dutt

The inexorable rise in income and wealth inequality is an issue attracting a lot of attention from business leaders, policy makers, politicians and voters. The rise of populist politicians in Europe and the US, the Brexit vote, the imbalanced nature of Chinese economic development, the distrust of global institutions are all fairly or unfairly attributed to inequality. So what is inequality, how should we measure it, and why should we even care about inequality? Pushan Dutt is a Professor of Economics and Political Science at INSEAD. He has won the Best Teacher Award in the INSEAD MBA programme multiple times. Professor Dutt has worked as an economist at the World Bank's Development Research Group and has also worked as a fellow at the Ford Foundation, and as a writer and consultant for the Oxford University Press In addition, he has taught microeconomics, economic development, and international trade and finance to undergraduate, MBA, and PhD participants since 1994.

Venue: INSEAD 1 Ayer Rajah Avenue Singapore 138676
Cost: DUAL members and a guest each pay: $45
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/the-rise-of-inequality-with-prof-pushan-dutt-professors-lecture-series-tickets-59687331415
Contact: alumniassoc.sg@insead.edu

6. Tuesday, 21 May, 2019 07:00pm - 09:00pm - Harvard Club of Singapore - former US Ambassador Frank Lavin on "U.S. and the world 2019-2020"

From its presidential race to the ongoing U.S.-China trade negotiations, developments in the U.S. will set the pace for economic and political developments around the world. Please join us for a presentation and discussion on the current state of play of U.S. politics and foreign policy by former White House aide, trade negotiator, and U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Frank Lavin. Frank Lavin is the CEO and founder of Export Now, a U.S. firm that operates e-commerce stores in China for international brands. Established in 2010, Export Now is the largest off-shore operator of China e-commerce stores, helping brands from around the world in strategy and operations.

Venue: TBA
Cost: Harvard Club of Singapore members $30, all others $40 (includes reception)
RSVP: events@harvardclub.sg
Contact: events@harvardclub.sg

In Government, Lavin served as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce 2005-2007. In that capacity, Lavin served as lead trade negotiator for both China and India and was the senior policy official in the Department responsible for commercial policy, export promotion, and trade negotiations across the globe. Lavin was U.S. Ambassador to the Singapore from 2001-05, where his duties included helping negotiate the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. In the private sector, Lavin served in senior finance and management positions in Hong Kong and Singapore with Edelman, Bank of America, and Citibank. Previously, Lavin served in the George H.W. Bush and Reagan Administrations, working in the Department of Commerce, Department of State, National Security Council, and White House. Lavin served as Director of the White House Office of Political Affairs 1987-89.

7. Saturday, 25 May, 2019 09:30am - 12:00pm - Yale Day of Service at The Singapore Cheshire Home

The Singapore Cheshire Home, a registered charity, was founded in 1957 to provide a home for the seriously disabled who have no or limited means and whose families, if any, are unable to provide adequate care. Schedule: 9:30am ~ Briefing for volunteers; 10:00am ~ Facilitating a Bingo game for residents; 11:00am ~ Interaction; 11:15am ~ Lunch for residents. Please consider contributing towards Bingo prizes (daily necessities for the residents), and/or donations (cash or in-kind) to the home. We welcome guest volunteers, including children who are at least six years old and who will be accompanied by adults.

Venue: The Singapore Cheshire Home, 159 Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 556056
RSVP: sarah.ong@aya.yale.edu

8. Thursday, 30 May, 2019 07:00pm - 09:00pm - INSEAD event - Wine Ecosystem: Building Businesses around Wine Business

After tasting champagne and learning how to taste a wine, we continue our INSEAD Wine interest group launch with an industry panel looking at the Wine Ecosystem: how did the wine industry's new trends develop a whole ecosystem.

Venue: Cult Wines Lounge
Cost: INSEAD Non-NAA/DUAL members and a guest each pay: $60
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/wine-ecosystem-building-businesses-around-wine-business-tickets-60164284996
Contact: alumniassoc.sg@insead.edu

Join us at Cult Wines Lounge with: - Julien Metayer, Panasia Logistics to discuss wine and spirits door to door transportation, import and warehousing, Nicolas Laurent, Cult Wines to explain how to invest in wine like you would invest on the financial markets, - Alexis Lhoyer MBA'13D, Chab events / Wanderwine – to talk about the wine-based events development and how they help famous wine and spirits brands to position themselves and be creative, - Oliver Mumenthaler, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate / Michelin Guide – to describe what has become the leading wine publication influencing serious wine buyers around the globe We will of course end with a wine networking session with Hannes Hantze GEMBA'19, owner of the Wine Provision Shop. He will introduce us to an Italian boutique wine called RUCHE “VIGNA DEL PARROCO” (Luca Ferraris, Piedmont, Italy).

 

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www.dual.org.sg

DUAL is the Distinguished Universities Alumni League, an umbrella organization comprising members from the following 20 alumni clubs - Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University/Cornell University Hoteliers, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Imperial College, INSEAD, King's College London, London Business School, London School of Economics, MIT, NUS MBA, Oxbridge Society, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California - Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University