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, 19 Apr, 2018 07:00pm - 10:00pm - DUAL Drinks - Hosted by Yale

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! Yale Club will be hosting April's DUAL Drinks - come and meet their alums!

Venue: Barnacles, 70 Collyer Quay, Customs House
Cost: Cash Bar. Happy Hour
RSVP: Just Come! No need to RSVP!
Contact: Questions: please email Hau Yee at hauyee.ng@gmail.com


2. Saturday, 21 Apr, 2018 02:00pm - Monday, 09 Apr, 2018 06:00pm - Decision Boot Camp with Balazs Fogoly

Have you ever made a bad decision? I mean a really bad one. We all have. Some of us hired terrible candidates. Or teamed up with the wrong co-founder. Or stayed in a bad job for far too long. But all of us — hopefully — learned a lot from these mistakes. On the afternoon of 21 April we’re going to make a lot of bad decisions. Some of them will be really bad ones. And we’ll definitely learn a lot from these mistakes. Luckily, this time we’ll be in a safe environment, around a few poker tables. By popular demand Decision Boot Camp is back. Balazs Fogoly (MBA ‘06D) — Chief Play Officer of Ember Associates — fresh from his paternity break, will teach us how to play poker. And while playing, he will use our successes and mistakes to teach us different aspects of decision making — from psychology to probabilities. But most importantly, all the teachings are not just applicable outside the poker table, will be translated to the language of business and our personal life.

Venue: TO BE CONFIRMED
Cost: $55
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/decision-boot-camp-with-balazs-fogoly-tickets-44624862164
Contact: alumniassoc.sg@insead.edu

But why poker? Well, on one hand, because it’s fun. Games — as Albert Einstein said — are the most elevated form of investigation. And on the other hand, poker is very similar to business. We have to make a lot of quick decisions under pressure in a competitive environment, without sufficient information, while managing scarce resources. And we have to constantly adapt our strategy to the ever changing environment shaped by our decisions, our competitors’ actions and luck. Read more details about the Boot Camp. Refreshments will be served. Numbers are limited. Venue to be confirmed.


3. Wednesday, 25 Apr, 2018 08:00pm - 10:00pm - Poetry Lounge Singapore: A Night of Spoken Word Poetry

Please join us for a night of interactive poetry showcasing some of the leading artists, poets and storytellers in Singapore at Poetry Lounge Singapore. Spoken Word Poetry is a form of artistic expression that combines original stories and current issues in today's society through rhyme, passion and prose. Featured artists will include Marc Nair, William Beale, Elisabeth Gunawan, and Stephanie Dogfoot. All ticket proceeds from this event will support Gawad Kalinga, a nonprofit whose mission is to build communities, develop young minds into entrepreneur spirits, and create sustainable and meaningful ways to rid poverty in the Philippines.

Venue: Blu Jaz Cafe (Level 2), 11 Bali Lane, Singapore 189848
Cost: $20 - please pay at the door (doors open at 7:30)
RSVP: Mark Clemente at poetryloungesg@gmail.com


4. Friday, 27 Apr, 2018 11:30am - 06:30pm - CIRCLE - Orbiting Innovation and Entrepreneurship

CIRCLE™ - demo day by Platform E & SIM aims to develop and fortify the entrepreneurial ecosystem and lifecycle in Singapore. Over 200 entrepreneurs and investors will be present, join them and grow your network, discover talent, and explore investment opportunities. During this half-day event, startups and investors alike will get opportunities to network amongst each other, with pitching sessions held in between for startups to present their best ideas to renowned judges. Panel discussions regarding the regional startup ecosystem will be held, followed by a Q&A with investors to find out what they are looking for in entrepreneurs.

Venue: Novotel Clarke Quay, Singapore
Cost: $69- $200 (all members in the DUAL network will receive 20% off all tickets with code ​DUALCIRCLE​)
RSVP: https://circlebyplatforme.eventbrite.com
Contact: Zen Tan at zen@pe-techconference.com


5. Wednesday, 02 May, 2018 07:00pm - 09:00pm - Harvard Club of Singapore: Dialogue with Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance

Ms Indranee Rajah is the Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance. She was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1987, and had an active practice in Civil and Commercial Litigation and international arbitration. She was appointed Senior Counsel in 2003, and was Deputy Head of Drew & Napier’s Dispute Resolution Department until October 2012. Ms Rajah has been the Member of Parliament for the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency (GRC) since 2001. She chaired the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Law & Home Affairs from 2004 to 2006 and the GPC for Defence and Foreign Affairs from 2006 to mid-2009. She was a Deputy Speaker of Parliament from 2006 to 2011. Ms Rajah was appointed Senior Minister of State for Law and Education in 2012. Under her law portfolio she co-chaired the Committees on Family Justice, the formation of the Singapore International Commercial Court as well as the committee on Strengthening Singapore as a Restructuring Hub.

Venue: Raffles Town Club, 1 Plymouth Ave, Singapore 297753
Cost: Current Harvard Club of Singapore members $48, all others $60
RSVP: events@harvardclub.sg
Contact: events@harvardclub.sg

Ms Rajah also helmed the Steering Committee on the strategic direction of Singapore’s third law school at UniSIM. In her education portfolio she led the Committee for Applied Studies in Polytechnics and ITE (ASPIRE) resulting in SkillsFuture, a national movement to align education with economic demand, career guidance and lifelong learning. Following the 2015 General Election, she relinquished her education portfolio, and was appointed Senior Minister of State for Finance concurrently with her Ministry of Law portfolio. Ms Rajah co-chaired the Working Group (WG) on Legal and Accounting Services, a sub-committee of the 2016 Committee for the Future Economy, the recommendations of which are aimed at transforming the legal and accounting industries in Singapore and catalysing the internationalisation of such professional services. Program 7.00 - Welcome 7.05 - Opening remarks by SMS Indranee Rajah 7.15 - Q&A from audience 8.00 - Networking over dinner & drinks


6. Saturday, 05 May, 2018 02:45pm - 04:30pm - Tour of Sun Yat-Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

The Sun Yat-Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, located in a 117-year-old villa in Balestier, is a monument to modern China's founding father and a museum tracing Dr. Sun's visits to Singapore and the role Singapore Chinese played in the 1911 Revolution. Please join Kayloe Tjio, Columbia Business School '73 and author of the recently published The Unfinished Revolution: Sun Yat-sen and the Struggle for Modern China, on a tour of this historic building and uncover the stories behind one of the most monumental chapters of the early 20th Century.

Venue: Sun Yat-Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall , 12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874,
Cost: Free for those who have purchased the book, $5 for CAA club members, $10 for non-members
RSVP: Pls register here: http://singapore.alumni.columbia.edu/sun_yat_sen_nanyang_memorial_tour_tjio_kayloe?utm_campaign=mid_march_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_source=columbia106
Contact: Mary at caasingaporeevents@gmail.com


7. Tuesday, 08 May, 2018 07:00pm - 08:30pm - Leveraging the subconscious: Neuroscience for consumer decision-making

How do people make decisions? What role do emotions play? How can neuroscience help understand consumer decision-making? Neuroscience is a hot topic that has the potential to provoke a radical mindset shift in leaders and organisations. We will kick off our neuroscience series with Dr. Satoshi Tsujimoto, a neuroscientist who has done for many years research on monkeys before entering the business world!

Venue: INSEAD
Cost: $45
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/leveraging-the-subconscious-neuroscience-for-consumer-decision-making-tickets-44624164076
Contact: alumniassoc.sg@insead.edu

In this first workshop, learn how our brains work and what drives our everyday decisions, including what we watch, talk about and do. Also, understand why our emotional responses cannot be measured through traditional market research. Join Dr. Satoshi Tsujimoto as he reveals the science behind consumer decision making, key neuro and behavioural metrics and their importance in measuring consumers’ sub-conscious reactions. Satoshi's bio here.


8. Wednesday, 06 Jun, 2018 07:00pm - 09:00pm - Nanyang Business School (NBS) Focus Point: How to Build a Strong Brand and Stay on Top using Neuromarketing

In today’s crowded marketplace, brands have to try harder than ever before to stand out from their competitors and build solid relationships with their consumers. In an environment where success or failure can reside with a few brief words on social media, brands need to stay highly attuned to the constantly shifting needs and expectations of their customers. At this NBS Focus Point, you will learn from Professor Gemma Anne Calvert of NBS about the latest developments in neuromarketing, from effective machine-based lie-detectors to web-based attention monitors, and tinder-type apps that can uncover people’s unconscious attitudes and biases on mobile devices. Successful brands understand the market, great brands get deep inside consumer’s brains and anticipate the future. Learn how you can do this too by leveraging on brain science.

Venue: The Great Room, One George Street Building
Cost: $20 per NBS/NTU Alumnus, $40 per CFA/DUAL Member, $70 per Guest
RSVP: http://web.nbs.ntu.edu.sg/alumni/eNewsletter/NBSFocusPoint_20180613/index.html
Contact: Adeline (adelinelim@ntu.edu.sg / 6908 1946)
Note: Date change to Wed, 6 Jun 2018.

 

9. Career Opportunity – GMT Instructor and Admissions Consultant, MBA Link

MBA Link provides MBA Admissions Consulting and GMAT Prep for ambitious young professionals preparing to enter the world's most selective MBA programs. We're looking for a few stars to join our growing team:

GMAT Instructor

- 99th percentile score on the GMAT

- Teaching experience a big plus

- Prestige education background a big plus

Admissions Consultant

- MBA from highly-ranked school with admissions consulting or coaching experience a big plus

- Experience working in a highly-ranked MBA program a very big plus

- Majority of work to be done remotely using video conference

Email lawrence@mymbalink.com for more information if interested.


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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