Monday, August 17, 2009

DUAL mid-month August 2009 Update

For those of you who are in Singapore.

DUAL is the Distinguished Universities Alumni League, an umbrella organization comprising members from the following 19 alumni clubs - Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Cornell University Hoteliers, Dartmouth College, Imperial College, INSEAD, Johns Hopkins University, London Business School, London School of Economics, MIT, NUS MBA, Oxbridge Society, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University
1.  Thursday, 20th August, 7:00pm - 9:00pm - DUAL Drinks
2.  Saturday, 22nd August, 6:15pm - Dartmouth Sake Tasting
3.  Tuesday, 25th August, 6:30pm - Entrepreneurship Forum by Stanford Club of Singapore and The Financial Women's Association of Singapore
4.  Wednesday, 26th August, 6:15pm - Network Nights with Rutgers University Singapore, and guest speaker Professor Farrokh Langdana on "Stimulus Plans, Budget Defincits & Long Bonds: What Lies Ahead"
5.  Thursday, 27th August, 7:00pm - Columbia Business School MBA Reception for Interested Applicants
6.  Monday, 31st August, 7:00pm - 10:00pm  – DUAL evening talk and networking - "Who Moved My Rice Bowl"?
7.  Tuesday, 1st September, 7:00pm - Chicago Booth Alumni Club - "Nudge": - Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Prof Richard Thaler, Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics
8.  Monday - Wednesday, 7th to 9th September - LSEAAS - Trip to Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort & Tour of Ipoh
9.  Career Opportunity - Personal Bankers and Relationship Managers at Citibank
1.  DUAL Drinks

Do come down and join us for DUAL Drinks every third Thursday of the Month!  It will be a great time to relax, catch up with old friends, and meet new people!

Date:    Thursday, August 20th, 2009
Time:    7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue:  Brewerkz Restaurant & Microbrewery
            30 Merchant Road #01-05/06 Riverside Point
            Singapore 058282
            Tel: (65) 6438 7438
Cost:    $5 for 2 soft drinks
            $15 for 2 beer
2.  Dartmouth Sake Tasting
Like Sake but not sure what to order, or just wondered what the different types/grades are like? 
Come join us for Sake Tasting on August 22, Saturday, and the Sake Expert will walk us through!  
On the menu (a shotglass of each):
- Seishu
- Junmai
- Junmai Dai Ginjyo
- Nigori (Unfiltered Sake; Milky in color!)
Pricing for sake tasting and finger food - $28.  Come join us, and bring your friends!
Date:        August 22, 2009
Time:        615pm Arrival & Mingle
                630pm Tasting (about 45 mins to an hour)
Address:   Yumeya (Opposite Gallery Hotel)
                33 Mohamed Sultan Road
                #01-01 Singapore 238977
                Tel: 6887 0282
RSVP to Candice at by August 19, Wednesday.
3.  Entrepreneurship Forum by Stanford Club of Singapore and The Financial Women's Association of Singapore

The Stanford Club of Singapore and the Financial Women's Association (FWA) are delighted to invite you to the Entrpreneurship Forum at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 25 August. 


FWA and the Stanford Club have brought together an outstanding panel of new and experienced entrepreneurs who have struck out on their own in fields ranging from retail and media to financial services and software.


Particularly at this time of economic uncertainty, more and more professionals are assessing their priorities and looking at setting up their own companies. Starting up something new seems daunting yet it can also offer tremendous opportunities. This panel session gives you a chance to hear how entrepreneurs decided to set up their own businesses, what worked well and what didn't, and how they're faring in today's difficult times. Moderated by NUS Adjunct Professor Eric Tachibana, the panel features Jeremy Brest of financial services firm Framework Capital, Forrest Li from online gaming company Garena, Deborah Ng of clothing rental store Maternity Exchange, and Joel Lin from the media company Omnimedia that produced Contender Asia.


The range of experiences these participants bring will offer valuable insights that can help you make your own decision about whether and how to leverage your expertise and passion. More information about each of the panelists is on the following page. The panel discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session, and you'll be able to talk with the panelists as well as fellow participants over light refreshments before and after the event.  


Date:  Tuesday, 25th August, 2009

Time:  6:30pm

Venue: UBS AG Auditorium

           One Raffles Quay, #49-00 North Tower

Cost:    Stanford Club members: $30/person

            Non-members: $45/person

Space is limited and there is early-bird pricing, so do make your reservation early. To reserve your place, please complete the form below and email it to Richard Hartung at or Liew Weylin at Reservations must be received by 20 August 2009, and you must register prior to the event. Please call Liew Weylin at 9437 8868 or Richard Hartung at 9695 8210 for more information.
4. Network Nights with Rutgers University Singapore, and guest speaker Professor Farrokh Langdana on "Stimulus Plans, Budget Defincits & Long Bonds: What Lies Ahead"
Rutgers University Singapore cordially invites you to join them for the following Network Nights this August.
Date:  Wednesday, 26th August, 2009
Time:  6:16pm - Registration
          6:30pm - 7:30pm Networking (refreshments & appetizers provided)
          7:30pm - 8:30pm Speaker: Professor Farrokh Langdana,
                                   Topic: "Stimulus Plans, Budget Deficits & Long Bonds: What Lies Ahead"

Venue: Level 5, Imagination Room, Singapore National Library Building 
Price: $20 for prepaid online registration, $25 for payment at the door

RSVP is required. Please register online or email
This event will be a facilitated discussion by Professor Langdana with the audience and will cover the following:
* The Global Stimulus Packages
* The Macroeconomic Outlook
* the Warning from the Long Bonds

Featured Speaker: Director of the International EMBA Program & Professor

Professor Langdana's area of specialization include monetary and fiscal theory and international economics. His research deals with macroeconomic experimentation and the role of stabilization policy in an expectations-driven economy. He has published several articles as well as four books in this area. His most recent book is Macroeconomic Policy: Demystifying Monetary and Fiscal Policy. Dr. Langdana is the recipient of the Horace dePodwin Research Award as well as over twenty teaching awards that include the Rutgers university-wide Warren I.Susman Award and Rutgers Business School's Paul Nadler Award for Excellence in Teaching. He recently received the 2009 and the Most Outstanding Professor Award from the Singapore Executive MBA Class of 2009 and the Most Outstanding Professor Award from the full-time MBA class for 2009. He currently teaches Macroeconomic Policy as well as International Trade and Global Macropolicy in the EMBA program. Professor Langdana has taught extensively in China, Singapore, Iceland and France in addition to the U.S., and his courses have a genuinely global outlook. He has been teaching in China since 1993.

5.  Columbia Business School MBA Reception for Interested Applicants
This year's Columbia Business School MBA information session and reception for prospective students will be held on Thursday, August 27th.  Ms. Katie Lynch, Columbia Business School Associate Director of MBA Admissions, will be here to talk to interested applicants.  CBS alumni will also be present to share their experiences and the benefits of the Columbia Business School MBA.
Date:  Thursday, August 27th
Time:  7:00pm
Venue: The American Club
           Colonial Room, 3rd Floor
           10 Claymore Hill
6. DUAL evening talk and networking - "Who Moved My Rice Bowl"?
We live in an unprecedented environment of global pressures which have impacted all of us personally.
Reaching out to those who have been retrenched is an initiative by DUAL as we continue to be relevant to our alumni members.  DUAL is organizing a series of 5 sessions called "WHO MOVED MY RICE BOWL?"
Session 1 - Monday 27th April, 2009 : Using Chopsticks - Returning to Basics
Session 2 - Thursday 28th May, 2009: Rice isn't the only Food - Considering the Alternatives
Session 3 - Thursday, 30th July, 2009 : Is the Bowl half full? Financial Health and the Family
Session 4 - Monday, 31st August, 2009 : Sharing your Rice Bowl - Networking
Session 5 - end September : Eat and Live Healthily
The Fourth Session: Is the Bowl Half Full?  Sharing your Rice Bowl - Networking
Date:          Monday, 31st August, 2009
Time:          7:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue:       The American Club
                 Colonial, 3rd floor
                 10 Claymore Hill
Cost:          $35, payment at door
Finger Food will be served
Though payment is at door, no show will still be charged.
Space is limited
7:00 pm Registration & Networking
7:30 pm Programme begins
PANELISTS: Representatives from various networking groups, including:
PrimeTime - established by and for international business and professional women in Singapore.  The PrimeTime community provides over 90 activities each year to meet the professional, social and community outreach interests of is membership
ConneXions - (To-Be-Confirmed) is an initiative of the American Association providing dynamic networking opportunities for people living and working in Singapore.  ConneXions welcomes men and women from all nations and industries. 
This is a closed door session targeted at only alumni members and ideally, only the retrenched.
RSVP By 26th August, 2009 to Ms. Ng Hau Yee at
We hope that at the end of these sessions, we would have fostered a network of relevant contacts for your support and further employment prospects. We also look forward to your active participation.
7.   "Nudge": - Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Prof Richard Thaler
Professor Richard Thaler, Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics, will discuss his book, Nudge, co-authored with Cass Sunstein, and will share their cutting-edge research about human fallibility. He also will outline a new world that recognizes human nature for what it is, while also making wise choices easier and more likely.
Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Location: American Club in Singapore, 10 Claymore Hill, Singapore 229573
Cost:  $20 with registration / $30 for walk-ins
7:00 p.m. Registration
7:30 p.m. Presentation
8:30 p.m. Networking and Cocktail Reception
8. LSEAAS - Trip to Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort & Tour of Ipoh
The LSE Alumni Association of Singapore is excited to bring this inaugural "overseas event" to you!

Are you a foodie, an avid golfer, a spa aficionado? Or perhaps a nature lover?  Or simply someone needing a short break? How about we throw in a championship award-winning golf course, luxury transport and lakefront accommodation?  We hope you are tempted and keen!  
If not, how about the idea of staying at the same place as Jodie Foster when she starred in the 1999 international classic "Anna and The King"?

Hosted by Dato Lee Hau Hian (Vice-President, LSE Alumni Malaysian Chapter), the 3-day getaway  provides an escape, a place of refuge and the perfect opportunity to relax, share memories, reconnect with old friends, and make new contacts.  Come join in this special trip to Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort which includes a tour of Ipoh!

The Resort

Sanctuary… A word that evokes visions of tranquility, calm, peacefulness and harmony with nature.  An escape, a retreat, a place of refuge. This is the essence of Clearwater Sanctuary.

A regeneration of nature, Clearwater Sanctuary which encompasses over 100 acres, prestigiously transforms the former tin-mining glory of the Kinta Valley into the nation's latest, unique and most breathtaking 27-hole golf resort.

Exceptionally designed by Tim Woolbank of the internationally renowned Australian Golf Management (M) Sdn. Bhd. Clearwater Sanctuary pays tribute to the Scottish charm – the traditional homeland of this ancient game.

Resplendently embraced by 350 acres of shimmering lakes, Clearwater Sanctuary is home to old majestic raintrees, fruit trees, and a veritable menagerie of birds namely the colourful kingfisher, quails, moorhens, storks, hawks and herons, while the lakes teem with a myriad of tropical fishes.

The Raintree Nine and Lakes Nine, acclaimed to be among the most challenging and picturesque course in South East Asia, promises a truly memorable golfing experience. The Wetlands Nine, a unique Par-3 course, is the ideal challenge for those seeking a short but satisfactory game. Juniors and beginners or those who need to sharpen their golfing
skills should try out the Wetlands Nine.

As for your accommodation, it would be in a cosy cluster of waterfront chalets, overlooking lotus-laden sparkling lakes, Sri Damai chalet is the ideal romantic retreat for couples and definitely a holiday destination for a family vacation.

Event Details

Date            Monday, 7 September to Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Time            Depart 0915 (7 Sep), Arrive 2130 (9 Sep)

Venue           Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort, Ipoh (

Address Lot 6019, Jalan Changkat Larang, 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia

Lodging Lakefront chalets

Transport       Luxury Coach (with personal TV at each comfortable, spacious seat)

Pricing Details

(1)     With return coach, two night's accommodation and organised meals (welcome drink, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners)

On twin-sharing basis           S$250 per person

On single-person basis          S$325 per person

(2)     Own transport, two night's accommodation and organised meals (welcome drink, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2

On twin-sharing basis           S$150 per person

On single-person basis          S$225 per person

All other expenses e.g. golf, spa, travel insurance etc. will have to be borne by the individual.

Places & Reservations

Due to limited places (22 bookings with 40 persons maximum), reservations will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
To avoid disappointment, please RSVP to Collin Tseng-Liu at as soon as possible before 10 August. More details will be provided to you, i.e. itinerary for the trip. Payment is required to secure places; and cheques should be made to "LSE Alumni Association of Singapore" upon confirmation of your reservation.
9.  Career Opportunities - Personal Bankers and Relationship Managers at Citibank
1) Citibanking Personal Banker
Primarily responsible to acquire Citibanking customers and upgrade to CitiGold. These include deepening and broadening account relationships through providing advisory services on investment/insurance and asset products with the objective of generating revenue for a more profitable relationship. Expand on new customer base through referrals from customers.
Handling clients' enquiries as well as resolution of complaints, making sure that they follow through the end-to-end process of the investigations.

Candidate must possess at least a Graduate Diploma, Bachelor's Degree in Business Studies, Finance, Accountancy or equivalent. Preferably with Insurance and Investment knowledge and experience. Fresh graduates with aptitude for sales can also apply.

- Strong team player, yet able to work independently.
- Good interpersonal skills and able to deal with customers.
- Strong sales orientation, confidence and poise
- Committed to Quality and Service Excellence
- Pleasant personality
- High integrity

2) Citigold Relationship Manager
You will have access to the best training and proprietary sales tools to deliver Wealth Management Banking to customers. It is a career that is both professionally and financially rewarding. You will play a crucial role in acquiring and developing customer relationships. Servicing an elite class of customers, you will help them build their wealth through CitiGold's unique wealth planner and tracker. In addition, you will work with Specialists on a wide array of speciality products to advise customers on investment opportunities.

If you are a highly driven professional with a tertiary education and 2 years' insurance, banking or private banking sales experience, this position will appeal to you. Those with excellent problem-solving skills will excel here.
Interested applicants please email your resumes to Mr. Leong Mon Wai, Branch Manager for Citibank Esplanade Branch, City Hall and Bugis Instant Banking Centres, at

No comments: