Issue 130 | Jul-Sep 2022

Reimagining Leadership in the New Normal

NUS Alumni Leaders Forum (ALF) brings together alumni leaders and volunteers in a biennial event, to share and discuss new ideas and best practices in alumni relations and volunteer engagement.

The Opening Address by NUS President Prof Tan Eng Chye.

This year’s forum, themed Reimagining Leadership in the New Normal, hosted 87 invitees, who came together both online and at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House.

These alumni leaders, along with NUS Senior Management and NUS Students’ Union (NUSSU) exco members, spent the day passionately discussing and mapping out key actions going forward. This year’s ALF also utilised conNectUS – an exclusive networking platform to connect alumni and students – to facilitate networking and discussions throughout the morning.

Attendees catching up with one another at the Benefactors’ Foyer, Shaw Foundation Alumni House.
A group discussion in one of the breakout rooms.

NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye (Science ’85) delivered his Opening Address, outlining the foundations of innovation that took place in the University and the steps needed to shape the future. This was followed by a quick presentation of appreciation plaques to immediate past chairpersons of Alumni Groups, in recognition of the outstanding contributions of these stalwart alumni leaders.

Three masterclasses delivered by three distinguished speakers, Professor Virginia Cha (Navigating Today’s Hyper-Connected World with the “AAA Mindset”) and Assistant Professor Michael Mai (How to Successfully Lead Your Groups and Teams) from NUS Business School, and Dr Leong Chan-Hoong from Kantar Public (Neighbourhoods in Singapore: The New Frontier in Diversity Management), anchored the morning’s activities. This was followed by group discussions in breakout rooms to address issues faced by alumni leaders, especially during the course of the pandemic.

Rounding off the morning with a delicious networking lunch at Techno Edge. 

After regrouping for a sharing session by Mr Samuel Tan (Business ’03), Associate Director, NUS Alumni Relations, on conNectUS, participants also heard from NUS’ Vice Provost of Masters’ Programmes and Lifelong Education, and Dean of the School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE) Professor Susanna Leong (Law ’89), who gave an in-depth overview of “Lifelong Learning and Continuing Education”.

To round up the exciting morning, Mr Sonny Yuen (Business ’85), Chairman of the ALF Organising Committee, and Mr Bernard Toh (Architecture ’84), Director of NUS Alumni Relations, gave the closing Plenary, summarising the key issues raised in both the masterclasses and group discussions. The participants were then shuttled off to end the morning with a delicious networking lunch at the newly-renovated Techno Edge canteen.

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