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June 2014 Newsletter

President's Message


I am delighted to share with you that the 20th May event organized by The Australian High Commission to celebrate the Australian Alumni in Singapore was a tremendous success. Please refer below for a detailed report of the event.

In particular, I wish to highlight that this event was graced by His Excellency Dr Tony Tan, The President of The Republic of Singapore and His Excellency Mr Brett Mason, Parliamentary Secretary to The Minister of Foreign Affairs For Australia and Senator for Queensland. The Platinum Sponsorship by National Australia Bank ("NAB") worth $150,000 over 3 years was announced. Thank you very much NAB for your very generous support.

On behalf of AAS, I wish to thank His Excellency Mr Philip Green, The Australian High Commissioner to Singapore and his team, in particular Ms Jennifer Burdick, Second Secretary at The Australian High Commission in Singapore for having hosted this immensely well received event.

In addition, I am sorry to hear that some members could not be accommodated due to the overwhelming response. I am sure there will be many future events organized by both The Australian High Commission and/ or AAS, especially the end of year Annual Dinner that can accommodate many,  that you can attend and I look forward to seeing all of you.

Finally, I strongly encourage all members to get involved in AAS activities and bring their fellow alumni who are not yet members to join AAS and come along as well.

Best regards
Christopher Cheah
Australian Alumni Singapore


National Australia Bank (NAB) Platinum Sponsor for AAS

Mr Neil Parekh, NAB's General Manager for South and South East Asia

National Australia Bank (NAB) is pleased to confirm its Platinum Sponsorship of AAS for the next three years.

“Our strength is our Australian expertise and I am delighted that NAB is sponsoring the AAS.  I’m sure the partnership will bring significant benefits to both.” said Neil Parekh, NAB’s General Manager for South and South East Asia. 

National Australia Bank is Australia’s leading business, private and agribusiness bank and Australia’s safest bank.  Our strategy in Asia is to facilitate network, connectivity and financial services solutions to our Australian clients operating in Asian markets and our Asian clients operating in Australia.  Much like AAS’s to bring together individuals and businesses who continue to have a desire to be connected with Australia.

We have been investing in the growth of our customers across the Asia region for over 40 years. We currently have branches in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Osaka (sub-branch), and Mumbai, with representative offices in Beijing and Jakarta.

NAB has an unparalleled reputation for expertise in the natural resources, energy, health food and agriculture sectors – insights which we would like to share with AAS members for their benefit.

View an example of our thought leadership by checking out our latest Commodities Wrap.

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Celebration of Australian Alumni


Good food and wine, chilled beers, live music! Friends catching-up, acquaintances made, laughter, chatter and good fun! All these make for the hallmark of a Great Aussie Barbie (BBQ). 500 guests enjoyed all this when the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency Philip Green graciously opened the doors to his residence on 20th May 2014 for an evening in “Celebration of Australian Alumni”.   

The event, which received overwhelming response, marked the visit to Singapore by the Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, The Honorable Andrew Robb and the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Senator The Honorable Brett Mason. The President of Singapore, Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, who has a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Adelaide, attended the celebration. Other notable local dignitaries in attendance included...

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With effect from 12 May 2014, the contact details of the Secretariat of the Australian Alumni Association are updated as follows:

Tel: +65-65512782
Fax: +65-31515797

Address: Level 3, 146 Robinson Road, S068909

Website: www.aas.org.sg
Email: secretariat@aas.org.sg

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