President’s Message 2017
Upon assuming the role of President in March 2014, I set out the following Vision 2016 for AAS:
At present, there are 140,000 Australian Alumni in Singapore. In 2016 alone, our membership grew by 80% from 1,500 to 2,700. Thus, I believe that with our continued hard-work and perseverance, our 5000 member target will soon be achieved.
Over the last three years, we have implemented the following strategic initiatives including:
This year, we delivered two more strategic initiatives:
These three universities are among the largest international universities in Singapore, with a combined student population of more than 13,000 and more than 60,000 alumni here.
Our phenomenal membership growth of 80% this year is primarily due to this initiative and its associated membership drive campaign via social media.
I wish to thank our Management Committee member Peter Tan, who originated, drove and delivered this strategy.
The members are:
1. Dr Cheong Choong Kong, Former Chairman of OCBC and CEO of SIA
2. Mr Mah Bow Tan, Former Minister
3. Mr Daniel Teo, Chairman of Hong How Group
4. Mr Philip Forrest, Former President of Austcham
5. Dr Dale Anderson, Deputy VC of James Cook University
6. Mr Neil Parekh, General Manager Asia (Ex Greater China) National Australia Bank
7. Mr Loh Hoon Sun, Former President AAS, MD Philip Securities
8. Ms Peggy Tan, Former President AAS
9. Mr Michael Yap, Former President Swinburne University Alumni Association, Singapore Chapter
Under the AAS Constitution, The President shall not serve for more than two consecutive terms. Therefore, the maximum tenor that I can serve will be up to end March 2018. Together, we have come a long way in the last 3 years and it is now my goal to establish a strong foundation to ensure that my successor can take this prestigious organisation to a far higher ground. Hence, we will aim to carry out the following objectives:
Hence, by increasingly institutionalising AAS, we hope that the organisation will be better poised to achieve long term sustainable growth.
Finally, I wish to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to a number of people. Firstly, I would like to thank our Term Sponsors, in particular our Platinum Sponsors National Australia Bank and James Cook University, our Gold Sponsors Westpac, Lend Lease and Flight Centre, Silver Sponsors Crown Group, Goshen Art Gallery, Hui & Kuah, Jetstar and Singapore Airlines and Qantas, our Official Airline. Moreover, I wish to thank His Excellency Philip Green who has done an excellent job as the Australian High Commissioner to Singapore and will now be returning to Australia. Most notably, Philip has been instrumental in contributing to our two great nations establishing a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Philip has been extremely supportive of AAS over the years. We wish Philip all the very best in his future endeavours. Last, but not least, I wish to thank all members of my Management Committee and our Secretariat for the excellent support.
Australian Alumni Singapore
3 Jan 2017