Fireside Chat with Dame Carol Black

Venue: 21 Chee Hoon Avenue [kindly note the change in venue]
Date: 16 April 2014, Wednesday
Time: 6.30pm-9.00pm
Fee: $25 for cost recovery (Both members and non members)

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Professor Dame Carol Black has had a pivotal role in addressing the issues of health and the workplace in her decades-long illustrious career that includes prominent appointments such as the first UK National Director for Health and Work, President of Royal College of Physicians, and her current role as Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge.

As the author of the landmark review of Britain’s working age population that was presented to UK Government to broad cross-party support, Prof. Dame Black will share the challenges she identified through her research to health and well-being in working life and the reforms she recommended to improve overall occupational health that consider human, social, and environmental factors beyond mere clinical diagnoses. Prof. Dame Black will provide insight into the interconnected topics of work and health at public policy and at personal levels that often go unconsidered. As a leader in her field, she will also talk about her experiences as a woman in leadership roles and bring her perspectives to young ambitious career women today.

    Further Background

Professor Dame Carol Black was trained as a medic and was first appointed Professor, then Head of Rheumatology at Royal Free Hospital, London, where she was Medical Director from 2000-2002. The Centre she founded there is internationally renowned for its research on connective tissue disease. From 2002-2006, she was President of the Royal College of Physicians (only the second woman president in its 500-year history), and then held the position of Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges until 2009. She was the first National Director for Health and Work, leading independent reviews in 2008 and with David Frost CBE in 2011 that were presented to UK Parliament.

She has served in leadership roles of numerous charities and foundations throughout her career, including the British Lung Foundation and the UK Health Honours Committee, and is currently Expert Adviser to the UK Department of Health; Chair of the Governance Board, Centre for Workforce Intelligence; Chair of the Health at Work network; and Chair of the Nuffield Trust, which is dedicated to improving healthcare policy. Prof. Dame Black is also a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. In 2013, she was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the UK by Women’s Hour on BBC4.

BNY Mellon Oxbridge Boat Race Mingle 2014

6 April 2014, Sunday, 7-10pm

2 Goodwood Hill

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Singapore in collaboration with BNY Mellon invites you to an informal mingle to celebrate the annual Boat Race between the Light Blues and the Dark Blues. As the record stands, Cambridge is leading the way with 81 wins and Oxford at 77 — but let’s leave the quibbling aside and focus on the real objective — enjoying some excellent wine, food and cheese and of course, stellar conversation.

This year, we are doing things a little differently – no formal speeches, ample opportunity for mingling with a buffet spread and the inaugural Oxbridge Pub Quiz.

Recommended attire: Smart Casual Attire (No Black Tie!)

This event is open to non-Oxbridge alums so bring your friends!

All queries should be directed to However, sign-ups will only be accepted via

Note: We will not screen the actual Boat Race as that will take place at 1am Singapore time. If you are interested in catching the race, please drop us an email to let us know and we reconsider only if there is sufficient interest.

We thank BNY Mellon for their generous support of this event.

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Fireside Chat with Amb Chan Heng Chee

What effects – if any – has the watershed election in 2011 had on Singapore politics? Might local political developments affect Singapore’s actions abroad? How should Singapore conduct its foreign policy in light of the rise of new global powers, and the (re-) emergence of increasingly fractious territorial disputes in our neighbourhood?These are some of the key questions that Singaporean thinkers and policymakers have considered and will continue to grapple with well into the future.

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Singapore is pleased to invite you to join us for a Fireside Chat with Ambassador Chan Heng Chee, who will share her views on the interplay between the politics of Singapore and its foreign policy.

Ambassador Chan is Ambassador-at-Large with the Singapore Foreign Ministry and concurrently, Singapore’s Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights. She chairs the National Arts Council as well as the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities in the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and is a member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights. On the international front, she chairs the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Urban Development, and is a trustee of the Asia Society and a member of the Board of the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

She served as Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States from 1996 to 2012, and was Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1989 to 1991. When she left Washington in 2012 at the end of her appointment, Ambassador Chan received the inaugural Asia Society Outstanding Diplomatic Achievement Award, the inaugural Foreign Policy Outstanding Diplomatic Achievement Award 2012 and the United States Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.

She has received a number of other awards, including the Distinguished Service Order in 2011 and the Meritorious Service Medal in 2005. She has also received Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Letters from the University of Newcastle, Australia; and the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom. Ambassador Chan was named Singapore’s first “Woman of the Year” in 1991, and was twice awarded the National Book Awards: in 1986 for “A Sensation of Independence: A Political Biography of David Marshall” and in 1978 for “The Dynamics of One Party Dominance: The PAP at the Grassroots”.

Monday, 24 February 2014
6.30pm – light dinner and drinks / 7.45pm to commence chat
6B Cluny Park
Singapore 259615
Fees: $25 to cover catering costs.
Participation is open to all members. Members may bring one non-member guest at a cost of $40 per person. Kindly contact to verify your membership status, if necessary.

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Fireside Chat with Lim Hwee Hua

Government in Business – Friend or Foe?

Is government involvement in business always good? This has attracted a constant and robust debate. Free market economists have long argued that firms in private hands are superior to those run by a government, hence the privatisation programme in many countries. On the other hand, many state owned enterprises operate no differently from private corporations, with their own boards of directors and with some being subjected to the demands of a stock exchange listing.

Regardless of how they perform, the government has a traditional role of ensuring that national resources are well distributed among the various sectors of the market while maintaining healthy government revenues. Thus, we need a more nuanced approach — to both theory and at a practical level about the ideal relationship between business and government.

Join us for an intimate fireside chat with Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, author of the book “Government in Business- Friend or Foe?” who will share her perspectives to discuss the intriguing issues surrounding the achievement of such a balance for Singapore as well as for other countries.

Mrs Lim Hwee Hua serves as an executive director of Tembusu Partners, a senior adviser to US private equity player Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, an independent non-executive member of the Global Advisory Council of Ernst & Young, an independent director of both Jardine Cycle & Carriage Ltd and Stamford Land Corporation Ltd, and Honorary Chairman of Securities Investors Association of Singapore (SIAS).

She previously served as a Minister in the Prime Minister’s office and concurrently as Second Minister for Finance and for Transport, Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.

Mrs Lim is a Cambridge alumnus and read Mathematics/Engineering at Girton College, Cambridge from 1978-1981. She graduated with an MBA (major in Finance) from the Anderson School of Management, UCLA in 1989.
Date: 21 January 2014
Venue: 2 Goodwood Hill
Time: 7pm – mingling with food and drinks / 7.30pm to commence chat
Charges: $16 per person on a cost recovery basis. Members may bring one non-member guest at a cost of $30 per person.

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Order for the book may be made at the special promotional price of $25 (inclusive of GST). Please use the form available at Copies of the book will also be available for sale that evening,