Keynote Fireside Chat with Minister Ong Ye Kung

Following the extremely engaging Meet the Ambassadors Series Fireside Chat last month with Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath, Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Singapore, our next Fireside will be about Singapore, its future, and therefore our future.

The Society is delighted to announce that our next Fireside Chat will be with Mr Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence.

Minister Ong is widely seen as one of the core members of Singapore’s and the PAP’s fourth generation (or “4G”) leaders. Some political analysts and publications, including the Straits Times and the South China Morning Post, have touted him to be one of the contenders to lead Singapore in the future. The SCMP in particular highlighted Minister Ong’s long working relationship with PM Lee Hsien Loong, his “battle-hardened” nature from his experience of electoral defeat in his maiden political outing in the 2011 general election before bouncing back to be elected in 2015, and his unusual personal narrative given his father was a Barisan Sosialis MP in the 1960s in opposition to the PAP.

What does Singapore’s future hold? What is the 4G leadership’s vision for Singapore, and what are the roles that each leader is likely to play? On a personal level, how has Minister Ong’s political experience and personal background – unusual among PAP MPs – shaped his approach to leadership and does that make him a better listener?

The Society’s President has asked Minister Ong also to discuss the challenges Singapore faces in a no holds barred “State of the Nation” analysis. Come join us for an intriguing discussion at a Fireside Chat that is certain to be one of the highlights of the Society’s year. Numbers will be strictly limited to 30 pax.

Please sign up via Peatix. Details below.

Date/Time: Tuesday, 7 November, 7.15 pm for 7.30pm
Venue: 2A Victoria Park Close, Singapore 266550
Tickets: $38 for members, $60 for guests (limited spaces – no refunds allowed)
Sign-up: http://oykfireside.peatix.com


Remembering Tyler

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Singapore deeply regrets to report the passing of our beloved Committee member Tyler Hung. Tyler will be remembered as larger than life, a friendly, cheerful soul, always bearing a warm smile and wanting to help, and serving with dedication in whatever he did. He was the Society’s point person in organising our popular Fresher’s events and was passionate about mentoring students. His will be dearly missed by all of us. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Alyssa and his family. The wake will take place on Sunday 22 October 2017, 6pm, at Purity Hall, Mount Vernon Sanctuary, 121 Upper Aljunied Road, Singapore 367878. Visiting will continue on Monday, 11am – 10pm.

Oxbridge Society AGM 2017, Freshers’ Event, Fireside with Dr Finian Tan

We will be holding this year’s AGM on 31 July 2017 together with the Oxbridge Freshers’ Event and a Fireside Chat with Dr. Finian Tan.

Details as follows :

Date: 31 July 2017, Monday
Venue: The Pyramid Club (Verandah), 2 Goodwood Hill, Singapore 258897
Time: 6.45pm

Free for Members and Freshers.
Non-Member guests at $30

Agenda for AGM (members only)

1. To confirm and adopt the Minutes of the previous AGM held on 14 July 2016

2. To confirm and adopt the Secretary’s report and the Accounts of the Society as at 31 December 2016 (Materials forthcoming)

3. To elect two Honorary Auditors for a term of 1 year

4. AOB

Note – Committee members will not be elected this year as the current Committee was elected at last year’s AGM and each Committee is elected for a term of two years.

6.45pm Registration
7.00pm Dinner and Mingling
7.30pm AGM (members only)
8.00pm Fireside Chat with Dr. Finian Tan
9.30pm End

Fireside Chat with Dr. Finian Tan

“Artificial Intelligence and the search for eternal youth- perspectives from a venture capitalist”

In 2000, Baidu (often referred to as China’s Google) was a fledgling company struggling to get attention from investors—except from one Finian Tan (then head of Asia at Draper Fisher Jurvetson Eplanet Ventures) . He began investing in the search engine, betting that 1.3 billion Chinese would eventually embrace the Internet. When it went public five years later, Finian’s firm emerged as the bigger beneficiary with a stake larger than the 22 percent held by Baidu co-founder Robin Li.

Finian has identified the mega trends of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, internet of things and virtual reality as the next big thing. In the area of biotech, he is betting big on a San Diego-based company which is targeting a cell-signaling pathway that offers promise in reversing the biological processes of aging.

Join us for an intimate fireside chat with venture capitalist Dr Finian Tan, Chairman of Vickers Ventures Partners. Finian founded Vickers Venture Partners in 2005 with four partners and is currently based in Singapore and San Diego. The current combined value of Vickers’s four funds and co-investments total US$2.1b, managed out of five offices globally.

Before starting Vickers, Finian was a Partner and Managing Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Prior to DFJ, Finian was Deputy Secretary of Trade and Industry for the Singapore Government where he oversaw the creation of the billion dollar TIF fund and was subsequently appointed as chairman of the fund. As part of his earlier career , Finian ran Goldman Sachs’ Asian trading arm (J.Aron Singapore).

Finian received his DPhil and MPhil in Engineering from Cambridge University and his B.Sc. Engineering from the University of Glasgow where he won all the prizes for every examined subjects in the penultimate and final years of his course.

Inaugural Wine Tasting & Social Event, 6 July

The Oxbridge Society of Singapore is delighted to invite you to the Inaugural Wine Tasting & Social Event this Thursday, 6 July. Sign up on Peatix: http://oxbridgewine.peatix.com

Guests will have the chance to taste six carefully selected wines, which are expressive of their varietal and terroir. The tasting will be presented by our committee member, Dr Huijuan Wu, a WSET Diploma holder and certified educator.

Places are limited for this event (max 40 pax), please RSVP.

Price: S$20 for members, S$25 for guests
Food and extra wines can be ordered from the bistro.

Date & time: Thursday, 6th July, 7.30 – 10pm
Venue: Bistro 1855, Suntec City, 3 Temasek Blvd