February Fireside with Donald Low: Is the Singapore governance model relevant to other countries?

Date: 10 February 2015

Venue: The Pyramid Club, 2 Goodwood Hill, Singapore 258897

Time: 7 pm – dinner and drinks / 7.30 pm to commence chat

Cost: $20 per Member on a cost recovery basis.

Members may bring one non-Member guest at a cost of $40 per guest.

New Membership or renewal of Membership may be obtained at the event. Kindly contact events@oxbridge.org.sg to verify your membership status, if necessary.

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Speaker Background

Mr Donald Low is Associate Dean (Research and Executive Education) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Besides leading the School’s executive education efforts, he also heads its case study unit. His research interests at the School include inequality and social spending, behavioural economics, economics and public policy, public finance, and governance and politics in Singapore.

Prior to his current appointment, Donald served fifteen years in the Singapore government. During that time, he established the Centre for Public Economics at the Civil Service College of Singapore to advance economics literacy in the Singapore government.

Donald is the editor of Behavioural Economics and Policy Design: Examples from Singapore (2011), a pioneering book which details how the Singapore government has applied ideas from behavioural economics alongside standard economics in the design of public policies. His most recent book, Hard Choices: Challenging the Singapore Consensus (2014), raises searching questions about the long-term viability of many aspects of governance in Singapore, and argues that a far-reaching and radical rethinking of the country’s policies and institutions is necessary, even if it weakens the very consensus that enabled Singapore to succeed in its first 50 years.


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AGM Notice + Fireside Chat with Lim Siong Guan

Date:  9 September 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 7 –  9.30pm (Registration at 6.30pm)
Venue: 2 Goodwood Hill
* Food and drink will be provided.

To RSVP, visit this link

Note: The AGM is only open to members in good standing; membership fees can be accepted on the day itself but we must receive a sign-up first. If you are an Ordinary Member and have not paid your membership dues in 2014, your membership has expired. Contact dominic.soon@gmail.com if you wish to check your membership status.

Dear members
I am pleased to announce that this year’s AGM will take place on 9 September 2014. We are combining this year’s AGM with a Fireside Chat with Mr Lim Siong Guan, current Group President of GIC (Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund) and former Head of the Civil Service. A brief biography, which does not do justice to Mr Lim’s illustrious career, is provided below.  I invite you to join us for the AGM and Fireside Chat, and where relevant, renew your membership with us.
There are two matters of significance at this year’s AGM.
(a) The Committee for the Society serves for a two-year term; as the current committee was last elected in the 2012 AGM, it is time for a new Committee to be elected. Candidates for each position are to be made known to the Ag. Hon Secretary Dominic Soon by 5 September 2014, with an indication of proposer and seconder. Potential candidates, proposers and seconders should be members of the Society in good-standing on the date of the AGM.
(b) A series of amendments to the Society constitution are being proposed to provide more operational flexibility to the Society. (Documents will be circulated at a later date.) In summary, the key amendments would:
a. Provide for a new category of membership – associate members – who do not qualify for ordinary/life membership but are nonetheless connected with the university in specific ways, e.g. the spouse of an ordinary member, spent less than an academic year at the university, etc.
b. Clarify the conditions under which one may stand for office by proxy, and the Society’s position on proxy voting (not allowed)
c. Amend specific clauses to provide more operational flexibility to the Society. For instance, our Constitution requires us to hold a ‘Boat Race’ Dinner but in certain years this may be impractical due to the timing of the races in the UK.
d. Expand the number of Committee members which can be appointed.
AGM AGENDA(1) Confirmation and Adoption of Minutes for 2013 AGM

(2) Confirmation of Secretary’s Report for 2013
(3) Confirmation of Treasurer’s Report for 2013
(4) Adoption of constitutional amendments (material to be circulated)
(5) Election of Committee Members
- President
- Vice President (Oxford)
- Vice President (Cambridge)
- Hon Secretary
- Assistant Hon Secretary
- Hon Treasurer
- Assistant Hon Treasurer
- Committee Members
- Liaison from the British High Commission (ex officio)
(6) Election of Honorary Auditors

(Original source here)
Siong Guan LIM has been the Group President of GIC Private Limited since September 2007. GIC is the Singapore Government’s investment company managing the country’s foreign reserves amounting to well above USD100 billion. He concurrently chairs the Boards of Directors of GIC Asset Management, GIC Real Estate, and GIC Special Investments.

Siong Guan was Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board from October 2006 to June 2009. The Board is the Singapore government’s lead agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business centre.

Siong Guan has been instructing on leadership and change management as an Adjunct Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore since 2005. He has also been instructing emerging public sector leaders on issues of governance and policy development as a Senior Fellow of the Civil Service College since 2006.

Siong Guan was the Head of the Singapore Civil Service from September 1999 to March 2005. From May 1978 to June 1981, Siong Guan was the first Principal Private Secretary to Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Siong Guan has been the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence (July 1981 – May 1994), the Prime Minister’s Office (June 1994 – July 1998), the Ministry of Education (April 1997 – June 1999) and the Ministry of Finance (June 1999 – September 2006).

Conversations with Dame Barbara Stocking, President, Murray Edwards College

Conversations with Dame Barbara Stocking, President, Murray Edwards College

Saturday 13 September 2014, 7pm
Singapore (venue TBC)
£12 per person (approx. SGD$25) for cost recovery
We are pleased to invite you to join us for an evening featuring a special conversation with Dame Barbara Stocking and an opportunity to meet fellow College alumnae. Dame Barbara will share perspectives from a survey of women who went up to Murray Edwards College, New Hall, through the years from the College’s founding to the present. This survey includes what they took away from the Cambridge years, their aspirations, career directions, and advice for young women of today. Dame Barbara will also share insights on the non-profit sector from her years as Chief Executive of Oxfam

We encourage all alumnae of the College and guests to join us. If you know of any alumnae in Singapore who have not received this invitation, please do forward it on to them as we would love to be in touch.

The event costs £12 (approx. SGD$25) per person. To book a place please click the button below to pay on our online shop.


Oxbridge Goes to the Museum

Sebastiao Salgado’s Exhibition ‘Genesis’ at the National Museum of Singapore

Saturday July 26, 10:30am

Committee member and art advisor Bonnie B. Lee (Selwyn, Cambridge) will guide a small group around the National Museum Singapore’s current exhibition of Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado’s latest series, ‘Genesis’. Already the museum’s highest attend exhibition ever, ‘Genesis’ debuted at Natural History Museum London last year to record crowds and has been touring museums in Paris, Rome, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Lausanne, Berlin, Stockholm, and soon, New York, Shanghai, and Seoul. The National Museum show is its Asia premiere. In 250 images taken on every continent of the world, and nearly a decade in the making, Salgado captures the pure, untouched, and largely unseen beauty of the natural world.

This event is free to Oxbridge members and will be limited to 12 people.

Please email Bonnie and cc Dominic to reserve a slot. Bonnie will email you directly with details.