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

Amb Kenji Shnoda

Fireside Chat with His Excellency Mr Kenji Shinoda and Rear Admiral Mr Lui Tuck Yew, 11 April 2017

On 11 April 2017, Oxbridge Society members enjoyed a “double bill” Fireside chat with the Ambassador of Japan to Singapore, His Excellency Mr Kenji Shinoda and Singapore’s Ambassador (designate) to Japan, Rear Admiral Mr Lui Tuck Yew. The event took place at Tony and Melanie Chew’s home. Our President, Paul Supramaniam as moderator encouraged both ambassadors to discuss weighty issues such as how Japan and Singapore should navigate the South China Sea in the light of various completing claims, the reverberations from North Korea’s recent nuclear tests, what role will America play in Asia in the light of its stated “America First” doctrine, as well as the respective roles of Russia, Japan and Singapore. The recent Abe Trump summit was also discussed together with the joint declaration issued following the summit. With their wealth of experience on geo-political affairs, members were treated to a masterclass on foreign and military policy in Asia with important lessons learnt for both Singapore and Japan. Members also joined in a lively exchange of ideas on the importance of the Singapore- Japan relationship and how this could be further enhanced.

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Commemorative Dinner and Fireside to promote a Singapore – University of Oxford partnership (24 March 2017)

(Many thanks to Oxford alumnus Elaine Z for the wonderful photographs. You can view more of her work at elainezphoto.com)