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SMU CIRCLE - February 2018


February 2018 /


SMU Marketing & Communications industry night LAUNCH OF SMU International Development & Community Action (IDCA) Alumni Group Launch of SMU International Advisory Council Thailand 

The SMU Marketing & Communications Industry Night is back, the first in the series of Industry Nights organized by the Office of Alumni Relations.

This ​event ​is ​targeted ​at ​alumni who are ​working ​in ​or ​are ​interested ​in ​the ​Marketing ​& ​Communications ​sector. 

Date: 22 March 2018
Time: 6:30 - 9:30pm
Venue: SEAR

Come meet fellow professionals, or simply learn more about the MarComs industry in general.

For any queries regarding the SMU Marketing & Communications Industry Night, please contact Ms. Jeanine Chen (

The SMU International Development & Community Action (IDCA) Alumni Group is one of the newest groups in the alumni community. 

Its aims are to build an alumni network of international and local community development practitioners, provide a platform to share good development practices, and foster stronger collaborations for greater impact for the community.

Join us for the launch event and discover how you too can make meaningful impact in the Development Sector.

Date: 16 March 2018
Time: 6:30 - 10pm
Venue: The ALcove

For any queries regarding the launch of the IDCA Alumni Group, please contact Mr. Vincent Tan (

The SMU International Advisory Council (IAC) continues to grow in strength and stature as a platform meant to establish, strengthen and deepen SMU’s collaboration and engagement with the government, academic and business communities in that particular country.

The platform of engagement is via an Industry Leaders Dialogue discussing a relevant issue of that country, "Amidst Disruptions, Opportunities for ASEAN".

The Industry Leaders Dialogue and the Launch of the IAC Thailand will be held on 22 March 2018.

Interested SMU alumni, staff and students keen to engage with notable business industry leaders in Thailand, please contact Mr. Sam Wu (

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spotlight on alumni entrepreneurs

joy lim
(BAcc & BBM, 2006)
founder & CEO, tomal global

Joy Lim is an alumna who doesn't view the entrepreneurial world as one between men and women. Born into a family business of raw materials, Joy founded Tomal Global Pte Ltd, a company that utilises the best source materials to develop customisation in the water filtration industry.  In a world dominated by men, Joy bucks the trend by embarking on an entrepeneurial journey to dispel the myth that only men can succeed in the business world.  With her chutzpah, Joy is poised to break through the proverbial glass ceiling.   

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Joy Lim (above) founded Tomal Gobal Pte Ltd, a water filtration company that specializes in customizing solutions for a wide spectrum of industrial needs. Joy also believes in social causes, using Tomal's technology to bring refined drinking water to Cambodia in a bid to improve the health of locals.  

Alan Phua (BBM, 2010) is an SMU alumnus on a mission to create low Glycemic Index (low GI) carbohydrates such as rice, noodles, pasta etc. without compromising on taste. All of this is a bid to combat the diabetes epidemic in Singapore and worldwide. Alan is intent on making the world a healthier place, and we couldn't be prouder.

inspiring alumnus

alan phua (Bbm, 2010)
ceo & co-founder, alchemy foodtech

Alan Phua is no ordinary foodie. This is a man on a mission to combat the worldwide epidemic of diabetes by creating low glycemic index (GI) carbohydrate staples (think rice, bread, noodles, pasta etc.) without compromising on taste. Enter his food research & technology company, Alchemy Foodtech, which he co-founded. Its sole aim is enabling consumers to improve their health without giving up on their beloved carbs that are the cause of diabetes Type 2. For wanting to effect change and make the world a healthier (and safer) place, it is no wonder that Alan has made it to our list as one of SMU's Inspiring Alumni.   

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upcoming events
join us!

22 Feb SMU SIS Alumni-Student CNY Reunion 2018

22 Feb - Let's Toss Up & Share the Abundance!: "Lo-Hei" Lunch with SMU Support Staff

23 Feb - SMU Peer Helpers Alumni Group CNY Get-Together 2018

24 Feb - SMU Masters Education Forum (in Jakarta, Indonesia)

26 Feb - Panel Discussion: Winning The War For Talent (in Mumbai, India)

28 Feb - Panel Discussion: The Purposeful Entrepreneur (in New Delhi, India)

1 Mar - Alumni Conversations

7 Mar - Professional Development Series: AI-powered Digital Career Guidance Workshop

9 Mar - The Mentoring Circle: Navigating Crossroads Panel Session

10 Mar -  [OBHR Society]: Inter-tertiary HR Symposium 2018 

15 Mar - Startup AMA (Ask Me Anything) with GO-JEK co-founder, Kevin Aluwi

16 Mar Launch of SMU International Development & Community Action (IDCA) Alumni Group

17 Mar - Launch of SMU Women Soccer (SMUWS) Alumni Group

22 Mar - SMU Industry Leaders Dialogue and Launch of International Advisory Council in Thailand (in Bangkok)

22 Mar - SMU Marketing & Communications Industry Night

31 Mar - SMU Masters Day @SMU

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Join us for a Professional Development Workshop on AI-Powered Digital Career Guidance on 7 March 2018 (Wednesday). Learn more about how AI can help in long-term career and learning management. Seats are only limited to the first 30 who sign up! Register today!



The Mentoring Circle will be organizing a panel session entitled 'Navigating Crossroads' on 9 March 2018 (Friday). Alumni are warmly invited to attend and share their knowledge and insights to SMU students. Come and be a mentor for an evening! Register today!



The SMU Women Socceer Alumni Group will be launched on 17 March 2018 (Sunday)! Join us for the launch party!  



The ALcove was officially opened by SMU Chairman, Mr. Ho Kwon Ping, and SMU President, Prof. Arnoud De Meyer on 19 January 2018. The ALcove is a space meant for all SMU faculty, staff, alumni and students, and is perfect for talks, seminars, parties and gatherings. Drop by to play pool or darts! To book the space or simply find out more about The ALcove, please contact

PAST events
see what you missed!

16 Dec - The Anthem by SMU City Samba Alumni Group

16 JanLaunch of SMU Shenzhen Alumni Chapter

17 Jan SMU Industry Leaders Dialogue and Launch of International Advisory Council in China

19 Jan - Official Launch of The ALcove

19 Jan - SMU Ultimate Alumni Group Hat Tournament

9 Feb - SMU Eluminix Homecoming 2018 

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The SMU Alumni Ambassadors are specially appointed alumni leaders who assist OAR and SMUAA in engaging the alumni community in alignment with SMU’s vision and strategic goals. If you are committed to support the university in building a strong global alumni community and advance the interests of SMU alumni, we welcome you to submit your application!

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Be a master of wealth management, embark on the SMU MSc in Wealth Management. Ranked first in Asia and third globally by Financial Times. As alumni, you’re eligible for alumni discount and scholarships.


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career & professional development
courses by smu executive development

The LEAD Programme for Effective Team

Finance for Leaders

EXCEL Leadership 

Asian Leaders Programme in Infrastructure
Excellence Module 1

Future Ready Forum

Excellence at Strategy in a Changing World 

Corruption in Asian Business 

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alumni job board

- IT Solutions Developer (TD Securities)
- Hadoop Developer (Aviva)
- Director of Digital Marketing & Communications (Holiday Inn Atrium)
- Senior Product Engineer (StashAway)
- HNW/UHNW Business Builder (StashAway)

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SMU Alumni Association
B3 Loyalty Programme

Reward yourself for dining with B3 Alumni Bistro!
• SMUAA Members enjoy 15% off
• B3 Members (non-SMUAA) enjoy 10% off
• Earn points when you spend
• Redeem goodies with collected points
• SMU Family join for FREE (u.p. $10)

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alumni privileges 


contacts and more links

Access your virtual Alumni Card on the SMU Mobile App to enjoy the following privileges and more.  Click here for more information.

B3 Alumni Bistro

15% off F&B for SMUAA members, 10% off for SMU Alumni/Staff/Faculty/Students

Sign up for SMUAA Membership here

New Merchant

Healthway Medical Group - Enjoy discounts for GP Consultation & Basic Screening, Dental Services, Executive Health Screening and SBCC Baby & Child General Paediatric services 


Frasers Hospitality Group - 15% off Best Flexible Rate for 18 Frasers Hospitality Hotels globally!

Looking to travel or relocate to Thailand and would like more information? Contact our SMU alumni representative!


[NEW] Alumni Representative in Thailand.

Russell Tor
(BBM, 2014)

We welcome and thank Russell for volunteering his time and effort as the Alumni Representative for Thailand. Alumni visiting or living in Thailand are welcome to contact Russell (; he will be more than happy to connect with you. 

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Last updated on 22 Mar 2018 .