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SMU CIRCLE - March 2018


Your March 2018 SMU CIRCLE Alumni Newsletter is here!

At Office of Alumni Relations, we are constantly improving our content based on your valuable feedback. To enhance your reading experience, the following changes have been made to March's issue, based on a survey conducted with alumni:

- Monthly thematic issues
- Editorial Foreword or Feature Article instead of "Highlights to Upcoming Events"
- Final listing of "Past Events" in SMU CIRCLE

The results of the survey will be revealed in April's issue of SMU CIRCLE. Happy reading!

Best regards,
SMU Office of Alumni Relations

march 2018 /

Inspired to Give

The culture of giving back and paying it forward has been deeply engrained into our SMU identity and values. It is thus always heartening to see alumni giving back to the university and community in myriad ways. Any form of contribution is invaluable and precious to us, be it gifting a donation in any form, being a mentor or alumni group leader, advocating for SMU at official events, providing jobs or internships to your SMU juniors, or simply helping out at a uni event for just one evening.

You see, giving back doesn't have to be grandiose; your time, effort, support, and heart go a very long way in impacting the SMU community, bolstering the SMU spirit, helping the university achieve its mission, and shaping the future of education.

In this issue, find out what motivated alumni Alvin Poh (BSc(ISM), 2010) and Jerry Lewis Ong (BSocSc, 2013) to contribute back to SMU and the community at large. If you are inspired by their stories and want to pay it forward in any manner or form, please write to us ( We could not be happier to see your love and pride for your alma mater.

spotlight on alumni entrepreneurs

Alvin poh
(Bsc (isM), 2010)
CEO & CO-founder, vodien

Alvin Poh is not only a successful entrepreneur, he is someone with a big heart. Vodien -- Singapore's leading cloud hosting provider which Alvin founded -- merged with an Australian firm, Dreamscape, in July 2017 with a valuation of S$30 million. Despite this tremendous success, Alvin remains down-to-earth and humble. Most impressively, Alvin has given back to the SMU community, donating S$250,000 towards a scholarship supporting the SMU education of needy students. A scholarship recepient himself, impressed with the SMU pedagogy and deeply impacted by his experience at SMU, Alvin wants to pay it forward, with the hope that the next generation of alumni success stories would want to give back in future too. We at OAR could not be prouder of Alvin.   

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Alvin Poh (above) co-founded Vodien, Singapore's leading cloud hosting provider that merged with an Australian firm, Dreamscape, leading Alvin to give back to the SMU community with a S$250,000 scholarship to needy students. Find out how you too can give back to SMU.

Jerry Lewis Ong (BSocSc, 2013) is an SMU alumnus on a singular mission to make the world a better place. He has co-founded the SMU International Development & Community Action (IDCA) Alumni Group, which tackles issues such as poverty alleviation, disaster preparedness, community resilience, education, food and water security, conflict resolution, and women's and children’s rights. Email IDCA  to find out more. 

inspiring alumnus

jerry lewis ong (Bsocsc, 2013)
co-founder of smu  international development & community action (idca) ALUMNI GROUP

Jerry Lewis Ong (BSocSc, 2013) is not your average SMU graduate. Armed with multiple overseas conference and internship stints with global humanitarian organizations, such as United Nations agencies, it is evident that Jerry has been a man on a mission since his SMU undergrad days to improve the lives of those in need. Eschewing the typical path trodden by his peers, Jerry has instead pursued development work based on myriad social causes he holds dear. For his big heart, and for wanting to effect real change globally, it is no wonder that Jerry has made it to our list as one of SMU's Inspiring Alumni.   

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upcoming events
join us!

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

22-23 Mar - Future Ready Forum by SMU Executive Development

28 Mar – SMUpreneurs Dialogue Series: Selling 21st-Century Tech to 20th-Century Clients

28 Mar SMU Real Estate and Alternative Investment Alumni Group - Singapore Real Estate Market Outlook and Networking Session

29 Mar Next Gen Social Gathering

31 Mar - SMU Masters Day @SMU

3 Apr Startup AMA (Ask Me Anything) with TenX co-founder, Dr Julian Hosp

4 Apr SFP Networking Evening: Being Whole & Powerful to Contribute

5 Apr - SMU Quantitative Finance (QF) Networking Night 

6 Apr SMU Alumni Collective (Artist & Designers) - Meet & Greet with Artist Hendry Poh

12 Apr -  Professional Development Series: Cryptocurrencies - A Framework for Valuation and Portfolio Management

20 Apr -  SMU Ballare Alumni Group Gathering

26 Apr - SMU Industry Leaders Dialogue: The Indonesian Firm of the Future & Launch of International Advisory Council in Indonesia (in Jakarta) 

26 Apr – SMU Golf Alumni-Student Night

27 Apr – SMU Interaction Night for Alumni Mentors & Student Mentees 

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Join us for the launch of the  SMU International Development & Community Action (IDCA) Alumni Group on 16 March 2018 and discover how you too can make a meaningful impact in the Development Sector.

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

The SMU Marketing & Communications Industry Night is back on 23 March 2018. If you are working in or interested in the Marketing & Communications sector, come meet fellow professionals or simply learn more about the exciting industry of MarComs. 

The SMU Real Estate and Alternative Investment Alumni Group will be organizing a Singapore Real Estate Market Outlook & Networking Session, with SMU alumnus Alan Cheong as Guest Speaker, on 28 March 2018. Sign up here!

The SMUpreneurs Alumni Group will be having their Dialogue Series "Selling 21st Centtury Tech to 20th Century Clients"  on 28 March 2018. Join them by signing up here!

With a thunderous "Huat Ah!", more than 130 alumni, students, faculty and staff members celebrated SIS's annual Chinese New Year reunion on 22 Feb at the SMU University Lounge/Function Room. OAR is proud to be a supporter of EllipSIS's initiatives that enable, promote and nurture a strong and engaged student-alumni community of lifelong relationships!

PAST events
see what you missed!

2 Feb - SMU Ultimate Alumni Group Hat Tournament

9 FebSMU Eluminix Homecoming 2018

22 Feb SMU SIS Alumni-Student CNY Reunion 2018

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

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

Please note that we will not be featuring "Past Events" in future issues. You may still access news on OAR's past events via our website.

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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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 Attend this open house for SMU Masters programmes on 31 Mar 2018 (Sat), at the SMU Administration Building. Attend masterclasses, speak to SMU professors, admission advisors and alumni to learn more about the SMU Masters experience, and how you can Master Your Future with an SMU Master!

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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

- Client Onboarding Manager (Citibank)

 - Litmus Group (Manager)

- Revenue Manager (ZUZU Hospitality Solutions)

- Regulatory Compliance Senior Officer (Alter Domus)


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SMU Alumni Association
New SMUAA Member benefit exclusively for new and existing members

Enjoy Forbes Asia annual subscription at:
• Digital - $10* (U.P. $100)
• Digital & Print Copy - $60 (U.P. $120)
when you sign up or renew your membership with SMUAA

*For new members only.

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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

Little Flower Hut - 10% off all purchases from Little Flower Hut   


Caribbean Spa - Enjoy Extraordinary Discounts at Caribbean Spa!             

SK Catering Events Pte Ltd  - Enjoy 10% off with a Minimum Spend of $500 for Catering 


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


[NEW] Alumni Representative in Nepal

Rabi Rayamajhi
(MBA, 2013)

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

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Last updated on 22 Mar 2018 .