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SMU CIRCLE - May 2018

MAY 2018 /

An Asset to The Company

With 25% of the undergraduate cohort joining finance-related industries in the last three years, SMU has accumulated a strong alumni base within the business districts in Singapore and worldwide. Beyond numbers, figures, and ROIs, the SMU alumnus is recognisable by his or her distinct edge - creative thinking, community spirited mindsets, and passions outside of work - all trademarks inherited from the holistic education at SMU.

Take it from Leonard Lim (BBM 2004) from the pioneer batch, who has blazed the trail in UBS AG since his graduation. Serving as the Executive Director in the multi-national bank today, he shares his inspiring story, with its roots in the Evans Campus of SMU. Or Cheryl Chen (BSc(Econ) & BBM 2007, MTSC 2015), Vice President, Head of Corporate Citizenship, Public Affairs at Citi Singapore, who is able to meld her passion, profession, mission and vision into her full-time job. 

As the network of alumni in each industry grows, it becomes more invaluable to every new graduate who joins it. For alumni interested or working in the Finance, Banking and Investments (FBI) fields, come join our FBI Industry Night on 23 May (Wednesday) to expand your network. Beyond the similarities in industries, this is where alumni could connect over wine, common interests, or stories from your SMU days, in no particular order, of course. Tap into the Alumni Job Board to seek new opportunities in your career path, because we believe that no matter where the SMU graduate chooses to go, he or she will be an asset to the company.

Executive Director,

A graduate from SMU's pioneering batch, Leonard Lim seems to have the so-called "dream life" that many desire. Managing ultra-high net worth clients? Check. Winning awards and being on UBS's top 5% client advisors worldwide? Check. Picture-perfect family with four kids? Check! However,the journey to become UBS AG's Executive Director for Wealth Management has not been easy, having to weather myriad ups and downs in the financial markets plus putting in the innumerous number of hours de rigueur for all bankers. Despite his many successes, Leonard wants to be known more as a doting father and loving husband. In fact, he still finds the time to give back to society, citing a key charity event which allowed him to refocus on work and, more importantly, life. Now the Big Daddy to almost 80 SMU alumni at UBS, we at OAR are happy to report that Leonard is still a very down-to-earth, personable person with always a cheeky twinkle in his eye.  We hope that Leonard's path will inspire you as much as it has for us. 

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inspiring alumnA
BSc(Econ) & BBM 2007, MTSC 2015
Vice President, Head of Corporate Citizenship, Public Affairs, Citi Singapore

SMU alumna Cheryl Chen isn't your typical banker. Eschewing the daily grind expected from professionals in the banking and finance industries, Cheryl chose to make a difference, wanting instead to promote financial literary and other social causes she holds dear to her heart. Currently heading Citi Singapore's Corporate Citizenship, Cheryl plays an important role in the CSR initiatives that Citi embarks upon. This incredible person is at once very accomplished, yet has a heart for the community. We are proud to present Cheryl as our Inspiring Alumna for the month of May 2018; read on to find out more about her story!

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upcoming events
MAY 2018

17 May - Alumni Professional Development: Business Storytelling for Presentations

18 May - FinTech and the SME Opportunity

18 May - LLM Alumni Group Gathering

20 May - Futsal session for Postgraduate Alumni and Students

23 May - SMU Finance, Banking & Investments Industry Night

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Calling all alumni in the finance, banking and investments sectors - do not miss our signature Industry Night on Wednesday, 23 May 2018, which will be held at the Dallas Restaurant & Bar at Suntec City's Sky Garden. Network, interact and catch-up with fellow alumni from the industry over food and drink with fantastic cityscape views! 

Are you a graduate of the School of Economics? Don't miss the launch of the official SOE Alumni Chapter on Thursday, 24 May 2018! Meet up with the Executive Committee and share your views on how to bring the SOE Alumni Chapter to greater heights. Gather your peers and we will see you there!


upcoming events
may - JUNE 2018

24 May - SOE Alumni Chapter Launch Party : "Gather Together" An Evening by the Federal

29 May - Launch of SMU Shaanxi Alumni Chapter (in Xi'An) 

31 May - Richard Hu Visiting Professor of Finance Public Lecture by Prof Lauren H. Cohen

1 June - SMUAA Annual General Meeting

5 June - Enterprise & Entrepreneur Series – Transforming Industries • Creating Value

9 June - SMU Ultimate - Annual Paceyfu Event

13 June - Social Capital Intelligence - The New Frontier of People Analytics

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MSc in Accounting

[NEW] Designed for professionals keen to develop expertise in data analytics to solve business problems, the new MSc in Accounting goes deep into the application of data technology in the accounting and finance sectors. Apply now! 


Fast-Track Application Day
 LKCSB is holding a Fast-Track Application Day for candidates interested in postgraduate programmes starting in 2018/2019. Candidates can expect to attend an interview, complete their application, and optionally sit for the SMU Admissions Test.  Find Out More!  



Stay Competitive
Give your career a boost with one of our Master's programmes from LKCSB. Exemption of GMAT for alumni with ≥ 3.0 CGPA, depending on programme. Find Out More!
career & professional development
courses by smu executive development

For May 2018 

23 - 25 May - Executive Skills for Board Members in Challenging Times Module 3: Finance for Directors


23 - 25 May - Asia Leaders Programme in Infrastructure Excellence (ALPINE)

30 - 31 May - Advanced Negotiation Strategies

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alumni job board

- Finance Associate (M&G Real Estate)

- Manager, Regulatory (M1)

- Channel Sales Manager (Deskera)

- Risk Manager (ABN Amro)

- Associate, Corporate Finance (PrimePartners Corporate Finance)

- Analyst, Wealth Planning Manager (DBS)

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SMU Alumni Association

From 21 - 31 May, refer friends to SMUAA and enjoy a FREE add-on of a Forbes Asia Subscription or SMU Gymnasium/Pool Access worth up to $280! 

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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 Merchants

Angelflorist Services - 10% off for Hampers, Gifts and Flowers

Hotel Grand Pacific (Sun's Cafe) - SMU Price for Peranankan Buffet    

VIIMART – 15% Storewide Discount for cosmetic with VIIMART


Looking to travel or relocate overseas? Please let us know ( or contact our SMU overseas alumni chapter presidents or representatives

Myanmar Alumni Chapter 

Serving as mentors, panellists, and speakers, members of the SMU Myanmar Alumni Chapter (MAC) participated in the Career Gallery earlier in February. But all work and no play makes a chapter a dull one, so MAC organised "Splash with MAC" to celebrate the Myanmar New Year in April, in front of Sofaer & Co - a restaurant run by one of our very own alumnus. If you are working or living in Myanmar and keen to join in their activities, get in touch with MAC at!

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Last updated on 16 May 2018 .