By Nick Yen, Vice-President, ORA

Change is part of the human condition. Most people believe that things change and therefore we evolve. However at Raffles, we would like to think that we drive change because we choose to evolve.

As we continue to evolve the ORA, the ORA Council itself has also undergone some changes. With an eye to ensuring continuity while incorporating new perspectives, the 89th ORA Council was successfully elected on March 22nd, 2014. The new Council features three new members who are business and industry leaders in diverse fields.

The 89th ORA Council

President
Mr Andrew Chua
Cohort
RI, 1968 & 1970
While in School
01 Scouts
Now
Managing Director of SME Care, a Finance Services company
Council Member
Mr Dennis Foo
Cohort
RI, 1972
While in School
Scouts, represented school in table-tennis, volleyball and swimming
Now
CEO, St James Holdings Ltd
Vice-President
Mr Nick Yen
Cohort
RI, 1987
While in School
Softball, Computer Science Lab
Now
Asst MD, Sunshine Engineering Service; The Craziest One, Orgo Bar & Restaurant
Council Member
Dr Lan Luh Luh
Cohort
RGS, 1981
While in School
School Swimmer, Youth Reporter
Now
Associate Professor, NUS Business School and Faculty of Law, NUS; Deputy Director, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, NUS
Honorary Secretary
Ms Monica Tung
Cohort
RGS, 1976
While in School
Arts Club, Maths & Science Society
Council Member
Mr Lee Wai Pong
Cohort
RI, 1972
While in School
School Gymnast – National Champion B Div-Team and individual vaulting
Now
Executive Director, Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration
Asst Honorary Secretary
Ms Lim Sook Luan
Cohort
RJC, 1985
While in School
Civics Tutorial Representative, Chairperson of
Homemakers’ Club
Now
Assistant Director, Strategic HR in a Public Healthcare Cluster
Council Member
Mr Dennis Phua
Cohort
RI, 2001 & RJC, 2003
While in School
02 Scouts
Now
Executive Director, Azione Capital; Chief Operating Officer, Ave & Partners
Honorary Treasurer
Ms Elena Chua
Cohort
RGS, 1972
While in School
Red Cross Society
Now
Manager, Property Development firm
Council Member
Mr Poa Kheng Sin
Cohort
RI, 1972 & 1974
Now
Director, GolfHub
Asst Honorary Treasurer
Mr Hoo Chuan Yang
Cohort
RI, 1983 & RJC, 1985
While in School
01 Scouts
Now
Regional IT Manager, US MNC
RGS Chapter President
Dr Jean Ong
Cohort
RGS, 1973
While in School
House Captain, Table Tennis Captain, Softball, Basketball, NCC (Land)
Now
Hospital Administrator

With the establishment of the alumni relations office at RI, the ORA had to do some serious navel-gazing. There were some inevitable overlaps and we needed to redefine our role and also clarify our purpose. With the last Council, we chose to confine our efforts to four initiatives—giving back to the school, connecting alumni, giving back to the community and increasing alumni participation.

As part of these efforts, the Council collaborated with RI on its entrepreneurship programme through engaging ORA members who are leaders in their field to serve as mentors to the aspiring and budding student entrepreneurs. To increase alumni participation, we made most of our events more inclusive. The events were open to any alumni who showed up and membership was not a requirement for participation. We brought together a coterie of younger alumni to come up with events that targeted a different demographic.

We are currently supporting the school’s efforts to set up an alumni portal which would enable alumni to connect with each other more easily, even if they are not ORA members. The portal will also be a platform to allow the school to engage and connect with its alumni as well as to enable alumni to give back to the school, be it their time, talent or treasure, for the development of students who are our future leaders. The Council has also begun engaging the myriad alumni interest groups scattered throughout the country in an effort to bring everyone together so that we can connect with even more alumni through them. Last year, as part of our community involvement initiative, the Council, together with the help of the Raffles schools, raised funds for the Singapore Cancer Society.

The new ORA Council will continue with these efforts to make ourselves relevant to the schools, our alumni and also the community. We will continue to refine our role because we also understand that much still needs to be done before we can claim to have a first-class (or even world-class) network that bears the hallmarks of a Raffles education. But we also ask that you, our alumni, reach out to us to tell us your hopes and aspirations because we are here to serve. We believe that if we can all work together, we can create an alumni network that will enrich you in many different ways, whether in the areas of personal or professional development, community involvement, or even grooming a new generation of Rafflesians who will make a difference, in Singapore and in the world.

Let us come together to light the Promethean flame that will establish the Rafflesian network as the preeminent alumni network in Singapore.

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