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​NTU welcomes new members to its Board of Trustees

Published on: 03-Apr-2015

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has appointed two new members to its Board of Trustees with effect from 1 April 2015.

They are Mr Lim Chow Kiat, Group Chief Investment Officer, GIC Private Limited, and Mr Tan Chin Hwee, a Founding Partner in Asia for Apollo Management Singapore. The new Trustees are both NTU alumni.

Emeritus Professor Haresh Shah of Stanford University and Mr Kwek Leng Joo, Deputy Chairman of City Developments Limited stepped down effective 31 March 2015.

The NTU Board of Trustees, established as a key pillar of university governance, comprises 19 members and is chaired by Mr Koh Boon Hwee, who is currently Chairman of private equity firm Credence Partners and was former Chairman of Singapore Airlines, DBS Group Holdings, and Singapore Telecom Group (SingTel).

Mr Lim Chow Kiat

After graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Accountancy from NTU, Mr Lim Chow Kiat joined GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, in 1993 as a portfolio manager. He was GIC’s only fresh hire that year.

Since then, he has risen steadily through the ranks and is currently Group Executive Committee Co-chair, Managing Director and Group Chief Investment Officer (GCIO) of GIC. As GCIO, he leads GIC’s investment process and strategy, including asset allocation, active capital allocation and large investments. Previously, he served as deputy GCIO and President of the public markets group and European operations.

Mr Lim has clinched several accolades during his professional career. In 2012, he became the youngest inductee of the Fixed Income Analysts Society Hall of Fame, in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of fixed-income analysis and portfolio management.

He also received NTU’s Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award the following year, in honour of the key leadership role that he has played in safeguarding and enhancing Singapore’s financial future during his career in GIC.

Mr Tan Chin Hwee

Mr Tan Chin Hwee, who graduated from NTU with a Bachelor of Accountancy honours degree in 1995, is a founding partner in Asia for Apollo Global Management, a leading global alternative investment firm that ranks among the world’s three largest. 

Before joining Apollo, he was a Managing Director at Amaranth, where he pioneered a number of historic capital market “firsts” in public and private investment opportunities.

Mr Tan is presently a Director of Singapore Press Holdings Limited, a non-executive Director of Keppel REIT, and a Director of Lien AID Limited (Singapore) and KK Endowment Fund.  He is also a Panel member of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Finance and Trade and Industry, and sits on the new Advisory Panel for Volunteer Youth Corp under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

Mr Tan is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at NTU and serves as an Adjunct Professor in several other universities. He actively contributes to the community, serving on various not-for-profit Boards such as the advisory committee of CAFE, the new banking and finance learning initiative at NTU’s Nanyang Business School.

In recognition of his record-setting success in investing and hedge fund management, NTU presented Mr Tan Chin Hwee with the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award in 2014. In 2011, he received NTU’s Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award for the immense strides he made in the investment field and for his contributions to society. 

Appreciation to outgoing Trustees, Prof Haresh Shah and Mr Kwek Leng Joo

NTU extended its appreciation to Prof Haresh Shah and Mr Kwek Leng Joo for their many contributions and guidance.

In 2007, Prof Haresh Shah started the Blue Ribbon Commission that advocated a new blueprint for revamping NTU’s curriculum and steering the development of future programmes. This paved the way for NTU Education, the university’s new undergraduate curriculum that has pushed NTU to the global forefront for higher education.

Prof Shah also chaired the Board’s Academic Affairs Committee and significantly contributed to the reform of NTU’s faculty appointment, promotion and tenure system that has enabled the University to attract and retain high quality academic staff despite the intense global competition. This has been a key factor behind NTU’s rapid progress today. In addition, he advocated changing NTU’s structure by introducing Colleges and Deans, as well as the new position of Provost to lead the University through its academic transformation. Prof Shah personally led the search for NTU’s first Provost in 2007.

NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson, said, "As chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, Professor Haresh Shah has consistently been very focused and uncompromising in setting and maintaining high standards for the University’s academic programmes and faculty. This discipline has clearly served us well. Prof Haresh has also generously contributed time, effort and commitment to NTU, exceeding what one would typically expect of a Trustee." 
On Mr Kwek Leng Joo’s contributions, Professor Andersson said, "The University is fortunate to have benefitted from Mr Kwek’s vast property development expertise and experience in the development and implementation of our Campus Master Plan.” He added that NTU is pleased that Mr Kwek will continue to serve as a member of the university’s campus planning committee.

Mr Kwek is a keen supporter of the arts and an accomplished photographer who had given generously to NTU in various areas. To recognise photographic excellence among students at NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media, he made a personal gift to the University in 2009 to establish the Kwek Leng Joo Prize for Excellence in Still Photography.

“Thanks to his generosity, the School has been able to recognise young talents for their photographic artistry,” Professor Andersson said. Some of these Kwek Leng Joo prize winners have gone on to receive international acclaim, such as Sarah Choo who won the Worldwide Photography Awards' Summer Award last year.  Mr Kwek was also instrumental in inviting Korean pop stars Kang Gary and Jung-In to perform for free at  the University’s highly successful charity event NTU Fest last year.

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About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).
A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.
NTU’s main campus at Yunnan Garden has been named one of Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. It also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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