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Giving back in more ways than one

Active on the NUS alumni scene, Mr Sonny Yuen received the NUS Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2021 and NUS Business School Eminent Alumni Award (Alumni Service) in 2019. Now he is ready to extend his giving back to the graduate community by joining the NUSS Management Committee (MC). Prior to that, the general manager/director at a semiconductor materials and engineering company has also served in several NUSS Sub-Committees. We got him to share more about himself.

He is grateful to his supporters

I want to thank my NUSS friends and members for voting me into the MC. Many took the effort to come down personally to cast their votes for me, even those with whom I have not kept in touch for some time. I am very touched and grateful for their outpouring of support and in return, I want to channel my passion and focus to serve NUSS.

He was motivated by the belief to give back

I aspire to contribute meaningfully to NUSS as I believe in paying it forward. I have benefitted from others before and it is a journey of returning a part of myself to the community.

He possesses an extensive track record of contributing towards his alma mater

I am confident of bringing over my relevant experiences in contributing towards transforming the NUS Business School Alumni Association Charity Run into a marquee event, as well as initiating the Raffles Hall Alumni (RHA) Endowed Fund in my capacity as RHA Founding President. I am here for service and I believe I can provide value to NUSS.

He is raring to go in his latest role as a NUSS MC member

I look very much forward to contributing my time and energy to NUSS and serving our members well. I have been active in contributing to the NUS alumni community for the past 20 years. In doing so, I have been seriously doing some “fun-raising” as well as “fund raising”. NUSS is a social club. I would like to use my experience and network to raise its awareness with other NUS alumni associations, as well as to engage with alumni in other tertiary organisations to widen cross-cultivation with our NUSS members.

He has garnered experience serving in various Sub-Committees

I have served in Finance, Alumni Development and F&B Sub-Committees for the past five years and also participate actively in the golf section. I joined the Taichi class for a year before an Achilles’ tendon incident put paid to my efforts to be a “Master”. 

In my interaction with all my fellow members, I have found them most fun and diligent in their service. They earned my utmost respect and I hope to be able to do the same.

He thrives on connecting with others and building relationships

My greatest leadership strength is as a “people connector”. It is important to achieve a higher relationship level with our alma mater and further strengthen our bond. I see things from the perspective of others and focus on the positive. I think this is valuable as we look for new opportunities to reach out to younger supporters to build a greater sense of community and connection.

He has many interesting hobbies

I play golf in my leisure as well as hydroponics gardening, swimming and reading. I am also interested in real estate, hence my career move into property recently. As part of my lifelong learning interest, I have recently completed a nine-month course in Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP).

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