Archive for April, 2013

May 2013 Roundtable: Challenges in Running Family Businesses

April 7th, 2013  |  Published in Events

Hwa Chong graduates have often been noted for their entrepreneurial talent and their involvement in the Chinese business community. We are pleased to have an informal sharing session about how Chinese family businesses are run in Asia.

Learn how:

  • Hwa Chong contributed to their outlook and success
  • Is business purely for the Towkays? An explanation of how a professional can start a business
  • How to manage family relationships at work
  • What are the key challenges facing their business today in this age
  • How to manage the risk of starting a new business/division against family obligations
  • To balance a relational management style versus a professional management style in a family business


  • Speeches by Panel Speakers and Discussion
  • Mix and mingle with speakers and alumni over snacks and drinks

Date: 25 May 2013, 10:30 am (Registration starts at 10:00am)
Venue: Top floor of the Hwa Chong Alumni Association Building
Attire: Business Attire
Registration Link:

Timing Details
10:00- 10:30 Registration
10:30- 10:35 Opening Address by Chang Zi, Qian President of Hwa Chong Alumni Youth Chapter
10:45- 11:15 Keynote Address by Assoc Professor Yupana Wiwattanakantang [To be confirmed]
11:15-11:45 Panel Discussion on running a family business in Singapore
11:15-12:00 Q&A
End of Event / Networking Time/ Food

Keynote Speaker:

Associate Professor

Yupana Wiwattanakantang

Assoc Professor Yupana Wiwattanakantang

NUS Business School

PhD, Hitotsubashi University

Dr Wiwattanakantang is an Associate Professor at NUS Business School. Her research and teaching interests are in the area of governance of family firms – in particular, the role of the founding family and the impact of family affairs on corporate behaviour, such as succession and firm performance. She is an expert on the value of political marriages to family firms, as well as the unique adoption practices carried out by Japanese family businesses that result in superior performance. To understand how various succession practices affect business survival, she is currently extending her research to include top family firms worldwide. In addition, she is also investigating the post-IPO evolution of family firms with respect to ownership and control, focusing on the reasons that lead to the retention or sale of the business, as well as the choice between family and non-family CEOs.

Dr Wiwattanakantang’s research has been published in top-tier academic journals as well as cited by media such as the Financial Times. She has been invited to present her research at many central banks and renowned universities such as the Harvard Business School, Columbia University, INSEAD, London Business School and University of Tokyo.

Invited panel speakers:

Mr Joel Teo


Mr Joel Teo

Joel graduated from The Chinese High School in 1996 and was from 97S73 in HCJC.

He is a corporate finance lawyer in the corporate department of Messrs Lee & Lee, Advocates and Solicitors.  He specializes in capital markets, corporate and M&A transactions, investment funds and private equity.  He is into his seventh year of legal practice in Singapore and has a particular interest in PRC transactions.

Joel graduated with a Bachelors of Laws (LLB) from the National University of Singapore in 2005 and was called to the Singapore bar in 2006.  He graduated in 2009 with a Master of Laws (LLM) with a specialization in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of London (Queen Mary).  He is also the author of the chapter on the Singapore legal history of water in the book entitled Encounters with Singapore Legal History – Essays in Memory of Geoffrey Wilson Bartholomew which was published by the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies”.

Mr Sim Kok Hwee

Mr Sim Kok Hwee

Mr. Kok Hwee Sim graduated from The Chinese High School in 1994 and was from 95S21 in HCJC.

He is an Executive Director of Zicom Group Limited.  He is Executive Director of Zicom Holdings Pte Ltd and Director of its subsidiaries.

Zicom Group Limited is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and is a leading integrated manufacturer of marine deck machinery, fluid regulating and metering stations, transit concrete mixers, foundation and geotechnical equipment, precision engineered and automation equipment and providers of production integration solutions and hydraulic system services.

He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Michigan with Honours (Magna Cum Laude) and a Masters degree in financial engineering from Columbia University, New York.

Mr Linus Lim

Mr Linus Lim

Mr. Linus Lim graduated from The Chinese High School in 1991 and was from 92A13 in HCJC.

He is a director for investments at PhilipCapital Management.  He focuses on product development as well as investment strategy. Prior to PhillipCapital, he was at the Investments business of Citibank Asia Pacific. He has been with PhillipCapital since 2001 where he has been involved in equity research as well as corporate finance both in Singapore and the UK. Linus is a graduate from the London School of Economics and also holds an MBA from the Anderson school of Management at UCLA.