PVSP 2013

September 3rd, 2013  |  Published in Events

Hwa Chong Past vs Present is a series of games for past and present Hwa Chong alumni and current students to gather and engage in friendly sports competitions on the morning of the Mid-Autumn Festival (MAF) Celebrations.

PVSP 2013 will be held on 14 September 2013 (Saturday) morning at Hwa Chong Institution (College Section).

Form your teams and sign up at http://hwachongyouth.org/web/pvsp2013
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August 2013 Technopreneurship Roundtable and Pitching Session

July 8th, 2013  |  Published in Events

Hwa Chong Alumni have been known to be active in the business community. Alumni members have outstanding achievements in the Technopreneurship and venture capital investment circles. This roundtable session is part of the overall effort to bring together alumni members who are active in entrepreneurship to network and build a value creating Hwa Chong Entrepreneurship network. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Event: Technopreneurship Roundtable cum pitching session forum
Theme: Building the Hwa Chong Start Up Community
Date: 3rd August 2013 (Saturday) 10:30 am (Registration starts at 10:15am)
Venue: Top floor of the Hwa Chong Alumni Association Building
Attire: Business Casual
Cost: Paid Members – Free, Non-Paid Members – $15 (It will be free for those who sign up as paid members on the event day)

Sign up here!

Light Refreshments will be provided.

Event Programme:

  • Speeches by Panel Speakers and Discussion
  • Mix and mingle with speakers and alumni over snacks and drinks.
Timing Details
10:15- 10:45 Registration
10:45- 10:50 Welcome Address and Introduction of Panellists by Chang Zi Qian
10:50 – 11:05 Pitch 1 & Q&A
11:10 – 11:25 Pitch 2 & Q&A
11:30 – 11:45 Pitch 3  & Q&A
11:45 – 12:05 General Q & A to panel
End of Event / Networking Time/ Food Own Time Own Target


  1. David Sin (Sin Capital, TCHS 1995)
  2. Tan Ying Lan (Venture Partner, Sequoia Capital, TCHS 1997, HCJC 1999)
  3. Darius Cheung (Founder Tencube, CEO/Co-founder Billpin)
  4. John Tan (8 Capital, CHS 1998, HCJC 2000)
  5. Lim Dershing (Founder / CEO JobsCentral Group, CHS 1991, HCJC 1993)
  6. Eric Koh (JobCentral, Travelogy.com, CHS 1991, HCJC 1993)
  7. Wong Hong Ting (Founder 2359, CHS 2000)
  8. Chong Chee Wah (Partner & Co-founder Clearbridge Accelerator, CHS 1988, HCJC 1990)

David Sin

CHS 1995

David Sin

David is currently managing his own real estate and investment firm, focused on investing in companies and assets in Singapore and Asia. Previously, he worked at AIG and Goldman Sachs in London and Hong Kong. He has worked across different continents and has also lived in UK, USA, Hong Kong for over a decade. His work experience includes mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, distressed debt and special situations investing.

David is an Alumnus of Hwa Chong Institution and is currently the Course Instructor for the Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme (ELP) at Hwa Chong Institution. The ELP’s objective is to allow the students to learn about key leadership values through an innovative case study method; where students will learn through placing themselves in the position of the protagonists; and through experiential learning, discussion and reflection, draw their own lessons on becoming entrepreneurial leaders. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Hwa Chong International School.

Tan Ying Lan

CHS 1997
HCJC 1999

Tan Yinglan

Tan Yinglan is Venture Partner at Sequoia Capital India, based in Singapore. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital India, Tan Yinglan was the Head (Projects), National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office (Singapore). He oversaw the National Framework for Innovation and Enterprise and was responsible for the investments of high-tech growth ventures and venture capital funds and serves as board member / observer of selected high-tech ventures and early stage venture funds. He was responsible for launching the Technological Incubation Scheme (TIS) and the Global Entrepreneur Executives (GEE) Fund. Tan Yinglan had previously been the founding Director of 3i Venturelab China, a joint-venture between private equity firm 3i (LSE:III) and INSEAD. He had also been the Senior Assistant Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry (Singapore), where he was the deskhead for Economic Development Board Investments portfolio. Yinglan had been at the Ministry of Defence (Singapore) where he was the recipient of the National Innovation and Quality Circle Award. Yinglan was also the Special Assistant to the Chief Economic Advisor of the World Bank, as a Milton and Cynthia Friedman Fellow. During graduate school at Stanford, he had co-founded, raised angel funding and sold an online dating startup (which is still featured as a case study in Stanford).

Darius Cheung

CHS 1997
HCJC 1999


Darius Cheung is the Director of Consumer Mobile Technology at McAfee He currently oversees all activities for the Consumer Mobile Business Unit for McAfee globally. Darius’ teams are involved in the product development, business development, partnerships and continual innovation of the fast moving mobile product portfolio.

Darius joined McAfee in August 2010 through McAfee’s acquisition of tenCubePte Ltd, whose flagship product WaveSecure continues to be offered by McAfee. As founder and CEO of tenCube, Darius build tenCube from the founding team of 4 to a team of 26 people in 2 locations over 5 years. He raised 2 rounds of financing, developed award-winning mobile security suite WaveSecure, gained adoption by global brand customers such as Nokia and SingTel and brought the start-up to profitability.

Darius is also the CEO/ Co Founder of Billpin.

John Tan

CHS 1998
HCJC 2000


John is a Partner at 8 Capita, an investment partnership focused on internet and mobile companies. He is the Founder of SaturdayKids, a technology school for children. He sits on the Board of Orita Sinclair School of Design, as well as car rental portal Drive.sg. Before technology and education, John dabbled in F&B for a while. John started his career as a management consultant. He holds a First Class (Hons) degree in Economics from University College London.”

Lim Der Shing

CHS 1991
HCJC 1993

Der Shing is founder and CEO of JobsCentral Group. Since 2000, he has led the business and grown it into one of the largest online recruitment services regionally reaching over 20 million working professionals annually in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. JobsCentral services include the popular BrightSparks portal, career magazines and the popular JobsCentral job portal. In 2011, JobsCentral joined the CareerBuilder family and is now part of the largest job portal in the world. He is also an active angel investor and is a Venture Partner with Jungle Ventures. To date he has personally invested over 2M into private equity and VC/Angel investments.

Eric Koh

CHS 1991
HCJC 1993

Eric graduated from CHS in 1991, and HCJC in 1993.

He went on to complete his Masters in Computing in NUS, and was a scholar at PSA.

In 2002 he joined his CHS classmate in building JobsCentral, a career media company.

Having sold off that business a couple years back, he is now working on his latest travel technology startup, Travelogy.com.

Eric views his work as a hobby and a form of art. He always strive for innovation, elegance and humour in all his creations.
In his free time, he indulges himself with online games, contract bridge, japanese anime/manga and DIY Hi-Fi systems.

And oh he also loves his family and kids a lot, and does some angel investing on the side…

Wong Hong Ting

CHS 2000

Hong Ting is the Co-Founder of 2359 Media Pte Ltd, Singapore’s leading mobile consultancy that helps create value for businesses through innovative use of mobility-centric solutions. Academically trained in Quantitative Finance from NUS, he has notable experiences in product management, marketing and event management, including being part of an enterprise software company in the Silicon Valley and propelling a Singaporean leadership consultancy to become one of the market leaders in the industry. In his current role, he was awarded Singapore’s Young Entrepreneur of 2010 as part of the Global Student Entrepreneur Award organised by the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation.

An active citizen in entrepreneurship communities, Hong Ting is an active contributor to the NUS Overseas College Alumni Network, and was the President of the Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society (ASES) Singapore Chapter.

Currently, other than being a spokesperson on the opportunities that lie in the mobile applications industry as part of 2359 Media, Hong Ting also actively consults organizations on leveraging technology to increase their efficiency and to better support existing customers while reaching out to new ones.

Chong Chee Wah

CHS 1988
HCJC 1990

Mr. Chong Chee Wah, is the Partner and Co-Founder of Clearbridge Accelerator, a National Research Foundation appointed Incubator under Technology Incubation Scheme (TIS). Under the TIS scheme, Chee Wah actively invests and founded many innovative start ups in the Biomedical, MedTech and Advanced Material space. In one of the start-ups that he has founded, he has also successfully turn a lab prototype into a medical device that is on sale in market within 18 months.

Prior to this, Mr Chong was with DSO National Laboratories, a national R&D house for Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). He was a Programme Manager for Communications Security which oversaw various cryptographic and communication systems. He also won the prestigious KINETIC Award in DSO, for his technical contributions in a high-profile project, as well as numerous Performance Awards in
various high profile projects.

Besides being a MedTech Technopreneur, Mr Chong is also Professional Information Security Practioner. He is currently the Managing Director for CBIS Labs Pte Ltd which is the first approved Information Security Testing Laboratory for Singapore Government. He
plays an active role in the Information Security community, serving as Member of the Association of Information Security Professionals (AISP) as well as Singapore Computer Society (SCS).

Mr Chong is also the recipient of the Local Merit Public Service Commission (PSC) scholarship as well as the NUS Research Scholarship. He also holds the Stanford Certified Project Manager (SCPM) certification. Mr Chong holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor Degree (First Class Honours) in Electrical Engineering.


Class of 08 Batch Gathering

June 5th, 2013  |  Published in Events

Hello people from the 07XXX classes, 5 years has passed since our graduation. Most of the ladies from our batch have graduated and are about to have their first encounter with the IRAS. As for the guys, we are mostly halfway through our undergraduate studies, working hard to secure the all elusive dream job.

In the meantime, how would you like to meet up with your batch mates and find out how they are doing?

Come down and join the Class of 08 Batch Gathering on the 22 of June (Saturday) at 1900hrs. It will be a great time where every student from our batch may gather, chit chat and catch up amidst our busy schedule.

Date: 22 June 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 1900hrs
Venue: Hwa Chong Institution (College) Hall

Dinner will be catered to facilitate the session ($5 pax)

Sign up now at http://bit.ly/12q40hO


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: http://bit.ly/16C8Rs9

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.


Hwa Chong CBD Breakfast Networking

March 1st, 2013  |  Published in Events

The Hwa Chong alumni groups will be jointly organizing a HC CBD Networking Breakfast event on 13 March 2013. The CBD Networking Breakfast is a networking event to bring together fellow Hwa Chongians working around the CBD over coffee and toast. There is no set agenda or keynote speaker – just pure networking (and breakfast!). This event is open to all HC alumni across all batches and industrial professions.

Event: HC CBD Networking Breakfast
Date: 13 March 2013
Time: 7.30am – 9.30am (You may come and go any time between 7.30am and 9.30am, no obligations!)
Venue: Mr Teh Tarik Cartel (135 Amoy Street, #01-01 Far East Square)
Registration: http://bit.ly/Yx8eLz
Fee: NA

There are plans to repeat this initiative every quarter so as to provide fellow HC alumni to get to know other alumni through a regular get-together occurrence.