Our Southeast Asia Centre hosted two cohorts of Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) students for the week-long residential workshops on ‘Leading & Managing in Global Environment’ and ‘Operationalising & Communicating Value’ from 21-28 September 2022. A total of forty students flew in from different parts of the world and became a melting pot of diverse cultures, experiences, and time zones. The rich interactions and exchange of ideas were invaluable.
The hard work and commitment of the students are impeccable. The friendly competition pushes them to their limits and at the same time, raises the bar of learning. Despite their busy schedule, we are delighted that they took part actively in GEMBA+ which we had planned for them. It was an awesome and insightful week with a panel discussion on ‘Trends and Insights – what is shaping businesses in Singapore and the region?’, an ‘Executive Presence’ lunch talk, a social networking night and indulgence in the multi-cultural Singapore food.
The lively and candid panel discussion on ‘Trends and Insights- What is shaping businesses in Singapore & the region?’ sparked interesting conversations. We invited our AMBS alumni, Wayne Soo, Teo Teck Loon, Kavickumar Muruganathan and a special industry guest speaker, Chionh Chye Kit who has 20 years of financial and capital markets experience under his belt. The discussion spans digital transformation, change management, sustainability, innovating amidst rising compliance costs and doing business in and through Singapore.
During the Lunch & Learn – Career Development, Andrew Jones, executive coach, mentor, and career counsellor shared about ‘What is Executive Presence, why you need it and how you get it?’ The fact is that Executive Presence is a skill that can be cultivated, build, and accomplished. Andrew taught the students some tools and techniques to practice and develop their own executive presence. It was a fun and engaging session with discussions, exchanges and even laughter when the Global Executive MBA students candidly voice out their opinions and differences. One of the key successes is that practice makes perfect!
Heartfelt thanks to Professor Carl Gavin, Dr Dawn Holmes, Wayne Soo, Teo Teck Loon, Kavickumar Muruganathan, Chionh Chye Kit, Andrew Jones, MBSAAS committee and the alumni members coming together to create this momentous occasion.