Senior Common Room Committee (SCRC)

 

Eusoff Hall is administered by a Master who is appointed by the University. The Master is assisted by both resident and non-resident Fellows and together they form the Senior Common Room Committee (SCRC). The Fellows work closely with the Master in matters of discipline and internal administration of the Hall.

There are 5 Resident Fellows who function as advisors, mentors, disciplinarian and counselors to the Hall's residents. Residents are encouraged to approach them with any problems they may have.

 


 

Associate Professor Goh Beng Lan

Master of Eusoff Hall

Associate Professor Goh Beng Lan is a social cultural anthropologist working on Southeast Asian intellectual history, modern urbanism, ethno-religious identities, and the visual arts and politics. She graduated from the University Science of Malaysia, Penang, with a Bachelors of Social Sciences (Honours), received her MA in Sociology from the Ochanomizu National Women's University, Tokyo, Japan, and her PhD in Anthropology from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at New York University, New York, USA, prior to joining NUS in 1999. She enjoys travelling, gardening, and water-colour painting in her free time and lives at Eusoff with her husband, Alain.

 

 


Associate Professor Titima Suthiwan

Resident Fellow of Block A

A/P Titima Suthiwan holds a BA (Hons) in Thai language and literature from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and a PhD in Linguistics from University of Hawai’i, U.S.A. She joined NUS in 1998 to establish the Thai language program, which is now a part of the Centre for Language Studies (CLS), and the world's largest and fastest growing Thai as a foreign language program. Prior to joining NUS, she taught in and coordinated Thai language program at various universities in the U.S., including University of Hawai’i, University of Washington, Arizona State University, as well as University of Oregon where she also coordinated the Laos and Khmer language programs. Her publications are in the areas of Southeast Asian historical linguistics research, poetry, and translation. She also designs Thai language learning pedagogy, textbooks, and online learning games. Currently, A/P Titima is the Director of the Centre for Language Studies, at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS. The Centre offers 13 foreign languages and is active in promoting the understanding of foreign languages and cultures among NUS community and beyond.

 


Mr Mark Teng Mah Kiong

Domestic Bursar of Eusoff Hall

Resident Fellow of Block B

Mr Mark Teng Mah Kiong joined Eusoff Hall in July 2010 as the Resident Fellow of Block B. Mr Teng was on SAF Training Award, and served the SAF after graduating from NUS. He held various appointments in operational units and MINDEF HQ, and served in Ministry of Education HQ and two other Statutory Boards before joining NUS in 2007 as the Director of Administration in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He is currently holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel as a Battalion Commander in the National Service. Although Mr Mark Teng is not an academia, his administrative experience and training in the Army will greatly complement the existing team of Resident Fellows in looking after the student welfare and interests of the residents in the Hall. He lives in Eusoff with his wife, Catherine and their three children, Hazel, Amanda and Ryan.

 


Dr Lee Chian Chau

Resident Fellow of Block C

Dr Lee Chian Chau is a family physician who graduated from NUS in 1997. His areas of interest are in dermatology, sports and nutrition. After completing his training, he spent 10 years in private practice before joining NUS in 2012. Currently he works as a health physician at University Health Centre. Prior to joining Eusoff Hall, he was a Resident Advisor for Ridge View Residences. He enjoys movies, good food, exercise and spending family time with his wife Siew Yeen, daughter Chloe, and son Michael. 

 


Associate Professor Qiu Anqi

Resident Fellow of Block D

Associate Professor Qiu Anqi joined Eusoff Hall in May 2015 as the Residential Fellow of Block D. She joined NUS in 2007 as an Assistant Professor at department of Biomedical Engineering. She graduated from Tsinghua University, China, with a bachelors of Biomedical Engineering, received her MS degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics and Statistics from University of Connecticut and the Johns Hopkins University, and her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. After joining NUS, she is devoted to innovation in computational analyses of complex and informative datasets comprising of disease phenotypes and neuroimages to understand the origins of individual differences in health throughout the lifespan. She pioneered neuroimaging research in infants and young children.  She enjoys traveling, playing badminton, and swimming. She lives at Eusoff with her husband, Nanguang.

 


Dr. Muhammad Arafat Bin Mohamad

Resident Fellow of Block E

Dr Arafat is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies. He received his undergraduate and master’s education from the same department before embarking on his doctoral studies in Social Anthropology at Harvard University in 2007. He returned to NUS upon receiving his PhD in 2013. He has conducted research in Thailand and Saudi Arabia on issues such as Arabia-Asia interconnections, migration, belonging, politics of ethnicity, and social memory. For leisure, he enjoys strumming on the guitar as well as punching and kicking heavy bags. He lives in Eusoff Hall with his wife Firhana and sons, Ilhan and Ilyas.

 


Professor Kirpal Singh

Prof Kirpal Singh obtained his PH.D. in English from the University of Adelaide, Australia in 1980 where he was a Colombo Plan Scholar. Until 1991 he taught at the National University of Singapore and was then invited to move to NTU to help set-up the BA Programme there. For 5 years (1993 - 1998) he served as Head of the Division of Literature & Drama and initiated several significant programmes as well as a thoroughly revised syllabus. Prof Kirpal has always been an active participant of cultural and literary affairs, whether within the University environment or within the larger public domain. As a writer, critic and scholar, he is among the most powerful voices to emerge from this part of the world and is constantly sought by international bodies and universities to present papers and sit on various boards. In 1999 he was invited to join the new Singapore Management University, where he co-ordinates and teaches the Creative Thinking Programme. In recent years he has been invited to give Keynote Papers and Plenary Speeches on issues pertaining to Creativity, Innovation, and Leadership Management.

 


Mrs Elsie Foh

Mrs Elsie Foh is an Alumnus of NUS as well as a Eusoff Alumnus. She is one of our longest serving Non-Resident Fellow. She was a member of the group of past Eusoffians who founded the Eusoff Alumni and she also initiated the first Eusoff Alumni credit cum membership card programme. Mrs Foh was a career banker for more than 30 years and sat on the boards of various companies including those engaged in asset management, insurance and finance. She was a founding President of the Financial Planning Association of Singapore and also a past Chairman of NETS. Prior to her retirement, she was a Managing Director at DBS Bank. She also worked in SMU as director, special projects before leaving to spend more time with her family. Mrs Foh is currently a Board Director of the Financial Industry Dispute Resolution Centre, the Tsao Foundation and Singapore Heart Foundation.

 


Mr Francis Xavier

Mr Francis Xavier served as President of the Eusoff College JCRC from 1986 to 1987, and graduated from the NUS Law Faculty with his LLB (Honours) in 1988. A distinguished debater, he has participated as a member of the NUS debating team in the SBC Tertiary Debate Series, Australasian Debating Series and the International Varsity Challenge Series. As a member of the NUS Law Moot Team, he participated in the Philip C Jessup International Moot Court Competition in 1988. His team emerged World Runners-Up. He is presently Regional Head, Disputes Practices at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP.

 


Mrs Helen Chew

Mrs Helen Chew obtained her Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Singapore in 1977, and was a resident in Dunearn Road Hostel in her student days. An outgoing person, she now works with CIMB Securities. Helen swims and plays tennis, table tennis and badminton.

 


Dr Robert Goh Ee Kiat

Dr Robert Goh is a motivational speaker where he relates his passion in mountaineering (www.29000ft.net) to inspire one’s aspirations in career and life. In 1990, Robert obtained his degree in Aeronautical Engineering (Hon, 1st Class) from Imperial College London, UK and subsequently continued his PhD in aerodynamics in the same College where he was supported by a scholarship. He returned to Singapore in 1993. With a passion in aerodynamics, he joined DSO National Laboratories as a researcher in aerodynamics in the field of aircraft, unmanned vehicles, weapon systems and testing facilities. He worked in DSO for 13 years. In 1999, he was awarded the NSMAN of the year Award by the Ministry of Defence. In his spare time, he has climbed Everest (8850m), Cho Oyu (8201m) and Xixabangma (8012m) without supplementary oxygen. He has also skied 1100km to the South Pole, Antarctica in 2000. In 2001, Robert and his team also started a student mountaineering programme in NUS called “Make it Real” (MIR) to initiate youths to high altitude Himalayan mountaineering. In 2005, he led a team of directors in the successful National University of Singapore Centennial Everest Expedition and directed the first Singapore Women Everest Team for the first 2 years. Robert is an experienced and engaging speaker in various topics and has written a book Xixabangma, An Alpine Ascent of the North Ridge.

 


Mrs Tan Suan Imm

Mrs Tan Suan Imm is a retired school principal, married to a private medical practitioner. On her retirement in 1995 after 33 years in the Education Service, she did a short stint in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Deputy Chief of Protocol. She served for many years as an honorary Counsellor in the Social Development Unit, Ministry of Community Development, was an Honorary Fellow of Victoria Hall of residence, Victoria School and a Deputy Registrar of Marriages.

She was a member of the NUS Alumni Advisory Board 2012-2015 and was conferred the NUS Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2009 and the FASS Inaugural Distinguished Arts and Social Sciences Award in 2015.

Today she remains active in and happily-engaged with the National University of Singapore’s Office of Alumni Relations and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Financial Aid and Bursary Committee. She works out regularly in the gym to keep fit, travels, romances the computer, plays gin rummy weekly with her Eusoff College alumni and enjoys being a doting grandmother to her 4 grandchildren ages from 14 to 24.

 


Ms Lim Bee Lum

Ms Lim Bee Lum is no stranger to Eusoffians as she has served as the longest Resident Fellow from 1972-2000. She is currently a non-resident fellow of Eusoff Hall. She is closely associated with the NUS Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society where she serves on the Board of Directors. Her other activities include serving on the committee of the Senior Circle of the National University of Singapore Society. She is serving on the sub-committee of the S-Connect of NUSS and serves on the Board  of Singapore Association of Continuing Education. In recognition of her services to the cooperative movement, she was conferred the Commendation Medal by the Singapore National Cooperatives Federation. Over and above her many activities, she still finds time to travel and go round shooting with her camera. She is indeed an avid traveller and keen photographer.

 


Mr Gregory Vijayendran

Gregory has considerable experience and expertise in various spheres of civil and commercial litigation and arbitration and dispute resolution. His present practice encompasses a specialization in banking and corporate insolvency and a broader dispute resolution covering company and shareholder disputes, contract, tenancy and land law disputes, employment law, defamation, negligence, contentious probate and other tort claims. He is also a recognized expert in charities governance.

Gregory graduated from the National University of Singapore and was one of the main speakers in the university’s mooting team in 1992 that emerged world runners-up at the 1992 Jessup International Law Moot Competition in Washington D.C. Gregory was thereafter admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1993 and joined Rajah & Tann LLP after being in practice in two other leading law firms for 15 years (jointly heading the Banking and Insolvency Litigation Practice group of another leading law firm).

Gregory presently serves as 1st Vice President  and Executive Committee Member of the Law Society. He serves on the Senate of Singapore Academy of Law and is a member of its Audit Committee. He served for close to a decade as Law Society Publication Committee Chairman from 2005 to 2014. He has previously served on the Inquiry Panel of the Law Society of Singapore, as Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Insolvency and Practitioners’ Association of Singapore and as inaugural Subject Coordinator for the Part B Elective on Wills, Probate and Administrations (appointed Senior Teaching Fellow) of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education. He regularly conducts nationwide and professional wide seminars and counts as his personal teaching highlights being part of Summer School Faculty in Handong International Law School (teaching International Business Transactions in 2008 and 2009), a lecturer on company law developments to the ACCA Annual Conferences for several years and lecturing for the LKY School of Public Policy in 2014 on Non Profit Management for the 21st Century.

A former South East Asian schools oratorical award winner, Asian silver medallist in international chess, two time Law Society Appreciation Award winner. Gregory has been judicially commended by the highest court in Singapore in 2006 for “meticulous professionalism”. Gregory  has also been privileged to receive the Good Samaritan Award conferred on him in Washington DC in October 2008 by Advocates International for his leadership of Advocates Asia – an NGO committed to (among others) international reconciliation, conflict resolution, religious liberty and professional ethics.

In community service, Gregory has also had a unique, longstanding and direct service in various charities in Singapore.  He served as a founding member and Vice President of the Childrens’ Cancer Foundation (then known as Working in Aid of Leukaemic Kids) from 1992 – 1995, had the joy of organizing Camp Rainbow (for children with chronic and terminal illnesses) as Chairman in 1994 – 1995 and from late 1996 to 2015, served as President of Club Rainbow (Singapore) (serving families of children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses). He has served as Executive Advisor to We-Share-Care Society for Children and Youth (a charity dedicated to imparting character values to children) in the 1990s. He presently serves on the Board of the Singapore Cord Blood Bank and as a National Youth Fund Trustee. He also serves on the Board of Agency for Integrated Care (focusing on care for the disabled and the elderly).
 


Mr Colin Ong

Colin joined the insurance industry in 1992, the year he graduated from the National University of Singapore. A graduate of Eusoff Hall, he served in various leadership positions of committees and later served as the Vice President of the Hall’s Alumni in 1993. Today, Colin is a Senior Executive Director (Financial Services) of Great Eastern Financial Advisers.

Colin is also keen believer of constant upgrading and has achieved the designations of Chartered Life Underwriters (CLU) and the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) in 2001.

He has served as Chairman from 2001 to 2008 and as CEO of Advisors’ Clique from 2001 to 2007. In 2009, he was appointed the 1st Executive Director, Financial Services and in 2011, he was appointed the 1st and currently only Senior Executive Director, Financial Services in Great Eastern Life, an appointment that recognizes his team building efforts. In 2011, Colin’s consistent quest to lead by example qualified him for the GEL Entre-planner award which recognizes Great Eastern Life’s top 1% of producers. He has also achieved the MDRT 18 times spanning 1993 to 2012, and has fulfilled his dream of becoming a MDRT Life Member. By 2009, he achieved the Honours Roll with 15 times MDRT qualification and last year he achieved the coveted Court of the Table which is an award given for qualifying the MDRT 3 times within a single year.

A strong advocate of the culture of group building, Colin currently partners 9 other direct Managers and Executive Managers in their Agency Building Quest and 45 other indirect Managers and Executive Managers in Advisors’ Clique to grow their teams.

In recognition of his leadership and contributions to agency building, Colin was awarded the Centennial award, his greatest recognition and achievement yet.

 


Mr Andrew Kwan

Mr Andrew Kwan is the Group Managing Director of Commonwealth Capital which has investments in the aqua-culture and food vertical spanning food logistics, food manufacturing and food services. It's portfolio of F&B concepts include Pastamania®, SwissBake®, NYC Bagel Factory®, Baker&Cook®, Zac Meats®, The Soup Spoon® and Udders® ice cream The founding members of the group has won numerous accolades including the Business Times Enterprise50 (ranked top 15 over 3 consecutive years), Fastest Growing50 and consecutive “Franchisor of the Year” titles for two separate businesses in different industries from the Franchise and Licensing Association.

Andrew was conferred the Rotary-ASME Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2004 and the Spirit of Enterprise 'Entrepreneur of the Year' in 2014. During national service, Andrew was distinguished as an officer in both the Infantry and Air Force winning the sword, bayonet prize and top pilot trainee trophy. He holds a BBA from Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada. He is happily married with 4 children, serves as a church Elder and is on the board of Spring Singapore and other institutions of public character and non-profit organizations.

 


Ms Saw Phaik Hwa

Saw Phaik Hwa currently sits on the following organisations in the respective capacities:

  • The Hour Glass’s Board
    Independent Director

     
  • Tan Tock Seng Hospital Community Charity Fund
    Member of Board of Trustees

     
  • The Esplanade Co Ltd
    Member of Board of Trustees

     
  • Singapore Management University
    Member of Board of Trustees
    Chairman of Audit Committee

     
  • Globe Telecom Inc
    Independent Director
    Member of the Audit Committee

     
  • SISTIC.Com Pte Ltd
    Chairman and Director
  • Singapore Wushu Dragon & Lion Dance Federation
    First Vice Chairman

     
  • Singapore Jian Chuan Tai Chi Chuan Physical Culture Association
    President

     
  • International Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Federation
    Vice President of Executive Committee

     
  • Wu’s Tai Chi Chuan Academy
    Governor (Singapore & Malaysia)

     

She was the Group CEO of Auric Pacific Group, listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange. Auric Pacific Group Limited ("APGL") is an investment holding company with diverse business interests ranging from distribution of fast moving consumer food, food manufacturing and retailing, management of restaurant and food court operations to other strategic investments including fund investment from May 2012 to April 2015.

Headquartered in Singapore, Group's business operations are located in various countries throughout Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and China.

Prior to this, Ms Saw was the President and CEO of SMRT Corporation Ltd, between December, 2002 to January, 2012, Singapore's first multi-modal public transport service provider. Since taking the helm, she has changed the way public transport is managed and delivered in Singapore. She leads her team in efforts to enhance the travel experience - introducing commuter-centric initiatives and adding lifestyle conveniences at stations - to make public transport a choice mode of travel for all. She is also instrumental in broadening SMRT's geographical footprint as well as establishing SMRT's presence overseas with the opening of offices in the Middle East and China which serve as springboards to opportunities in those regions.

For the period of 1984 to 2002, Ms Saw was with DFS Group, an international duty free and downtown retailer, reknown for retailing large range of fashion brands. Her roles at DFS Group ranged from operations to merchanding responsibility in Singapore, Hong Kong and China. From 1998, she was the Regional President in charge of businesses in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia for DFS Venture Singapore.

 


Dr Mark Emmanuel

Dr Mark Emmanuel was a Resident Fellow in Eusoff Hall from 2007 to 2011. He was an assistant professor in the History Department from 2006-2011. While at Eusoff, he oversaw the 50th anniversary celebrations and the publication of the 50th anniversary book. He was actively involved in student activities and oversaw Eusoff Expeditions, External Relations, and the Eusoff Volunteer Corp (EVC) among other activities. Under his guidance, both Expeditions and EVC won several NUS Student Achievement Awards, and EVC was also shortlisted for the President of Singapore’s Social Service Award in 2009. Dr Emmanuel presently works in the Ministry of Defence.

 

 


Updated: June 28, 2016



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