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(L–R) Academic Director, BFI, Associate Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship Kenneth Goh; Senior Advisor, BFI, Professor Emeritus of Finance Annie Koh; Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Business Professor Bert De Reyck; Founder & Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings, Founder & Executive Chairman, Laguna Resorts and Hotels, Executive Chairman, Thai Wah Public Company Mr Ho Kwon Ping; SMU President Professor Lily Kong.
Published on 4 December 2023
On 10 November 2023, the Business Families Institute (BFI) held its 10th anniversary conference, “From Succession Planning to Legacy Building”. This acknowledges how family businesses have both supported and benefitted from BFI’s programmes and initiatives. BFI was officially launched by SMU in March 2013 as Southeast Asia’s first regional business-family-centric institute, a few months after it was first established in response to the growing need for research and education.
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Dame Jacinda Ardern (left) in conversation with Mr Ho Kwon Ping.
Published on 4 December 2023
The latest edition of the Ho Rih Hwa Leadership Lecture series saw Dame Jacinda Ardern, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, share her experiences and perspectives in a conversation with Mr Ho Kwon Ping, the founding and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University.
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(L-R) Panel Moderator – SMU Dean of Students Prof Paulin Straughan and panellists - SMU Chairman Mr Piyush Gupta, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Ms Grace Fu and Founder & CEO of Insect Feed Technologies Mr Sean Tan.
Published on 30 October 2023
SMU held its inaugural Sustainability Forum to showcase its multi-faceted contributions to economic, social and environmental sustainability. The event attracted students and educators from a range of institutes of higher learning, representatives from various social-service agencies and non-profit organisations, as well as business owners.  
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Panel discussion on "Wicked problems require wicked solutions" at the programmes' launch.
Published on 30 September 2023
On 22 September 2023, SMU launched two innovative sustainability programmes – the Master of Sustainability (MST), and a Second Major in Sustainable Societies (SSOC). These were launched as part of a suite of sustainability courses and programmes that aim to develop sustainability leaders and meet the needs of a green economy.
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Some 170 academics and practitioners of accounting and corporate governance shared and discussed 36 papers looking at different areas of research.
Published on 20 July 2023
SMU hosts the 2023 MIT Asia Conference in Accounting.  
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Forum speakers and representatives from SMU and CUHK.
Published on 18 July 2023
SMU and The Chinese University of Hong Kong host global forum on Computational Social Science.
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Prof Lily Kong being conferred with the Soka Gakkai Singapore Friendship Award. L-R: SGS Vice General Director, Mr Michael Yap, Prof Kong, SGS General Director, Mr Tay Eng Kiat, SGS Chairperson, Mdm Chan Mei Wah.
Published on 16 June 2023
Twenty years of mutual support and understanding culminated on 29 May 2023, when SMU President Professor Lily Kong was conferred the esteemed Soka Gakkai Singapore (SGS) Friendship Award following the SGS Peace Lecture 2023.
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(From left) SMU's Professor Emeritus of Finance (Practice) and panel moderator Annie Koh, Google Singapore's Country Managing Director Ben King, Education Minister Chan Chun Sing, SMU Provost Timothy Clark, and LinkedIn’s Head of Asia, Talent and Learning Solutions Frank Koo at The Straits Times Education Forum 2023.
Published on 20 March 2023
Straits Times Education Forum 2023 in partnership with SMU
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Mr Ho Kwon Ping (front left) and his wife Ms Claire Chiang, with his personalised SMU graduation bear.
Published on 10 February 2023
On 10 February 2023, SMU paid tribute to its longest-serving Trustee and Chairman, Mr Ho Kwon Ping who had stepped down from the position. Over two and a half decades, Mr Ho had made an incredible impact on the University and its growth, so it was only fitting that his contributions were recognised by both current and past members of the SMU Board of Trustees and an illustrious guest list of VIPs during the Appreciation Event for Mr Ho held at the SMU Hall.
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During SMU’s first Presidential Distinguished Lecturer Series held overseas, in Jakarta, the panel discussed "Building a Sustainability Talent Pipeline for Indonesia".
Published on 1 February 2023
During SMU’s first Presidential Distinguished Lecturer Series (PDLS) held overseas, in Jakarta, SMU President Professor Lily Kong moderated an eminent panel  who spoke on the importance of developing a talent pipeline pertaining to sustainability in Indonesia, as well as exploring various strategies to help bridge existing skills shortages.
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