People

People

The RC4 team consists of a College Master, supported by Fellows (Resident and non-Resident), support Staff, and Resident Assistants.

Rector

Prof Choo Chiau Beng
Rector

Master

Assoc Prof Lakshminarayanan Samavedham
Master, House of Noctua

Fellows

Dr John Pastor ANSAH
Fellow
Dr Naviyn Prabhu BALAKRISHNAN
Director of Student Life & Resident Fellow
Dr BELLAM Sreenivasulu
Fellow
Assoc Prof CHNG Huang Hoon
Fellow
Assoc Prof Johan GEERTSEMA
Fellow
Dr Jenson GOH
Director of Studies & Resident Fellow
Dr Ali KADRI
Fellow
Assoc Prof Sekhar KONDEPUDI
Fellow
Ms Elizabeth ONG Ling Lee
Resident Fellow
Prof John Martin RICHARDSON, Jr
Director of Outreach & Resident Fellow
Dr Lynette TAN Yuen Ling
Associate Director of Student Life & Resident Fellow
Dr WANG Wei Yang
Fellow
Mr WEE Sin Tho
Fellow

Staff

Foong Jing Fang
Executive (Admissions, Accommodation & Outreach)
Loi Hwee Fang
Assistant Manager (Finance & Financial Aid)
Tan You Cheng
Assistant Manager (Student Life, Events & Facilities)
Yong Bee Choon
Senior Manager (Curriculum & HR)

Resident Assistants

Lim Yen Mae
Level 3, House of Aquila
Ahmad Nabil Bin Ahmad Al-Kastalani
Level 4, House of Aquila
Truong Thanh Lan Anh
Level 5, House of Aquila
Jolene Rachel Leong Pei Kuan
Level 6, House of Noctua
Tan Thea Wee Adrian
Level 7, House of Noctua
Keith Low Sheng Hng
Level 8, House of Noctua
Claudia Loh Zhi Xian
Level 9, House of Ursa
Abdullah Afandy Bin Khairuddin
Level 10, House of Ursa
Ng Wei Xuan
Level 11, House of Ursa
Siow Ying Tze
Level 12, House of Leo
Li Pengcheng Jacob
Level 13, House of Leo
Kiyo Tan Min
Level 14, House of Leo
Fazrina Salauddin S S
Level 15, House of Draco
Tan Yi Quan
Level 16, House of Draco
Karunya Narayanamurthy
Level 17, House of Draco

College Students' Committee

Yip Hao Yang
President
Charmaine Lee
Vice-President (Internal)
Loh Jia Yi
Vice-President (Outreach)
Elsy Lim
General Secretary
Tan Yi An
Financial Secretary
Low Yin Yi
Director of Clubs & Societies
Martin Tan
Director of Publicity
Wang Zeqi
Director of Student Affairs

House Committee

Stephanie Lauw
House of Aquila (Head)
Elaine Lim
House of Aquila (Vice-Head)
Angela Tan
House of Draco (Head)
Cherrie Kin
House of Draco (Vice-Head)
Jonathan Low
House of Leo (Head)
Arisa Otsuka
House of Leo (Vice-Head)
Jui Chougule
House of Noctua (Head)
Jennifer Ho
House of Noctua (Vice-Head)
Amrutheshwar Natarajan
House of Ursa (Head)
Amanda Tan
House of Ursa (Vice-Head)

Prof Choo Chiau Beng

Rector

Professor Choo Chiau Beng was Chief Executive Officer of Keppel Corporation from 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2013. Before that, he was CEO of Keppel FELS from 1983 to 2008 and Chairman & CEO of Keppel Offshore & Marine from 2002 to 2008. He was Executive Director of Keppel Corporation since 1983 and Senior Executive Director since 2005. Upon his retirement on 1 January 2014, Prof Choo was appointed Senior Advisor to the Board of Keppel Corporation.

Prof Choo was awarded the Colombo Plan Scholarship to study Naval Architecture in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in 1970 and a Master of Science degree in Naval Architecture in 1971. He attended the Programme for Management Development in Harvard Business School in 1982. Prof Choo was conferred Doctor of Civil Law by the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2009.

Prof Choo sits on the Board of Keppel Care Foundation and KrisEnergy.

He is the Chairman of Centre for Maritime Studies, a Board Member of Energy Studies Institute and a Management Board member of Institute for Engineering Leadership of NUS.

He is a Board Member of National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office, the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Raffles Institution and a member of Singapore University of Technology and Design’s Board of Trustees.

In July 2014, Prof Choo was appointed by NUS as Provost’s Chair and Professor (Practice) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Department of Management and Organisation, NUS Business School.

Prof Choo was conferred the Public Service Star Award (BBM) in August 2004, The Meritorious Service Medal in 2008 and NTUC Medal of Commendation (Gold) Award in May 2007.

He is Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Brazil.

Assoc Prof Lakshminarayanan Samavedham

Master, House of Noctua

Laksh is an Associate Professor at NUS with teaching appointments in the Faculty of Engineering, the University Scholars Programme (USP) and in Residential College 4.

Education:
PhD (Process Control) University of Alberta, Canada, 1997
MS (ChE.), IIT Madras, 1992
B.E. (Hons.) (ChE), BITS, Pilani, 1988

Awards and Honours:
NUS Outstanding Educator Award (2006)
Annual Teaching Excellence Award, NUS  (2001-2003, 2008/2009)
Best Paper Award at CHEMCON for Advances in Process Control (2005)
DuPont / Paprican Research Excellence Award (1996)
Pan Canadian Petroleum Award (1995)

Research Interests:
Design of Experiments
Control of Large Scale Systems
Modeling of Infectious and Lifestyle-related Diseases
Engineering Education

Dr John Pastor ANSAH

Fellow

Dr John Pastor Ansah is an Assistant Professor in the signature programme in Health Services and Systems Research, at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and a Fellow, Residential College 4, at National University of Singapore. He has a PhD in System Dynamics from University of Bergen, Norway. His current research interest lie broadly within the area of healthcare: in particular the use of dynamic simulation modeling to address strategic and operational health and social care challenges of an aging population and rapidly changing healthcare system. In addition, he is particularly interested in the use of dynamic simulation models to evaluate health system-wide impacts of complex health and social care interventions. Dr. Ansah’s work in Duke-NUS has focused on health and social care (long-term care for the elderly), health workforce planning and the use of systems thinking and modeling to engage stakeholders in the process of understanding health systems and designing solutions to support efficient delivery of health and social care services.

Dr. Ansah has worked as a consultant for the Millennium Institute and applied dynamic simulation models to national policy making and implementation. At the Millennium Institute, he developed the “Threshold 21” dynamic simulation model used in the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Green Economy Report, to analyze the impacts of sustainable green investments in supporting the transition to a global green economy. Alongside working at the Millennium Institute, he worked as a lecturer in the System Dynamics Group, at the University of Bergen in Norway.

Dr Naviyn Prabhu BALAKRISHNAN

Director of Student Life & Resident Fellow

Dr Naviyn Prabhu Balakrishnan received his PhD from NUS, in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Naviyn has also worked as a graduate research assistant in CDTL, NUS. Before coming to Singapore, Naviyn completed his MSc with distinction in Pharmaceutical Engineering at Loughborough University, UK. He received gold medal from Bharathidasan University, India for being the department topper during his undergraduate studies in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Technology. Naviyn works in the intersection of healthcare, systems engineering and pharmaceutical sciences. His specific research interests include modelling of diseases and healthcare systems which can serve as decision support tools for physicians and policy makers. He has worked in disease systems like diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis and HIV. Some of his other interests include cooking, gardening, listening to music and reading novels, stories and writing.

Dr BELLAM Sreenivasulu

Fellow

Assoc Prof CHNG Huang Hoon

Fellow

Chng Huang Hoon is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language & Literature, National University of Singapore (NUS). Her teaching and research interests lie in discourse, gender and ideology. She has taught several courses on these subjects in her teaching career at NUS, and has published several papers on the subject.

Assoc Prof Chng is the author of the book, Separate and Unequal: Judicial Rhetoric and Women’s Rights (John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 2002). In addition, she has also co-authored several papers on gender studies/classroom pedagogy (with Chitra Sankaran). She currently serves on the following editorial boards:  Teaching and Learning Inquiry, Journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), USA; International Journal for Academic Development (IJAD), USA; and Asian Journal of the Scholarship for Teaching and Learning (AJSoTL) (formerly JNUSTA) Singapore.

Assoc Prof Chng has served in various administrative appointments in the past 14 years, including Assistant Dean (External Relations, 2004-2008) and Director, Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning (2008-2012). In 2012, she assumed her current position as Associate Provost (Undergraduate Education), where she oversees all matters relating to the undergraduate curriculum, and assists both the Vice Provost (Undergraduate Education) and the Provost in various special university-level initiatives, including initiatives relating to General Education and Technology-Enhanced Education in NUS.

Assoc Prof Johan GEERTSEMA

Fellow

Assoc Prof Johan Geertsema is a Fellow of the University Scholars Programme (USP), where he has since 2001 designed and taught courses in Writing and Critical Thinking as well as Literary Studies. He has also taught, and guest lectured, in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In the USP, he served as a member of the Faculty Teaching Excellence Committee (2007-2009) and as the editor of folio, a journal that is meant to disseminate some of the best writing their students produce (2004-present). Currently, he is also the Director of the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning.

Dr Jenson GOH

Director of Studies & Resident Fellow

Dr. Jenson received his PhD (Information Systems), MSc (Computer Science) and BSc with merit (Computer Science) from the National University of Singapore in 2012, 2001 and 1997 respectively. He is certified in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Singapore Computer Society’s IT project manager, TOGAF and in all Sun Microsystems Java and Solaris certifications. He is a case study and multi-disciplinary researcher. His research strives to uncover new ways in the design of IT systems, on how organizations can address wicked problems, and on how teaching and learning in a university’s context can be reinvented, especially through the innovative use of IT. His research findings have been published in top tier Information Systems and Computer Science journals and conferences, e.g. International Conference on Information Systems; ACM SIGMOD; Journal of AIS; and VLDB Journal.

Dr. Jenson is an avid teaching case writer. He was the podium winner of the CEEMAN international case writing competition in 2014 and 2015. He was also invited by Brazilian Universities (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR) and Euvaldo Lodi Institute (IEL)) as visiting professor, to conduct a course on ‘Using case study to educate and create knowledge’ for their professors and served as their consultant for their research, teaching and entrepreneurship programmes in Nov 2015 and May 2016.

Prior to joining NUS in 2016, Dr. Jenson was a Senior Lecturer and the Head, Visual Communication with Business Programme in SIM University. He also served as the University’s eLearning strategist and evangelist. He was instrumental in driving strategic eLearning initiatives. For example, he was a member in the University’s Learning Management System Evaluation Committee, the School’s eLearning Working Committee and the Strategic Initiative team that looks at how to enhance student’s learning and support through technology. He had also played a critical role in the designing and implementing of the Singapore segment of several innovative action learning programmes for the Gordon Institution of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Dr. Jenson has extensive IT and senior management experiences. Prior to becoming an academic in 2013, he had more than 16 years of experiences in strategizing IT use as the Chief Enterprise Architect in NUS. He had won more than 20 international and national awards for his innovative use of IT to address complex business challenges. He was also consulted by the SPRING Singapore as a subject matter expert on the use of technological innovation in helping SME. He is currently serving his national service (NS) as the Head, Manpower and Logistics (NS) in the Singapore Police Force and is responsible in ensuring the operational readiness of around 1,600 Police NS officers. He is a member of the advisory board of Caregiver Asia Pte Ltd, a Singapore’s start up that has presence internationally.

Dr. Jenson has strong drive and passion in serving the society. He is a Senior Assessor for the Singapore’s Business Excellence Award and Singapore’s Service Medallion Award under SPRING Singapore. He is a member in the HomeTeamNS’s branding and publicity executive committee, the ISO/TC 176 Working Group of Quality Management and Quality Assurance and the ISO PC288 Working Group for Quality Management System for Education. He was an invited judge for the ‘SME ONE Asia Award’, the ‘SIM Management Challenge’ and the ‘Clean and Green City Township’ competitions held in Singapore.

On a personal note, Dr. Jenson is a self-proclaimed optimist, a book worm, a documentary addict and an avid half-marathon runner. He equally enjoys spending the whole day watching documentary on his cable TV and jogging long distance with his running buddies.

 

Dr Ali KADRI

Fellow

Dr. Ali Kadri is Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore. He was previously Visiting Fellow at the Department of International Development, London School of Economics (LSE) and Head of the Economic Analysis Section at the United Nations regional office for Western Asia.
His current research is on the political economy of development. His forthcoming book, provisionally titled the Theory of Forced Labour Migration, analyses the making of wage labour in the modern era.

Assoc Prof Sekhar KONDEPUDI

Fellow

Dr. Sekhar Kondepudi has 25 years of global business and product experience in a variety of technology verticals including Smart Cities, Internet of Things and Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment.

He is a Vice-Chair for the Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) developing global standards. He is active in providing strategic advisory services to both public and private sectors related to Smart Sustainable Cities, Internet of Things (IoT) and Energy Efficiency. He is also mentoring and working closely with several IoT startup companies. He is currently an Associate Professor of Smart Buildings and Smart Cities at the National University of Singapore.

He is a much sought after speaker on the topic of smart sustainable cities and building energy efficiency with presentations all across the world including Singapore, Bangkok, Pusan, Colombo, Turin, Madrid, Riyadh and Qatar. He has over 40 technical publications to his credit and has conducted multiple trainings and workshops globally.

In the past, he has led Global Product Management and Business Development for Smart+ Connected Communities (S+CC) Platform & Solutions at Cisco Systems. He headed up a team developing software, related products and solutions for Smart Buildings and Smart Cities with successful implementations in multiple global locations including Songdo, Korea.

Previously, he has been General Manager of Mobile Devices for Wind River Systems, Director of Business Development at Motorola, has worked at a variety of high tech start-ups in Silicon Valley, with the electric utilities industry at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, California and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).

Ms Elizabeth ONG Ling Lee

Resident Fellow

Elizabeth Ong Ling Lee is Lecturer and Resident Fellow at Residential College 4, NUS. Before joining the College, she held the appointment of Senior Associate Director and Head of the Research Support Unit at her alma mater, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. There, from 2011 to 2016, she helped to promote research excellence; review, award and manage research grants; plan and implement research benchmarking; and provide a range of services to support faculty research.

Elizabeth received her Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree in 2010 from the Lee Kuan Yew School, where she was an award recipient of the Dean’s List for Meritorious Achievement. It was in the MPA course that she was first introduced to System Dynamics. She created an original model on the dynamics of finding a life partner in her paper “From Singlehood to Marriage”. The paper drew attention from policy makers and led to invitations to closed-door policy discussions on marriage and parenthood issues in Singapore. Another noteworthy paper that Elizabeth wrote then was “Assisi Hospice – A Haven of Comfort in an Era of Transition and Opportunity”, a health systems analysis of the hospice. As an MPA student, she was assigned to work with Professor John Richardson as his Research Assistant. They co-wrote “The Relevance of Urban Dynamics to Singapore’s Success Story” which was presented at the International System Dynamics Conference in July 2010, and later published “The Improbable Resilience of Singapore” in Solutions Journal in 2012.

An alumnus of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in NUS and a Public Service Commission Scholar, Elizabeth studied Mathematics, English Language, Philosophy and Sociology for her Bachelor of Arts degree. She was later awarded a Diploma-in-Education (Merit) by the National Institute of Education and subsequently received a Diploma in Teaching English (Distinction in Assignments and Major Project) from the Royal Society of Arts, University of Cambridge.

Prior to joining the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Elizabeth held various teaching and educational leadership and administration positions over a span of 23 years. These include Head of the English Language Department at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Secondary (Toa Payoh), where she taught Mathematics and English Language. Elizabeth was also a Section Head at the School of Communication, Arts and Social Sciences, Singapore Polytechnic (SP), where she specialized in teaching communication and thinking skills and coordinated campus-wide core modules and initiatives. Among these were her creation of “SP Speak”, a forum discussion platform on SP website that promoted critical thinking and writing about issues related to local and global concerns; the organization of service learning for SP students; and the publication of “Be Inspired!”, a book of motivational real-life stories from and by SP students. Elizabeth has also written textbooks, educational study guides and assessment books over a period of 30 years.

With this move to Residential College 4, Elizabeth hopes to combine her passion for teaching with her research interests, which include population and family, marriage and divorce, fertility, relationships, aging, societal and personal resilience. Other interests include logical fallacies evident in everyday use, and in pseudoscience, political propaganda and advertisements.

Prof John Martin RICHARDSON, Jr

Director of Outreach & Resident Fellow

Prof John Richardson is Visiting Professor and Resident Fellow, Residential College 4, National University of Singapore. He holds concurrent appointments as Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and as a Fellow, Temasek Defense Systems Institute. His contributions in the areas of research, teaching, public policy consulting and academic administration draw upon a diverse background that includes graduate work in political science, anthropology economics and mathematics. He may be one of a relatively small number of scholar-practitioners to have held academic appointments in five academic disciplines: Political Science, Systems Engineering, Technology of Management, International Relations Theory and International Development. Before joining the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy as Visiting Professor in 2011, his principal academic appointments were at Case Western Reserve University and, for 30 years, at American University, where he was named Professor Emeritus in 2012.

He would describe the principal goal of his work, spanning more than 40 years, as making the results of rigorous public policy analysis widely accessible to policy makers and wider publics. This is reflected in the titles of six books from among those he authored or co-authored and a seventh, describing results of a project to which he was a major contributor: Partners in Development, Groping in the Dark: The First Decade of Global Modeling; Making it Happen: A Positive Guide to the Future; Ending Hunger: An Idea Whose time Has Come; Breakthrough: New Global Thinking; Paradise Poisoned: Learning About Conflict, Terrorism and Development From Sri Lanka’s Civil Wars and Lessons from the Wars.

In 1982, he was named by an international committee of the Society for Computer Simulation as “One of the Twenty Most Effective Decision-Makers in the World.” In 2012, he was named by the Balaton Group, an international network of scholars in fields related to systems and sustainability as its “Member of the Year.” In 2013, he became only the third member of the System Dynamics to receive the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. At American University he was nominated by the School of International Service as its “Scholar Teacher of the Year” on three occasions and has received numerous other awards for academic program development and service to the university community.

Dr Lynette TAN Yuen Ling

Associate Director of Student Life & Resident Fellow

Dr. Lynette Tan Yuen Ling specializes in Film Studies and teaches at the Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore. She has taught English Literature and Film Studies courses in universities in the UK and Singapore for over 12 years and currently teaches film and writing on the Ideas and Exposition Module Programme for UTown. She is also Associate Editor of English Language Teaching World Online. Her research interests include Hollywood and Singapore Cinema, Post-colonial Studies, and more recently, Gamification in Higher Education. Lynette is the author of the ‘Pittodrie Pirate’ series of books for children, and has been featured at the Singapore Writers’ Festival and leading magazines in Singapore. The books were awarded grants by the Media Development Authority of Singapore and the National Arts Council for their contributions to literacy. She was also a curator for the Singapore Film Festival.

Dr WANG Wei Yang

Fellow

Dr Wang Wei Yang received his PhD in Particle Physics with the Astroparticle Physics Group at the National University of Singapore. He was a visiting scientist to the University of Antwerp, Belgium from 2010 to 2014, and has been a CERN associate since 2014. His research involves the phenomenological modelling of quark-gluon interactions and analysing large datasets from the CMS Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator. In 2013, Dr Wang was a pioneering member of the historic NUS-CMS (CERN) agreement that the Physics Department (NUS) signed with CMS (CERN).

Dr Wang frequently speaks at particle physics and astronomical outreach activities, such as ASTRONOMY 2017 at the ArtScience Museum and the IPS-NYP Annual Astronomy Retreat. He follows and uses the latest developments in big data processing and machine learning models, especially current advances in deep learning applications.

Dr Wang is an avid traveller and trekker. His favourite locations include the Swiss Alps, the Everest and Annapurna regions in the Himalayas. He enjoys leisure rock climbing, snowboarding, and diving. He volunteers with DataKindSG, applying his data analysis skills for good social causes.

Mr WEE Sin Tho

Fellow

Mr Wee Sin Tho is a senior advisor, Office of President, National University of Singapore (NUS). An NUS alumnus who holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) degree in Economics, he was the founding Chief Investment Officer of the NUS Investment Office, which he set up in 2005.

He is a non-executive Director of Keppel T&T Ltd., UOL Group Limited, Farrer Way Pte. Ltd., ACRU China + Absolute Return Fund, Leap Philanthropy Ltd., and National Gallery Singapore and a member of the Board of Governors of Raffles Institution.

Foong Jing Fang

Executive (Admissions, Accommodation & Outreach)

Loi Hwee Fang

Assistant Manager (Finance & Financial Aid)

Tan You Cheng

Assistant Manager (Student Life, Events & Facilities)

Yong Bee Choon

Senior Manager (Curriculum & HR)

Lim Yen Mae

Level 3, House of Aquila

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Ahmad Nabil Bin Ahmad Al-Kastalani

Level 4, House of Aquila

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Truong Thanh Lan Anh

Level 5, House of Aquila

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Jolene Rachel Leong Pei Kuan

Level 6, House of Noctua

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Tan Thea Wee Adrian

Level 7, House of Noctua

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Keith Low Sheng Hng

Level 8, House of Noctua

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Claudia Loh Zhi Xian

Level 9, House of Ursa

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Abdullah Afandy Bin Khairuddin

Level 10, House of Ursa

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Ng Wei Xuan

Level 11, House of Ursa

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Siow Ying Tze

Level 12, House of Leo

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Li Pengcheng Jacob

Level 13, House of Leo

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Kiyo Tan Min

Level 14, House of Leo

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Fazrina Salauddin S S

Level 15, House of Draco

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Tan Yi Quan

Level 16, House of Draco

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Karunya Narayanamurthy

Level 17, House of Draco

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Yip Hao Yang

President

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Charmaine Lee

Vice-President (Internal)

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Loh Jia Yi

Vice-President (Outreach)

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Elsy Lim

General Secretary

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Tan Yi An

Financial Secretary

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Low Yin Yi

Director of Clubs & Societies

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Martin Tan

Director of Publicity

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Wang Zeqi

Director of Student Affairs

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Stephanie Lauw

House of Aquila (Head)

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Elaine Lim

House of Aquila (Vice-Head)

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Angela Tan

House of Draco (Head)

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Cherrie Kin

House of Draco (Vice-Head)

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Jonathan Low

House of Leo (Head)

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Arisa Otsuka

House of Leo (Vice-Head)

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Jui Chougule

House of Noctua (Head)

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Jennifer Ho

House of Noctua (Vice-Head)

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Amrutheshwar Natarajan

House of Ursa (Head)

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Amanda Tan

House of Ursa (Vice-Head)

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