Singapore connections

Get connected with other UQ Business, Economics and Law Alumni living in Singapore.

There is a vibrant community of UQ alumni living in Singapore, including a team of dedicated volunteer ambassadors who are eager to build the community and remain connected to UQ.  There are opportunities to connect with fellow alumni at events and through social media platforms, providing key industry contacts, mentors and employment opportunities from the wider business community.

Singapore Alumni Ambassadors

 


Suyin Lee

Suyin Lee

Chair, Singapore Alumni Ambassador Council
Managing Director, Discova

UQ qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce 1989, MBA 2001

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Suyin’s area of specialty is within travel management and retailing, particularly start-up ventures and new market entry. She spearheaded Flight Centre Travel Group’s entry into China and Singapore and helped establish the Group’s travel businesses in these markets. Suyin is a Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Association of Corporate Travel Executives.

She has some wise words of wisdom for new graduates, “Be passionate about what you do, set realistic expectations and be prepared to work hard as all employers value a good work ethic. Don’t be afraid to take risks as your career is a journey, not a destination. Resilience and tenacity will get you far.”

Her favourite professor at UQ was Professor Victor Callan, whom she studied under as part of her MBA program.

Travel, walking/hiking and being in the company of friends and family is how Suyin enjoys her time away from work.

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Siobhan CoolSiobhan Cool

Deputy Chair, Singapore Alumni Ambassador Council
International Company Secretary, Telstra International

UQ qualifications: Master of Laws 2003

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Siobhan Cool is currently International Company Secretary at Telstra International.

Prior to her current role, Siobhan was Senior Legal and Compliance Counsel at Mundipharma. Her role encompassed Regional Counsel for Supply Chain and Research & Development within Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa; and Country Counsel to Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Siobhan was previously Principal Consultant and Managing Director of Cool Consults Pte Ltd for thirteen years, serving the banking, aviation, engineering, IT and pharmaceutical industries. Prior to this, she was General Counsel & Group Company Secretary for both Avation PLC and Skywest Airlines Lty Ptd for 9 years.

Working as a sole practitioner Barrister-at-Law from 1997 to 2003, Siobhan was a trial and appellate advocate in civil and criminal jurisdictions of all Australian State and Federal Courts in the areas of corporate, commercial, intellectual property, criminal, administrative and employment law.

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Geoff Howie

Geoff Howie

Director, SGX
UQ qualifications: Bachelor of Economics 1994, Master Economic Studies 1996

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Geoff Howie is currently a Director at SGX, with more than 20 years of experience in financial markets and economics. His areas of specialty include the global stock market, Federal Reserve history, Asia financial economics, equity capital markets and real estate investment trusts.

Geoff is the creator and author of the SGX My Gateway Report which highlights local market highlights and developments, serving investors since 2012. The report is one of the most read in the Singapore financial markets with one of the largest subscriber bases.

Geoff has led numerous content campaigns for SGX and is a leading market communicator to the investing public. He pens the weekly Inside Insights column in the Business Times, in addition to speaking with Money FM 89.3 every Friday for the Market View Roundup.

Prior to his role at SGX, Geoff held lead Broking and Market Strategist roles across the Asia Pacific offices of the world’s largest Futures and Options broker. He complemented his dealer profile with the provision of frequent market outlooks, educational events and media engagements. Geoff’s other notable merits include receiving two Hong Kong Securities Institute Outstanding Achievers awards for the 2005 year.

He has also served as the Treasury Adviser to the Leader of the Queensland Liberal Party in Queensland Parliament.

A career highlight for Geoff occurred when he was a global derivatives broker in Singapore in 2010. Geoff said, “I made a contra-call for yields of Japanese Government Bonds to spike higher on 6 Oct 2010 via the media (Bloomberg). The yields of the trillion-dollar market turned that day, rallied into the end of the year, and did not return to those 6 Oct lows for almost two years."

“Rather than a market highlight, I feel this was a career highlight as I was empowered in that broking role, and highly appreciative that so many of all the common traits we all look for in a job and our line manager were in place. The responses from global investors to that contra-call on the Japanese Government Bonds helped to augment the dealing desks’ competitive position even further.”

Geoff’s advice to economic graduates is, “Amongst all those lectures and tutorials, do remember what lessons stood out the most to you? Embed those lessons and develop your own philosophy on how they do or don’t apply to the world. The world needs much more inclusive economic growth, and the more ideas, interpretations and challenges to the status quo, the greater the scope in Australia’s products and services, which can drive trade and GDP.”

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Hoon Sun Loh

Hoon Sun Loh

Senior Advisor, Phillip Securities Pte Ltd
UQ qualifications: Certificate in Accountancy 1962, Diploma in Commerce 1963, Bachelor of Economics (Hons) 1964

Professional memberships and certifications
Fellow, CPA Australia
Chartered Accountant, Malaysian Institute of Accountants
Fellow, Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants
Fellow, Singapore Institute of Directors
Member, CFA Society Singapore

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Hoon Sun Loh has been with Phillip Securities Pte Ltd since 1990, first as Managing Director and now Senior Advisor.

Hoon Sun has had diverse work experience in various industries including auditing, plantation, mining, timber, oil, banking and finance. Before Phillip Securities, he was Executive Vice-President and Head of Overseas Union Bank’s Treasury and Investment Banking and Chairman of OUB Investment Management Ltd.

He has served as Chairman of the Gold Exchange of Singapore; Board Member of the Singapore International Monetary Exchange (SIMEX); Stock Exchange of Singapore; Securities Industry Council; Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA); and GST Board of Review; and Member of Alexandra Hospital Medifund Committee. He is also a Past President of Chung Ling High School Alumni (Singapore) Association; CPA Australia, Singapore Division; and Australian Alumni Singapore.

Currently, Hoon Sun is a Member of the Advisory Panel, Governance and Transparency Index, National University of Singapore Business School; and School of Economics Advisory Board, The University of Queensland.

He has been awarded the Life Membership by CPA Australia; International Alumnus of the Year by The University of Queensland; IBF Distinguished Fellow by Institute of Banking and Finance; Gold Medal by Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants; and Leadership Award by CFA Society Singapore.

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Christine Low

Christine Low

Director, Peter Low & Choo LLC
UQ qualifications: Bachelor of Laws 2011

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Christine is a Director, Advocate and Solicitor at Peter Low & Choo LLC and has been involved in the firm’s high-profile public interest litigation and criminal litigation. Christine also handles corporate and commercial advisory matters for private clients and companies. Christine joined Peter Low & Choo LLC in late 2011. Prior to 2011, Christine had been mentored by Peter Low while working as one of his Legal Executives since late 2006.

Professionally, Christine has served on the Council of the Law Society of Singapore since 2016. She has served in varying capacities on several sub-committees of the Law Society of Singapore, including the Young Lawyers’ sub-committee and Alternative Dispute Resolution sub-committee. Christine is currently Co-Chairperson of the Small Law Firms sub-committee.

Christine believes in giving back to the community and volunteers with various Community Legal Clinics. Christine has also been invited to conduct seminars on divorce and family matters for non-profit organisations.

Christine enjoys working with youths. From 2012 to 2014, Christine volunteered as a Panellist – and subsequently qualified as Senior Panellist – with the National Youth Council’s Young Change Makers Scheme (YCM), which allowed her the opportunity to work with, mentor and positively impact youths in their pursuit of projects that benefit the community.

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