Volunteer Interview Series – Week 5

In this week’s volunteer interview series we feature a VERY SPECIAL volunteer –   Virginia Brumby MBA’09J, ExCo member for social events and IAF, and recent recipient of the esteemed 2021 INSEAD Alumni Volunteer Leader Award

Virginia’s volunteering work has been instrumental to the success of numerous IAA programmes and initiatives over the past 12 years. Read about her journey and some of her most memorable moments.

2021 EGM – Electronic Voting Notice

Notice is hereby given that electronic voting will be conducted for the 1st Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of ‘The INSEAD Club of Singapore’.

We require the participation of IAA Singapore members to vote on 3 motions:

  1. To release funds of upto SGD 25,000 to seek legal advice on the future structure of ‘The INSEAD Club of Singapore’. Click here for details.
  2. Vote in Abdullah (Apo) Ozkececi, MCCC’19Dec-S as Vice-President (as required by the IAA SG Constitution Article VI.A.4).
  3. Vote in Vibhor Gupta, EMBA’21Jan as Secretary (as required by the IAA SG Constitution Article VI.A.4)

Members will receive an email from [email protected] on 16th November 2021 with the subject: INSEAD Alumni Association Singapore EGM 2021 – Voting. Do check your SPAM folder if you have not received this email. Voting ends on 3 December 2021 at 7.45 p.m.

Results of the votes will be announced at the virtual EGM. This event is for IAA SINGAPORE members only. You can register for the event here.

If you have any questions/feedback, please write to President, Jaz Athenia Chua TIEMBA’16Jan;Vice President-Elect, Abdullah (Apo) Ozkececi MCCC’19Dec-S; Treasurer Amy Xu MBA’14J or Secretary-elect Vibhor Gupta EMBA’21Jan


We thank the below outgoing Executive Council members for their contributions:

  • Board Member for Marketing and Communication– Jean-Francois Legourd, MBA’12D for serving 3 years in this role and we wish him success in his start-up.
  • Board Member for Clubs– Julie He, MBA’13D for serving 2 years in this role. We wish her tons of energy for her new baby and continued happiness for her family.
  • Secretary– Brad Fraser, MAP’18Apr for his time and effort serving as Secretary and welcome his continued volunteering efforts as a mentor in our mentorship programs.

Volunteer Interview Series – week 3

This week’s volunteer interview series features Vineet Kumar GEMBA 2018, an IAA Singapore mentor specialising in early talent and entrepreneurship. Read about his predictions on work trends post Covid, advice for alumni thinking about volunteering, and more. 

Current job title and company: Senior Director- Industry Marketing (Asia Pacific & Japan), SAP.
IAA Singapore volunteering position: Mentor specialising in early talent and Entrepreneurship
Length you have been volunteering for: 3 years
Reason for volunteering and key takeaways: I’ve always had the privilege of learning from industry leaders and wanted to share this positive experience with others. In collaboration with my mentees, the mentorship process has also helped me understand new challenges and find innovative solutions.
Interesting fact about yourself: I joined INSEAD wanting to gain the insights and skills to start my own entrepreneurship journey however, after attending the “New Business venture” course in San Francisco, I decided to pursue venture investing instead. Currently I’m an angel investor in multiple companies across Asia, using my experience to help them scale their business.
Predictions on work trends post Covid: I feel Covid has helped society realise we need to take time out to celebrate life. I also don’t see people returning to work in an office like before. Working from a beach shack, mountain hut or jungle pod, will become mainstream instead.
Ideas on how we can support fellow alumni facing significant challenges during the pandemic: Everyone has been impacted by the pandemic in more ways than we can imagine. We should create a community for engagement and sharing that brings everyone closer and provides comfort without being judged.
Advice to members thinking about volunteering: Get on-board, don’t overthink. Knowledge increases in multiple ways when it’s shared.
What book are you reading? Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins. It’s a story of a disadvantaged child who achieved great results through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work. I’m seeking inspiration from this astonishing life story and stay hungry to pursue my dreams.