Yale Club of Singapore: Strategies to Increase Adoption of Welfare-Improving Behaviours in Developing Countries

Strategies to Increase Adoption of Welfare-Improving...

Yale-NUS College

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (Singapore Standard Time Singapore Time)


Yale-NUS Lecture on Global Affairs

Sponsored by Professor Saw Swee Hock

Eighty percent of the world’s population lives in developing countries. Living conditions are often dire: almost 2.5 billion people live on less than $2 per day, over one billion remain without access to electricity. A central puzzle in development is that effective, inexpensive technologies with the potential to address many of these problems exist, but are often not adopted or used. Prominent examples include health products, along with financial services, agricultural technologies, and other rational response behaviours that improve economic productivity. This lecture will explore different aspects of these low-adoption problems and their development consequences. It will draw on Professor Mobarak’s pioneering research, based on microeconomic models of technology adoption and behaviour change, in Asia and Africa.


5.30 pm  – Tea reception

6.30 pm  – Yale-NUS Lecture on Global Affairs


About the Speaker

Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, is a Professor of Economics at Yale University with concurrent appointments in the School of Management. Mobarak has several ongoing research projects in Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Malawi. He conducts field experiments that explore ways to induce people in developing countries to adopt technologies or behaviors that are likely to be welfare improving. He received a Carnegie Fellowship in 2017.


Yale Club of Singapore: Informal Gathering

Date and time: 5th Sept 2018 (Wednesday), 10am-1:30pm
Locations:  The Peranakan Museum is located at 39 Armenian Street (City Hall or Bras Basah MRT). The second location is Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe, which is located on the NUS Campus at 29 Hang Mui Keng Terrace (06-21 Ground Floor).
Cost: Pay as you go
Registration: Please RSVP by Friday, August 31, to leighanna@reichenbach.org

New to Singapore?  Still finding your feet here?  Been meaning to explore the city, but haven’t had the chance?  Then come join us for an informal monthly gathering to welcome Yalies to the Little Red Dot.

For our inaugural meet up, we’ll dip into Peranakan (meaning “locally born” in Malay) culture and food.  Meeting at the Peranakan Museum at 10:00 a.m., we’ll spend an hour or so exploring this rich hybrid of ethnic traditions before heading by car or shared Grab rides to the NUS campus for a Peranakan lunch at Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe. Join for part or all of the experience, as your time permits.

6 July 2018: Yale-NUS team emerges champion in Shell’s Imagine the Future Scenarios Competition

On 5 March 2018, a team of Yale-NUS students emerged champions in the regional finals of Shell’s Imagine the Future Scenarios competition.

The team, comprising Joshua Phua, Adila Sayyed, Benyamin Jamieson (all Class of 2019), Wen Kin Lim, Aditya Karkera and Ann Chen (all Class of 2020), impressed the judges with their rich references to history and comprehensive exploration of how technology, politics, society and individual choices will shape the future.

Since 2016, Shell has organised this competition for university students to imagine the future of more and cleaner energy in Asian cities and how it will change the way people live, work and play. This year, the theme of the competition was ‘More and cleaner energy in urban Asian and Middle Eastern homes in 2050: How we live, work, and play.’



Indonesian Voters Debate Globalization

Indonesian President Joko Widodo meets with President Xi Jinping during a visit to China; Islamist group protests against the Indonesian government

Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation and Asia’s fifth largest economy, is “a sprawling, 3,000-year-old civilization with more than 360 ethnicities, 707 languages and dozens of religions,” writes foreign policy analyst Niruban Balachandran. “Perhaps this diversity and openness to trade and exchange contribute to Indonesians’ surprising embrace of globalization.” That is not to say that the country escapes the pressures of economic nationalism, including price controls or worries about foreign workers competing for jobs. President Joko Widodo and Indonesians appreciate the benefits of new infrastructure associated with China’s Belt and Road Initiative and other foreign investments, but worry about debt, overwhelming controls and big cultural changes. Indonesia’s subnational elections in late June and national election in 2019 are a referendum on how the government manages globalization, and whether all segments of society will benefit, as the economy is on pace to being among the world’s top five economies before 2050. – YaleGlobal

In Search of the Real Indo-Pacific

What’s in a name? US Defense Secretary James N. Mattis explains the geopolitical significance of the Indo-Pacific region while India’s Premier Narendra Modi downplays political significance

Global powers express renewed interest in the Indo-Pacific, and intentions are divided over strategies that could counter China or entice Chinese participation. The Indo-Pacific region dominated discussions at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, even more so than the summit between leaders of North Korea and the United States, explains Donald K. Emmerson, director of the Southeast Asia Program at Stanford University. Ministers. Delegates from more than 50 nations gathered at the security summit organized by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, June 1 to 3. Parties with an interest in the region rush to frame possibilities: India’s prime minister denied viewing the region as strategic or exclusive while the US defense secretary linked geography and ideology. Emmerson advises pragmatism. The Indo-Pacific is unlikely to rival China’s far-reaching Belt and Road Initiative, and the US already struggles with close G7 allies on supporting an international rule-based order. Emmerson concludes, “the temptation to read multilateral diplomatic content into a map of the ‘Indo-Pacific’ drawn in Washington should be resisted.” – YaleGlobal

Yale Club of Singapore: Building Your Career Panel

Co-organized by Yale Club along with the local alumni associations of Carnegie-Mellon and MIT

Join us for a great evening where an accomplished panel will share stories and insights on what made them successful in their respective career paths.

Panel comprises:

  • Allan Lim – CEO of Alpha Biofuels and Co-Founder of Comcrop and The Living! Project; Domain: Entrepreneurship, clean energy and urban farming
  • Hongyi Li – Deputy Director at GovTech; Domain: Government and technology
  • Katherine Krummert – Deputy Director, Corporate Communications and Commercial Management, High Speed Rail, Land Transport Authority of Singapore; Domain: Corporate communications, transport and government

Date: 26th July 2018 (Thursday)
Time: 7-9pm
Venue: Microsoft Office, Level 21 Auditorium, 1 Marina Boulevard, S(018989)
Registration: Access the Facebook page at bit.ly/buildingyourcareer or if you do not have a Facebook account, you can email President Sarah Ong at sarah.ong@aya.yale.edu

Event is free and open to the public.

Yale Club of Singapore: Yale-Columbia Mixer

Chill with Columbia alums and other Yalies at the bar of the elegant and new Six Senses Duxton hotel, which seeks to evoke Asian history through its architecture and furnishings. There will be a specially curated menu with wine, cocktail, beer and non-alcoholic options, as well as bar bites. Guests are also invited to order from the more extensive food and beverage menu offered.

Date: 19 July 2018 (Thursday)
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Hotel bar on first floor, Six Sense Duxton, 83 Duxton Road, Singapore 089540
Cost: Cash bar for all food and drinks
RSVP/Queries: Email President Sarah Ong at sarah.ong@aya.yale.edu

Yale Club of Singapore: Ivy League Gala 2018, the first in Singapore

The Ivy League is hosting its first ever gala in Singapore!!

Save the date: 10 November 2018
Venue: The Hilton, 581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883 Singapore
Ticket will be on sale via each alumni club and space will be limited. There will be an early bird discount. Please stay tuned.
Activities: Apart from a three-course dinner, wine and good company, there will be plenty of entertainment planned for the evening. Come join everyone for a good night of fun!

Ivy League Gala planning committee
This year’s inaugural Ivy League Gala in Singapore is planned by all the alumni clubs of the Ivy League universities and led by Columbia and UPenn. We are calling out for volunteers to help plan the event. It will be an excellent opportunity to work alongside the alumni of the other universities. Choosing the theme, asking for sponsorship, searching for DJ, and designing the evening’s program are several ways you can help out.

Please reach out to Yale social chair keira.lu@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the planning committee

Yale Club of Singapore: Yale-Brown Joint Day of Service

The Ivy League is hosting its first ever gala in Singapore!!

Date: 14 July 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 12 noon – 6pm (volunteer session noon-4pm, Yale and Brown grabbing a bite together 4-6pm)
Venue: meet at 12 noon at Willing Hearts, 11 Jalan Ubi, BLK 6, #01-51 Kembangan – Chai Chee Community Hub, walking distance from Eunos MRT station

We have got a fun Yale-Brown joint volunteer event at Willing Hearts. Many of you know Willing Hearts, but for those who do not, it’s a terrific non-profit charity that prepares, cooks and delivers 5,000 meals to the poor, sick and elderly in Singapore every day.  For more details, please see this link.

Families are welcome to join.  After the event, we’ll grab a bite at a nearby eatery.  

To sign up for the event, please RSVP by clicking on this link and providing your details.  If you have questions, please contact Yale social chair Keira at keira.lu@gmail.com