Semester: 

Richard Giam

Year MMC'10:

As senior associate director at Singapore Management University’s office of advancement, Richard is passionate about networking and corporate fundraising. 

His responsibilities include reaching out to donors and matching their philanthropic wishes with those of the university.

“It’s an opportunity to give back and create an impact,” said the 42-year-old, who graduated from WKWSCI with both a bachelor (CS’00) and master’s degree.

Richard said his major in advertising and public relations has helped him think creatively in his work. “In fundraising, you need to know how to communicate, understand what makes people move, and think about how to add value to others, instead of taking from them,” he said.

Outside of work, Richard is a certified neuro-linguistic programming practitioner and holds an advanced certificate in training and assessment. He conducts free-of-charge seminars for individuals and businesses wishing to apply NLP - an approach to communication, personal development and psychotherapy - to achieve success. 

“Besides giving money, one way to impact others is through motivational talks where you can inspire people. You may not change them entirely, but you can shift some of their mindsets.”