Tide Turners: Facing Uncertainty with Resilience

NAA 2021 Webinar
23 Oct 2021 05.30 PM - 06.30 PM Virtual Alumni, Current Students
Organised by:
University Advancement Office

Join the Nanyang Alumni Awards pre-ceremony webinar to hear amazing stories of three outstanding Nanyang Alumni Awards honourees who faced hurdles in their lives and overcame them with resilience to succeed.


Tommy Ong 
Dr Tommy Ong (MAE/2005, NTC/2005 & 2006) 

Dr Tommy Ong is the co-founder of Resvenus, an R&D lab and online retailer of innovative health dietary supplement and beauty functional foods. Coming from a humble background, Dr Ong was motivated to take the entrepreneurial path by an overwhelming desire to change his own circumstances. In his first start-up experience, one of his co-founders misappropriated more than $80,000 of the company’s funds invested by an angel investor. With funds running low, Dr Ong soldiered on alone in Malaysia, and without even a proper bed to sleep on. Over the past 14 years, he was also nearly made a bankrupt no less than three times. Today, Resvenus has an automated fulfilment warehouse in Singapore and offices Kuala Lumpur and Guangzhou with distribution partners in more than 12 countries covering Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Gary Goh 
Mr Gary Goh (MAE/2009)

Never a top student, Mr Goh would dedicate extra hours to studying at night in various NTU libraries and spaces on campus. To pay for his expenses as an undergraduate, he also became a basketball coach for schools. With a strong interest in finance, Mr Goh started his career in 2009 as an investor relations consultant in Singapore, despite graduating with an engineering degree. He would go on to become a Section Head, Equity Capital Markets, at RHB Investment Bank. At the age of 32, Mr Goh was made CEO of Bursa Malaysia-listed Hexza Corporation Berhad and this made him one of the youngest CEOs of a listed company in Malaysia. Under his leadership, Hexza won the Best Under Billion Awards (Best Cashflow) in 2017. In 2019, he was made CEO of Paragon Globe Berhad, the Johor Bahru-headquartered property-based conglomerate with business interests spanning property development, hospitality, retail, healthcare and education.

Nur Syahidah Binte Alim 
Ms Nur Syahidah Binte Alim (WKWSCI/2013)

Born with cerebral palsy, Ms Syahidah has never let her disability stop her. Indeed, she is a national athlete and was part of Singapore’s first-ever archery squad at the 2015 ASEAN Para Games. There, she made further history by winning gold in the Women’s Compound and Mixed Team Compound events. Remarkably, she only picked up archery aged 18 and it was another 11 years before she decided to do it competitively. Ms Syahidah has since gone on to compete, and win medals, at a number of other events. She also became the first female archer to represent Singapore at the Paralympic Games, placing a credible seventh out of 17 contestants at the Rio Paralympics in 2016. She also represented Singapore in the recent Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Ms Syahidah was also crowned Sportswoman of the Year in 2020 at the Singapore Disability Sports Awards (SDSA) presented by Haw Par Corporation.