Saturday, August 9, 2008

Who is Nathaniel Koh?

Knowing the person behind a blog is as important as knowing the purpose of the blog.

With the veil of the Internet, anonymity is easy. It is a choice. I choose to establish credibility with my words, and responsibility with my choice of words.

Since August 2006, I have been pursuing a degree in Information Systems Management at the Singapore Management University (SMU). In SMU, students can choose to study a second major. My second major is in Political Science.

In September 2007, I was elected by my peers into the council and executive committee of the SMU Students' Association, the student government of the university. At the subsequent internal elections of the council, I was elected as the Honorary Finance Secretary of the executive committee. My term of office began on 1st January 2008 and ended on 31st December of the same year.

Prior to my election into student government, I had served in various leadership positions in Toastmasters International, a worldwide organisation dedicated to helping people from all walks of life realise their communication and leadership potential.

In May 2006, at the annual convention of District 80, which covers Toastmasters clubs in Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, and Thailand, I was elected into the position of Division S Governor by a margin of 192-36 votes. As the Division S Governor, I was responsible for the success of one of five Divisions of Toastmasters clubs in Singapore. My term of office was from 1st July 2006 to 30th June 2007.

Other positions of leadership in Toastmasters that I have served in are: (All terms of office are from 1st July to 30th June)

2006 - 2007: President, Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club
2005 - 2006: Vice-President Education, Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club
2005 - 2006: Area S4 Governor, District 80
2002 - 2003: Division S Secretary, District 51
2002 - 2003: President, Temasek Polytechnic Toastmasters Club
2001 - 2002: Vice-President Education, Temasek Polytechnic Toastmasters Club

Having been of service to my peers in Toastmasters and SMU, I have gained invaluable experience in leadership and communication. It is through such experiences that I hope to bring about a betterment to our society.

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