Harvard Faculty and Alumni Dinner
by Rajeswari Rush Ramanee
The conclusion of the 1st Asia Leadership Forum on May 19 saw the Harvard faculty speakers and the alumni of Harvard Club Malaysia get together for a celebratory dinner at the Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa. The American ambassador to Malaysia, HE Mrs. Kamala Lakhdir, the Czech Republic ambassador to Malaysia, HE Rudolf Hykl, the Turkish ambassador to Malaysia HE Mrs. Merve Kavakci, and SEG’s Executive Director Dr. Elizabeth Lee highlighted the list of notable, high-profile guests during the friendly get together. CAL Co-Founder and Director of International Affairs John Lim emceed the proceedings, while CAL President Samuel Kim delivered the opening remarks. Tan Sri Dr. Ramon Navaratnam, Corporate Adviser to Sunway Group spoke of his fond memories during his stint as a Harvard student, a sentiment shared by other alumni present when they also gave their own speeches, their excellencies Mrs. Lakhdir and Mrs. Kavakci. A 4-piece jazz band complimented the 8-course Chinese dinner, while the attending alumni shared their old Harvard stories. The celebrations for the night continued on with presentation of tokens of appreciation for the Harvard and Stanford speakers as other guests enjoyed private networking sessions among themselves.