Chairman of ASLI and Sunway Group, Malaysia
Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, AO, is the founder and chairman of Sunway Group, one of Malaysia’s leading conglomerates with core interests in real estate and construction, with 12 business divisions spanning 50 locations worldwide.
He has been conferred ten (10) honorary doctorates by leading universities in the world. In 2007, he established the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF) and in 2009, he endowed it with all his equity in the 12 institutions of the Sunway Education Group (SEG), valued at more than RM720 million, in perpetuity. The JCF is now worth in excess of RM1 billion with 16 institutions. The JCF was officially launched by the Prime Minister of Malaysia on 18 March 2010 in the presence of the Foundation’s Royal Patron, His Royal Highness Sultan of Selangor. The JCF is now Malaysia’s largest education-focused social enterprise, and continues to provide and sustain quality education for posterity. More than RM270 million in scholarships have been awarded to thousands of deserving scholars to-date. The JCF has since fostered collaborative partnerships with world’s top institutions including Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge and facilitated two-way flow of scholars and researchers between Sunway Education Group and the world-class institutions towards elevating benchmarks for teaching and research in this part of the world.
He was appointed by the Minister of Education to Malaysia’s education panel which reviews the nation’s education system; and is the Founding Trustee of the Malaysian Liver Foundation, National Kidney Foundation, Board of Mahathir Science Award Foundation, Razak School of Government, Perdana Leadership Foundation, and recently the Founding Chair of the 30% Club (Malaysia).
Tan Sri Cheah has also been been recognised twice as Forbes Asia Heroes of Philanthropy in 2009 and 2015 for his outstanding philanthropic work in contributing to worthy causes.
Amongst Tan Sri Cheah’s growling list of awards and conferment are: Prominent Player Award by the Malaysian Construction Industry Development Board 2014; The Edge Billion Ringgit Club Value Creator; Officer of the Order of Australia (“AO”) by the Prime Minister of Australia; and Honorary Assistant Commissioner of Police by Malaysia’s Inspector-General of Police. He is also the Chairman and Co-Founder of Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (“ASLI”).
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