Chairman, Sunway Group
Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, AO, is the founder and chairman of Sunway Group, one of Malaysia’s leading property-construction groups with 12 established business divisions spanning 50 locations worldwide.
He has been conferred nine (9) honorary doctorates by leading universities worldwide. In 2007, he established the framework of Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF) and in 2009, transferred the entire ownership of Sunway Education Group of institutions worth more than RM720 million (now in excess of RM1 billion) to the JCF in perpetuity. JCF was launched by the Prime Minister of Malaysia on 18 March 2010 in the presence of the foundation’s patron, His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor.
The field of education is a personal passion of Tan Sri Cheah, where generous benefactions have been made through JCF including the establishment of the Jeffrey Cheah Professorship and the Jeffrey Cheah Funds for Southeast Asia Studies, in perpetuity, at Harvard University; Jeffrey Cheah Professorial Fellowships, also in perpetuity, at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford, as well as strategic partnerships with Lancaster University and Le Cordon Bleu. Through the JCF, the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia was established to facilitate two-way flow of scholars and researchers between Sunway Education Group and these world-class institutions, in conducting and promoting joint research and teaching on the economies, societies, politics and cultures of Southeast Asia. Monash University Malaysia was established by Tan Sri Cheah in partnership with Monash University Australia. In April 2016, the JCF entered into a collaboration with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network Association (SDSN) to establish the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development at Sunway University towards advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.
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).
Amongst Tan Sri Cheah’s growing list of awards and conferments: twice listed as one of Malaysia’s Heroes of Philanthropy by Forbes Asia (2009 and 2015); Channel NewsAsia Lifetime Achieve Luminary Award 2016; member of Harvard’s Committee on University Resources, and Global Advisory Council, Harvard University; appointed national member of the Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC) led by the Prime Minister of Malaysia; Prominent Player Award by the Malaysian Construction Industry Development Board 2014; Officer of the Order of Australia (“AO”) by the Prime Minister of Australia; Honorary Assistant Commissioner of Police by Malaysia’s Inspector General of Police, and the first Malaysian recipient of the Dayawati Modi Awards for Art, Culture and Education. He is also the Chairman and Co-Founder of Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (“ASLI”).