Chairman, Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI)


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.

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.