Channel NewsAsia honoured Sunway Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, with the Lifetime Achievement Luminary Award, the highest tribute by the Singapore-based news organization in recognition of his inspiring achievements and contributions to the industry and the education sector.
Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah received the award at the Luminary Awards 2016 Gala Dinner held at the Fullerton Hotel, Singapore, which was an invitation-only event attended by guests from around the region including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Taiwan.
The Channel NewsAsia Luminary Awards is an annual event that celebrates the region’s brightest minds in business. The gala event is the culmination of a rigorous eight-month process comprising selection, nomination and evaluation by a panel of jury comprising renowned management strategists, academics and corporate personalities who handpick the winners.
“This year, the highest tribute of the Lifetime Achievement Luminary Award is bestowed on Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah for his distinguished success in business and his lifelong dedication to sustainable development and education, impacting and inspiring the lives of many,” MediaCorp Singapore said in a statement.
“Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah’s lifelong dedication to sustainable development is evident in the host of thriving communities throughout Sunway’s integrated developments and townships totaling some 5,000 acres across Malaysia,” it added.
Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah is the founder and chairman of the Sunway Group, a leading property-construction conglomerate with 14,000 employees and business presence across 50 locations worldwide.
Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah is also the Founding Trustee of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, Malaysia’s largest education-focused social enterprise. The not-for-profit Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, owns and governs the 12 educational institutions of the Sunway Education Group worth more than RM 1 billion, and is committed to elevating the quality of education in the country, in perpetuity. The Jeffrey Cheah Foundation has awarded more than RM210 million in scholarships to thousands of deserving students to-date. Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah hopes to award more than RM1 billion in scholarships in his lifetime.
In addition, Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah has been appointed as a member of Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council and Committee on University Resources (COUR). He is also an Honorary Fellow of Brasenose, University of Oxford, and the first Malaysian to have his name inscribed on the Benefactors’ Wall at the Great Gate of Caius College in the University of Cambridge, which had recorded the names of its greatest benefactors since 1348.
More recently, Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah received the Dayawati Modi Award for Art, Culture and Education in recognition of his philanthropic efforts and meritorious contribution to education. Previous recipients include Dalai Lama and Mother Theresa.
He has also been named for a second time (previously in 2009) as Forbes Asia Heroes of Philantrophy and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Sin Chew, a leading Chinese language media organization in recent months.