Founder and Chairman

TAN SRI DR JEFFREY CHEAH AO
TAN SRI DR JEFFREY CHEAH AO

TAN SRI DR. JEFFREY CHEAH AO

Founder and Chairman, Sunway Group

Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah AO is the visionary founder and chairman of Sunway Group, a leading Malaysian conglomerate with core interests in property, construction, education, and healthcare.

He is also the founder and trustee of Malaysia’s largest education-focused social enterprise, the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF). His lifelong dedication to sustainable development is evident in the thriving communities throughout Sunway’s integrated developments and townships, sprawling more than 5,000 acres across Malaysia.

Sustainability is nurtured not only in developments and townships, but also through the realisation of dreams: Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah AO is a champion and advocate of quality education, making it accessible to deserving students through JCF scholarships.

A Passion for Education

As an ardent enthusiast for quality education as the driver of socio-economic growth towards fostering peace and prosperity in the country, Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah AO sets his eyes on democratising education as his legacy. Fulfilling his personal life philosophy to “aspire to inspire before he expires”, he has transferred, in perpetuity, the equity and rights of Sunway Education Group’s (SEG) educational institutions, worth several billion Ringgits, into the JCF.

Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah AO’s vision to transform SEG into the intellectual and cultural hub of the East has seen JCF establishing academic ties with some of the world’s preeminent universities including University of Cambridge, Harvard University, and University of Oxford.

The appointment of two Jeffrey Cheah Professors at each of these universities and the provision of travel grants aim to facilitate a two-way flow of scholars and researchers between the world-class institutions and the Southeast Asian region.

He is also the mastermind behind the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia (JCI), the first public-policy think tank based in a private university in Malaysia, to conduct and promote joint research and teaching on economies, societies, politics, and cultures in Southeast Asia.

JCF Scholarships
awarded RM538 million and counting

Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah AO’s
personal aim

is to award RM1 billion worth of scholarships in his lifetime

Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia (JCI)
Malaysia’s first public-policy think tank based in a private university

Progressing the Healthcare Landscape

In the healthcare sector, it all began with Sunway Medical Centre. What started as a single tower at Sunway City Kuala Lumpur in 1999 has expanded to five towers, becoming Malaysia’s largest private hospital.

This achievement has been recognised, having received international awards that rank Sunway Medical Centre alongside the established Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok and above Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

Sunway’s healthcare division has already expanded to the Velocity township in Cheras, Kota Damansara, and Singapore, with plans for new centres in Seberang Jaya, mainland Penang, Sunway City Ipoh, and Sunway City Iskandar Puteri in Johor.

The partnerships with renowned educational institutions have led to the establishment of Malaysia’s first private teaching hospital linked with Cambridge University Medical School.

Other prestigious partnerships include one formed among Sunway University, Sunway Medical Centre, and Harvard Medical School that has inspired the development of the annual Southeast Asia Leadership (SEAL) programme. This programme empowers healthcare leaders and frontline clinicians in the region to provide the highest standards of care. More recently, Sunway Medical Centre also partnered with the Royal College of Physicians London to host a centre featuring the world’s most renowned specialists, covering the latest trends and developments in acute and general medicine.

Scholarships

Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia’s largest private hospital with close to 1,200 beds

Scholarships

Partnerships with Cambridge University Medical School, Harvard Medical School and Royal College of Physicians London

Scholarships

An award-winning healthcare facility named as Medical Tourism Hospital of the Year in the Asia-Pacific region

Sustainable Future

Building a Sustainable Future

Taking a momentous step forward in the sustainability agenda, Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah AO through the JCF, has partnered with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) led by Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, a renowned economist and a champion of sustainable development. Together, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were developed.

The partnership sets the foundation for the establishment of the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development at Sunway University.

The Center is a regional hub for research and policy practices, creating world-class programmes related to sustainable development to train a new generation of students, practitioners, and policy leaders, as well as to develop links with major Malaysian and international universities in seeking effective solutions to SDG-related issues.

The Center also serves as the host for SDSN Malaysia, chaired by Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah AO. SDSN Malaysia was launched in 2013 to elevate awareness and implementation of sustainable solutions in Malaysia, and beyond.

An exemplary partnership
Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah AO and Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development
A regional hub for research and policy

SDSN Malaysia
For awareness and the implementation of sustainable solutions in Malaysia and beyond.

Dato Jeffrey Cheah

Achievements and Accolades

Besides being conferred 11 honorary doctorates by leading universities worldwide, he was also appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (“AO”) by the Prime Minister of Australia for his contribution in building bilateral relations between Malaysia and Australia through education. In 2018, he was also conferred Malaysian Institute of Management’s (MIM) Court of Emeritus Fellow.

Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah AO is also the chairman and co-founder of the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI), a leading independent private think tank committed to the development of Asian leadership and strategic thinking.

Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah AO believes in being a good corporate citizen and in promoting peace, harmony and progress through the expansion of quality educational opportunities and social enterprise.

Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy
2009, 2015, 2019

Award

Appointed Council Member of United Nations (UNSDSN)
2013

Member of Harvard’s Global Advisory Council
2014

Select Year
    1. Hunayn Ibn Ishaq Unity Award

      2020

      First non-Muslim recipient to receive the Hunayn Ibn Ishaq Unity Award alongside Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Muhammad at the Islamic Excellence Awards 1441H/2020AD

      2020-The first non-Muslim recipient to receive the Hunayn Ibn Ishaq Unity Award alongside
    2. Forbes Asia’s 2019 Heroes of Philanthropy

      2019

      Named Forbes Asia’s 2019 Heroes of Philanthropy for the third time. He is the only Malaysian who has made the definitive list for three years.

      2019-Named Forbes Asia 2019 Heroes of Philanthropy for the third time
    3. Lifetime Achievement Award

      2019

      Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award at the 5th Fortune Times Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner

      2019-Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award at the 5th Fortune Times Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner
    4. UK-Malaysia Business Personality Award

      2019

      Awarded the UK-Malaysia Business Personality Award at the BMCC Business Excellence Awards 2019

      2019-Awarded the UK-Malaysia Business Personality Award at the BMCC Business Excellence Awards 2019
    5. Malaysia’s Exemplary Leader of Sustainable Development 2019

      2019

      Awarded Editor’s Choice Award for Malaysia’s Exemplary Leader of Sustainable Development 2019 by EdgeProp Malaysia’s Best Managed Property Awards 2019.

      2019-Awarded Editor Choice Award for Malaysia Exemplary Leader of Sustainable Development 2019 by EdgeProp Malaysia Best Managed Property Awards 2019
    6. Asian Leadership Award

      2019

      Conferred the Asian Association of Management Organisations (AAMO) Asian Leadership Award

      2019-Conferred the Asian Association of Management Organisations Asian Leadership Award
    7. Chairman of SDSN Malaysia chapter

      2019

      Appointed as Chairman of Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Malaysia chapter

      2019-Appointed Chairman of Sustainable Development Solutions Network Malaysia chapter
    8. Lifetime Achievement Award

      2019

      Received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Sin Chew Education Awards

      2019-Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by Sin Chew Education Awards
    9. MIM Court of Emeritus Fellow

      2018

      Conferred Malaysian Institute of Management’s (MIM) Court of Emeritus Fellow

      2018-Conferred Malaysian Institute of Management Court of Emeritus Fellow
    10. Sustainability Icon Award

      2017

      Received the inaugural Sustainability Icon Award by RAM

      2017-Awarded the inaugural Sustainability Icon Award by RAM
    11. ASEAN@50 Lifetime Achievement Award

      2017

      Awarded the ASEAN@50 Lifetime Achievement Award by ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia

      2017-Awarded the ASEAN50 Lifetime Achievement Award by ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia
    12. Member of the MIM Court of Emeritus Fellow

      2017

      Appointed as Member of the Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM) Court of Emeritus Fellow

    13. Member of the National Productivity Council of Malaysia

      2017

      Appointed as member of the National Productivity Council of Malaysia

    14. Victoria University Distinguished Alumni Award

      2016

      Recipient of the Victoria University Distinguished Alumni Award.

      2016-Recipient of the Victoria University Distinguished Alumni Award
    15. Honorary Doctorate of Education

      2016

      Conferred Honorary Doctorate of Education by University of Malaya.

      2016-Conferred Honorary Doctorate of Education by Universiti Malaya
    16. Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors, University of Oxford

      2016

      Appointed as Member of the Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors, University of Oxford.

      2016-Member of the Chancellor Court of Benefactors University of Oxford
    17. University of Cambridge Guild of Benefactors

      2016

      Companion of the University of Cambridge Guild of Benefactors.

      2016-Companion of the Cambridge University Guild of Benefactors
    18. MIM Malaysian Leadership Excellence Award

      2016

      Conferred Malaysian Institute of Management’s (MIM) Malaysian Leadership Excellence Award.

      2016-Conferred Malaysian Institute of Management Malaysian Leadership Excellence Award
    19. Honorary Fellow of Brasenose College, University of Oxford

      2016

      Honorary Fellow of Brasenose College, University of Oxford.

      2016-Honorary Fellow of Brasenose College University of Oxford
    20. The Dayawati Modi Award for Arts, Culture and Education

      2016

      First Malaysian recipient of the Dayawati Modi Award for Arts, Culture and Education. Other recipients include the Dalai Lama and Mother Theresa.

    21. Lifetime Achievement Luminary Award 2016

      2016

      Awarded the Channel NewsAsia Lifetime Achievement Luminary Award 2016.

      2016-Awarded with the Channel NewsAsia Lifetime Achievement Luminary Award 2016
    22. Member of Harvard’s COUR – the Committee on University Resources

      2015

      Member of Harvard’s COUR – the Committee on University Resources.

    23. Lifetime Excellence Achievement Award

      2015

      Honoured with the Lifetime Excellence Achievement Award under the Sin Chew Business Excellence Awards 2015.

      2015-Honoured with the Lifetime Excellence Achievement Award under the Sin Chew Business Excellence Awards 2015
    24. Malaysia’s ‘Heroes of Philanthropy’ by Forbes Asia

      2015

      Listed as one of Malaysia’s ‘Heroes of Philanthropy’ by Forbes Asia (first listed in 2009).

    25. Best Chief Executive Officer for IR (Mid Cap)

      2015

      Best Chief Executive Officer for IR (Mid Cap) by the Malaysian Investor Relations Association.

    26. Senior Honorary Life Advisor Award

      2015

      Senior Honorary Life Advisor Award by the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong).

    27. Founding Chair, Malaysian 30% Club

      2015

      Appointed Founding Chair for the Malaysian 30% Club.

      2015-Founding Chair for the Malaysian 30 Club
    28. Honorary Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM)

      2015

      Conferred Honorary Fellow by the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM).

      2015-Conferred Honorary Fellow by the Institution of Engineers Malaysia
    29. President’s Award, Malaysia Institute of Planners (MIP)

      2014

      President’s Award by Malaysia Institute of Planners (MIP).

      2014-President Award by Malaysia Institute of Planners
    30. Prominent Player Award by CIDB Malaysia

      2014

      Awarded Prominent Player Award by Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia.

      2014-Prominent Player Award by Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia
    31. Value Creator: Malaysia’s Outstanding CEO

      2014

      Value Creator: Malaysia’s Outstanding CEO by The Edge Billion Ringgit Club.

      2014-Value Creator Malaysia Outstanding CEO by The Edge Billion Ringgit Club
    32. Gonville Fellow Benefactor of Gonville

      2014

      Matriculated as a member of Caius, and admitted as a Gonville Fellow Benefactor of Gonville; Caius College, University of Cambridge.

      2014-Matriculated as a member of Caius, and admitted as a Gonville Fellow Benefactor of Gonville Caius College University of Cambridge
    33. Member of Global Advisory Council, Harvard University

      2014

      Appointed as Member of Global Advisory Council, Harvard University.

    34. Malaysia Outstanding Property Personality Award

      2013

      Received the Malaysia Outstanding Property Personality Award by The Edge Malaysia.

      2013-Malaysia Outstanding Property Personality Award by The Edge Malaysia
    35. Advisor to IDR in the State of Perak, Malaysia

      2013

      Appointed Advisor to Institut Darul Ridzuan (IDR) in the State of Perak, Malaysia.

    36. Council Member of UNSDSN

      2013

      Appointed as Council Member of United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN).

      2013-Appointed as Council Member of United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network
    37. Permanent Honorary President to the Federation of Hakka Associations Malaysia

      2012

      Appointed as Permanent Honorary President to the Federation of Hakka Associations Malaysia, in appreciation of his invaluable contributions to the associations.

    38. Honorary Gold Award

      2012

      Received the Honorary Gold Award from the Royal Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur, in recognition of his leadership and development of education and research in Malaysia.

      2012-Awarded Honorary Gold Award from the Royal Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur in recognition of his leadership and development of education and research in Malaysia
    39. Honorary Fellowship by the Malaysian Scientific Association (MSA)

      2012

      Conferred Honorary Fellowship by the Malaysian Scientific Association (MSA) for his exemplary and overall contribution to the development of science education as well as the advancement of science and technology in Malaysia.

    40. Malaysia’s ‘Heroes of Philanthropy’

      2009

      Listed as one of Malaysia’s ‘Heroes of Philanthropy’ by Forbes Asia.

    41. Chancellor of Sunway University Malaysia

      2006

      Installed as Chancellor of Sunway University Malaysia by His Royal Highness Sultan of Selangor.

      2006-Installed as Chancellor of Sunway University Malaysia by His Royal Highness Sultan of Selangor
    42. Deputy President and Trustee of National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia

      2002

      Deputy President and Trustee of National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia.

    43. Honorary Member of Kuala Lumpur Malay Chamber of Commerce

      2002

      First non-Malay Honorary Member of Kuala Lumpur Malay Chamber of Commerce.

    44. Paul Harris Fellow Award

      2002

      Received the Paul Harris Fellow Award by Rotary Club Malaysia.

    45. Founding Trustee of Malaysian Liver Foundation

      1999

      Appointed Founding Trustee of Malaysian Liver Foundation.

    46. President of Malaysian Hakka Association

      1997

      Appointed President of Malaysian Hakka Association (until 2004).

    47. Council Member of the Financial Reporting Foundation, Malaysia

      1997

      Appointed Council Member of the Financial Reporting Foundation, Malaysia.

    48. Higher Education Council of Malaysia

      1996

      Appointed by the Minister of Education to the Higher Education Council of Malaysia.

    49. Chairman of Malaysian Industry – Government Group for High Technology for Construction and Housing

      1996

      Chairman of Malaysian Industry – Government Group for High Technology for Construction and Housing.

    50. EXCO member of the Malaysian Tourism Action Council

      1996

      EXCO member of the Malaysian Tourism Action Council.

    51. CEO of the Year (Malaysia)

      1996

      Named CEO of the Year (Malaysia) by Business Times – American Express.

    52. Extraordinary People Award

      1996

      Presented the Extraordinary People Award by the National Kidney Foundation.

    53. Panglima Setia Mahkota

      1996

      Conferred the Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM, carrying the title “Tan Sri”) by DYMM Seri Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agung ke-Sepuluh, Tuanku Ja’afar Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

    54. Dato Seri Paduka Mahkota Perak

      1996

      Conferred the Dato Seri Paduka Mahkota Perak (SPMP, carrying the title “Dato Seri”) by Sultan of Perak DYMM Sultan Azlan Shah Muhibbuddin Shah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Yussuf Izzuddin Shah Ghafarullahu-Lah Shah.

    55. Property Man of the Year (Malaysia)

      1993

      Named Property Man of the Year (Malaysia) by FIABCI, Malaysia Chapter.

    56. Director of National Productivity Centre, Malaysia

      1990

      Appointment as Director of National Productivity Centre, Malaysia.

    57. Darjah Kebesaran Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Selangor

      1988

      Conferred the Darjah Kebesaran Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Selangor (DPMS carrying the title “Dato”) by the Sultan of Selangor DYMM Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah AlHaj Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah AlHaj.