Dato' Sri. Prof, DR Tahir, MBA - Co-Chair
Dato’ Sri Prof. Dr. Tahir, MBA, and his son Jonathan Tahir are Co-Chairs of Tahir Foundation.
Dr. Tahir, the Founder of Mayapada Group, has been inspired by an old saying that states: "Every crisis brings its own opportunity." A self-made entrepreneur with experience in banking, textiles and automotive industries since the early 1980s, he has over the last three decades built the Mayapada Group, a consortium of businesses in banking, insurance, healthcare, retail, real estate development and media. A devoted Christian, Dr. Tahir believes that a business must have strong leadership, a long-term vision, and an emphasis on stability and sustainability.
PT Bank Mayapada Internasional, Tbk (known as ‘Bank Mayapada’) is the flagship business of the Mayapada Group. Bank Mayapada is a publicly listed company with shareholders consisting of investors from the United States and Singapore, and has nearly two hundred branches throughout Indonesia.
Dr. Tahir has been featured as one of the 50 Most Successful Overseas Chinese Citizens in the National Archives of the Republic of China, and was awarded with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2011. He is regularly listed as one of Indonesia’s wealthiest by numerous publications including Forbes. Dr. Tahir holds many other positions, such as Senior Advisor at the Coordinating Ministry for People's Welfare, Chairman of the Association of Chinese Indonesian Society and Entrepreneurs (PERMIT), and Chairman of Chamber of Commerce at Chinese Committee (KIKT). He is also the first Asian to sit on the board of trustees at the University of California, Berkeley.
An avid sportsman, Dr. Tahir is also the Chairman of the Executive Board of Indonesian Table Tennis Association (PB PTMSI) and South East Asia Table Tennis Association (SEATTA), and is a black belter in karate.
Dr. Tahir is committed to giving back to society, and is the first Indonesian signatory of the Buffett-Gates Giving Pledge. His guiding principle “Built by the society for the society” has played a major role in the phenomenal growth of his businesses, and drives his generous philanthropic contributions through the Tahir Foundation, which has supported various initiatives in healthcare, education, legal reformation, and most recently made a $200 million investment (in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) to address healthcare issues in Indonesia.
Dr. Tahir was awarded with the honorary degree of "Dato' Sri" from Sultan Pahang of Malaysia for his various contributions to the society, and was recognized by Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew for his extensive contributions to education.