An entrepreneur, visionary and pioneer in a number of global industries, Sukanto started his first business in 1967, andlater established Royal Golden Eagle (RGE), which today manages a group of resource-based manufacturing companies with assets exceeding USD 20 billion and a workforce of over 60,000.
Enduring an abrupt end to his formal education owing to school closure and an ailing father, he helped run his family’s business at the tender age of 17. As his businesses expanded into rural areas, he developed a stronger conviction in empowering underprivileged communities to be self-reliant, with a strong focus on improving education access and quality. This led to his co-founding of Tanoto Foundation with his wife, Tinah.
Having also not completed her formal education, Tinah was taken aback when she and her husband observed the poor standards of education in rural Besitang in the late 1970s. She later joined him in building a kindergarten and elementary school in 1981 and 1982 respectively.
A co-founder of Tanoto Foundation, Tinah remains a driving force behind the Foundation’s donations to education, medical research, and disaster relief. She firmly believes in supporting community development, so that beneficiaries can be not only resilient but also live valuable, dignified lives.
The Board of Trustees
The eldest of four children, Andre provides counsel on the Foundation’s charitable work as well as the preservation of culture and heritage. Andre is a Carnegie Mellon University graduate and heads his own business in the food and beverage industry.
Imelda provides guidance on the Foundation’s international governance and is active in developing entrepreneurial talents and capabilities in the next generation. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Imelda is active in RGE’s global business development.
Belinda focuses on human capital investment initiatives through early childhood development, stunting prevention, and developing synergies with like-minded philanthropic and development organizations. A Finance and Political Science graduate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with an MBA from the Harvard Business School, Belinda is active in RGE’s palm oil business.
Anderson drives programs focused on forging international partnerships with universities as well as the development of youth leaders. An economics graduate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Anderson is active in RGE’s fiber business.
The Board of Advisors
Bey Soo Khiang provides strategic counsel on Tanoto Foundation’s global philanthropic activities. Holding a Master in Arts (Engineering) from the University of Cambridge and a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, he is Vice Chairman of RGE and Chairman of pulp and paper producer Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL).
Ibrahim Hasan provides guidance in the Foundation’s strategic partnerships and impact measurement. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an Economics Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Ibrahim is also President Commissioner of PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP), a subsidiary of APRIL.
Dr. Pang is the CEO of Kerry Group Kuok Foundation Limited and Chairman of the Board of Directors of SCMP Group Limited, a diversified media company whose publications include the South China Morning Post. He holds a Master degree in Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Kentucky.
Professor Ward is currently co-director of The Center for Family Enterprises at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where he is Clinical Professor of Family Enterprises. He teaches and studies family enterprise continuity, ownership, governance, and philanthropy. He graduated from Northwestern University (B.A.) and Stanford Graduate School of Business (M.B.A. and Ph.D.).
CEO Tanoto Foundation
Dr. J. Satrijo Tanudjojo comes to Tanoto Foundation after 35 years of varied work and academic experience. Starting as an engineer, he made his way up to senior executive positions in general management, strategy and human resources. Satrijo has been President & CEO of several leading international companies in Greater China & Japan, in lran, the Middle East and in France.
Satrijo holds a Doctorate in knowledge management from Cranfield University in Britain, a MBA from ESSEC in France, a certified directorship in corporate governance from INSEAD in France, and he is a geophysics graduate from Gadjah Mada University.