By UC Berkeley - Haas February 20, 2013 Leave a Comment

The 2013 Berkeley-Haas Asia Business Conference on March 16 will feature keynote speeches by two prominent Indonesians with ties to Cal who came from modest backgrounds to become major players in their country’s energy, banking, and real estate industries.

The 13th annual event is the largest student-run Asian business conference on the West Coast, attracting more than 300 students, academics, and business leaders.  This year’s conference will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Clark Kerr Campus.

Dato Sri Tahir (pictured above)—whose Mayapada Group’s interests in banking, textiles, real estate, hospitals, and media have made him one of Indonesia’s wealthiest men—will give the afternoon keynote. Tahir, who got his start with a small textile manufacturing business, is also a major philanthropist, giving millions of dollars to universities in Indonesia, Singapore, China, and the United States, including Haas and Berkeley, which his daughters attended. Tahir also sits on the Berkeley Board of Trustees.

The morning keynote speaker will be Supramu Santosa (pictured right), BS 80, founder and CEO of Indonesian geothermal energy developer Supreme Energy. Santosa started as a laborer with an offshore oil and gas exploration company in 1968, eventually saving enough money to attend Berkeley as an undergraduate and then earning an MBA from Haas. He founded Supreme Energy in 2007 to capitalize on the vast renewable energy geothermal resources found on Indonesia’s volcanic islands.

Dato Sri Dr. Tahir—whose Mayapada Group’s interests in banking, textiles, real estate, hospitals, and media have made him one of Indonesia’s wealthiest men—will give the afternoon keynote. Tahir, who got his start with a small textile manufacturing business, is also a major philanthropist, including being a strong supporter of Haas and Berkeley, which his three daughters attended. Tahir was the first person from Southeast Asia appointed to the Berkeley Board of Trustees.

Conference co-organizer Tuyet Vu, MBA13, said this year’s title, “Asia. Bigger than you think,” references the wide spectrum of business opportunities in countries throughout the world’s fastest growing economic region.

“We aim to provide a more holistic view about the changing landscape of doing business in Asia,” Vu said. “We’ll bring together high-profile professionals with tremendous experience in eight different Asian countries, from East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia, pushing our conference discussion from a China-focus to Asia-focus.”

Dean Richard Lyons will give the opening remarks. Panels will cover sustainability and resources, technology, healthcare, and private equity.

For the full schedule, visit berkeleyabc.org/2013. To register, visit berkeleyabc2013.eventbrite.com.

 

Dato Sri Tahir

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