Dr James Riady
Dr James Riady is the CEO of Lippo Group, a Pan-Asian group based in Jakarta with its International headquarters in Singapore. The group has interests in property, department stores, food retailing, malls, IT services, hotels and other businesses. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Pelita Harapan Educational Foundation, or the Educational Foundation of Hope and Light, a group of co-educational K1- Year 12 private, international Christian schools in Indonesia.
During his term as Ambassador at Large and Special Envoy of the President from 1998-2000, Dr Riady also acted as Special Envoy and Diplomat of the President of Indonesia to Australia. In the same period, he was also a member of the Peoples' Consultative Assembly, Republic of Indonesia. He received the Australian Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008 conferred by the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia for his work in Australia.
With his vast experience in banking and investments, Dr Riady has served as Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian General Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin Indonesia); member of the National Economic Council and Special Advisory Team to the President; Foundation Member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland; and member of the International Business Council WEF, Davos, Switzerland.
Dr Riady graduated from University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1977 and received his Doctor Honoris Causa, Letters/ Philosophy from La Trobe University in 2008. He also holds a Doctor Honoris Causa, Christian Studies from Ouachita Baptist University.
A Pan-Asian group in property, department stores, food retailing, malls, IT services and hotels. The Group is also active in cable, broadband Internet and news media. Its philanthropic foundation manages 45 schools and two universities with 30,000 students and seven hospitals, including Indonesia's first world-class cancer treatment hospital.
Singapore is located 1 degree or 136.8km north of the equator. It has a total land area of 699 square kilometers and a population of about four million. Situated at the crossroads of East and West, Singapore is one of the busiest sea and airports in the world. Its strategic position has also made it a hub for trade, communications and tourism activities.
Singapore is known for its hot and humid weather, with little variation throughout the year. The average daytime temperature is 31ºC (88ºF), dropping to around 24ºC (75ºF) in the evenings. The monsoon season can bear down pretty heavily on our tropical weather from November onwards, so be prepared for rain on a daily basis during this period.
Singapore voltage is 220 – 240 volts AC, 50 cycles per second.
The currency used in Singapore is the Singapore dollar (S$). Money changing services can be found not only at the Singapore Changi Airport but also most shopping centres and hotels around the island. You can also access the automated teller machines (ATMs) located everywhere (even in the most obscure bits) in Singapore, that accept most of the main credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
Visa may be required for certain nationalities. Please visit www.ica.gov.sg
to verify if you need to apply for a visa before entering into Singapore. The visa application form is available free of charge at all Singapore overseas mission. Should you require a invitation letter to support your visa letter, kindly write in to the Secretariat for your request. Please also note that visitors to Singapore must meet the following entry requirements:-
- Valid travel document with a minimum validity of 6 months
- Onward/ return ticket
- Entry facilities to next destination
- Sufficient funds to stay in Singapore
- Visa for Singapore (if applicable)