Cherie Nursalim is Executive director of GITI Group. Cherie also serves on the International and China Advisory Boards for Columbia University and MIT Sloan School of Management respectively. A Co-Chairman of the United Nations Global Initiative SDSN-ASEAN, she also serves on the Yale Center for Environmental Law Policy, and the University of Indonesia Climate Change Center boards. She is founding trustee of China Disabled Persons Foundation Board, China’s largest foundation, and is among the founding members of the Global Philanthropic Circle.
Her philanthropic work is devoted to health, environment, social justice organisations and tri-sector collaboration. She founded her own organisation, United in Diversity, in 2003 to inspire tri sector leaders in Indonesia to collaborate, create and implement an action plan to forge a new, positive national identity for Indonesia, based on the multiple strengths of its diverse people. She frequently convenes international and education forums to galvanise leaders from all sectors to come together to dialogue and work together. She also has distributed wheelchairs, awarded scholarships and contributed to numerous disaster-relief campaigns in Indonesia and with her husband, Dr. Enki Tan, to Conservation International.
Cherie is a recipient of the Baiyulan Award from the Shanghai government and her initiatives for HIV AIDS awareness in Indonesia won awards from UNAIDS, International Labor Organisation and the Indonesian government.
Last but not least she a new Orchid species of Dendrodium was named ‘Cherie Nursalim’ in honor of her services in the founding board of ‘Gardens by the Bay’ in Singapore.