Social Enterprise

From creating jobs for the underprivileged to improving animal welfare, our grantees have all strived in their own ways to make a difference.


AirAsia Foundation’s grant-making is aimed at promoting social entrepreneurship as a way of empowering communities and enabling them to build sustainable livelihoods.



We are guided by the best in the region.

Dr. Anies Baswedan

Dr. Anies is the Indonesia Minister of Education and Culture. Recognised as one of the world’s top 100 public intellectuals, Dr. Anies’ reputation for integrity is well known across Indonesia. The former Rector of Jakarta’s Paramadina University also founded Gerakan Indonesia Mengajar, a movement that inspires top university graduates to teach in remote areas of the archipelago to bridge the urban-rural divide.

Pimpan Diskul na Ayudhya

Pimpan brings a wealth of experience in sharing social enterprise knowledge gained from the establishment of the famous Doi Tung brand by Thailand’s highly respected Mae Fah Luang Foundation. As the Director of Mae Fah Luang’s Knowledge and Learning Centre, Pimpan is instrumental in introducing the organisation’s Sustainable Alternative Livelihood Development model in Indonesia, Myanmar and Afghanistan.

Tony Fernandes

Tony is one of ASEAN’s most dynamic entrepreneurs, helming AirAsia as its Group CEO since the founding of the first low-cost airline in Malaysia in 2001. With his indomitable spirit, he built the start-up carrier into a nine-airline group with a network that spans the region and beyond, breaking barriers and changing mindsets along the way.

Attorney Katrina Legarda

In her 30-year career, Atty. Katrina chalked up many firsts in the Philippine’s legal history upholding the rights of women and children. Her experiences inspired her to found the Child Justice League to provide free legal aid to abused children. Katrina also shares her infectious spirit and legal know-how through professorships at five universities in Manila.

Kamarudin Meranun

Kamarudin earned his reputation as one of Asia’s foremost financial wizards through his unceasing efforts securing backing to fuel the fastest growing airline group in the world. As Group CEO of AirAsia X and Chairman of AirAsia Berhad (Malaysia), Kamarudin has been an indispensable partner to Tony Fernandes in building AirAsia into a regional champion.

Pham Kieu Oanh

A pioneer of the social entrepreneurship movement in Vietnam, Oanh saw the potential of the burgeoning sector well before it gained traction as a viable development alternative in Asean. Through the Centre for Social Initiatives Promotion (CSIP), an organisation she founded in 2008, Oanh has nurtured over 50 social enterprises to innovatively address social challenges while empowering the people behind them.

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