Hashim Djojohadikusumo '76 Receives Blaisdell Distinguished Alumni Award for Commitment to Education and Giving
Successful businessman Hashim Djojohadikusumo ’76 hasn't been content to just earn wealth--he also shares it by sponsoring more than 3,000 students with scholarship funding and providing job-search assistance to students upon graduation. For this commitment to higher education and his other charitable endeavors, Djojohadikusumo was selected for the Blaisdell Distinguished Alumni Award.
Djojohadikusumo, who was a politics (then called government) major, is an indigenous Indonesian with a background he deemed “unusual,” in his personal statement for his Pomona College application. His father, Indonesia’s former finance minister Sumitro Djojohadikusumo hailed from an aristocratic Central-East Javanese family, while his mother came from a Christian area of the country, heavily influenced by the Dutch. His family was in exile for a decade after 1957, after his father led an armed insurrection against Communists in the government.
He returned to Indonesia after Pomona and a one-year traineeship at a Paris investment bank. Former Pomona Professor of Government Frank Tugwell, Djojohadikusumo’s academic advisor, had dinner with him in 1991 on a visit to Jakarta, and was taken aback when his former student remembered his textbooks by title and author and easily picked up where classroom discussions had left off. In an interview with Indonesia Business Week, Tugwell said, “It was amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever had a student who has had that kind of alert application of the knowledge.”
His passion for knowledge extends to providing opportunities for students to acquire the same. In 1994, he gave $1 million to a school in Bandung, Java. He is also the chairman of the Hashim Djojohadikusumo Family Foundation, which promotes social activities in education, children’s health and well-being.
His passions extend to preservation and conservation, including monuments, buildings, statues, rainforests and wildlife sanctuaries. His foundation also supports cultural heritage preservation in areas of Javanese and Indonesian linguistic, anthropology and paleoanthropology.
In 1992, he reintroduced polo in Indonesia by building Jakarta Polo and Equestrian Club in Bukit Sentul Selatan. That same year, Indonesia became a member of the Federation of International Polo with Djojohadikusumo as the chairman of the Indonesia Polo Association.
Formerly an investment banker and currently chairman and president of Nations Petroleum, a 1993 article World Executive’s Digest called him “Indonesia’s most go-getting young tycoon.” While he lost much business and wealth in the 1997-98 financial crisis, he has been regaining it since, with a highlight being the purchase of a oil field in Kazakhstan in 1997 with a group of Canadian investors and selling it in 2007 for $1.9 billion. He also owns two agribusinesses.