Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship

The Annual Global Family Business Event

Every year, we host the Global Family Business Event, where we invite speakers from prominent family businesses around the world to share grassroots anecdotes, advice and wisdom on running a family enterprise. These seminars offer one-of-a-kind insight into how families create and sustain businesses while learning to adapt practices passed down by generations in keeping with a changing commercial, digital and economic landscape.

Join us at the 6th Annual Global Family Business Event in 2018!

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GFBE 2017

This year, we hosted father and daughter Johannes and Christina Suriadjaja, two hugely successful entrepreneurs from Indonesia. Johannes grew one of Indonesia’s largest property development, hospitality and construction companies and inspired his daughter to start her own business at age 23.

Johannes is a second-generation member of PT Surya Semesta Internusa Tbk, founded by his father in 1971. The company’s recent projects include building Indonesia’s largest intercity toll road, and hotel/residential property developments, including the acclaimed 5-star Meliá Bali Hotel, Gran Meliá Jakarta, Banyan Tree Ungasan Resort, Bali.

His daughter, Christina Suriadjaja, founded at age 23 using $90,000 of her personal savings to get the business off the ground.


Johannes Suriadjaja, president director of PT. Surya Semesta Internusa

Christina Suriadjaja, founder and CEO of

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GFBE 2016
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