Group CEO, AirAsia Berhad, Malaysia
Contribution to Society
This “Contribution to Society (Business)” Award recognises the contribution of Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes to Human Capital Development in the world of business. 

George Bernard Shaw once said, “Some men see things as they are and say why – I dream things that never were and say why not.” It is the wisdom that guides and epitomises Tony’s work. 

The architect of Air Asia, his contribution to the business world in general and his commitment to people development in particular, are not only expansive and innovative but also legendary. Tony has the innate ability to hire ordinary people and develop them into extraordinary performers. He also has the wonderful ability to expand business not only for Air Asia but also other airline and airport service providers, directly and indirectly offering many people not only jobs but also a way to fulfil their aspiration and dreams. His boldness and vision in developing business, growing people and encouraging a dynamic people-centric culture has been the driver for Air Asia’s incredible success in a short time. 

Tony’s worldwide recognition showcases his deep commitment and rainbow success:
  • Commander of the order of the British Empire, 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 2010 Forbes Asia Businessman of the year
  • 2010 Officer of the Legion d’Honneur’, Government of France 
  • 2009 CEO Award from Jane’s Transport finance
  • 2009 CAPA Legend Award (Aviation Hall of Fame)
  • 2008 Conferred the Dato’ Sri title by the Sultan of Pahang
  • 2005 Conferred the title Dato’ by Yang Di Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan 

He has been given many more accolades but his vision is to grow a world class low cost airline with his team. His singular commitment to his vision ‘Now Everyone Can Fly’ has revolutionized air travel and impacted society in a profound way. ‘Tony’ and ‘Now Everyone Can Fly’ are now household brands in Asia. 

The Asia HRD Congress 2011 Awards Committee is delighted to honour YBhg Dato’ Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes for his committment to Human Capital Development in the Low Cost Airlines Industry in Asia.