Edward Soeryadjaya, born in Jakarta, on 21 May 1942, is the eldest son of Astra Group founder William Soeryadjaya. As a teenager, he wanted to be a doctor or an engineer. He spent a year at Universitas Kristen Indonesia’s department of engineering and continued his studies at Ruhr University in West Germany. Although successful, he realised it was not his calling and left engineering for business administration in Manila. He is also the President Commissioner of PT Jakarta Monorail.