Steps to the summit
“We Spend So much of our time piling up wealth,” says Jimmy masrin. “But I’ve realised that giving back gives me an immense sense of peace and satisfaction – something I do not get from the business world. I would like to be remembered as a man who gave more than he took.” masrin is the ceo of caturkarsa megatunggal, a holding company for his family’s businesses in the chemical, mining, fuel distribution and supply chain logistics industries. he is also chairman of habitat for humanity Indonesia, with which he has been involved since 2005, and a member of the Indonesian board of happy hearts Fund.
masrin guides habitat for humanity’s efforts to construct, rehabilitate, repair and improve housing in partnership with low-income families in the archipelago. he finds his work rewarding because it is so effective in alleviating extreme poverty. “having a good home is the foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty,” he points out. “A decent home opens the door to improved health, better performance at school, greater economic opportunities and increased community cohesion.” happy hearts Fund is a non-profit founded by supermodel petra nemcova to rebuild schools affected by natural disasters. The foundation has rebuilt more than 70 schools in Indonesia.
The energetic masrin, who is in his early fifties, sets aside time to go mountain climbing once or twice a year. It’s a hobby he has turned into a fund-raising opportunity for habitat for humanity and coral Triangle center. The latter was founded by his friend George Tahija, chief executive of the Austindo Group, to protect coral reefs and fisheries in Indonesia. “my lifetime goal is to do the ‘Seven Summits’,” says masrin, referring to the highest peaks in each of the seven continents.