Professor Dr M Din SyamsuddinChairman of Muhammadiyah, Indonesia
Birth: 31 August 1958 (Age: 59)
Source of Influence: Scholarly
Influence: Over 35 million members in the Muhammadiyah organisation, including thousands of umbrella institutes.
School of Thought: Modernist Sunni
Status: Featured in current year
Social Welfare: Established in 1912, the Muhammadiyah is one of the oldest and largest Muslim movements in the world. Syamsuddin is involved with the educational, health, and social welfare efforts of the organization which includes 14,000 schools, 172 universities and institutes of higher learning, 484 clinics and hospitals, 600 orphanages, 300 microfinance institutes, and numerous other projects across Indonesia.
Interfaith Dialogue Leadership: Syamsuddin is also very active in interfaith and intercultural dialogue. He was recently re-elected for another five-year term as President of the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace (ACRP).
Conflict Resolution: The Muhammadiyah is active in conflict resolution such as in the south of Thailand and Mindanao. It is a member of the International Contact Group (ICG) for peace talks between the government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.