Dr. Haruhisa Handa

Chairman, Worldwide Support for Development, Japan; Patron, G20 Religious Leaders Summit

Dr. Haruhisa Handa graduated from Doshisha University (Economics). He completed the Master Class in vocal music from Musashino Academia Musicae and earned a Masters in creative arts from West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Edith Cowan University, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Chinese National Academy of Arts. Dr. Handa earned a PhD in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, and a PhD in Chinese Classical Texts, Zhejiang University. He is the Co-founder and Chancellor of the University of Cambodia, and a professor of International Politics at its College of Social Sciences. He is the Senior International Commentator for Southeast Asia Television. His titles include Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from The Juilliard School; Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College (University of Oxford); and Honorary Fellow of SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), London University. Dr. Handa is Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia (Ministerial rank) and Honorary Consul to the Kingdom of Cambodia in Fukuoka. He is the Director of World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), a trustee for Religions for Peace International, and President of the International Shinto Foundation. An acclaimed painter and calligraphist with works featured in the British Museum’s permanent collection, Dr. Handa is a Master of Noh Theatre & Japanese Tea Ceremony and an accredited 1st Grade Peking Opera Singer (China National Opera & Dance Theatre Company). A seasoned baritone, Dr. Handa has performed alongside the legendary José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, and Renée Fleming. He is a prolific writer on spirituality, business, arts, and literature.