Dr Haruhisa Handa
Dr Haruhisa Handa Chair in Human Rights Education, has been endowed to Curtin University's Faculty of Humanities by the renowned Japanese philanthropist and chairman of World Mate, Dr Haruhisa Handa through his organization.
Dr Haruhisa Handa was born in Japan in 1951 and graduated from Doshisha University (Economics). He pursued post-graduate studies in voice at Japan's prestigious Musashino Academia Musicae.
Dr Handa took lay ordination and studied Tendai Buddhist chanting under Reverend Denchu Amano, Daisojo of the Tendai sect. He received the Buddhist name "Toshu." He also received the lay practitioner name (koji) of "Daigaku" at the Rinzai zen temple of Tofukuji in Kyoto.
Deeply involved in social causes, and with his profound knowledge in Shinto and various other faiths, Dr Handa serves as president of the International Shinto Foundation (ISF), a NGO with United Nations ECOSOC status , chairman of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture(IFAC), and vice-chairman of the Sihanouk Hospital, an emergency intensive care hospital servicing the poor in Cambodia.
Dr Handa is honorary patron of the International Blind Golf Association and honorary chairman of the Japanese Blind Golf Association. He has also served as the chairman of the Perth International Arts Festival 50th anniversary and has been a major benefactor to the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Opera Australia through IFAC.
In recognition of his years of philanthropic work, Dr Handa has been granted several honorary titles in Cambodia and has been appointed Advisor to the Prime Minister and Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia with the rank of Minister.
In recognition of his artistic and cultural accomplishments, he has been appointed visiting professor at China's Zhejiang University. In recognition of his generous benefactions to Western Australian universities, he has been awarded honorary doctorates by both Curtin University and Edith Cowan University.
Dr Handa operates more than ten companies in Japan and abroad, which are engaged in a variety of activities ranging from management consulting to sponsorship of symposia.