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Professor Wande Abimbola
Imam Afroz Ali
Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne
Ms. Omie Baldwin
Marta Benavides
Canon Gideon Byamugisha
President Jimmy Carter
Sister Joan Chittister
Rev. Tim Costello
Rev. Andras Corban-Arthen
Andrew Cohen
His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso The XIVth Dalai Lama
Dr. Homi Dhalla
Hugh Evans
Tim Fischer
Mrs. Ryoko Foose
Fr. Laurence Freeman
Tonya Gonnella Frichner
Jonathan Granoff
Uncle Max Harrison
Dr Haruhisa Handa
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
Ms. Linda Hogan
Dr. Joel Hunter
Robert Houndohome Hounon
Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim
Mr. Clarence Jackson
Dr. Dipak Jain
Dr Jennie R Joe
Mandaza Kandemwa
Doug George-Kanentiio
Dr. Azza M. Karam
Kim Hourn Kao
Ms. Norma Kassi
H.E. Prof Mahmud Erol Kilic
Leo Killsback
Hon Michael Kirby
Rabbi Irwin Kula
Hans Kung
Tsugio Kuzuno
Rabbi Michael Lerner
Margaret Lokawua
Chief Oren Lyons
Katherine Marshall
Sri Swami Mayatitananda (Mother Maya)
Rabbi Michael Melchior
Pastor Ray Minniecon
Lucy Mulenkei
Prof. Dr. Siti Musdah Mulia
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar
Ms. Minnie Naylor
The Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh
Rev. Dr. Ishmael Noko
Francois Paulette
George Cardinal Pell
Christopher Peters
Anna Pinto
Constantino Pinto
Prof Dr. Tariq Ramadan
Uncle Bob Randall
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
Rabbi David Rosen
Rabbi David Saperstein
Ms. Joanne Shenandoah
His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Jathedar Singh Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh
Arturas Sinkevicius
Darlene St. Clair
Dr. Joseph Henry Suina
Jake Swamp
Dr. M. Din Syamsuddin
Ven. Dharma Master Hsin Tao
Prof Burhanettin Tatar
Jonas Trinkunas
Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker
Dr Maria Ulfah
Dr. William Vendley
Jim Wallis
Professor Joy Murphy Wandin
Mrs. Lally Lucretia M. Warren
Dr. Tu Weiming
Dr Rosita Worl
Prof Sakena Yacoobi
Nana Osei Boakyewa Yiadom

Dr Haruhisa Handa

Dr Haruhisa Handa

Born in Japan in 1951, Dr Handa operates more than a dozen companies in Japan and abroad, ranging from management consulting to publishing.

He is heavily involved with social causes; currently serving as the vice-president of the UK’s Royal National Institute for the Blind; trustee of World Faiths Development Dialogue; founder and chairman of Asia Faiths Development Dialogue; president of the International Shinto Foundation; advisor to the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions; and chairman of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture.

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.

Through a representative organization, Dr Handa has founded over 120 schools in remote regions of China, and two schools and a health Centre in Albania and also contributed $1 million to the Lambeth Academy.

He has made a significant contribution in Cambodia where he built a 24 hour free emergency hospital and runs this hospital in collaboration with a local Christian group. Recognized for his contributions to the nation, the decoration of Commander of the Royal Order of Sahametrai, Grand Officer of the Royal Order of Sowathara, and Commander and Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Monisaraphon was conferred on him. He is co-founder and chancellor of the University of Cambodia, honorary consul of the Kingdom of Cambodia in Fukuoka and also advisor to the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Dr Handa is a poet, artist, author, actor and opera singer of note and contributes to many artistic and cultural activities. He has published and sold many books and paintings, and is a well known radio personality in Japan.

He is the recipient of the Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon of Japan.