Dr. Haruhisa Handa was born in 1951. He attended Doshisha University where he received a degree in economics. He then went on to study with the Master Class at Musashino Academia Musicae where he graduated with a major in vocal music. He earned a masters degree in creative arts from WAAPA (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts) at Edith Cowan University, West Australia, as well as a Ph.D in Literature from the Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University.
In Cambodia, Dr. Handa was conferred the title of Commander of the Royal Order of Sahametrei. He is also a recipient of the Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon of Japan. He won the Honorary Award of Contribution towards the Chinese Choral Enterprise. He has received a distinguished service medal of the State of Western Australia, as well as the keys to the City of Perth and the City of Swan.
In addition to supporting the many humanitarian and cultural programs illustrated on this site, Dr. Handa remains the Managing Director of B.C. Consulting Ltd and manages more than a dozen companies in Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom. He is also an active author, and has written more than 220 books that have been translated into seven languages. Some of the best sellers include "Secrets for running a Small Business", "Understanding Japan" and "Lucky Fortune", of which more than a million copies have been sold.
Dr Handa established the Japanese Blind Golf Association in 1988 and was the driving force behind the formation of the International Blind Golf Association (IBGA) in 1998. The IBGA was set up to better coordinate the efforts of blind golf associations around the world and has become the governing and sanctioning body for international blind golf events.
Dr Handa was the driving force behind the formation of the International Blind Golf Association (IBGA) in 1998
Dr Handa’s golf ambassadorships include:
- Partner of the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) GB&I
- International Ambassador of the Ladies European Tour
- International Ambassador of the Asian Tour
- Honorary Chairman of the Japanese Blind Golf Association
- Honorary President of the International Blind Golf Association
- Chairman of The Legends Tour (U.S. Women’s Senior Golf Association)
- International Ambassador and Patron of Golf Australia
- PGA of Australasia Life Member
- Patron of The PGA of Australia
- Honorary Patron of The Duke of York Sports Foundation
- Member of the On Course Foundation Global Council
- Adviser to the Royal Government of Cambodia with the rank of Senior Minister
Dr Handa has supported golf for over 25 years
Dr Handa is Honorary Patron of the Duke of York Sports Foundation, which promotes amateur sport for the benefit of young people and offers academic and golf scholarships to 13 - 18 year old players. He is also a member of the On Course Foundation’s Global Council. The On Course Foundation affords opportunities both to play golf and work within the golf industry to members of the British Armed Forces who have sustained serious injuries in the line of duty.
In recognition of long-standing contributions to blind welfare, Dr Handa became the first Japanese person to be appointed to the post of Vice President at the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), the UK’s oldest and largest charity.
In 2013, The International Federation of PGA Tours announced that Dr Handa's Organisation, International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS) had become the new title sponsor for the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, played at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.