About ISPS Handa

The International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS Handa) was founded by the Japanese philanthropist, Dr. Haruhisa Handa, to promote the power of sport across the globe. ISPS Handa supports a wide range of athletes and sporting events including in archery, bowling, boxing, football, golf, polo, rowing, rugby and swimming, with emphasis on the global development of blind and disabled golf. ISPS Handa believes passionately in the power of sport; it has the power to change the world, create a better society and break down educational and cultural barriers in a way that nothing else does.

“We are very proud to be part of the Young Leaders Mentoring Program that aims to cultivate and nurture young athletes and sports leaders who embody the values and principles shared by ISPS and SSH. I am hugely impressed by the calibre and enthusiasm of the young mentees and very grateful that people of the stature and reputation of the mentors are willing to share their knowledge, experience and time with the mentees. We look forward to working with SSH to change the lives of young people.”

— Dr. Haruhisa Handa


Dr. Haruhisa Handa

Dr. Haruhisa Handa was born in 1951 in Japan. After graduating from Doshisha University, Kyoto, in Economics, he then went on to study with the Master Class at Musashino Academia Music where he graduated with a major in vocal music. He earned a masters degree in creative arts from WAAPA (Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts) at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, as well as a Ph.D in Literature from the Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University, China.

He has been recognized for his longstanding commitment to public service and has been awarded the Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon of Japan, the Honorary Award of Contribution towards the Chinese Choral Enterprise, the distinguished service medal of the State of Western Australia, the keys to the City of Perth and the City of Swan, in recognition of long-standing contributions to blind welfare. Dr Handa manages over a dozen companies, and serves on the board of numerous charitable foundations and associations in Japan, Australia and the UK.

Dr. Handa founded ISPS Handa in 2006 to further the transformative power of sport across the globe and to support charitable causes in the sporting world.