H.E. Dr. Haruhisa Handa, Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC), with the rank of Senior Minister, Chancellor of University of Cambodia, Chairman and Founder of International Foundation for Arts and Culture
His Excellency Dr. Haruhisa Handa was born in 1951 in Japan's Hyogo Prefecture.
He attended the prestigious Doshisha University where he receive a B.A. in Economics. H.E. Dr. Handa went on to pursue his education at Musashino Academia Musicae where he graduated with a M.A. in Vocal Music. H.E. Dr. Handa went on to attended Edith Cowan University in Western Australia where he graduated from the School of Arts and received an M.A. in Creative Arts. He holds a Ph.D. in literature from the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, as well as a Ph.D. in literature on the Study of Chinese Classical Text, Zhejiang University, China.
He has been a guest lecturer at several prestigious universities around the world which include the University of Wolverhampton School of Economics in the United Kingdom, Zhejiang University Graduate School Japan Culture Research Center in China, the Chinese School of Theatrical Music, and a guest lecturer at the Nankai University School of International Commerce. H.E. Dr. Handa is also an advising professor at the Tsinghua University History Department in China. He is a special instructor at the Hosho School of Noh and the President of the Toshu Hosho Noh Troupe. He also holds positions at several other universities.
His Excellency Dr. Handa is a master of the tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and calligraphy. He took the name "Toshu" after entering the priesthood on Mt. Hiei, home to one of Japan's most holy Buddhist temples. His name during his period as a disciple in training at Tofuku-ji temple was "Daigaku". As the Chairman of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture and as a multi-profession artist, H.E. Dr. Handa has participated in various artistic activities, including calligraphy exhibitions, operas, musical concerts, and Noh performances throughout the world. He is active in charity activities and the pursuit of introducing Japanese cultural arts to the world. In 2002, H.E. Dr. Handa was officially recognized as a Grade One National Art Instructor, Grade One Opera Singer, and as a Grade Two Peking Opera Actor.
His Excellency Dr. Handa helped establish a 24-hour emergency hospital in Cambodia and runs this hospital in collaboration with a local Christian Group. H.E. Dr. Handa established Cambodia's first "Japanese Culture and Business Research Center" with the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP), where H.E. Dr. Handa serves as the International Vice Chairman. CICP is Cambodia's leading research think tank and is a member of the ASEAN Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS). In 2003, H.E. Dr. Handa assumed the position of Chancellor of Cambodia's leading private university, the University of Cambodia. In this same year, His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk recognized H.E. Dr. Handa's generous contributions to Cambodia by bestowing him with one of the highest decorations of honor.
His many contributions to international welfare of the blind resulted in H.E. Dr. Handa becoming the first Japanese person to serve as Vice President of the United Kingdom's Royal National Institute for the Blind. He has also received recognition from Queen Elizabeth for the same reason. H.E. Dr. Handa continues to serve in various positions such as being the President of the World Blind Gold Association, Honorary Chairman of the Japan Blind Golf Association, Vice-Chairman of the Sihanouk Hospital Association, Vice-Chairman of the International Shinto Foundation, and many others. Moreover, H.E. Dr. Handa operates several companies overseas. He is a CEO and a business consultant at B.C. Consulting, which holds symposiums, seminars, as well as evaluates corporate operations.
His Excellency Dr. Handa engages in a variety of artistic and cultural activities including poetry, musical composition, instrumental performances, conducting, vocal performances, Japanese Waka and Haiku poetry, painting, classical ballet, Peking opera, acting, and so forth. He is a distinguished author and artist, selling a great number of books and paintings, music videos, and CD collections. H.E. Dr. Handa has written a number of essays on life, culture, economics and religion. Along with the "Secrets for Running a Small Business," "Understanding Japan," and "Lucky Fortune," which has sold over 720,000 copies. H.E. Dr. Handa has written over 105 books and his works have been translated into six different languages. He is also a known radio personality and has significant experience as a radio regular. H.E. Dr. Handa currently hosts a weekly radio program "Sawayaka This Way" (National FM).
H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn
Dr. Kao was born in Cambodia and educated in the United States of America. Over the years, he had attended many national, regional and international meetings (bilateral and multilateral; official and track-two). As a scholar and a diplomat, he had made various contributions to both Cambodia and ASEAN.
Diploma, Herndon High School, Herndon, Virginia, U.S., June 1985.
B.A., Asian Studies, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, U.S., May 1989.
M.A., International Affairs, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, U.S., March 1991.
M.A., Political Science, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, U.S., June 1991.
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa, U.S.A., May 2001.
Honorary Doctor of Public Service, Ohio University, U.S.A., June 2007.
Minister Delegate Attached to the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia in charge of Foreign Affairs and ASEAN, since 2013.
ASEAN Senior Official, in charge of Military and Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Royal Government of Cambodia, 2003- 2011.
Cambodian Representative and Member, High Level Task Force on the Drafting of ASEAN Charter, 2007- 2008
Personal Advisor, Samdech Techo Prime Minister Hun Sen, 2008-2013
Member, Cambodian Red Cross Central Committee, 2010-2015
Vice Chairman, Advisory Board, International Relations Institute for Cambodia, Office of the Council of Ministers, Royal Government of Cambodia, Since 2006
Secretary-General, Asia Economic Forum, since 2005
Member, Board of Director, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peach, Since 2004
Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Royal Government of Cambodia, 2003-2013
President and Founder, The University of Cambodia, since 2003
Professor of Political Science, The University of Cambodia, since 2003
Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Royal Government of Cambodia, 2001-2003
Member, Supreme National Economic Council, Royal Government of Cambodia, 1999-2015
Executive Director, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP), 1994-2002
Director, Khmer International Relations Institute, 1993-1994.
Member, High Level Task Force on Drafting the ASEAN Charter, 2007.
Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Royal Government of Cambodia (with the rank of Undersecretary of State), 2001-2004.
Executive Director, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP), 1994-2004.
Lead Professor, Training Program of Officials, Royal School of Administration, 2000-2001.
Secretary General, CSCAP Cambodia, 2001-2004.
Member, The Eminent Intellectuals for the ASEAN+3 Study Group on the Promotion and Facilitation of Exchange of People and Human Resource Development, 2003.
Member, International Council, The Asia Society, 2002-2003.
Member, Supreme National Economic Council (with the rank of Minister), Cambodia, 1999-2001.
Adviser to Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Cambodia, 1996-1998.
Director, Khmer International Relations Institute, 1993-1994.
Royal Order of Monisaraphon, Officer, 2003.
Royal Order of Monisaraphon, Chevalier, 2003.
Royal Order of Monisaraphon, Commander, 2006.
Royal Order of Cambodia, Grand Officer, 2007.
Royal Order of Sowathara, Grand Officer, 2007
PUBLICATIONS: A selected list of publications:
Whispering in the Ears of Power: The Role of ASEAN Track-Two Diplomacy (Phnom Penh: CICP, 2003).
Cambodia’s Foreign Policy and ASEAN: From Nonalignment to Engagement (Phnom Penh: CICP, 2002).
“Cambodia’s Security in 2001,” in Christopher A. McNally and Charles E. Morrison (Tokyo: JCIE, 2001) and “Cambodia’s Security in 2000,” in Richard Baker and Charles Morrison, eds., Asia Pacific Security Outlook 2000 (Tokyo: JCIE, 2000).
“The Challenges of Intervention for Cambodian Think Tanks,” in Diane Stone, ed., Banking on Knowledge: The Genesis of the Global Development Network (London: Routledge, 2000).
The Greater Mekong Subregion and ASEAN: From Backwaters to Headwaters, co-edited with Jeffrey A. Kaplan, (Phnom Penh: CICP, 2000),
Principles under Pressure: Cambodia and ASEAN’s Non-Interference Policy, co-edited with Jeffrey A. Kaplan (Phnom Penh: CICP, 1999).
ASEAN-10 is Born: Commemorating Cambodia’s Entry into ASEAN, compiled (Phnom Penh: CICP, 1999).
Cambodian Approach to Conflict Resolution, co-authored with Samraing Kamsan, (Phnom Penh: CICP, 1998).
Dynamo or Dynamite?: Cambodia’s Future in ASEAN, co-edited with Jeffrey A. Kaplan, (London: ASEAN Academic Press, 1998).
“Cambodia and the International Community: The Road Ahead,” in Frederick Z. Brown and David G. Timberman (eds.) Cambodia and the International Community: The Quest for Peace, Development, and Democracy, (New York and Singapore: Asia Society and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1998).
Peace and Cooperation in ASEAN: Alternative Paradigms, co-edited with Din Merican, London: ASEAN Academic Press, 1997.
ASEAN Free Trade Agreement: Implications and Future Directions, co-edited with Sara Kanter, London: ASEAN Academic Press, 1997.
Mr Keo Chhea, a Cambodian national, is retired Government official who has been educated in India and Australia and has vast experiences both in government service as well as in inter-governmental organization service. Over the years has attended numerous meetings, seminars and workshops both track I and track II, and has made many contributions to both Cambodia and ASEAN as a whole.
B.A. in English Literatures and Linguistics, School of Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, May 1985;
Post Graduate Diploma in International Law, Indian Institute of International Law, New Delhi, 1994
M.A. in Foreign Affairs and Trade, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, May 2000;
He has also attended many short courses abroad including research on ASEAN and its opportunities at ISEAS, Singapore, 1997 and the Executive Course on Transnational Security (TSC-11), 2011 at the Asia Pacific Centre for Security Study (APCSS), Hawii.
Desk Officer for Mass Communication Department, MFA, Cambodia1985-1989
Head of Visa section, Consular and Legal Affairs Department, MFA, Cambodia1989-1991
Personal Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia,1991-1992
First Secretary of the Embassy of Cambodia to India,1992-94
Charge d’Affaires a.i. of the Royal Embassy of Cambodia to India, 1994-95
Deputy Director for Security Cooperation, ASEAN Department, MFA.IC, Cambodia, 1996 -99
Counselor to the Royal Embassy of Cambodia to Brunei Darussalam, 2000 – 2002
Deputy Director-General of ASEAN Cambodia, General Department of ASEAN, MFA.IC, Cambodia, 2002 – Sept. 2003
Head of Specialized Program Division (handling ASEAN transnational Security Cooperation), the ASEAN Secretariat, Sept 2003 – Dec 2008;
Head of External Relations Division (handling ASEAN Dialogue Partners’ cooperation), 2009 – Nov 2016
Krishna Menon Gold Medal for achieving highest score in International Law, 1994, Indian Institute of International Law;
National Silver Medal, Officer, 1998;
National Gold Medal, Officer, 2003
Din Merican, Adjunct Professor of Business (2006) and Acting Dean, Techo Sen School of Government and International Relations, The University of Cambodia ( 2015), has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Economics from The University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1963. He was on a scholarship from his own state, Kedah DarulAman, Malaysia.
In 1970, he graduated from The George Washington School of Business, The George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA with a Masters Degree in Business Administration in Finance and International Business (with distinction). He was the Best Graduate Student in International Business for the Graduating Class of 1970.
His graduate education in the United States was financed by Bank Negara Malaysia (The National Bank of Malaysia). In I989 he attended the well-known Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD (The European Business School), Fontainebleau, France.
Over the years, Din Merican served in many positions in both the public and private sectors. He began his career in 1964 at the Malaysian Foreign Ministry as Assistant Secretary (Political) in charge of Southeast Asia (covering Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand and Burma) and military intelligence.
In 1965, he left the Foreign Service to be with Bank Negara Malaysia where he was promoted to become the youngest Secretary of the Bank’s Board of Directors in 1972. He left the Bank’s service and joined the private sector first as Managing Director of a wholly owned consulting subsidiary of The Agricultural Bank of Malaysia (1973-1975).
In 1976 he was Director of Planning and Business Strategic Development in Kumpulan FIMA Berhad which was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad. Finally, in 1978—1991, he was with Sime Darby Group, Malaysia’s largest conglomerate, as Group Treasurer and progressed to become Director of Planning and Corporate Affairs, Regional Director (Malaysia) and Member of the Sime Darby Group Management Committee, Regional Director (Singapore) and Managing Director of Sime Darby Singapore (listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange).
In 1991 he served with PT Bakrie Brothers in Indonesia and Deputy Managing Director (Finance). He returned to Malaysia briefly before taking up residence with his family in Phnom Penh where he was co-founder of The British International School of Phnom Penh. He was appointed Senior Research Fellow, The Cambodian Institute of Cooperation and Peace as Assistant to H.E Dr. Kao Kim Hourn in 1996 (a position he held until 2013). He returned to Malaysia in 1997.
Back in Malaysia, he became a management consultant and served as Chairman, Amanah Saham Kedah Berhad (a state owned unit trust company) in 1998, Director, Bina Darul Aman Berhad (listed property company on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange) in 2008-2011. In 2000 he was project consultant to the University of Malaya which led to the establishment of Asia-Europe Institute. He was made Adjunct Professor of Business( 2006) at The University of Cambodia.
He was Senior Research Fellow of Penang Institute (then known as SERI); he is an Advisory Board Member of The Center for Public Policy Studies of The Sunway Group and Associate Fellow, Malaysian Institute of Economic Research.
Dated: May 25, 2015