Our Honorary Founder

Dr. Daisaku Ikeda & Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda

Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, world renowned educator, photographer, poet of eminence, author and peace maker. He is the founder of Soka University (Tokyo), Soka Women's College (Tokyo), Soka University of America (USA) and the Soka School System, which consists of primary schools, junior and senior high schools and kindergartens in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Hongkong. He has also established Brazil Soka School in 2002.

In recognition of Dr. Ikeda's efforts, various institutions have honored him with awards, such as the United Nations Peace Award, the poet Laureate Award of the World Poets Association and the Kenya Oral Literature Association Award. Dr. Ikeda was conferred with the Doctorate of Letters by the University of Delhi in January 1999, regarding him as, "one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century". In Tamil Nadu, Bharathidasan University (Tiruchirapalli) was the first to confer a Honorary Doctorate of letters to Dr. Ikeda in 2002. Besides, he is the proud recipient to Jamnalal Bajaj International Award 2005 for promoting Gandhian values outside India. Dr. Ikeda has been awarded 397 honorary awards from various universities across the world in recognition of his efforts to promote peace through dialogues, citizen diplomacy and cross-cultural exchange.

Honors Conferred upon SGI President Daisaku Ikeda