Our Team

Ai Sasaki
AWLF Chairman

After graduating from Doshisha Women's University, got a job at a company listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Completed the University of Tokyo Executive Management Program. National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Asian Geopolitics Program Completed.

She continues to deepen her quest for enrichment of life and promotes economic, political, educational, medical, health and wellness, social and cultural harmony in the Asian region. She has a strong interest in contributing to the community by promoting meetings across borders and deepening ties with Japanese women and female leaders from various countries.

Born in Kyoto, she is keen to contribute to the Kyoto Environmental Protocol. She is also a member of the Young Leaders of the United Nations Environment Conference. In May 2020, she became president of the Asian Women Leaders Forum. She likes to work for gender equality, protection of women's rights and dignity, empowerment of women, care of the economically vulnerable women and children, protection of the rights of poor children, unmarried mothers and mental health of women. She is working to promote women's literacy, medical care, and women's entrepreneurship. She is motivated to build a bridge of understanding and compassion amongst women of Asian countries.

Sayaka Hashimoto
Executive Director

The entire world is searching for happiness. People want to understand about their mind, soul and consciousness. They want to go deeper within their own self in search of happiness. At the forefront of such initiatives in Japan is the husband-wife team of Sayaka and Masahiko Hashimoto.

Sayaka has taken several initiatives to enrich Japan’s spiritual life through its music, culture, poetry and traditions. Sayaka has been putting the healing power of music through their husband-wife team by creating innovative compositions to elevate people to a higher level of life experience. In fact, she and her husband have launched a “Life Orchestra” project to convey deeper truths about human life through public performances.

Sayaka feels that their “Life Education” program of growth through inner evolution can bring peace to the world and enable human beings to tap their inner potential for achieving happiness.

The duo has also come up with a poetry collection about “happy encounters” with the self and others. Her musical creation “Warmth of Kioku” has been appreciated by the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare. Another musical composition created by them titled “Life Creates Life” is about people of the world coming together, through the power of love. Sayaka and her husband, Masahiko Hashimoto, have deep interest in Indian philosophy and Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living program.

With their deep interest in the energies that govern the cosmos, Masahiko and Sayaka plan to showcase an innovative Planetarium musical presentation program to be composed, produced and presented by them at the World Planetarium Congress and also the well-known Full Dome Festival to be held at Bruno in Europe. They are currently also preparing for an “Orchestra presentation” project to be performed by their team in 2022 in front of a global audience. Amongst their several compositions, there is a notable one to induce peace, love and a sense of harmony within children. Through their musical endeavours, both wish to communicate the message of love and harmony to the people of this world.

Miho Aoki
Executive Director

Abdul Waheed Khan

Dr. Abdul Waheed Khan was born in a remote village in India. His journey from a remote village to high-level executive and diplomatic positions in several national and international organizations is an exciting story of a dynamic leader and a visionary. Dr. Khan served as Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information at UNESCO from2001-2010. He was responsible for formulating policies and coordinating the implementation of programs aimed at harnessing the power of communication and information for enhancing access to information and knowledge. Power of Peace was one of the flagship programs which was conceptualized and coordinated by him. He has served in several international organizations such as the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), the United Nation Development Program(UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), UNESCAP, World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In the field of education, he has served as the Vice-Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University.

His duties included providing leadership for academic planning, raising financial resources, managing human resources, and developing a National Knowledge Network comprising of 72 universities. Dr. Khan was a Visiting Scientist/Professor at the National Institute of Multi-Media Education in Japan from 1990-1991. He served as the Education Specialist at the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), in Vancouver,Canada, from 1992 to 1998. He was the founder President of Talal Abu Ghazali University of Business from 2010-2013. He is currently on the board of directors for Townsend Smith Foundation, which aims at building a hospice in Milton, Ontario, Canada as well as on the Accessibility Advisory Committee and Older Adults Advisory Committee of Halton Region, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Khan works as a volunteer at the Milton District Hospital.

He is a recipient of several awards and distinctions, including honorary doctorates from 3 universities and honorary fellowship of the Commonwealth of Learning. He was awarded the Dayawati Modi Award for Art and Culture and received the Super Brain of India Gold Award. Dr. Khan has served on several boards and committees in national and international organizations. He received his doctorate in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin, United States.