Runway For Hope
About the Founder
Sena O. Vafa has grown up in numerous multicultural communities around the world. Since his earliest days, Sena has been extremely blessed to live a life of both darkness and light: of poverty and of wealth, war and taking refuge, failure and accomplishment, and of adversity and hope. ‘But there is nothing compared to losing your home, being forced to leave your parents at a very young age, and not knowing if you can survive to see them again,’ Sena says. ‘My past, and every single day of my life, has taught me to have a strong will and never to yield.'It was more than three decades ago at the age of 15 that Sena was forced to leave Iran to escape persecution, religious discrimination and the horrors of war. He spent over two years in a refugee camp in Pakistan from 1985 to 1988. He finally found a new life in Canada in peace where he lived more than a decade. This was followed by the next chapter where Sena moved to Japan to continue his education and began immediately searching for ways to contribute his knowledge and experience to the Japanese community.
Sena has been very fortunate to travel to over 80 countries and live in over 14, including some of the world's least developed nations and a few of the most advanced. ‘Having had all these experiences of both adversity and privilege, I truly believe there is nothing more worthwhile and beautiful than to have a ‘home’ and to remind yourself of the importance of family’, he says.
As a guest speaker giving lectures on global issues to junior and high schools, universities and various interest groups/associations in Japan, lecturing to aspiring students, spreading a message of hope, ‘how to live life’ and the value of helping others through Runway for Hope and other means.
Sena’s academic life has spanned over fifteen years at the undergraduate and graduate level, focusing mainly in Politics and International Affairs. He earned First Class Honor degrees from Concordia University (1994-1997), McGill/Harvard University (1997-1998), Kyoto University (1999-2001) and hold a Doctorate degree from University of Cambridge. Predominantly, his career background has been focused in academia and international governmental organizations. Currently, he is working on his new book ‘Make Life Colorful’.
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Who We Are
Executive Board Members
Dr. Omid (Sena) Vafa
(Runway for Hope - Founder)
(SVP Accrete Inc.)
(Mayor of Narita City)
(CEO - Ohta Publications)
Mr. Kuniji Tsubaki
(Member of Tokyo City Council)
(Hayama international School , Co-founder)
(Next Chapter LLC President)
(President and COO at KPG Hotel & Resort)
(CEO, Founder - ALIVE Hospitality Design Inc.)
(Partner at Morrison Foerster Law Firm)
(Head of Operation & Planning)
Izumi Ogawa (Coordinator Officer)
Emi Martin (Development & Planning))
Nakano Tomoaki (Head of Audio & Visual)
Kazuyuki Mitsumori (Webmaster)
Raito Nishizaka (Audio/Visual, Movie Maker)
Miharu Ikeda (Casting & Planning)
Jae Suk Kim (Art Director)