EDWIN H. FUTA
Ed Futa, past General Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation, managed operations for one of the world’s largest global humanitarian service organization with 33,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographic regions. With annual revenues of US$ 240 million and expenses of US$210 million, Rotary and its Foundation support 1.2 million volunteers in their efforts to serve their local and global communities.
Ed had been in the position of Rotary's General Secretary for 12 years (1999-2011), making him the 3rd longest serving GS in our history.
Futa led a diverse and educated staff of more than 650 at Rotary’s World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA and international offices in Sao Paula, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Zurich, Switzerland; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, Korea; New Delhi, India; and Parramatta (Sydney), Australia. More than one-quarter of Rotary’s staff was born outside the United States - from more than 40 countries. Another quarter has lived in another country for six months or more - in more than 70 countries. More than half speak a language other than English well enough to carry on a conversation. Nearly 40 languages are spoken at Rotary’s World Headquarters. Some 85 percent of staff has bachelor’s degrees and 23 percent have one or more master’s degrees.
This past year Ed served as a special advisor to PE Tanaka, RI representative to the UN, and as the general chair for the 2013 Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal.
Futa comes from Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was president of an international marketing consulting firm. He has served on the Board of Governors of the YMCA and as a mediator in the Neighborhood Justice Center of Honolulu. He is a keynote speaker at many Rotary International events including club and district conferences and international assemblies and conventions.
Ed's other recent Rotary projects are: