Graham Holman qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and is currently general counsel for Europe, Middle East, Africa & CIS at Sumitomo Corporation Europe Group, one of Japan’s leading integrated trading companies, with responsibility for all commercial legal, corporate governance and compliance issues related to the group’s business.
He is also a trustee and board member of The Japan Society, which was established in 1891 and is the leading independent body in the United Kingdom dedicated to the enhancement of the British-Japanese relationship. He also served on the Committee of the British-Japanese Law Association from 2000 to 2010. In 2009, the association received a Distinguished Service Award from the Japanese Ambassador for its contribution to relations between Japan and the UK.
Graham worked in Osaka, Japan from 1991 to 1998 with both a Japanese law firm (now Yodoyabashi & Yamagami) and the legal department of Nissho Iwai Corporation (now Sojitsu Corporation) returning to London to join Sumitomo Corporation Europe.
He maintains an interest in the Japanese language and was a prize winner at the 2010 Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese held at SOAS, University of London.