Richard Donald Lewis was a journalist and is a British linguist, cross-cultural communication consultant, and author. His company, Richard Lewis Communications, provides cross-cultural communication training, as well as language training for international executives. He also founded the Berlitz schools in East Asia, Portugal and Finland and spent several years in Japan. In 1997, Mr Lewis was awarded a knighthood in Finland. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Knight Commander, Order of the Lion of Finland.