Co-Founder and Chair of the Board
Foundation for International School of Asia, Karuizawa
Lin Kobayashi is Executive Director of the International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK). Launched in 2008, ISAK aims to be Japan's first international boarding high school, scheduled to open in 2014. The school's mission is to develop transformational leaders to serve the greater good in Asia and beyond. ISAK is unique in terms of its rigorous academic programme, leadership and design focus, and emphasis on diversity. In January 2012, ISAK received official permission to establish the school and has already selected the founding Head of School. Kobayashi began her career at Morgan Stanley. She also worked at UNICEF for two years, organizing non-formal education projects for street children. Prior to UNICEF, she worked as a Country Officer for the Philippines at JBIC, an implementation agency for Japan's Official Development Assistance. Kobayashi holds an MA in International Educational Policy Analysis from Stanford University and a BA in Development Economics from the University of Tokyo.