Chair of the Board
International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK)
Lin Kobayashi is the co-founder and Chair of the Board at International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK), a residential high school that opened in Karuizawa in 2014. ISAK aims to bring together top students from around the world with the aim of developing leaders who are eager to work for positive change in their countries and communities. Lin’s passion for education began during her studies at a United World College in Canada, and continued to develop over the years. Before returning to Tokyo in 2008 to launch the ISAK project, she spent two years working for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the Philippines, where she worked to program non-formal education projects for street children. Prior to UNICEF, Lin worked at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). Lin Kobayashi began her career at Morgan Stanley and holds an MA in International Education Policy Analysis from Stanford University and a BA in Development Economics from the University of Tokyo. More recently, Lin was selected as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in 2012, and was honored with the title of “Change-maker of the Year 2013” by Nikkei Business and "Woman of The Year 2014" by Nikkei Woman. She is currently a committee member of the Council for the Implementation of Education Rebuilding, Cabinet Secretariat.