Founder and Chair of the Board
International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK)
Lin Kobayashi is an entrepreneur and educator who is passionate about bringing positive change to society. She founded and chairs the board of the International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK), Japan’s first international boarding high school designed to nurture the next generation of transformational leaders. The establishment of ISAK is perceived to be one of the most successful social entrepreneurial projects in the recent years with strong support from both the public and private sectors. Following the successful opening of ISAK in 2014, Kobayashi worked with the Minister and Ministry of Education on decentralization of teacher training, hiring, and evaluation, while serving on the Council for the Implementation of Education Rebuilding in Japan. She is also a member of Educational Policy Strategy Council in Nagano Prefecture, serves on the Accenture Japan Inclusion and Diversity advisory board as well as on the board of Endeavor which promotes entrepreneurship in Japan. She was selected as a Young Global Leader in 2012 by the World Economic Forum, Change-Maker of the Year 2013 by Nikkei Business, Woman of the Year 2015 by Nikkei Woman, and Management of the Year 2016 by Zaikai. She started her career at Morgan Stanley, and holds a BA in economics from the University of Tokyo and an MA in education from Stanford University.