Founder and Chair of the Board
International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK)
Lin Kobayashi is the founder and chair of the board at the International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK) in Japan. Her passion for education began when she received a full scholarship from Keidanren to study at a full-boarding international high school in Canada. Inspired by that experience, she joined UNICEF in the Philippines, where she worked to program non-formal education programs for street children. Kobayashi felt a strong need to develop leadership education after witnessing extreme disparity firsthand. In 2008, Kobayashi returned to Japan to develop the ISAK project, and finally in 2014, ISAK opened its doors with an aim to educate the next generation of transformational leaders. She started her career at Morgan Stanley, and holds a BA in development economics from the University of Tokyo and an MA in education from Stanford University. She is the Advisor for the Implementation of Education Rebuilding in Japan under the Cabinet Secretariat and a member of the Accenture Japan Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Board. She was selected as a Young Global Leader in 2012 by the World Economic Forum, a “Change-Maker of the Year 2013” by Nikkei Business, “Woman of the Year 2015” by Nikkei Woman, and most recently “Management of the Year 2016” by Zaikai.