Lin Kobayashi, Co-Founder and Chair of the Board
Lin Kobayashi is the co-founder and Chair of the Board at International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK). Ms. Kobayashi’s passion for education began during her studies at a residential high school 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, Ms. Kobayashi worked at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).
Ms. 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, Ms. Kobayashi was honored with the title of “Young Global Leader 2012” by the World Economic Forum, was selected as a “Change-maker of the Year 2013”, “Nikkei Woman of the Year 2015” by Nikkei Business, one of Japan’s top business magazines, and “Management Award of the Year 2016” by Zaikai, another top business magazine in Japan. She is currently a member of the Committee for Japan’s Future under the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, as well as a member of the Council for the Implementation of Education Rebuilding, Cabinet Secretariat.
Mamoru Taniya, Representative Founder and Director of the Board
While Mamoru Taniya serves as Chairman & CEO of Asuka Holdings, Inc., his life work is to develop projects and services that match the needs of the times. Some of his many successful initiatives include the launch of Lifenet Insurance Company, Japan’s first online insurance company, and the development of “studio yoggy,” a pioneering yoga studio which has contributed to the popularization of yoga in Japan. Mr. Taniya also started the Campus for H Inc., a venture health care company that develops and markets innovative corporate wellness programs including mindfulness. As both an entrepreneur and a father of two, he came up with the ISAK concept in 2005. Mr. Taniya is a 1983 graduate of Nada Senior High School and received his B.A. in law from the University of Tokyo in 1987.
Roderick Jemison, Founding Head of School
Rod Jemison served as the Director of the Upper School at a prestigious private school near San Diego, where he successfully led in all areas of the high school’s operation including educational program reform, fundraising, finance, preparing for college and marketing. In July 2013 he moved to Japan with his wife and only daughter and is currently putting all of his efforts toward ISAK.
Hidehiro Imatsu, Director
Hidehiro Imatsu joined Goldman Sachs after graduating from graduate school of engineering at Kyoto University. After working for Morgan Stanley, he rejoined Goldman Sachs where he is the head of Japan fixed income, currency and commodity trading and also co-head of Asia Pacific macro trading.
Makoto Takano, Director
Makoto Takano holds master’s and undergraduate degrees in engineering from Waseda University, and joined Daiwa Securities after graduation. Where he was awarded Securities Analysts Journal Prize by the Securities Analyst Association of Japan. After working as head of marketing at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, he was Managing Director and President of PIMCO Japan Ltd. Currently CEO and Editor-In-Chief of Forbes Japan, and Founder / CEO of D4V. Makoto serves as Board member of Human Rights Watch, Endeavor, Director of Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, and Nippon Finance Association.
Paul McInerney, Director
Paul McInerney is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company where he leads McKinsey Analytics Asia Pacific. He started his career at Recruit where he spent five years building online businesses and investing in venture companies. He received his LLB from Kyoto University in 1997. Born in Australia, he has lived in Japan for over 25 years.
Kimiya Yamamoto, Director
After graduating from Rikkyo University and obtaining an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Kimiya Yamamoto worked for Mitsui Chemicals. After establishing two venture companies, he assumed the position of President and CEO of ASAHI Net, Inc. in 2006. He led the company to go public on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Currently, Mr. Yamamoto is the President of Open Road Associates, Inc., board member of Japan Industrial Partners, board member of G2010, an electronic book publisher that he established with Mr. Ryu Murakami, a member of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, and Vice Chair of Human Rights Watch Tokyo Committee.
Kotaro Yamagishi, Director
Kotaro Yamagishi serves as CEO of Keio Innovation Initiative, Inc. He co-founded GREE in December 2004, and now serves as the Company’s director (part-time). Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of CNET Networks Japan (now ASAHI INTERACTIVE, Inc.) prior to which, he worked at Nikkei Business Publications, Inc. He graduated from Keio University, Economics.
Masakazu Yanagisawa, Director
Masakazu Yanagisawa currently heads up the Global Prime Finance business within its Global Markets division in Deutsche Securities. He started his career at Merrill Lynch, where he worked in London until 2006. After returning to Japan, he has been involved in hedge fund related businesses. Mr. Yanagisawa graduated from the School of Policy Management at Keio University.
Chair Nobuyuki Idei (former CEO, Sony; former Vice Chairman, Keidanren)
Advisor David Katsujin Chao (Cofounder, DCM; Trustee, Thacher School)
Advisor Heang Chhor (Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Singapore)
Advisor Yasuchika Hasegawa (Director Chairman of the Board, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Former Chairman, Japan Association of Corporate Executives )
Advisor Takeshi Isayama (Chairman, Carlyle Group Japan; former Vice Chairman, Nissan Motor)
Advisor Kakutaro Kitashiro (Executive Advisor, IBM Japan; former CEO, IBM Japan; Chair of the Board, International Christian University)
Advisor Kan Suzuki (Professor at Keio University & Tokyo University)
Advisor Fumio Tateishi (Executive Director and Chairman, Omron; Former Committee member, Japan Association of Corporate Executives)
Statutory Auditor Shigeyuki Mito (Partner of TMI Associates)
Statutory Auditor Tsutomu Horiuchi (Director of Institute for Strategic Leadership; Former CFO, Mori Building Co., Ltd.)
Statutory Auditor Naoki Tamura (GLP Japan Advisors Inc., Compliance Officer)