Governance - UWC ISAK Japan

Governance

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Lin Kobayashi

Co-Founder and Chair of the Board
Lin Kobayashi is the co-founder and Chair of the Board at UWC ISAK Japan. 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. Ms. Kobayashi has received several honors as a leader and change-maker including “Young Global Leader 2012” by the World Economic Forum; “Change-maker of the Year 2013” by Nikkei Business; “Woman of the Year 2015” by Nikkei Woman; “Management Award of the Year 2016” by Zaikai and “EY Entrepreneur of The Year 2019 Japan” by Ernst & Young. In 2017, Ms. Kobayashi was named a Yale World Fellow. She also serves on the boards of UWC International as well as Asia Pacific Initiative.

Mamoru Taniya

Representative Founder and Director of the Board

While Mamoru Taniya serves as Chairman 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 daughter and he has served as Founding Head of School since 2014.

Masahiro Koshiba

Director

Masahiro Koshiba is currently CEO of United Managers Japan Inc. a company he established in 2004 that provides an incubation platform for investment funds. He started his career at Daiwa Securities; followed by Daiwa International Capital Management and Deutsche Asset Management (formerly Deutsche Morgan Grenfell), and after that co-founded an investment advisory firm in 2000. He offers investment opportunities to institutional investors and foundations both in Japan and worldwide; he has been an active fund manager since 1990, and also currently manages a Japanese equities fund. Masahiro serves as a Member of Human Rights Watch Tokyo Committee. He graduated from Doshisha University with a BA in law.

Mariko Magnan

Director

Mariko founded Japan’s first corporate concierge firm in 2016, after working for companies such as Societe Generale and Goldman Sachs. She is devoted to bringing diversity in the workplace, and to helping employees fulfill their personal and professional lives whilst improving happiness at work.

Paul McInerney

Director

Paul McInerney is a General Partner at Incubate Fund – Japan’s leading seed stage venture fund. He was previously at McKinsey & Company for 18 years, where he was a Senior Partner and most recently led the Asia Pacific Consumer Group. 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 30 years.

Shusaku Minoda

Director

Shusaku Minoda joined KKR in 2007. In 2008, he became Chief Executive Officer and in 2013 was named Chairman of KKR Japan. He was engaged in private equity investments. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Minoda was Managing Executive Officer in charge of the Global Investment Banking Group of Mizuho Corporate Bank and was a member of the management committee of the Bank since 2004. He served as Chairman of the Japan Private Equity Association from June 2011 to June 2013. In December 2014, He retired as Chairman of KKR Japan. Since April 2015, he has served on the Board of Directors of Opt Holding. Currently, he also serves on the Board of Directors of Toyoko-Inn, a member of Japan Association of Corporate Executives.

Toru Shimada

Director

Toru Shimada began his career at Recruit Co., before co-founding Intelligence Co., Ltd. in 1989. After leaving Intelligence in 1999, he served as President and Owner of Rakuten Baseball Team, and Vice President of Rakuten, Inc. In 2017, he became COO of USEN-NEXT HOLDINGS Co., Ltd. Toru serves on the Board of Directors of a number of companies and as an angel investor has supported the growth of more than 170 startups.

Charlotte Yew

Director

Charlotte Yew started her fund management career in Japan with the Yasuda Mutual Life Insurance Company. She subsequently worked at Jardine Fleming in Hong Kong and Singapore, eventually becoming the Deputy Chief Investment Officer for JP Morgan Asset Management, Asia Pacific.

Currently, she is a director at Alpha Securities, a family investment office of the GK Goh group. Her passion for “investing” goes beyond funds but also in education and rehabilitation. Thus, her keen volunteer service at schools and prisons.
Charlotte graduated from Colgate University in New York, is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds an Advanced Japanese Language certificate.

Honorary Advisor

Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado

Councils

Benjamin Blum
Kenji Govaers
Ryusuke Honjyo
Hiroshi Ito
Tomonori Ito
Kei Iwashita
Roderick Jemison
Haruki Kamiyama
Lin Kobayashi
Yojiro Koizumi
Marcos Melero
Shusaku Minoda
Suguru Miyake
Gen Miyazawa
Ryo Ohira
Elizabeth Oswald
Wataru Sado
Toru Shimada
Makiko Shinoda
Norio Takamatsu
Shotaro Tanaka
MihoTanimoto
Mamoru Taniya
Koki Uchiyama
Yasuhiro Wakebayashi
Charlotte Yew

Advisory Board

Chair Nobuyuki Idei

(Listed in alphabetical order)

Yasuchika Hasegawa
Yasushi Hatakeyama
Hidehiko Hayashi
Hidehiro Imatsu
Kakutaro Kitashiro
Hiroko Kono
Takashi Murata
Shigeru Sato
Teruhide Sato
Kan Suzuki
Makoto Takano
Fumio Tateishi
Kotaro Yamagishi
Kimiya Yamamoto
Masakazu Yanagisawa

Statutory Auditor

Yasushi Ando
Kenji Hosokawa
Naoki Tamura

Accreditation

Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT)

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UWC ISAK Japan is accredited through the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT). Graduates of UWC ISAK Japan receive a Japanese high school diploma upon graduation.

International Baccalaureate Organization

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UWC ISAK Japan is an Official IB World School, authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to teach the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

Accreditation

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UWC ISAK Japan is accredited through the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT). Graduates of UWC ISAK Japan receive a Japanese high school diploma upon graduation.

International Baccalaureate Organization

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UWC ISAK Japan is accredited through the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT). Graduates of UWC ISAK Japan receive a Japanese high school diploma upon graduation.

Annual Report

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Annual Report

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