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; and “Management Award of the Year 2016” by Zaikai. In 2017, Ms. Kobayashi was named a Yale World Fellow, and assumed a role as a Director of Asia Pacific Initiative in 2018.
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 daughter and he has served as Founding Head of School since 2014.
Hidehiro Imatsu, Director
Hidehiro Imatsu joined Goldman Sachs after graduating from the graduate school of engineering at Kyoto University. After a period 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kimiya Yamamoto, Director
CEO of Open Road Associates, Inc. and Chairman of Fuller, Inc. Kimiya joined Mitsui Chemicals in 1991. After establishing two companies, he assumed the position of President and CEO of ASAHI Net, Inc. in 2006 and led the company to go public on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. His management strategy became a case study of Harvard Business School. BA from Rikkyo University Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management. MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. Also a member of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives.
Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado
Chair Nobuyuki Idei (former CEO, Sony; former Vice Chairman, Keidanren)
Advisor David Katsujin Chao (Cofounder, DCM; Trustee, Thacher School)
Advisor Heang Chhor (Managing Partner, Qualgro, Singapore)
Advisor Yasuchika Hasegawa (Director Chairman of the Board, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Former Chairman, Japan Association of Corporate Executives )
Advisor Takashi Kawamura (Chairman of the Board of Directors, Tokyo Electric Power Company; Former Chairman Emeritus, H i tachi, Ltd.)
Advisor Kakutaro Kitashiro (Former Executive Advisor, IBM Japan; former CEO, IBM Japan; Chair of the Board, International Christian University)
Advisor Edward Suzuki (Architect, Edward Suzuki Associates, Inc.)
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 Yasushi Ando (CEO and COO, New Horizon Capital Co., Ltd.)
Statutory Auditor Kenji Hosokawa (Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP)
Statutory Auditor Naoki Tamura (Sakura Real Estate Funds Management, Inc., Compliance Officer)