Program Manager, Tokyo Office
Saori Kobayashi joined the Mansfield Foundation in April 2015 and became program manager in August 2016. In her current position she helps coordinate, manage, and implement Foundation programs including the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program and the Mansfield–PhRMA Research Scholars Program.
Prior to joining the Mansfield Foundation, Ms. Kobayashi served as a senior communications/public information assistant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representation in Japan. From 2012-2014, she worked at the International Peace Cooperation Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Foreign Policy Bureau, where she was responsible for program management, coordinating with program implementers, and conducting research on peacekeeping policies. Ms. Kobayashi has an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, and a BA in Foreign Studies from Sophia University.