Administration team

Mr. Yoshishige Komaki

Board President

Yoshishige Komaki
Mr Komaki founded KIST with his wife, Takako, in 1997. Since that time, as Board President, he has been directly involved in the operation of the school and has overseen its development in line with his vision and founding principles.


 Mr. Jeffrey Jones

Head of School

Jeffrey Jones
Mr Jones originally worked in the Secondary School at KIST as the Mathematics Subject Area Coordinator and CAS (Community and Service) Coordinator from 2005 to 2008. He returned to KIST in 2013 as the Director of Education and was subsequently appointed Head of School in August 2014 to oversee the school's educational division. Prior to returning to KIST, he worked in various administrative and teaching capacities to lead the establishment and sustainment of IB programs at international and government curriculum 'Article 1' private schools in Japan, mostly recently as Principal of a Japanese university affiliated international school in the Kansai region. He is an experienced MYP Workshop Leader, a DP Mathematics Examiner and an IBAP region School Visiting Team Member. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Mr Jones has a Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics and Psychology) and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Mathematics) from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Education (Educational Leadership) from the University of Calgary. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, mountain sports, golfing and spending time with his family. Mr Jones' daughter is a student at KIST.


Mr. Kevin Yoshihara

Elementary School Principal

Kevin Yoshihara
Mr Yoshihara has been a member of KIST since August 2009. Initially working as a classroom teacher with Grades 4 and 5, he was appointed as the Elementary School Principal in 2012 with responsibilities covering K1 through Grade 5. Having also worked in schools in Canada, Kuwait and China, Mr Yoshihara has held a number of teaching and coordinator roles over the course of his career. He holds a Master of Education degree from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria. Mr Yoshihara is a PYP workshop leader for the International Baccalaureate Organization and has led various teacher workshops in the Asia-Pacific region. His outside school hobbies include swimming, cycling and running. Originally from Canada, Mr Yoshihara's two sons attend KIST.


Mr Clay Bradley

Elementary School Vice Principal

Clay Bradley
Mr Bradley joined the KIST community in August 2012 as a Grade 3 teacher in the Elementary School and was subsequently appointed PYP Coordinator at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. In August 2014, with increasing enrollments in the Elementary School, he transitioned into the additional role of Elementary School Vice Principal to assist in the day-to-day running of the school, in addition to his continuing duties as PYP Coordinator. Mr Bradley holds a Bachelor's degree in philosophy and a degree in Special Education from the University of Hawaii. He has taught in schools in the Kansai area as well as Hawaii over the last twenty years. He enjoys running, cycling, drawing and playing guitar as out of school hobbies. Mr Bradley's eldest daughter graduated from KIST and his youngest daughter is currently enrolled.


Mr. Mark Cowe

Secondary School Principal

Mark Cowe
Mr Cowe joined KIST in August 2007 as the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator for Grades 11 and 12. In 2011, in addition to his continuing duties as DP Coordinator, he was appointed Secondary School Vice Principal. In August 2014, he was subsequently appointed Secondary School Principal. Mr Cowe holds a Master of Arts degree in modern history and politics from the University of Edinburgh, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Nottingham, and is currently working towards a Master of Arts in international education with the University of Bath. Mr Cowe has been teaching since 1999 and has held a variety of classroom teaching and leadership roles in the UK, Qatar and El Salvador before coming to Japan. He is also employed by the IB organization as an examiner for history and theory of knowledge, and also as a workshop leader. His outside school hobbies include golf, tennis and hiking.