Mariko Kinai joined World Vision Japan (WVJ) in 2008 with over 21 years of professional experience which includes work for Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), the Japanese government financial aid organisation, and the University of Tokyo as senior academic staff, working for the President to establish a new multi-disciplinary academic alliance.
In WVJ, she assumed several responsibilities including response director of East Japan earthquake and tsunami, strategic and planning director, and the national director since 2017.
Beyond her role in World Vision Japan, Mariko also takes a part to contribute the civil sector and development field in Japan. She serves as a board member for Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC) and Japan Non-Profit Organisation Centre (JNPOC). She is also a member of Advisory Committee for Evaluation in Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Mariko has Master of Science (Msc) degree in development economics from Oxford University and Msc. in social policy and planning in developing countries from London School of Economics (LSE), and a member of Development Studies society in Japan. She is a part-time lecturer at Tokyo Institute of Technology University and Aoyama Gakuin University.
Mariko is a member of Hongo Church (Presbyterian) in Tokyo.
She is a mother of eighteen years old son and a wife of Ei Kinai, a pediatrician.