Tobyn is a corporate lawyer based in Tokyo, Japan. Originally from Calgary, Canada, Tobyn has always been inspired by a sense of greater purpose and global impact. At fifteen, Tobyn spent a year in Sapporo, Japan as a Rotary exchange student; there, she lived in a Zen Buddhist temple, sparking her first interest in cross-cultural understanding and dialogue. Over the next fifteen years, Tobyn followed her passion for international affairs, development, and peace-building. She worked with disadvantaged youth in Ethiopia, planned a democratic skills-building workshop in Egypt, and helped restore cities in post-tsunami Japan. And, between Bangkok, Brussels, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, and Yangon, Tobyn worked at NGOs and the UN, addressing issues of democracy-building, human rights, and transitional justice.
Tobyn earned her BA from Harvard College in 2011, where she majored in the Comparative Study of Religion (focusing on Political Islam) with citations in Japanese and Hebrew. In 2016, she graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served as Executive Editor of the National Security Journal and Transitional Justice Co-Chair of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Human Rights PIC, in addition to being selected for the Harvard Graduate School Leadership Institute. Tobyn’s hobbies include Arabic dancing and Japanese calligraphy, and she is a budding oenophile and foodie.