Academic background: Middle Eastern studies with a concentration on Persian language at Osaka University of Foreign Studies in Japan.
During her university years, Kiyomi was given an opportunity to teach Persian language to Afghan refugee children residing in Japan.
This experience helped her deepen her understanding of the challenges facing refugees. Subsequently, Kiyomi decided to dedicate her life to peace building and conflict resolution. Since 2010 she has worked with vulnerable people, such as refugees and survivors of violence, at NGOs for over seven years, travelling to Jordan, Iran, Tajikistan and Turkey.
After completing her studies Kiyomi plans to advance her career in human resource development for peacebuilding.