Yoshi Funaki is currently working as a junior professional associate (general lackey) with the World Bank. Prior to this she worked with the Migration Policy Institute as a senior editor in the publishing unit. She has also worked in training and civic education in East Timor with the United Nations Development Program and the U.N. mission.
London-born Funaki is half German, half Japanese, has lived in Germany, Italy, the U.S., and East Timor, and is thoroughly confused as to her national identity. Prior to working with the U.N., she spent a year working with international non-governmental organizations in sustainable development and human rights education.
Funaki recently attained her masters degree in international relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies despite her addiction to karaoke and ping pong. Her first degree from the University of Edinburgh was in English literature and philosophy, which is completely unrelated to, but occasionally useful in dealing with, her current work.