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Bengi Korkmaz

Partner, McKinsey & Company, Türkiye

Jonathan Korngold

Senior Managing Director and Head of Growth Equity Investing, Blackstone Group, USA

Studies in Mandarin Chinese, Peking University; AB in Economics, Harvard College; MBA, Harvard Business School. Formerly: with Foreign Commercial Service, US Embassy, Beijing; with Principal Investment Area and Mergers & Acquisitions groups, Goldman Sachs, London then New York. With General Atlantic: leads Global Healthcare team and Member, Executive Committee. Member or former Member of the Board: 92nd Street Y; Central Park Conservancy; Kids In Distressed Situations; Streetwise Partners; Harvard Business School Club, NYC. Member, Young Presidents' Organization.

Naomi Koshi

Partner, Miura & Partners, Japan

Upon election to the position of Mayor of the City of Otsu, a prefectural capital with over 340,000 residents, became the youngest woman ever to be elected mayor of a Japanese City. Since taking office, has focused on issues related to gender equality and childcare. LLB and LLM, Hokkaido University; LLM, Harvard Law School. Visiting Fellow, Columbia Business School. Practised law at Nishiura & Asahi, Tokyo and Debevoise & Plimpton, NYC.

Johann Koss

Founder, Right To Play International, Norway

A four-time Olympic gold medalist in speed skating for Norway, Johann Koss is Founder Right To Play International, an organization committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and their communities through the power of sport and play. Johann is currently an investment partner, investing in growth impact companies and start ups from the Nordic region. Johann has served as a director of several public and private companies from real estate, retail, industrial and shipping companies. Koss has a medical degree from the University of Queensland Medical School and received his MBA from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Carleton University, University of Calgary, Agder University and the Free University of Brussels.

Masao Koyama

Head of Carbon Dioxide Removal, Mitsubishi, Japan

Masao Kayama has extensive experience in various roles and industries. As Head of Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) in the Next-Generation Energy Business Group at Mitsubishi Corporation, he successfully launched the CDR business from scratch and has been leading investments and business developments in CDR technologies. In addition, he is Co-Founder of the NextGen CDR Facility, a groundbreaking global advance market commitment facility aiming to purchase over 1 million CDRs by 2025. Kayama’s expertise extends to carbon management strategy as Deputy General Manager of the Carbon Management Team at Mitsubishi Corporation. He actively contributes to national initiatives, serving as a member of the Study Group on Preparation of Carbon Credits for Carbon Neutrality under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and also international initiative as a Steering Committee Member of the CCS+ Initiative. Prior to these roles, he held positions in business development and M&A in the mining division of Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd and gained valuable on-site training as a mining engineer at Rio Tinto. His early experience includes working as a sales representative for battery raw materials at Mitsubishi Corporation.

Michael Kratsios

Managing Director, Scale AI, USA

Michael served as the 4th Chief Technology Officer of the United States at The White House. As President’s top technology advisor, Michael led the development and execution of the national technology policy agenda.

Michael previously served as Under Secretary of Defense. As the third highest ranking official at the Department of Defense, Michael managed the largest research and development budget for a single organization in the world, supervising all research, engineering, development, and prototyping at the Pentagon.

Michael is currently a Managing Director at Scale AI, leading corporate strategy and helping accelerate AI applications across industries.

Frank Krings

Independent, Germany

Frank Krings is a Franco-German banker and financial services executive who, over the past two and a half decades, has held executive and non-executive directorships and management roles at banks, asset management and investment companies, industry associations and chambers of commerce in numerous developed and emerging market jurisdictions across Europe and Asia. Today, he is an independent Senior Advisor and Non-Executive Director.
He currently serves, inter alia, as external Senior Advisor (since 2024) to international strategy consultancy Bain & Company, Frankfurt/Munich, and to Zeotap GmbH, Berlin, a leading European Customer Data Platform (CDP) provider; he further serves, inter alia, as Member of the Board of Directors (since 2022) of the Franco-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Paris.
In the Republic of Türkiye, Krings was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Deutsche Bank A.Ş., Istanbul, from 2019 to 2024. Previously, from 2020 through 2022, he was Deutsche Bank Group’s Chief Executive Officer for Western Europe and, from 2021 through 2022, the President and General Manager of Deutsche Bank in France. There, he also served on the Board of the Association Française des Banques (AFB). Beyond, from 2020 to 2023, he was a Member of the Board of Directors of Deutsche Bank (Schweiz) AG, Geneva.
From 2016 through 2020, Krings was the Chief Executive Officer, and subsequently, from 2021 to 2024, a Member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A. in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. There, he was also a Member of the Supervisory Board of the UCITS management company and alternative investment fund manager DWS Investment S.A. (from 2016 to 2021), served on the Board of Directors of The Luxembourg Bankers’ Association (ABBL), and was an elected member of the plenary assembly of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce for the 2019 – 2024 term. Before, from 2011 to early 2016, Krings was the General Manager of Deutsche Bank in Thailand, where he also served as Chairman of the Association of International Banks (AIB), the foreign bankers’ association in the Kingdom, from 2013 through 2015.
Krings had rejoined Deutsche Bank in 2011 after serving as Member of the Management Board of Munich-based Hypo Real Estate Holding and Deutsche Pfandbriefbank from October 2008 through 2010, mandated to assure their restructuring. Previously, he had spent twelve years with Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and New York, holding various senior roles and serving on statutory boards of several regulated Deutsche Bank subsidiaries across Europe.
Krings is of German and French nationality and graduated with a combined degree in Business Administration and Electrical Engineering from Brunswick Technical University.

Christian Kroll

Professor of Sustainability & ESG Advisor, IU International University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Prof. Christian Kroll, PhD is a professor of sustainability, international thought-leader, and much-cited expert. He advises companies and governments worldwide on sustainability and ESG, for example as External Advisor to Bain & Company. He was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for his achievements. He authored scientific publications in leading outlets spanning several disciplines. Prof. Kroll lectures on sustainable finance, ESG, circular economy, and CSR at IU International University of Applied Sciences (the largest in Germany), and previously taught classes at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he also gained his PhD. He is the inventor of the first measurement tool for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the founding Scientific Director of the SDG Index & Dashboards. His research has featured in national and international media such as CNN, BBC World News, Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, Le Monde, Die Zeit, ARD, Spiegel Online among others.

Michal Krupinski

Senior Advisor, Warburg Pincus LLC, Switzerland

Until November 2019 Michal Krupinski served as Chief Executive Officer of Bank Pekao, 2nd largest universal bank and a leading corporate and investment bank in Poland. Prior to joining the Bank, held number of senior managerial roles in leading financial institutions. Most recently, as Chief Executive Officer, PZU Group, the region’s largest financial group, repositioned the firm for growth and strengthened its presence in banking. Previously, from 2011, was Head of Global Banking and Markets for Central and Eastern Europe at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, responsible for M&A projects, financing and capital advisory. Also has broad-based public sector experience. 2008-11, Alternate Executive Director of the Board of Directors, World Bank Group, Washington. Prior to this, served as Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Treasury. Graduate, Warsaw School of Economics, KU Leuven; MBA, Columbia University. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2012).

Kimathi Kuenyehia Sr

Managing Partner, Kimathi & Partners, Corporate Attorneys, Ghana

KIMATHI KUENYEHIA is an award-winning Harvard-educated transactional lawyer ranked as one of the top 5 leading lawyers in Ghana by Legal 500. Kimathi’s practice is focused on providing high-end legal services exclusively to foreign governments, global multinationals and Fortune 500 companies doing business in Ghana. His clients include four of the most developed countries in the world or their agencies and most of the major global multinationals doing business in Ghana.

Kimathi is the first and the only African to win the prestigious International Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year award for his “professional excellence, innovative approach to legal practice, community service and reputation for the advancement of legal ethics”.

Kimathi is the Managing Partner at Kimathi & Partners, a leading and an exceptional law firm ranked as a tier 1 law firm. Kimathi is the co-founder of African Entrepreneurs Hub (AEH), an entrepreneurial focused charity established to create a platform where accomplished entrepreneurs share their knowledge and experiences with young entrepreneurs/ business owners. Thus far, over 100 speakers have reached or mentored over 2000 young entrepreneurs/ business owners.

A thought leader “who thinks outside the box”, Kimathi is the co-author of Electricity, Oil and Mining Regulation in Ghana. He is currently writing a book on Corporate Law and Practice in Ghana. Kimathi, who is a director of a Google subsidiary in Ghana, is admitted to practice law in Ghana and New York.

Betty Enyonam Kumahor

Chairperson, The Cobalt Partners, Ghana

Enyo Kumahor is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Cobalt Partners; an advisory firm specializing in design thinking, software development and performance improvement. Formerly with Ernst & Young as a Global Technology Leader and ThoughtWorks as the Regional Managing Director for Africa, Enyo has a depth of management consulting and software development experience across both public and private sector clients across the world. Enyo serves on a number of advisory boards and is a recognized speaker on technology and telecommunications in Africa. She has been profiled on programmes including Ghana Broadcasting Corporation's UniqFM StandOut programme, and in Ernst & Young's Global NextGen, and led her company (ThoughtWorks) to be nominated as best African Company of the Year in 2013.

Maria Teresa Kumar

President and Chief Executive Officer, Voto Latino, USA

Emmy-nominated MSNBC contributor María Teresa Kumar is the co-founder President and CEO of Voto Latino. Since 2004, Kumar has raised more than $75 million to grow Voto Latino into the U.S.’s largest Latinx voter registration and advocacy organization, directly registering more than 1.4 million voters. In 2020, under her direction, Voto Latino registered 651,330 new voters 82% of who voted and mobilized 3.7 million low propensity voters leading into the 2020 election. In June 2020 alone, Kumar’s Voto Latino registered more than 100,000 voters.
With advertisers spending nearly $10 billion to reach the nation’s 64 million Hispanic consumers, whose median age is just 29.5 compared to 40.6 for non- Hispanics, Kumar’s pioneering use of technology, social media and celebrity to inspire transformative change in younger audiences led Fast Company to name
her one of the most creative minds in global business and Elle to name her one of the 10 most influential women in Washington.