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Masami Komatsu is President and Chief Executive Officer of Music Securities, a Japanese crowdsourcing company that provides micro-investment platforms that connects individual investors and local business in Japan, including raising funds for a leading Japanese hip-hop artist, a sake brewery, professional sports teams and local companies, while expanding business collaborations with local banks. Music Securities set up Securite Disaster Area Support Funds following the Great East Japan Earthquake, which raised more than $10 million from 29,000 people to support damaged companies in earthquake-hit areas. The company also offers micro-financing loans in Cambodia and Vietnam, and recently worked with Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on a project that supports farmers in Peru. Komatsu was a professional drummer and composer. He has a degree in accounting and law from the Waseda University Graduate School of Finance in Japan.
James M. Kondo
James Kondo is Chairman of International House of Japan, an independent foundation committed to fostering international dialogue and understanding.
Kondo is also President of Asia Pacific Initiative, Co-Chair of Silicon Valley Japan Platform, and Visiting Professor at Keio Medical School.
Previously, Kondo was Vice President of Twitter Inc and Chairman of Twitter Japan. He was also Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office of the Japanese Government and a consultant at McKinsey.
Within the World Economic Forum, Kondo was selected a Young Global Leader and serves as Co-Chair of World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Japan. Kondo also co-founded Table for Two, a global initiative launched at Davos to simultaneously address global hunger and obesity.
Kondo studied at Brown University, graduated from Keio University and Harvard Business School, and was a Yale World Fellow.
Rajamanohar Somasundaram is the CEO and Co-Founder of AquaConnect, a full-stack aquaculture technology platform. Around 5 million Indian farmers and coastal communities depend on shrimp & fish aquaculture, where traditional farming practices prevents them in achieving production efficiency and improving farm income. Aquaconnect works with Indian Shrimp and Fish aquaculture farmers to improve their farm productivity, market linkage and formal financing access through Deep learning/AI technology and remote sensing intervention.
He became a ‘TED Fellow’ in 2009 for his accomplishments in ‘Mobile4Good’ initiatives in emerging markets. World Economic Forum has named him among “Young Global Leader in 2012” in recognition of the leadership and contribution in the field of mobile communication and information services. In 2016, he was offered Draper Hills Fellowship at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law for his work on technology interventions for inclusion. In 2019, He was awarded '40 UNDER 40 Ecosapien' by The New Indian Express for the promotion of sustainable aquaculture practices in Asia. He holds a graduate degree from IIT Kanpur, India.
Joseph Konzelmann is Global Head of the Client and Capital Formation Group for TPG, USA. Prior to this, he was Managing Director and Senior Sovereigns Strategist at Goldman Sachs. Konzelmann advises leading sovereign funds and institutions on their investment portfolios and geopolitical risk. Prior to his career in finance, he served in the US Government, focused on Middle East affairs.
Recognized expert in sustainable investing. Accomplished and dedicated sustainability professional with extensive experience leading initiatives related to enhancing revenue and mitigating risk. Highly skilled at integrating environmental and social considerations into investment decisions to enable detailed evaluation of market risks and opportunities.
Seasoned capital markets veteran (Deutsche Bank, Bank of America), with an MBA in Finance, extensive work in equity derivatives and years of experience consulting with asset managers on integrating ESG into the relevant aspects of their investment process.
Executive Director at PwC - Sustainable Business Solutions practice. Led PwC’s pro bono work with the United Nations CEO Water Mandate. Advises corporate clients on strategy and implementation to improve environmental, social and governance performance. Works with financial institutions to help mitigate the impact of resource scarcity and environmental damage in current and future investments.
Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia. MBA in Finance. BA in Public Policy. Travel throughout the world viewing sustainability and water scarcity issues first-hand in Africa, India, China/Tibet, the Middle East and the Arctic Circle.
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.
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.
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.
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 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. Currently, he serves as Non-Executive Director on the statutory boards of various European financial institutions and organizations within and outside the European Union.
In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Krings is a Member of the Supervisory Board, the Risk Committee, and the Nomination Committee of Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A., since January 2021; he is also an elected member of the plenary assembly of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, since February 2019, and a Member of its Audit Committee. In the Republic of Türkiye, he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Deutsche Bank A.Ş., Istanbul, since March 2019, and a Member of its Audit Committee as well as the Chairman of its Compensation Committee. In the Swiss Confederation, he is a Member of the Board of Directors, the Audit Committee, and the Credit Committee of Deutsche Bank (Schweiz) AG, Geneva, since November 2020. In France, he is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Franco-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Paris, since June 2022.
From July 2020 until December 2022, Krings was Deutsche Bank Group’s Chief Executive Officer for Western Europe as well as, from January 2021 to December 2022, the President and General Manager of Deutsche Bank in France. He also served on the Board of the Association Française des Banques (AFB).
From 2016 through 2020, Krings was the Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A., Luxembourg. He was also a Member of the Supervisory Board and the Audit & Risk Committee of DWS Investment S.A., Luxembourg, from 2016 to 2021. He further served on the Board of Directors of The Luxembourg Bankers’ Association (ABBL), chaired its Audit Committee and was a member of its Board Council. 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.
Prof. Christian Kroll, PhD is a professor of sustainability, international thought-leader, much-cited expert and advisor. 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 (e.g. Cambridge University Press, Ecological Economics, Nature Geoscience). Prof. Kroll lectures on sustainable development, sustainable finance (ESG), circular economy, and CSR at IU International University of Applied Sciences, and previously taught classes at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and held positions at Jacobs University Bremen and Bertelsmann Stiftung. He gained a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a thesis entitled "Towards a Sociology of Happiness". He is the inventor of the first measurement tool for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and today serves as the Scientific Co-Director of the SDG Index & Dashboards (www.sdgindex.org). His research has featured in national and international media such as BBC World News, Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, Le Monde, Die Zeit, ARD, Spiegel Online among others.