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Episode 3: Sustainability in agriculture and water

Tomo Kumahira discusses long-term sustainability solutions in agriculture and water in the midst of climate change, insights from his work in private equity in Japan, and more.
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In this episode, Tomo Kumahira (2022 cohort), who is pursuing a joint MBA and MS degree in environment and resources (EIPR), talks about thinking creatively about agriculture and water use in response to climate change, working at a startup in coastal Kenya, inspiring communities through blogging, and dishwashing at a Michelin star restaurant. He also discusses learning in multicultural environments, the Knight-Hennessy application, curiosity at Denning House, and so much more.

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Tomo Kumahira (2022 cohort) from Tokyo, Japan, is pursuing an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business and a master's degree in environment and resources in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program at the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability. He graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in international relations, receiving the Mark and Betty Garrison Prize. Tomo aspires to tackle climate change by scaling up capital-intensive, long-term technology solutions in the living essentials space such as agriculture, forestry, and water.

He started his career as a private equity investment professional at Mitsubishi Corporation and served as Vice President of Corporate Finance and Strategy at Komaza, a Kenya-based startup partnering with over 22,000 smallholder farmers to promote sustainable forestry in Africa. At Komaza, Tomo developed the world’s first securitization instrument for smallholder forestry, raised over $50M of blended finance, and led carbon program development, recognized by Climate Policy Initiative Innovative Climate Financing Award and Environmental Finance Magazine Impact Project/Investment of the Year. Tomo is Acumen Fellow and Robert Bosch Foundation GGF Fellow.

Hosts

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Imagine A World is hosted by Willie Thompson, left, and Taylor Goss, right.

Taylor Goss (2021 cohort), from Lacassine, Louisiana, is pursuing an MA in music, science, and technology and an MPP in public policy at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. He graduated with college honors from Louisiana State University with bachelor's degrees in music and entrepreneurship. Taylor aspires to connect musicians and policymakers, using the arts to communicate societal needs and provoke policy change.

Willie Thompson (2022 cohort), from Griffin, Georgia, is pursuing a master's degree in business administration at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He graduated summa cum laude from Morehouse College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in Chinese Studies. He intends to create and contribute to organizations using the arts as a conduit for community building and intercultural education.

Imagine A World's theme music was composed and recorded by Taylor Goss. The podcast was originally conceived and led by Briana Mullen (2020 cohort), Taylor Goss, and Willie Thompson, along with Daniel Gajardo (2020 cohort) and Jordan Conger (2020 cohort).

Special thanks to Sanaa AlamRachel DeschSydney Hunt, Chan LeemKara SchechtmanTakondwa Priscilla Semphere, and Rahul Thapa.

Knight-Hennessy scholars represent a vast array of cultures, perspectives, and experiences. While we as an organization are committed to elevating their voices, the views expressed are those of the scholars, and not necessarily those of KHS.

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