Tomo Kumahira, from Tokyo, Japan, is pursuing an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business. 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 $40M 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.