Philipp Freise (London) joined KKR in 2001 and is the Head of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Industry team for KKR’s Private Equity platform in Europe. Mr. Freise serves as a member of KKR’s European Private Equity and Growth Equity Investment Committees, as well as its European Portfolio Management Committee. Mr. Freise led KKR’s investments in GfK SE, Arago, BMG Rights Management, Fotolia, GetYourGuide, Scout24 Switzerland and Trainline and played a significant role in various other KKR TMT (Exact, ProSiebenSat.1, SBS Broadcasting) and German transactions (Axel Springer SE, TeleMünchen Group, Demag, Duales System Deutschland, MTU Aero Engines, Zumtobel). Mr. Freise currently serves on the board of directors of GfK SE and Trainline. He was a scholar of the German National Scholarship foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) and graduated top of his class at WHU Koblenz, EDHEC Lille and University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business. He later worked at McKinsey & Company in Vienna, Frankfurt and New York, and subsequently co-founded Berlin-based venture investment firm Venturepark, Europe’s first pan-European incubator. In 2009, Mr. Freise was named a Young Global Leader and in 2014 a member of the Agenda Council on the Future of Financing and Capital of the World Economic Forum. Mr. Freise serves on the board (Vorstand) of the Bayreuth Opera Festival (Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth).