We want to disrupt static HR structures by becoming the leading HR festival for women to elevate their careers sustainably and for companies to discover valuable talent that fits their culture.

How KOA was born

KOA was founded by Tamara Schenk out of the strong will of simplifying the job finding process off- and online. She herself was lucky – through some coincidences she got to meet outstanding executives, which back then seemed absolutely unreachable, almost like meeting superhero’s. Meeting them and understanding that they are pretty normal human beings she understood that if they made it into their position, she could also do it. Yes, anybody could! That was the moment KOA was born.

KOA BERLIN means: inclusive, supportive and enriching

KOA BERLIN wants to not only open the doors for women, but guarantee them a seat at the table. With our refreshingly innovative approach to HR conferences, we aim to break through old fashioned ways of hiring by creating a festival centered around careers and new formats to elevate business. We bring together industry leaders, inspirational minds and motivated talent – for the authentic and direct conversation we all deserve to have.
2022 comes with new opportunities!
KOA BERLIN is back and stronger than ever! We are proud to announce that we are partnering up with the Greentech Festival. So be prepared for even more inspirational awesomeness! Thrilled to be back after our forced break, we are packed with new formats, incredible speakers, both old and new partners, and a whole lot more. We can’t wait to welcome you (back) at this year’s event and hope to see you on the 23rd and 24th of June at Berlin Tegel Airport.

KOA gained the trust of these amazing companies and many more, which makes us more than proud!

KOA 2021

When 2020 the pandemic hit the world in an unexpected way it seemed that KOA had to shut its doors forever. But like many things in life: “what’s meant to be, will be.” In 2021 Tamara partnered up with Felix Brandts, founder of Peak Hospitality Group and Dr Elmar Voigt as strategic partners to proceed with the KOA mission. Peak Hospitality focuses on operational excellence in event management, designing exceptional brand experiences and building strong communities in the online and offline world. A perfect match. Together they will lift the KOA Mission to a whole new level.