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Erik Kobayashi-Solomon  

Specialist in Climate Change Investing, Corporate Valuation, Financial Options & Behavioral Biases in Investing, Published Author & Former Morningstar Market Strategist

Erik Kobayashi-Solomon is the founder and managing director of IOI Capital, a private investment partnership focused on funding private and public firms that offer products and services to help adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. He has done deep research into firms in AgTech, carbon capture and sequestration, vertical farming, and algae cultivation.

Kobayashi-Solomon is an engaging speaker and presenter with deep knowledge and experience in the financial markets. His 2014 book, "The Intelligent Option Investor: Applying Value Investing to the World of Options," covering behavioral biases in investing, a framework for valuing companies, and investing strategy.

Over his 20+ year career in the financial services, Kobayashi-Solomon has served as the market risk manager for a global long-short equity hedge fund, the head of Morningstar’s semiconductor research team and later as Morningstar’s market strategist, and as the architect for the International Financial Corporation’s (World Bank Group) standardized valuation model for emerging market private equity investments.

Kobayashi-Solomon has been quoted in such prestigious periodicals as The Financial Times and Japan’s Nikkei Shimbun and has appeared on television and radio numerous times. He is a contributor to Forbes, where he writes a popular column about climate change investing.

Speech Topics

Finding opportunities in ventures focused on helping society adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change

Why “forever matters” when it comes to companies’ current stock prices

How ESG investing fails to address the urgency and severity of climate change

The certainties of climate science in layman’s terms

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