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Erik Kobayashi-Solomon      

Investor, Entrepreneur & Contributor to Forbes

Erik Kobayashi-Solomon is an investor, entrepreneur, and contributor to Forbes. His latest venture is IOI Capital, an investment management company that invests in public and private companies focusing on strategies to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. His Forbes columns highlight current research in climate science and its implications on the field of investing. A few of the areas in which he has special interest are agricultural technology, Direct Air Capture and sequestration of carbon dioxide, and cellular agriculture.

Over his career, Erik has served as the architect of the International Financial Corporation’s (World Bank Group) standardized valuation model for emerging market private equity investments as well as Morgan Stanley Tokyo’s head of listed derivative operations. He worked as the market risk manager for a $1 billion AUM energy-focused global long-short hedge fund and as the head of semiconductor research at Morningstar.

In 2014, McGraw-Hill published his book, The Intelligent Option Investor: Applying Value Investing to the World of Options, which focuses on behavioral biases in investing, a sound framework for investment valuation, and how to effect value investing strategies using options. He is the cofounder of Framework Investing, a company that provides an innovative, online training course in options to institutional investors. He has been a featured speaker at the New York Society of Security Analysts, the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.

Erik graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas with a degree in Japanese Studies, lived in Japan for five years, and was elected outstanding student from his graduate school class at Thunderbird, now part of Arizona State University. Erik has worked in the investment industry since 1997 and resides in Chicago

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