Dr. Kiernan is founder and Chief Executive of Inflection Point Capital Management, a specialist, research-driven investment management boutique based in London, New York, Paris, and Melbourne with roughly $1 billion under advisement.
lnflection Point’s strategies are built around combining traditional fundamental and quantitative financial analysis with IPCM’s proprietary research on forward-looking, “non-traditional” drivers of risk and return. These include companies’ innovation capacity, adaptability, environmental sustainability, and strategic management capabilities, including their ability to harness emerging global megatrends.
Prior to the creation of the firm in 2009, he had been founder and Chief Executive of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, an investment research and advisory boutique which was rated as #1 in the world in the sustainable investment space by institutional investors. The firm was sold to MSCI in 2009-10. Prior to that, he had served as Director of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva, and as a senior advisor to the Secretary General of the U.N. Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.His work at the WBCSD focused on the potential role of the global capital markets to drive systematic social, environmental, and economic change. Prior to that, he had been a senior partner in the strategy consultancy of KPMG in North America.
Dr. Kiernan has lectured on sustainable investment and finance in executive programs at the Wharton School, Columbia Business School, Oxford University, Stanford, and the London Business School, among others. He also served on the guest faculty of Cambridge University’s Executive Program for Sustainability Leadership, founded by HRH The Prince of Wales. He holds advanced degrees in political science and environmental studies, as well as a doctorate in strategic management from the University of London.
He has published dozens of articles and book chapters on sustainable finance, and his most recent book is Investing in a Sustainable World. Dr. Kiernan is a frequent speaker at international investment conferences, and has addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on a number of occasions.
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