About the Team

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Howard Klein

Howard founded boutique capital markets advisory firm RK Equity in 2002. 


He has over 25 years capital markets and investing experience across multiple investment themes in natural resources, including, gold, iron ore and lithium. From 1997-2001 Howard led the institutional equity sales desk of SG Cowen Securities focused on the EMEA region, as well as Japan. 


Howard spent the first 5 years of his career as an analyst focused on privatization in Eastern Europe at Thomson Financial and as an investment banker in Budapest, Hungary.  Howard holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia University.


Howard speaks regularly at investment conferences and to the financial media about the disruptive battery metals thematic.


Rodney Hooper

Rodney started his career in asset management in 1992 and became a portfolio manager and head of derivatives and quantitative research. He has previously been ranked amongst the top 3 derivatives analysts in the independent Financial Mail surveys.


From 2005-2008, based in London, he ran a proprietary mining book for a large bank focusing on early stage commodity companies, in particular, iron ore, copper and nickel. From 2009 - 2015 Rodney ran the South African equity derivatives desk for Macquarie Bank and sat on the executive committee. Since 2015 he has been providing energy vehicle battery metals research and investment advisory to clients. 


Rodney holds a B.A. honours degree in Economics from the University of Natal and a CFA. In addition, he is a fellow of the Institute of Financial Markets in South Africa.


Rodney regularly publishes articles on key lithium battery issues and individual share reports.

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Josephine Rey

Currently a social entrepreneur and student of Mathematics and Computer Science in Cape Town, South Africa, Josephine is the resident graphic designer, editor, brand advisor, web developer (and millenial) at

Lithium-ion Bull.