Professor of Finance at London Business School
Presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos
“Alex was so engaging and presented fantastically. He allowed me to see this topic from a different viewpoint and really made me appreciate how I feel about us as a company and our balance between profit and purpose. “
Alex Edmans speaker profile:
Alex Edmans is Professor of Finance at London Business School. He is an expert in corporate governance, executive compensation, purposeful business, practical investment strategies, behavioural economics, and the use and misuse of data and evidence.
Alex has a unique combination of deep academic rigour and practical business experience. He is particularly noted for his ability to present complex concepts in non-technical language and in an engaging, dynamic manner. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, testified in the UK Parliament, presented to the World Bank Board of Directors as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, and given the TED talk What to Trust in a Post-Truth World and the TEDx talk The Social Responsibility of Business.
Alex is a leading figure in the current reform of UK corporate governance. The UK government appointed him (jointly with PwC) to study the effect of share buybacks on executive pay and investment. He serves on the Steering Group of The Purposeful Company, which proposes policy reforms to encourage companies to pursue long-run purpose over short-run profit, and on Royal London Asset Management’s Responsible Investment Advisory Committee. He is frequently interviewed on TV, radio and in the media, has written Op-Eds for the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal, and writes regularly for Harvard Business Review. Alex also serves as Mercers’ School Memorial Professor of Business at Gresham College, giving free lectures to the public. His 2018/19 lecture series is on How Business Can Better Serve Society.
Alex has over 20 articles in the world’s most elite academic journals and is one of the most cited finance professors of his generation. He serves as Managing Editor of the Review of Finance, the leading academic finance journal in Europe. At LBS, Alex won Best Teacher awards for both the MBA and Masters in Financial Analysis programmes and the Excellence in Teaching award for best professor across all programmes. Prior to LBS, Alex was a tenured professor at Wharton, where he won 14 teaching awards in 6 years, and worked for Morgan Stanley in both investment banking (London) and sales and trading (New York)
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