Alex Edmans is Professor of Finance at the London Business School. Alex graduated from Oxford University and then worked for Morgan Stanley in Investment Banking (London) and Fixed Income Sales and Trading (New York). After earning a PhD in finance from MIT Sloan as a Fulbright Scholar, he joined Wharton in 2007 and received tenure in 2013, shortly before moving to LBS.
Alex’s research interests are in corporate finance, responsible business and behavioral finance. He is a director of the American Finance Association and a member of the Financial Management Association. From 2017 to 2022, he was the editor-in-chief of the Review of Finance, the leading academic financial journal in Europe. Alex has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, testified in the UK Parliament, presented to the Board of Directors of the World Bank as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, and given the TED Talk What to Trust in a Post-Truth World and TEDx Talks The Pie-Growing Mindset and The Social Responsibility of Business with a total of 2.7 million views. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review and the World Economic Forum and has been interviewed by Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, Fox, ITV, NPR, Reuters, Sky News and Sky Sports.
Alex serves as a non-executive director of The Investor Forum, which promotes engagement between investors and businesses, on the Responsible Investment Advisory Board of Royal London Asset Management and on the Steering Group of The Purposeful Company, a consortium of UK responsible business leaders. . He was appointed (along with PwC) by the UK government to investigate alleged abuse of share buybacks and the link between director pay and investment. Alex previously served as Mercers’ School Memorial Professor of Business at Gresham College and held a four-year public lecture program. His series are on Principles of Finance (2021/2), Psychology of Finance (2020/1), Business Skills for the 21st Century (2019/20) and How Business Can Better Serve Society (2018/9).
Alex’s book, Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit, was featured in the Financial Times Best Business Books of 2020 and won the Financial Times Award for Excellence in Sustainable Finance Education; it has been or is being translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Turkish. He is the co-author of the 14th edition of Principles of Corporate Finance (with Brealey, Myers and Allen).
In 2021, Poets & Quants named Alex Professor of the Year. He has received 24 teaching awards at Wharton and LBS, won the Finance for the Future Award for driving change in the financial community, and was featured in the Thinkers50 Radar.
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