Alex Edmans is Professor of Finance at London Business School and Academic Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance. Alex specialises in corporate governance, executive pay, and purposeful business. Alex has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, testified in the UK Parliament, and given the TED talk “What to Trust in a Post-Truth World” and the TEDx talk “The Social Responsibility of Business”. He is also Mercers School Memorial Professor of Business at Gresham College, currently giving a lecture series on “Business Skills for the 21st Century”, and Managing Editor of the Review of Finance, the leading academic finance journal in Europe. His book, “Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit”, was published in March 2020. He has appeared on Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, ITV, Reuters, Sky News and Sky Sports, and written for the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and Wall Street Journal.
Alex 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. The UK government appointed Alex (jointly with PwC) to undertake a study into the effect of share buybacks on executive pay and investment.
Alex has a BA from Oxford and a PhD from MIT as a Fulbright Scholar, and was previously a tenured professor at Wharton and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. At Wharton, Alex won 14 teaching awards in six years; at LBS, he won Best Teacher awards for the MBA and MFA programmes and the Excellence in Teaching award for best professor across all programmes. He has featured on Poets and Quants Best 40 Professors Under 40 and Thinkers50 Radar. Twitter: @aedmans