Alex Edmans is Professor of Finance at London Business School. He is an expert in corporate governance, purposeful business, sustainable investing, practical investment strategies, behavioural finance, and time management.
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 an engaging, dynamic manner. Alex Edmans 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 talks The Pie Growing Mindset and The Social Responsibility of Business, with a combined 2.5 million views.
Edmans is a leading figure in the reform of business to serve wider society. The UK government appointed him (jointly with PwC) to study the effect of share buybacks on investment and executive pay. He serves on the Steering Group of The Purposeful Company (which seeks to embed purpose into the heart of business), as a non-executive director of The Investor Forum (which promotes collaborative engagement between investors and companies), and on Royal London Asset Management’s Responsible Investment Advisory Committee. He is frequently interviewed on TV and in the media, and has written several articles for the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review. His book, “Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit”, was named to the Financial Times Books of the Year for 2020 and has been or is being translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish. He is a co-author of “Principles of Corporate Finance”, with Brealey, Myers, and Allen.
Alex Edmans is also Mercers School Memorial Professor of Business at Gresham College, giving four public lecture series on “How Business Can Better Serve Society”, “Business Skills for the 21st Century”, “The Psychology of Finance”, and “The Principles of Finance”. Alex began his professional career at Morgan Stanley in investment banking (London) and fixed income sales and trading (New York). After a PhD in Finance from MIT Sloan as a Fulbright Scholar, he became a finance professor at Wharton, where he was granted tenure. He has won 23 teaching awards at Wharton and LBS, and was named Professor of the Year by Poets & Quants in 2021.
“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. “
“Real substance to the speaker based on facts and figures as opposed to the usual emotion.”
“Very inspiring speaker with very concrete evidence.”
“Really good to see his passion and he gave clarity to business which sometimes we all find difficult to understand.”
“Great as helped us understand how our purpose drives us to succeed but that financial performance is important as provides us the freedom to continue to live and breathe our purpose.”
“A big thank you for your inspirational session today at X. We had a lot of fantastic feedback/comments on your session throughout the afternoon. It certainly got a lot of people talking! Thanks for all your hard work in preparation and delivery.”
“Thank you for the extraordinary keynote you delivered on Wednesday – it was all we’d hoped for and more.”
“Dr Edmans was splendid this morning, we really enjoyed his talk, feedback has been great and he inspired some really interesting questions.”
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