Professor of Finance, London Business School | Expert on Purposeful Business
Described as a “fresh voice on finance and investment strategies — and much more” by Thinkers50, Alex Edmans is a professor of finance at the London Business School (LBS). He graduated from Oxford University before working for Morgan Stanley in investment banking, fixed income sales, and trading, and earned his PhD in finance from MIT Sloan as a Fulbright Scholar. Specializing in corporate and behavioral finance and responsible business, Edmans shares practical insights into successfully navigating business and finance in the 21st century.
Prior to LBS, Edmans taught at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, becoming tenured in 2013. He has won 23 teaching awards at Wharton and LBS and was named Professor of the Year by Poets&Quants in 2021. Edmans also serves as Mercers’ School Memorial Professor of Business at Gresham College.
Edmans is currently the managing editor of The Review of Finance, the leading academic finance journal in Europe. He also serves on the Steering Group of The Purposeful Company, a UK consortium of leaders in responsible business, and on the Royal London Asset Management’s Responsible Investment Advisory Committee. He was also appointed by the UK government (jointly with PwC) to study the alleged misuse of share buybacks and the link between executive pay and investment.
In addition, Edmans is the author of Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit, which was named one of the Financial Times’ “Best Business Books of 2020” and won the Financial Times’ award for Excellence in Sustainable Finance Education. It is currently being translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, and Turkish. Edmans is also the co-author of the 14th edition of Principles of Corporate Finance.
Edmans has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, testified in the UK Parliament, and presented to the World Bank Board of Directors as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. He has also 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”, all of which combined have 2.5 million views. He has also written articles for the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and World Economic Forum, and has been interviewed by Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, Fox, ITV, NPR, Reuters, Sky News, and Sky Sports.
Featured in Thinkers50 Radar, Edmans has been inducted as a Fellow of the Financial Management Association and has been honoured with the Finance for the Future Award for driving change in the finance community.