Alex Edmans is Professor of Finance at London Business School and Mercers’ School Memorial Professor of Business at Gresham College, where he gave a public lecture series on How Business Can Better Serve Society. He is a leading figure in the reform of capitalism to serve a social purpose, using rigorous evidence to both diagnose the problems and guide solutions. He gave the TED talk What to Trust in a Post-Truth World and the TEDx talk The Social Responsibility of Business with a combined 2.4 million views.
Alex’s research has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, The Economist, and The Times, and he has been interviewed by Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, Fox, ITV, NPR, Reuters, Sky News, and Sky Sports. Alex has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos and the launch event for the new UK Corporate Governance Code, testified in the UK Parliament, and presented to the World Bank Board of Directors as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. 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.
Alex is passionate about conveying complex technical concepts in simple language to a practitioner audience. At Wharton, Alex won 14 teaching awards in six years. At LBS, he 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. He has been named to Poets and Quants Best 40 Professors Under 40 and Thinkers50 Radar.