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Professor Alex Edmans

Professor of Finance at London Business School

Alex will be on the panel discussing: People, purpose and the pandemic: How will boards evolve after COVID-19?

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Alex Edmans is Professor of Finance at London Business School. Alex has a PhD from MIT as a Fulbright Scholar, and was previously a tenured professor at Wharton and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley.

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” with a combined 2 million views. He has appeared on Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC, CNN, ITV, Sky News and Sky Sports, and written for the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and Wall Street Journal.

At Wharton, he won 14 teaching awards in 6 years; at LBS, he won 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. His book, “Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit”, which headed the list of the Financial Times Business Books of the Month for March 2020 and was named to the FT’s Summer Reads of 2020. 


Title  People, purpose and the pandemic: how will boards evolve after COVID-19?
Date  19 August
Time  11:15-12:00

Boards have faced unprecedented challenges since the COVID-19 outbreak took hold in the UK. The decisions they have taken will shape their strategy, composition and governance into the future – even their very decision making itself.

As businesses emerge from lockdown and move into the recovery, boards have an opportunity to change how they function for the better. Informed by the social, political and wider business response to the crisis, they will be actively considering the three Ps: 

  • Purpose – how has a corporation’s purpose changed?
  • People – what have they learned from the treatment of staff, stakeholders, suppliers?
  • Process – what will boards do differently? Has governance fundamentally changed?

Alex joins Beatriz Pessoa de Araujo (Partner, Corporate, Baker McKenzie LLP) and Julia Root-Gutteridge (Manager, Board Effectiveness at ICAEW) to discuss this hot topic.

Key takeaways and why you should watch

  • Explore the latest thinking on how COVID-19 will fundamentally change boards and business’ role in society and community.
  • Hear from an expert panel drawn from business, academia and ICAEW’s membership to explore these issues.
Professor Alex Edmans