George Serafeim

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Leading Authority on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Issues and How They Can Meet the Challenges of Growing Income Inequality and Environmental Damage; Professor of Business Administration and Faculty Chair of the Impact-Weighted Accounts Project, Harvard Business School; Co-founder and Senior Partner, KKS Advisors

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George Serafeim is the Charles M. Williams Professor of Business Administration and the Chair of the Impact-Weighted Accounts Project at Harvard Business School. He has taught courses in the MBA, executive education and doctoral programs, and is currently teaching the elective MBA course “Reimagining Capitalism: Business and Big Problems,” which received the Ideas Worth Teaching Award from the Aspen Institute and the Grand Page Prize. He has presented his research to government and business leaders in over 60 countries including talks at the World Economic Forum at Davos and the Aspen Ideas Festival, and he is ranked top ten among over 12,000 business authors by the Social Science Research Network.

Professor Serafeim’s research focuses on measuring, driving and communicating corporate performance and social impact. His widely cited work has been published in the most prestigious academic and practitioner journals including Management Science, The Accounting Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Finance, Organization Science, Journal of Accounting Research, and Harvard Business Review. His research is regularly cited in the media, including The New York Times, Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Economist, BBC, Le Monde, Washington Post, and NPR. He is the recipient of multiple awards and recognitions including the Pericles Leadership Award from the Hellenic Republic and the Kim B. Clark Fellowship on Responsible Leadership at Oxford University for his research on corporate sustainability and the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in investing. He has been recognized by Barron’s as “one of the most influential people in ESG investing” and according to the Financial Times, his research was a turning point for companies and investment managers in integrating ESG issues in business and investment strategies.

Professor Serafeim has held several positions of leadership. He is the co-founder of KKS Advisors, focusing on integrating material sustainability issues in business strategy and investment decisions, and an academic partner at State Street Associates which develops practical solutions and thought leadership for market participants. He serves on the steering committee of the Athens Stock Exchange and as the Chairman of Greece’s Corporate Governance Council. Moreover, he has extensive experience in the investment management industry, serving on the advisory board of investment firms that focus on ESG issues as catalysts for value creation in the US, Europe and Asia. He has served as an advisor to several not-for-profit organizations including the board of directors of the High Meadows Institute, the working group of the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism, and the Standards Council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board.

Professor Serafeim earned his doctorate in business administration at Harvard Business School, where his dissertation was recognized with the Wyss Award for excellence in doctoral research. He received a master’s degree in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was awarded the Emeritus Professors’ Prize for best academic performance. He grew up in Athens, Greece.

George Serafeim is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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George Serafeim is the Charles M. Williams Professor of Business Administration and the Chair of the Impact-Weighted Accounts Project at Harvard Business School. He has taught courses in the MBA, executive education and doctoral programs, and is currently teaching the elective MBA course “Reimagining Capitalism: Business and Big Problems,” which received the Ideas Worth Teaching Award from the Aspen Institute and the Grand Page Prize. He has presented his research to government and business leaders in over 60 countries including talks at the World Economic Forum at Davos and the Aspen Ideas Festival, and he is ranked top ten among over 12,000 business authors by the Social Science Research Network.

Professor Serafeim’s research focuses on measuring, driving and communicating corporate performance and social impact. His widely cited work has been published in the most prestigious academic and practitioner journals including Management Science, The Accounting Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Finance, Organization Science, Journal of Accounting Research, and Harvard Business Review. His research is regularly cited in the media, including The New York Times, Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Economist, BBC, Le Monde, Washington Post, and NPR. He is the recipient of multiple awards and recognitions including the Pericles Leadership Award from the Hellenic Republic and the Kim B. Clark Fellowship on Responsible Leadership at Oxford University for his research on corporate sustainability and the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in investing. He has been recognized by Barron’s as “one of the most influential people in ESG investing” and according to the Financial Times, his research was a turning point for companies and investment managers in integrating ESG issues in business and investment strategies.

Professor Serafeim has held several positions of leadership. He is the co-founder of KKS Advisors, focusing on integrating material sustainability issues in business strategy and investment decisions, and an academic partner at State Street Associates which develops practical solutions and thought leadership for market participants. He serves on the steering committee of the Athens Stock Exchange and as the Chairman of Greece’s Corporate Governance Council. Moreover, he has extensive experience in the investment management industry, serving on the advisory board of investment firms that focus on ESG issues as catalysts for value creation in the US, Europe and Asia. He has served as an advisor to several not-for-profit organizations including the board of directors of the High Meadows Institute, the working group of the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism, and the Standards Council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board.

Professor Serafeim earned his doctorate in business administration at Harvard Business School, where his dissertation was recognized with the Wyss Award for excellence in doctoral research. He received a master’s degree in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was awarded the Emeritus Professors’ Prize for best academic performance. He grew up in Athens, Greece.

George Serafeim is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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