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Lauren H. Cohen

Lauren H. Cohen, Ph.D.

L.E. Simmons Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Lauren Cohen is the L.E. Simmons Professor in the Finance & Entrepreneurial Management Units at Harvard Business School and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is an Editor of the Review of Financial Studies, along with being a past Editor of Management Science, and serving on the editorial board of the Review of Asset Pricing Studies. He teaches in the MBA Program, Executive Education Program, Doctoral Program, and Special Custom Programs at the Harvard Business School.

Title of Speech: The ESG-Innovation Disconnect: New Insights into the Future of Green Innovation

Bige Kahraman Alper

Bige Kahraman Alper, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Finance, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Bige Kahraman Alper holds a PhD in Economics from Yale University with specialisations in financial economics and econometrics. Her research focuses on analysing the sources of market frictions giving rise to market inefficiency and systematic liquidity crises. Her recent studies quantify the importance of various frictions – for instance, arising from capital constraints, organisational structures in asset management intermediaries and asymmetric information – and examine the role of financial innovation that can help markets overcome these frictions. Her papers appear in top academic journals such as Journal of Finance and Review of Financial Studies.

Title of Speech: ES Risks and Shareholder Voice

Amir Amel-Zadeh

Amir Amel-Zadeh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Accounting, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Amir Amel-Zadeh's research examines the effects of companies’ financial and non-financial information disclosures on capital markets and the mediating role of accounting standards and information intermediaries. Amir’s research has been published in leading academic and practitioner journals such as The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, and Financial Analyst Journal. His work has been cited by the business press such as the Financial Times and the Guardian as well as in a variety of policy documents by the EU, Bank of International Settlements, IMF, World Economic Forum and by accounting standard setters. He currently serves as Associate Editor for the Special Issue on Business and Climate Change at Management Science and is on the Editorial Board of Accounting and Business Research. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Title of Speech: Sustainability and capital markets: Do investors care about ESG?

David Zilberman

David Zilberman, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley

DAVID ZILBERMAN is a Professor, Extension specialist and holder of the Robinson Chair in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley. His areas of expertise include agricultural and environmental economics and policy, water, marketing, risk management, the economics of innovation, natural resources, biotechnology, and biofuels. He is the recipient of the 2019 Wolf Prize in Agriculture, and the 2018-19 President of Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA). He is an elected member of the USA National academy of Science, a Fellow of the AAEA, the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and Honorary Life Member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. Among his awards is the 2005 and 2010 AAEA Publication of Enduring Quality Award and the UNESCO International Cannes Prize for Water and the Economy (2000). He has published more than 350 refereed articles in journals ranging from Science to ARE-Update and has edited 20 books. He has served as a Consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the World Bank and FAO. He is the founding Academic Director of the Masters Development Practice program at UC Berkeley, and the founding co-director of the Bearhs ELP. He is also one of the Founders of the International Consortium of Applied Bio-economy Research (ICABR). David served as the chair of his department, director of the Giannini Foundation, and is a coeditor of ARE-Update and the Annual Review of Resource Economics. David contributes regularly to The Berkeley Blog.

Title of Speech: Designing Supply Chains to Implements Innovations

Michael Lyons

Michael Lyons, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Serving in the Stanford position since 1988, he was a co-developer of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program with Prof. Tom Byers and the founding professor of Technology Venture Formation. He also co-teaches with Prof. Ray Levitt, Entrepreneurship in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Both courses are some of the highest rated courses in the School of Engineering. He is the co-creator of the Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship two-week program for existing high-tech companies produced and managed by the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD).

Title of Speech: DER Applications of Advanced Energy Storage Technology in Micro Grid Deployments

Michela Giorcelli

Michela Giorcelli, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of California - Los Angeles

Michela Giorcelli is an Assistant Professor of Economics at UCLA. She is an economic historian, with interests in labor economics and the economics of innovation. Her research primarily focuses on the determinants of productivity and innovation in the 20th century.

Title of Speech: The Importance of Management Practices on Firm Performance Today and Historically

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