George Serafeim | Professor, Harvard Business School

George is the Charles M. Williams Professor of Business Administration, Faculty Co-Chair of the Impact-Weighted Accounts Project, and the Co-Principal Investigator of the Climate and Sustainability Impact AI Lab at Harvard Business School. He is currently teaching the course “Risks, Opportunities and Investments in an Era of Climate Change” that he designed for the elective curriculum of the MBA program and the course “Financial Reporting and Control” in the required MBA curriculum. Previously, he taught, with Professor Rebecca Henderson, the elective 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 in over 60 countries around the world and ranks among the top 10 most popular authors out of over 12,000 business authors on the Social Science Research Network. His forthcoming book “Purpose and Profit: How Business Can Lift Up the World” will be available in summer of 2022.

Professor Serafeim’s research focuses on measuring, driving and communicating corporate performance and social impact. His work is widely cited and has been published in prestigious academic and practitioner journals, such as Management Science, The Accounting Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Finance, Organization Science, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of International Business Studies, Review of Accounting Studies, Financial Analysts Journal, and Harvard Business Review. His research is regularly cited in the media, including The New York TimesBloombergFinancial Times, The Wall Street JournalEconomistBBCLe MondeWashington Post, and NPR. He has received multiple awards and recognitions, including the Greenhill Award for outstanding contributions to the HBS community, the Pericles Leadership Award in recognition of services to the Hellenic Republic, the Kim B. Clark Fellowship on Responsible Leadership from University of Oxford, the Dr. Richard A. Crowell Memorial Prize, the JIBS Decade Award, and the Graham and Dodd Scroll Award, for his research on corporate purpose, sustainability and the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in business strategy and investing. He has been recognized by Barron’s as “one of the most influential people in ESG investing.”

Professor Serafeim earned his doctorate in business administration at Harvard Business School, where his doctoral dissertation was recognized with the Wyss Award for excellence in 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.