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Francesca Cornelli is Professor of Finance at London Business School. She is also the Deputy Dean (Degree Education) and the Director of Private Equity at LBS. She previously held positions or taught at the Wharton School, the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, The London School of Economics, the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and the New Economic School in Moscow.

Francesca's interests include corporate governance, private equity, privatization, bankruptcy, IPOs and innovation policy. She has published several papers in the major finance and economics journals and she gives regular talks in major conferences and Universities. She is an editor of the Review of Financial Studies, and has been an associate editor of the Journal of Finance, of the Journal of Financial Intermediation and of the Review of Economic Studies. She is a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), an ECGI (European Corporate Governance Institute) Research Member and a director of the Society of Financial Intermediation. She has been a member of the Council of the European Economic Association, of the Council of the Royal Economic Society, a director of the American Finance Association and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Banque de France Foundation.

Francesca is a member of the board of Banca Intesa SanPaolo, Swiss Re Europe, Swiss Re International and Telecom Italia. She obtained her B.A. at Universit\'{a} Commerciale Bocconi, in Milano, Italy, and her M.A. and Ph. D. in Economics at Harvard University, USA.

Since January 2016 Francesca helped create and became a board member of AFFECT, a committee of the American Finance Association, designed to promote the advancement of women academics in the field of finance.