Professor Nuno Fernandes

PhD IESE Business School


Professor Fernandes works with senior leaders and executive committees to help them on investment selection, financial strategies, M&As, international investments, risk analysis and general governance.

Professor Fernandes is a specialist on international financial markets, portfolio management and emerging market risks. He has published in the leading journals worldwide, including the Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Portfolio Management. He speaks at business conferences in Asia, Europe and North America, and is a regular contributor to the business press worldwide, including the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal. 

His current research focuses on financing choices of emerging market companies, Sovereign Wealth Funds, corporate governance and executive compensation, and the effects of cross-listings in foreign exchanges. 

Professor Fernandes advises companies and financial institutions in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East in formulating winning financial strategies, global portfolio management, international valuations, M&As, risk management and emerging market investments. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum (Initiative on Asset Price Dynamics). 

Professor Fernandes is Portuguese and holds a PhD from IESE Business School (Spain). Prior to joining IMD, he was Director of the Master in Finance (CFA Program Partner) at Catolica Lisbon (Portugal) and a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Business School (New York). His works earnd some distinguished awards, including the AEFIN prize, and a grant from the FDIC (US Regulator for financial institutions). In 2008 he received the Lamfalussy Fellowship, from the European Central Bank. This fellowship is attributed to the top world researchers in finance. He has recently received the Journal of Financial Intermediation’s Best Paper Award for 2014.

At IMD, Professor Fernandes directs the Strategic Finance program, as well as many partnership programs for world-leading companies. 

His most recent book, Finance for Executives: A Practical Guide for Managers, shows how understanding finance is key for ambitious executives, but it does not need to be complex or painful. It covers corporate finance concepts, always with a focus on the implications for managers at all levels (particularly for those not working in finance functions). This is a practical book that is highly recommended by senior global executives.


Nuno Fernandes is the author of numerous articles, case studies and projects in the above mentioned fields. Find out more information about Nuno Fernandes's publications

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