Institute for Sustainable Investing

Advisory Board Member - Professor Ioannis Ioannou

Ioannis Ioannou

Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship London Business School

Dr. Ioannou is a global leader in ESG, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). His widely recognized research focuses on the understanding of how the modern business organization contributes towards building a sustainable future.

His academic work evolves around two primary themes: (i) understanding how the broader investment community perceives, evaluates and reacts to corporate engagement with, and integration of, environmental and social issues into strategy and (ii) understanding the multiple and multi-level factors that impact the corporate decision to adopt environmentally and socially responsible strategies.

Dr. Ioannou regularly publishes in top-tier peer-reviewed academic journals, including the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Organization Science, The Accounting Review and the Journal of International Business Studies. Due to the popularity and impact of his research, he consistently ranks in the top 10% of authors on the social science research network.

He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Strategic Management Journal and in 2015 received the Outstanding Editorial Board Member Award for his service. He is also a Senior Editor for Organization & Environment.

Dr. Ioannou’s work on CSR and Access to Finance, with G. Serafeim and B. Cheng, received the Best Paper Award at the Annual Academic Conference of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investments, as well as the Emerald Citations of Excellence 2017 Award. His work with O.Hawn received the Best Paper Award from the Social Issues in Management division of the Academy of Management and was published in the Best Paper Proceedings of the 2012 Academy of Management (AOM) meeting.

He has presented his research at many academic conferences, and universities around the world, and is very often invited to deliver keynote speeches on issues of responsible management and sustainability at numerous high-profile events and conferences globally. He is a member of the UK Network Rail’s External Transparency Challenge Panel and the Advisory Board of Ethical Corporation. Dr. Ioannou is also a member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network with xpertise in the area of Sustainable Development.

Dr. Ioannou graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, majoring in Economics and Mathematics and holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University and the Harvard Business School. Dr. Ioannou joined LBS in 2009 as an Assistant Professor and he is currently an Associate Professor with tenure. He has taught on the MBA and EMBA Core Strategy courses at LBS, and several other degree programs such as the Masters in Finance degree, the Emerging Leaders Program and other senior executive programs. He is a regular contributor to multiple LBS executive education programs, including modules on Responsible Business and Sustainability.