William Megginson / 2017
Bill Megginson is Professor and Price Chair in Finance at the University of Oklahoma’s Michael F. Price College of Business. He is also the Saudi Aramco Chair Professor in Finance at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. From 2002 to 2007, he was a voting member of the Italian Ministry of Economics and Finance’s Global Advisory Committee on Privatization. During spring 2008, he was the Fulbright Tocqueville Distinguished Chair in American Studies and Visiting Professor at the Université-Paris Dauphine. He received the University of Oklahoma’s top research prize, a George Lynn Cross Research Professorship, in April 2010.
Francesco Caselli / 2017
Francesco Caselli is the Norman Sosnow Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Bologna in 1992 and a Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1997. Previous appointments include Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and Paul Sack Associate Professor of Economics at Harvard University. His research interests include macroeconomics, economic development and political economy.
Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes, EDHEC, France / 2016
Graduated from Harvard with a PhD in Economics, Professor López-de-Silanes joined EDHEC Business School in 2007 as Professor of Finance. Specialized in international corporate finance and financial markets, legal reform, and privatization, he heads the Fund Governance Research program at the EDHEC-Risk Institute.
He has been repeatedly distinguished for research achievements. Since November 2004, he has been one of the three most cited researchers in the area of economics and business according to ESI Statistics. He has also been the second most cited professor in the world in the fields of economics and business according to the 2008 edition of the ScienceWatch rankings of management and economics professors. Drawn up by Thomson Reuters and based on an analysis of 11,000 international journals and 10 million articles, spanning a 10-year publication cycle, the ranking is a key indicator for the global academic community. He has previously held faculty positions at University of Amsterdam, Yale, Harvard, and ITAM.
Among other distinctions, he received Harvard's Wells Prize for the Best Dissertation in Economics (1995), the Brattle Prize for distinguished paper in the Journal of Finance of the American Finance Association (1999), and the Jensen Prize for the best papers published in the Journal of Financial Economics in the Areas of Corporate Finance and Organizations (2000). He is one of the top three most cited researchers in the world in economics.