Eminent Speaker Alex Edmans: May contain lies: How stories, statistics and studies exploit our biases

Thursday 09 May 2024 | 18:30 - 20:30 | Evening Event

Misinformation is rampant in the digital landscape. It seeps into social media feeds, dominates  headlines, and even infiltrates seemingly reputable studies that claim to enhance investment strategies for better returns. Alex Edmans will provide  a comprehensive exploration which will give you the  tools necessary to sift through the abundance of information and effectively separate fact from fiction.

Alex will help you:

  • Understand the biases that cause even experienced professionals to fall for misinformation.
  • Understand the various ways that people can spread misinformation – and importantly, even if the facts are 100% accurate.
  • Learn practical steps to combat misinformation – not only individually, but also to build smart-thinking organisations that harness colleagues’ diversity of thought.


Registration: 18:00 - 18:30
Event: 18:30 - 19:30
Networking: 19:30 - 20:30


Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance, London Business School

Alex has a PhD from MIT as a Fulbright Scholar and was previously a tenured professor at Wharton and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. 

Alex has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, testified in UK Parliament, and given the TED talk What to Trust in a Post-Truth World and the TEDx talks The Pie-Growing Mindset and The Social Responsibility of Business with a combined 2.8 million views. He serves as non-executive director of the Investor Forum, on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Responsible Investing, and on Royal London Asset Management’s Responsible Investment Advisory Committee. 

Alex’s book, Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit, was a Financial Times Book of the Year for 2020 and has been translated into nine languages, and he is a co-author of Principles of Corporate Finance (with Brealey, Myers, and Allen). 

He has won 25 teaching awards at Wharton and LBS and was named Professor of the Year by Poets & Quants in 2021. His latest book,  May Contain Lies: How Stories, Statistics, and Studies Exploit Our Biases – And What We Can Do About It will be published by Penguin Random House in April 2024.

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