Gianfranco Gianfrate


EDHEC-Risk Climate Impact Institute Research Director

Main contributions

Journal of Corporate Finance (2022), Covid Economics (2021), The Energy Journal (2020), Energy Policy (2020), Journal of Cleaner Production (2019 ; 2020), Harvard Business Review (2019), Journal of Accounting and Public Policy (2017), Journal of Private Equity (2016 ; 2015), Corporate Ownership and Control (2012 ; 2009 ; 2007), Corporate Governance: An International Review (2007)

Discipline: Finance
Faculty: Data Science, Economics & Finance
Expertise: Sustainable finance, socially responsible investing, climate change finance, venture capital, private equity, IPO, crowdfunding, crowdlending, corporate valuation, shareholders activism, institutional investors


Gianfranco Gianfrate is Research Director of the EDHEC-Risk Climate Impact Institute and Professor of Finance at EDHEC Business School. He writes and researches on topics related to sustainable finance, innovation financing, and climate change finance. Prior to joining EDHEC Business School, he held teaching and research positions at Erasmus University (Netherlands), the University of Cambridge (UK), Harvard University (US), and Bocconi University (Italy). Gianfranco also has extensive experience in the financial industry, having worked, among others, for Deloitte Corporate Finance (Italy), Hermes Investment Management (UK), and iStarter (UK). Gianfranco holds a BA and a PhD in Business Administration from Bocconi University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. He has contributed to many books and academic journals, including Harvard Business Review, Journal of Corporate Finance, Energy Journal and Energy Policy. He is a board member of GRASFI, a research fellow of the Baffi Center at Bocconi University, a research fellow at the UK Center for Greening Finance and Investment, and an academic member of the Erasmus Platform for Sustainable Value Creation. He is a contributing author to the VI Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and received the FRI-PRI Award for the Best Pedagogical Innovation in Sustainable Finance in 2021.

Publications of Gianfranco Gianfrate

17.01.2024 - EDHEC publication

(Newsletter #3) Climate and Finance: is it now, or right now?

Noël Amenc, Gianfranco Gianfrate, Frédéric Blanc-Brude, Riccardo Rebonato, Teodor Dyakov, Frédéric Ducoulombier, Dominic O'Kane, Emmanuel Jurczenko, Emmanuel Metais

EDHEC VOX, January 2024

11.01.2024 - EDHEC publication

Tackling greenwashing in the classroom and beyond

Gianfranco Gianfrate

EDHEC Risk Climate Impact Institute, EDHEC VOX, January 2024

28.10.2023 - Article in a peer reviewed journal

What’s in a shade? The market relevance of green bonds’ external reviews

Gianfranco Gianfrate

British Accounting Review, October 2023

01.07.2023 - Article in a peer reviewed journal

The agency of greenwashing

Gianfranco Gianfrate

Journal of Management and Governance, July 2023

15.05.2023 - EDHEC publication

Finance and Climate Action – Perspectives from the Sixth Assessment Report

Gianfranco Gianfrate

EDHEC Risk Climate Impact Institute, EDHEC-Risk Climate Impact Institute Publication, May 2023