Morten Bennedsen is the André and Rosalie Hoffmann Chaired Professor of Family Enterprise and Professor of Economics at INSEAD. He leads the family business activities at INSEAD and is the academic Director of the WENDEL International Center for Family Enterprise and the co-director of the Hoffmann Research fond. He obtained a PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1998, a Master Degree with Distinction from London School of Economics and a Bachelor Degree from University of Copenhagen. His area of eaching includes family business governance, corporate governance, applied microeconomics and firm theory.

Morten Bennedsen’s main research area is the governance of family firms and other closely held corporations in a global context. He has done research on family firms, closely held corporations, capital structures, venture capital, investor protection, private equity, ownership structures and privatization. His work has been published in top finance and economics journals, such as Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Political Economics, Quarterly Journals of Economics and Journal of Public Economics. Morten Bennedsen has won a number of research and teaching prices.

He has served as an advisor to the Danish Ministry of Business in the area of family firms and succession politics in particular and more generally on corporate financial policy. He has has done advisory and consultancy work for a.o. the largest Danish family firms, the Danish association of private equity funds, the Danish Ministry of Foreign affairs, the World Bank and Novo Nordicfoundation. He frequently gives talks to family firms, corporate finance institutions, investment banks and private equity funds.

Morten Bennedsen’s research has been cited in many international newspapers and other media outlets including BBC1 radio, South China Morning Post, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune and business newspapers in Germany, Nederland, Portugal, Norway and Denmark.

Joseph Fan is Professor of School of Accountancy and Department of Finance, Director of Institute of Economics and Finance of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Fan received Ph.D. in finance from University of Pittsburgh, USA. He has done extensive research on family business in emerging markets, covering issues such as succession, ownership design, and family networks. Professor Fan is also an expert in finance and governance of Chinese firms, and one of the most cited finance professors in Asia. He has published many of his works in world top academic journals, and is on editorial boards of several leading academic journals. His research has been featured by various business press, including The Economist, New York Times, Asian Wall Street Journal, BBC News, Financial Times, and South China Morning Post.

He often gives speeches and courses on family business governance topics across Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China and South East Asia. Professor Fan is a part-time professor of Research School of Finance & Statistics, and honorary director of Private Enterprise Governance and Development Center of Renmin University of China. He has consulting activities with Chinese businesses and families and international organizations including the World Bank and OECD.