Luisa Alemany, PhD is an Associate Professor of Management Practice and the Academic Director of the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Private Capital at London Business School. She was a Visiting Professor at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Formerly she held the position of Associate Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at ESADE Business School in Spain.
Her main areas of interest are Entrepreneurial Finance (including Venture Capital, Business Angels, and Impact Investing), Valuation, Private Equity, and Corporate Finance in general. She holds a degree in Economics and Business, awarded by Universidad Complutense de Madrid, an MBA from Stanford University and a PhD in Economics and Business from Universidad Complutense.
Luisa began her career as a Financial Analyst at Procter & Gamble in Madrid. She subsequently worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co, working on valuations of companies and for telecommunication clients in Madrid, Barcelona and Lisbon. Later, she worked at Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division and, as a Senior Associate of the American private equity fund The Carlyle Group, in the European buyout team.
Luisa Alemany was the director of the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute for nine years (2009-2017) and is the academic sponsor of ESADE BAN (Business Angels Network), which was awarded the Best BAN in Europe in 2016. She seats in the investment committee of two early stage investors and is involved in Rising Tide Europe I and II, the first European Women-only business angels’ fund. She has recently co-founded Newton Venture Program, to bring diversity to the venture ecosystem.
Her research is published in top academic journals and she has written several books, including the award-winning “Entrepreneurial Finance: The Art and Science of Growing Ventures” (Cambridge University Press, 2018), the first European textbook on the topic that has being named “The most promising textbook of the year” in 2021.
Luisa has received the Best Teacher Award 2017, ESADE’s Executive Master in Finance and two of her cases, “Scytl” regarding exits options for investors and “BanaPads”, about financing the growth of a social enterprise, have been honored Best Case Awards by EFMD in 2017 and 2020.