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Our Speakers


Pension Investment Academy Seminars are renowned for the high quality of their speakers. The following pension fund industry experts are due to speak at a PIA seminar in the future. 

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Gordon Clark



Gordon Clark

Professorial Fellow at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and co-director of the Oxford-Zurich research program

Gordon L Clark DSc FBA is Professorial Fellow at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and co-director of the Oxford-Zurich research program. With expertise in organisation theory, financial decision making, and pensions he has held appointments at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Harvard Law School, the University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon University, and Monash University (Australia). He has also been a Mellon Fellow at the National Research Council of the US National Academy of Sciences.

With colleagues he has focused upon the performance of large financial institutions taking an organisational perspective on technology and informed by knowledge of how banks, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and endowments manage themselves. This research is to be found in papers on best-practice pension fund governance and the recent book Institutional Investors in Global Markets (OUP 2011) (with Ashby Monk from Stanford University).

He is also an expert on how individuals respond to risk and uncertainty and seeks to better understand how and why people plan for their long-term welfare. This research is to be found in recent papers and reports through the Oxford-Zurich research program in collaboration with Stefania Innocenti and Sarah McGill and in Saving for Retirement (OUP 2012) (with Kendra Strauss and Janelle Knox-Hayes). Recent papers on gambling behaviour, financial literacy, savings behaviour and advice-seeking in pension plans have been published in major academic journals.

Gordon is the Independent Chair of the IP Group’s Ethics and ESG committee and is an Advisor to a handful of start-ups in the UK and the USA. He has been an employer-nominated trustee on the Oxford Staff Pension Scheme for the past ten years.

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