Francesca Cornelli

  • Dean of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management
  • Professor of Finance
  • Donald P. Jacobs Chair in Finance

Francesca Cornelli is the Dean of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She is also a professor of finance and holds the Donald P. Jacobs Chair in Finance.

Professor Cornelli directed and advanced the highly regarded Private Equity Institute of London Business School, building a bridge between academia and practice by partnering with private equity leaders in London, alumni and top academics in the field.

Most notably, in 2016 Professor Cornelli co-created the Academic Female Finance Committee which was established by the American Finance Association to help encourage and bring more women into the field of financial research. Her research interests include corporate governance, private equity, privatization, bankruptcy, IPOs and  innovation policy.

Professor Cornelli completed her education in Università Commerciale Bocconi in Milan, Italy where she received her Bachelor of Economics, summa cum laude, and graduated in 1987. Thereafter, she earned a
master’s degree and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.