Peter Tufano

Peter Moores Dean
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Peter Tufano is Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance at Saïd Business School. He is also a Professorial Fellow at Balliol College, University of Oxford.

Peter is a prolific scholar and course developer, a seasoned academic leader, a social entrepreneur, and an advisor to business and government leaders. His ongoing work focuses on household finance, financial innovation, and fintech.

As Dean, Peter has championed the concept of a ‘business school embedded within the University’. While this connection begins with the membership of all business school students in Oxford Colleges, it is embodied in a number of initiatives that differentiate the School from other business schools: our joint degree programmes including our 1+1 MBA programme, whereby students can combine an MBA with scores of other Masters Programmes at Oxford; our Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO) programme, whereby students and alumni study disruptive global phenomena and their impact on business over the next quarter century; our Engaging with the Humanities Programme, whereby our students learn from humanities scholars and teachers primarily about leadership and values; our Oxford Foundry, a facility opened in 2017 to support all 23,000 Oxford students interested in entrepreneurship; and the extensive research conducted by the faculty with colleagues around Oxford. All of these activities produce a richer and more effective business school and university.

Peter is also a social entrepreneur. In 2000, he founded, and now chairs, a non-profit called Commonwealth (formally Doorways to Dreams Fund). This organisation works with partners to help low income households successfully manage their financial needs. Peter’s research on consumer finance, and the work of Commonwealth, contributed to the passage of the American Savings Promotion Act in December 2014, which removed federal barriers to sale of prize linked savings products in the US.

Prior to joining Oxford, Peter was a faculty member at the Harvard Business School for 22 years. During this time, he assumed a number of leadership roles, serving as department chair, course head, and Senior Associate Dean. He oversaw the school’s tenure and promotion processes, its campus planning, and he advised the University on financial and real estate matters. He was also the founding co-chair of the Harvard innovation lab (i-lab), a cross-university initiative to foster entrepreneurship.

Peter earned his AB in economics (summa cum laude), MBA (with high distinction) and PhD in Business Economics at Harvard University.