Peter Tufano

Peter Moores Professor of Finance

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Peter Tufano is the Peter Moores Professor of Finance at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. He served as the Peter Moores Dean of the School from 2011 to 2021. For 2021-22, he is a Visiting Scholar at Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Business School.  Peter was a Professor at Harvard Business School from 1989-2011, where he oversaw the school’s tenure and promotion processes, campus planning, and university relations. He advised the University on financial and real estate matters. He was the founding co-chair of the Harvard i-lab.

Peter’s research has focused on financial innovation and financial engineering—and for more than two decades, household finance.  With HKS Prof. Danny Schneider he is studying the recently enhanced federal Child Tax Credit.  He has been studying corporate adoption of ESG practices as part of the Ownership Project at Oxford, and is launching a broader climate finance agenda, including the creation of Business Schools for Climate Leadership. He is studying leadership transitions where leaders have fiduciary duties.

As Dean, Peter championed the mission of making business, business schools, and entrepreneurship forces for justice and systems change, re-orienting the School around global challenges while transforming the gender and global composition of the class.  This orientation, along with his approach of “embedding” the School within the broader University, produced the 1+1 MBA programme; the required Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO) course; its global analogue, Map the System; the Engaging with the Humanities Programme; the Oxford Foundry;  Oxford’s joining of the Creative Destruction Lab, its Aspen-Oxford Leadership Programme, and more.

Peter founded and chairs Commonwealth, a non-profit building financial security and opportunity for financially vulnerable people through innovation and partnerships to change systems.  Their work includes tax-time savings, financial entertainment, workplace emergency saving, and prize-linked savings.  Their work contributed to the passage of the American Savings Promotion Act in December 2014, which removed federal barriers to the sale of prize-linked savings products. Peter earned his AB in economics (summa cum laude), MBA (with high distinction) and PhD in Business Economics at Harvard University.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and recently earned GARP’s certification in Sustainability and Climate Risk.