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How Finance Works with Harvard Business Professor Mihir Desai

Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School professor Mihir Desai has spent the last 2 decades teaching finance to MBA students, law students, executives, and undergraduates with widely varying backgrounds.

In the process he has found that it’s possible to preserve relevance while avoiding unneeded complexity through an emphasis on diagrams, graphs, and real­world examples over equations and Mickey Mouse numerical examples. His new book, ‘How Finance Works’ presents the basic principles for all who need to make smart financial decisions and develop the confidence to clearly communicate those decisions to others. 

Mihir will lead an interactive and engaging session, tackle a range of key topics including:

  • How different financial levers can affect a company's performance

  • The different ways in which companies fund their operations and investments

  • How value is created, measured, and maximized

  • The importance of capital markets in helping companies grow

When : Thursday 16th May at 12.15pm for 12.30pm start

Casual boardroom lunch

Price: $35 per person

Where: Bain & Co, Level 45, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000


Launch of his new book

 “Mihir’s book provides the perfect combination of intuitive explanations, contemporary examples, and rigor so that both finance pros and novices can truly enhance their capabilities.” —Helen Riley, Chief Financial Officer, Google X


“Informative and engaging, this book…is a must-read for business students and aspiring business leaders—or anyone looking to deepen their understanding of finance.”

—Marne Levine, Chief Operating Officer, Instagram

“Professor Desai has accomplished a rare feat: transforming the typically complex and often dry subject of finance into a lively and accessible tour de force, without trivializing its importance.

—Cyrus Taraporevala, President and CEO, State Street Global Advisors

Mihir A. Desai is the Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He received his Ph.D. in political economy from Harvard University; his MBA as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School; and a bachelor's degree in history and economics from Brown University. Areas of expertise include tax policy, international finance, and corporate finance, and his academic publications have appeared in leading economics, finance, and law journals.