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Cambridge Judge Professor Raghu Rau appointed Mercers’ School Memorial Professor of Business


Professor Raghu Rau of Cambridge Judge Business School is appointed to additional role at Gresham College in London, where he will deliver a series of lectures. 

Raghavendra Rau.

Gresham College, London’s oldest higher education institution, and the Mercers’ Company announced the appointment of Professor Raghu Rau as the Mercers’ School Memorial Professor of Business, a role he will perform in addition to his Cambridge Judge position. 

Raghu, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Professor of Finance at Cambridge Judge, will deliver a series of six lectures per year which will be live-streamed. 

“I want to use this Professorship to help bridge the gap between how economists think about the world and how laypeople see the world,” Raghu said.  

“The disruption that’s going on in finance and business is something that we all need to understand, simply because it has the potential to upset our personal and professional lives. Is crypto worth holding as an investment? Can corporations truly harness big data to make efficient inferences about you? What are the risks of using AI to spot frauds before they happen? These are some of the questions I would like to address in my first-year lecture series.”  

Raghu will continue a 425-year-old tradition of delivering free lectures aimed at the public within the City of London and beyond. Gresham College live streams lectures online and delivers them to physical audiences in London, with over 8 million views of lectures online last year. More than 2,500 past lectures are freely available to view on the College’s website.  

In 2022-2023, Raghu will lecture on “The Tech Revolution in Finance”, including such issues as bypassing banks through tech, cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence and big data in business.