Antoinette Schoar is the Michael M. Koerner (49’) Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She has been teaching at Sloan in the areas of corporate finance and entrepreneurship. Professor Schoar holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from the University of Cologne, Germany. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Finance and the American Economic Journal in Applied Economics. Professor Schoar’s current research examines returns and capital flows in the venture capital industry, financing of SMEs and start up firms in emerging markets and the impact of corporate governance practices on firm performance. Her paper “The Effects of Corporate Diversification on Productivity” won the 2003 Journal of Finance Brattle Prize. She also received the prestigious Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship in 2009. She has published numerous papers in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economic, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and others. Her work has been featured in the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.