Peter Tufano was appointed Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance at Saïd Business School on 1 July 2011.
Previously, he spent over three decades at Harvard, earning his AB in economics summa cum laude), MBA (with high distinction), and PhD in
Business Economics degrees there, and had been on the faculty of the Harvard Business School
for 22 years, most
recently as the Sylvan C. Coleman Professor of Financial Management.
Tufano is a prolific
scholar and course developer, a seasoned administrator and manager, a
social entrepreneur, and an advisor to business and government leaders.
Tufano's recent research, course development, and engagement with business
and policy audiences is primarily focused on topics around consumer finance,
and is aimed at understanding how this vital sector of the economy works -
and can work better. He has been at the forefront of advancing this
academic field and then helped bring ideas from research into practice by
founding an innovative non-profit and working directly with businesses and
policymakers. His work is credited with influencing two US policy
initiatives and a new class of savings products in the US. His other
streams of work deal with risk management, financial engineering, and mutual
As an administrator and manager, Tufano has assumed a number of leadership
roles at Harvard, serving as department chair, course head, and Senior
Associate Dean; he has overseen the school's tenure and promotion processes,
its campus planning, crafted a strategy for university engagement, and
advised the University on financial and real estate matters. He most
recently was the Founding Co-Chair of the Harvard innovation lab (i-lab), a
cross-university initiative to foster entrepreneurship and well as a
Co-Chair of the Allston Task Force, a group convened by President Faust to
lay out a future for Harvard's major land holdings in Allston.
Professor Tufano, 54, is married with one daughter, a student at Harvard
College. His wife, Mary Jeanne Tufano, is an attorney, arbitrator and