Gianfranco Gianfrate

Gianfranco Gianfrate

Research Affiliate at The Fletcher Network for Sovereign Wealth and Global Capital

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Gianfranco Gianfrate is an Empedocle Maffia Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is co-founder and partner of iStarter, an Italian-based venture capital company. He also teaches Corporate Valuation at Bocconi University, where he carries on research activities focused on corporate governance, shareholder rights, and business valuation. Gianfranco has authored three books and several academic and practitioners articles on finance-related topics. Previously, he held roles at Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance, and Valdani Vicari & Associati. He acts as advisor of primary international investment funds and he has worked in a managerial position at Hermes Fund Manager, one of the leading responsible investment company in the world. At Hermes, he worked on the integration of Environmental, Social, and Governance criteria in investment decisions and asset ownership. He also collaborated with the Carbon Disclosure Project for the launch of their operations in Russia. He served as member of the Corporate Governance Committee at Assogestioni and of the Investment Committee at Eumedion. Gianfranco holds a BA and a Ph.D in Business Administration from Bocconi University. He is a Former Junior Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a research affiliate of the SovereigNET at Tufts Fletcher School. At HKS, he is working on a project focused on crowdfunding for social and sustainability ventures. In particular, he is studying what determines the success of crowdfunding campaigns that are aimed at financing innovative projects in the fields of environmental and social sustainability.

Empedocle Maffia Fellow

Harvard Kennedy School of Government

| luglio 2014 – presente (10 mesi)Boston, Stati Uniti

Research Affiliate

The Fletcher School at Tufts University

| settembre 2013 – presente (1 anno 8 mesi)Boston, Stati Uniti



| giugno 2012 – presente (2 anni 11 mesi) Torino, Italia

iStarter is a business incubator-accelerator that provides initial capital and extensive coaching to inventors and startuppers through a highly diversified network of young professionals and senior advisors


Bocconi University

| giugno 2005 – presente (9 anni 11 mesi)


Hermes Investment Management

| marzo 2008 – ottobre 2011 (3 anni 8 mesi) Londra, Regno Unito

Visiting Fellow

Harvard University

| agosto 2007 – agosto 2008 (1 anno 1 mese)



| 2002 – 2003 (1 anno) Milan

Business Analyst

Valdani Vicari & Associati

| gennaio 2000 – dicembre 2001 (2 anni)