Full Professor of Finance, and holds the Fundação Amélia de Mello Chair. He is also Visiting Professor of Finance at IMD and is the Chairman of the Board of Auditors of the Portuguese Central Bank (Banco de Portugal).
Professor Fernandes has a degree in Economics from the Universidade Católica Portuguesa and a PhD in Management (Finance) from IESE Business School in Spain.
Before becoming Dean of CATÓLICA-LISBON, he was, for a decade, Professor of Finance at IMD, in Lausanne, Switzerland. At IMD, Professor Fernandes directed the Strategic Finance program, among other customized programs for leading international companies. He was also a member of the Advisory Committee for the World Economic Forum and the Portuguese Diaspora Council.
Professor Fernandes has been working with senior leaders and executive committees, advising companies and financial institutions in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East in formulating winning financial strategies, global portfolio management, international valuations, M&A’s, risk management, and emerging market investments.
He has published in the leading journals worldwide, including the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of Financial Intermediation and the Journal of Portfolio Management. He also speaks at business conferences in Asia, Europe and North America, and is a regular contributor to the business press worldwide, including the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books and book chapters, including the book Finance for Executives: A Practical Guide for Managers.
His work has been honored with several awards and an FDIC grant (American regulator for financial institutions). In 2008, he was awarded the Lamfalussy Fellowship, an award given by the European Central Bank to the best researchers in finance worldwide. In 2015, he won the best paper of the year award in the Journal of Financial Intermediation.