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October 12, 2006

Aspen Institute Honors Professor Ray Fisman with Faculty Pioneer Award

Professor Ray Fisman receives of the Rising Star Award.

Professor Ray Fisman

Columbia Business School announced today that Associate Professor Raymond J. Fisman has been named the recipient of the 2006 Rising Star Award by the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program. The Institute’s annual Faculty Pioneer Awards celebrate professors who have demonstrated leadership and risk-taking in integrating social and environmental issues into academic research, educational programs, and business practice. The Rising Star Award recognizes “extraordinary contributions and promise early in an academic career across a variety of activities including research, teaching, and impact on academic institutions and management practices.”

Professor Fisman has been a member of the Columbia Business School faculty since 2000. An associate professor of finance and economics, he serves as research director of the School’s Social Enterprise Program and a faculty leader of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics.

“The entire Columbia Business School community is honored by the Aspen Institute’s recognition of Ray Fisman’s achievements and promise,” said Glenn Hubbard, Dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School. “His teaching, scholarship, and contributions to the area of corporate social responsibility have been exemplary, and I am very proud to have him as a member of our faculty.”

Dr. Fisman received his PhD in business economics from Harvard University in 1998 and spent the following year working on a manufacturing survey in Mozambique for the World Bank. He is one of five 2006 Pioneer Award recipients.

“The Aspen Institute’s award confirms what we at Columbia Business School have long recognized: Ray Fisman is going to make a huge contribution to a systematic understanding of why and how businesses the world over are exercising their social and environmental responsibilities,” said Raymond D. Horton, the Frank R. Lautenberg Professor of Ethics and Corporate Governance and Director of Columbia Business School’s Social Enterprise Program.

Nominations for the Faculty Pioneer Awards are open to all faculty members at any institution offering a graduate management degree in any country. Candidates are nominated by their academic peers, and finalists are selected by a panel of corporate judges.

The Aspen Institute will recognize Professor Fisman at a ceremony co-hosted by Business for Social Responsibility at the Grand Hyatt in New York on November 10, 2006.

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