Mendoza School of Business

Gianna Bern

Teaching Professor; Associate Dean for the MBA
  227 Stayer Center for Executive Education
  • Biography
  • Background
  • Books
  • Presentations
  • Awards

After a 25-year career in corporate finance and capital markets, Gianna Bern joined the Mendoza College of Business faculty in 2014. Gianna is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Finance. A position she has held since 2014. In 2021, Gianna Bern was also appointed the Academic Director, EMBA program. Currently, Gianna Bern is working with Mendoza College staff and faculty to launch the Global Executive MBA program in August 2024. Previously, Gianna was the Academic Director of the MSF Chicago program, a position she held for seven years. She has taught in the MSF program, the undergraduate finance program, the MBA program, and the EMBA program.

Gianna Bern is a founding principal of the former Brookshire Advisory and Research, Inc. a Chicago-based research and consulting firm focused on the energy sector. Brookshire was a consultant to global corporate clients and investors. Gianna Bern is a former Senior Director, Fitch Ratings' Corporate Finance Latin America group focused on Oil, Gas, and Utilities. Prior to that, she managed a $2.1 billion commercial lease portfolio for a large commercial lessor. She has held managerial positions at BP Plc and Amoco Oil in energy economics, market analytics, and risk management. She began her career at Continental Bank (now part of Bank of America).

In 2011, Gianna Bern authored the business textbook, Investing in Energy: A Primer on the Economics of the Energy Industry (Wiley/ Bloomberg Financial Series). Gianna Bern is an occasional commentator on global energy markets on Bloomberg Television, BBC Radio, PBS, and quoted in the Wall Street Journal.

Gianna is passionate about helping underserved youth and serves on the Board of Directors of the George M. Pullman Educational Foundation in Chicago. She is the recipient of the 2018 and 2020 Outstanding MSF Professor of the Year award. In 2020 and 2023, Gianna Bern was named by Poets & Quants as a Favorite Professor of the Executive MBA Classes of 2020 and 2023.

EDD, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (Candidate)
MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
BBA, Illinois Institute of Technology

Areas of Expertise
Global Finance - Capital Markets
Financial Statement Analysis
Risk Management
Bond Issuance

"Investing in Energy: A Primer on the Economics of the Energy Industry", Wiley & Sons (Bloomberg Financial Series), 2011

"Have Recent Increases in Crude Oil prices Resulted in Increased Investment in the Energy Sector?", Universidad de Los Andes, International Conference on Financial Markets, 2018

"Favorite Professor of the Executive MBA Class of 2023", Poets & Quants, 2023

"Favorite Professor of the Executive MBA Class of 2020", Poets & Quants, 2020

"Notre Dame Outstanding Professor Award", Master of Science in Finance Program, 2020

"Notre Dame Outstanding Professor Award", Master of Science in Finance Program, 2018