Dr Martyn Davies

Dr Martyn Davies

Managing Director, Emerging Markets & Africa


  • BA Law, BA Hons, Masters, PhD – University of the Witwatersrand
  • Diploma in Asian Studies, Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea)
  • Harvard Business School, Executive Programme
  • Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Executive Programme
  • The Jackson Institute for International Affairs, Yale University, Executive Programme
  • Said Business School, Oxford University, Executive Programme

Dr Martyn Davies is the Managing Director of Emerging Markets & Africa at Deloitte as well as the Dean of Alchemy by Deloitte, the firm’s School of Leadership. He leads Deloitte Insights, the firm’s thought leadership division and is a member of the Deloitte global economics team.

Over his career, he has been a trusted advisor to the C-Suite at a large array of multinational firms on their market entry & engagement strategies in emerging markets and Africa. He has also conducted a large amount of advisory work on behalf of the public sector having advised a number of governments in numerous regions.

 Prior to joining Deloitte, Martyn was a successful entrepreneur having founded Frontier Advisory, a strategy and corporate finance advisory firm that was subsequently acquired by Deloitte. Destiny Man magazine has previously named Martyn in its “Power 40” of leading South African businessmen under the age of 40.

Dr Davies has previously been ranked the # 1 analyst in South Africa in the “African Economies & Markets” category as awarded by the Financial Mail in its prestigious Annual Analysts of the Year awards.

Martyn has been selected as a Young Global Leader, an honour bestowed by the World Economic Forum each year to recognise the most distinguished young leaders nominated below the age of 40 from around the world and has served as a Global Agenda Council member of the WEF. He has also chaired a session at the WEF’s Annual Meeting in Davos focusing on Africa. 

He is a member of the prestigious Young President’s Organisation (YPO), a global network of young chief executives across 130 countries.

He is a Senior Fellow at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth – a group comprising leading international economists which works on subjects relating to macro-economics and inclusive growth.

Martyn has previously been a faculty member at Stellenbosch University and the University of Pretoria, as well as at the business schools of both universities. He has published 28 articles in accredited academic journals. He is a Visiting Professor at IE Business School, Madrid, Spain and is a Non-Executive Director of the NEPAD Business Foundation.

Martyn is married to Suheima and they have three children, Mikha, Zarah & Adam