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Martyn Davies is South Africa’s premier economist and business analyst and a commentator on Africa and its relationship with the world’s emerging markets

Martyn is the Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Advisory and provides insights to help businesses craft their strategies, working with listed South African conglomerates as well as multinational organisations based in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. He was ranked the number one analyst in South Africa in the "Other African Economies & Markets" category as awarded by the prestigious Financial Mail in its annual Analysts of the Year awards in 2007.

Martyn was formerly the Director of the China Africa Network at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria, South Africa and was a faculty member of the school.

He has written over 200 articles in academia and the press and is a regular commentator for the international media and has been selected as a regular contributor to China's CCTV-9 news channel. He has published a number of book chapters in political-economic publications and is a regular presenter at international conferences that include Chatham House, the African Development Bank, the OECD, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the European Commission, the School of Oriental & African Studies, the South African Parliament and the World Bank.

Martyn has chaired both public and private sessions at the World Economic Forum both in Africa and China. Since 2008, he has participated in the WEF's Industry Partnership Meeting for Mining & Metals – an advisory body to the WEF providing strategic advice to leading global extractive industry companies. In October 2008, he was appointed as an advisor to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) for its Global Development Outlook project.

He is an Advisor to MasterCard and is a member of its Africa Knowledge Panel” with “He is a Senior Fellow at the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth – a group comprising leading international economists around the world, and is also a member of MasterCard’s Africa Knowledge Panel providing strategic advice to the Board of MasterCard.

Martyn holds a BA degree in Law, an Honours Degree in International Relations (cum laude), a Masters Degree in International Relations (cum laude) (University of the Witwatersrand), a Diploma in Asian Studies (Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea) and a PhD in International Relations (University of the Witwatersrand).


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