About Martin

Martin is a partner in our London office, where he works with extractive industries, infrastructure companies, and governments focusing primarily on emerging countries. He focuses on strategic issues including regulatory strategy, stakeholder management, and sustainability.

Martin's recent projects include:

  • Helping to manage the post-acquisition integration of two large mining companies, including engagement with stakeholders, the integration of human resources and the identification of synergies
  • Supporting a global basic materials company in refining its approach to government relations in an African country
  • Counseling an international oil company on the development of its sustainability strategy
  • Advising an African country on how to improve the attractiveness of investment in its extractives sector

Martin recently co-led a McKinsey Global Institute research project examining economic development in resource-dependent countries, which culminated in the publication of the report “Reverse the curse: Maximizing the potential of resource-driven economies.” He has a deep interest in Africa, and has spoken at several conferences on economic development in the continent.

A native of Norway and fluent in English and French as well as the Scandinavian languages, Martin has worked in more than fifteen countries. Before joining McKinsey, he spent time as a volunteer on agribusiness projects in Kenya, Mozambique and Burundi. He holds a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kenedy School of Government at Harvard University, a master's degree in strategic management from HEC in Paris, and a bachelor's degree in comparative literature and French from the University of Oslo.

Published work

Perspectives on the diamond industry,” McKinsey & Company, September 2014 (PDF–3.46 MB)

Reverse the curse: Maximizing the potential of resource-driven economies,” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2013

Education

Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
MPA, public administration

HEC, Paris
MSc, strategic management

University of Oslo
BA, comparative literature and French