Martin Devenish


Current position: Advisor and former Managing Director for Emerging Markets, Goldman Sachs International

Course: BCom, Industrial Economics & Business Studies, 1986


This mentor may be of interest to students of Accounting and Finance, Economics and those with an interest in banking, investment, finance and the City.


Martin has recently retired as Partner at the global investment bank, Goldman Sachs, and is now retained in an advisory capacity. His focus is Emerging Markets, and his work regularly takes him to African countries and around the world. Martin completed his Bachelors of Commerce in Industrial Economics and Business Studies from the University of Birmingham in 1986, and went on to spend four years at HSBC Asset Management, before joining Goldman Sachs in 1992. Martin is an active member of the University’s Development Advisory Council and a great supporter of the Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme which offers scholarships and support to ensure fair access for the brightest and best potential students regarding their personal circumstances. He is also a ‘lay’ member of the University’s Council.

Quotes from mentees

  • Having had quite a bit of strategy consulting experience, I was now hoping to get an insight into the world of investment banking and was hoping that Martin would be the perfect mentor for this – so far he has been.
  • So far my expectations have been fully met and sometimes exceeded, and I am looking forward to seeing Martin again.
  • What I liked about Martin as a mentor was he started off saying ‘my aim as a mentor is too meet your expectations as a mentee and I will try and help you in any way that I can,’ this was extremely encouraging and very relieving.