Professor Davis previously taught social sciences at Oxford (where he held a Fellowship), at Cambridge and at a number of business schools, where his mid-career students included mayoral candidates in major Southeast Asian cities, advisors to Presidential candidates in the Global South, leaders in the refugee and UN sectors and those now in the leadership of Apple and Nominet as well as of major religious communities. He has advised at the UK cabinet level. His research has been debated by parliament and has been described as ‘formidable’ and ‘ground breaking’ by the Conservative and Labour frontbenches and ‘fascinating and important’ and ‘remarkable’ by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. Heavily involved in inter-religious and mainstream collaborations around poverty reduction and enterprise, he has been ranked as among the 100 most influential British Catholics by The Tablet while the UK Catholic Herald once described him as ‘the Clark Kent of British Catholicism’. His media contributions include work for BBC World, BBC TV1, BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight , Straits Times, US Public Radio and The Economist.
A Zambian by birth with long standing interests in Southern Africa, he has served on commissions and projects of the Erste Foundation, Mercy Corps International, The Mayor of London, Caritas International, the Buncher Inter-Faith Conference and with initiatives supporting Bosnian rape victims.