Prof. Francis Davis


Professor Francis Davis is a Professor of Public Policy and Communities at the University of Birmingham and Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of Oxford UK. He works at the intersection of business, government, and civil society internationally – most recently in South Asia, Africa, and the US – and has held ministerial and Cabinet-level advisory roles under three UK governments centered on economic and social inclusion and inclusive growth.


Francis has held private sector and public sector executive and non-executive leadership roles most especially in the health, social care, impact investing, and personal finance sectors and is, additionally, an award-winning social entrepreneur. His media contributions and appearances have included The Straits Times, Al Jazeera, BBC World, BBC Radio 4, the London Times, and national broadcasters including the US, France, Italy, Germany, and the UK. Recent speaking engagements in Islamabad, Washington DC, Brussels, Kigali, Lusaka, Dublin, and the UK parliament.


In his spare time, Francis is a long-distance walker, a journalist writing about leadership learning and the outdoors, and a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Anthropological Institute. He also volunteers for charities commemorating the genocides in Srebrenica and Rwanda.