Sir Mick Davis is the Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council and the founding partner of X2 Resources Ltd, an emerging company in the resources sector.
He recently stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Xstrata plc, one of the world’s largest global diversified mining and metals companies, which he grew in a 10 year period from a market value of US$500 million to US$60 billion, employing more than 90,000 people and operating in over 22 countries.
Previously, Sir Mick was an Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Billiton plc and Chairman of Billiton Coal. Prior to joining Billiton, Mick was an Executive Director of South African state-owned Eskom, one of the world’s largest electricity utilities.
In a personal capacity, Sir Mick is Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council of the United Kingdom, the umbrella body of major Jewish charities and institutions and was Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission. Sir Mick is a trustee of the Kew Foundation, which supports the work of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and is a member of the Board of Honorary Directors of the Royal Opera House. Prior to settling in the UK, Sir Mick was active in Jewish communal affairs in South Africa.
Born in 1958 and brought up in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Sir Mick is a Chartered Accountant by profession and an alumnus of Theodor Herzl School in Port Elizabeth. He holds an honours degree in Commerce from Rhodes University, South Africa and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Bar Ilan University. In the Queen’s 2015 Honours lists, Sir Mick was awarded a knighthood for his services to Holocaust commemoration and education. Sir Mick and Lady Barbara live in London and have three children – Sarah, Ronit and Eitan.