Mervyn King is a Senior Counsel and former Judge of the Supreme Court
of South Africa. He is Professor Extraordinaire at the University of
South Africa on Corporate Citizenship, Honorary Professor at the
Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town and a Visiting Professor at
He has an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Universities of the
Witwatersrand in South Africa and Leeds in the UK, an honorary Doctorate
from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia and a honorary Doctorate in
Commerce from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, is Chair Emeritus
of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, which
produced King I, II, III and IV, and Chair of the Good Law Foundation.
He is Chair Emeritus of the International Integrated Reporting
Council (IIRC) in London and of the Global Reporting Initiative in
Amsterdam and a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group to the World
Bank on Corporate Governance. He chaired the United Nations Committee of
Eminent persons on Governance and Oversight and was President of the
Advertising Standards Authority for 15 years and a member of the ICC
Court of Arbitration in Paris for seven years.
He is chair of the African Integrated Reporting Council and chair of
the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa.
He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for promoting quality
corporate governance globally from the ICGN, the Asian Centre for
Corporate Governance, the Indian IOD and the Regenesys Business School.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce, honorary
fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales;
of the Institute of Internal Auditors of the UK; of the Chartered
Institute of Management Accountants; of the Certified Public Accountants
of Australia; of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations of the UK,
of the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a Chartered Director
of South Africa.
He has been a chair, director and chief executive of several
companies listed on the London, Luxembourg and Johannesburg Stock
He has consulted, advised and spoken on legal, business,
advertising, sustainability and corporate governance issues in over 60
countries and has received many awards from international bodies around
the world including the World Federation of Stock Exchanges and the
International Federation of Accountants.
He is the author of five books on governance, sustainability and
reporting, the latest being “The Auditor. Quo Vadis.”
He sits as an arbitrator and mediator internationally.