Martin Essayan is the great grandson of Calouste Gulbenkian and a Trustee of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, with responsibility for the UK Branch and the Armenian Communities department.
He attended Eton College (1972-77), holds a Master of Arts from Cambridge University where he studied Engineering at Emmanuel College (1978-81), and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School (1986-88).
From 1981 to 1986 he worked for IBM in London as a Systems Engineer, helping major clients develop and implement IT solutions.On leaving Business School he joined The Boston Consulting Group where he worked for fifteen years (1988-2003), half of them as a partner. He specialised in financial services and worked with many of the leading financial institutions in the UK, Europe and the US, helping them develop and execute strategies and large scale change programmes. He led or advised teams supporting some of the largest successful transformation programmes in European financial services.
He is now an independent consultant and teacher of business analysis and communication skills, working with leading financial services companies in the UK.