Michael Hewson is a member of Transfer Pricing Economists for Development (TPED), a Paris-based non-profit organization aiming to promote business economics knowledge-sharing in transfer pricing, notably in emerging and developing countries.
He is a director of Graphene Economics (Pty) Ltd, a company which he founded in South Africa in 2017 with a vision of creating a specialist economics-focused African transfer pricing firm. In 2019, the company was recognised by the International Tax Review as a Tier 1 transfer pricing firm in South Africa.
He has over 15 years of experience in transfer pricing in Africa and was previously a partner at EY. Under his leadership, the EY South African transfer pricing team grew to the largest professional services TP team in Africa and was awarded the 2016 International Tax Review award for South African Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year. Before joining EY, Michael was an Associate Director at Deloitte. He has a MCom in Financial Economics, Honours in Econometrics and a Higher Diploma in Tax (Law) and has contributed to two books on transfer pricing, as well as guest lecturing at the University of Johannesburg and the University of Pretoria.
Michael is a member of the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT), where is also a member of the national education committee. He initiated the development of a trainee programme for university graduates to specialize in transfer pricing, which is run through SAIT. It is in the process of being accredited and certified as an official qualification. Michael is also a member of the SAICA subcommittee on transfer pricing.