Martin completed his PhD on Diaspora Strategies at the Clinton Institute (University College Dublin) where his research focused on role of the Irish diaspora in the Northern Ireland Peace Process specifically looking at diaspora philanthropy, diaspora financial networks and diaspora politics. He was also a visiting fellow at the United Nations University in Maastricht (UNU-MERIT) and is currently an advisor with The Networking Institute which provides teaching, training, and consultancy on networking, philanthropy & fundraising, and diaspora engagement. He sits on the Advisory Board of Ireland Reaching Out, a non-profit supported by the Government of Ireland to engage the Irish diaspora through reverse genealogy.
With colleagues at The Networking Institute, he has worked in approximately 30 countries on diaspora engagement including across Africa, Balkans, Caribbean, Europe, MENA, Pacific, United Kingdom, and the United States for a range of public and private sector clients. He was part of the advisory team for the European Strand of the Global Diaspora Forum as well as co-chair of the Global Diaspora and Development Forum. He has a wide publication record on the topic, including many diaspora strategies and policies.