Michael advises clients on multilateral affairs. He has more than 40 years of experience as an international civil servant in the United Nations, serving in the US, Iran, Mexico, Haiti and Switzerland.
Michael joined MAP in 2019 after retiring as director general of the UN Office in Geneva. He is also a former under-secretary general and was previously the secretary general of the Conference on Disarmament. He was the UN secretary general's personal representative to the conference by Ban Ki-moon and António Guterres.
He was executive director of the Kofi Annan Foundation and assistant secretary general of the UN, where he was special representative of the secretary general and chief of mission to the UN’s peacekeeping mission to Cyprus.
He has also served as director for political, peacekeeping and humanitarian affairs in the office of the secretary general, and as director of the office of the under-secretary general for political affairs.
Michael has been awarded the Médaille Genève reconnaissante by the City of Geneva, the Excellence in Communication award by the Union Suisse des Attachés de Presse and the prize of the Fondation pour Genève in recognition of his work as the head of UNOG.
Michael holds a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.