Michael is the Founder of and Senior Contributor to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of research for senior decision-makers in clean energy and transportation. He is also a Board Member of Transport for London, the capital’s transport authority, a member of the high-level advisory board of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative and holds a variety of other directory and advisory positions in business and the non-profit sector. Michael is a Visiting Professor at the Imperial College Energy Futures Lab.
Michael also serves on the High-Level Advisory Group for the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, and he founded and chairs three charities: Finance for Resilience (FiRe), the Swiss-based EcoVillages Association and the Liebreich Foundation. He chairs the selection committee for the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneers, which are announced each year at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, and is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College’s Energy Futures Lab. Michael was a founding Board Member of the Dubai-based Middle East Clean Energy Business Council and is an inaugural member of the Advisory Council of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. He has recently joined the advisory board of The Hawthorn Club, an international network for professional women in the energy industry. Michael is also a founding Advisory Board Member of Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER).
Michael has in the past served on the advisory board of the Clinton Global Initiative‘s Energy and Climate Change working group, as well as on the selection panels for the Zayed Future Energy Prize and the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers. He was a long-time member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils for Sustainable Energy and the New Energy Architecture, where he helped launch an initiative which led to WTO negotiations for an Environmental Goods Agreement (expected to conclude in a trade deal before the end of 2016). Michael has also been a member of the Accenture Energy Board and a member of the advisory panel for the INSEAD Energy Club.
Michael is a three-time finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and in June 2015 was presented with the Renewable Energy Association’s Judges Award for his outstanding contribution to the development of renewable energy. He is also co-author of three peer-reviewed academic papers on energy-related topics.
Prior to founding New Energy Finance, Michael was an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and media executive. In the 1990s he acted as Deputy Managing Director of Associated Press Television, Founding Director of Sports News Television and UK Managing Director of Groupe Arnault’s technology investment activities. He also spent five years as part of the London office of management consultants McKinsey & Company.
Michael graduated in Engineering from the University of Cambridge with first class honours, winning the Ricardo Prize for Thermodynamics, the Christ’s College Wyatt Prize and a College Scholarship. He earned his MBA from Harvard, where he was a Harkness Fellow and Baker Scholar and earned first and second-year honors. He was a member of the British Ski Team from 1986 to 1993, competing in two World Championships and the 1992 Albertville Olympic Games.