Michael works within the International and Country Context team, focusing on the political economy of climate change action, the climate-development nexus, regional and global affairs, and strategic partnerships for climate action. Since joining the organisation, he has contributed to the ASEAN Green Future project including co-authoring the Phase 1 regional report, and provided project management support across Climateworks’ activities in Southeast Asia.
Prior to Climateworks, Michael drove innovation initiatives and program design to advance sustainable, financially just outcomes for a microfinance organisation. He was also an associate at a strategic consultancy and undertook fellowships at the Australian Human Rights Commission and at a US-based microfinance NGO in Guatemala. Michael’s honours thesis addressed Foreign Direct Investment into arable land in the global South since the 2007-08 food crisis, exploring its implications for land rights and access, equity and development in the global politico-economic landscape.
Michael holds a Master of Environment (with Distinction) and an Honours Bachelor of Political Economy (First Class), both from University of Melbourne, and a combined Bachelor of Commerce and Arts (Political Science & International Relations) from University of Western Australia.