Michael is a Senior Fellow at the Internet Society, Senior Advisor at Analysys Mason, and guest professor at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. He is the former Chief Economist of the Internet Society, where he did a significant amount of work on promoting Internet development in emerging regions around the world. His work focuses on the role of locally relevant content in creating demand for Internet adoption and usage, and how to increase the availability of local content by promoting entrepreneurship. He is also working on the economics of cybersecurity, in order to reduce data breaches and increase trust in the Internet.
Prior to joining the Internet Society in August 2013, Michael was a partner at Analysys Mason, a global consulting firm focused on telecommunications and media. Michael was head of the Policy and Regulatory sector, head of the U.S. office, and most recently was in charge of developing its Internet practice at Analysys Mason. Michael has a Ph.D. in economics from MIT and a BA in mathematics and economics from Bowdoin College. After MIT, he spent five years as a professor of Economics at INSEAD, a business school near Paris, before joining the Federal Communications Commission. At the FCC, Michael was the Director of Internet Policy Analysis, where he was responsible for managing a wide range of policy analyses and regulatory decisions.