Michael leads Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading commercial think tank, since co-founding it in 1994 in order to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. Michael began his career as a research scientist later becoming an accountancy firm partner in the 1980’s leading consultancy work in the UK & overseas, and served on the board of Europe’s largest R&D organisation. Michael is a qualified accountant, computer specialist and management consultant with a degree in Government from Harvard as well as mathematics and engineering at Trinity College Dublin and a PhD from the London School of Economics. Michael has won a Smart Award for prediction systems, a Foresight Challenge award for financial research, and been named British Computer Society’s Director of the Year. Michael is Professor of Commerce at Gresham College, non-executive Director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, and Trustee of the International Fund for Animal Welfare & Ocean Alliance.
Michael’s financial services clients include banks, treasuries, information service providers, clearing houses, exchanges, insurers, mutual insurance managers, trade associations and alternative risk vehicles. Michael created the Global Financial Centres Index, the Universities Superannuation Scheme & Gresham College’s Farsight Award for long-term investment research and the London Accord, the world’s leading ‘open source’ research cooperative into the economics of climate change. Hailed as a Sunday Times Book of the Week, Michael’s humorous novel, Clean Business Cuisine: Now and Z/Yen, was published in 2000. Banking Technology said the book gives “a big picture grip on the details”. Michael has a regular column in the Journal of Risk Finance.