Michael is a financial geographer with research interests in the geo-politics and geo-economics of capital market investments. In particular, his work focuses on the asset management industry, institutional investors, and sustainable finance. His research straddles the frontiers of several disciplines including geography, financial economics, management studies and public administration.
Prior to his graduate studies, Michael worked for the private bank Pictet & Cie overseeing and developing their in-house mutual funds in emerging markets and thematic markets including Socially Responsible Investments (SRI).
Michael holds a BSc in Management from HEC Lausanne, an MSc in Environment, Politics and Globalisation from King's College London, and a DPhil in Economic Geography from Oxford University. Using econometrics and close-dialogue, his doctoral thesis explored financial disintermediation as a means to improve the funding of retirement systems. At a theoretical level, it proposed to untangle the seeming paradox of the unprecedented agglomeration of financial institutions around financial centres and the increasing virtualisation of their tasks and functions.