Michael is a chartered accountant with background in finance, economics, public administration and professional experience in banking and public sector. He has skill sets in financial analysis, due diligence, audit, budget analysis, financial statistical analysis, research, transaction structuring, project risk analysis, capital project & asset finance. Michael worked for Standard Bank Group where he led risk-based audit engagements and later with the bank’s finance team on capital lease, debt structuring, credit and asset finance transactions for small & medium enterprises, corporations, public agencies and state governments. He also had a brief stint with the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity as a Research Analyst with Policy Development, Planning and Research department.
Academically, he holds a Master of Science degree in Finance & Economic Development from the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom and a Master of Public Administration degree with a distinction from the University of Illinois Springfield. Professionally, Michael is a member of the American Economic Association and the Royal Economic Society, United Kingdom. Outside of his professional work, Michael volunteers for National Model United Nations where he help write conference background guides on sustainable development, climate change; facilitate debates and lead sessions at the annual New York conference.