Michael is an economist and independent consultant. Currently, he leads the analytical work of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index published by INSEAD, where he is responsible for the calculation and analysis of country and city rankings. Prior to this role, he was consultant and Associate Economic Affairs Officer at United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), working primarily on issues on trade and development related to least-developed countries and landlocked developing countries. Other past work experience includes consulting for the World Trade Organization and working as an analyst at the Swedish National Board of Trade, CUTS International, and Mintel International. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Geneva and a Master of International Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute (University of Bern).