Michael is a social media pioneer in Singapore and across SE Asia. Delivering his first social media course in 2006, one of the earliest such courses across the region, he has brought to Singapore many firsts.
- The region’s first effort to aggregate social media use, developments, statistics and cases via the Digital Media Across Asia wiki (now dormant).
- The first Podcamp-Singapore delivered in 2008.
- The first Pecha Kucha-Singapore delivered with the help of some amazing students in 2009.
- A series of original Harvard-style case studies on topics such as social media in China and crowdsourcing.
- A co-host on early podcasts such as PR Junction and Leadership Matters.
Michael moved to Singapore in 2002 to help build the nation’s 3rd university, SMU, where he currently serves as the Academic Director of Executive Development. His teaching repertoire includes leadership, change management, strategy, implementation, persuasion, digital media, and reputation management. In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious Champion’s Award for innovative course design and delivery.
Michael has designed and delivered executive programmes for Unilever, IBM, Singapore Airlines, Sumitomo Chemical, MSIG, BNP Paribas, Intercontinental Hotel Group, TCS, UOB, SingHealth, Infineon, Singapore Power, Singapore’s CPF, MFA, MoE and CARE.org.
Currently he is the faculty director of SMU’s Excellence at Strategy Execution and EXCEL Leadership Programme. Previously he led the Wharton-SMU Strategic Leadership and Change Management Program.
Michael is qualified as an internal executive coach and also as a dispute mediator for the last 15 years. He is certified with numerous assessment instruments such as Hogan, Myers-Briggs, California Psychological Inventory, Harrison, and Thomas-Kilmann.
In 2014 Michael was appointed to the editorial review board of Asian Management Insights. In 2010-2011 he was awarded a Research Fellowship with the Society for New Communication Research. In 2004 he founded SMU’s teaching excellence initiative, and has completed Harvard Business School’s Programme on Case Method and Participant-Centered Learning.
Originating from the USA, he has worked extensively in Singapore, Japan, Finland, Slovenia, Germany and Argentina.
The author of several business books and case studies, Michael’s work has been featured in the New York Times, MIT’s Technology Review and CNA.