MSc Range Management (Ecology), University of Nairobi, 1996; BSc Range Management (First Class Honours), University of Nairobi, 1990.
For the Last 22 years, Michael has worked for various institutions with duties ranging from advising national government institutions to designing and implementing large-scale national and transboundary natural resource management programmes in East Africa. Prior to joining LTS in January 2016, Michael was the Executive Director of the East African Wild Life Society (July 2012– December 2015), its Deputy Director between July 2009 and June 2012 and the National Coordinator of the Kenya Forests Working Group (KFWG) – a consortium of individuals, non-governmental organizations, private sector and government agencies involved in forest conservation in Kenya – (1995 – 2009). Michael’s work at KFWG and East Africa Wild Life Society has today shaped the forestry sector in Kenya and influenced natural resource management policy changes at the regional level. At LTS, Michael continues to play a leading role in forest sector governance in East Africa, and Africa at large.
His contribution to the forestry sector was the basis of his appointment as the Technical Advisor at Kenya’s Prime Minister’s office Mau Interim Coordinating Secretariat (ICS) that was formed in 2009 to oversee the implementation of the 2009 Mau Forest Complex Task Force recommendations. Michael was also a member of this task force between 2008 and 2009. In recognition of his work in NGOs, Michael was nominated by the United States Department of State to the International Visitor Leadership Programme on NGOs in 2006.
Michael has facilitated many policy processes in Kenya leading to enactment of new laws such as the Forests Conservation and Management Act, 2016, Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013, Land Act 2012, the National Land Commission Act 2012 and the Land Registration Act, 2012. Michael has authored many natural resource management policy background reports and papers in East Africa. At the African regional level, Michael has facilitated many Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) processes.
He has been involved in the development of climate change plans, strategies, policies, papers and reports in East Africa. He has also contributed to implementation of many projects and programmes involved in integration of climate change. As a certified lead auditor for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Michael has conducted many forest management and Chain of Custody certification audits for Soil Association in Kenya and South Sudan.
Michael has undertaken over 80 consultancies.