Michael is a transport and urban development specialist focused on shaping the built environment to improve economic and social conditions for people in cities around the world.
Since joining ITDP in 2008, Michael has overseen many special projects and strategic initiatives. This includes leading research on best practices such as parking management, shared mobility concepts, land use regulations, spatial planning, real estate financing, street design and urban freight. He regularly works in partnership with cities, civil society groups, and multilateral institutions such as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and Asian Development Bank in advocating for innovative solutions to urban mobility challenges.
Michael began work at ITDP from the former European office in Hamburg, Germany where he managed logistics in the Afribike program, contributed to a cycle infrastructure project in Slovakia and oversaw research on European parking management best practices. He has served on the international advisory board of the ITDP office in Budapest and is currently developing ITDP’s emerging programmatic activities in Central-Eastern Europe and the commonwealth of independent states (CIS) region. Michael is bilingual in Russian, proficient in Spanish and has working knowledge of German and French. He holds a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.