Michael has been involved in public affairs, regulatory and policy research since 1981. His EU and global roles have included Public Affairs Director for International Express Carriers Conference (1987/89), a member of committees Task Forces and user groups, and presenter, chair and facilitator of conferences, seminars and lectures. Michael has written extensively including: a seminal book on the cross border business dimension of the Irish Peace Process; EU economic and enterprise policy; Transport & Ports; Telecommunications; Trade Facilitation and E-business. Currently Michael is a non-executive Director of BHSL a pioneering agri-bioenergy company, and the Irish Government’s Technology Centre for Bio-energy and Bio-refining. Michael has an honours degree from University College Dublin in History and Politics.