Michael is the International (and former Managing) Director of NEF Consulting.
He established a new branch in South Africa in September 2012 to take NEF’s ideas and frameworks to a new audience in the Global South. As an economist and organisational development practitioner, he blends NEF’s rigorous analysis with its innovative approaches to opening up spaces for learning and solutions-based planning.
As an economist, Michael is an accredited SROI practitioner and trainer in multiple approaches to measuring value for money. He has trained, and consulted with, a wide variety of organisations to help them measure their social, economic and environmental impact.
As an organisational development practitioner, he has both developed and delivered tools (Happiness at Work survey) and processes (Well-Supplied) to bring well-being into the heart of business conversations and decision-making as well as taking it into government policy.
Michael has brought an understanding and use of well-being in decision making into organisations as diverse as the UK National Health Service (NHS), the Intercontinental Hotel chain and Timberland.
The research underpinning the tools and processes he has co-created draw on the work of the Nobel economics prize winner, Elinor Ostrom, and the growing field of study, positive psychology.
Michael holds post-graduate qualifications in Development Economics as well as Organisational Development. Now based in Cape Town, he boosts his own well-being through regular kite surfing.
Recent project experience
- Woolworths – delivery of a supplier well-being programme
- Shelter – delivery of an employee well-being programme
- Charities Aid Foundation – development of the organisation’s first international social impact report
‘Small Countries: A Survey of the Literature’, in Grynberg, R. (ed). WTO at the Margins: Small States and the Multilateral Trading System, (2006) Commonwealth Secretariat, Cambridge University Press
‘New economics for: Value for Money in International Development’ January 2013.