The Finance Manager works with the Deputy Director and the Head of Operations to ensure routine financial management tasks are carried out by developing and following internal financial management procedures, keeping accounting up-to-date, and ensuring that all donor requirements are met.
Michael started with CAN in January 2017.
Michael’s initial work experience was in the private sector as an International Management Trainee at Enterprise Holdings and in the financial sector at Wells Fargo Financial and Commerzbank AG in the United States and Germany. During his Master’s in Germany, he joined the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in South Africa and managed projects on green economy development in emerging markets, productive uses of distributed energy and access to agricultural finance. More recently, he promoted sustainable access to modern renewable energy services with GIZ in Ethiopia.
Michael holds a Master’s in Economics and a Dual-Bachelor’s in Finance and German from the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and The Ohio State University.
When not at work, he enjoys travelling, playing guitar, physical fitness/yoga, and sports. He speaks fluent German and English and is continuing to develop his Spanish. His favourite animal is the penguin – his spirit animal is the lion.
He is excited to be able to apply his expertise to support global climate protection and sustainable development efforts worldwide.
Currently, he works out of Cleveland, Ohio, USA.