Michael Akerib has divided his professional life between industry, executive education and academia. He has always been interested in change – sociological, technological and the blending of the two and its impact in determining the future.
His professional experience was acquired in corporations leaders in their field (Dow Chemical, Merrill Lynch, COMILOG) in Africa, France and Switzerland. He was the CEO of a South American gold and diamond mining corporation in the early 1990s. As a consultant he devised strategies for SMEs in areas as different as metals and luxury products.
Since 1991 he has been involved in executive education and academia in over 20 countries. He has created curricula, franchised educational programs he created, was dean, managing director of business schools and rector. He is still active in higher education in Belgium, France, Romania and Switzerland.
He has published a number of articles on demography, energy and Russia.
Michael considers himself a global citizen – born in the Near East of grand-parents of four different nationalities, grown up in South America, studied in Britain. He has lived since numerous years in Switzerland with long-term stays in Afghanistan, the Czech Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was a frequent visitor to the Soviet Union during many years.
He has a Bachelor degree in Biochemistry, a Masters degree in the Biochemistry of Nutrition, an MBA, an Mphil in Industrial History and Geography and a PhD in Social Sciences. He has also passed his Security Exchange Commission and Chicago Futures Trading Commission examinations.
His hoby is writing surealistic short stories.