Michael studied economics (M.Sc. Public Economics) and works as a financial markets expert at Bürgerbewegung Finanzwende (Finance Watch Germany). There he is particularly concerned with questions of financial market stability, i.e. the regulation of banks, shadow banks and the monetary policy of central banks. He also deals with the question of how to develop transformative policy proposals in light of the financial and climate crisis.
Prior to this, he worked for several years as a project lead at the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany at the intersection of digitisation, tech and transparency and was particularly concerned with beneficial ownership and money laundering. During his master programme at the Free University of Berlin he worked at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) and wrote his master's thesis on the labour market and distributional effects of an increase in the retirement age.