Michael earned his BA in Economics and Finance in 2006 from Bentley University. During a course on developmental economics Michael learned about microfinance and decided he wanted to actively participate in social entrepreneurship. Through various cultural organizations Michael had the opportunity of traveling abroad to places such as Greece and Argentina, immersing himself in local communities. There he received firsthand experience on social issues faced by people outside the U.S., which he brings to the organizations he is a member of in the Greek American Community. Prior to his fellowship, Michael started up a restaurant and worked in financial services. A Masters degree candidate in Environmental Management from Harvard Extension, Michael hoping to bring his interest in microfinance and entrepreneurship and sustainable and innovative solutions to current environmental issues. Michael speaks Greek, and is learning Spanish but he hopes to add Vietnamese to that list when he returns from his fellowship in Hanoi.
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