Michael Green is an independent economist and writer. He consults for governments, international organisations, companies and nonprofits on harnessing the tools of business to achieve social impact. He is currently working on a report for the US Committee of Concerned Journalists on how the media needs to change in response to the financial crisis, which will be published in February.
Michael is co-author of “The Road From Ruin: A New Capitalism for the Big Society,” published in Britain in February 2011. His previous book, also written with Matthew Bishop, “Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World”, on the new movement that brings together the business and social sectors to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, has been described as “terrific” by the New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, and as “the definitive guide to a new generation of philanthropists who understand innovation and risk-taking, and who will play a crucial part in solving the biggest problems facing the world,” by New York’s Mayor and leading philanthropist Michael Bloomberg. According to former U.S President Bill Clinton, “This is an important book. Our interdependent world is too unequal, unstable, and, because of climate change, unsustainable. We have to transform it into one of shared responsibilities, shared opportunities, and a shared sense of community. Bishop and Green show us how to do it.”
Michael was formerly a senior official at the Department For International Development. He joined as an economist and advised on global finance issues, including the UK response to the Asian financial crisis in 1997. Michael also managed the British aid programmes to Russia and Ukraine and ran the communications department at DFID for four years, serving three secretaries of state. Before joining the civil service, Michael taught economics at Warsaw University in Poland, where he also worked as a freelance journalist for The Economist, RTE and Polish Radio. He studied at Oxford University.