Michael is a law graduate with a post graduate qualification from the J F Kennedy School of Goverment at Harvard University on Privatisation and Regulatory Reform. Nyack University in New York awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Laws. Qualified as a Mediator at University of Cape Town and member of Mediation in Motion. He has had a varied career path with extensive experience in Agriculture, Business, Education and Politics. Agriculture: MD of Komsberg Farming in Namibia, a greenfield investment in neigboring Namibia where he transformed a dessert to a award winning seedless table grape export farm, employing more than 1000 people during the harvest season. Business: CEO of the Louis Group SA, a century old family business with interests in Property, Finance, IT and Hospitality.Been recognised for numerous awards including Top 100 companies, Top Manager of the Year, South Africa Leading manager of the Year award . Education: Chairman of Cornerstone University which he developped from a Missionary College to a fully fledged university.