Before co-founding Expert Petroleum in 2006, Michel spent 24 years with Schlumberger. He has broad experience in production, development and mature asset management. He managed two large integrated production enhancement projects in Norway and Venezuela, and was distinguished for initiating and managing one of the largest and most successful production enhancement contract in Romania with Romgaz S.A for the Laslau Mare gas field in 2003. Michel has worked 17 years in Romania and the region. He was elected Oil Man of the Year in 2011 by the Romanian Petroleum Club, and was the President of ROPEPCA (Romanian Petroleum Exploration and Production Companies Association) between 2015 and 2016. He hold a Master Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot Watt University, and a Master in Project Management.