“Since my early childhood, I used to run, and to cycle to go to school or to discover the countryside. My first big trip was when, being 16 years old, I left home to go, alone with my bike, to Firenze in Italy. Later, when I started my professional life and I had the opportunity to do so, I kept the habit of cycling – or sometimes running – to work.”
Thus, for Michaël, cycling and running is a way of living, an opportunity to be closer to nature, to the others and to himself. Travelling by public transportation makes also part of this approach.
Michaël graduated as a lawyer at the University of Brussels and got a LLM degree in International Public Law from the Cambridge University (Queen’s College); he practiced 3 years as barrister in Brussels (Stibbe) and started then a career as public and political consultant, working on matters as urban planning, green building, ecology and polical communication (City of Brussels, Communauté française, different MP). During that time, he was also assistant at the Law Faculty of the ULB.
In 2004, he co-founded ARICIA and organises now cultural and architectural trips throughout the world (with clients as JCX, Delhaize, Art&Build, P&V, etc). With his partner -Brigitte-, he keeps writing on a blog about those activities.
He is convinced that the economy must -and will- turn green and he believes that this evolution includes a greater focus on mental en physical well-being within the corporate sphere. This is the reason why he joined Bernard and Jean-Philippe to found Running Nation.
Michaël -43 years old and father of 3 daughters- shares his time between Arlon and Brussels.
He practices running (his PR on marathon is 2:42), cycling and swimming.