Michelle joined the World Food System Center in December 2011. She holds a Bachelor and Honors in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Queensland in Australia, along with Master in Management, Technology and Economics from the ETH Zurich. Michelle worked as an Engineer in Australia, Norway and Costa Rica for several years before joining the ETH in 2004 as the lead Project Manager at the former ETHsustainability. In this role she was responsible for the education, research and outreach programs of the Center in the framework of the Alliance for Global Sustainability, a unique university partnership between MIT, the University of Tokyo, Chalmers University and the ETH Zurich. These projects included running and expanding the Youth Encounter on Sustainability (YES) academic programs in six different world regions. During this time she established graduate level programs and taught modules on food security and the global food system. More recently she ran her own consultancy business in Australia, which included a large project to establish the International Energy Center, a joint research and education initiative of 3 leading universities and a large industry partner.