Michael Gates was a Scholar of St. Catherine’s College Oxford, where he gained an M.A. in English Language and Literature.
He worked for five years in radio before moving to Finland where he helped establish the Finnish office of Richard Lewis Communications, which provides cross-cultural, communication skills and business language training world-wide.
He is now Vice Chairman of Richard Lewis Communications internationally, but also takes an active role as a speaker and trainer.
His clients have included Nokia, Microsoft, the World Bank, Duke Fuqua Business School, Rolls-Royce, the University of Oxford, and the Central Eurasian Leadership Academy.
He is a board member of the Finnish-British Trade Association, and Director of Operations of The English-Speaking Union of Finland.
He has published numerous articles and chapters in books on cross-cultural topics, including in The Telegraph, La Tribune, People Management, and Management Next, the leading Indian magazine for senior executives.
He has five children, and has lived in Finland for more than 30 years.