Michel started his career as the Belgian representative for the International Primate Protection League. Later he became campaigns director and spokesman for Veeweyde, the "mother" of animal protection societies in Belgium.
In 1992 Michel co-founded the Belgian animal welfare organisation, Global Action in the Interest of Animals (GAIA), and is President of it. Under his leadership GAIA soon became the leading, most active and influential organisation for animal welfare in Belgium. His pioneering campaigning work against the shocking cruelties of the cattle markets in Anderlecht and Ciney, led to his election as "Man of the Year 2000 " by the readers of Humo, one of the most popular weekly magazines in Belgium.
Michel is also:
- President of the Animal Welfare Advisory Council of the City of Antwerp
- President of the Jury of the Animal Welfare Award of the city of Ghent
- Member of the Animal Welfare Advisory Council to the Minister of Public Health, in charge of Animal Welfare
- Member of the Advisory Council of the Belgian Food Safety Authority.
- On the board of Eurogroup for Animals.
- The author of two books on the subject of animal welfare and rights activism and of many other articles about animal ethics.
Farm animals deserve no less than to be protected by dedicated people whose perseverance, competence and professionalism lead to ongoing progress. That is exactly what Compassion in World Farming stands for and that is why I am proud to be a member of Compassion's Board of Trustees.