After graduating with honours in Economics of Financial Institutions and Markets from Bocconi University in Milan, Michele began his career in Paris at the derivatives desk of Société Générale, where he worked on the structuring of financial products for institutional clients. Subsequently, he moved to Switzerland where he was responsible for the opening of two bank branches of the BPS (SUISSE) group in Basel and Zurich as well as for the launch of the bank's ebanking system. He has twenty years of experience in Wealth Management in Switzerland, the last decade of which was spent at Bank Vontobel in Lugano where he formed the retail client team. He was a founding member of the Bocconi Alumni Association in Zurich and for years was area leader of the Lugano chapter of the same association. He played in the Basel water polo league and he is still a futsal referee in the top Swiss league, also with some international experience.