Michael Kleeman is a senior fellow at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) working with the School of International Relations and its affiliated Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). His current activities focus on ecosystem services and sustainability, emerging markets communications, and the utilization of mobile devices in health care. Formerly a Vice President at The Boston Consulting Group, Director at Arthur D. Little, and a founding executive at Sprint International and with Wiltel, Kleeman has been involved with numerous technology companies in North America, Europe and Africa as advisor and executive. Much of his work has been in developing markets and he has been involved in innovative network projects in the former USSR (he was the founding CTO of Global Telesystems Group, working in Moscow to create the first public data network under the Soviet Union and then expanding it to a trans-European network), an open access fiber network in South Africa and networks in Haiti. His recent work includes advising telecom firms in several nations in Sub-Saharan Africa on network architecture and upgrades.He has been affiliated as a senior fellow with The Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE-UC), the Annenberg Center (affiliated with the Annenberg School of Communications at USC), IMD in Switzerland, and the BIOS Institute in Santa Fe, a firm specializing in Complex Adaptive Systems. He was an advisor to the Kent Ridge Digital Labs (KDRL) in Singapore, part of the founding group at PEACENet, and served on the founding Advisory Board of Science Foundation Ireland (Forfias, which funded 1B Irish in IT and Biological R&D) and Boards of TrustE and Equal Access. He has also worked extensively in environmental areas advising the Natural Capital Project at Stanford and numerous firms in technology and communications.
He currently serves on the Boards of The Marine Mammal Center in California, SEACOM, and is the National Strategy Chair for the President, Humanitarian Services, of the American Red Cross. He holds an MA from the Claremont Graduate School, an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University.