Ricardo Michel is the Managing Partner of The Palladium Group, and Former Director of FHI Partners, a subsidiary of FHI 360 that seeks to make our expertise, experience, and global platforms accessible to a wider variety of clients.
Michel is an international development expert with more than 25 years of international finance and leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and on the Board of Directors of Shared Interest.
Prior to joining FHI 360, Michel served as the Executive Vice President of AMEX International, Inc., an international development consulting firm, where he managed strategic business development and operations. Michel served as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he was responsible for public-private partnerships and played a catalytic role in the launch of the U.S. Global Development Lab. He also directed the Office of Innovation and Development Alliances and served as Senior Advisor for economic growth and trade in the Africa Bureau.
Before USAID, Michel spent several years structuring project finance transactions at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. He served as a Senior Trade and Investment Advisor for the U.S. African Development Foundation and was instrumental in establishing the foundation’s trade and investment initiative for small and medium enterprises. Michel worked for several years as an investment banker for J.P. Morgan Securities and began his career as a certified public accountant, working as an auditor for Arthur Andersen, LLP in their Philadelphia and Bermuda offices.
Michel earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Temple University.