Christophe Michels is Managing Director of the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC), an organisation he helped establish and has been working for since 2009. Prior to this, Christophe worked in Baroness Nicholson’s political office in Brussels for two years while she was serving as a member of the European Parliament and was later appointed head of that office. There he was instrumental in setting up and organising the first ever permanent delegation for relations with Iraq, and he was heavily involved in Baroness Nicholson’s other activities as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Iran and Mashreq delegations.
In 2008 Christophe worked for the European Parliament as a consultant in the Iraqi Council of Representatives in Baghdad. He has been supporting Baroness Nicholson’s work in the House of Lords since 2009, particularly with regards to the Council of Europe and the APPG on Foreign Affairs, of which he is the honorary secretary. In 2012 he observed the early presidential elections in Yemen.
He has volunteered on numerous occasions to support the work of the AMAR International Charitable Foundation in Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and the USA; the work of the Associatia Children’s High Level Group in Romania and Moldova; and the Russian Booker Price. Christophe is a Senior Fellow of Humanity in Action. He studied History and Art History in Berlin, Amsterdam and Duesseldorf. During his studies he worked closely with the late Dr Dieter Rogalla MEP to promote the EU and its values throughout the continent.