Climate and sustainability communications specialist



I worked with Michael for a year while I was interim head of marketing at Emerald Technology Ventures, a major investor in clean and climate technologies. Michael created Emerald’s editorial and brand voice, drafting marketing collateral ranging from website copy to thought leadership essays to LinkedIn posts. He always impressed me with his knack for clear and straightforward storytelling, his capacity for language that punched and danced, his ability to turn things around on deadlines (no matter how tight), and his deep understanding of climate and sustainability topics. He is a pleasure to work with and slotted effortlessly into the broader Emerald team. I look forward to working with Michael in the future!
Susan Kish
Strategic advisor on sustainability, energy transition, and business transformation
I oversaw Michael during my time as head of the global team of editors for the Economist Intelligence Unit's thought-leadership division. Michael brought amazing intellectual curiosity, great writing skills and an overall positive attitude to his role. His passion for the subjects we covered—including diversity and inclusion, healthcare, education and skills, and sustainability—helped our projects shine and was a great asset in forging and maintaining relationships with key clients. He was a wonderful collaborator and always maintained a good sense of humor throughout the nearly five years we worked together.
Irene Mia
Senior fellow for Latin America, The International Institute for Strategic Studies
I hired Michael in 2015 to work for The Economist Intelligence Unit's custom research and thought-leadership division. He quickly proved himself a skilled thinker in formulating creative ideas for clients, many of which turned into successful engagements. His editorial skills were crucial in executing complex programs on weighty topics, and he was a key member of our business from start to finish. Resourceful and full of enthusiasm, he was a pleasure to work with. I would wholeheartedly recommend him for any work involving writing, content strategy, or thought-leadership production.
Laurel West
Managing director, content solutions and events, Asia, The Economist Group
I had the pleasure of working with Michael during his time at the Economist Intelligence Unit across a wide variety of research-based thought-leadership programs for big-name technology clients. The three things which always impressed me most about Michael were:

(1) His creativity. Specifically his ability to find new, interesting narratives in what seemed to be well-explored spaces.

(2) His project and time management skills. Michael made the difficult art of juggling multiple programs and timelines look graceful.

(3) His professionalism and focus on making his clients and everyone around him successful. Simply put there was no ego with Michael. I knew that when I was working with him, I had a true partner in ensuring the success of the overall project.

If you are looking for a talented storyteller, Michael Gold should be on your shortlist.
Jaime Jochums
Director, brand partnerships, The Economist Group
When I was at The Economist, I had the pleasure of working closely with Michael on our major diversity initiative, Pride and Prejudice. Michael was driving the research that really distinguished our program from other diversity initiatives in the market. Michael's expertise and command of the subject matter was truly remarkable. From identifying a thesis that complimented the evolution of our program year on year, to his quantitative and qualitative analysis of survey results, our research soon became a trademark of the program. I could not have partnered with a better researcher to move the mark on inclusion through data analysis and storytelling.
Tatyana Rubman
Vice-president, head of strategy and chief of staff, transformation, Morgan Stanley
Michael is one of the most engaging and persuasive communicators I’ve come across. We met when we were both speakers at The Economist’s global LGBT-rights summit, Pride and Prejudice, in Hong Kong. I’ve had the opportunity to attend a number of other LGBT-related events which Michael has moderated or been a speaker at since then, and his unique insights and impassioned delivery are always applauded by the audience. It is no surprise that he was one of the most well-respected and well-connected leaders of Hong Kong’s LGBT+ community. Michael is also a Greater China expert—having lived in Taipei and Beijing, he is fluent in Mandarin—and he possesses deep domain expertise in tech, particularly in AI and digital transformation. He has a profound understanding of the intricacies of these topics, and the papers/reports he has published on them are highly recommended for anyone with an interest in these areas.
Clarice Kan
Strategic partner development manager, global business development, Google
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