Michael Diedring joined EPIM as its Director in early 2016. He is a lawyer and accomplished NGO professional whose life was transformed by a ‘short sabbatical’ from the private practice of law to assist in legal reform in Central and Eastern Europe. He relocated to Europe in 1995. Over his career, Michael has worked in more than 60 countries. Michael came to EPIM from ECRE (European Council on Refugees and Exiles), where he was Secretary General from 2012-2016.
Michael is a dual German and American citizen, and has held positions as Executive Director of the CEELI Institute (Prague), Director General of the Baltic Management Institute (Vilnius), founding Country Representative for the Baltic-American Enterprise Fund (Vilnius), Deputy Executive Director of the International Bar Association (London) and founding Deputy Director of the American Bar Association Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI) (Washington, DC). Michael earned his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law and a Bachelors Degree in rhetorical speech from Drake University.