Michael is the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), a post he assumed in January 2016. Previously, he was Associate Director at Chatham House in London, where he initiated and directed a number of projects on topics including Afghanistan. Michael has also been an advisor to a number of conflict mediation bodies, including Intermediate and Search for Common Ground.
His UN career has included serving as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan (2010-12)
His private sector experience includes five years in financial publishing in the City of London; working in television as Associate Producer on documentaries broadcast by the BBC and Channel Four; and running Media Natura, a management and communication consultancy whose clients included companies and public sector bodies engaged in environmental, human rights and development issues.
He has a Master of Arts in history from the University of Cambridge. Keating is married and has four children.