A Beit Sahour native, Michel is a trilingual: while Arabic is his mother tongue, he learned German and English at Talitha Kumi School in Beit Jala. Michel studied Travel Management in Bethlehem University and in 2004 became an instructor for travel management in Bethlehem University. He is a cofounder of Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies, where he works as the executive director. Michel is a board member of the Palestinian Society for Travel and Tourism Agents. He represented Siraj Center as a member in the Steering Committee for the Palestinian Initiative for Responsible Tourism (PIRT). Through his participation in PIRT he helped write and develop the Palestinian Code of Conduct. Michael also is an active member in a number of Palestinian community organizations.