Michael Maclay is Executive Chairman of London-based Montrose Associates, which provides strategic intelligence and advice to international corporations and governmental agencies.
Mr Maclay was educated at Cambridge and Freiburg universities and was a professional diplomat, serving in West Africa, at the British Mission to the United Nations in New York, and in the Foreign Office.
He was then a television producer and presenter, and a journalist and editor on a number of newspapers. He subsequently served as Special Adviser to Conservative Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd, dealing mainly with the politics of the European Union and the Balkans.
After signature of the Dayton Agreement, the framework for peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he worked in Sarajevo with Carl Bildt, International High Representative for Bosnia, as his Special Adviser and Chief Spokesman.
His publications include Multi-Speed Europe (Chatham House, 1992), Maastricht Made Simple (The European, 1993), and the Pocket History of the European Union (Sutton, 1998).
He is chairman of the Citizenship Foundation, a British educational and participation NGO, and Senior Adviser to the Club of Three and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. He is also chairman of the Advisory Board of the British American Project.