An impassioned architect, urbanist, and entrepreneur, Michael has founded and led high-growth companies in the US and Asia for more than two decades. He studied architecture at Yale and Cambridge, earned a Fulbright Scholarship, and worked as an architect in India and China for several years leading the Asia practices of two major US-based international architecture firms. In 2004, he founded a major BIM services company in India backed by Sequoia Capital which grew to over 500 employees in just 4 years. In 2010, Michael assumed the helm at Cityzenith as CEO and embarked on his personal mission to transform life in cities around the globe.
Michael has been featured on CNN, CNBC, and in several major business, government, and AEC publications worldwide. He has also received several awards for his work, including Building Design and Construction’s “40 Under 40” award. In 2014, Michael was honored as a World Cities Summit Young Leader in Singapore for his life-long contribution to improving sustainability and the quality of life in cities.
A husband and father of three, Michael speaks four languages and plays the guitar.
James Fee is the company’s Chief Technology Officer and has over 20 years of experience in CAD/BIM, GIS and database sectors; along with over 15 years working for AECOM and other AEC firms developing cloud-based services for clients around the world.
At Cityzenith, James is responsible for the Spatial Technology Strategy. He is leading the development of the groundbreaking Smart World product as well as researching and evaluating how new technologies and products can be applied to business problems faced by Cityzenith customers
James has given keynotes at technology conferences around the world on emerging spatial technology. He has 10+ years of experience with cloud-based application development and implementation of spatial applications in a distributed environment. More importantly, James is widely seen as an industry leader in the rapidly growing field of geospatial and location technologies.