Michael Meyer

Founding Dean, Graduate School of Media and Communications

Michael Mey​er is founding dean of the AKU Graduate School of Media and Communications. He came to Nairobi from the United Nations, where he served for five years as the communications director and chief speechwriter for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

An award-winning correspondent for Newsweek, he chronicled the break-up of communist Europe and German unification and, subsequently, the decade-long war in the Balkans. Between 1999 and 2001, he worked in Kosovo with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, after which he returned to Newsweek as the magazine’s Europe editor.

Michael is the author of the Alexander Complex, an examination of the psychology of American empire builders, and the Year that Changed the World: the Untold Story of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, an eye-witness account of the revolutions of 1989, published in eleven languages and rated one of the “ten best books of 2009” by the Washington Post.

​Michael Meyer appears regularly as a commentator for MSNBC, CNN, NPR and other broadcast networks; his work has appeared in most of the world’s major newspapers. He is a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations and was an inaugural fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.​​​