After two professional apprenticeships, Michael studied physics at the University of Regensburg. There he was awarded a doctorate for his work in the field of biophysics and spent the first part of his career at Fogra doing industrial research. In the course of this work, he founded the predecessor organization of the International Color Consortium (ICC), of which he was the first technical secretary.
Michael has been elected to various supervisory and advisory boards (e.g., at Linotype), held board positions and served on advisory boards for various start-up companies. His work on industry development led to numerous publications in the areas of color management, workflow management and sustainability.
From his move to Océ, he then held senior positions in R&D and global portfolio planning and marketing. In 1996, he joined the École Française de Papeterie et des industries Graphiques (EFPG) (Grenoble INP-Pagora). In 1998, he was awarded his Habilitation by the University of Grenoble, where he has since taught as Distinguished Professor in the areas of business strategy and sustainability. After graduating in physics, Has also attended INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau.
Stimulated by a long stay with Indians in Canada, Michael has been and continues to be active in the field of minority human rights. For many years, for example, he was a board member of the Society for Threatened Peoples and the World Uranium Hearing. Since its foundation, he has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Stiftung Vielfalt der Kulturen, and since 2020, its Chairman. In addition, he is concerned with the issue of tourism impacts as well as with questions of resource conservation and the consequences of excessive resource extraction. In conjunction with his professional activities in the printing industry, these areas of interest led him to work and research in the fields of sustainability and the circular economy (e.g. World Economic Forum, work on Circular Economy 2016). He summarized some insights gained in this context in a textbook published in 2022.
Since February 2022, Michael Has has been working as a partner in a Düsseldorf-based management consultancy.