Michael Hindley


Michael was educated at the universities of London, Lancaster and West Berlin and has travelled extensively in Europe and Asia.

Michael was for three terms a Member of the European Parliament & was Vice-President (VP) of the Trade Committee. He concentrated on Europe/Asia relations & was President of the Parliamentary Friends of Hong Kong & VP of the Euro/Arab Parliamentary Association.

Michael authored Parliamentary reports on Europe’s relations with China, Hong Kong, Macao, Vietnam, Pakistan, Gulf States.

Latterly he has acted as a political & economic consultant working for the European Commission, Council of Europe and the UN’s International Trade Centre.

Michael has been a columnist for “Singapore Business Times” and “Frontline” Newsmagazine, India.

He has been Associate Professor at Georgetown University, Washington DC and arranged summer courses in Brussels for the Business School of Melbourne University (Australia).

Michael is frequently invited to be guest lecturer on International Relations, most notably at University of California, Berkeley; Higher School of Economics, Moscow; Keio University, Tokyo and Yeungnam University, Daegu, South Korea.


Most recently Michael has guest lectured at Tallinn Technical University, Estonia and Gottingen University, Germany.

Since 2008 he has acted as Trade Policy Adviser to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels and has authored reports on Europe’s relations with China, Central Asia as well as reports on “Trade in Agriculture” “Trade in Strategic Raw Materials”.

Michael is a frequent panellist at the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) annual Public Forum.

Michael acts as guest lecturer on International Affairs for various cruise lines, for Cunard in Europe & Far East and for Saga & Fred Olsen in Europe & for Noble Caledonia on their European river cruises.

Michael and his Polish wife live in his native Lancashire, UK and in Evian-les-Bains, France.

July 2018

Michael Hindley Cruise Talks

1. For Europe, Michael gives talks under title 'The making of Modern Europe.' The talks are tailored to the actual itinerary & take in the major events since 1945.

  • The Cold War

  • the Development of the European Union (EU)

  • Fall of Berlin Wall & reunited Europe.

Can be from 3 to 5 lectures

2. Michael gives an entertaining talk on UK/EU relations, entitled “Brexit Update”

3. For Middle & Far East, Michael gives talks under the heading“East is East and West is West, and never the ‘twain shall meet”

The talks are tailored to the itinerary and take in an overview of the economic, cultural interactions & present day challenges.

Can range from 3 to 5 lectures.


4. “King Cotton. A history of the cotton trade & cotton manufacturing”

The talks can range from 1-3 lectures, taking in

  • How Lancashire came to dominate world cotton production

  • The technical revolution of the industry which changed the world

  • Trade in goods, people and technology which made the modern world.

Michael’s talks are accompanied by slides, cartoons, reminiscences of a Lancashire childhood and based on a fund of political & socio-economic history.


Michael Hindley

June 2018