Michael Landau is the Chairman of Map International and of the Joseph Initiative Ltd (JI) East Africa. Under his guidance, the MAP team has deployed a robust electronic financial and biometric data capture infrastructure to bring banking services to the “unbanked” in developing countries in Africa. The Joseph Initiative team has developed a world class agriculture program for small holder farmers using cluster based, value added programs, eradicating post-harvest losses and greatly improving farmer income. Landau’s initiatives are becoming the framework for the national agriculture ecosystem in Uganda where he is working with the United Nations Office for Food Security, the World Food Programme and other international and national entities. Landau has pioneered some unique and creative structures of public private partnerships to enable governments in developing countries to facilitate MAP’s and JI’s transformational systems.
Landau is a recognized opinion leader in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) deployment in the under-developed world and has spoken at various global conferences including: UN General Assembly High Level meetings on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) (2009, 2010, 2011), the UN Leadership Summit on Climate Change, (2010), the Commonwealth Business Forum(2008, 2009) , the Economic Commission for Africa at the African Union , (2008) the UN Private Sector Forum on the MDGs (2010, 2011), the European Parliament (2009) and World Bank (2009).
Landau serves on the Strategy Council of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development and is active member of the UN Global Compact and UN Office of Partnership. Under Landau’s guidance, MAP has been recognized as a leader in the mobile financial services sector, having been designated a finalist for the 2009 GSMA (representing 219 countries and over 800 mobile operators in the world) for “Best Use of Mobile for Social and Economic Development”, a “Business Call to Action” honoree at the World Business Awards by United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, and MAP’s project in Uganda was featured by the UNDP at the World Economic Forum in Cape Town (2009) and a finalist at the Financial Times – IFC Development Awards in London (2009).
Landau was recently appointed by Mayor Bill DeBlasio to be a Director of New York City Global Partners. Landau also serves on the International Jewish Coalition for Interfaith Consultations (IJCIC) which is the foremost committee for Jewish-Vatican-Christian relations. Landau has represented the Jewish people with the current and immediate past Pope and maintains working relationships at the highest level of the Curia. He is also regarded by many as the de facto Jewish liaison to the United Nations with his deep and long lasting relationships with the UN Secretary General, UN Deputy Secretary General, chief executives of many UN agencies, as well as with a significant number of current and former UN Ambassadors.
Landau serves as the Chairman of the West Side COJO (Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations) which raised over $10 Million for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. In this capacity he is active with the political and civic leadership of New York City. Landau has also been a Clergy Liaison with the NYPD’s Chief of Community Affairs and his local precincts for nearly two decades, a senior Chaplain with the Police at the MTA and is well regarded amongst civic and community based leaders for his commitment to collaboration and outreach with minority communities.
Landau received his bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics, a master's degree from New York University, and a law degree from Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law. Mr. Landau and his wife, Rachel, reside in New York City and have four children.