Though he was born in Cairo, Egypt, Emil Michael came to the United States as a baby and settled with his family in New Rochelle, New York, which is where he grew up. Following his high school graduation, he attended Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree cum Laude and wrote for the Crimson newspaper and served as president of the Harvard Republicans. He followed that with a J.D. from Stanford. After a short stint at Goldman Sachs. Emil high-tailed it to Silicon Valley in 1999. There, he co-founded Tellme Networks, a developer of voice recognition software specially designed for automated telephone systems. He ran that company until it was sold to Microsoft in 2007.
Shortly after that, Emil Michael became a special assistant to U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates from 2009 through 2011, before deciding to return to Silicon Valley as the CEO of Klout in 2012. Then, in 2013, he joined Uber, as the growing tech company’s senior vice president of business. While there, he has played an enormously important role in many aspects of Uber's business, especially their international expansion and the establishment of a number of corporate partnerships with many diverse companies. He has also led the way when it comes to raising capital for the company.