Michael Castle Miller
Michael R. Castle Miller
Executive Director

Michael is an attorney who has helped develop special economic zone (SEZ) programs in over a dozen countries. He founded Refugee Cities to apply best practices from SEZs to expand opportunities for migrants so they can exercise their skills and vocations even while displaced.

In addition to leading Refugee Cities, Michael is the Managing Director of Locus Economica, where he has helped develop laws, policies, and regulatory authorities for SEZ programs in Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Senegal, Madagascar, Lesotho, Qatar, Pakistan, Lao PDR, Chile, Peru, and Mexico. As part of this work, he recommends business environment reforms, drafts laws and regulations, trains regulatory personnel, structures public-private partnerships, and develops social and environmental safeguards.

Previously, Michael was a consultant with the World Bank Legal Vice Presidency on urban law and development issues in the Private Sector, Infrastructure, and Finance Unit. Before that, he worked with the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), though which he helped advise the governments of South Sudan, Georgia, and Yemen on post-conflict transition and minority representation.

Michael graduated with a J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, from American University, Washington College of Law and an M.A. in International Politics from American University, School of International Service. His publications in legal journals cover the political economy of international trade and investment, comparative local government, U.S. immigration law, and expropriation jurisprudence. Michael is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and a Senior Program Officer for WEPZA, a trade association of SEZ practitioners. He is also a member of the Bar of the State of New York.

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