I met Michael first when he came to teach us data during Open Data Bootcamp in Kathmandu. His enthusiasm was contagious. He taught us the fundamentals, yet asked for our suggestions on the new interactive visualizations he was working on, and took them, too. He then made suggested changes immediately and asked us for feedback again. He was the mathematics teacher I wish I had in primary school.
During the Open Knowledge Festival in Berlin, he coordinated the army of volunteers of which I was a satisfied recruit. He helped me with the ways around the fabulous city of Berlin, explaining the S and U - bahns, why it turned dark so late in Europe, and other small things I would have been too embarrassed to ask anybody else. He was a great teacher, and a greater soul.
As we say in Nepal, May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace!
-Kshitiz Khanal, Open Knowledge Nepal