Michael lives permanently in the United Kingdom since 2002. He grew up in Piraeus (City Centre and Maniatika district) and his family originates from the historic region of Mani in the Peloponnese.
He studied Law with a specialisation in Commercial Law (LLB in Commercial Law) and holds a Masters in Law (LLM in International Commercial Law).
He has worked for some leading law firms in Cardiff, the Capital of Wales. He acquired considerable experience in the area of Public Administration due to his administrative work on several hospitals of the National Health Service (NHS). He is also involved in Public Relations as well as in organising and managing events.
Michael is an experienced interpreter in events and conferences. He translates and interprets from English to Greek and Greek to English.
Michael Arapis, who specialises in International Commercial Law (LLM), is a member of several organisations and cultural groups across the UK; holding key positions in several. His views and ideas have been published in articles of: ‘The Times’, ‘Guardian’ and ‘Gorwel’, among others. Also, he has had a lot of ‘air time’ on radio stations in London and Cardiff.
He is very active socially and has a leading position in the Greek Community and the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas Cardiff. He is the Vice-President and the Public Relations Officer of the Greek Orthodox Community of Cardiff and South Wales.
He has been very active in Pro-European organisations and sits on the board of the Welsh Council of the European Movement where he has the position of the Youth Officer while he previously served as Campaigns and Fundraising Officer.
He is the Chair of the Young European Movement (YEM) for Wales which is the youth branch of the organisation. Moreover, he is the Founder and Chair of Cardiff YEM. He is also a member of the Pro-European organisation New Europeans.
Due to his legal specialisation on Article 50 and how a Member State can withdraw from the EU, he is the author of articles for well-established organisations such as the independent think tank Gorwel (the Welsh Foundation for Innovation in Public Affairs).
As a prominent campaigner and activist, is fighting hard in order to safeguard the rights of the 3 million EU citizens from other EU countries who reside in the UK.
Thus, he is frequently invited in order to analyse their concerns, worries and the ever increasing uncertainty due to the changing immigration system in the aftermath of the initiation of the process for the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union (Brexit) on 29.03.2017. Statements of his on this issue have been featured on well-respected newspapers such as The Times, The Guardian, Kathimerini and others.
Due to the aforementioned activities he was selected and stood as a candidate for the Council Elections on 04.05.2017 in Butetown – Cardiff Bay, the more Pro-European ward in Wales, where he resides.
Despite the distance he often attends and represents the Greek community of Cardiff and South Wales in various social and cultural functions and events of Greek organisations and associations that are being held in London. Michael is the member of the Nea Demokratia UK Executive Committee who is responsible for Wales.
He is the Public Relations Officer of the Peloponnesian Association of Great Britain and is a member of the Pontian Society of the United Kingdom. Moreover, he sits on the board of the executive council of the lawyers association Rights Liberties Justice and is a member of the Lloyd George Society.