Michael Gaul, born in 1959 in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. He was appointed by the North Atlantic Council as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Board of Auditors effective August 1, 2021.
He graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz in 1985 and completed his practical legal training in the Land of Rhineland-Palatinate in 1988.
From 1985 to 1989 he worked as a freelance lawyer for German and American law firms and in 1989 was a trainee at the Federal Employment Service in Nüremberg.
He was appointed Judge (Public Prosecutor) and worked for the Ministry of Justice in Mainz from 1989 to 1991. He then became Deputy Head of the Section for International Privatization Policy and Public Management Administration at Federal Ministry of Finance in Bonn / Berlin from 1991 to 1998.
From 1998 to 2004, he served as Deputy Head of Finance, Economic Affairs and Personnel at the Permanent Delegation of the Federal Republic of Germany to NATO. In 2004, he was Chairman of the NATO Budget Committee in 2004.
He continued his career with NATO and became Chief Defense and Security Economics Officer in the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division from 2007 to 2010.
From 2010 to 2011, Michael Gaul worked as Senior Financial and Policy Advisor at the Permanent Delegation of the Federal Republic of Germany to NATO and served as Senior Advisor, Science for Peace and Security Program in the NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division from 2011 until 2017.
From 2017 until joining the International Board of Auditors of NATO, he was Chief Financial Officer, Headquarters and Staff of the Permanent Delegation of the Federal Republic of Germany to NATO .