Michael Leifman

Technology and Energy Advisor

Founding Principal at Tenley Consulting

Michael Leifman

Technology and Energy Advisor


Michael Leifman earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy & Urban Studies from the University of Chicago before earning a Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences from The Johns Hopkins University.  He also earned a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management, concentrating in Environmental Policy, from Carnegie Mellon University. 



Michael is the founding principal of Tenley Consulting, which provides advisory services on a wide landscape of complex issues, including clean energy & environmental policy and economics, forecasting and technology innovation. Michael’s clients range from cleantech startups to “household name” environmental NGOs, international energy companies, and the World Bank. Before founding Tenley he was the Senior Strategist for GE’s Business Innovations group and the Principal Strategist for GE Power, where he was responsible for injecting strategic thinking across businesses, raising new ideas, opportunities, and risks to senior leadership, and forcing attention on the non-obvious. Michael joined GE in 2008, and for many years was the Director of Forecasting & Analytics for GE Power & Water. In this role, he developed a reputation not just for analytical rigor but also consensus building. Prior to GE, Michael worked for the U.S. federal government, as the lead analyst in U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and as a climate policy and economics analyst at U.S. EPA. He also worked for an environmental policy consulting firm analyzing a diverse set of issues, from chicken waste to the Kyoto Protocol.

Michael is also co-founder and podcast co-host of M4Edge and he runs the M4 Strategy Garage, which offers a range of bespoke strategy advisory services for tech companies at all stages of growth. At M4 Strategy Garage, Michael helps clients understand and navigate the macro environment, including economic, financial and geopolitical trends and the implications of technology trends affecting the competitive positioning of products and services.


Michael Leifman  is a thought leader with deep expertise in energy, environment, business and technology innovation, and economics. He specializes in strategy, policy, data analysis, forecasting, and economics.

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