Michael Doyle a university professor of Columbia University with appointments in international affairs, law, and political science, specializes in international relations theory, international security, and international organizations. Doyle previously served as assistant secretary-general and special adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan from 2001 to 2003. Doyle is the former chair of the Academic Council of the United Nations System. He has also been a vice president, senior Fellow, and a member (and chair) of the board of directors of the International Peace Institute between 1992 and 2018. He served as chair of the board of the U.N. Democracy Fund (UNDEF) from 2006–2013. In 2001, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; in 2009, to the American Philosophical Society; and in 2012, to the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
On July 15, 2014, the University of Warwick conferred on him an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) in recognition of his research and publications on peace theory. In 2013, Doyle was appointed director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative, where in 2015 he convened a commission of experts that developed the Model International Mobility Convention. The convention serves the ambitious goal of creating a holistic, rights-respecting governance regime for all aspects of international migration, filling in the gaps in the existing international legal regime and expanding protections where needed.