Michael Soppelsa



MICHAEL SOPPELSA

Michael Soppelsa has been providing executive protection and specialized security services since 1990. He has been protecting political figures, NGOs, VIPs, celebrities and high net-worth individuals in the USA, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. His international experience in dynamic, unpredictable and high threat environments has been instrumental in instructing and training local security teams overseas.

During President Clinton’s administration Mr. Soppelsa was selected as a team member for the protection detail of President Aristide upon his return to Haiti and was actively involved in training the new Haitian Secret Service.

Post 9/11 Mr. Soppelsa was selected and trained by Blackwater Inc. as a team member of the high-risk protection detail for Ambassador Bremer with extensive travels throughout Baghdad and within Iraq in support of the rebuilding of a new sovereign Iraqi government.

He then served as embedded mentor and trainer to the new Afghan Secret Service in charge of the security of President Karzai with travels in Kabul and within Afghanistan.

Mr. Soppelsa has been team leader on numerous protection details for Hollywood’s biggest stars and served myriad times as security consultant during international trips and on movie sets overseas exposed to higher threat levels.

Educated in private schools in Switzerland and as an exchange student in Venezuela he joined the French Foreign Legion and qualified for the parachute regiment (2.REP) stationed in Calvi, Corsica with a tour in Djibouti (East Africa) before joining the Swiss Army and passing selection for the Swiss Special Forces in the elite Grenadier Regiment, specializing in unconventional warfare and small unit tactics.

Mr. Soppelsa holds the ASIS Certified Protection Professional board certification (CPP) and has attended and graduated from the top rated tactical firearms academies and driving schools over the last three decades.

He is a FAA certified aircraft and helicopter pilot with instrument and seaplane ratings.

Mr. Soppelsa is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish and is currently studying Arabic. He carries both US and Swiss passport for international travels.

In his spare time he is a dedicated triathlete and endurance sports athlete and has competed and finished 14 Ironman races.