Louis H. O. Ch. Michel (born 2 September 1947) is a Belgian Member of European Parliament. Before that, he served as European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid until July 2009. A prominent member of the French-speaking liberal party, the Mouvement Réformateur, he was Belgium's foreign minister until July 2004.
From 1968 to 1978, before dedicating his life to his political career, Louis Michel taught English, Dutch and German in the Provincial School of Jodoigne, a rural town 25 miles from Brussels.
From 1967 to 1977, he was chairman of the Young Liberals in the district of Nivelles. Then he became alderman in Jodoigne from 1977 to 1983, "secretary-general" of the Parti Réformateur Libéral (PRL) political party from 1980 to 1982 and chairman of the PRL from 1982 to 1990 and from 1995 to 1999.