He was born in 1966 in Kursk. Mikhail graduated the department of heat and gas supply and ventilation at Moscow Engineering Construction Institute n.a. Kuibyshev. Later during his work in Denmark, he completed E-MBA at Scandinavian International Management Institute (Copenhagen).
After graduating he worked as a designer specialist of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in such companies as Mosproekt-2 and Conditioner/Airwell JV. Mikhail came to work in Danfoss in 1993. For 25 years in company he climbed the career ladder from ordinary engineer up to General Director. Mikhail Shapiro was appointed as General Director in June 2006.