Michael Josem serves as the Chair of the Liberal Vannin Party in the Isle of Man, and works as the Head of Customer Growth for Jobhawk, helping to connect blue-collar workers with jobs on construction sites.
He was born and grew up in Australia, but is now becoming Manx by choice.
After finishing high school in Melbourne, he attended Monash University, where he served two-terms as President of the Monash University Student Union and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (major in policy studies).
After university, he worked for various members of the Australian House of Representatives, helping to fight for the interests of rural residents in Australia.
While living in the Australian country town of Wangaratta, he played a key role in detecting fraud in the online poker industry by management insiders. As a consumer advocate for safe and responsible online gambling, he appeared in the New York Times, US 60 Minutes, the Sydney Morning Herald, and elsewhere. This story was documented in the movie ‘Ultimatebeat – Too Much to Lose’ and inspired the thriller movie ‘Runner Runner‘ – but most importantly, it helped to achieve millions of dollars of refunds for the victims of the fraud.
Michael was subsequently contacted and hired by PokerStars, where he led teams to combat fraud against players as the Senior Manager for Game Security, and then served as the Head of Public Relations.
He now serves as the Head of Customer Growth for Jobhawk, an app which connects workers with jobs in the building and construction industry.
In the Isle of Man, he is actively engaged with many different community organisations, such as the Isle of Man Business Network, Castletown Hockey Club, Friends of Manx National Heritage, the Isle of Man Basketball Association, Isle of Man Woodland Trust, Douglas Basketball Club, the Manx Netball Association, the Positive Action Group, Mec Vannin, Douglas Rugby Club, British Cycling, the Celtic League, the Free Speech Union and others.
He is a director of Content Relations Ltd on the Isle of Man.