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 before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (major in policy studies).
After university, he worked for various members of the Australian House of Representatives, before playing a key role in proving a global fraud in the online poker industry, leading to approximately USD20 million in refunds for the victims of the fraud. 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.
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 and others.