Michael Josem serves as the Chair of the Liberal Vannin Party in the Isle of Man, and worked 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.
Most recently, he served 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 a member of, and actively engaged with, many different community organisations, such as the Isle of Man Business Network, FC Isle of Man, Friends of Manx National Heritage, Douglas Basketball Club, Manx Credit Union, Isle of Man Woodland Trust, the Manx Netball Association, the Positive Action Group, Castletown Hockey Club, Douglas Rugby Club, British Cycling, the Isle of Man Basketball Association, the Celtic League, the Free Speech Union and others.
In addition to being a member and supporter of FC Isle of Man as they head towards the North West Counties Football League, Michael is also a member and supporter of his beloved Hawthorn Football Club in Australia.