Michael Josem lives in the Isle of Man, and works as the founder of the Manx TaxPayers’ Alliance, fighting for the interests of the people of the Isle of Man. He also has a small part-time role working as a Member Pioneer for the Manx Cooperative Society, serving as a connector, communicator and catalyst for local Manx charities.
His primary volunteer roles include work for the Isle of Man Foodbank and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, alongside various leadership roles with Isle of Man Netball and the Manx Hockey Association.
Study and Starting Work
Josem was born and grew up in Australia, but is now becoming Manx by choice.
After finishing high school in Melbourne and receiving a ranking that placed him in the top 5% of high school students, he attended Monash University. While studying at Monash University, he worked part-time at the local football ground as a customer service assistant and ground announcer. He also worked part-time for Senator Tsebin Tchen, an inspirational community leader and public servant.
After university, Josem worked for various members of the Australian House of Representatives, helping to fight for the interests of rural residents in Australia.
Data Expert from Rural Australia to PokerStars
While living in the Australian country town of Wangaratta, as a globally-recognised data visualisation expert, Josem 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 Washington Post, USA’s 60 Minutes, the Sydney Morning Herald, and elsewhere. This story was documented in the movie ‘Ultimatebeat – Too Much to Lose’ – but most importantly, it helped to achieve around twenty millions dollars of refunds for the victims of the fraud.
Josem 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 for several years.
Josem’s experience of using data and analysis to uncover cheating in online poker subsequently inspired the 20th Century Fox movie ‘Runner Runner‘. In the movie, Justin Timberlake’s character travelled to live in the sunny Caribbean – which is basically just like the Isle of Man.
Working in Isle of Man
After leaving PokerStars at the beginning of 2017, Josem worked for various online gaming brands. He then left the online gaming industry, and served as the Head of Customer Growth for Jobhawk, an Android and iOS app which connects workers with jobs in the building and construction industry. In that role, he provided customer service across many different channels, and led an online digital marketing campaign helping to empower blue collar workers.
In the Isle of Man, he is a member of, and actively engaged with, many different community organisations, such as the Liberal Vannin Party, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Manx Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Isle of Man Business Network, Institute of Directors, Friends of Manx National Heritage, Manx Wildlife Trust, Manx Credit Union, Isle of Man Woodland Trust, the Positive Action Group, the Celtic League, Unherd.com, the Free Speech Union, Isle of Man Friends of Israel, Rotary Club of Douglas, IOM, and others.
Michael is a member and supporter of FC Isle of Man as they compete in the North West Counties Football League.
Michael has a long-term leasehold on his home at 1 Hillary Wharf, South Quay, Douglas, IM1 5BL.
Michael has completed various short courses, including: