Sam MichelFounder, Chinwag

Sam Michel started Chinwag in 1996 to support the nascent digital marketing industry. Sam's roles have ranged from, arguably, the UK’s first paid webmaster at Time Out magazine, part of the founding management team of the UK’s first web agency, Webmedia and the startup team at digital off-shot of TV firm, Carlton (now part of ITV).

"I’m a huge believer in collaborative, conversation both online and offline. The events I worked on and developed include Chinwag Psych (psychology, neuroscience and behavioural economics) and its partner site Psychmatters, international startup series, Digital Mission and most recently a new pitch series for exciting tech firms raising international investment, Pitch NYC."

"I was the original Executive Director of Social Media Week London part of a global collaborative event series taking place in 26 cities worldwide growing the event to a week-long festival with 15,000+ delegates. Consultancy clients include UK Trade & InvestmentOpen Data Institute, the BBC, the UK government’s R&D agency, Innovate UK and when time allows, I mentor at startup and careers events."