Martin brings more than a decade of experience to play as a speaker, founder, director, and investor in the areas of disruptive technology, innovation and marketing. Martin is a Co-Founder of Codec.ai, the Social Media Unit @ UCL and the Digital Future Council.
Martin has always been fascinated by the human and social aspects of technology: how it can help us be better and achieve more. He has been recognised as one of the UK's Top 100 Entrepreneurs in the Maserati Top 100 and a Top 50 UK Innovator by Penrose, described as a 'Marketing Guru' by the Sunday Times and he speaks internationally on innovation, artificial intelligence, education, media and marketing.
He is CEO and Co-Founder of Codec.ai (named ‘Best Artificial Intelligence Company in Marketing’ at the Cognition X Awards, one of the ‘Hottest Artificial Intelligence Startups in Europe’ by Tech Crunch and recognised within the 'Top 20 AI Scaleups in the UK by the UK Government's 'Tech Nation').
He has been involved in technology and media for more than a decade. Having used his most precious asset as a student- a '.ac.uk' email address- to get access to a then-unknown site called Facebook, he helped to start one of the world's first social media consultancies more than 10 years ago which worked with the world's leading companies and innovative figures like Madonna and Lady Gaga.
This sparked a fascination with building innovative businesses and creating intellectual property which Martin took to the next level after he was offered a place at Harvard Law School. While there he worked at the Berkman Centre for Internet and Society with the famous street-artist Shepard Fairey, advising on digital issues and defending him in a legal battle over the famous Obama 'Hope' poster- one of the most high profile intellectual property cases ever contested, receiving coverage in the New York Times, Guardian and BBC. After graduating from Harvard Law with a Dean's Prize, Martin was recruited by the firm he had fought against in this suit, and given the brief of counselling the firm, and its top private equity clients, on the transformative aspect of social and digital media in their business. He worked on the portfolios of some of the world's most successful venture and private equity firms and with clients like Facebook and Samsung. Martin was lured back to East London from New York by Songkick.com (where he worked on business development and the use of audience data to change the way the music industry operated, before Songick was acquired by Warner Music Group.)
Coming from a family of teachers with no knowledge of business or technology, Martin is firmly committed to helping younger people understand both. He founded the Social Media Unit @ UCL to promote wider discussion at the policy and political level around tech and digital in the UK and Europe, and to make these industries more understood and accessible for school leavers, students and budding entrepreneurs from all sections of society.
He has been engaged as an Advisor & Strategic Consultant to the Royal Marines on Psychographic Terrain Mapping & the digital war against ISIS, and the Department for Communities & Local Government, and is an Advisor to The Inspire Movement, a movement for entrepreneurs and innovative thought leaders who have been through adversity and emerged transformed for the better.
- Masters, Harvard Law School (Dean's Prize)
- Bachelors, University College London (Dean's Prize + Sweet & Maxwell Prize for Top of Year)
- Bachelors, University of New South Wales, Sydney (A. Limbury and R. Howell Prize)