Sam has spent ten years in politics and government, and ten years in business and finance. Former UK Minister for Technology, international Science, Universities and Innovation. Minister in four departments over seven years. Trusted personal advisor to a U.K. Prime Minister, as his Parliamentary Private Secretary. Attended Cabinet. Prior to politics, Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, working on mergers, acquisitions and capital raising, and subsequently an Entrepreneur.
As a Minister for innovation, Sam was responsible for UK Research and Innovation and Innovate UK (£8bn R&D budget), EU and bilateral research funding, global research partnerships and strategic investments in frontier technologies, including the funding ecosystem in the UK, US and Israel, and space technology.
Born in the UK, brought up in Ghana, Sam went from state schools to Oxford University to read Philosophy Politics and Economics. Elected the first Black British President of the Oxford Union Society – one of the worlds foremost debating societies, with over 10,000 members.