Co-Founder & Organiser

Michael Di Paola

Michael is a co-founder of award-winning brand agency, Studio North, having started the business over 13 years ago in Manchester city centre.

Today, Michael is well-known right across the region’s business community for connecting people and ideas, having masterminded a multitude of branded networks and regular popular events, such as the entirely peerless TwitFaced and more recently Freshwalks. With his unmistakable charisma and commercial nous, Michael can always be found leading from the front with the purpose of bringing together like-minded souls, and having fun at the same time.

In addition to these ventures, this proud and distinctive Mancunian is an efficacious ambassador for the Forever Manchester charity, has been an integral member of the Creative Pro.Manchester committee and sits on the Employer Advisory Board at Manchester Creative Studio.

He was selected as a member of Insider’s prestigious 42 Under 42 list in 2012 and was recognised as the inaugural Man of the Year in 2013 by Downtown Manchester in Business. Peer Index ranked Michael as the most influential Manchester businessperson on Twitter in 2014.