Hi, I'm Sam Thorp.
I'm the founder of ChangePath, Australia's only charity assessment engine. I've worked in charities and NGOs across three continents and both hemispheres. At heart I am a maker and a fixer, attempting to build new things to improve organisations and the world.
I'm fascinated by science, entrepreneurship, and the various points where those two meet. I've worked in NGOs, consultancies and web startups, spent three months at Singularity University at NASA Ames studying high technology, researched Parkinson's Disease for a year at one of Australia's most prestigious research institutes, and am driven to constantly self-improve.
I'm also much more modest in person.
I live in London, UK, and cultivate a wide circle of friends from all parts of the world, each of them amazing in unique ways. I have a tendency to wave my arms wildly when I'm excited about something, which is often. I'm more likely to assume something is a mistake rather than malicious intent. I believe my friends and family are the most important part of my life, and I try to tell them that often.
I have managed professional publications, training programs, and events. In doing so I have maintained an unbroken record of running projects on time, under budget, and of uncompromising quality. This has also left me with a deep understanding of the logistics and teamwork required to complete substantial projects. I am pragmatic, hardworking, and will always have a backup plan or two up my sleeve just in case.
I am an accomplished and enthusiastic public speaker, an eloquent wordsmith, and a lover of stories. I have spoken at the Stars conference in Zurich in 2013, was chair of the Future Focus conference in Stockholm in 2016, and have been invited to speak at Oxford on commercialising innovative ideas.
Technology and innovation are a passion and a driving force. From 3D-printing to soldering to programming to computer aided design to building PCs, there are few things I'm not willing to experiment with. I'm driven by an intense curiosity and love of learning new tools, which have served me well through my professional experience in data analytics and laboratory research.
I have a bachelor of science with honours majoring in biotechnology, a bachelor of commerce majoring in business strategy, a diploma of innovation management, and am a graduate of the Singularity University graduate studies program.
I'm currently working at London South Bank University, where I act as the translator between research and the rest of the world. I also run ChangePath and consult for Exponential AB and Swedish for Professionals. Previously, I've worked at small biotech firms, a web startup, and another NGO in varied and interesting roles.
Won the Peter Farrell Cup for business planning, where my team of four beat national MBA teams in designing a business plan for a real piece of IP. I was selected as one of 80 students to study at Singularity University (out of 1,600 international applicants), studying alongside former UN diplomats and South Korean astronauts. In my proudest if not most significant achievement, I organised the breaking of the world record for the largest custard pie fight.
I fell in love with 3D printing in 2010 and haven't let go since. I can model in Inventor and Solidworks, though I'm a long way from being professional at it. It's a part of my larger enthusiasm for:
From sculpture to electronics to origami to baking, I'm a big fan of creating things with my own hands when I can. Often for gifts, occasionally for myself.
Real, physical books preferably, but not exclusively. Unashamably enthusiastic about classic science fiction - Asimov, Niven, Heinlein, Clarke, etc. I'm an avid reader of The Economist, lifehacker, and webcomics of all stripes.
I follow technology trends avidly, especially in bioscience, tissue engineering, the quantified self movement, and a variety of other nerdy niches. I've built a computer from scratch, can code a little, and hand-coded this website.