CEO & Founder
Marcus Chidgey has led Captive Minds as CEO since founding the agency eleven years ago.
Upon graduation from the University of Exeter, Marcus lived and taught English in Japan for a year, before returning to work for Apple in 2001 where he helped to launch the iPod and Mac OSX as a marketing assistant.
Inspired by his time at Apple, Marcus sought out other creative opportunities and became involved in successfully marketing a film which premiered at BAFTA and the Cannes Film Festival. It was on this project that he met long term business partner, Alex Rayner.
With demand from potential clients, Marcus teamed up with Alex and established Captive Minds at the age of 23 in Battersea, London in July 2003.
Since then, Marcus has been responsible for the strategic direction of numerous ground-breaking and influential brand campaigns with Captive Minds.
A creative and an innovator, Marcus seeks to set new standards in communication through unique content, high-profile ideas and pioneering digital platforms.
Marcus is the strategic force behind Captive Minds, shaping the agency’s offering around content, personalisation, insights and campaign measurement.
He’s passionate about building the profile of inspirational people and brands, particularly when there’s an opportunity to have a positive social impact.
Alongside his role as CEO at Captive Minds, Marcus is an Executive Director of the Global Partnerships Forum and Chair of Trustees for Commando 999. He also sits on the advisory board of the International Academic Forum.
Marcus is married and lives in South London.
Head of Content
Liz has a wealth of experience having made programmes for all the major TV Broadcasters in the UK.
Liz started her career at the BBC where she worked on news and current affairs, documentaries and features. She was then Executive Producer on Crimewatch, running the award-winning programme for five years, and Head of the Crime Unit before moving to Endemol UK.
As Head of Reality Programming for Endemol UK Liz developed and ran a host of major new formats across all Channels, with such successes as The Salon and Big Brother.
As Head of Content for Captive Minds Liz develops a wide range of factual, entertainment and drama content for both digital and broadcast delivery.
Chief Technical Officer
Wasiq Islam holds a BEng and a MEng in Enterprise Software Engineering.
Wasiq started his career in 2006 as a Lead Software Analyst at Lloyds TSB, where he developed a variety of systems for the banking sector.
In 2008, Wasiq took part in a major software engineering project for Lloyds TSB Insurance which was responsible for generating a £52m profit for the company.
Between 2009 and 2010, Wasiq’s passion for exploring new areas of technology and data architecture, took him to work on projects for Atomic and Environmental research companies.
He also spent several years as a researcher at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. He was involved in distributed and AI software research.
Wasiq joined Captive Minds as Lead Software Engineer in 2011 and was promoted to the post of Chief Technology Officer in 2013.
Former Chief Liaison for Partnerships, UN
Amir Dossal is Founder and Chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum, an international platform working to address economic and social challenges, through partnerships, which he established in October 2010. www.Partnerships.org.
Amir is Co-Founder of the Pearl Initiative, a CEO-led program, promoting transparency and accountability in the Middle East. In 2013, he was appointed Co-Chair of the Sustainable Oceans Alliance, a global initiative to focus the need for healthy oceans in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Amir is also Commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development and Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union for Global Partnerships. In May 2014, President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. appointed Amir as his Special Representative of Palau for Global Partnerships.
He is a 25-year veteran of the United Nations, and was the UN’s Chief Liaison for Partnerships. As Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships, he managed the $1 billion gift by media mogul Ted Turner; and forged strategic alliances to address the Millennium Development Goals.
In 2005, Amir was asked to establish and manage the UN Democracy Fund, whose core mission was to strengthen institutions around the world, and enhance democratic governance in new restored democracies. In 2006, he was asked by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to set-up the Peacebuilding Support Office at the United Nations, to assist post-conflict countries in bridging the gap between peace, security and economic development. Over the years, Amir has worked on a number of peace, security and human rights-related activities and humanitarian programmes across the globe. These efforts threaded together the leadership role of international organizations, multilateral and bilateral institutions, linking them with non-state actors, with a view to encouraging innovative collaboration. This included supporting concrete projects such as women’s empowerment, the role of parliament and media in democracy, the innovative use of technology in economic and social development programmes, etc. From 1993 to 1997, Amir served as the Chief of Finance Management in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, where he oversaw finances for 24 peacekeeping operations worldwide (annual budget of $3 billion). During his tenure, he set-up a sophisticated military asset management system, to increase transparency and accountability.
Amir Dossal works globally across all sectors, including Education, Environment, Finance, Health, Media, Technology, as well as Peace, Security and Human Rights. Over the years, he has built numerous alliances between governments, multilateral agencies, business groups, foundations and civil society, including the Arab Foundations Forum, BCIU, Chambers of Commerce, CECP, Commonwealth Business Council, European Foundation Centre, Foreign Policy Association, IDP Foundation, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, Jewish Children’s Museum, NEPAD, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, United Nations Associations, USCIB, US Department of State, World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists.
When spearheading the UN’s engagement with industry, Amir developed working relationships with leading companies, including BASF, BT, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, Ericsson, Google, GSK, HSBC, Microsoft, Nestle, Novartis, Pfizer, DSM, Standard Chartered Bank, Vodafone, and Walmart. Amir has championed partnerships with high-profile personalities on humanitarian causes, including The Countess Sondes, Cherie Blair, Geena Davis, Francine LeFrak, Petra Němcová, Julia Ormond, Joan Rivers, Russell Simmons, June Sarpong, Inge Solheim, Joss Stone, Christy Turlington Burns, Ali Velshi, among others.
Amir has worked with sustained commitment toward an overarching vision of uniting public and private energies for social progress. By nature a social innovator, his work is an endeavor to bond the power of the private sector, government, and civil society; in order that together, they may better serve the greater good.
In December 2010, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, appointed Amir Dossal as Ambassador for “Peace and Sport.” In October 2010, he received the Humanitarian Award from the UN Association of New York, for his accomplishments in Partnerships to End Poverty and World Hunger. In February 2011, Amir was appointed Special Envoy to the World Youth Peace Summit.
Amir is a UK Chartered Accountant (FCA) from Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, London. He has lived and worked in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, and North America. Amir regularly undertakes speaking engagements and frequently serves as a moderator for high-level panels for the UN system and other international organizations, engaging Heads of States and Ministers.
He also serves on the board of several non-profits, including CITYarts, Global Social Compliance Programme, and the Humpty Dumpty Institute. In addition, Amir is a founding member of the DSM Sustainability Advisory Board, Strategic Advisor to the DNA Summit, and Advisor to Ideapod, a new social media platform for ideas.
Amir is married to Tas, and they have one son, Zecki.
Mitch has worked for Captive Minds for over 7 years, beginning as a mid-weight designer, he now leads as Creative Director.
Throughout this time Mitch has played a part in all the company’s projects from supporting royalty to the South Pole to leading UX on our Smart City solution, Loqiva.
Prior to this, Mitch has worked at several media agencies in and around London. He started his career in 1999 in an analogue world focusing on paper not pixels. He is an ardent Typophile that now loves the precision of pixels.
Mitch lives in East London with his Girlfriend and Daughter.
Starting her career with Captive Minds in communications, Sarah took creative lead on a variety of social media projects from expeditions to the South Pole to National Half Marathons.
These days she’s a producer, focussing on vibrant storytelling and all kinds of video content.
In 2016, she undertook an adventure that saw her travel all 48 mainland US states over 5 months without spending a single cent. Sometimes you can hear her speak about it at charity events.