Music Ally Connect brings together international decision makers from across the industry to connect and discuss the key issues facing the business:

Eric Baptiste

CEO & Co-Founder, QRS
With over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Eric has influenced broadcast media and cultural policy, and promoted creative talent around the World. Most recently, he served as the CEO of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) from 2010 to 2020. He held the position of Director General of CISAC from 1998 to 2010, and chair of its board from 2014 to 2019. He was vice chair of FastTrack for five years and chair of the ISAN International Agency for 11 years.

Tony Barnes

Co-Founder, Karta
Tony is the Co-Founder of Karta, a metaverse studio pioneering the world of in-game experiential marketing. A music industry veteran with nearly two decades of experience, Tony has a reputation as a digital pioneer after helping to launch a number of the biggest campaigns for worldwide music artists, such as Swedish House Mafia, Avicii and Florence and the Machine. Tony previously led the digital marketing team at Virgin EMI, and was an early advocate of music streaming, gaming and TikTok. In his new venture at Karta, Tony aims to help artists and brands to connect with their audiences and build long lasting communities and brand-consumer relationships.

Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt

Manager, Acme Rights; Director of Innovation & Education, IMMF
Jake is an artist manager from London, and also advises artists and technology companies on business strategies. He has worked with artists in South Asia, Europe, and the USA. He has taken self-funded, self-releasing artists to #2 album chart success (NL), major label deals (UK), and large indie label deals (USA). Focusing on rights optimisation he has set up registrations and memberships for major copyrights, and rights creators, with clients including Rihanna, Beyonce and The Clash. With a background in financial markets, he consults for rights tech, and rights holders, and regularly speaks on artist management, and creative industries topics around the world.

Virginie Berger

Principal Advisor and Founder, Don’t Believe The Hype
Virginie is a veteran in the music and tech industry, and a leading expert in music business innovation and the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in music strategy and rights management. With a remarkable career spanning over 20 years, including roles as former SVP Global Publishing at Downtown Music-Songtrust, Armonia, Myspace, and Microsoft, she has been instrumental in driving revenue, building strategic partnerships, and advocating for artists’ rights. As a curator, professor, and artist advocate, Virginie brings a wealth of experience in music business and rights innovation. She now provides strategic advice and counsel to startups, established companies, institutional organisations, and artists.

Dan Chalmers

Head of Music for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), YouTube
Since joining in 2020, Dan has continued to propel EMEA’s creative economies forward, playing a pivotal role in spearheading the ways artists can monetise their content and build successful businesses on the platform. Throughout the pandemic, he steered YouTube to become the world’s largest virtual venue. Under his tenure, YouTube Music continues to bring a new wave of artists to light through initiatives such as YouTube’s Artist On The Rise and The Foundry. Prior to YouTube, Chalmers enjoyed a long and fruitful career at Warner Music Group. He enjoyed the unique distinction of being President at three key WMG divisions; Rhino, ADA and East West Records.

Indi Chawla

Head of International Relations, The MLC
Indi icoordinates with international rightsholders to maximise the distribution of royalties, developing strategies for data validation and distribution, and helping to identify and address any operational challenges facing international Members. Indi began her music industry career as a Royalty Assistant, moving on to senior management positions in major and independent publishing companies. She was leader of Warner Chappell’s Global Copyright Team in London for nearly a decade, where she was instrumental in launching their first enhanced rights management system module. Most recently, Indi consulted for integrated licensing and processing hub ICE, and continues to contribute to international industry working groups to develop industry best practices around the management of music publishing data.

Scott Cohen

Scott Cohen joined JKBX in 2022 as founding Chief Executive Officer and investor. One of the music industry’s most notable pioneers, Scott co-founded The Orchard — the world’s first digital distributor of music — and was Warner Music Group’s first ever Chief Innovation Officer. A champion of innovation and progress in both his professional and personal lives, he publicly advocates for human rights and has been a vegan for more than 25 years.

Annabella Coldrick

Chief Executive, Music Managers Forum
Annabella joined the UK’s Music Managers Forum in 2016. MMF is the world’s largest professional community of music managers with over 1200 members based in the UK. The MMF campaigns for a fairer, more transparent music industry which operates in the interest of artists and their fans. The MMF UK has published the respected Dissecting the Digital Dollar series calling for greater transparency in the music industry to ensure artists are fairly paid in the digital age. The MMF is a founder and supporter of the FanFair Alliance campaign which successfully called for restriction of ticket touting (scalping). Annabella is also a founder member of EMMA, the European Music Managers Alliance alongside eight other MMFs across Europe.

Bill Colitre

VP & General Counsel, Music Reports
Bill Colitre joined Music Reports in 2006, and serves as counsel to the company, strategic consultant to its clients, and head of the company’s Licensing Group. As part of the Music Reports team, he has contributed advice and/or systems development for most of the subscription music services ever launched in the United States, and expanded the company’s operations beyond the United States. He has served leading artists (Diana Ross, Rob Thomas, Tenacious D), publishers, labels, and digital distributors. He is a graduate of UC San Diego and Loyola Law School, and is a member of the Copyright Society of the USA and a former Lecturer at USC Gould School of Law, teaching Music Law in Practice.

Kristen Cullen Bender

Senior Vice President of Digital Innovation Strategy & Business Development, Universal Music Group
Kristen develops the digital music ecosystem and strategic implementation of partnerships with key label stakeholders and executive teams. She also leads UMG’s engagement with early-stage startups and digital entrepreneurs via mentorship programs and accelerator collaborations. As Vice President, Global Digital Marketing in the catalogue group, Kristen oversaw several multimillion dollar campaigns for artists including The Beatles, Elton John, and The Rolling Stones. She is active in numerous industry forums as a speaker and panelist, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Music Business Association. She is a Billboard honoree for both Women in Music (2022) and Digital Power Players (2019).

Karibi Dagogo-Jack

Head of Music Partnerships, Roblox
Karibi oversees and builds strategic relationships with the world’s leading artists, labels, managers, publishers, and producers. Prior to joining Roblox, he was at Spotify as their Head of Music Business Development where he was responsible for pursuing strategic opportunities for the company’s playlists and artist programs, as well as driving benefits to the company’s artist, songwriter, producer, label, and publishing partners. Before Spotify, Karibi led business development for Interscope Records following BD leadership roles at Maker Studios and Fullscreen. Karibi earned an MBA from NYU where he was the Alvin Lieberman Faculty Scholar for Entertainment, Media, and Technology.

Claudia de Wolff

Vice President, Content and Programming, Vevo London
Claudia creatively and strategically oversees the Music & Talent, Design, Editorial, and Production teams for the five European markets where Vevo operates (U.K., Italy, France, Spain, and Germany). She is responsible for Vevo’s original content production, social media promotion, and music video programming across Vevo’s network. In addition to programming, Claudia has led the production of hundreds of pieces of exclusive Vevo original content with a range of artists from various genres and at different stages of their careers, from emerging to established.

Jeronimo Folgueira

CEO, Deezer
Jeronimo has been the Chief Executive Officer of Deezer since July 2021. Prior to joining Deezer, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Board of Spark Networks (Nasdaq:LOV) in Berlin. During that time, he led the transformation of Spark Networks through three strategic M&A transactions, quadrupling the size of the company in four years. He also oversaw the company’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange in November 2017. He has held a number of senior management positions, including at Betfair, Bigpoint and RTL Group, and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Navarra.

Maria Forte

Managing Director & Owner, Maria Forte Music
Maria Forte has been in the music industry since the late 70’s. Her company, Maria Forte Music Services Ltd. specialises in rights management relating to the use of music within media. Her client base is cross genre and cross company, having worked or working with bands such as Iron Maiden, Soul II Soul, The Prodigy and Radiohead and companies such as Warner Chappell, Fintage House, Modest! Management and Amnesty International.

Tinko Georgiev

VP, International Business, Kanjian Music
Tinko holds the position of Vice President of International Business at Kanjian Music, a global leader in license management automation based in Shanghai. His 25-year career has been marked by a dedication to harnessing AI and scientific principles to drive transformative shifts across industries. Before joining Kanjian in 2017, Tinko led AI-focused Aeye in London, collaborating with notable Fortune Global 500 companies. At Kanjian, he shapes a vision that merges creative fulfilment with financial viability, extending the company’s reach by partnering with industry leading rightsholders and digital service providers.

Sophie Goossens

Partner, Reed Smith
Sophie is a partner in the Entertainment and Media Industry Group, and focuses on copyright, technology law and artificial intelligence. Sophie is dual-qualified and fluent in both common law systems and civil law systems with strong academic credentials in IP law. She focuses on all issues shaping the future of the online world from a technological, commercial, legal but also from a policy making standpoint. Sophie works with some of the largest and most innovative tech companies on AI, and took a leading role in creating the Reed Smith Entertainment and Media Guide to AI.

Lydia Gregory

CEO and Co-Founder, Figaro
Lydia is CEO and Co-Found of Figaro, where they are building intelligent audio search for music catalogues. She has worked in early-stage music companies for 10 years, including as Head of Growth at early generative music startup, Jukedeck. She is co-chair of the BIMA AI Council and is particularly interested in using technology to enable human creativity.

Simon Hade

Co-Founder, Space Ape Games
Simon is Co-Founder of Space Ape Games, makers of Beatstar and its sister game Country Star, which have been played by over 60m people and generated over $130m in revenues following ground-breaking rights deals and marketing partnerships with the biggest names in popular music. Prior to starting Space Ape, Simon had a background in disruptive new business models around entertainment and tech, from the early days of free to play gaming on Facebook (at Playfish/Electronic Arts) and as a product guy in the early days of Skype.

Morgan Hayduk

Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Beatdapp
Prior to founding Beatdapp, Morgan led enterprise growth and partnerships for ZipRecruiter, was the Director of Federal Government Relations for TELUS Communications, and a consultant for Canadian government relations firm, Crestview Strategy. As a consultant, Hayduk specialised in entertainment and technology, representing Music Canada (the domestic trade association for Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony Music) and Hasbro’s entertainment studio eOne, along with Facebook, Uber and TELUS.  Hayduk was part of the team that led to the passage of Canada’s signature music copyright protection legislation, which extended copyright from 50 to 70 years.

Marlen Hüllbrock

Head of Marketing & Audience, Music Ally
Marlen heads up Music Ally’s Marketing & Audience department, supporting management and label clients in all things digital marketing. She helps clients implement impactful social and streaming campaigns while exploring emerging technologies and tools. She’s also part of Music Ally’s Training team, where she develops and delivers digital marketing training to a wide range of industry clients such as members of the MMF and BPI. Before joining Music Ally, Marlen worked within Universal Music’s brand partnerships team in Germany and Switzerland and completed an MA in Music Business Management at the University of Westminster.

LaTecia Johnson

Founder, Visionary Rising
LaTecia is a senior entertainment & technology executive and entrepreneur at the intersection of culture, community, and creativity. As Founder of Visionary Rising (VSNRY) – a creative studio for ambitious brands and creators ready to scale – she’s focused on building safe digital spaces while doing innovative work for rising and global acts. Her career includes stints at Fortune 100 companies such as Apple, Microsoft, and Nielsen Media, as well as high-growth startups such as Decent Labs, A Cloud Guru, and more. In everything she does, LaTecia works to transform ideas into full-scale endeavours while delivering high-impact outcomes for global clients using a combination of data, actionable insights, emerging social trends, and interactive content.

Priyanka Khimani

Founder, Khimani & Associates
Priyanka is a leading global expert in entertainment and music rights, especially for India and the South Asian diaspora. She is the founder of an India-based law firm known for its prestigious and star-studded clientele. Her legal expertise, coupled with a sharp commercial sense, places her in a unique position to help clients navigate new markets. She has led several strategic partnerships on behalf of global stakeholders and India. She is also the force behind some of the most talked about deals in entertainment and music.

Gina King

Partner at Supernode Global
With more than 20 years of entrepreneurial and operational experience across geographies, Gina serves as a mentor and advisor for startup founders and is actively involved in communities that support diversity in entrepreneurship and investing. Supernode Global is an early-stage venture capital firm investing at the intersection of technology and content, and Gina leads a variety of companies in its portfolio, including Anything World, Audiomob, Just Women’s Sports, and She received a BA with a double major in Political Science and Mass Communications from U.C. Berkeley.

Julie Knibbe

Founder & CEO, Music Tomorrow
With a near-decade-long track record building up innovative music and data products and driving product teams at Deezer, Soundcharts and Sacem, Julie is now heading Music Tomorrow, a company working at the forefront of music data and explainable AI to help labels get their artists ranked up by streaming recommendation algorithms.

Jay Kogami

Music Business Journalist, Music Ally Japan
Jay is is a music business journalist and strategy consultant based in Tokyo, Japan. He currently holds roles in various music companies, including as editor at Music Ally Japan, and Japan Business Partner Support at Chartmetric. In 2018, he co-founded CuePoint, a Tokyo-based, music and entertainment-focused strategy company with clients including majors, independents, and startups from both Japan and international levels. Here, he helps companies, decision makers and teams build industry relationships, and international expansion partners, while strengthening their corporate strategies, marketing, PR, and business development skills via lectures and workshops on emerging trends in the music industry, innovation and the technologies.

Helena Kosinski

Vice President, Global, Luminate
Helena leads business development in Luminate’s expanding global ventures, spearheading the advancement of global music measurement, sponsorship, and consumer insight solutions to clients across music and entertainment. She began her career in the music industry at the copyright and royalty collection society, PRS for Music, and later joined Nielsen Music, where she was responsible for European business development and operations. In 2013, Kosinski relocated to New York where she led Nielsen’s business expansion with music publishers and performing right societies until 2017. 

Kate Le Gassick

General Counsel, Warner Music International
Kate is based in London and is responsible for all of Warner Music’s legal and business affairs activities outside the U.S, working closely with the company’s recorded music and publishing affiliates throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa. She joined Warner Music in 2013 as SVP of Legal Affairs. Prior to that, she spent seven years at EMI Music, where she held various roles including SVP Legal Affairs. She was previously an associate at Allen & Overy, having begun her career at CMS Cameron McKenna.

Claire McAuley

EVP, Global Rights Management, Warner Chappell Music
Claire’s role focuses on proactively maximising songwriters’ revenue by improving the company’s technology, developing its customer service ethos and working with international partners in the global music economy, so that its teams worldwide provide an unrivalled administration service to its songwriters and partners. Claire has led the charge on a variety of strategic moves to overhaul the publisher’s systems and speed up payments to writers. She has also helped to launch platforms designed to recover missing royalties, secure additional revenue for writers in emerging markets, and better track the global use of songwriters’ music across DSPs, as well as in film and TV production.

Damon Minchella

Business Consultant, Daaci, and Professional Musician/Music Producer
Damon is an established music business and technology consultant with an exceptional pedigree in the UK music industry. He is winner of the 2019 ‘Most Innovative Lecturer’ Award and has two BRIT nominations. He is an Advisory Board member for DAACI, assisting in developing generative AI composition technology. He has performed, written and produced with artists including Richard Ashcroft, Paul Weller, The Who, Amy Winehouse, and Jimmy Page.

Nicholas Minicucci

Co-Founder & CEO, Immensity
Nick has toured across North America as both a performer and tour manager, and has been involved in over 1K concerts. He served as a Project Manager at MIT, leading and/or participating in multiple AI and emerging tech-focused projects. He also co-founded and currently serves as CEO of Immensity – an intelligent, AI-ML-driven data studio and BI tool designed for the entertainment industry.

Tomoko Moore

International Liaison, Billboard Japan
Tomoko has nearly 30 years of experience with Japanese conglomerate Hanshin Contents Link Corporation. She played a pivotal role in the negotiation and implementation of the Billboard license in Japan, before transferring to Los Angeles to build relationships in the industry working in the office of Billboard magazine. Now based in London, Tomoko continues work related to the Billboard brand license, and contractual obligations for booking international artists, as well as the responsibility of overseeing the company’s international affairs and taking the lead in new business development initiatives.

Emilio Morales

Managing Director, Rimas Publishing
Emilio is the Managing Director of Rimas Publishing, where he heads three wholly-independent publishing companies: RSM Publishing LLC, Risamar Publishing and Megasongs Publishing. The group is an international powerhouse comprising more than 120 songwriters and producers from Latin America and the US, representing thousands of copyrights. Rimas Publishing was the Billboard Latin Publisher of the Year in both 2021 and 2022, with numerous Grammy, Latin Grammy, ASCAP and BMI awards. Emilio advocates for the Latin genre and Latino creators globally, encouraging trans-cultural collaborations and exploring opportunities to license Latin music for non-conventional uses and new technologies.

Claudia Moross

Founder, 12on12
Claudia completed her MA in Music Business at New York University, during which time she had the opportunity to intern at a number of music companies and agencies including Sony Music Entertainment and Cornerstone Promotion before settling at Cutting Edge Group, where the idea for 12on12 was born. Claudia has continued growing her role as Creative Director for the high-end luxury vinyl brand, and has also brought legendary Grammy Award winning Producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland on board as Partners.

Michael Nash

Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer, Universal Music Group
Michael has worked at the forefront of media convergence for over 30 years. Nash currently serves as Universal Music Group’s Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer. He joined UMG in 2015 and has overseen the industry leader’s global digital strategy, partnerships and business development, promoting expansive growth as UMG’s recorded music streaming revenue has more than quintupled during this time. As a member of Universal’s Corporate Management Team, he works closely with operating units worldwide to connect strategic direction and tactical execution. Nash has been named to every Billboard Power 100 list published during his tenure. Prior to joining Universal, Nash was a strategic advisor to Warner Music Group as well as several digital media startups. Nash served as an executive at Warner from 2000 to 2011, rising to EVP, Digital Strategy and Business Development, responsible for WMG’s global digital business.

Vickie Nauman

Founder/CEO, Crossborderworks
Vickie specialises in the intersection between technology and music, focused on music licensing, rights and relationships; helping grow companies; and global strategy. She has an ambitious portfolio of companies in gaming, Web3, platforms, consumer electronics, and music. A digital music pioneer, Nauman worked on product for one of the first legal digital services MusicNet, led strategic partnerships for Sonos, started and ran the US business for 7digital, and did digital music business in Europe and China. She works with some of the world’s most innovative companies, including Beat Saber/Oculus, Ubisoft, Spotify, WMG, and more.

Tom Nieuweboer

Chief Operating Officer, !K7 Music
Tom is responsible for the day-to-day operations of !K7 Music across its three offices in Berlin, New York and London, focused on HR, process management and IT strategy as well as the financial reporting to the board and other stakeholders. Tom is a member of the Board of IMPALA and former member of the board of AFEM. Until the end of 2013 he also headed the digital department at the !K7 labelgroup, which included being key account manager of digital distribution and being responsible for new business development in terms of exploiting master rights in the digital environment.

Claire O’Neill

Co-Founder, A Greener Future
Claire is a leading voice for sustainability in the live events and entertainment industry. She co-founded A Greener Future in 2006, is a producer of the Green Events & Innovations Conference (GEI), and was consulted as sustainability expert to LIVE Green. She is also Chair of the Association for Electronic Music green working group, and has trail-blazed best practice including the Green Artist rider with Paradigm Agency – now adopted by major artists worldwide and sparking the new platform A Greener Tour, and the creation and implementation of the Greener Arena Certification.

Michael Petychakis

CTO, Orfium
Michael is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Orfium, the global technology leader solving the entertainment industry’s biggest challenges around digital music and broadcast rights management. He oversees the 220-strong Technology Research and Development division based in Greece, Bulgaria, and the UK, and leads on shaping the company’s overarching technology and AI strategy. With a background steeped in AI, he is one of Orfium’s most informed and passionate spokespeople on the topic, while also acting as a mentor to a number of startups in the sphere.

Irfaan Premji

Founder & CEO, is a technology startup scaling content creation for music companies. They’re already working with companies like Concord Music to capture millions of dollars in lost catalogue revenue, and automate realtime, cross-platform creative for frontline. Irfaan is a Techstars alum and holds a Juris Doctor from Western University.

Lauri Rechardt

Chief Legal Officer, IFPI

Lauri is based in London and leads IFPI’s global legal policy, litigation and licensing teams. He has responsibility for formulating global legal policy priorities for the industry, coordinating strategic litigation across territories, and coordinating the work of music industry Music Licensing Companies globally. Prior to this, Lauri held different roles at IFPI and worked in private practise as a partner and Head of IP at Procopé & Hornborg, one of the leading law firms in his native Helsinki.

Stars Redmond

Senior Artist Marketing Manager, Amuse
Based out of London, Stars Redmond is part of music industry challenger Amuse’s licensing team. Her extensive background within artist management and music marketing includes positions at prominent labels and agencies, like EMI, Island Records and Eleven MGMT.

Christian Ringstad Schultz

CEO and Co-Founder, Masterchannel
Christian is an entrepreneur and music producer, hailing from Oslo, Norway.  He began producing music back in his teens, but during his twenties his interest in business development led him to co-found Masterchannel, where he serves as the CEO.

Stephen Rimmer

Founder and CEO, Tickets for Good. 
Steve has spent 15 years in the live events industry, 10 years of that in event ticketing. Tickets for Good is his third ticketing startup, and is a ticketing platform that collaborates with ticketing retailers like Ticketmaster. Its mission is to support events, theatres, and sports teams in providing free or heavily discounted tickets to those who are making a positive impact and individuals impacted by the high cost of living.

Antoine Sauer-Sansen

Director of Digital Global Administration, SACEM
Antoine Sauer-Sansen is currently the Director of Digital Global Administration at SACEM. Specialised in operations, he has over 10 years’ experience of guiding international repertoires, including Universal Music Publishing International, to secure their digital publishing royalties in a fast, accurate and transparent manner. Antoine has previously worked at Spotify, giving him a unique and complete view of the digital landscape.

Samantha Sawyer

Chief Content Officer, 7digital
At 7digital, Samantha is responsible for rights acquisition and relationship management with label and publisher partners. Samantha works closely with 7digital’s commercial team and clients to advise on licensing process and strategy. Samantha is a lawyer by background and has over two decades of experience in the music industry, having worked for major labels, BBC Worldwide, and with digital music/ music tech companies.

Joe Sparrow

Editor, Music Ally
Joe is a writer and broadcaster who lives in Berlin. As Music Ally’s Editor, he has a particular focus on emerging music technology. Joe also creates and presents the Music Ally Focus podcast. He has worked with music-tech platforms including The Hype Machine, and guides emerging artists in their career development, marketing, and strategy. Joe has worked in UK radio, music PR, has helped organise and operate live events, and teaches at BIMM Berlin.

Takayuki Suzuki

CEO, ParadeALL
Takayuki is a strategic consultant based in Tokyo, Japan, working with label, management, DSP and other music technology companies in Japan, US, EU and China. He leads several Web3 projects such as MetaTokyo, metaverse developer as CEO and co-founded FRIENDSHIP. DAO where global music artists and curators collaborate through blockchain. His career has included roles as Head of Mobile at MTV Japan and most recently Head of Digital Business Development for Universal Music Japan.

Geoff Taylor

Executive Vice President, Artificial Intelligence, Sony Music Entertainment
Reporting to the global COO, Geoff is responsible for aligning and coordinating the company’s policies and business efforts surrounding artificial intelligence, working closely with the Global Digital Business and Business & Legal Affairs divisions. Based in London, Geoff has decades of music industry experience, including most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of the BPI, the UK Trade Body for recorded music. In that role, he advocated for the strategic value of the music industry, highlighting the importance of recorded music to jobs, investment and maintaining the UK’s global competitiveness as well as led the fight against music piracy and fraud. During his tenure, he also expanded the reach and influence of the BRIT Awards. Prior to joining the BPI, Taylor was General Counsel and Executive Vice-President at global recorded music trade body, the IFPI.

Alison Tickell

Founder and CEO, Julie’s Bicycle
Alison established Julie’s Bicycle in 2007 as a non-profit dedicated to mobilising action on the climate crisis, initially in the music industry and now across arts and culture internationally. Alison worked with Community Music (now CM Sounds) for many years, and has been an advisor and contributor to publications and advocates for the environment including Observer Ethical Awards, European Creative Business Network, RCA Sustainable Design Awards, Sound Connections, Creative Europe, Energy Revolution. She is currently on the Steering Group of the Climate Heritage Network and the UK Creative Industries Council championing climate action.

Christian Wegmann

Founder, Flame2Fame
Christian studied law, international business administration and economics, and has 20-years of experience in technology, real estate, and social-environmental sustainability. Christian launched the social upcycling company Flame2Fame in early 2020, converting waste into useful items with a focus on social and environmental impact for the entertainment and music instrument industries.

Vasja Veber

Co-founder & CBDO, Viberate
Vasja Veber is a co-founder & CBDO of Viberate, a music data company creating one of the world’s leading music analytics platforms for industry professionals. He has a strong background in music management, overseeing the touring of one of the world’s biggest Techno stars UMEK for over 12 years. Currently, he takes care of business development at Viberate, working with brands such as Apple, Sony, UMG, Amazon, United Masters, Empire, and others.

Simon Wheeler

Director of Global Commercial Strategy, The Beggars Group
Previously a musician, engineer, producer, remixer and promoter, Simon has been with The Beggars Group since 1990. Starting work with online distribution in 1997, Simon has since worked with almost every significant entity in digital media, testified to both US and UK governments and has spoken at most music conferences around the world on digital music and media strategy. But the most important role is keeping the Beggars Group of labels at the forefront of all new technologies to deliver its roster of artists to the widest possible audience. The Beggars Group represents 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL Recordings and Young Recordings.

Alexander Wolf

President, SESAC International
Alexander is responsible for identifying and implementing a portfolio of new multi-territory licensing and service offerings for the music rights organisation. In this role, he represents SESAC Performing Rights in its reciprocal relationships with societies around the world as well as exploitation of the Harry Fox Agency catalogues outside the U.S. Wolf was instrumental in overseeing the team that launched Mint Digital Services, a joint venture between SESAC Music Group and SUISA, which allows for a more efficient process of administering license agreements for online music services across borders.

Takuya “Tak” Yamazaki

Founding partner, Field-R Law Offices
Tak has worked for more than 25 years in the entertainment industry, mainly the music industry. In addition to handling legal matters and negotiations for various stakeholders, including artists, managers, music publishers, labels, and rights management organisations, he holds executive positions in associations including the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) and IMPEL. In Japan, he is dedicated to fostering positive changes within the industry through initiatives like the establishment of Merlin Japan in 2016 and his role as a business advisor for Music Ally Japan. Tak has received several honors and recognitions, notably being listed as one of the ‘Best Lawyers’ in the field of ‘Media and Entertainment Law’ in Japan.

Konstantin Yevishkin

Co-founder & CEO, StanPass
Konstantin is a marketer turned founder, helping brands and creators drive revenue using interactive content marketing funnels by leveraging AI.

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