Digital Editor, Asia
The Wall Street Journal
Branded designs, sells, markets and produces amazing B2B2C and B2B2F(an) events in Asia. Founded in 2003 and listed as a top 10 Event Marketing agency by Marketing magazine, our focus is to add value and grow the media, sports and entertainment industry in Asia.
Established in 1996, we are experts in the organisation, programming and production of dynamic conferences, live music festivals, academies, and youth fan events such as the YouTube FanFest.
Branded is an independent company staffed by passionate multi-cultural, multi-lingual and talented individuals with offices in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Digital Editor, Asia
The Wall Street Journal
Adam Najberg has nearly a quarter-century in journalism as a reporter, editor and columnist. He has worked for Dow Jones in Asia, Europe and the U.S. He's currently in charge of the Journal's digital properties and translation services across Asia. Hong Kong-based, Mr. Najberg is the author of two books.
AEG Live Asia
Adam Wilkes has been at the forefront of the live entertainment industry in China and Asia over the past thirteen years. Having promoted more than 100 concerts, tours and sports competitions in the region; his recent events include Justin Bieber's Asia tour, Metallica's historic China debut, the LA Laker's vs the Golden State Warriors NBA Games in Shanghai and Beijing, and the Asian leg of The Rolling Stones 14 On Fire tour.
Afgansyah Reza, aka Afgan, is a talented Indonesian soloist well known for his powerful vocals and cool charming looks, captivating the hearts of his fans across Indonesia and South East Asia. Afgan is also a popular brand endorser and spokesperson, providing the perfect image for brands such as Pond’s. He is currently listed in the top 10 Indonesians with the most followers, showing a strong influence in Indonesian Social Media with more than 6 million followers. His large number of followers on Twitter have made many brands choose him as a celebrity buzzer for their products and campaigns.
Brain Dead Dog Productions
Alan Cross is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock and is also known as a musicologist and documentarian. He’s written four books, works as a public speaker, has a national newspaper column in Canada and co-hosts a weekly podcast called Geeks & Beats. He also serves as head of Canadian Curation for Songza. Alan has been deeply involved exploring the present and future relationships between music, technology and social networking. More information can be found at www.ajournalofmusicalthings.com.
President International and Emerging Markets
Live Nation Entertainment
Alan Ridgeway has been with Live Nation (and its predecessor Clear Channel Entertainment) since 2002. In December 2011, after four years running the company’s International Division, he was appointed President of the International and Emerging Market Division, with responsibility for Live Nation’s businesses outside of the Americas and Europe. He is particularly focused on taking Live Nation into new markets in Asia and other developing concert markets, and in the last 2 years has opened up operations in South Korea, Japan, Russia and Taiwan. After being based in Dubai for two years, he relocated to Hong Kong at the beginning of 2014.
Managing Editor, Southeast Asia
Alan Soon is the Managing Editor of Yahoo Southeast Asia as well as the Country Manager for Yahoo Singapore. Alan is a seasoned senior newsroom manager and journalist with 20 years of experience in the news industry in Asia. He now leads the editorial group at Yahoo Southeast Asia with teams in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. He built his career in journalism at influential news agencies such as Bloomberg and CNBC. He's also worked across different media -- radio, TV, newswires and now, online -- and that gives him a solid background in newsroom operations and a proven leadership ability to transform news organisations in an evolving digital age.
Alan Swarts is Co-Founder / CEO of Breaker, a mobile video entertainment company based in Tokyo. Prior to Breaker, Alan spent 17 years at MTV/Viacom, most recently stationed in Japan as Vice President of Creative & Content, where he oversaw the critically acclaimed and globally telecast Video Music Awards Japan. Alan’s multifaceted MTV career has seen him in front of the camera (a former MTV VJ) and behind the camera (award-winning executive producer), in charge of online content as well as offline events, in both the NY headquarters and the Tokyo office. Alan is a graduate of Columbia University.
Head of Entertainment
As Head of Entertainment, YouTube, Alex Carloss is responsible for managing all facets of YouTube’s entertainment strategy, content partnerships and business models globally. Alex has almost two decades of entertainment experience across North America, Europe and Australia, with a focus on building consumer-focused businesses in the digital entertainment space. Prior to YouTube, he held posts at Paramount Pictures, Electronic Arts, Warner Bros, Walt Disney and MGM. Alex earned a Master of Arts from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. A native Brit, he currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his family.
Head of Technology, Asia
Alex heads technology in Asia for Omnifone and brings over 15 years in senior creative and senior technical roles in digital media, entertainment and publishing sectors. Alex began his career as a system architect at the European Nuclear Research Centre (CERN), within the Distributed Computing Infrastructure Group, leaving CERN in 1993. Alex held key consultant and advisory roles in a variety of technology and industry sectors in Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain and the UK before founding a multi-award winning game development studio in Singapore that operated for 10 years.
Hostess Entertainment is a leading pan-Asian artist & rights management, marketing & distribution company, representing the very best independent & contemporary music. Ynos Inc is a progressive community-driven digital and live entertainment platform that brings the fans closer to the music and to each other. Both companies are headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and both companies are unique.
In 2013, Anthony Bay, a former digital media executive at Amazon, Microsoft and Apple, joined Rdio as CEO to help take the company to the next level and focus on expanding its global reach and subscriber base. While at Amazon, Bay undertook an aggressive subscription content licensing strategy, growing from 6,000 to 40,000 titles and became the #2 subscription video service in the U.S. after Netflix. He also led the dramatic growth of Amazon’s transactional video business; growing the catalog to over 150,000 titles and becoming the #2 market segment leader after iTunes. While at Microsoft, Bay's team was responsible for the company's ecommerce technology platform and for developing Windows Media Technologies, including Windows Media Player.
Outbrain is the leading content discovery platform, integrated into most of the worlds top publisher sites providing content recommendations. Ant has spent the past 20 years working in various marketing functions across agency, client and publisher businesses. His most recent role before Outbrain was as Marketing Director of News Corp’s paid content strategy in Australia. Prior to News, Ant spent seven years at SingTel Optus, which included running marketing for Optus’ consumer division. Ant has always taken an entrepreneurial approach to his corporate roles so is relishing the opportunity of being part of a fast moving start-up in the digital space. Outside of work Ant loves rugby & surfing and spends a lot of time with his young family of three children under 9.
Head of Music, Asia Pacific
Anthony leads YouTube’s music partnerships efforts with music labels, publishers, festivals, concert promoters, collection societies and artists across APAC. He has spent 14 years growing businesses in the Media industry with various roles across content verticals (entertainment, music, sports and news) and regions (Europe and Asia Pacific). Prior to Google, Anthony worked for traditional media companies in Europe, such as Time Warner and Lagardere, as Sales and Business Development Manager. He earned his MBA at Kellogg School of Management and HKUST, and his Master's degree at ESSEC Paris.
Co-Founder BMBX Entertainment
Black Eyed Peas/BMBX
Allan Pineda, better known as Apl.de.ap (Apl), is a Filipino American rapper, record producer and philanthropist who is best known as a member of the Grammy Award winning group "The Black Eyed Peas". Born in the Philippines and moved to the United States when adopted at 14, Apl, along with his best friend will.i.am, founded the Black Eyed Peas in 1995. Over the past decade, the Peas have won more than 80 international music awards, with Apl co-writing many hits including “Where is the Love”, “I Gotta Feeling” & “The Time (Dirty Bit)”. Today, Apl is heavily investing into Southeast Asia to discover amazing talent he can sign and share with the world through his new entertainment and branding company "BMBX" (pronounced "boom box").
China based Promoter, Booking Agent, Festival Owner, Conference Organiser, Brand Consultant. Over the last decade, Split United has launched 4 festivals, created 2 online communities, set up Asia's first focused booking agency, run over 400 tours to over 40 Chinese cities and created some of the most iconic music based brand campaigns in China ever. Some names: Sonic Youth, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Ludacris, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Grimes, Gang of Four, Frank Turner, Jose Gonzalez, Caribou, Battles, Japandroids, Shabazz Palaces, Wye Oak Apple, Smirnoff, Converse, MTVNE, Transmission, OPPO, VW, Adidas, Tuborg, Guinness, VW
Hall & Partners
Arnaud Frade is the Managing Partner of Hall & Partners, the global market research and consulting boutique, part of Omnicom Group Inc. He is based in Singapore, where he has lived for the past eight years and is tasked with driving the growth of the business across Asia-Pacific. Arnaud is a trusted advisor to blue-chip firms across all major sectors and to key government stakeholders.
Art of Fresh is a high energy duo is made up of Guinness World Record holder D.O. and JUNO Award winning producer Slakah the Beatchild. In 2013 their single "Where I Go" hit #1 on the US College charts, had a million plus views on Youtube, and they performed at the Fresh Fest in Croatia alongside Snoop Dogg.
Ben Russell is an Insights Analyst at LinkedIn Corporation in Sydney, Australia. He supports LinkedIn’s Marketing Solutions clients across Asia-Pacific in measuring the effectiveness and impact of their social strategy execution on the platform. Since joining in early 2013, Ben has worked closely with B2B and B2C marketers across Australia and the world’s leading Fortune 500 brands, as they seek to better understand LinkedIn’s audience, the true impact of their advertising, and how to effectively leverage content marketing on the world’s foremost professional publishing platform.
The Sam Willows
Benjamin is a Singaporean-based musician, actor, writer and former national swimmer. He had his start in the industry at the age of 17 as a radio producer / presenter on Lush 99.5FM, hosting two recurring programmes – The Art of Lush and The Lush Lab. In 2012, he founded the folk-pop quartet The Sam Willows. Since their inception, the group has gone on to grace both local and international stages, such as SXSW, Canadian Music Week, MU:CON, Zandari Festa, Music Matters Live, Singapore F1 Grand Prix, and the Western Australian Music Festival. Their latest single, Glasshouse, is produced by 5-Time Grammy Award Winner Steve Lillywhite
Benjy Grinberg is the Founder and President of Rostrum Records, a Pittsburgh-based independent label and management company with a diverse roster including Grammy Award nominee Wiz Khalifa, Leon Thomas, Vali, Mac Miller, Donora, Boaz and Teammate. Grinberg started the company in 2003 from his apartment, and has grown Rostrum into one of the most successful independent music companies in the industry. In 2011, Rostrum and Mac Miller made history with "Blue Slide Park" which was the first independent album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart since 1995 (and only the 2nd album in history to do so), selling 144,000 copies in its first week. Grinberg is a voting member of the NYC chapter of NARAS (Grammys). He is one of Billboard Magazine's "40 Under 40" and Source Magazine's "Power 30."
Founding Partner/Head of Music Division
In 2004, Bernie Cahill co-founded the integrated management company ROAR running its music division and managing artists such as three-time GRAMMY Award winning Zac Brown Band, GRAMMY Award winning musician and actor Dwight Yoakam, singer-songwriter Ben Rector and actor and recording artist Clare Bowen of ABC’s Nashville. Cahill is also an entertainment lawyer and ran a highly successful music row law office specialising in artist representation, licensing, and digital rights management. Cahill is a member of NARAS, ACM, AMA, CMA, CMA International Voting Panel, USO Entertainment Advisory Council and is a member of the Tennessee State and Illinois State Bar. Cahill sits on the board of InsideOUT Writers and the publicly traded Genius Brands International, Inc.
Bernie Cho is the President of DFSB Kollective, a Seoul-based creative agency that specializes in providing digital media, marketing, and distribution solutions to 350+ Korean Pop music artists. As more K-Pop acts aspire to go independent and international, DFSB collaborates with artists and their management to devise customised strategies that directly connect them to their local and global fans. Since 2009, the agency has successfully produced numerous K-Pop concerts in North America and Asia as well as secured #1 iTunes chart debuts for various K-Pop albums in US, Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia.
VP, Digital Strategy & Business Development
Music Business Association
Bill Wilson leads the charge on all things digital at the Music Business Association, including initiatives such as metadata. With over two decades of experience working within independent and major record labels, internet ventures, and mobile content, he brings a well-rounded perspective to the trade association. Prior to joining Music Biz in 2009, he founded and ran hardcore punk label Blackout Records for 20+ years, served as an A&R Consultant for MCA Records, was Sr. Director, Mobile Sales and Business Development for Atlantic Records, and worked with startups such as Roxbox Media, Haystack Media, and Cellfish.
Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe & Asia
Broadcast Music Inc.
Brandon Bakshi is the Executive Director, Europe & Asia, for Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI); the global leader in music rights management. In his role Bakshi is responsible for BMI's outreach to songwriters, composers as well as music publishers in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. At BMI he was responsible for the signing of Avicci, Ed Sheeran, Afrojack, Shaggy, A.R Rahman as well as Ellie Goulding. Born in Texas and raised between England and Norway, Brandon received a BA in Political Science from International American University in London and an MBA from Webster University.
CO.PILOT Artist Management
Brent Bain is the SR. Artist Manager, Owner and President of CO.PILOT Artist Management (CO.PILOT AM), representing Producer Devon Lougheed and Artists Gay Nineties, Hannah Epperson, Sidney York and The Wet Secrets. Brent has extensive experience as Artist Manager, Agent, Promoter, Publicist and Consultant with companies including The Music Managers Forum of Canada (MMF), Six Shooter Records, LiveTourArtists, Jane Harbury Publicity, Planet 3 Communications, Sparks Music, Frame Blender Productions and Manager, Client Services at FACTOR (Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings). Bain is a motivator, a connector of people and a productive member of this remarkable Canadian music industry.
As CEO and Founder of Artist Voice, Australia's number one full service talent agency, Brett Murrihy is one of the country’s most prominent music agents. Since establishment in 2009, Artist Voice has significantly increased its footprint and opened offices in Melbourne, Auckland, Hong Kong and Singapore, creating a necessary gateway and exposure into the Australasian market. Artist Voice's extensive roster of clients include renowned local and international artists such as Empire Of The Sun, The Temper Trap, Angus & Julia Stone, Paul Kelly, Neil Finn, 5 Seconds of Summer, Tegan & Sara, Kimbra, The Jezabels and The Naked and Famous.
Chairman of the MMF
Co-Founder of ATC
Brian Message is a partner in Courtyard Management and is a founding shareholder of ATC, providing artist management and tour booking services to an ever-growing client list. ATC is renowned for its innovative and artist-centric approach to management, and Message is especially committed to harnessing technological advances to enhance artistic freedom and the direct-to-fan experience. He co-manages Nick Cave, PJ Harvey and Radiohead and is an advisor to the Featured Artist Coalition.
Group Integrated Marketing Content & Connections Manager
Cara is the head of Integrated Marketing Content & Connections at Coca-Cola Indonesia. She moved to Jakarta in early 2011 after leading the Coke business agency side in Vietnam for almost 3 years. Prior to this, Cara had spent her career in some of Australia's best agencies including The Campaign Palace and Ogilvy. Cara is passionate about powerful content spread via smart connection strategies. Cara is excited to work in a dynamic market like Indonesia where the sheer scale of social media has provided opportunities such as launching an internal social media and content centre.
Charles Caldas is CEO of Merlin – the global rights agency representing the world’s most important independent music companies which embody over 20,000 record labels and distributors: around 10% of the global market. He has 20 years of experience in the music and digital media industries, including a long-term position as CEO of Shock Records, and was included in Billboard's 2014 International Power Players list. Merlin has struck deals with digital services including Spotify, YouTube, Google Play, Rdio and Deezer and reached a number of infringement settlements on behalf of members with, amongst others, Limewire, XM Satellite Radio and Grooveshark.
These Brittle Bones
Fifteen-year-old singer-songwriter and pianist Chris Jones, known under the moniker These Brittle Bones, hails originally from Wales and has since settled into Singapore. Taking up piano at seven, he started writing songs at eight, developing a distinctive sound that saw him being signed by the renowned ATC Management, who manages artists such as Radiohead and Nick Cave. Filled with a certain degree of introspection remarkable for someone of his age, haunting piano and vocal lines linger ever-present throughout Jones's music, engaging the listener into melancholic bliss. The first EP, Leaving The Woods, was recorded from his bedroom in 2012, with a stream of singles leading up to new material releasing mid-2014.
President, Asia Pacific
Ogilvy & Mather Advertising
Chris has been with the Ogilvy Group for 18 years. Starting his career in London, he has been in Asia for most of his career, the last 14 spent in China establishing Ogilvy's digital business and running the Ogilvy Group in Shanghai. He now manages Ogilvy & Mather Advertising in Asia Pacific. Chris sits on the the advisory board of several internet businesses and writes regularly about digital and innovative marketing. His latest venture is K1ND (OneKind) Ogilvy's brand innovation business, which launched in Singapore early this year. Chris is married and has a son.
Director, Global Music Partnerships - YouTube
Christophe is responsible for managing and developing YouTube’s global partnerships initiatives in the music space. He joined Google in London in 2003. Prior to joining Google, Christophe worked for several internet companies including Priceline.com Europe, an online travel company in London. Before moving to London in 2000, he held various positions in the business/corporate development and finance areas in the US, Germany and France. Born in Strasbourg, France, he earned his undergraduate degree in economics and graduate degree in finance at French universities.
As Chief Executive Officer of CASBAA, Christopher Slaughter is responsible for all new Memberships sales and the retention of the existing Membership base, developing the Association’s commercial and political strategies as well as the sound financial management of CASBAA’s various budgets and revenue streams. Additionally, he is also responsible for organising the meetings of the Board of Directors and has oversight of the daily management of the Association.
Chief Operating Officer
Colin is recognised as a leading speaker in the mobile marketing and media industry. He is a long-time online and mobile entrepreneur now working with global mobile powerhouse and digital entertainment specialist InternetQ PLC. Colin has worked extensively in ‘Social Entertainment' including mass participation TV formats, Pop Idol and Got Talent. He has published two peer-reviewed white papers on mobile interactive media for BroadcastAsia Singapore. In 2011, he was elected by his peers to become Chairman of MEF (Asia) and was re-elected at Mobile World Congress 2013. Colin has judged at the prestigious GSMA “Global Mobile Awards” for the past two years and has been living & working in 'digital' Asia for the past 2 years.
Chief Marketing Officer
Damien is currently Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Philips ASEAN & Pacific, leading brand, communications & digital marketing across Philips Consumer Lifestyle, Philips Lighting and Philips Healthcare in Asia. Before Philips, he was Regional Marketing Director, Digital & Social Media Samsung Asia, and before Samsung was the Online Director, Asia Pacific & Japan at Dell, managing over $1 billion in e-commerce revenue in Asia. At Dell he also had the dual role of Global Social Media Director. Damien has also worked at leading companies such as Ogilvy & Mather, Citibank, Coca-Cola, NRMA and McKinsey & Company.
Chief Executive Officer
Dan Rosen brings with him valuable experience across digital media, law, policy and music. Prior to joining ARIA as CEO, Rosen was based in New York working as Head of Americas for KIT Digital, a NASAQ listed digital media company. Before leaving for the States, Dan worked as an Advisor to the Minister of Communications, Richard Alston, responsible for broadband and innovation policy after starting his career as a lawyer, specializing in media and technology, with Minter Ellison. Rosen has been on both sides of the music business; his band ‘Second Dan’ won Triple J Unearthed in 2003 and has since independently released two albums and toured throughout the US and Australia. He continues to write and produce music. Rosen was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to complete his Masters of International Law and Business at New York University. He holds a First Class Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University in Melbourne.
Editor-in-Chief, Nissan Global Media Centre
Nissan Motor Corp
Dan is Editor-in-Chief of the Nissan Global Media Center, leading a team producing multi-media digital content about the automaker and its brands, a process known at Nissan as “koto-zukuri”, or story-telling. The Media Center has created more than 1,400 narrative videos highlighting the people, products, technology and relationships of Nissan and its brands, with over 20 million views. Prior to Nissan, Dan worked at Reuters for 17 years as a business journalist, appearing on CNN, the BBC, CCTV and CNBC, and served as Bureau Chief in Singapore. He is the author of "Playing to Wiin: Nintendo and the Video Game Industry's Greatest Comeback."
Glassnote Entertainment Group
Daniel Glass is Founder/President of Glassnote Entertainment Group, a full service independent music company he began in 2007. Glassnote is the proud home to Grammy Award winning Phoenix, Grammy Award winning/multi-platinum selling Mumford & Sons, The Temper Trap, Two Door Cinema Club, GIVERS, Childish Gambino, Oberhofer, Daughter, Little Green Cars, Robert DeLong, Half Moon Run, CHVRCHES, Flight Facilities, Panama Wedding, Jeremy Messersmith, Justin Nozuka, Foy Vance and holychild. Daniel has been named MUSExpo’s ‘International Music Person of the Year’, SESAC’s ‘Music Visionary of the Year’, one of ‘Pop’s Top Hitmakers’ by Hollywood Reporter and part of Billboard’s ‘Power 100’.
President: Asia Pacific & MEA, Global Chief Revenue Officer
Danny oversaw the launch of Repucom in Australia and led the Asian business from 2006-2009 covering Pan-Asian operations from the Middle East across to North Asia. He then made the move to London where he played a pivotal role in developing the business into a European leader in sports marketing research. More recently he has taken up the dual role managing the global revenue objectives of Repucom as well as relocating back to the Asian region to take up the leadership of Repucom’s Asia Pacific, Middle East and African business. Danny has a degree in Sports Science from the University of New South Wales and an MBA majoring in International Marketing from Charles Stuart University.
Dave joined SurveyMonkey in April 2009. He has been a successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist and technology and music industry executive. He has run and successfully grown several online consumer businesses. Dave founded LAUNCH Media Inc. in 1994, which delivered music and music-related content online and led the company through its acquisition by Yahoo! in 2001. Following the sale, Dave served as Vice President and General Manager of Yahoo! Music, where he led the company's global music operations and built it into the Internet's most-visited music destination. In 2006, Dave was named one of Billboard Magazine's top power players in digital music.
Managing Director APAC
David Loiterton heads up the commercialisation of Omnifone’s services across Asia Pacific. David is one of the most experienced entertainment executives in Asia, with 20 years in artist management, recorded music, music publishing, live entertainment, marketing and A&R, online & mobile entertainment and video games. Originally a Sydney-based lawyer, Loiterton worked in artist management with superstar rock band INXS for 7 years in the mid-80's, helped set up and then ran rooArt Records, Australia's premier independent record label in the early 90's, and built BMG's Asia Pacific music publishing business in the mid-90's. Loiterton also founded Gogo.com in 1999, a 360 degree online music company and in 2002, he joined Universal Music to run their strategic marketing & sales across Asia.
Universal Music Group & EMI Music South Asia
Devraj joined UMG in early 2011 and is credited to have groomed it into one of the most successful hedged music business models in the region. Universal is now a 360 degree music business encompassing the mother label, live and artist promotions, merchandising, the leading music agency in the region and builds music and brands into platforms. UMG is also the leading label for the indies, regional & devotional music in the region creating a marked differentiator to the other Bollywood driven labels. Devraj is the co-founder of Sunburn, Asia’s no 1 EDM festival & is a founding member of Brahma, India’s premier metal band now in it’s 20th year and going strong.
Paper Bag Records
Dina Young is the Label Manager at Paper Bag Records. Her focus at the label is on International releases, marketing and artist management. Prior to working at the label, she was a full time grant writer at Entertainment Business Affairs. Paper Bag Records is a Canadian independent label based out of Toronto, Canada. The label roster includes artists such as Austra, PS I Love You, Young Galaxy, The Rural Alberta Advantage and Sally Shapiro.
Television & Radio Personality
Dominic Lau, commonly referred to as “Asia’s Ryan Seacrest” has been selected by iTunes to helm the microphone for Asia Pop 40 - the first regional weekly chart countdown radio show produced in Asia specifically for Asian radio. Dominic debuted on network television in 2005 and is now the anchor for E! News Asia airing on the E! Entertainment channel. Prior to this, Dom spent five years with Asia’s Channel [V], presenting on STAR World, STAR Movies and STAR Movies’ V.I.P. Access. Dom has extensive experience reporting on-location around the world for album launches, film premieres, concerts and fashion shows and hosted “Live From The Red Carpet” at both the 79th and 81st Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood. Dom has interviewed over 50 A-list celebrities from around the world in film, television, music and fashion fields.
With over 20 years of integrated marketing experience, Doug Scott has created groundbreaking branded content programs and landmark collaborations for the world's leading brands, including DuPont (The Horizons Project on BBC World News), IBM (Solutions for a Smarter Planet film series on Huffington Post), and Hellmann’s (Bringing the Best Together with Mario Batali) in addition to American Express, Lenovo, Nestle and Philips. Doug is a member of the Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Creative Council and has been recognised by AdWeek as one of the top 50 most influential executives in the media and entertainment industry (awarded #11 in 2013 and #14 in 2012). Doug is also Executive Producer of the documentary film Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and aired on CNN in 2013.
Duane Gibson aka D.O. is a Guinness World Record setting rapper, author and president of Northstarr Entertainment. He set a Guinness World Record for the longest freestyle rap ever (8 Hours and 45 Minutes) and hit number 1 on the US College charts (Feb 2014). Gibson has coordinated tours for artists across Canada, Asia, Europe, and the US. As a professional speaker, Gibson has spoken at world-renowned Harvard University while also reaching hundreds of thousands of youth annually through his Stay Driven program. He is also an author and released his book "Stay Driven : Can't Nobody Hold You Down" in 2012.
A London native, Ed moved to China in 2006 to serve on the front lines of the music industry. He now owns and runs Outdustry, a unique family of businesses specialising in China market entry for western music companies, services and talent: producer management, rights management, digital marketing, market intelligence and a recently minted sync agency. Ed is frequently sought out by international media to comment on market news and conditions, and has also written extensively on the technical workings of the Chinese music industry.
CEO & Director
Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS)
Dr Edmund Lam, engineer by training, is the CEO & Director of COMPASS (Composers and Authors Society of Singapore) since 1993. Established in 1987, COMPASS’ main objectives include protecting and promoting the copyright interests of music composers, lyricists, publishers and promoting Singapore music to unite Singaporeans as one. Edmund was the Regional Chairman of CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) for Asia-Pacific from 1999 to 2009. He is also the Chairman and founding member of MIS@Asia, a B2B Internet portal with an alliance of seven Asian Societies, for music copyright management.
Senior VP, Deputy MD and Regional Policy Officer, Asia Pacific
Motion Picture Association
Frank S. Rittman is the Vice President, Deputy Managing Director & Regional Policy Officer of the Asia-Pacific region for the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and Motion Picture Association International (MPA-I). Frank works closely with the President, Managing Director and member company executives to shape and execute the organisation’s regional strategic initiatives which include managing the association’s legislative, commercial, and technological affairs. In his current role, Frank continues to represent Member Companies’ interests by providing written and oral testimony to local government bodies throughout the territory on various issues relating to the promotion and protection of the screen communities in each market.
Joel Tan a.k.a Gentle Bones, at the young age of 20 made waves in the local music industry with his style of folk-pop music. His first ever debut single, Until We Die, hit the #1 spot on the local iTunes charts a day after its release in December last year. He also recently released his 2nd single ‘Elusive’ which hit #3 on the local iTunes charts. Both tracks have been extremely well received by local media, radio and fans, putting Gentle Bones at a significant place in local music with just two official singles. Gentle Bones is at the forefront of the musical movement among the younger generation in Singapore.
Entertainment Direct Asia
Gonz Ferrero is the CEO of EDA, Shanghai-based technology solutions provider for digital content in China. EDA offers services and tools that allow rights owners to distribute, engage and monetise their content in the worlds fastest growing digital market. Gonz has spent the last 5 years working in China and Japan in his capacity as Venture Partner of Designed For Revolution (DFR). DFR conceives, creates, and scales new ventures in digital media and entertainment, deploying the “company builder” model to develop game-changing ideas into leading companies.
Greg is PwC Singapore’s partner and Technology, Media & Telecommunications industry leader and PwC’s Asia Pacific region’s Technology industry leader. Greg has significant overseas and regional experience. Greg was the partner responsible for establishing and leading PwC’s Accelerator practice focused on helping high growth TMT companies expand in Asia, has led market studies for the MDA on the future of TV and for the IAB revenue report sizing the Singapore online advertising market. He is a member of several PwC’s global advisory and editorial committees involved in the development of the Firm’s industry thought leadership and regularly works with our global and regional industry networks and specialists
Head, Strategic Planning, CEO Office
Guillaume Sachet is the Head, Strategic Planning at MediaCorp, where he drives group strategy, corporate development and innovation. He sits on the board of Cubinet Interactive, a Malaysian games publisher and has 18 years experience in the media and telecom industry. Prior to joining MediaCorp, Guillaume was a Strategy Partner with Accenture, responsible for Communications, Media and Technology strategy activities in ASEAN. Over the years, he has developed deep media and telecom industry knowledge and expertise across the APAC region. He has spent more than 13 years in Asia, working in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Brunei, Vietnam, Philippines, Korea and China. Having published more than 15 articles in magazines such as Telecom Asia, Guillaume is a recognised thought-leader in the industry.
PT. Musica Studio's
In 2005 Gumilang joined PT. Musica Studio’s as Managing Director, where he orchestrated and developed new businesses to continue the success of Musica Studio’s, a leader in the industry whose business developed into Publishing, Artist Management, New Digital and Merchandising. Gumilang has become more involved in associations where he is able to voice market issues to develop and grow the music industry in Indonesia and further. He is also on the Board of Directors at PT. Musica Studio’s and ASIRI (Sound Recording Industry Association of Indonesia). ASIRI is a member of IFPI. Gumilang has also worked with “Art Circle Network”, Kama Records and BMG Indonesia.
Hollywood Emmy Winning Screenwriter
Guy Nicolucci is a writer who won an Emmy Award for his work on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Mr. Nicolucci’s credits also include The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Comedy Central Roasts, the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Writers Guild Awards. He teaches at New York University's Tisch School of the arts and has contributed to the National Lampoon, Spy Magazine, the New York Post, and Entertainment Weekly.nte.
President, Avex Music Publishing
Haji Taniguchi graduated from Belmont College, Nashville, TN, USA with a Bachelor of Music in 1986, and joined Sony Music Publishing Japan in the same year. He joined Avex as General Manager of International Affairs in 1994. He is currently President of Avex Music Publishing Inc., and Chairman of Music Publishers Association of Japan (MPAJ).
Ice Ventures Asia
After 17 hectic years in the media and entertainment business in Asia, Ian now manages a private digital ventures portfolio based in Hong Kong and focused on innovative solutions and opportunities in learning and development. Ian takes an active role in these investments to help shape the business from the ground up. Ian also assists joint venture businesses in Asia to better bridge the cultural divide and improve their governance systems. His most recent work has taken him to China, Korea and Australia.
Ivy Wong, Founder & CEO of VISS and VS Media was the 1st Employee of Yahoo! HK in the late 90s and helped build the Y! HK business and the overall HK digital media business from scratch to scale. She was then promoted as Senior Director of Global Sales. Ivy led two major traditional media companies convergence to the top digital media in Asia. Previous COO of TVB.com: Ivy built and ran a team of over 100 talented individuals. Within 3 years, she successfully turned TVB.com from a simple information website into a powerhouse streaming portal on web and mobile. Ivy was a CEO of Next Mobile Limited (Next Media Group) and aggressively grew Next Media's mobile business in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan by focusing on mobile advertising solution to marketers, mobile game and commerce to users. Ivy was recognised as Digital Marketer 2013 of Media Convergence Awards 2013 by HKAIM.
Global Growth Manager
The Beatpacking Company
JaeSung Ro - goes by Jae - is the Global Growth Manager of the Beatpacking Company(new mobile music company), where he is responsible for the growth and management of the global business. Jae has served mobile and internet industry for over 20 years and has always had a passion for entrepreneurship and mobile products that enable people to enjoy services on-the-go and communicate more easily, and combined with his passion for mobile area, the Beatpacking - mobile music company is a natural fit. Prior to joining the Beatpacking Company in 2014, Jae founded a social search engine company zSoup, Inc and mobile app development company, iTusavvy. Previously, he worked at Samsung Electronics as a Senior Manager of Corporate Strategy Team. Prior to that, he worked at Lucent, Idea Integration as a software consultant. He graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder in 1998 with a Master of Science in Telecommunications.
James is the Managing Director at MinerLabs, a regional agency delivering OTT, social media, and mobile application solutions for leading media and technology companies. Prior to MinerLabs, James was SVP at ESPN STAR Sports, now FOX Sports Asia, where he led the Asian digital media business. Before ESPN STAR/FOX Sports Asia, James was Head of Creative Services at GroupM, where he founded their Asian digital production and social media practices. Prior to GroupM, he was in senior leadership positions at Blue Interactive Marketing, Scient, Praxis Management Consulting, Y&R WCJ Advertising, About.com, and Prodigy Internet.
Director for Entertainment for China and Asia Pacific
Jamie is responsible for the Regional Management of Nokia’s entertainment offerings including Nokia MixRadio, a mobile-optimised music solution delivering a personal and effortless listening experience to people around the world. Jamie has worked as a senior member of the Entertainment team over the last 5 years, successfully rolling out Nokia MixRadio to 31 countries including working in partnership with Europe and America’s leading Mobile Operators and Retailer. Prior to joining Nokia, Jamie worked in a number of global positions including senior business development roles with Ministry of Sound Group, managed European Operator accounts for Europe’s leading mobile distributor and began his career with Coca-Cola Enterprises.
Head of Social Media and Digital lead for Asia Pacific and Japan
Jamshed Wadia has over 15 years of experience in the ‘Information Technology’ industry which spans areas like Product Management, Retail Marketing, Sales Management, Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategy. He holds a ‘Masters in Business Administration’ and ‘Bachelors Degree in Engineering’. As a part of the Asia Pacific Brand and Campaigns team, he currently heads and leads Social Media/Digital Strategy and execution in the Asia Pacific & Japan region for Intel.
Jasper began his career in advertising in 1987 in London at Chris Ingram Associates moving to Eurosport in 1992. He moved to Asia in 1995 to work for Star Sports and joined (music channel) Channel [V] in 1997 where he constructed many branded content deals whilst also working on the launch of channels in Australia, Thailand, Philippines and South Korea. Continuing to make connections that matter, Jasper co-founded BRANDED In 2001 and has since created the “Matters” series of events and the YouTube FanFest. Most recently he has been instrumental in launching the Asian Sponsorship Association, serving as its inaugural President.
Jeff Hughes joined Omnifone as chief executive in 2010 to accelerate the global expansion of Omnifone’s cloud-based digital music services. Since joining, Jeff has overseen rapid growth as a result of new global partnerships and subsequent service launches, the development of new business models and geographic expansion. Under his leadership, Jeff has focused the company on growing its partner base and increasing efficiency. This has resulted in the business moving into profit while maintaining an extraordinary growth rate. Jeff has also held senior positions at IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cambridge Technology Partners and Andersen Consulting.
CEO, SE Asia Chair of Asia Digital Leadership Team
Starcom Mediavest Group
In 1999, Jeffrey launched the Starcom brand in Asia and established its first office in Singapore. He currently works collaboratively with the leadership of all regional agencies, Digitas, Razorfish and ZeninthOptimedia to strengthen service offerings and clout. With more than a decade of his leadership, SMG agency brands became established entities in South East Asia (SEA) and consistently clinch the top three positions at major industry awards, Agency of the Year, Campaign Asia-Pacific and Marketing Magazine. Jeffrey has amassed industry recognitions including awards from his time as a Media Director at Leo Burnett Singapore to being the first Asian representative recognised with the prestigious Media Lions Award at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
Jesse has become an iconic figure in the Japanese music and street culture scene. With 9 albums released with RIZE and 2 albums with The BONEZ, Jesse launched Mash-up Multi Entertainment Project “Stand Up”. He has collaborated with GIRBAUD, Beats, Zippo, Hurley and other well-known global brands. Jesse was a TEDx official speaker in 2013
Jia Jian Ho is an entrepreneur, engineer and filmmaker. He co-founded Viddsee (www.viddsee.com), an online media company that curates and distributes the best short form content from Asia through a global multi-platform network. The vision of Viddsee is to grow the community of audience and create a wide and accessible market for short films in the region.
Jmerts Eddun is a Filipino interactive art director based in Singapore. He likes thinking of audience psychology on what they might think, react and experience. He always tries to add a twist to his works like making the audience feel like they're watching a film or reading a book that blows them away unexpectedly. He loves what he does because for him, the learning process never really ends. And When creator's block hits him, he goes out with his camera and tries to capture the art of reality. He's a multidisciplinary interactive art director and designer with an eye for his works and a heart for his experiences. You can check his work at www.behance.net/jmerts and www.afterfilms.com
John McLellan is head of the Commercial & Media and Entertainment Department at Haldanes. Qualified in Hong Kong, England, Wales and the Australian Capital Territories, John has acted for a wide range of industry-specific clients, including film studios, production companies, television channels, recording and publishing companies, movie stars and musical talents. John has been described by The Who’s Who of the Law as “One of Hong Kong’s leading entertainment lawyers”. Haldanes are a multiple winner of the Asian Legal Business “Entertainment Law Firm of the Year” Award. He is legal advisor to a number of industry bodies, and sits on the board of FilmAid Asia and Share Pacific Limited charities. He is a frequent speaker at international media conferences, including MIDEM, the Cannes International Film Festival and MIP.
Jong shin YOON is a Korean singer, songwriter, producer and television personality. YOON emerged into the music industry as a visiting artist singing “Empty Street” by O15B in 1990. Throughout his music career, Yoon has recorded several hit songs, to name a few, “Your Wedding Day”, “Reincarnation”, “Patbingsu”, “Drop Off”, “Annie”, “My Love Ugly” and “Instinctively” along with several others. YOON’s musical expertise as well as career spanning over 20 years has enabled him to work with several of Korea’s top recording artists such as Park Jung Hyun, Song Shi Gyung and Kim Youn Woo. YOON’s lyrics and melody greatly appeal to the Korean public. Since 2010 Yoon has been working on a project called, [Monthly Yoon Jong Shin], releasing a new digital single every month.
Malaysian Vlogger and Actor
Joseph Germani is a vlogger, comedian and an actor on the rise. A native of Kuala Lumpur, Joseph’s YouTube channel features videos about his day to day experiences as well as comedy sketches and music videos about youth life and culture. He was the lead actor of videos such as Ah Wing Malaysia's Number 1 Salesman, Chinese Songs in Real Life and the recent K-POP inspired music video Monchichi. He has collaborated with popular YouTubers in Malaysia, Singapore and United States and has a growing fan following.
Business Director & Chief Consultant
The most experienced professional consultant in the music industry in the Chinese speaking area of South East Asia and China, especially in licensing and marketing communication! Clients, partners and previous credits include Golden Melody Awards Forum, Dan Hodges Music LLC, Gracenote Inc, Go Shiina, Gameaster, hTC (Retail activation), MoveInPocket, mSpot (merged by Samsung Electronics), Mugwork Music Production, Rock Music Group, Rojo.tw, Samsung Electronics Korea (Music service group), The Big Issue Taiwan, TouchTunes, Warner Music Taiwan (Physical distribute), Wind Music International.
Vice President, International Advertising
Keith Hernandez leads revenue efforts and global expansion at BuzzFeed, focusing on Fortune 500 brands and top agencies. In 2013, he opened up sales operations in Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Latin America while also educating agencies on the BuzzFeed platform. A veteran of Microsoft, blip, Vevo and The Onion, Keith is passionate about blending creative strategy and custom content to give brands a great social voice. His sales start came at The Onion in 2005, where he sold local print advertising in NYC. Keith is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio) with a BA in creative writing. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Abbie.
Keith is one of the leaders of the digital scene in Singapore, working at the industry body, agency and startup levels. Keith chairs the IAB Singapore Innovation Committee and is part of the Ad:Tech ASEAN Advisory Board. He was the original founder of Qais, a leading independent digital agency in South East Asia, which was acquired by VML, part of the WPP Group. Keith also chairs Stanley Street Labs, a seed fund and incubator of startups looking to use digital technology to disrupt industries across Asia. Investments past and present have included Wego.com, DropMySite, DropMyEmail and Economy Watch.
Managing Director, APAC
Ken has deep experience in marketing & technology and is a regional thought leader around the increasing convergence of these two disciplines and their impact on businesses. His experience covers a wide array of industry verticals with extensive experience in Social, Mobile and almost every possible form of Digital Advertising. In his current role as Managing Director Asia Pacific, Ken is responsible for HootSuite’s regional growth strategy and rapid expansion in the region. Ken has also been very active in growing the digital ecosystem in Asia holding current and previous roles as Chairman Emeritus of the IAB, SE Asia, Founding Chairman IAB SE Asia, Founding Vice-Chairman of the MMA APAC, Board Council Member of Design Singapore under MICA and Chairman of Digital Advertising Alliance under the MDA.
Vice Chairman, Music Publishers Association of Japan
Sony Music Publishing (Japan) Inc
Ohtake’s career with Sony Music Group began in 1988 as the International Manager of Epic/Sony Records Japan UK branch working as an A&R representative. In 1995, he was named the General Manager of Sony Music Japan at the NY office followed by his position as President of Antinos Management America in LA. Ohtake joined Sony Music Publishing (Japan) Inc. as EVP in 2000 and has been appointed President since 2007. He is also Vice-Chairman of MPAJ and Director of JASRAC.
Ken Rutkowski is an ideation, innovation, and collaboration catalyst; the connective tissue between change agents; and a community architect for doers shaping our future. He does this across multiple channels, including his syndicated radio show ‘Business Rockstars’ that is the insider’s guide to the global business leaders; his weekly, METal (Media, Entertainment and Technology Alpha Leaders) events that showcase the smartest thinkers to the bravest innovators throughout the world; and his tireless strategising, networking and mentoring of strategic business partnerships remaking the digital economy.
Hong Kong based Kenney Shiu is Managing Director of peermusic (S.E.Asia) Ltd., the regional headquarters of the firm. Kenney joined peermusic in 2005 as the General Manager having previously worked for Ernst & Young as an auditor, Rock Music Publishing Hong Kong and Warner Music Hong Kong where he was Accounting Manager. Kenney served the Hong Kong music industry also as Council Member of Music Publishing Association Hong Kong (“MPAHK”) and Director of Asia Music Publisher Association (“AMPS”).
VP SE Asia
Kerry is an energetic research and analytics specialist with over 14 years' experience from both the UK and Asia. In her current position at comScore she is responsible for the commercial business throughout Southeast Asia. She has a wealth of commercial and functional experience in the media industry drawn from working client-side at one of the UK’s largest Media Owners, and agency-side at both Kantar and Nielsen. Her experience spans across traditional as well as digital media, with custom and syndicated solutions, in both mature and emerging markets.
Legal Director of Global Music
Kevin Montler is the Legal Director of Global Music at Google, working as the head lawyer for worldwide music licensing, product advising and legal strategy for music across all Google products. Kevin manages the global legal music team at Google. Kevin has earned a patent for helping to develop Google's model for world-wide content management and is also a member of the cross-functional leadership team for music strategy and business at Google. He is a native to Washington state, and received his Bachelors from Harvard College, his Masters from Trinity College, Dublin and his Juris Doctorate with honors from Harvard Law School
MD and VP, Singapore & Hong Kong
Kim Douglas has over 18 years experience in creative and media agencies, working for some of the top agencies in the world such as Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, Leo Burnett, Publicis and Mindshare as their Chief Strategy Officer. Kim joined SapientNitro as Managing Director of the London office and in 2012 moved to Singapore to run both the Singapore and Hong Kong offices. Kim is at the forefront of helping clients navigate and orchestrate their brand stories within the storyscape. Kim sits on the Singapore Government’s Infocomm Media Masterplan working committees and is a member of the IAB. Kim has been on the receiving end of many numerous creative awards, including Cannes, APG and D&AD throughout his career.
Kytami Music Inc
Kytami is one of the hottest rising stars in Western Canada. A violinist extremist who acts as a conduit between the disparate forces of classical and electronic music, bringing together fiddle perfection and hip-hop/dubstep forms, her distinct perspective has helped shape the North American West Coast scene for years, across all musical boundaries. She co-founded globe-fusion act Delhi 2 Dublin in 2006, co-writing them to international recognition before leaving in 2010 to focus on her solo career, which proved to be an inspired move. In 2013 alone, she took home "Live Act of the Year" at the Vancouver Island Music Awards, and her self-titled album won "Electronic/Dance Recording of the Year" at the Western Canadian Music Awards.
the AU review
Larry founded the independent online publication the AU review in 2008, which has steadily become one of the biggest and most popular music & arts publications in Australia, covering the industry both at home and around the world. In the five and a half years since its launch, the brand has expanded into film, lifestyle, food, travel and they recently launched their sister publication Hello Asia!, which focuses on Asian music and entertainment. Larry and the AU also run annual events promoting Australian music at home and in the USA and have published three books.
Dare Mighty Entertainment
Lee Trink is President of Dare Mighty Entertainment focusing on artist management as well as creating and executing media and theatrical properties. Trink’s roster includes Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker. Recently he released a tribute album for the King of Thailand and co-produced the Denzel Washington film Unstoppable. Trink was previously President of EMI’s Capitol/Virgin Records in North America breaking numerous artists including 30 seconds to mars and Katy Perry and worked directly with artists such as the Rolling Stones, Coldplay and Lenny Kravitz. Prior to his time at EMI, Trink was General Manager/Executive Vice President of Lava/Atlantic Records where he oversaw all aspects of the company’s operations.
Lim KIM is the lead vocalist of the group 'Togeworl'. Yoon Jong Shin and Lee Sung Chul, judges of the television audition program
Lisa has had a 20 year career in marketing, events and communications, commencing her career in healthcare marketing, where she led event teams creating, producing medical symposia and international congresses for industry leaders such as Bristol Myers Squibb, Glaxo Smith Kline and Wyeth Ayerst Pharmaceuticals. From there she entered into sports marketing leading teams creating and managing sponsor activations for some 5 Olympic Games, 2 Commonwealth Games and 1 Asian Games. Highlights include Director of Sponsor Services for the Asian Games, working with key brands such as Qatar Airways, Samsung, QNB and Tissot, Director of Sponsorship for the Delhi Commonwealth Games, working with Coca Cola, Indian Railways, Swiss Timing and Reebok, Producer of Samsung Electronics Events for Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and latterly she has led GMR Marketing who consult to P&G and Visa on their global sponsorship platforms of the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup.
Chief Operating Officer
Mandar Thakur is the Chief Operating Officer of Times Music, one of the most progressive music entertainment companies in the Indian sub-continent and a division of India’s largest diversified media group - Bennett Coleman & Co.Ltd./The Times of India Group. For the better part of the last decade, Mandar has been involved in the startup and senior management at Soundbuzz, then Asia/India’s first and largest Online/Mobile Music distribution company and was directly held responsibility for the India market for the group. Soundbuzz was acquired by Motorola in one of the earliest successful acquisitions of a digital music company by a global player.
Worldwide Head of WME Music
Marc Geiger is the head of William Morris Endeavor’s (WME) music department. Under his oversight, WME’s industry-leading music division booked over 22,000 live shows worldwide in 2010 and garnered 106 Grammy nominations in 2011. His diverse client roster includes artists such as David Byrne, The Flaming Lips, Jack White, Caifanes, Jane’s Addiction, Lady Gaga, Nine Inch Nails, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Pixies, Roger Waters, Ryuichi Sakamoto among many others. Geiger became one of the very first to plug the music industry into the Internet when he launched ARTISTdirect, which has since become a media juggernaut, housing a talent agency, two record labels, web commerce for major artists and one of the most popular music destinations on the Internet.
Vice President, Southeast Asia
Maria has over 13 years of market research experience with a wide variety of research and category know-how. She has been living in Singapore for almost 8 years and has an extensive background in researching consumers in Southeast Asia. Her focus at BrainJuicer leverages her past expertise (albeit system 2 with WPP companies!). She's feeling refreshed and excited to be looking at research through a different and more emotional lens!
Digital Data Exchange (DDEX)
Mark spent 18 years working for the MCPS-PRS Alliance (now PRS for Music), the UK music rights collecting society, in senior management positions. He is the lead consultant for Rightscom in the support of DDEX an organisation developing standard XML messages and supporting standards for the exchange of information for management of digital media content and rights with the current focus on the music industry. He has been the non-voting Chair of the Global Repertoire Database Working Group since 2010, which has been developing a global database as a single, comprehensive and authoritative representation of the global ownership and control of musical works.
Head of Marketing - Asia Pacific
Mark is responsible for bringing together all the marketing functions across Asia into one integrated team focused on growing brand awareness, advocacy and driving market leadership in share of revenue. He leads the company’s portfolio of 10 brands across 19 markets in Asia-Pacific and is the driving force of the Hilton HHonors loyalty program and developing partnerships, including the China Olympic Team and McLaren F1. His responsibility covers a portfolio of brands from the luxury of Waldorf Astoria and Conrad, to the iconic Hilton Hotels & Resorts, contemporary Doubletree by Hilton and the focused service Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton.
President, Asia Pacific
Based in New York, Mary Megan is responsible for peermusic’s US and worldwide business development and oversees the company's offices in Asia Pacific and Brazil. From 2011 to 2013, Mary Megan was the Managing Director of peermusic’s Buenos Aires office, representing both local and international writers in Argentina. Before joining peermusic in 2009, Mary Megan worked in investment banking, advising media and entertainment companies on their M&A and financial strategies at Piper Jaffrey and Jefferies. Mary Megan is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). She holds a BA with honors from Stanford University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Head of New Markets
Mathieu Molinero is Head of New Markets at Deezer and is responsible for launching, developing and managing countries with high potential partners, looking after Scandinavia, Central Eastern Europe, Russia and South East Asia. He is currently based at Deezer's headquarters in Paris, France. Deezer is a global music streaming service with presence in over 180 countries and a catalogue of over 30 million songs on all kinds of devices (smartphones, laptops/desktops, tablets, home speakers, car systems, smart TVs, Xbox) both on and offline, without the need for an Internet connection. Globally, we have 5 million paid subscribers and 12 million monthly active subscribers.
Chairman & CEO
Universal Music Group International
Max Hole is responsible for the operation of Universal Music’s 60 countries outside the US and International headquarters in London. He is a member of the senior executive board of Universal Music and leads its worldwide classical music business. Max serves on the IFPI board, the English National Opera and as a Trustee for the EMI Music Sound Foundation. Max has been closely involved with the careers of artists including Bon Jovi, Juanes, Enrique Iglesias, Daniel Barenboim, Girls’ Generation, Alejandro Sanz, Lionel Richie, Sting and Sa Dingding. He has also played a central role in bringing stars such as Taylor Swift, the Eagles, Queen and Avicii to Universal Music and securing the company’s partnership with global music TV smash “The Voice”.
MC HotDog (born Chung-Jen Yao in Taipei, Taiwan) is a Mandarin rap artists known for his use of explicit lyrics in his songs and is credited as the godfather of Chinese Hip-hop. In a predominantly idol worship Mandarin music market, MC HotDog stands out as many critics consider his music to present a gritty, realistic picture of life, which represents the true voice of the people. In 2001, his four mini-albums sold over 300,000 copies in Taiwan and estimated over 6,000,000 illegal pirated copies in mainland China.
Da Da Arts Promotion
Melisa is CEO of Da Da Arts Promotion, CEO of Rainbowbay Festival & Rockbandoh Festival, organising them annually and Manager of acts Mr. Mouth and Random. Melisa majored in Business Management and has been engaged in the music industry for twenty years as a concert promoter, having promoted Santana, Deep Purple, Air Supply, Sadao Watanabe, Tanya Tsai, Fong Fei Fei, Show Lo, A-Mei, Tracy Huang, as well as Royal Shakespeare Company, Opera like Turandot, Aida, Carmen, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Mischa Maisky, Accardo.
GroupM ESP Asia
Mike has been working in media & entertainment marketing since 1992 on both the client and agency side and across a huge variety of major international projects. 12 years in the UK and Europe saw him running major sponsorship programmes both as a client and sponsor, including the English Football League, the Rugby Football League, the Rugby World Cup, the British Basketball League, the UEFA Champions League and the World Rally Championships. In 2006 Mike was appointed CEO of GroupM’s content division in Asia Pacific, having built the APAC team to over 250 content specialists. He now has responsibility for the development of integrated content solutions for brands across the entire GroupM client portfolio.
Millie is responsible for the rollout and representation of the Australian music industry at key international music events including SXSW, The Great Escape, Canadian Music Week, MIDEM, CMJ, and Music Matters. She has been instrumental in the growth of Australian music worldwide, having overseen the marketing, networking and showcasing activity undertaken at more than 53 international events, across six countries since early 2009. In 2011, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA received the Inaugural Export Music Office Award at The Great Escape and in 2012 Millie was inducted into the Yearly Music Conference Awards (YMCA), Hall of Fame and placed #5 on the Australian Music Industry Directory’s (AMID) Power 50 list.
Mohamed Moutadayne is a co-founder and the CTO of LyricFind Inc. LyricFind is the leader in worldwide lyric licensing, providing licensing and lyrics content for over 3,000 publishers and 3 million tracks in 30 countries around the world. LyricFind is celebrating its 10 anniversary this year. Mohamed has experience working with multiple different content providers and publishers, working with various catalogs, data providers, and service providers to produce a high quality, aggregated solution. In addition to being the CTO and overlooking the development of LyricFind’s infrastructure, Mohamed also serves on the Board of Directors
Thousands of attendees rocked Digital & Music Matters in Singapore 20-24 May 2013, including almost 10,000 at the Music Matters Live with HP festival over three nights and over 2,500 participants at the YouTube FanFest with HP and Digital & Music Matters conferences. At the conference we had 140 speakers, over 120 journalists, 30+ sponsors, 80+ media and industry association partners from close to 400 companies from 30 countries. We also had 175 artists and students in attendance.
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