midem in cannes 2019

Confirmed Speakers

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Tamás Szucs, Director for Culture and Creativity, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission (Belgium)

Tamas Szucs is the Director for Culture and Creativity in DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture.

Prior to that he was the Head of Representation of the European Commission in Hungary, Director for Strategy in DG COMM, and Head of Cabinet for two Commissioners in the Prodi and Barroso Commissions.

As a diplomat he was the coordinator of Hungary’s Accession Negotiations and its first "Antici" official. He is the author and editor of several books and specialist publications on European integration. He studied law, political science and aesthetics in Budapest and Oxford.

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Laura Hildebrandt, Head of Global Outreach and Engagement, UN SDG Action Campaign (germany)

Laura Hildebrandt is Head of Global Outreach and Engagement for the UN SDG Action Campaign. She leads the Campaign’s core mobilization initiatives: the Global Day to Act 4 SDGs, the UN SDG Action Awards and the MYWorld survey.

For more than a decade at UNDP she has supported public engagement in UN policy making, managing global online consultations on environmental sustainability in the Post-2015 process and the Rio Dialogues and leading UNDP expert networks focused on issues of sustainable development, environment, and gender. Prior to this she worked at UN-DESA Partnerships for Sustainable Development and she served for several years as project manager of the Sustainable Cities Initiative and other roles with the Government of Canada.

She holds a Masters in International Affairs (Economics and Political Development) from Columbia University in New York and a Master’s in Political Science from McMaster University, Canada.


Paul Zilk, CEO, Reed MIDEM (France)

Paul Zilk has been Chief Executive of Reed MIDEM since 2003. Under his tenure, the company’s portfolio has expanded in Europe, Asia, and North and Latin America, and has diversified into new sectors. The group’s brands, as well as client focus, have been reinforced.

Before joining Reed MIDEM in 2001, Paul managed international affairs for America’s National Basketball Association (NBA), and held the posts in marketing and management at Nestlé and other companies. He is a graduate of Harvard College (AB) and Harvard Business School (MBA), and was named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2009. A US citizen, he has lived and worked in Europe for more than 30 years.



Linzi Goldthorpe is a Senior Communications Executive at IFPI, where she is responsible for helping to deliver strategic communications campaigns that promote the interests of the international recording industry worldwide.  

Linzi has over ten years’ experience working in communications and prior to her role at IFPI managed communications across a range of sectors including legal and finance.  

IFPI represents the interests of its 1,300 record company members across the globe. In 2015, IFPI worked with Music Canada to launch ‘The Mastering of a Music City’, a global report setting out how cities can take simple steps to help develop their music economies. Since then, IFPI has worked with its national groups around the world to promote the benefits of music cities.

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Bonnie Dalton is the General Manager of the brand new Victorian Music Development Office, where she will be responsible for working with artists and the businesses that support them, to foster sustainable music industry careers and partnering with music organisations and businesses.

Prior to the VMDO, Bonnie worked predominantly as an artist manager but also across events, production, and programming. A recipient of the Lighthouse Award for management, she has previously worked with Little Red, The Vasco Era and more recently Ali Barter and Oscar Dawson.

She was the producer of the Melbourne St Jerome’s Laneway Festival for ten years, worked in senior management at Falls Festival and has programmed line-ups at a range of festivals and events from Low Light, Queenscliff to Melbourne’s House of Vans.


Didier Gosset, Communication and Membership Manager, IMPALA (BELGIUM)

Didier is the Communication and Membership Manager of IMPALA, the European association of independent record labels, based in Brussels. IMPALA’s mission is to grow the independent music sector, return more value to artists, promote cultural diversity and entrepreneurship, improve political access and modernise perceptions of the music sector.

An avid fan of music, Didier also runs Black Basset Records – a record label born out of the desire to put a spotlight on aesthetics with no media attention – and is a board member of the Rockerill concert venue in his hometown of Charleroi.



Nicole (Nik) Ives-Allison is the Executive Director of the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC) where she works to help make Ottawa one of the best places to be a musician, work in music or be a music fan in Canada.

Dr Ives-Allison was the co-founder of the first international social enterprise record label, Matchless Minds, headquartered in Belfast, Northern Ireland which ran from 2010-2013 after which she completed her PhD in International Relations (Terrorism Studies) at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Both the research skills and business development experience gained outside the industry have helped OMIC through its recent period of growth as it works to realise the vision laid out in the Ottawa Music Strategy adopted by the City of Ottawa in April 2018.


Jeremy Goddard, Artistic Director, UN SDG Global Festival of Action (Germany)

Artistic Director for the UN SDG Global Festival of Action for the past two years, Jeremy has brought together the international community of changemakers, the UN and the music industry.

A professional musician with a passion for sustainable development, Jeremy has lived outside his native England for 20 years and has played and promoted hundreds of shows to international audiences in New York, Rio de Janeiro and Europe.

Jeremy has witnessed first hand the challenges of nightlife-driven development in urban areas with particular focus on the East Village in New York where he lived and held residencies for over a decade and formed Electro Pop Tribe “Legion of Many” to champion freedom of expression, partly in reaction to the ‘Cabaret License’ that restricted public dancing. While living in Rio de Janeiro Jeremy held residencies in Lapa, the major hub for live music and organised events for the Rio 2016 Olympics.



John A. McKenna is a public affairs specialist in the mass media communications and international nonprofit space. He is founder of KENNASCOPE, a consulting company operating at the intersection of content creation and social impact, launching MusicUnits which introduces, develops and promotes music therapy programming.

Recently appointed Executive Director of Operation Respect, he leads innovative efforts to advance social-emotional learning, peace-building and conflict-resolution through creative forms of expression, including music. In such capacity he has engaged the students of Parkland, Florida in the wake of mass violence with presentations and musical performances at the United States Institute of Peace and the Kennedy Space Center.

For ten years he served the Independent Film & Television Alliance and the National Association of Television Program Executives, partnering with the major media markets, festivals and conferences around the world. Adviser for UN PeaceDay365, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma and Sanctuary of Hope, he actively supports orphanage services in the border region of Mexico. A graduate of UCLA, he was a member of the Political Science Honor Society and reported on world affairs for the Daily Bruin.


Audrey Guerre, Coordinator, Live DMA (France)

Audrey Guerre is the Coordinator of Live DMA, the European network for music venues and festivals. Her experience in studying, job opportunities and personal beliefs led her to specialise in European cooperation and live music.

She now provides Live DMA members with political monitoring, tools and opportunities to meet & exchange best practices. She also represents their interests to European institutions and partners.

She is also a board member of Trempolino, a French music venue providing emerging artists support based in Nantes, and is a board member of the European Music Council.


JORDI PUY, CSO and co-founder, SOUND DIPLOMACY & ceo, unison (SPAIN)

Jordi Puy has more than twenty years of experience in arts and music management. He holds a degree in Law from Barcelona University, IP studies at Stockholm University and Arts Management courses at Birkbeck University. Jordi lived in London for over seven years, where he directed the Catalan! Arts export office for the UK and Ireland, working on the creation and implementation of music and arts export strategies for the Catalan government.

In 2013 he joined forces with his business partner Shain Shapiro to create Sound Diplomacy. Sound Diplomacy is the leader of the Music Cities movement, which sees culture built into the urban environment through policy. Sound Diplomacy helps governments develop healthy music ecosystems to create vibrant and exciting communities.

As Sound Diplomacy’s CSO, Jordi has co-directed the creation of Unison, a new model of rights management based on the principles of efficiency and transparency through technology.


Thomas De Pariente, Deputy of Culture, City of Cannes (France)

Started his career as an economist.
Specialised in media analysis.
Today general manager of a start-up leader of sport-tech.
Deputy Mayor of Cannes since 2014 in charge of culture and youth.