Jason is a composer, arranger, songwriter, trombonist, guitarist, producer and global educational programs and partnerships developer. Recordings he has performed on include; Dweezil Zappa's “Via Zammatá’, "Danilo Perez’s "The Panama Suite”; Stephen Webber's “Stylus Symphony;” Chris Opperman's “Chamber Music from Hell" and Fernando Huergo's "Possibility of Change". Jason has co-produced, written and performed on Phil Wilson's "From the Vault, Vol. 1" and DÚBH’s "Atom Bomb". As the assistant vice president for global initiatives at Berklee, Jason works with a range of creative and passionate people from educational, business and government entities; developing opportunities for skilled, talented and motivated performing artists to reach their career goals. Jason engages globally with top performing arts institutions, festivals, artists and students. Web: www.jasoncamelio.com
Dr. Adeyinka Adewale is a management scholar, international speaker and business coach. He holds a doctorate degree in Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour from the Henley Business School, United Kingdom. He is an award winning researcher, social innovator and community development expert who regularly designs and facilitates lectures as well as workshops for professionals, industry and government leaders on topical leadership and management issues around the world. His work in recent years has involved working with young people in the creative and tech industries around Africa in building sustainable businesses of the future. He is a published author and reviewer for top management journals and leading textbook publishers. He also serves on the board of fast growing start-ups in Africa across different industries.
Gael Hedding is a Grammy© and Latin Grammy© winning engineer, music producer and entrepreneur. He is the Executive Director at Berklee Abu Dhabi and a former faculty member at Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain, where he lectured and developed curriculum on the subjects of music production, sound recording techniques, mixing and live sound at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has also given master classes throughout Latin America at colleges like Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Universidad La Salle. He has worked on more than 50 albums and 500+ Live shows internationally, for artists such as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Mexican mariachi singers Aida Cuevas, Pepe Aguilar, jazz legends John McLaughlin and Caribbean Jazz project to name a few. Some of his corporate clients include Samsung, BBC, McDonalds, Universal Music and Warner. Hedding has created Sandia Sound Studio and Sandia Live, both ventures in Cancun, Mexico, devoted to music production in the studio and on stage. He is also a founding member and has served as Secretary of the CPI (Circle of Producers and Engineers) at the Latin Recording Academy, and actively serves as an advisor of foundations in Mexico and India devoted to the improvement of culture and the music industry.
Professor Ben Laker is a renowned scholar and educator tenured to Henley Business School. He informs the legislate agendas of civil servants and politicians, including members of Parliament and the House of Lords, and has briefed the HM Treasury, contributed to Parliamentary Select Committees, and addressed the Conservative Party Conference -- resulting in several hundred appearances on BBC, Bloomberg, CNN and Sky News broadcasts including Newsnight and World News. His research, which resides in leading academic journals including Human Resource Management, produces insights for executives frequently published by The Economist, Forbes, The Guardian, Harvard Business Review, McKinsey Quarterly, MIT Sloan Management Review, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
With her captivating multi-octave voice and persuasive cross-cultural message, vocalist and songwriter MAYSSA KARAA defines a new era of musical inclusion. Her songs tell of a journey connecting her origins in the ancient land of Lebanon to her adopted home of Los Angeles, California. Cinema audiences might identify the classically trained singer’s voice from the hit film American Hustle, where her Arabic version of the Sixties classic “White Rabbit” was a standout track on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack album; She's also recently had a song (featured in one of the biggest movies in India) produced by Oscar winner Indian megastar AR Rahman which has rapidly climbed up the charts in various countries and hit No. 1 on Apple Music India. MAYSSA recently launched her full-length English solo debut album “SIMPLE CURE” with a celebration at the historic “Capitol studios” in Hollywood. The songs range from piano based simplicity to epic electronic orchestration with a unique blend of American pop and middle eastern influences. Television audiences might recognize her from the popular PBS Special, “Enrico Caruso: His Life, His Music, His Cities” featuring Placido Domingo in Naples, Italy. International families might identify her as the ambassador of Sesame Street (Middle East edition: “Iftah Ya Simsim”) through “The Arabic Alphabet Song” that generated over 30M YouTube views so far. MAYSSA has recently been appointed Artistic Director at Berklee College of Music’s new campus in Abu Dhabi. Berklee is known as the world’s pre-eminent institute of contemporary music, dance and theater. Prominent alumni include legendary music producer Quincy Jones, John Mayer, Charlie Puth, virtuoso guitarist Steve Vai, and jazz pianist Diana Krall, composer Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones) among many more. She said: "Since graduating from Berklee I’ve felt the urge to find a way to give talented artists from the region I grew up in to access the Berklee experience. We’re now making it a reality and I’m delighted as I feel like I’m bringing my musical home of Berklee to my home in the Middle East ". MAYSSA has also been appointed “musical and creative lead” of the Dubai Expo 2020 all female “Firdaus orchestra” initiative under the patronage of AR Rahman. Melding Arabic influences into Western music is MAYSSA’s forte: notable recordings in her catalog include a version of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” accompanied by the band’s Scott Page, to which both Roger Waters and David Gilmour granted their blessings. With music as her passport, she says that it was never an intention to go to the United States and live inside of a bubble. “I came here to expand, to tell others about my culture and learn about theirs.”
Ray Seol joined Berklee after many years of working in the Hollywood film production and finance industry. As an award-winning jazz bassist and avid researcher, his work is to expand the idea of music performance as an innovative process to advance and accelerate human development, which may increase the condition of our lives. As a result, one of the recording projects he participated in was nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards. He earned his bachelor's degree in jazz studies from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, a Master of Music in music technology from New York University, and a Master of Arts in arts administration from Columbia University. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at Northeastern University. Web: http://www.soulraymedia.com
Betsie Becker has been devoted to bringing enriching artistic expressions to audiences for nearly 20 years. Her passion for developing performing arts programs and supporting artists has been seen from Abu Dhabi to South Africa, Spain to Mexico, in India, Japan, China, Germany, and of course, across the United States. In her current role as Assistant Vice President for Global Program Development at Berklee, she is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership in global program development, including shaping the vision, execution, and operations of current and future programs, and educational activities that Berklee is engaged in across the globe. In her previous role as Managing Director of Global K-12 Programs at The Juilliard School, she oversaw the development of a comprehensive K-12 performing arts curricula, associated teacher professional development training, and robust visiting artist and summer intensive programs, as well as the innovative, multi-faceted collaboration between Juilliard and Nord Anglia Education. Before joining Juilliard as a Managing Director, Betsie worked at Carnegie Hall as a founding administrator for Ensemble Connect, a two-year fellowship program between Carnegie Hall and Juilliard. This initiative featured elite young performers who were passionate about integrating education, community engagement, and advocacy into their careers. Whether through dance, drama, or various genres of music, Betsie has been a proactive leader with a phenomenal track record of success. Her management experience encompasses operations, cross-functional communication expertise, and specialized administrative knowledge. Betsie has previously served as Arts Administrator for the Aspen Opera Theatre Center with the Aspen Music Festival and School, and was Executive Director of Decoda, the New York City-based chamber ensemble. She has presented sessions at a variety of conferences, including IB Global Conference, APAP|NYC, and SXSWedu.
Currently the International Career Center Coordinator at Berklee Valencia, McKinley programs and produces events and opportunities for the career development of composition, production, engineering, performance, and music business students. She additionally serves as the Lead Artist in Residence of Music Production and Technology for Berklee's 'Inspired by Berklee' program for which she designs and teaches music production programs for K-12 students around the world. With a BM in Music Education and an MM in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation, McKinley has married her acoustic roots with her classical education and technological tools to create her unique artistic voice. As an active artist, McKinley is currently producing a string of singles that tell stories of her life in Spain. In her day to day life, McKinley can be found teaching Ableton lessons, designing music education curricula, advising artists, making music, or all of the above.
He is a director of artist and producer management company Stephen Budd Music Ltd, the OneFest Festival, of Damon Albarn's Africa Express project and is the co-founder of the NH7 Weekender festivals in India and the DMZ Peace Train Festival in Korea. He is a recognised TV commentator on music industry issues, regularly appearing on a variety of British TV news shows. He is a co-executive producer of Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds' ‘Give A Home’ global concert series and created WarChild’s “Passport Back To The Bars" concert series and in 2021 The Music Venues Trust "Passport Back To Our Roots" concert series to raise money for Covid-19 endangered live music venues. In June 2017 he completed his 3-year term as co-chairman of the MMF (Music Managers Forum), the trade body for artist managers. He is a fanatical vinyl collector and for fun, he DJ’s African music of the 1970’s on WordWide.FM radio as well as at festivals and clubs across the world. A longer history with links is on Wikipedia and a short documentary about his career here.
His first career as a controversial stand-up comedian saw him appointed as a 46664 Ambassador for the Mandela Foundation, and perform at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Modern Art Museum and the Tempodrome, Berlin. John’s gravitation to the taboos that frame prejudice has won him a following of diverse fans who recognize his comedy as valid social commentary. His work on freedom of speech saw him collaborate with noted media law expert Dario Milo to prepare submissions for Parliament to amend the proposed Hate Speech Bill. These submissions were successful. He currently owns OGO Productions – a company that builds measurable branded media platforms that combine live performance and digital reach to amplify strategy. Vlismas was awarded an MBA scholarship at Henley Business School in 2017. His involvement there has seen him co-design and facilitate course material with Dr Puleng Makhoalibe. He led the Marketing at Henley Business school Africa through a restructuring during the pandemic and has recently returned full time to OGO. Described by those who attend his talks and learning sessions as a disruptive thinker who is able to articulate complex concepts in an accessible, entertaining way, John is a insitinctive provocateur – urging audiences to reframe their realities using robust dialogue. John’s talk, “I think, therefore i4” in Munich at the Global Masterclass, 2019 is being considered for TEDx Hamburg. His message is that we could enhance our humanity by integrating with machines – sbut must ensure we are amplifying the very best aspects of our species.
Barry van Zyl is a world-renowned musician with over 30 years experience in the creative sector, from performance and production to executive education, strategy and business development. Having toured the world for 21 years with South Africa’s most famous export, Johnny Clegg, and while working with artists like Annie Lennox, Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel and Die Antwoord, Barry completed an MBA at Henley Business School and is now focused on the business of music, creativity and culture. Since 2018 Barry has been growing new business for Henley Business School, starting in Nigeria and then in other areas of west and east Africa, with the aim of ‘building the people, that build the businesses that build Africa’. Most recently this mandate has expanded to Trinidad & Tobago in the Caribbean. As the Chair of the Henley Africa Alumni community, Barry is leveraging Henley’s network of 80,000 alumni to build the brand in new territories, develop the offer in existing markets, and create innovative new revenue streams. Through his work with Henley Denmark, Barry is partnering with institutions like the Foundation for International Management Education (IME), and developing exciting projects that bring together African creativity and entrepreneurship, the future of leadership, Nordic design, and Danish culture. In addition to his Henley work, Barry embraces his passion for the marriage of the creative sector and executive leadership by designing and delivering corporate leadership programmes in creativity and innovation, entrepreneurship, and the business of rhythm. His clients include major South African companies in financial and professional services, energy, travel and education. Despite his immense success in the creative industry, Barry’s most important job is being a role model to his teenage daughter.