Speakers

Gerd Leonhard

Media Futurist, Keynote Speaker, Author, Blogger

gerd-leonhard-media-futuristThe WSJ calls Gerd ‘one of the leading Media Futurists in the World’. Gerd’s work focuses on the Future of Media, Content, Technology, Business, Marketing, Advertising, Branding, Communications and Culture; and he is considered a leading expert on  topics such as Social Media, Web 2.0, UGC and Peer Production, Social Networking, Copyright Trends, Convergence, Mobile Entertainment, and new Advertising and Branding Strategies.

Gerd is the Co-Author of ‘The Future of Music’ (2005), the Author of   ‘Music2.0’ and of ‘The End of Control’ (2009), and he blogs at www.mediafuturist.com.

Gerd’s  keynotes and speeches keep him very busy, with over 70 engagements in 22 countries during the past 3 years. His clients include Nokia, SonyBMG, RTL, ITV, the BBC, France Telecom / Orange, DDB, Omnicom, the European Commission, and many others. Gerd is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (London), and lives in Basel, Switzerland.

Jeremy silver

CEO Media Clarity and Deputy Chairman of Futurelab

jeremy6Jeremy Silver is a digital media thought-leader who has focussed on the music industry for the last fifteen years. He is acting-CEO of the Featured Artists Coalition. Previouslyhe was CEO of Sibelius Software which he led for five years and sold to Avid Technology two years ago. He also became responsible for Avid’s global education strategy across its audio and video divisions.

Previousy Silver was VP of New Media for the EMI Music Group between 1995 and 2000 in London and Los Angeles. Silver went on to run the ground- breaking, playlist sharing music service, Uplister Inc, based in San Francisco, funded by August Capital.

Silver also serves as Deputy Chairman of Futurelab – the education technology think tank chaired by Lord David Puttnam. Silver has presented talks and chaired panels on music and digital media at many conferences and seminars including Midem, the Great Escape, Musically and In The City. He also provides advisory services to a variety of clients through his Mediaclarity company.

His blog appears at  www.mediaclarity.com

Ron Berry

Ron Berry is Business Advisor for the Isle of Man.  The Isle of Man is already a key location for high-tech financial services and is continually developing its legal and technological infrastructure to meet the growing business demands of e-business operations.  Its location, telecommunications structure and low tax environment enable it to attract e-businesses from around the world.

The Isle of Man offers secure servers with industry standard telecommunications access to the Internet.  Comprehensive support services include complete website design, software, and hardware suppliers, e-business solutions providers and Internet payment gateway facilities, along with international tax and legal advice and company administration services.

Critically, the Isle of Man offers the space for businesses to set up their own operations on a small or large scale.  The Island has an excellent education system that is preparing pupils for technology-intensive businesses and has, as a result, very high numbers of computers in every school supported by a teaching staff that is computer literate.  Businesses are able to relocate key personnel to the Island if required and can access a pool of well-educated and computer-aware individuals.  This means that set-up and operating costs on the Island remain competitive in comparison to other island jurisdictions.

You can find us at www.gov.im/ebusiness