María Iturriaga, executive director, Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain, and Panos Panay, founding managing director, Berklee Institute of Creative Entrepreneurship, will host the alumni dinner in London.
María Martínez Iturriaga
Executive Director, Berklee College of Music Valencia, Spain
Iturriaga joined Berklee in 2008 and was at the forefront of establishing the Valencia campus, as Berklee’s first appointment in Spain, for the creation of the college’s first international campus.
During her time at Berklee, she has also led the Enrollment Department as dean of admissions, created and developed the International Career Center, an innovative area of the college that provides career guidance and support to launch the global careers of Berklee’s master’s degree students. Today, 90 percent of the Valencia master's degree graduates are active in the music industry, and the campus has welcomed more than 1,000 students from more than 50 different countries.
Founding Managing Director, Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship
Panos is the Founding Managing Director of Berklee ICE (Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship) as well as a passionate entrepreneur and active startup mentor in the creative media space. As the founder of Sonicbids, he created the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online, building a subscriber network of 550,000 bands and 35,000 promoters from over 100 countries. He led the company as CEO for 13 years, from its inception until after its successful acquisition by Backstage LLC, in a deal backed by Guggenheim Partners.
Panos is widely credited for spotting and capitalizing early on three distinct emerging trends in the music business over the last decade: the shift to a primarily online means of marketing; the emergence of an “artistic middle class”; and the shift from a record-label funded industry to a consumer brand-funded music business.