Faculty and Staff
Vice President, Innovation and Strategy
Panos A. Panay '94 is the founding managing director of Berklee's Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) as well as a passionate entrepreneur and active startup mentor in the creative media space. As founder of Sonicbids, Panay succesfully created a platform for musicians to promote themselves more effectively.
He is also cofounder of the Open Music Initiative, which aims to streamline rights management data ensuring proper compensation for rights owners and creators. In recognition of his ability to bring innovation to Berklee and promote the creative entrepreneurs mindset in students, Panay was recently promoted to vice president of Innovation and Strategy at Berklee.
Director of Operations and Programming
Nicole d'Avis is the director of operations and programming at Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship. Previously, d'Avis worked for more than 10 years supporting young artists and youth of color in Boston, with Sociedad Latina at the grassroots level, and on a global scale with the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network at the Museum of Science.
Allen Bargfrede is an entertainment and technology attorney and a director of music business studies at Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain. He has experience advising music artists, record labels, managers, publishers, and producers as well as content distribution and technology companies. Bargfrede is founder and executive director of Berklee's Rethink Music Initiative and cofounder of Dot Blockchain Music.
In his role as partner and executive design director at the global design and innovation consultancy IDEO, Michael Hendrix has worked on everything from home goods to homeland security. A natural trailblazer and collaborator, he has founded several design programs and businesses. Most recently he cofounded the Open Music Initiative with the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) to simplify how music rights owners are identified and compensated.
Throughout his career as an award-winning graphic designer, he’s also nurtured his passion for music, producing records and recording as dream pop artist R.M.Hendrix. He now is able to bring his love for music and design together as a co-instructor with BerkleeICE's Startup Lab and Creative Entrepreneur's Mindset courses.
George Howard is an associate professor of music business/management at Berklee College of Music and Brown University and the founder of GHS, a strategic consulting firm which advises a wide range of clients on how to integrate technology with strategy in order to increase brand awareness and revenue through innovation, social media, digital platforms, and strategic partnerships. A partial list of clients includes: Intel, National Public Radio, CVS Pharmacy, and Alticor/Amway.
Additionally, Howard is the co-founder of Music Audience Exchange, which uses technology to redefine the fundamental structure of brand-artist relationships. He is the former president of Rykodisc, the world’s largest independent record label, and cofounder of TuneCore, the world’s largest independent digital music distributor. Howard is a columnist for Forbes and a frequent contributor to the New York Times and numerous other publications.
Aithan Shapira speaks at global venues and advises senior executives and boards of Fortune 500 tech, financial, aviation, healthcare, and energy companies on creative leadership strategies in uncertain times and how to "lead by seeing and listening differently." His research on how the arts can transform organizations and leadership has guided initiatives, entertainment experiences, curricula, products, and corporate cultures.
Ken Zolot leads Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Founder's Journey seminar for aspiring entrepreneurs in the freshman class. He guides scientists and engineers who want to transform inventions into startups. His teaching and mentoring have led to numerous MIT-spawned companies, and he has held full-time founding roles in several startups.
Paloma Menendez is an eighth-semester student at Berklee College of Music double majoring in music business/management and vocal performance. Her focus recently has been to further expand her musical knowledge/technique while exploring a great variety of genres and returning to her latin musical roots. In the coming years, she hopes to become more involved in the fields of artist management and marketing.
Roopam Garg is a student employee for BerkleeICE focusing on online marketing. Garg is also the founder and guitarist for the experimental metal band the Surrealist. His passion for innovation, music, and entrepreneurship fuels his vision for an exciting future.
Young Min Lee
Young Min Lee is a second-semester student at Berklee College of Music majoring in music business/management. She is currently taking her first step into the music industry, exploring the inner workings of the business. She is passionate about creating the best environment for artists to fully express themselves.
Serin Oh is a sixth-semester student majoring in music business/management. She is a marketing intern at NV Concepts and founder of the Asian American in Music and Entertainment Club at Berklee. As an innovative vocalist, she strives to create a path to inspire musicians to think outside of the box.