Global Rock Summit speakers

Allison Hagendorf

(Former Head of Rock, Spotify & Host/Executive Producer, Spotify Original Series)

Bex Majors

Booking Agent, Sound Talent Group

Charley Londoño

Counsel Plus, Co.

Chris Foitle

Head of A&R, Epitaph Records

David "Beno" Benveniste

Founder & CEO, Velvet Hammer Music & Management Group (Alice In Chains, Deftones, Korn, System Of A Down & More)

Frank Helmink

Director, Buma ROCKS! (The Netherlands)

Garrett Capone

VP of Promotion & GM Rock Music, Crush Music

Gary Spivack

Executive Sr. VP / Talent & Curation, Danny Wimmer Presents

Georgette Bivins

Sr. Business Affairs Manager, FCB NY

Greg Sowders

Sr. Vice President A&R, Warner Chappell Music

Jan Šorm

Chairman of APRKA (Czech Republic)

Jason Miller

CEO, Eventim Live Asia

Jens Lundberg

Founder, Blue Lemon Management (Sweden)

Jobst Neerman

Managing Director, RBK Fusion (Germany)

Joel Mark

Executive Manager, YMU

Keith Cunningham

Program Director, 95/5 KLOS Meruelo Media, Los Angeles

Ken Anthony

Rock Editor,

Kenny "Tick" Salcido

Sr. VP/Head of A&R, Red Bull Records

Laura Catana

Head of Artist Relations, IndieFlow

Lisa Worden

Vice President Rock & Alternative, Program Director ALT 98.7 - LA's New Alternative, iHeartMedia National Programming Group

Mark Sutherland

Music & Media Journalist (U.K.)

Martijn Swier

Founder, Endless Music (The Netherlands)

Matt Pinfield

Host "New & Approved" KLOS, Los Angeles / Westwood One & Benztown Radio Networks Syndicated Host

Matthew Reich

Co-Founder, Artist For Artist

Michael Faley

President, Metal Blade Records

Riku Pääkkönen

Owner & Founder, Ranka Kustannus

Ritch Esra

Publisher, The Music Registry

Rob McDermott

President & Founder, Mad Mac Entertainment

Salman U. Syed

Founder, Infinite Dreams / Bangalore Open Air Festival (India)

Sat Bisla

President & Founder, A&R Worldwide / Global Rock Summit

Sean Heydorn

Vice President, Rise Records

Shannon O'Shea

Artist & Producer Manager, Creative Consultant, SOS Management

Tej Brar

Founder & Managing Director of Third Culture Ent't (India)

Thomas Scherer

President, Repertoire & Marketing, Los Angeles & New York, BMG

Toby Wright

Award Winning Producer (Alice In Chains, KISS, Korn, Ozzy Osbourne, Primus & More)

Tommy Nast

Sr. Programming Director/Music Strategies, Trafalgar Releasing



Founder, Infinite Dreams / Bangalore Open Air Festival (India)

Salman U. Syed started his career at the age of 17 as a promoter, with 14 years of experience in the International Music business, he has been instrumental in keeping the Live Music scene alive in India. He has organized and produced shows/tours for a lot of Indian and international bands who have toured India. He also managed quite a few prominent Indian Rock/Metal acts. Most notably Kryptos, one of India's biggest heavy metal exports. He also managed India's oldest Metal Band Millennium.

He founded Bangalore Open Air, which is today India's Biggest Heavy Metal/Rock Music festival in 2012. Salman is also the Wacken Open Air festival representative in India, Nepal, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka. He is also the promoter for the Wacken Metal Battle in the Indian Subcontinent.

He founded INFINITE DREAMS ENTERTAINMENT, a live entertainment and event management company.

He founded Rock N Roll Originals in 2020. Today, Rock N Roll Originals features over 200+ International artists. Rock N Roll Originals is India's Only Licensed Music Merchandise Store.

In 2021 Salman secured a full grant from Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, IFA) is Germany's oldest intermediary organization for international cultural relations, he was selected along with 125 highly committed fellowship holders from 47 countries out of nearly 3000 applications, each with a very special and interesting background to work with a German Organization.

Salman has also worked with a lot of foreign offices in India on culture exchange programmes. Notably, The Embassy of Israel, The Embassy of Norway, The Embassy of Germany and is currently working with the Embassy of the United States of America for a project on Women's Empowerment in the field of music called "Let Women Do The Talking"

Salman has travelled the globe as a speaker in various music conferences, mostly talking about the live entertainment Industry.