Gerd Leonhard - Music & Media Futurist, CEO Sonific.com

Gerd lectures and presents extensively at tradeshows, conferences, think-tanks and leading events around the globe.

During the .com ‘fat years’, Gerd was the Founder / President / CEO of LicenseMusic.com, Inc. in SF, an influential start-up that revolutionised the process of music licensing and B2B transactions for labels and publishers. Gerd also is the Founder and CEO of ThinkAndLink (TAL), a strategic advisory agency based in Basel / Switzerland and San Francisco, where he often collaborates with AllAccessGroup CEO Kelli Richards. TAL connects people, ideas, companies, and resources in the converging sectors of entertainment and technology, and works with many cutting-edge start-ups and new ventures in the entertainment and technology industries worldwide.

In the 90s, Gerd served as the Executive Producer of the pan-European talent event EuroPopDays and as Expert Advisor on the Cultural Industries to the European Commission in Brussels (1993-1996). In the 80s Gerd graduated with a diploma in Jazz Performance (Guitar) from Boston’s Berklee College of Music (1987), and won the college’s highly acclaimed Quincy Jones Jazz Masters Award. His performance credits include touring internationally, including opening engagements for major acts such as Miles Davis.