Matthew Cockerill Co-founder, ckbk  A sourdough-fermenting, wasabi-growing culinary adventurer, Matt began his career in academic publishing. As co-founder of BioMed Central, he helped to transform the 350-year old science publishing industry by pioneering a new open access business model which embraced and leveraged digital economics. He is now taking a similar approach to bringing the world of cookbooks into the 21st century, as co-founder of digital subscription service ckbk.

Matthew Cockerill
Co-founder, ckbk

A sourdough-fermenting, wasabi-growing culinary adventurer, Matt began his career in academic publishing. As co-founder of BioMed Central, he helped to transform the 350-year old science publishing industry by pioneering a new open access business model which embraced and leveraged digital economics. He is now taking a similar approach to bringing the world of cookbooks into the 21st century, as co-founder of digital subscription service ckbk.

 Martin Nielsen Co-founder and CEO, Mdundo  Martin Nielsen is the co-founder and CEO of Mdundo. He moved to Kenya in 2012 as Entrepreneur in Residence for 88mph, an African investment fund with focus on early stage tech startups in Kenya. Mdundo has the past 3 years grown to one of Africa’s leading music services with more than 2,500,000 active users every month primarily from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria. The company works with 40,000 musicians across Africa and has signed a licensing deal with Warner Music Group. The aim is to provide music lovers easy and affordable access to music.

Martin Nielsen
Co-founder and CEO, Mdundo

Martin Nielsen is the co-founder and CEO of Mdundo. He moved to Kenya in 2012 as Entrepreneur in Residence for 88mph, an African investment fund with focus on early stage tech startups in Kenya. Mdundo has the past 3 years grown to one of Africa’s leading music services with more than 2,500,000 active users every month primarily from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria. The company works with 40,000 musicians across Africa and has signed a licensing deal with Warner Music Group. The aim is to provide music lovers easy and affordable access to music.

 Eddy Maroun Co-founder, Anghami  Eddy is the co-founder of Anghami – the leading music streaming service in the Middle East.  In late 2012, seizing the opportunity of a lack of proper digital music service, Eddy and his partner Elie Habib launched Anghami (meaning My Tunes in Arabic).  Since then, Anghami has reached over 50 million users, streams close to 30 million licensed Arabic & English tracks and is integrated with more than 20 mobile operators.  At Anghami, Eddy handles the business development and strategic partnerships among music labels, telcos, advertisers and media.

Eddy Maroun
Co-founder, Anghami

Eddy is the co-founder of Anghami – the leading music streaming service in the Middle East.

In late 2012, seizing the opportunity of a lack of proper digital music service, Eddy and his partner Elie Habib launched Anghami (meaning My Tunes in Arabic).

Since then, Anghami has reached over 50 million users, streams close to 30 million licensed Arabic & English tracks and is integrated with more than 20 mobile operators.

At Anghami, Eddy handles the business development and strategic partnerships among music labels, telcos, advertisers and media.

 Konstantin Sidorkov Director of Partnership Marketing, VKontakte  Konstantin Sidorkov has started his career at 12, when he founded Radio Premium. Later, during his work as internet marketer for Radio NRJ, the station managed to become a top 3 media organization in terms of the number of followers and audience involvement. At 19, Konstantin began his career at VK as a special projects manager and later began heading the Partner Relations Department. During his time at VK, the Partner Relations Marketing team has successfully organized a huge number of projects working with celebrities, media, bloggers and movies, with his projects spanning the realms of culture, fashion, sports, eSports, and charity.

Konstantin Sidorkov
Director of Partnership Marketing, VKontakte

Konstantin Sidorkov has started his career at 12, when he founded Radio Premium. Later, during his work as internet marketer for Radio NRJ, the station managed to become a top 3 media organization in terms of the number of followers and audience involvement. At 19, Konstantin began his career at VK as a special projects manager and later began heading the Partner Relations Department. During his time at VK, the Partner Relations Marketing team has successfully organized a huge number of projects working with celebrities, media, bloggers and movies, with his projects spanning the realms of culture, fashion, sports, eSports, and charity.


 Turo Pekari,  Senior advisor, Innovation and Discovery, Teosto/Teosto Futures Lab  Turo is an innovation specialist known for co-creating Teosto Futures Lab innovation platform for Teosto. Established in 2016, Teosto Futures Lab has been in the forefront changing the way how music rights management organisations work. His experience includes a wide range of music & tech related work including launching a blockchain platform for music copyright organisations, leading a Nordic R&D initiative to build a future model for collective management, experimenting future service concepts to music festivals with affective technologies and developing a EU-funded tech-enabled music education concept. Turo is an expert in open innovation, future technologies, startup advisory, innovation policy and funding mechanisms added with a deep research background and 10 years music industry experience.  Turo is a regular speaker in music and tech events like MusicBiz, Slush Music, Sonar+D, C/O Pop, Eurosonic, Primavera Pro, Wallifornia Music Tech & BIME. Teosto is the society of musical authors and publishers in Finland.

Turo Pekari,
Senior advisor, Innovation and Discovery, Teosto/Teosto Futures Lab

Turo is an innovation specialist known for co-creating Teosto Futures Lab innovation platform for Teosto. Established in 2016, Teosto Futures Lab has been in the forefront changing the way how music rights management organisations work. His experience includes a wide range of music & tech related work including launching a blockchain platform for music copyright organisations, leading a Nordic R&D initiative to build a future model for collective management, experimenting future service concepts to music festivals with affective technologies and developing a EU-funded tech-enabled music education concept. Turo is an expert in open innovation, future technologies, startup advisory, innovation policy and funding mechanisms added with a deep research background and 10 years music industry experience.

Turo is a regular speaker in music and tech events like MusicBiz, Slush Music, Sonar+D, C/O Pop, Eurosonic, Primavera Pro, Wallifornia Music Tech & BIME. Teosto is the society of musical authors and publishers in Finland.