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Philipp Grefer

WISE

Philipp is CEO of WISE - The Future Festival & Think Tank, which he founded in 2018 in Beijing and has taken to five cities in China and Germany in 2021. The 5th edition of WISE will take place in Berlin and other cities on May 19/20, 2022. Philipp is CEO of WISE - The Future Festival & Think Tank, which he founded in 2018 in Beijing and has taken to five cities in China and Germany in 2021. He has more than 20 years of experience in the music & events business in various roles, 11 of which he lived in China, where he co-founded 360-degree music agency FakeMusicMedia in 2009. He brought over 200 artists to China / Asia (e.g. Hot Chip, Royksopp, Die Toten Hosen), and has taken Chinese Rockstars Nova Heart around the world. Currently he is appointed by Initiative Musik to curate the program for the German Haus at SXSW 2022. He recently completed a fact finding mission about Mexico´s music industry on behalf of the European Commission as well as a short documentary about Berlin´s creative scene commissioned by the German Embassy in Beijing. He is author of the China Music Industry Report, worked at the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai and curated programs for festivals including Reeperbahn Festival and Most Wanted: Music, Berlin. Philipp consults artists, companies and government organizations on the Chinese / Asian markets. He has worked as a journalist for Germany´s biggest broadcaster WDR, the German Government Organization GIZ, as an international advisor for Chinese gaming giant Kunlun and with US Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow for the Institute of the Americas in San Diego. Philipp is a sought after speaker around the world and has been invited to conferences/festivals in Australia, the US, Canada, UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Finland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan and India. He holds a master's degree in Political Science & Economics with a focus on Latin America. Sometimes he DJs.

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