Head of African Operations: Deezer (South Africa)
Gillian has worked in all aspects of the music industry, starting with live concerts and artist promotion and working her way to digital music services. She graduated her Masters in Digital Intellectual Property in 2012, specialising in copyright and technology. In her current role as the Head of African Operations for Deezer, she works across business development, marketing and other aspects of territorial development. In her previous role, as the COO of simfy africa, she was also focused on licensing, setting up a 30M strong catalogue.
Gillian is passionate about digital education, and is often found helping artists with grassroots education, or helping to build connections which benefit the industry in general. Gillian recently was able to expand her horizons, when she spent a year on the Eduze project, an EdTech startup, funded by the TED organisation in the USA. Through this project, she had exposure to the innovations in digital education and lent her licensing expertise to the setup of the project.