During the last 20 years, Mirko has helped organise events in
Austin (SXSW), Berlin (BID, ICN), Cannes (MIPTV, MIPCOM, MIDEM,
MILIA), Hong Kong (MIDEM Asia, MIP Asia), Lisbon (WEM), Miami
(MIDEM Latino), Monaco (Monte Carlo Television Festival), New
York (NMS), Singapore (MIP Asia), Seoul (BCWW) and Vancouver (WEM).
Between 1994-2001, Mirko worked for the Reed MIDEM
Organisation (RMO) as the regional director for Asia-Pacific,
and was based in Hong Kong (1995-2000). He helped launch the MIDEM
ASIA and MIP ASIA events, and was responsible for sales for all
RMO events in the Asia-Pacific region. He also worked for RMO
in similar positions in Paris (1994), and in New York (2000-2001).
Prior to 1994, Mirko was based in Berlin where
he worked in the music industry (A&R, management and touring)
with artists such as Paul van Dyk, PJ Harvey, Ultravox, and Alan
Sorrenti. He was also the European General Manager for South By
Southwest – the world’s largest music festival.
In 2006, he rejoined SXSW as their European and International Business Development representative (see
here for more details).
From 1982 to 1987, he worked as a research scientist
at the Free University of Berlin, Germany (Institutes of Embryology
and Pharmacology, Zoology and Neurobiology). Mirko graduated from
Plymouth University (Applied Biology), New York University (Internet
Technologies), Open University (MSc in Science and MA in Classical Studies) and is an alumni
member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.