Emily Whigham (GER, USA)
Since summer 2020 Jacob Sylvester Bilabel has been head of the Network Sustainability in Culture and Media, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media (BKM) In 2009, he founded the pan-European Green Music Initiative (GMI), an independent, cross-industry think tank designed to inspire people in the music festival and events industry to make their activities more sustainable and intelligent. The non-profit initiative now brings together more than 350 festivals and 500 venues across Europe and reaches more than 3 million young European women through its activities. GMI acts as a cross-sector innovation and research agency for the European music and entertainment industry. As project leader of the EE MUSIC project, he was responsible for more than 60 workshops held in 27 European countries to encourage festivals, clubs and venues to strategically address energy efficiency.
Jacob Sylvester Bilabel is also a member of the German technical mirror committee for the new ISO 20121 standard for sustainability in event management. In 2015 he helped to establish the Festival Kombinat, a network of more than 30 independent festivals. In 2016 he was appointed by the Federal Ministry of Economics, SMEs and Energy as an expert for innovation processes in the creative sector. In 2017 he became ambassador for the European Take A Stand project, which sensitizes young Europeans to cultural values. In 2018 he became part of a European research consortium that develops and produces hydrogen fuel cells for festivals and events.