Introducing Ginkgo Music

Ginkgo Music is a charity set up by a group of people from various backgrounds, including biology, music, art and design, sport, charity and business. We’ve come together because of our passion for the extraordinary and colourful range of life inhabiting this planet, and our desire to protect it.

[subhead] Our mission

Ginkgo Music was founded to protect and restore forest ecosystems worldwide. Uniquely, we do this through projects linking music and ecology. We work in partnership with existing and local NGOs on the ground, supporting their work by raising awareness and money through sales of albums of our music projects.

[subhead] Our people

David Campbell: David is a volunteer engineer for Resonance 104.4 FM radio station, a longstanding member of the Lucky Cloud Sound System loft party team, and has over 10 years experience as a manager in London’s social housing sector.

Rishi Dastidar: Rishi is a copywriter, brand strategist and poet. A fellow of The Complete Works programme for BAME poets in the UK, his debut collection Ticker-tape was published by Nine Arches Press in 2017. His work for charities includes helping CoppaFeel!, Jewish Museum London and Create Arts.

Renee Edwards: Renee is a film producer, director and editor of landmark current affairs series Panorama, Dispatches and Unreported World. Her award-winning film One Note at a Time (release: 2018) documents the post-Hurricane Katrina struggles of the musicians in New Orleans.

Mthoko Madonda: A social entrepreneur and international consultant with 17 years experience, Mthoko has worked across the world helping organisations use sport as a tool for development and social change.

Suzanne Pool: Formerly a lawyer for the world’s largest independent music group, Suzanne now works as a business consultant and coach, supporting businesses in protecting their intellectual property and then growing revenue streams from this asset base.

Dominic Sedgwick: Singer-songwriter and science teacher Dominic studied biochemistry at Imperial College, 3D-design at the Royal College of Art, and has an inordinate fondness for the music of David Bowie, Joni Mitchell and composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

Elton Uliana: Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Elton works in marketing translation (EN-PT) and recently gained a BA in English Literature. He is currently working towards an MA in Translation Studies at UCL, London. His passion: music.

Shameek Upadhya: Shameek is an entrepreneur and investor with experience in planning, branding and commercial activities. He loves project management applications, sailing, traveling and working on projects that have a social and environmental impact.