Clint Valladares is the Senior Managing Director of Global Engagement, Middle East and India at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he oversees collaborations with talent from the Middle East and South East Asia. In 2015, he co-founded the Berklee India Exchange, a wildly successful initiative that celebrates the rich musical heritage of his home country and has grown Berklee’s reach in the subcontinent through workshops, cultural exchange events, mentorship and scholarship programs. He also played a key role in establishing the Berklee Abu Dhabi Center, to discover, develop and distribute talent in the MENA region.
Clint has years of fundraising experience and has built strategic alliances with leading brands like Facebook, Google, Intel, Shure and Yamaha. With an MBA from Hult International Business School and a Certificate in Executive Management and Leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Management, he takes a dynamic, hands-on approach to every project he works on and has brought music to diverse communities over the years. He has also liaised with renowned international artists, including Grammy and Oscar-winning composer A. R. Rahman, tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and record producer and songwriter Quincy Jones.
Clint spearheaded a project to raise funds in support of the arts in India during the COVID19 crisis, working with Berklee students to recreate the iconic title track of 2000’s cult Bollywood film Dil Chata Hai, which has gone viral with over half a million views in a few days.
Currently, he is working closely as a music advisor with the Oscar & Grammy winning icon A R Rahman to assemble a 50 piece ensemble "Firdaus Orchestra" for the Dubai Expo 2020. This is the first orchestra of its kind in the Middle East - with the aspiration and potential to be a world class symphony orchestra
Clint is a prolific pianist himself and has a particular talent for scouting budding artists. The strong network of connections he has built through years of work in the international musical circuit make him especially adept at connecting creative minds to devise momentous musical collaborations and engaging live concerts.