Andrea Radrizzani Group CEO, MP & Silva

As the Group Chief Executive Officer of MP & Silva, Andrea Radrizzani has led the international sports marketing agency’s rapid growth over the last three years. Under his stewardship, MP & Silva has expanded its global market presence and built a healthy portfolio of premium international media rights.

Radrizzani has accumulated a wealth of experience and expertise on the Asian market, with acute knowledge of the region’s football development in the last 10 years. His entrepreneurial spirit and foresight have made him one of the most influential and widely quoted leaders in the sports industry. Apart from being responsible for driving MP & Silva’s growth globally, Radrizzani serves as a close advisor to a host of federations, rights holders and football leagues on maximising revenue and other strategy-related matters.

Prior to his current appointment, Radrizzani held several senior commercial positions, where he led business development, media distribution strategy, and major commercial events.

Philippe Blatter CEO & President, InFront Sports,

Philippe Blatter (born in 1964) is President & CEO of Infront Sports & Media, the leading international sports marketing groups, headquartered in Zug, Switzerland. As the leading player in winter sport, football and media production, Infront enjoys long-lasting partnerships with 120 rights-holders and hundreds of sponsors and media companies worldwide. The Group has more than 20 offices across 10 countries and helps to annually deliver more than 3,300 event days of top class sport around the world. Prior to joining Infront in 2006, Philippe spent 11 years working for the international top-management consulting firm McKinsey & Company as a Partner, leading its worldwide Sports Practice. He is also a board member of the non-profit organisation Right To Play Switzerland. Philippe holds a Master of Science degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) and an MBA degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA. In his spare time the avid and passionate Ironman-triathlete enjoys spending time with his twin-boys and his wife.

Company Profile:
About Infront Sports & Media
Infront Sports & Media, based in Zug, Switzerland, is one of the leading international sports marketing groups in the world. Known for its high standards of delivery, the company covers all aspects of a successful sport event – including distribution of media rights, sponsorship, media production and event operations. As a key player in winter sport, football and other summer sports, Infront enjoys long-lasting partnerships with 120 rights-holders and hundreds of sponsors and media companies. With an experienced and passionate team of 500 staff in 20 offices across 10 countries, the Group helps to annually deliver 3,300 event days of top class sport around the world.

Maud Fontenoy Spokeswoman of the oceans for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

Personal Courage and Commitment to the Planet
Maud Fontenoy is vice-president of the French coastal-protection agency, Conservatoire national du littoral, spokeswoman of the oceans for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and World Ocean Network and member of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of France. She has now decided to fight for ocean and coastline conservation, and more generally to raise awareness among the general population about protecting the planet. Her constant mission is to spread the word about the visible effects of pollution and climate change on the oceans she knows so well. The solutions are there – we can all take action. Through the media and books, in her regular lectures at companies or on her visits to schools, Maud makes ecology accessible to everyone by passing on her ‘user’s manual’ of everyday actions that make a big difference.

Maud Fontenoy’s love of the sea goes back to her earliest childhood. Maud was born on 7 September 1977. She was barely seven days old when she went on board the family schooner. She was to spend the first 15 years of her life on the open sea, learning all about sailing, nature and the sea.

Back in France, Maud ran a real-estate agency in Paris for a few years, but sailing remained part of her life and was never far from her thoughts. When she turned 25, she decided to make her dreams come true: once again, she took off for the sea. This was the beginning of four years of both maritime and human adventures. In 2003, she rowed across the North Atlantic, alone, with no assistance. She was the first woman to do so and she completed her crossing in 117 days. In 2005, she took up the same crazy challenge in the Pacific between Peru and Tahiti – and succeeded. She has been named one of Time Magazine International's 30 most important people of 2005. Finally, in 2006, Maud set off from the island of Réunion to sail around the world against prevailing currents. She completed her tour 150 days later, having successfully cleared three capes and survived a terrifying, nearly fatal dismasting.

Maud’s accomplishments are based on two constants: handing down values to the younger generations and fighting for the protection of the planet. Scores of classrooms in France and in its overseas territories and departments have tuned into her exploits and completed an educational project. Together, schoolchildren have acquired a taste for effort, perseverance and willpower, as well as the knowledge that everyone can become a better citizen of the planet.

Diamil Faye President/CEO JAPPO Events & Sports Management Co

Founder of JAPPO (, Diamil Faye has developed, since 1993, a vast experience within the Olympic movement. After contributing to the return of Cambodia in the Olympic Movement at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, he worked as a Manager for the organizing committees of the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games and Senior Expert for Beijing 2008 and Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

Among other international projects that Diamil worked on are: the New York bid for the 2012 Olympic Games, the Sochi bid for the Winter Olympics Games in 2014. He also coordinated the planning and the production of the Technical bid file for the Abuja bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
Currently, Diamil serves as a Senior Adviser to the Tokyo 2020 Bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.

Adviser to the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and the owner and President of a first division Football Team in Senegal, Diamil has initiated several other major projects in Africa such as the Africa Sports Hall of Fame, the annual JAPPO Awards, the Africa Sports Directory and an important children Sports and Education program in Senegal (CISA Kids).

Diamil is also the initiator of the annual Africa International Sports Convention (CISA) which 6th edition was successfully hosted by Mali in March 2012.

Most recently at the London 2012 Olympic Games, he launched the sportswear brand JSPORTS ( which was chosen by 16 Teams for the Olympic Games & 7 for the Paralympic Games.

CARL LEWIS Sportsman of the Century (I.O.C.), Olympic Champion, Track & Field,

An activist for family, youth, education, wellness and fitness, Carl Lewis brings his international celebrity to attract awareness for the challenges and opportunities surrounding these issues around the world.

During his career as an Olympic athlete, Carl Lewis was part of five American Olympic Teams, winning 10 medals, nine of them gold and many of them in world or Olympic record time. With unsurpassed talent in the long jump and his speed in the sprints, he is one of the greatest athletes in history.

Since his retirement from active competition in 1997, Carl Lewis has devoted a great deal of his time and energy to charity, founding “The Carl Lewis Foundation,” which serves as an umbrella for the many charities that Lewis supports including the “Best Buddies” organisation and many youth fitness groups. In 2009 Carl was honoured to become a United Nations Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Carsten Schmidt Chief Officer, Sports, Sky Deutschland,

Carsten Schmidt (born 1963) was appointed Chief Officer Sports & New Business (now: Chief Officer Sports, Advertising Sales & Internet) on 1 March 2006. He is responsible for the editorial work and production of sports programming and sports rights purchasing. He is also in charge of all of the company’s online activities, the program management of Sky Österreich and is acting as Management Director of Sky’s advertising sales subsidiary Sky Media Network. Schmidt became Head of Sports at the Munich-based entertainment company in 1999. Before that, as Managing Director of WIGE Media, one of Europe’s leading sports media providers, he was in charge of the Marketing and Television division for four years. Carsten Schmidt is the Director of the Sky Foundation, spokesperson for the advisory board of the Fachverband für Sponsoring und Sonderwerbeformen eV. (FASPO; Professional Association for Sponsoring and Special Advertising Formats) and was awarded with the Deutsche Fernsehpreis in 2003 for the Bundesliga conference innovation.

Claude Ruibal Head of Sports YouTube/Google, Google,

Mr. Ruibal has extensive experience working in business development, content creation, digital media, sports marketing, advertising and sales. Prior to working at Google/YouTube, he was founder and chairman of Universal Sports, a cable and online broadcast network distributing Olympic sports events in the USA. Previously, he held a variety of management positions at Ask Jeeves; The Coca-Cola Company; ISL Worldwide; Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising; and the Los Angeles Olympic Games. As an active participant in many of the sports distributed on YouTube, his main passion is to grow the interest, awareness and participation in sports to motivate viewers to choose a healthy active lifestyle. Mr. Ruibal is a native of Riverside, California, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a law degree from Georgetown University.

David Duke Chief Executive, Street Soccer Scotland,

David is the founder and Chief Executive of Street Soccer Scotland, a non-profit social enterprise that uses football to help create positive change in the lives of socially disadvantaged adults and young people.

He has experienced these problems first-hand. In 2003 he was homeless in Glasgow, but a visit to a young person’s support centre gave him the opportunity to represent his country at the global ‘Homeless World Cup’ tournament and a new life and sense of purpose.

In 2009, David founded Street Soccer Scotland to address issues including health, social exclusion, and education. He works closely with local and national government, sports governing bodies, mental health charities, housing associations and professional football clubs.

David was named as The Sunday Times ‘Change Maker’ of the Year in 2012. Street Soccer (Scotland) has also won a host of awards including the coveted Merit Award from Professional Footballers Association and an Excellence Award for Private Business (Social Enterprise) from PwC/HSBC. The organisation’s National Ambassador is Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Kelly Fairweather CEO, International Hockey Federation,

Kelly Fairweather is the CEO of the International Hockey Federation and is tasked with implementing the Strategic Plan of the FIH. He has a wide and varied background in Sport having spent two years with the World Anti Doping agency as the Director of the European Office and prior to that returned to his homeland and alma mater Stellenbosch University to lead the set up of implement Stellenbosch University Sports Performance Institute.

Fairweather spent 8 years at the International Olympic Committee and was responsible for the IOC's relationships with the 35 International Olympic Sports Federations, the 28 IOC-Recognised International Federations and all major organisations in the world of sport. The work entailed being the day to day liason with the Organising Committees for the Olympic Games and the Sports Federations to ensure that the technical standards for the athletes and support services were of the required standard. He also managed the IOC Athletes Commission, the Olympic Programme Commission which decided which sports were on the programme of the Olympic Games and the Sports for All Commission.

Kelly Fairweather is an alumnus of the University of Stellenbosch from which he received a Masters Degree in Human Movement Studies in 1989 and a Diploma in Business Management from the University of Durban Westville Business School.

François Pienaar Captain of the 1995 Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks team,
South Africa

Francois Pienaar played rugby for South Africa, captaining the side in his first match and in every one of his 29 appearances, culminating in the famous victory at the World Cup in 1995. Nelson Mandela said: “Under his inspiring leadership a nation was brought together.”

In 1996, he became the first player/ coach in rugby when with the British club Saracens, later becoming CEO. Under Francois’ leadership they won their first trophy in 127 years. Francois became head of sponsorships and strategic business development for the First Rand Group, before being seconded to First National Bank as CEO in 2005 for the 2011 Rugby World Cup bid. He is involved in numerous charities and was the founder of the Make A Difference (MAD) charitable organisation.

In 2009 Clint Eastwood directed the Oscar-nominated Invictus about the 1995 Rugby World Cup, starring Morgan Freeman as Mandela and Matt Damon as Francois.

Fred Engh Founder and President, National Alliance for Youth Sports & International Alliance for Youth Sports,
United States

Fred Engh is the founder and president of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), America’s leading non-profit organisation that has worked to ensure safe and fun sports for youth since 1981. He is also the founder and president of the International Alliance for Youth Sports (IAYS), the international arm of NAYS that builds the power and value of sports worldwide through its International Youth Sports Ambassador programme. IAYS is the official sports arm of the Peace Corps and Children International.

Game On! Youth Sports, IAYS’ signature programme, has had a major impact throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe as it provides youngsters with sports programmes so they can experience healthier lifestyles with less chance of negative influences affecting them.

He was named one of America’s top 100 sports educators and was inducted into the University of Maryland/ES Hall of Fame for golf.

Essar Gabriel General Secretary, IAAF & Head, Inaugral Youth Olympic Games,

Essar Gabriel, who is 46 years old and of French nationality, has a wealth of experience at the highest administrative levels of sport. He joined the IAAF as General Secretary after four years with the International Olympic Committee, where he was Head of the Youth Olympic Games.

Prior to this, Gabriel worked as a sports consultant, following two years as the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO of the Paris 2012 Olympic Games Bid Committee. From 2001-2003, he played a major role as the CEO of one of the most successful ever IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Paris.

His earlier experience also includes working as the Director of the International Media Centre for the France 98 FIFA World Cup and as a Venue Manager for the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Jakob Silas Lund Founder, Play31,

Jakob Silas Lund is the founder and Director of Play31, an organization that uses football to bring together people who have been torn apart by war. Since 2008, Play31 has reached more than 50,000 people in Sierra Leone and has trained hundreds in conflict resolution and human rights. The organization has won the Beyond Sport Award for best use of sport in conflict resolution and the Join Our Core award for social enterprises. Jakob has previously worked on human rights issues for Amnesty International, the Danish Institute for Human Rights, the Center for UN Reform, and US Congress. He has participated in and spoken at several international fora, including the Clinton Global Initiative University and TEDx, and has been selected a McGill Echenberg Human Rights Fellow and a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow. He holds a b.a. in public administration from Roskilde University and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Jonathan Edwards Chair of the Athletes' Committee, London 2012, World Record-Holder, Triple Jump, and Presenter, BBC,

Former British triple jumper Jonathan Edwards, CBE, first made the record books in 1995 when he smashed the world record at the World Championships in Gothenburg with a jump of 18.29m; to date no one has even come close to this distance. In a hugely successful career, Jonathan was Commonwealth, European and World champion and achieved his ultimate goal of winning gold at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000. Jonathan made his last competitive triple jump at the World Athletics Championships in Paris in 2003.

He now works as a presenter for BBC Sport and was also a lead presenter on Channel 4’s Paralympic coverage. He remains passionate about his sport and is committed to broadcasting.

Jonathan is on the board of the Local Organising Committee of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012, as the athlete representative, chairing the Athletes Committee, which played an important part in the success of London 2012. He was also Deputy Chair of the London 2012 Nations and Regions Group, helping to ensure that the benefits of the Games are maximised across the UK. Jonathan is an ambassador for Lloyds TSB.

Kevin Carroll Founder & CEO, Kevin Carroll Katalyst,

Kevin Carroll is the founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC and the author of three highly successful books published by ESPN, Disney Press and McGraw-Hill. With his consulting endeavors, Kevin has inspired businesses and organizations such as Nike, Starbucks, AT&T, The National Basketball Association, The Walt Disney Company, Mattel, Procter & Gamble, The Gates Foundation, Target, and many others to turn ideas into reality.

Kevin has dedicated his life to advancing sports and play as a vehicle for social change. He partners with non-governmental organizations and businesses around the world that share his vision and goals. He was honored to speak at the United Nations as part of the UN Year of Sports for Development and Peace in 2005 and has served as a speaker and host for several international sport for development and peace conferences.

Lesley Visser Hall of Fame Sports Broadcaster, CBS,

Lesley Visser is the most highly acclaimed female sportscaster of all time and is the first and only woman enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. She was the first woman sportscaster to carry the Olympic Torch, the only woman to handle a Super Bowl Trophy Presentation, and is the first and only recipient of Billie Jean King’s Billie Award for “Outstanding Journalist.” Visser was voted the No. 1 Female Sportscaster of All-Time by the American Sportscasters Association.

As a 25-year reporter for CBS, she has broadcast everything from the NFL to the Olympics, the NBA Finals, the World Series, tennis and figure skating. In 1989, she added to CBS’ coverage of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, focusing on how sports would change behind the Iron Curtain. Prior to her work at CBS, ABC and ESPN, she wrote for the Boston Globe, where she became the first woman to cover the NFL as a beat. In the mid-70s, the credentials said, “No Women or Children in the Press Box.”

Catherine Mabwi Head Coach, Talent Academy Volleyball,

• Bachelor in Business Administration
• HDBME 2007 - 2008
• DBA 2006 - 2007
• ICDL - 2006 IAT
• FIVB Level 1 & 2 Coach

• Posta, Multimedia University, Cheptil (Men) Blue Triangle (Ladies)
• Currently coaching National youth Talent Academy.

• Professional volleyballer, Al Hilal, Tunisia 1997-1999.
• Gold for Kenya in All Africa Games, 1991 Cairo, 1995 Zimbambwe and 1999 Jo Berg and cup of Nations in Nigeria.
• Gold in Africa Club Championships 1990, 1992, 1995, 1997 Nairobi, 1991 Mauritius, 1993 Cairo, 1994 Morocco.
• World club championship in 1991 Brazil and 1992 Italia.
• World cup, Japan 1991-1995.
• Coach National Team, Mexico 2008, Poland 2003-Junior World Championiships, Singapore Youth Olympic Qualifications.
• M.V.P African Championships for five years in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996.
• won several trophies in Kenya with Talent Academy.

Mark Spitz Olympic champion, swimming

Mark Spitz is one of the greatest living sports legends and most remembered by his win of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Until the 2008 Games, Mark held the record for the most Olympic Gold medals during one Olympics by a single Olympiad. Between 1965 and 1972, Spitz won a total of 11 Olympic medals: nine gold, one silver and one bronze. During those years, he set 33 world records. In 2008, Mark released a self-published book The Extraordinary Life of an Olympic Champion.

As his focus on swimming slowly began to fade, he became an entrepreneur. He started a successful real estate company in Beverly Hills and continued to capitalise on his success. As the real estate market started slowing down, he shifted his focus to the stock market. He became a stockbroker and now concentrates on private equity. He continues to seek and pursue opportunities that he feels would be a successful investment.

Marcus Pfisterer Director, Qatar gmp- international GmbH- Architects and Engineers

Markus Pfisterer has project managed huge sports developments and stadia such as Dubai Sports City, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium New Delhi (Commonwealth Games 2010), National Stadium Warsaw (UEFA EURO 2012) and Sport and Concert Complex in Baku (Eurovision Song Contest) – the latter was planned and built in the record time of only eight months.

Founded by Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marg in 1965, gmp has grown to become one of the world’s major architectural firms with more than 600 employees in eleven offices in Germany, China, Brazil, Russia and Qatar. More than 300 buildings have been constructed by gmp worldwide. gmp has designed museums, theatres and concert halls, office buildings, commercial centres and hospitals as well as research facilities, buildings for transportation, master plans, trade and industry buildings, educational and sports facilities. With more than 20 completed stadia, including different stadia for FIFA World Cups worldwide, gmp is the world leader of completed sport facilities that meet FIFA requirements.

Oscar Pistorius Record-breaking multiple Paralympian in athletics and the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics
South Africa

Oscar became the first Paralympian to compete in the Olympics when he contended the 400 metres in London this year, reaching the semi-finals. A double amputee, he took up track running at the age of 16 as part of his rehabilitation from a shattered knee, suffered while playing rugby.

At 17, he won his first race in 11.72 seconds, faster than the existing Paralympic record of 12.20 sec. In June 2004, he was given his first pair of Össur manufactured Flex-Foot Cheetahs and, eight months after first stepping onto the track, the South African won the T44 200m gold medal at the Athens Paralympics, breaking the world record.

Oscar set his sights on competing against able-bodied athletes, winning his appeal against the IAAF’s ruling that originally stated his prosthetic limbs gave him an unfair advantage. In Beijing in 2008, he became the first athlete in history to win gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m events in the T43/T44 category. He will defend his Paralympic titles at London 2012.

Phil de Picciotto Founder and President, Octagon,

Phil de Picciotto has been at the forefront of the sports, music and entertainment industry for over 30 years, during which time Octagon, the company he co-founded, has become a global leader in the areas of talent representation, property ownership, event management, and sports and entertainment marketing.

During de Picciotto’s distinguished career, he has built the brands and managed the careers of many of the world’s most recognizable and talented athletes and celebrities, ranging from Super Bowl champions to Olympic gold medalists to Royalty to network broadcasters. He has also served and continues to serve as a trusted advisor to governments, governing bodies and some of the world’s most recognised corporate brands. Through the decades, he has received numerous recognitions, including Advertising Age’s “The Marketing 100,” The Sporting News’ “Top 100 Most Powerful People in Sports”, and Sports Business Journal’s “20 Most influential Sports Agents” and “Top 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business.”

Simon Chadwick Professor of Sport Business Strategy and Marketing, Coventry University,

Professor Chadwick holds the position of Chair in Sport Business Strategy and Marketing at Coventry University Business School, where he is also the founder and Director of CIBS (Centre for the International Business of Sport). His research and teaching interests lie in the areas of sponsorship, sport marketing and commercial strategy in sport, which means that his work covers a diverse range of subjects including football, motor racing, rugby, athlete endorsements, sports branding, fan behaviour at the Olympic Games, the Indian Premier League and Grand Slam tennis tournaments.

Having previously worked at the Universities of London (where he was the founding Director of the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre) and Leeds, Simon is Editor of ‘Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal’.

Simon has worked with numerous organisations involved in sport including Mastercard, FC Barcelona, the International Tennis Federation, Atletico Madrid, UEFA, Michelin Motorsport, Tottenham Hotspur, Sport Business Group, The Economist and the British Council.

Stephen A. Greyser Richard P. Chapman Professor (Marketing/Communications) Emeritus, Harvard Business School,
United States

Professor Greyser specialises in brand marketing, advertising, corporate communications, the business of sports, and nonprofit management. He has been active in research and teaching at HBS since 1958 and was an editor at the Harvard Business Review and later its Editorial Board Secretary and Board Chairman. He is responsible for 16 books, numerous journal articles, several special editions of journals, and over 300 published HBS case studies.

He created and teaches Harvard’s Business of Sports course, has served on the Selection Committee for the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, is on the board of The Sports Museum, and has authored numerous Business of Sports cases and articles. He received the American Marketing Association’s 2010 Sports Marketing lifetime achievement award for “distinguished career contributions to the scientific understanding of sports business”. Known as "the Cal Ripken of HBS", in over 40 years of teaching he has never missed a class.

Amy Millslagle Marketing Vice President, Olympic Operations, The Dow Chemical Company

Amy is responsible for leading the marketing strategy, opportunity identification, positioning, and participation related to Dow’s 10-year worldwide sponsorship of the Olympic Games.

In 2000, Amy joined Dow as a Sales Professional focusing on customers in the Engineering Plastics and Specialty Chemicals businesses. In 2003, she left Dow to attend Harvard Business School and ultimately join Procter & Gamble (P&G) as assistant brand manger where she was responsible for Scope™ mouthwash.

Amy returned to Dow in 2007 and served as a key team member integrating the $9B Rohm and Haas acquisition. In 2009, she was named marketing manager for Dow’s consumer products business in North America.

She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Tennessee. Amy resides in Nashville, TN with her husband, Kevin, and daughters, Kennedy and Taylor.

Sir Philip Craven President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and IOC Member,

Sir Philip Craven MBE became President of the IPC in 2001, after an outstanding career in wheelchair basketball which resulted in six medals at European and world level, including three golds. He participated in five Paralympic Games in wheelchair basketball events (1972-1988) and swimming (1972).

From 1988 to 2002, Sir Philip was President of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation before taking up his current position as President of the IPC and becoming an IOC member in 2002, a function that he still holds today.

In 1991 Sir Philip was decorated as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to wheelchair basketball. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of Nottingham and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Staffordshire.

Nawal El Moutawakel Vice President, International Olympic Committee (IOC) & Olympic Champion,

No women in the world of sport has done more to popularize the Olympic Movement and the sport of Athletics within the African and Arab region as Nawal El Moutawakel. As an Olympic Champion and International Olympic member, her honours on and off the track have been outstanding.

She made history in 1984 when she won an Olympic gold Medal in 400 m hurdles at the Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games. There, she became the first Muslim and African woman Olympic champion and Morocco’s first ever Olympic champion.

She has played an active role within her country as a leading sport administrator and is a key figure in many of the sport policies which exist today in her country which has inspired some of the world’s greatest Athletes.

El Moutawakel has been a longstanding and active member of the IOC Working Group on Women and Sport since 1996. She was also the first woman Chair of the IOC Evaluation Committee, which evaluated the candidates for the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

She is also a vital member of the IAAF Council member since 1995 and is a leading figure promoting development and Women in Sport amongst Athletics.

Her legacy continues when she founded the 'Run for Fun” 10km race which takes place annually through the streets of Casablanca for women from 15 - 75 years. The event is organised under the umbrella of the Moroccan Association of Sport and Development of which she is the President. In 2007, a record 28,000 women took part; the numbers have increased phenomenally since the race was first run. The mission is to promote sport in Morocco and encourage women’s participation.

El Moutawakel uses her popularity and influence to continue breaking down barriers for women. She has been an agent of change in the male-dominated Moroccan society, helping and inspiring other women to assert themselves through sport.

Her leadership and vision serve as an example globally, and she has been recognized by the USA’s Women in Sport Foundation where she was awarded the prestigious Women in Sport Award this year.

El Moutawakel and her husband, Mounir Bennis, have two children, Zineb 20yrs and Rėda 18yrs, and live in Casablanca, Morocco.

Nik Gowing International Journalist and Broadcaster,

Nik Gowing has been a main presenter for the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News, since 1996. He presents The Hub, BBC World Debates, and Dateline London, plus location coverage of major global stories.

For 18 years he worked at ITN where he was bureau chief in Rome and Warsaw and Diplomatic Editor for Channel Four News (1988-1996). He has been a member of the councils of Chatham House (1998–2004), the Royal United Services Institute (2005–present), and the Overseas Development Institute (2007-present), the board of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (1996-2005), and the advisory council at Wilton Park (1998-present). In 1994 he was a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Barone Centre in the J. F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Nik has extensive reporting experience over three decades in diplomacy, defence and international security. He also has a much sought-after analytical expertise on the failures to manage information in the new transparent environments of conflicts, crises, emergencies and times of tension. His peer-reviewed study at Oxford University, Skyful of Lies and Black Swans, predicts and identifies the new vulnerability, fragility and brittleness of institutional power in the new all-pervasive public information space.

In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary degree (DLitt) from the university of Exeter.

Olivier Rabin Science Director, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Canada

Dr. Olivier Rabin, WADA’s science director for the past decade, has established an international reputation as an expert in pharmaceutical research and development. Prior to joining WADA, he worked for more than seven years for IPSEN Pharma, in the UK and in France, in the fields of research and business development. In this capacity, Dr. Rabin was responsible for the international development of new medicines and led scientific and medical teams for in-depth assessment of projects.

Prior to his work at IPSEN, Dr. Rabin was a principal investigator in research in pharmacology and toxicology for government organisations, including four years spent at the National Institutes of Health in the United States, where he was responsible for a cerebral ischemia program and the development of pharmacological strategies for brain neuroprotection. He also worked at the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale in Paris.

Bernt Aasen Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNICEF

Bernt Aasen heads UNICEF´s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. The regional office supports 24 countries with facing very different challenges but with one common denominator: disparities. Following the Millennium Development Goals there are six areas in which the office centers its work: economic disparities; the social exclusion of millions of indigenous, afro descendents and children living with disabilities; violence within the family and in the communities; HIV/AIDS; chronic malnutrition and emergencies.

Born in Norway, Aasen was UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan from 2002 to 2004. He was UNICEF Representative to Afghanistan, deputy director of the organization´s Emergency Operations, Director of its UN Coherence Division and Chief of Staff of the Executive Director.

Aasen also has ample experience with UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2002 he was Representative for Mexico, and before that he was Representative for Nicaragua, where he worked with the National Assembly to develop a new national legislation for children.

Chris Ramsey CEO, USA Water Polo,
United States

As Chief Executive Officer and General Secretary of USA Water Polo, Christopher Ramsey is responsible for carrying out the federation’s mission domestically and internationally. His tenure has been recognized for ensuring a stable and transparent financial base, a compelling brand identity and an ethical foundation for its work.

Prior to joining USA Water Polo in 2006, Mr. Ramsey was one of three principal administrators for the New York City Ballet. Prior to that, he was a senior administrator at MacNeil/Lehrer Productions in New York.

A cum laude graduate of the University of Redlands in Music and English, Mr. Ramsey played varsity water polo and also attended Cambridge University through an exchange program, where he also played basketball. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University, where he was awarded the Andrews Prize for Fiction in 1980.

Stéphane Houdet World number 1 wheelchair tennis player,

Stéphane is the world’s number 1 Wheelchair Tennis player. He is a triple medalist at the Paralympics, winning Gold at Beijing 2008, and Silver and Bronze at London 2012. He is famously known as the first French tennis player to have won the French Open since Yannick Noah.

Stéphane started his career in sports by playing golf at the European level after losing his left leg in a motorbike accident. He was the number 1 ranked golfer in Europe in 2003 and 2004 before he switched his golf club for a tennis racket. Since then, Stéphane has made his passion his livelihood and today he travels the world to play in tennis tournaments and share his life’s experiences.

"The most difficult barriers to cross are those put by ourselves" Stéphane Houdet

Johann Koss CEO, Right to Play,

Norwegian speed-skating legend Johann Olav Koss made world headlines when he won three Gold Medals at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Games, breaking a total of 10 world records over the course of his career. Koss donated a large portion of his winning to Olympic Aid, a fundraising organization created at Lillehammer, and challenged fellow athletes to do the same.

After witnessing the potential of sport to affect change in the lives of children, Koss founded Right To Play in 2000 and has pioneered the Sport for Development movement worldwide. Koss has won numerous accolades, including honorary doctorates from the University of Calgary and Brock University, and was named “One of 100 Future Leaders of Tomorrow” by TIME Magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Johann completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of Queensland, and completed his executive MBA at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Mel Young President and co-Founder, Homeless World Cup

Mel Young is recognised as one of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. He is a Schwab Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

Previously he worked as a journalist; co-founded The Big Issue in Scotland in 1993; co-founded Senscot (Social Entrepreneurs Network Scotland); and is former President and Honorary President of INSP (International Network of Street Papers). He also set up City Lynx magazine and New Consumer Magazine and worked on a community newspaper in Wester Hailes in Edinburgh in the 1990s.

Mel is currently the President of the Homeless World Cup which he co-founded in 2003, and is also a non-executive director on two boards: Sportscotland and Glasgow Life, as well as a member of the World Economic Forum Sports Agenda Council. He has been awarded four honorary degrees. He is a lifelong supporter of Hibernian FC and is the author of Goal: The story of the Homeless World Cup.

Jim Sloman COO, Sydney 2000,

As Chief Operating Officer of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, Jim had ultimate responsibility for the overall planning and execution of all aspects of Games operations and overall operational command and control of the events during Games time.

Jim is a civil engineer with extensive experience in all aspects of major project and business delivery, and was a senior executive with Lend Lease Corporation, based in Sydney, for almost 25 years. In early 1997, he joined the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games ( SOCOG).

In early 2001, Jim formed his own company, MI Associates (MI), of which he was Chairman until mid 2011. MI comprised some of the leading members of the SOCOG senior management team. After MI assisted London 2012 in its successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Games, it provided advice to its organising committee, LOCOG, and to the Olympic Delivery Authority over the seven year planning and delivery period. It provided advice to the Rio de Janiero 2007 Pan American Games and more recently to Rio’s successful bid for the 2016 Olympic Games and to its organising committee, Rio 2016, as well as numerous other major global events.

Jim is also Chairman of Laing O’Rourke Australia.

Alex Burns CEO, Williams F1,

Alex Burns joined Westland Helicopters in 1982 as a sponsored undergraduate and obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London in 1987. He subsequently joined Meggitt plc, where he held a number of positions including Engineering Director of Meggitt Aerospace Components and Project Director of Meggitt Mobrey.

He gained an MBA at Cranfield University in 2000 and then became Managing Director of Meggitt Electronic Components, working in the automotive and medical industries.

Alex then joined Williams as General Manager in January 2002, managing all aspects of the test facilities, factory and the car production process. In May 2005 he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited and, in March 2010, to Chief Executive Officer. He was appointed a director of the Company on 21 December 2010.

Fatou Gaye Committee Member & International Referee, FIFA,

Fatou Gaye is a FIFA committee member and an international football referee and match commissioner. With international experience of over 15 years, Ms. Gaye is one the foremost FIFA officials, especially in the Women’s World Cup and Confederation of African Football competitions.

Sir Frank Williams Team Principal, Williams F1,

Sir Frank Williams CBE is the founder and Team Principal of Williams F1. After a brief period as an amateur racer, he set up and ran his own Formula 2 racing team, entering his first Formula One car in 1969. He subsequently established Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited in 1977 together with Patrick Head.

Sir Frank has been one of the leading figures in motor racing for more than 30 years. At the Monaco Grand Prix in 2008, he recorded his 600th race as a Formula One entrant in his 39th year of the sport, surpassing the record of Formula One legend Enzo Ferrari. He was also knighted in the New Year’s honours list of 1999. He has also received the Queen’s Award for Export (1981 and 1994) and has been a rare foreign recipient of France’s Legion d’Honneur.

Daryl Jelinek General Manager, Coca-Cola London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games Team

Daryl moved into the Coca-Cola Company from Coca-Cola Enterprises where he worked for 21 years, latterly as Regional Director for the London & South East Business Unit.

In his current role, Daryl is responsible for the leadership of the Coca-Cola London 2012 programme, developing plans to ensure the most effective utilisation of the Coca-Cola Company’s largest Global Asset, the Olympic Games.

Pierre Blayau Managing Director, SNCF GEODIS & Chairman, GEODIS,

Born in 1950
Normale Sup, Science-Po, Graduated from a Masters Degree in German, ENA, Inspecteur des finances

Pierre Blayau is Chief Executive Officer of SNCF Geodis, which is the freight transport and logistics division of SNCF group. He is Chaiman of Geodis.
As the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Geodis from 2001 to October 2012, he assumed his functions at SNCF group in May 2008 when Geodis was bought back by SNCF. With a turnover of € 9.4 billion in 2011 and a presence on all continents SNCF Geodis is nowadays a world transport and logistics operator. Its aim is to propose to its clients efficient and innovative end-to-end transport solutions as well as management of their logistics chain. Pierre Blayau has set as a priority “to forge a path for our activity of freight transport to a profitable and sustainable growth that serves our clients’ performance.

Last positions:

1982-1984: Vice President, Corporate Planning for Compagnie Saint-Gobain
1985-1993: Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer, then Chairman of Pont-à-Mousson.
1993-1997: Chairman of the Management Board of the Pinault-Printemps-Redoute Group
1997-2000: Chief Executive Officer of the Moulinex Group

Beth Brooke Global Vice Chair - Public Policy at Ernst & Young,

Beth Brooke is Global Vice Chair - Public Policy at Ernst & Young and is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Board. Beth has public policy responsibility for the firm’s operations worldwide, in addition, to global responsibility for the firm’s Diversity and Inclusiveness efforts. She has been named five times to the list of Forbes "World's 100 Most Powerful Women". She also served in the Clinton Administration.

Beth serves on numerous boards focused on economic development, women's leadership, entrepreneurship to alleviate rural poverty, and public service. A member of the U.S. delegation to the 53rd and 54th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Beth also serves on the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Donna de Varona Executive board member, Special Olympics, member of the International Olympic Committee, Women and Sports Commission, and Olympic Champion Swimmer,

Olympic swimming champion and a Former award winning network television and radio broadcaster, Donna de Varona is President of DA-MAR Inc. a sports marketing, events and consulting firm.
A member of the International Olympic Committee Women and Sports Commission, Ms. de Varona currently serves on the U.S Department of State's Council on empowering women through sports initiative.
Ms de Varona in working to establish the Women's Sports Foundation served as the organization's first President and Chairman.
She is currently a member of the Executive board of Special Olympics International and serves as Chairman of the Global Games Committee.
Her other leadership roles include, advisor to Jordan's Prince Feisal's Generation for Peace Foundation, Tony Blair's Beyond Sport Foundation and Prince Albert's Peace and sport Foundation.
Appointed by 5 United States Presidents to serve on various commissions, Ms de Varona has also served as a consultant to the United States Senate on legislation impacting the Olympic movement as well as civil rights in the way of providing and protecting opportunities for girls and women to take part in all programs offered by educational institutions receiving federal funding.
In 1999, as Chairman of the successful FIFA Women's football World Cup she was named one of America's most powerful women in sport. Awarded the silver Olympic order by the IOC she has also been recognized for her outstanding contribution to sport worldwide.

Andy Cunningham Global Head of Integrity, BetFair,
United Kingdom

Andy Cunningham is Global Head of Integrity at Betfair, one of the world’s largest international online sports betting providers. He has worked in the Integrity Team at the company for eight years. He is responsible for a team whose remit includes monitoring and investigating any unusual or suspect betting patterns on Betfair’s sports betting products and proactively assisting sports governing bodies, betting regulators and law enforcement agencies around the world in carrying out betting integrity related investigations.

In 2010 Andy spent 6 months in the US working for Betfair TVG, engaging with horseracing regulators and implementing betting integrity-related systems and procedures for the US pari-mutuel horseracing industry.
Andy was part of the International Olympic Committee’s Working Group on the Fight Against Irregular and Illegal Sports Betting and he has spoken on the subject of sports betting integrity at conferences and seminars in several countries around the world.

Kathleen Stroia Senior Vice President, Sport Sciences, Women's Tennis Association (WTA),
United States

In her position as Senior Vice President, Stroia is ultimately responsible for the supervision and direction of both the Sport Sciences & Medicine and Transitions departments and staff. As such, she has been responsible for coordinating all health and medical services for the WTA to present, and the International Tennis Federation Women’s Circuit from 1995 through 2003.

In her time with the WTA, Stroia has developed and expanded the Sport Sciences & Medicine department’s individual programmes for the WTA, setting standards for tournament physicians, identifying and participating in research projects for tennis, injury prevention, women’s health issues and new high performance/sports medicine products. Stroia is the architect for Transitions, a programme that provides sophisticated education, training and career guidance to maximise opportunities for athletes during their tennis career and after.

Stroia has served on several committees, including Special Olympics Committee, ITF Sport Science and Medicine Commission, Tennis Anti-Doping Committee, WTA Insurance Committee, National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA)-Women In Athletic Training Committee, the NATA Public Relations Committee and the USTA Sport Science Committee.

The Rt Hon Hugh Robertson MP Minister for Sport and Tourism,

Hugh Robertson MP was born in the Kent and Canterbury Hospital on the 9 October 1962. An army officer from 1985 – 1995, he saw active service in Northern Ireland, the Gulf war and in Bosnia during the siege of Sarajevo. He then joined the investment arm of Schroders.

He was elected to Parliament in June 2001 as the MP for Faversham and Mid Kent, and was Shadow Minister for Sport and the Olympics from 2005 to 2010. His Ministerial portfolio covers: sport; Olympic and Paralympic Legacy; tourism; licensing; and National Lottery.

Cecilia Attias Founder & President, Cecilia Attias Foundation for Women, United States

Cécilia Attias has dedicated her life to service; as a mother, a wife, a committed public servant, an activist and an ardent supporter of women’s rights.
Born in France, Cécilia honed strength and fortitude early in life. After studying law at L’University Assas, she began her political career serving as a parliamentary assistant. Cécilia consistently served the people of France in many capacities; from 1989 to 2002 in Neuilly’s city hall and at the Assemblée Nationale, in 2002 in the office of the Minister of Interior, where she became deeply involved in women’s rights and issues relating to domestic violence, immigration, assimilation and crimes against children, in 2004 as Advisor in Ministry of State, Economy, Finance and Industry, and in 2005 as Chief of Staff for the UMP Party. Cécilia saw firsthand the suffering and pain of the victims and made a vow to use her influence and status to make a difference.

In 2007, Cécilia Attias became First Lady of France, where she continued to work with those in need. Never one to shy away from adversity, in 2007 Cécilia again showed her fortitude and determination to improve the lives of others. As First Lady, Cécilia successfully negotiated with General Muammar Ghadaffi the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor imprisoned on Libya’s death row.

Today, Cécilia serves as President and Founder of the Cécilia Attias Foundation for Women. She uses her knowledge of the communications industry to aid her philanthropic efforts.

Richard Attias Executive Producer, Doha GOALS and Executive Chairman, Richard Attias and Associates
United States

Richard Attias is the world’s top community builder for the “thinking elite”. Over the last two decades, he has built a reputation for helping nations, organizations and corporations catalyze the global exchange of ideas.

This talent for anticipating the most pressing issues of our time, activating global networks of thought leaders, and inspiring innovation is based on his unique experience developing some of the most influential gatherings of global leaders in the last 20 years including the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Nobel Laureates Conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Arab League Summit in Jordan, the China Economic Summit, the Monaco Media Forum and the Global Food Security Forum in Morocco, the signature of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in Marrakech, and most recently the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Hawaii in November, 2011.

Attias is also the founder and chairman of The New York Forum, a “Call to Action” forum for global CEOs, economists and business leaders to share ideas and provide recommendations and solutions for new business models in a post-crisis world. In 2012, Richard Attias & Associates launched the New York Forum Africa and coming soon in December, the New York Forum China.

Prior to establishing his base in New York, Attias spent nearly a decade at Publicis Groupe, where he is credited with creating the first worldwide events network Publicis Events Worldwide in 2001, before ultimately being named Chairman of PublicisLive. Richard Attias is a global influencer who was born in Fez, Morocco. He holds a degree in civil engineering and a Masters in mathematics and physics. He is fluent in English, Arabic and French.

Sade Baderinwa Anchor, WABC-TV,
United States

Sade Baderinwa is an Emmy Award Winning News Anchor in New York at WABC-TV's top-rated Eyewitness News at 5pm and 11pm. WABC-TV is the number one local station in the United States. She has covered important stories ranging from President Obama’s Inauguration to reporting on Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican to interviewing Oprah Winfrey in South Africa about the opening of her school for girls.

Sade has emceed events around the globe. Her travels have taken her to Africa where she has served as mistress of ceremonies with speakers including US President George W. Bush, Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. She has also moderated discussions in Lagos that include Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

While covering a story for Eyewitness News, Sade was struck by a hit and run driver. Taking more than 5 months to recover – Sade returned to champion the battle against hit and run drivers. For her efforts, she was recognized with the NJ Governor's Representative Award.

Sade is a big believer in giving back to her community. She created and developed "Get Reel with Your Dreams: The Inside Track." Now in its fourth year, it's touted as "the most successful event of its kind ever held at Lincoln Center" - the performing arts capitol of the world. It exposes high school students to top professionals in television and film. "Get Reel" has awarded $110,000 in scholarships. Her partners include Disney, WABC-TV, Lincoln Center Institute, and New York Women in Film and Television.

Sade testified before the Maryland State Legislature to help pass lead safety laws while an Anchor in Baltimore. She also worked to enact childhood eye safety laws to help protect Little League players from serious eye injuries. In addition, Sade developed a program to promote self esteem, personal responsibility, and the importance of education at the Boys and Girls Clubs.

Michel Combes CEO, Vodafone Europe,

Michel Combes was the Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone’s Europe Region. He was appointed to this position and joined Vodafone in October 2008 and the Board in June 2009. He left Vodafone on October 31st, 2012.

Michel began his career at France Telecom in 1986 in the External Networks Division, following which he moved to the Industrial and International Affairs Division. He became technical advisor to the Minister of Transportation in 1991, before serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GlobeCast from 1995 to 1999, when he became Executive Vice President of Nouvelles Frontières Group. From 2001 to 2003, he was Chief Executive Officer of Assystem-Brime, a company specialising in industrial engineering.

He returned to France Telecom Group in 2003 as Senior Vice President of Group Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Until January 2006, Michel was Senior Executive Vice President, in charge of NExT Financial Balance & Value Creation and a member of the France Telecom Group Strategic Committee. From 2006 to 2008, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TDF Group.

Michel is a graduate of the Ecole Polytchnique and the Ecole National Superieure des Telecommunications.

Rene Fasel President, International Ice Hockey Federation,

Dr René Fasel was elected IIHF President in June 1994 at the Congress in Venice - his fourth term as President. The dentist played ice hockey, starting as an amateur player and advancing to international referee, and then to an official.

When Fasel became IIHF President, the world federation entered a new era. Fasel was anxious to establish closer contact with the professional organisations in North America and consolidated relations between IIHF and NHL. Thanks to these endeavours, the NHL top professional players competed for the first time at the Olympic Games in Nagano in 1998.

In June 1995, Fasel was appointed, as the very first ice hockey representative in history, to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He has been president of the Association of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) since 2002. He was also named the chairman of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Co-ordination Committee.
He has just been elected to a second successive term on the IOC Executive Board, the highest body within the IOC.

Victor Grove SVP, Training, PrivatAir, Switzerland

Victor studied Hotel Management and Business Studies at Thames Valley University, UK, before joining British Airways in 1980 as a member of the cabin crew.

After 5 years, he was seconded to the Royal Flight of Qatar and, in 1988, was promoted to the role of Purser. Two years later, Victor took on the position of cabin service director, a large part of which included managing and maintaining the highest levels of VIP service amongst all members of the crew.

Victor joined PrivatAir as head of cabin crew in 1992 - when the company was still the corporate air fleet of the Latsis Group. Within five years, his role in the company had grown to include the management of the customer service division as well.

In 1996, Victor became head of customer service and corporate image, and played a key role in transforming the company from a corporate air fleet to a fully commercial operation with revenues in excess of over US$400 Million

During the last five years Victor has continued to strive for perfection in cabin crew service standards. Highlights include developing a strategic relationship with The Ecole Hôtelière of Lausanne to introduce new elements of customer service to the PrivatAir fleet; replicating PrivatAir’s VIP cabin service ethos across its airline services fleet; and establishing a Zurich-based training centre.

After a period of training all VVIP protocol hostess in preparation for the EURO 2008 and assisting in several UEFA events and finals (2008 -2010) Victor joined UEFA in a part time capacity on the 1st March 2010 as Head of Protocol.

Nancy Hogshead-Makar Senior Director of Advocacy, Women's Sport Foundation & Olympic Champion,
United States

Nancy Hogshead-Makar capped eight years as a world class swimmer at the 1984 Olympics, where she won three Gold medals and one Silver medal. Through high school and college dual meets she was undefeated. Major awards include the Nathan Mallison Award, given to Florida’s outstanding athlete, and the prestigious Kiphuth Award, given to the best all-around swimmer nationally.

Today Professor Hogshead-Makar’s work focuses on promoting social justice through sports. She is one of the foremost exponents of gender equity in education, including sports participation, sexual harassment, employment, pregnancy, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. She has testified in Congress numerous times, written numerous scholarly and lay articles, is a frequent guest on national news programs, including 60 Minutes, Fox News, CNN, ESPN, NPR and network morning news programming. She serves as an expert witness in Title IX cases and has written amicus briefs in precedent-setting litigation. She authored EQUAL PLAY, TITLE IX AND SOCIAL CHANGE, from Temple University Press, and PREGNANT AND PARENTING STUDENT-ATHLETES; RESOURCES AND MODEL POLICIES, published by the NCAA. She was elected to the editorial board of the JOURNAL OF INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORT in 2009. Sports Illustrated Magazine listed her as one of the most influential people in the history of Title IX. She is a member of 12 Halls of Fame, has received an honorary doctorate, and numerous awards for her pursuit of social justice through sports.

She earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is an honors graduate of Duke University. She and her husband Scott Makar, a judge on Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, have a son and twin daughters.

Dan Jones Partner, Deloitte,
United Kingdom

Dan and his full time team of 15 people work exclusively on sports-related projects at Deloitte.

The team are based in the UK, but work with clients worldwide, partnering with local Deloitte offices as appropriate. In addition to his full time team Dan also works with all other areas of Deloitte to ensure the firm’s full range of specialist skills are available to clients. Dan personally advises clients on strategic, governance, commercial, regulatory, organisational and financial matters. His client experience includes work with the ATP Men’s & WTA Women’s tennis tours, the British Horseracing Authority, the Ryder Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race, the MCC, British Cycling, the UCI, UK Sport, LOCOG, the International Rugby Board, IMG, and a number of football clubs in the UK and abroad, as well as UEFA, the FA and the Premier League. He is an experienced conference and media spokesman and editor of Deloitte’s sports business publications, including the Annual Review of Football Finance and the Football Money League.

Wilfried Lemke Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace, United Nations,

Lemke has acted as Senator for the Interior and Sport and the Senator for Education and Science in the German State of Bremen. He managed Werder Bremen for 18 years and has been in charge of fundraising for relief projects in the Commonwealth of Independent States and Eastern Europe. In his current role, Lemke is responsible for heading the efforts of the UN in promoting understanding and support for sport as an instrument for development and peace.

Scott Rosner Associate Director, Wharton Sports Business Initiative,
United States

Scott Rosner is a Practice Assistant Professor in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Faculty Associate Director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative. Rosner is also the Academic Director of the Wharton Sports Business Academy. He teaches courses in Sports Business Management and Negotiation, and Sports Law at Penn Law School.

Professor Rosner has led consulting projects with clients including the National Football League (multiple engagements), Major League Baseball (multiple engagements), the United States Tennis Association, Madison Square Garden Sports, the Philadelphia Eagles (multiple engagements), the Philadelphia Union (MLS) (multiple engagements), Philadelphia Sports Congress and Red Bull.

Rosner is the lead author of “The Business of Sports,” a leading textbook now in its second edition. He has also published numerous articles in highly regarded law reviews and journals and has made numerous presentations at academic conferences.

Kenneth Shropshire Director, Wharton Sports Business Initiative,
United States

Kenneth L. Shropshire is the David W. Hauck Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Faculty Director of its Wharton Sports Business Initiative

He joined the Wharton faculty in 1986 and specializes in sports business and law, sports and social impact, and negotiations. He also practices law as Special Counsel at the global law firm Duane Morris LLP.,

His works include the foundational books, In Black and White: Race and Sports in America, The Business of Sports and The Business of Sports Agents. He has consulted for the NCAA, National Football League, the United States Olympic Committee and others. He was an executive with the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee as well as former president of the Sports Lawyers Association, the largest such organization in the world. He is a graduate of Stanford University in Economics and Columbia Law School.

Mikael Silvestre French International Footballer & Founder, Schools for Hope,

In addition to his football career with over 40 appearances for France, and a Premier League career with Manchester United, Arsenal, Internazionale and Werder Bremen, Mikael Silvestre founded Schools for Hope in 2005 to provide a right to education. Working with UNESCO and established in Laos, Niger, Guinea and Haiti, the schools provide reading and writing skills in addition to vocation skills such as electrician training, carpentry, sewing and plumbing to give students the opportunity to have life long skills and maintain infrastructure within their local communities.

Schools for Hope uses sport as a medium to break down social barriers and encourage working with other students to establish reliance and trust amongst their peers, regardless of religious backgrounds.

In addition to Schools for Hope, Mikael is a busy father for four, his children being the inspiration for the charity in the first instance. Mikael is also the founder and owner of luxury rhum company, R. St Barth, and continues to play football.

Doug Solomon Fellow, IDEO,
United States

Doug Solomon is an IDEO Fellow and innovation consultant. For the past five years, Doug was Chief Technology Officer at IDEO, working with clients to leverage technologies that create both business and social value. With more than 25 years of leadership experience in the IT industry, Doug has a particular interest in and knack for collaborative technologies that enable greater community engagement and transform organizations. He currently focuses his time on the domains of health and wellness, technology, innovation and business development.

Prior to joining IDEO, he was vice president of investments at Omidyar Network, where he helped pioneer a new approach to socially impactful investing. He was also senior vice president of corporate development and chief strategy officer at both Apple and Palm, and he held leadership positions at a Paul Allen-owned technology incubator, Interval Research, and several technology start-ups. Doug began his career by applying marketing and other business concepts to public health programs in Asia, where he learned the importance of cultural awareness and community involvement in achieving meaningful social change.

Doug is a volunteer chaplain at Stanford Hospital & Clinics in Northern California, serves on the Board of Industry Leaders of the Consumer Electronics Association, and has been an adviser to GAVI, the global initiative to vaccinate all the world’s children. He advises several other startups and non-profit organizations. Doug has three children and a fabulous wife, who all continually teach him how to be a mensch. He earned a master’s degree from the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Mori Taheripour Senior Advisor, Sport for Development, USAID,
United States

Mori Taheripour is the Senior Advisor for Sport for Development at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). In this role, she serves as the lead U.S. Government representative for promoting sport as a tool in the advancement of international development goals. She is the technical advisor for all Agency sports-based programs and is responsible for driving strategic partnerships between sports organizations, civil society and private sector.

Ms. Taheripour serves as a faculty member in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department at the Wharton School where she teaches Negotiations and Dispute Resolution. In 2007, 2011 and 2012 she received the William G. Whitney Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She is a member of the senior leadership team of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, a partnership among top level business leaders, faculty and students that generates and disseminates knowledge about the sports industry through high-level student consulting assignments, global forums, and research. Her areas of focus include sports and social impact and development programs targeting professional athletes.

Ms. Taheripour earned her MBA from The Wharton School and BA in psychology/premedical studies from Columbia University.

Jean Todt President, FIA,

Todt started his career in 1966 as a rally co-driver, winning the Constructors' World Rally Championship in 1980 with Guy Frequelin for Talbot Lotus. From 1981 to 1993, latterly as Motorsport Director of the PSA Peugeot Citroen Group. In 1993, he left Peugeot and became Team Principal of Ferrari Racing Division (Gestione Sportiva). Under his leadership, Scuderia Ferrari won 13 Formula 1 World titles and 98 Grand Prix.

In 2001, Jean Todt took on responsibility for all motor sport activity for the Ferrari-Maserati Group and became Member of the Board of Directors of Ferrari, before rising to CEO. In 2008, he decided to leave his positions of CEO and Director of Gestione Sportiva while maintaining that of Member of the Board and Advisor to the Chairman. In March 2009, he left Ferrari.

Jean Todt is President of eSafety Aware and Member of the Board of Trustees of FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society. In 2009, he was elected President of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile). He devotes himself to humanitarian and other causes.

Jean Todt is also Vice-President and Founder of the ICM (L'Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epiniere), Brain and Spine Institute.

Stephane Bermon Sports Physician and Exercise Physiologist, Monaco Institute of Sports Medicine and Surgery,

Dr. Bermon is a Sports Physician and Exercise Physiologist at the Monaco Institute of Sports Medicine and Surgery since 2006.
He is graduated (MD, Internal Medicine) from Nice Sophia Antipolis University Medical School and also holds a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Aix-Marseille II.

Prior its qualification as a University Professor (2000 – 2004) he got a “Habilitation à diriger les Recherches” (a French post-doctoral degree allowing its holder to supervise PhD students)
He also holds a Specialised Master (Ecole Centrale de Paris) in Health Engineering.

He is a member of the Medical and Antidoping Commission of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
He is a medical advisor for the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) and for the French Cycling Federation.

Stéphane is the author and co-author of more than 40 books or peer-reviewed scientific papers.

He was team physician for professional soccer team (4 years) and for professional road cycling teams (3 years; Mercury Viatel, Française des Jeux).

Dr. Bermon is 47 years old and was a former professional snowboarder in the early ages. He still practices endurance sports such as long distance triathlon.

Jean-Jacques Bertrand Lawyer, FIFPRO (World Football Players Association),

Lawyer at the Bar of Paris (France) since 1973, Jean-Jacques BERTRAND (63) has been the first French lawyer to practice Sports Law. Since 1974, he has been at the origin of an impressive and significant jurisprudence.
Jean-Jacques BERTRAND is specialized in the defense of athletes. In all the sporting disciplines, he represented several hundreds of athletes such as Jacques ANQUETIL (5 times winner of the Tour of France), Jean-Marc BOSMAN in the famous jurisprudence (CJEU December 15, 1995), Michel Platini (UEFA current President), Eric CANTONA (player of the century at Manchester United), Arsene WENGER (Arsenal’s Manager of), Alain PERRIN (Coach of the Qatar Olympic Football Team), Marie-Josée PEREC (triple gold medal athlete at the Olympic Games), Philippe CANDELORO (World Vice Champion in figure skating, bronze medal at the Olympic Games, European Champion).

He is also the lawyer of many Athletes Associations and one of the lawyers for FIFPRO (World Football Players Association)

Jean-Jacques BERTRAND is also:
- Registered at the State Bar of Arizona (USA) as a Legal Foreign Consultant (,
- Arbitrator at the Arbitration Council of the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF) (
- Arbitrator (2001-2010) at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) (
- Member of the Bar of Paris Sport’s Committee of (
- Board Member Directors at the Sports Lawyers Association (USA) (,
- Founder and Vice-President of the AIAF (Association Internationale des Avocats du Football) (

Bin Hou Triple Paralympic champion, High Jump,

1975 - Was born in Heilongjiang in northeast China;
1982 - Lost my left leg by train accident at the age of nine;
1992 - Started training of high jump;
1996 – High jump champion of the Summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA;
1999 – Leading actor in movie of Everybody’s Favorite;
2000 - High jump champion of the Summer Paralympics in Sydney, Australia;
2004 - High jump champion of the Summer Paralympics in Athens, Greece;
2008 - Lighted the Paralympic flame during the of the Summer Paralympics in Beijing, China;
2009 – Delivered a speech at the 6th session of The United Nations Youth Congress;
2011 – Participated China’s Gobi Desert Challenge;
2012 – Participated Antarctic adventure & Arctic expedition;

I have traveling over the world and delivered more than 1,500 speeches about Paralympics stories. My goal is to spread Olympic spirit and peace trough my speeches, and to raise up people who lost their legs.

Boutros Boutros Senior VP, Emirates Airline,
United Arab Emirates

In his 19-year career with Emirates, Boutros has played a key role in building the company's global brand presence through strategic sponsorships and integrated marketing communications programs. He oversees a team of over 150 professionals and more than 100 global agencies, representing the full marketing spectrum, in delivering creative marketing communications solutions for Emirates.

Wesley Chirchir CEO, Kenya Community Sports Foundation,

I am the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Community Sports Foundation (KESOFO), a sporting organization presently implementing a flagship program titled Sport for Social Transformation (SST), whose goal is to promote the use of sport as the entry point into local communities to address the underlying causes of poverty and as a vehicle to achieve lasting social change. KESOFO believes that the effectiveness of sport & art for communication and social mobilization makes it a highly effective tool for use as a medium of social change with a focus on youth transformation.

I hold the responsibility and accountability for supporting the management and development of KESOFO's work in KENYA as well as managing and growing the organization's programming, increase the quality, efficiency and impact of the programs in the region. Accordingly, I am charged with the task of identifying new funding and partnership opportunities and ensuring that KESOFO establishes strong working relationships and collaborations with partner organizations through regular correspondence, reporting and meetings with such agencies as UN bodies, Government agencies, private sector and Sport Federations. Finally I charged with the onerous task of promoting and advancing the 'Sport for Development' mandate in Kenya and the region.

Lord Coe Chairman, London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games & Olympic Champion,

Lord Coe, recently announced as Chairman, British Olympic Association, was Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games; he led the successful bid to host the world’s biggest sporting event. Before this, he had a successful career in politics, and was one of the greatest athletes of his generation.

On the track, Coe set 12 world records over four distances, achieving four gold and three silver medals in the Olympics and European Championships. Coe has an unusual depth and breadth of experience. After retiring from competitive athletics he entered Parliament as MP for Falmouth and Cambourne, then served as a Government whip and as Private Secretary to Conservative leader William Hague. He also became an advisor to Nike and established a chain of health clubs.

As if steering the 2012 bid for London were not enough, Coe also led the successful bid for London to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships, the third largest sporting event on the planet. Alongside his Olympic responsibilities, Lord Coe is Vice President of the IAAF.

Deedee Corradini President, International Women's Forum and Former Mayor, Salt Lake City,
United States

The Hon. Deedee Corradini is President of the International Women’s Forum. She also currently serves as President of Women’s Ski Jumping USA, and is the former Mayor of Salt Lake City, serving from 1992 to 2000. She also has served in federal and state government posts, as well many years in the private sector, including positions on numerous Boards of Directors.

As Mayor of Salt Lake City, Corradini was instrumental in her city’s successful bid for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. In the years that followed, as President of Women’s Ski Jumping USA, she advocated for, and worked with, elite women ski jumpers from 18 countries to push for women’s inclusion in the Olympic Winter Games. While ski jumping has been an Olympic event since 1924, up until April 6, 2011, it was the only event in the Olympic Games that did not allow women to compete. After a hard-fought, seven-year campaign, the International Olympic Committee agreed to allow women ski jumpers to compete in 2014.

Sebastien Loeb Nine-time World Rally Champion, Citroen,

Sebastien Loeb, born on February 26th, 1974 in Haguenau, France, is a nine-time world champion French rally driver. He holds 75 victories and 112 podiums in the WRC championship.

He won the French Championship and the Junior World Championship Super 1600 (JWRC) in 2001 and the World Championship (WRC) in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. These 9 consecutive World Championship Titles is an impressive record in all motorsports. He has been a member of the Citroen Racing team with copilot Daniel Elena since he began his distinguished racing career.

He is considered to be the most accomplished rally driver of all time. In 2013 he will compete in several races in the WRC with Citroen Racing. Loeb will take on a new challenge : The World Championship WTCC in 2014 and 2015.

Tegla Loroupe UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador/Champion Marathon runner/Founder, Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation,

Tegla is a long-distance track and road runner and a global spokeswoman for peace, women's rights, and education. She is the three-time World Half-Marathon champion and was the first African woman to win the New York City Marathon, which she has won twice. In 2006, she was named a United Nations Ambassador of Sport by Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Elana Meyer CEO/Former World Record-Holder, JAG Foundation/Half Marathon,
South Africa

Elana Meyer – CEO of JAG Foundation

Elana Meyer was born October 10th, 1966 in Albertinia in the Southern Cape, South Africa. Elana, the second of four children, discovered her talent for running at an early age. At thirteen, she won her first official road race – ‘The Foot of Africa’ half marathon.

Soon after, she started competing against the barefoot wonder, Zola Budd, who dominated South African athletics in the 1980s. Elana soon realised that if she wanted to reach the top whether at national or international level – it would require hard work and a total dedication. During the 1980s, Elana achieved great success at national level, and was awarded her Springbok colours as a junior athlete.

The Early Years

Due to South Africa’s sporting isolation, Elana was initially prevented from competing internationally, however this did not deter her from using international standards and times as a benchmark for setting her own running goals. She also used these years to pursue her other goal, that of completing her university studies.

Elana was awarded her B.Comm and B.Comm (Hons) degrees as well as her Higher Education Diploma from the University of Stellenbosch. She then enrolled for a Masters degree in Marketing, but that had to be put aside temporarily in the interest of international racing when South Africa’s period of isolation ended in the early 1990s.

The defining moment of Elana’s career came soon thereafter. Competing in the Barcelona Olympics, South Africa’s first Olympic Games since 1960, Elana was the country’s best hope for a gold medal. The country was not to be disappointed Elana won an historic Olympic medal, creating an abiding memory as she and the winner, Derartu Tulu from Ethiopia, embraced, and then draped their respective flags around their shoulders and ran an historic victory lap together to massive applause from the crowd.

International Career

Showing her versatility, Meyer returned to winning form in the same year and the year thereafter, winning the African title in the 1 500 metres. Another 13 years on the International circuit followed, during which Elana broke five world records and won both a world cup and the world half marathon titles.

For more than a decade from when she exploded onto the international scene in 1992 and when she retired in 2005, Elana performed consistently well on the world stage and was a feared and respected competitor wherever she competed.

The next stage

Elana officially retired from racing in January 2005, but one thing remains certain: she will continue to live life to the fullest. Elana believes that she now has the chance and opportunity to invest her energy and experience into projects that can inspire, empower and encourage others to similarly live life to the fullest. Having received so much encouragement and support from all South Africans during her years of domestic and international racing, Elana is now intent on making a positive contribution to the country she loves so dearly.

Elana is presently Chief Executive Officer of the JAG Sports and Education Foundation. She is responsible for the running of the Foundation and implementing educational and sporting programs which promote physical health, emotional well-being and personal achievement in high risk communities. She is incredibly passionate about the development of sport in disadvantaged areas, devoting all her personal time and energy to ensuring the Foundation touches the lives of children who need a positive role model.

The biggest reward comes from her family , Jacques Jansen van Rensburg and the two children, Christopher (5) and Ene (2), Elana has started pursuing other sporting adventures such as skydiving, rock climbing, proudly summiting Kilimanjaro and finished the ABSA Cape Epic mountainbike stage race. One thing remains certain : She will continue to live life to the fullest.

Eric Shanks President and COO, Fox Sports Media,
United States

Eric Shanks is Co-President and COO of the FOX Sports Media Group. Along with Co-President and COO Randy Freer, he oversees all entities within the Group, including FOX Soccer, SPEED, FOX Deportes, FUEL TV and all digital ventures.

Shanks, along with FOX Sports Media Group Vice Chairman Ed Goren and FOX Sports Media Group Chairman & CEO David Hill, serves as Executive Producer of all FOX Sports productions and is responsible for the look, sound, editorial content and superior quality of FOX Sports studio and game broadcasts. Named to the position in June 2010 at age 38, he is believed to be the youngest president of a broadcast network sports division ever.

Shanks is the third president of FOX Sports since its inception in December 1993, succeeding Hill and Goren. Having joined FOX Sports in 1994 as a broadcast associate, his appointment is the very definition of the American corporate success story. A six-time Emmy Award-winner and a member of the Sports Business Journal’s prestigious “40 Under 40” Hall of Fame, he assumes the day-to-day responsibilities of the FOX Sports broadcast network. He oversees programming, production, field and studio operations, marketing, promotion, communications, business and legal affairs for America’s top-rated network sports division the last 13 years.

He also oversees all aspects of FOX Sports television investments and partnerships. In addition, he spearheads the division’s strategy of pursuing major event programming to ensure FOX Sports position as a premier network sports broadcaster.

Shanks served as executive vice president of DIRECTV Entertainment since 2006, overseeing business activities related to the development of DIRECTV’s original entertainment, advanced products and advertising sales. In addition, he was also responsible for the DIRECTV Sports Networks business unit comprised of regional sports networks in Seattle, Denver and Pittsburgh. In his role, Shanks developed innovative content and services that were compelling and distinct. His advances include the launch of DIRECTV on DEMAND; The 101 Network, which among other programs features the Dan Patrick Show; DIRECTV’s exclusive NASCAR package; the creation of the NFL RedZone feature to DIRECTV’s exclusive NFL SUNDAY TICKET package and its recently announced 3D programming initiative; created the partnership between DIRECTV and Augusta National for the multiscreen coverage of The Masters. In 2006, Shanks formed DIRECTV’s first in-house advertising sales team. He joined DIRECTV in 2004 as senior vice president of Advanced Services and Content responsible for business activities related to the development of DIRECTV receivers and advanced services such as digital video recording, interactive television and high-definition television.

Prior to joining DIRECTV, Shanks served as a producer at FOX Sports and as vice president of Enhanced Programming for FOX Television Networks. Shanks also served as Executive Producer of Sky Sports 1 & 2 where he launched Sky TV’s Soccer coverage in Italy. His accomplishments there include producing NFL Europe coverage and FSN’s THE BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD, as well as launching Sky Sport 1 and 2 for the Sky Italia platform in Italy.

Shanks joined FOX Sports in 1994, the network's inaugural NFL season. He also served on production crews for FOX Sports coverage of the NHL and MLB. Shanks helped develop the FOXTrax “glowing puck” and yellow first down line that is a staple of today’s televised football. He began his sports television career as a broadcast associate at CBS Sports in 1993.

Born September 30, 1971 in Brazil, Indiana, Shanks lives in Los Angeles with wife Brenda, daughter Maisie and sons Jack and David.

Elynah Shiveka Vice Chairperson & Broadcast Journalist, Kenya Hockey Union,

• Master’s Degree in Sports Organizational Management
• Diploma In Mass Communication
• Vice chairperson, Kenya Hockey Union
• Experienced sports Journalist of over 20 years
• Covered both continental and international sporting events including 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing China, 2008 world cross country championships in Edinburgh Scotland, 2007 world cross country championships in Mombasa Kenya, 2002 world women volleyball championships in Dresden/Riesa Germany, 2003 All Africa games in Abuja and Afro Asian Games in Hyderabad India, 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, 1999 World military games in Zagreb Croatia, 1998 Commonwealth games in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria Canada etc.
• Attended various international conferences/congress including FIH congress in 2008 Los Angeles California USA, 2008 IOC world conference for women and sport Dead Sea, Jordan etc

Margaret Talbot President, International Council on Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE),
United States

Margaret Talbot is President of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), the largest such umbrella organization in the world; and Chair of the Education Committee of the International Paralympic Committee. She was President of the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women from 1997 to 2005, when she was awarded an Honorary Life Membership. She is committed to the promotion of multi-disciplinary scholarship and research which supports enquiry in and delivery of high quality sport science and physical education. Her own research has focused on equity and diversity, and policy processes in physical education and sport.

She is Principal of Margaret Talbot Consulting, which has undertaken consultancies for several UN agencies and national governments, working on international and national school sport strategy; establishing 21st Century physical education curricula; the use of sport and physical education in promoting girls’ education; national strategy development; and strategic approaches to international student recruitment. Previous posts include Chief Executive of the Association for Physical Education (UK) and the Central Council of Physical Recreation, the umbrella organization for English and UK non-governmental sport organizations; and Carnegie research professor and Head of Sport at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Professor Talbot was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to physical education and sport in 1993; and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Chichester in 2008. Other awards include the AD Munrow Award by her peers in University sport and physical education; Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts; the Ling Award of the Physical Education Association UK; Honoured Member of the Association for Physical Education (UK); Companionship of the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management; and Pathfinder Award from the USA National Association of Girls and Women in Sport.

Ian Thorpe Multiple Olympic Medalist and World Champion, Swimming,

Regarded as one of Australia’s most popular athletes, Ian Thorpe was the youngest male to ever represent Australia and youngest individual male world champion (at the age of 14). Ian has broken 22 world records, won 9 Olympic medals and 11 world titles, earning the reputation of Australia’s greatest ever Olympian.

To date, in the Olympics Thorpe has won five gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal. These occurred during the 2000 Sydney & 2004 Athens Games in the 200m and 400m individual freestyle events and various relay events, breaking three world records and one Olympic record. From 1998 to 2003 Thorpe won 13 World Championship titles. This achievement is the second highest by any swimmer.

Thorpe attempted a comeback for the London 2012 Olympic Games but found the lead time was not enough to carry out the necessary training (18 months), and missed the required mark at the Australian trials. He subsequently earned excellent reviews for his broadcasting role with the BBC during the Games. His main passion is philanthropy and his charity, Fountain for Youth, is doing remarkable work to reduce the discrimination of indigenous Australian children.

Nicholas Leong Co-Founder, Kenyan Riders

Nicholas Leong is the co-founder of Kenyan Riders, a Singapore-registered sports management company that trains athletically talented Kenyans (who are renowned marathon champions) to become world-class cyclists. It has a multi-national staff of 25. The bicycle is already a relevant part of life in Kenya, being used as a vital means of transport. What Kenyan Riders has done is introduce the sport of cycling as a viable lifestyle choice, and added an extra dimension to the use of the bicycle in Africa.

In tandem with that, Leong has developed good relationships with schools in the area, and is starting school bicycle races. Through these efforts, knowledge of training for cycling will disseminate through the grassroots using equipment that is accessible to a Kenyan.

Through these efforts, he and his team hope to develop the first East African professional cycling team to race at the highest levels in the world.

Prof. Bertrand Moingeon Professor of Strategic Management, Deputy Dean, HEC Paris,

Immersed in the world of sport since the very beginning of his career (competitor, coach, member of the executive committee of a sporting league), Bertrand Moingeon is currently Professor of Strategic Management and Deputy Dean of HEC Paris, one of the world’s leading business schools (ranked number 1 in Europe by the Financial Times since 2006).

A former Visiting Professor at Harvard Business School, he is the author of over sixty articles and chapters on subjects such as organizational learning, strategic innovation and the management of sporting leagues. He has also published several books including Organizational Learning and Competitive Advantage as well as Corporate and Organizational Identities.

He has been an advisor for several sporting associations and leading events including the French Tennis League and the World Equestrian Games.

Pedro Pinto Anchor, CNN World Sport,
United States

Pinto is based in London, covering sport across the European continent. Along with the ‘World Sport’ team, he is responsible for bringing extended sports coverage to CNN’s international audience. Recently he played a key role in CNN’s coverage of London 2012 Olympic Games and 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. Over the course of his sports journalism career Pinto has interviewed such sporting greats as Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho, Fernando Alonso, Roger Federer and footballing legend Pele.

Originally from Portugal, Pinto first gained sports writing experience while attending the University of North Carolina (UNC), Charlotte, where he was the senior sports writer for the University Times. He obtained a bachelors degree in communications and marketing from UNC and then enrolled in the Carolina School of Broadcasting, a one-year intensive broadcasting programme. At UNC, Pinto was honoured with the University Times award for writer of the year in 1993 and was inducted into the Golden Key Honor Society in 1995.

H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani Secretary General, Qatar Olympic Committee,

His Excellency Sheikh Saoud is a keen sportsman, who excels at tennis, table tennis, and football H.E holds a bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University – USA (1993) and Masters Degree in Sports Management at University of Lyon– France under patronage of International Olympic Committee (MEMOS 2003). H.E currently holds many high offices in the sporting world, including Secretary General-CEO of Qatar Olympic Committee, President of Qatar Basketball Federation, Honorary Vice President of International Fencing Federation, Board Member of the GCC Sports Commission and Member of the IOC Sport and Environment Commission.

His Excellency Sheikh Saoud has also held the offices of Vice-President of the International Fencing Federation, President of the Qatar Fencing Federation and Vice President of the Olympic Council of Asia.

He was also Director General of the 17th Arabian Gulf Cup in Qatar, 2004; Director General of the 3rd West Asian Games in Qatar, 2005; board director of the Organising Committee for the 15th Doha Asian Games 2006; board director Doha 2016; Vice Chairman of the Doha 2020 Applicant City, Chairman of UCI 2016 Road World Championship Bid Committee, Chairman of the Organising Committee of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Doha 2010; Chairman of the Organising Committee of 12th Pan Arab Games, Doha 2011.

Nasser Al-Khulaifi Director-General of Al Jazeera Sport Channels,

Nasser Ghanim Al-Khelaïfi (born November 12, 1973 in Qatar) is a Qatari sports businessman, and a former professional tennis player. He is the current president of the Qatar Tennis Federation (QTF) and vice-president of the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF),[1] and has been the director of Al Jazeera Sports since 2006, as well as being the president of Ligue 1 football club, Paris Saint-Germain.

As a tennis professional, Al-Khelaïfi was the second most successful member of the Qatar Davis Cup team after Sultan Khalfan, playing 43 ties between 1992 and 2002 and compiling a 12–31 record in singles, 12–16 in doubles. Al-Khelaïfi appeared twice on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) main tour, losing each time in his first round matches in St. Pölten in 1995 (lost to Muster) and in Doha in 2001. He reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 995 in late 2002.

Intendant General Lassana PALENFO President, Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA); IOC Honorary Member,
Ivory Coast

General Palenfo is an Honorary Member of the IOC since 2012 after serving for twelve years as an IOC Member. Intendant General Palenfo is an active Member of the IOC Commission for Olympic Solidarity, Women and Sport, and International Relations. General Palenfo held numerous military and security related positions in the Ivory Coast and is currently State Minister Responsible for Security since 2000. Intendant Palenfo, a black belt judoka, was also former President of the Ivory Coast Judo and Assimilated Disciplines Federation and as well assumed various positions, among which that of President, within the African Judo Union. Intendant General Palenfo’s implication within the Olympic Movement concretized through his role of vice-president of the international judo federation and later as President of the Ivory Coast National Olympic Committee, which he remains to this day. He also assumes functions as President of ANOCA and its Development and Games Commission.

Guy Drut Member, International Olympic Committee (IOC), and former Minister of Youth Affairs and Sport,

An accomplished sportsman, Guy Drut was a national junior record-holder in 110 m hurdles, pole vault and decathlon (1968). He placed fourth in the 110m hurdles at the European Championships in Athens (1969) and was a silver medallist in 110m hurdles at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. He was European champion in the 110m hurdles in 1974, gold medallist in 110m hurdles at 1976 Olympics in Montreal.

Following his distinguished sporting career, Drut became Chairman of the IOC International Relations Commission (2002-2005) and a member of the following Commissions: Sport for All (1998-2001), 2009 Congress (2007-2009), Evaluation of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 (2008-2009), Coordination for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in 2014, and Entourage.

Javier Faus Senior Vice President of Finance, FC Barcelona

Mr. Faus is the Senior Vice President of Finance at FC Barcelona, one of football’s top franchises. He oversees the Club’s finances, sponsorships, television rights, stadium and other finance-related activities.

Mr. Faus is also Vice President at Real Club de Tenis Barcelona and is a member of the organising committee for the Conde de Godó tennis tournament. In addition to his commitment to sport, Mr. Faus is Chairman & CEO of Meridia Capital, a private equity fund management firm that invests in premium urban hotel real estate on a global scale. In 2010, he was appointed Member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish real estate group Colonial, a publically-traded company with a portfolio valued at more than US $10 billion.

Mr. Faus holds a Law Degree from Universided Autònoma de Barcelona, a Masters in International Law from Georgetown University and an MBA from ESADE Business School. He also maintains a strong presence on campus at Harvard Business School and makes two annual lectures on real estate.

Ayman Jada Consultant, Al Jazeera Sport Channel,

A Qatari Media Expert

Born in Aleppo, Syria on 11/5/1958

Started working in Syrian TV in 1978 and Al-Saqr Sports Magazine as Sports Editor in 1983, then moved to Qatar TV as TV show host and football commentator.

In 1996 he was on the team who kick-started AL Jazeera News Channel, and headed the Sports news section from launch date till 2003 where he was requested among a fine selection to work on launching Al-Jazeera Sport. Managed the Programs department till 2004 when he was appointed as General Manager of the channel till 2008.

He managed in parallel the Media department for the Doha Asian Games Steering Committee 2006.

At present, he is the Channel’s consultant in addition to his original position as presenter and commentator at Al Jazeera Sport Channel

Derrick Heggans Managing Director, Wharton Sports Business Initiative,
United States

Mr. Heggans has served as Managing Director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative at The Wharton School since 2010 (, and also serves as the Program Director of the Wharton Sports Business Academy.

Prior to coming to Wharton, Mr. Heggans served as General Manager of AOL’s Sports Channel. In 2008, was named by Sports Business Journal as one of the “20 Most Influential in Sports Digital Media” and in 2009, named to Sports Business Journal 2009 “Forty Under 40” list of most dynamic young executives in business of Sports under the age of 40. Mr. Heggans also served as Adjunct Lecturer at George Washington University from 2006-2010. From 1998-2004, Mr. Heggans worked as in-house counsel at the National Football League, serving as chief business affairs counsel for all NFL Events (Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, International Series) and broadcast counsel, negotiating a variety of domestic and international media deals. Prior to the National Football League, Mr. Heggans served as a Client Manager in the basketball division of Advantage International (now “Octagon”). Mr. Heggans received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and law degree from The George Washington Law School.

Marie-Jose Perec Triple Olympic and world champion, athletics,

Born in Guadeloupe, Marie-Jose is a triple Olympic Champion in athletics. She competed in the 1992 Games in Barcelona and 1996 Games in Atlanta, specialising in 200 and 400 metres. She is also a double outdoor World Champion and double European Champion.

Thanks to her achievements on the track, she is one of the most accomplished, well-known French athletes. Marie-Jose is only the second athlete to have achieved won both the 200 and 400 metres and the first athlete, male or female, to have won the 400m title at two consecutive Olympics. Her 400m final time of 48.25s remains the Olympic record to this day.

Marie-Jose is the author of two books on athletics and careers.
She is also a media consultant and is involved in the French Athletics Federation and an Ambassador for Sport Stars.

Travis Tygart President, US Anti Doping Agency,
United States

Travis T. Tygart became Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in September of 2007 and works closely with the USADA Board of Directors to carry out the organization’s mission of preserving the integrity of competition, inspiring true sport, and protecting the rights of U.S. athletes.

Under Tygart’s leadership, USADA’s efforts to protect clean athletes have included cooperating with Federal authorities on several investigations, including the international steroid bust, Operation Raw deal and the international doping conspiracy involving the BALCO laboratory in San Francisco. Most recently Tygart led the investigation into doping in the sport of cycling. Tygart’s tenure as CEO also produced the groundbreaking research, “What Sport Means in America,” and the launch of the True Sport initiative (

Tygart has served on various committees and advisory boards including, the Board of Directors for the Sports Lawyers Association, the Board of Governors of the Partnership for Clean Competition, the Association of National Anti-Doping Agencies and was appointed Vice-Chair for the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Independent Observers Team, which monitored doping control and legal processes at the Beijing Games.

Christian Voigt Senior Head of Global Sports Marketing, Sports Licensing & Sports Law, PUMA International Division, PUMA North America Inc.,
United States

As the Senior Head of Global Sports Marketing, Sports Licensing, & Sports Law at Puma North America, Christian is responsible for all global sports marketing business activities of the PUMA Group including football, motor sports, running and golf. He also oversees sports licensing and the related legal matters.

A graduate of the University of Georgia Law School and a member of the New York State Bar, Christian previously held the title of Head of International Sports & Entertainment Law for Puma North America. In this role, he supervised all legal matters in relation to the PUMA Group’s global sports marketing and entertainment activities, sports licensing contracts.

Christian has been a Member of the Board at the World Federation of Sporting Goods Industry since January 2011. He is also a World Champion and 4-year World Record Holder in Frisbee Distance from 1997-2001.

Jean-Jacques Bouya Minister for Spatial Planning and Delegate-General for Major Projects,
Republic of the Congo

Jean-Jacques Bouya is a Congolese politician, and currently holds the position of Minister at the Presidency for Spatial Planning in the government of Congo-Brazzaville. A pilot by profession, he served as Transport Adviser to President Denis Sassou Nguesso beginning in 1997, and then as Delegate-General for Major Projects since 2002.

Born in Mouembé in the Cuvette Region, he went to pilot school at Miler in France and in Miami. Certified on Boeings 737, 727, and Fokker 28, he worked as a professional pilot, flying a presidential aircraft from 1989 to 1992. He was appointed Transport Adviser to the President in November 1997, and in 2002 was appointed as Delegate-General for Major Projects.

On 7 October 2011, he was made responsible for the coordination of the government's work. Following the 2012 election, he was appointed to the government as Minister at the Presidency for Spatial Planning and retained his position as the General Delegation for Major Projects.

Michelle Yeoh Global Road Safety Ambassador, FIA, Hong Kong

Michelle Yeoh, an internationally acclaimed actress and producer, has starred in nearly 30 films including the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha, and most recently the biopic The Lady which portrayed Burmese Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Through her films, she has challenged the traditional views of Asian women by creating very strong female roles.

Michelle has devoted a major part of her time to charitable and social endeavours. She is ambassador of amfAR (the foundation for AIDS research), Force of Nature, Hong Kong Cancer Fund, Live to Love and The Brain & Spine Institute (ICM).

She is also a Global Road Safety Ambassador for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and a member of the Commission for Global Road Safety, which advocates for road injury to be recognised as a global public health and development priority. Since 2008 she has been a leading campaigner for the Make Roads Safe campaign, including leading its successful Call for a Decade of Action, and also travels widely in support of the FIA’s Action for Road Safety initiative.

Juwan Howard NBA star, Miami Heat & Founder, Juwan Howard Foundation,
United States

Juwan Antonio Howard is an American professional basketball player who most recently played for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Miami Heat stellar performance during the 2011-2012 season earned Howard his first NBA Finals championship ring during the 2012 NBA Finals. He became the first NBA player to sign a $100 million contract.

Howard has developed a reputation as a humanitarian for his civic commitment and passion for helping urban youth. He is the founder and president of the Juwan Howard Foundation, an organisation that actively utilises basketball activities among underprivileged youth in Washington, DC and Chicago. In 2001, he was recognised as one of the "Good Guys in Sports" by The Sporting News for his civic contributions. In April 2010, Howard won the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his community efforts, philanthropic work and charitable contributions. His foundation partners with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to reach 30,000 kids annually with a reading challenge.

Howard is currently the Founder & Chairman of P5NBA. An initiative founded by the All-Star NBA player for other current and retired NBA players, he is working to mentor fellow players both personally and financially in the area of real estate development.

Martin Davidson Chief Executive, British Council,

Martin Davidson took up the role as Chief Executive of the British Council in April 2007, having been Deputy Director-General since September 2005. The British Council uses sport to engage young people worldwide, contributing to the development of skills, confidence and education. Through International Inspiration, the British Council works in partnership to enrich the lives of millions of children and young people of all abilities in schools and communities across the world by offering them the opportunity to participate in high-quality physical education, sport and play.

Another flagship project, Premier Skills, is a partnership between the British Council and the Premier League that uses football as a tool to develop the skills of young people. The programme concentrates on grassroots community coaching, engaging youth in underserved communities, and generating English language products for teachers and learners.

Prior to the British Council, Martin worked for the Hong Kong Government as an Administrative Officer. He joined the British Council as Assistant Representative in Beijing in 1984. Martin was responsible for opening the South China office in Guangzhou in 1989 and returned to Beijing in 1995 as Director China.

Andrea Baldini Olympic, World and European Champion, Fencing,

Andrea is an Italian fencer, specialising in foil, and he is a member of the Italian Air Force team and the National team. He was born and raised in Livorno; in 2005, aged just 20, he won the silver medal at the World Youth Championship and the bronze medal at the European Championship in Zalaegerszeg - the beginning of a extraordinary career.

After becoming European and world champion, Andrea had his biggest moment – gold with the Italian foil team at London 2012, eradicating the memory of Beijing, the Prohibited City, the title of the book that recounted his ban from Beijing 2008, before he was completely exonerated the following year.

Through perseverance, a hunger to succeed, and humility, Andrea set the record straight with team and individual gold at the European championships and becoming world champion. He has also studied International Cooperation at university and collaborated with FourForAfrica. As he says, sport is only a part of life, even for a champion.

Nada Zeidan First female GCC rally driver and archer in two Asian Games, Qatar

A pioneer of women’s sports in the Middle East, Nada has established herself as a role model for girls regionally. As the first GCC female rally driver, Nada was the first to win three Ladies Cups and was also the first GCC woman to compete in the World Rally Championships (WRC).

At the 2002 Asian Games, Nada became the first woman to represent Qatar at an international sporting event (archery). She was the sole female Ambassador for the 2006 Doha Asian Games and served as the ‘Face of the Bid’ for Qatar’s 2016 Olympic Bid. Nada was the only Gulf Arab sportswoman on the Official 2012 London Olympics Torch Relay and was voted Qatar’s “Sportswoman of the Year” in the Arab Women of the Year Awards 2012.

She has a degree in nursing and works as the Athletes Relation Manager at Aspetar Sports Orthopaedics and Sport Medicine Hospital, Qatar.

Hilal Al Kuwari President, Aspire Zone Foundation,

Hilal Jeham Al Kuwari has a distinguished history in high-level sports and other large-scale development projects. He oversaw the development and operation of the Sports City project, now known as Aspire Zone Foundation, including planning and infrastructure overlay for the venues of the 15th Asian Games, held in Doha in 2006.

A significant contributor to projects for sports clubs in Qatar, Mr. Al Kuwari was involved in developing the innovative cooling technology system at Al Sadd Sports Club, which allows for sports activities to be played all year round.

With a background in Engineering, he served in senior management positions at Qatar Petroleum and Ras Gas City where he was the Manager of Support Services. His outstanding work was officially recognised in 2009 with fellow engineers from the GCC when he was awarded the Best Engineer in the State of Qatar.

In addition to his duties at The President of Aspire Zone Foundation, Mr. Al Kuwari is a member of several government tender committees including the General Tender Committee of the Public Works Authority, General Tender Committee of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and Central Tender Committee for Qatar. He is involved in major projects including the planning and operation of Katara Cultural Village and the Salwa Road redevelopment.

Iñigo Arenillas Head of International Projects in Africa and Middle East, Real Madrid Foundation

For more than a decade, Iñigo has been involved in development cooperation programmes. He began as a volunteer for the NGO Madreselva in Tanzania, Colombia and Venezuela. In 2002, he went on to specialise in project cycle management and promotion of NGOs and foundations.

From 2004 to 2007, Iñigo worked with the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation, AECID. His work was centred in West Africa, particularly in the Spanish Action Plans for Senegal, Cape Verde, Gambia and Guinea Bissau. Between 2007 and 2008, he launched several projects for the Spanish Ministry of Trade in Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Angola, Cape Verde and Ghana.

He is now responsible for international projects with the Real Madrid Foundation, focused on the promotion of sport as a working tool for long-term development projects and emergency aid. Iñigo is heavily involved in the promotion and creation of social sports academies in Africa and Middle East.

H.E. Sheikh Faisal bin Mubarak Al Thani Executive Director, Doha GOALS

H.E. Sheikh Faisal bin Mubarak Al Thani had a distinguished career in Qatar ministry of foreign affairs. A graduate in political science from the American University in Washington DC, he served as President of Al Arabi Sports Club between 2006 and 2008 and is a former board member of the Qatar football association. His Excellency currently serves as the Executive Director of The Doha GOALS Forum foundation.

Francois Moriniere CEO, L'Equipe Group,

A graduate of The Ecole Supérieure de Commerce of Paris, François Morinière began his career in international marketing. He has more than 15 years of experience working successively at Rossignol, Monsanto, and Scotts.

In January 2001 he became Chairman of the Board of Giraudy, and CEO of CBS Outdoor in October 2004 through 2008 before taking his position as Managing Director of L’Equipe Group.

H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jabor bin Jassim Al-Thani President, Qatar Statistics Authority, Qatar

H.E. Sheikh Hamad Bin Jabor Bin Jassim Al-Thani is the President of the Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA), and was instrumental for its formation in June 2007. He supervised the preparation of the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics, pioneered the 2010 National Population, Housing and Establishment Census, and established the National Population Policy and the Qatar Information Exchange (QALM).

Up till November 2011, Sh. Hamad was the Director General of the General Secretariat for Development Planning (GSDP), in addition to his post as the president of QSA. He played a vital role in the development of Qatar Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2011-2016.
Prior to assuming his office at GSDP, and for four years, Sheikh Hamad was the Secretary General of the Planning Council, where he had the responsibility for planning the Social and Economic Policies of Qatar. During that period, he also supervised the Qatar National Public Sector Development Project.

Sheikh Hamad is a member of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee ,Board member of Qatar Chemical Company (Q-Chem), Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC), Qatar National Bank (QNB), Ultimate Resource – Qatar Finance. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Qatar University, Chairman of ISI Al-Khawarezmi Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Governing Board of UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Board member of: The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21),Chief of the national Legacy 2022. He is the Chairman of the National Advisory Statistics Committee , and Chair of Business advisory Council . Vice-Chairman of the AIDS Control Committee.

Previously, he served in Qatar Petroleum (QP) for fifteen years, holding various administrative, senior management positions including those of Human Resource Manager and ultimately the Director of Administration in charge of the departments of Human Resources, Corporate Training, General Services and Medical Services. His contributions in transforming Qatar Petroleum to a learning and performance-based corporation, are well known. He was the driving force behind the celebrated Oil & Gas Industry Strategic Qatarisation Plan.
Sheikh Hamad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Metropolitan State College, Denver, Colorado (USA).

H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al-Thani Vice President Education, Qatar Foundation & Chairman, World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE),

HE Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani is Vice President, Education, at Qatar Foundation, where he is leading the evolution of an international consortium of elite universities into an integrated centre of academic excellence. Dr Al-Thani is also Chairman of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), the leading global forum for innovative practice in education.

The World Economic Forum recently named Dr Al-Thani a Young Global Leader for his regional role in education reform and innovation. In 2010 Dr Al-Thani co-organized a Ministerial Colloquium on Quality of Education in the Arab World which committed 17 Arab states to a common evaluation system of basic education.

Among a diverse range of education-related initiatives, Dr Al-Thani is a board member of the Qatar Leadership Centre, an initiative of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Heir Apparent of the State of Qatar. Dr Al-Thani is a member of Qatar’s Supreme Education Council, which oversees reform at the K-12 level. He is on the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg and is a Board Member of the Palestine Happy Child Center, which promotes the welfare of traumatised children.

Hassan Al-Thawadi Secretary General, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee,

Hassan Al Thawadi holds the position of Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, the organisation responsible for coordinating amongst government agencies within the state to ensure infrastructure and development projects are delivered in readiness for the event in 2022.

His appointment in March 2011 as Secretary General follows on from his role as CEO in Qatar’s 2022 Bid Committee, in which he worked closely with Bid Chairman, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, promoting Qatar’s revolutionary and ultimately successful attempt to bring the FIFA World Cup to the Middle East for the first time.

A graduate in Law from Sheffield University, Hassan is also General Counsel at Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Qatar Holding – entities founded by the State of Qatar in 2005 to diversify the country’s economy and that have recently invested in Porsche, Volkswagen, Barclays Bank, the New York Stock Exchange and Harrods.

Prior to joining QIA in 2006, Hassan worked for Qatar Petroleum.

Hassan also holds a board position with Hassad Food Company – Qatar’s premier worldwide investor/developer in the agriculture and livestock sector.

Wei Du Chairman, Beijing Bel Ao Group and Vice President, Beijing Olympic Economy Research Association,

Mr Du is a Council member of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, as well as Vice President of Beijing Reform and Development Society and Deputy Director of Beijing Broker Association. He is also a Guest Professor with Beijing Sport University.

He has been in the field of sports and marketing for decades and held positions such as division head of the Beijing Municipal Sports Commission and was involved with preparation work with the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Chinese National Games, as well as the 11th Asian Games. Mr Du was involved in the Bid preparation work for the Beijing Olympic Games and the 21st Universiade Organizing Committee. He has written dozens of articles and been interviewed by the national and local media, while maintaining an unique viewpoint over the positive influence of the Olympic Games in the development of Beijing city, China’s sport industry and marketing, as well as the full development and utilization of the post-Olympic legacy.

Mario Garnero Chairman of the Board, BrasilInvest Group,

Mario Garnero is one of Brazil´s most accomplished entrepreneurs. Throughout his five-decade career, he has led Brazil in promoting greater international cooperation, which has resulted in the important transfers of knowledge and technology to Brazil. He is Chairman of the Board and principal shareholder of the Brasilinvest Group, a business organization established in 1975 as a private business agency operating along the lines of a classic “banque d’affaires” or merchant bank.

After becoming director of Volkswagen do Brasil in 1979, Garnero chaired the National Automakers Association and subsequently chaired the National Confederation of Industries (CNI). As the Chairman of NEC do Brasil in the beginning of the 1990s, he was a pioneer in bringing mobile phone technology to Brazil, and continues to play a role in high-tech ventures.

Garnero is widely regarded as the “father of the ethanol car in Brazil’, thanks to his contribution for the implementation of over 1 million ethanol cars while president of the National Association of Automotive Vehicle Manufacturers.

Wen Wang Chairman, Hollyland Sports Corporation,

Wang is a renowned sports marketing expert, sports agent and sports investor. He is the chairman of Sports Finance Groups, the Group Chairman of Holyland Sports (Holdings), the Secretary General of International Financial Investment Federation and sports industry committee, and the Vice President of Beijing Sports Industry Association.

He has a financial MBA from Changjiang Business College, with more than 10 years’ management and investment experience in the sports industry. He has also worked for the State Sport General Administration and the renowned 4A advertising company, as well as event management corporations and large investment banks.

Lord Mandelson Chairman, Global Counsel LLP

Peter Mandelson is a Member of the House of Lords; Chairman of Global Counsel, a strategic advisory firm; and Senior Adviser to Lazard. Lord Mandelson was elected to Parliament in 1992 and entered British government in 1997, serving as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

In 2004, he became EU Commissioner for Trade, until 2008 when he re-entered the British government serving as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills until 2010.

He published his autobiography, The Third Man (Harper Collins) in 2010.

Frédéric Thiriez President, French Football League,

Frédéric Thiriez has been an administrator at the French Football League since 1995 and president since his election on 28 May 2002. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the French Football Federation and was also a Federal Council member of the FFF from 1992 to 1995 and 2002 until July 2011. He is a member of UEFA's Professional Football Strategic Council and he is also vice-president of the European Professional Football Leagues (Association Européenne des Ligues de Football Professionnel) and general secretary of the National Federation of Professional Sporting Leagues, of which he was one of the founding presidents.

After his time as Political, Financial and Administrative Affairs Director in the DOM-TOM Ministry for Overseas Territories from 1988 to 1990, he became, in 1990, lawyer at the State Council and Appeals Court and founded the firm SCP Lyon-Caen/Fabiani/Thiriez. He was elected to the Council of the Order of Lawyers in 2009. Since March 2012, he has been a member of the GIP Guyana Administrative Council 2014/2016.

Jizhong Wei Chairman of the Sports Committee of the OCA, Beijing Olympic Economy Research,

As one of the most important figures in the Chinese Olympic history, Wei Jizhong is the father of the Chinese sports industry and Olympic industry. Mr. Wei Jizhong involved in the Olympic Games since 1974 , and has served as the Secretary General of Chinese Olympic Committee for 12 years, Vice President of Chinese Volleyball Association, Senior Advisor of The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, First Vice-President of the CVA, the Chairman of the Sports Committee of the OCA, president of the Beijing Olympic Economy Research Association , the FIVB President, and other important duties. 72-year-old Wei Jizhong is the witness of the Beijing Olympic Application and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba President,
Gabonese Republic

Ali Bongo Ondimba entered political life in Gabon in 1981. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1989 and 1991, and then became a member of the National Assembly before going on to become Defence Minister from 1999 to 2009. In July 2009, he was chosen as the official candidate for the Gabon Democratic Party (PDG) for the presidential election due to take place following the death of his father, the Head of State. He was elected President of the Gabonese Republic on 30 August 2009 and took the presidential oath on 16 October 2009.

Since being sworn in, he has launched a number of large scale economic and infrastructure projects as well as a series of political and administrative reforms, all with a view to turning Gabon into an emerging economy. President Ali Bongo Ondimba is married to Sylvia Bongo Ondimba and is father to four children. He is a keen historian and nurtures two great passions, football and music. He is particularly fond of classical music, jazz and bossa nova and has even composed some musical pieces himself.

Laurent-Eric Le Lay Chairman and CEO, Eurosport,

Laurent-Eric Le Lay, 45, has extensive international experience in the global sports media industry. In 2006, he was appointed Chairman and CEO, Eurosport Group. Under his leadership, Eurosport has enjoyed rapid expansion and growth placing new media as a strategic axis of development for the group; piloting the launch of HD and 3D TV; developing sports event management arm and business division, Eurosport Events, as well as moving into new territories such as Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Under his lead, the revenue has grown by 50% and operating profit has been multiplied by two.

Le Lay is passionate about sports with a personal love of tennis and golf. Committed to the role of sports in society, Le Lay has created a think tank together with neuropsychiatrist, Boris Cyrulnik, dedicated to "Sport & Resilience". The first symposium took place in June 2012.

Prior to becoming Chairman and CEO, he was Managing Director, Broadcast for Eurosport in addition to his role as Head of Sports Acquisitions – TF1 Group.

Hitmi bin Ali Al Hitmi Founder and Group Chairman, Barwa Real Estate Company,

Hitmi Al Hitmi is Chairman of Barwa Real Estate Group; it provides real estate services such as management, development and brokerage. Barwa, which operates according to Islamic law, is 45 per cent owned by Qatari Diar, the Qatar government’s real estate investment company.

He started his business career at Qatar National Navigation (Milaha), rising to Board Member of the Board of Directors and a Member of the Executive Committee. He is also a Board Member of Doha Insurance Company and Chairman of Al Arabi Club. Al Hitmi has a Bachelor of Business and Administration from the United States.

Bernard Mariette President & CEO, Coalision

Bernard Mariette is the President and CEO of Coalision. Founded in 1989, Coalision controls the clothing brands Orage, Lolë, and Paradox. Bernard was formerly President of Quiksilver, a large manufacturer of board sport-related equipment, and has also worked with Marks & Spencer, L'Oreal, and Timberland.

During his time as President at Quiksilver, Bernard was credited with the company’s growth and success. The company’s operations in Europe rose from $40 million to $700 million over a period of 10 years. While he was President, the company purchased DC Shoes, Cleveland Golf, and Skis Rossignol. Between 2001 and 2008, sales went from $600 million to $2.4 billion. Since Bernard took over at Coalision in 2009, sales increased by 50 per cent for the group and doubled for Lolë.

More than a company, Coalision spreads a strong culture of sharing and wellbeing through the brands. Bernard firmly believes in doing business while doing good for the community. In 2007, Christine Lagarde (Managing Director of the IMF) presented him with the Medal of Merit. In addition to being an accomplished businessman, Bernard is also passionate about outdoors sports, in 2011 he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

Joel Bouzou President, Peace and Sport,

Joël Bouzou is the President of Peace and Sport, L'Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport, and the President of the World Olympians Association (WOA). He is an accomplished Modern Pentathlete, competing in four Olympic Games - 1980, 1984 (bronze medallist), 1988 and 1992 - and becoming World Champion in 1987. He is also the current Vice-President of the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM), and Advisor to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

He believes sport has the unique ability to transform lives, build communities and address the most challenging issues facing today’s society. Mr Bouzou has been awardedthe Legion of Honour, the National Order of Merit and Gold Medal for Youth and Sports in France. In addition to these awards, he was given the Doctor Honoris Causa in Humane Letters from the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica and the Medal of Honor for the Contribution in Development of Physical Culture and Sports in Russia.

Claudio Sulser Chairman of the Ethics Committee, FIFA,

Claudio Sulser is a former professional football player who made about 50 appearances for Switzerland and made his career with FC Mendrisiostar, Vevey Sports, Grasshopper Club Zurich and FC Lugano. At Grasshopper Club Zurich, he won the Swiss Super League Championship 4 times and was UEFA European Cup (today’s Champions League) Top Scorer.

During his football career, he graduated from Zurich University in Law. Today, he works as a lawyer in Lugano, in the Italian part of Switzerland.

He is President of the Board of Directors of a Swiss bank active in the private banking sector and is specialised in offering asset management services to institutional investors. He is a member of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Swiss Olympic Association for doping cases.

He was Chairman of the FIFA Ethics Committee until July, the last Chairman before the reform of the organisation with the division of this committee into an investigatory and an adjudicatory chamber.

Laurent Vidal Chairman, Sorbonne-ICSS Research Program on Ethic and Sport Integrity, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University,

Laurent Vidal is the Chairman of the Sorbonne-ICSS Research Program on Ethics and Sport Integrity at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. As well as being a professor at the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, he is co-director of the Department of Business Public Law of the Legal Research Institute of the Sorbonne - André Tunc (IRJS - Paris 1). He is an expert in public corporate law, specialising in contractual and regulatory activities involving French and foreign authorities and, more broadly, public projects related to the administration of private and public companies.

His practice is centred on drafting and solving disputes in relation to public procurement, contract and competition law, mainly in the context of matters dealing with national and European Union competition law. He has experience in advising and litigating on behalf of various clients, including the French State and other governments.

Vidal is also associate researcher at the IRISSO-CNRS (the French National Center for Research) at University Paris Dauphine, where he is co-leads several research initiatives relating to the interaction between law and economic theory.

John Steele CEO, Youth Sport Trust,

John Steele has a unique blend of experience in creating and leading high performing teams, developed as a professional sports coach and Chief Executive in the private, public, and charitable sectors.

He served as an army officer, having been trained at the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to lead teams in high pressure environments. On leaving the army he worked in the corporate world before becoming a professional rugby player. On finishing his playing career, John turned to coaching and successfully led Northampton Saints to become European Champions. John’s experience in rugby union also saw him serve on the England Rugby Board during the successful World Cup campaign of 2003 and be appointed as CEO of the Rugby Football Union.

The winning of the bid for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics saw John take up post as CEO of UK Sport, which he led for a six-year period into Beijing and London. With the nation’s sporting focus switching to an Olympic legacy for “an inspired generation”, John took up his current post as Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust.

President Obasanjo Former President,

Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo served as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1999 until 2007. Upon leaving office, he oversaw the first civilian handover of power in Nigeria from one democratically elected leader to another.

He has at different times served as Chairman of the Group of 77, Chairman of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Chairman of the African Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee on NEPAD, and today serves on the African Progress Panel to monitor and promote Africa‘s development. In 2008, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Obasanjo as his Special Envoy on the Great Lakes.

President Obasanjo is also Founder of the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation, a UK-based charity that has a mission of advancing Human Security for All. The Foundation has wide ranging initiatives of Feeding Africa, Youth Empowerment, Education for Girls and a health initiative focused on non-communicable and water borne diseases.

G.William Hunter Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association,
United States

Billy Hunter is the Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association, the union for professional basketball players in the NBA. His principal duty is to enhance the financial, educational and emotional well-being of NBA players to ensure they maximize their opportunities on and off the court.

Serving as the chief negotiator during collective bargaining between the NBA and its players, Mr. Hunter has been credited for maintaining NBA players’ status as amongst the best compensated professional athletes in team sports worldwide. In 1998 Mr. Hunter formed the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA), the first major sports union in the USA to represent female athletes.

Mr. Hunter served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California and worked for several years as a prosecutor in both Alameda County and San Francisco. He has a BA from Syracuse University, a JD from Howard University and an LLM the University of California-Berkeley. He played professional football with the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins in the 1960s.

Nasser Al Attiyah winner of the Dakar Rally and world rally contender, Citroen, and Olympic bronze medallist, clay pigeon shooting, Qatar

Al-Attiyah is a Qatari rally driver and sport shooter. He has participated in the Production World Rally Championship (PWRC), which he won in 2006, and the Dakar Rally, which he won in 2011. This year, he is driving for the Citroën team in the World Rally Championship.

He won the PWRC in 2006, his third year in the championship, with co-driver Chris Patterson in a Subaru Impreza. After winning the 2008 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup in a BMW, he took part alongside Swedish female co-driver Tina Thorner in the 2009 Dakar Rally in Argentina. In the 2009 World Rally Championship season Nasser scored his first point in Argentina, the fifth stage, and he finished second in the 2010 Dakar Rally behind Carlos Sainz, who had the smallest winning margin in the history of the race. In 2011, Al-Attiyah won the Dakar Rally - the only Arab to win the race.

As well as rally driving, he competes in clay pigeon shooting at an international level. He came fourth in the 2004 Olympic Games in clay pigeon shooting and 15th overall in the 2008 Olympic Games, missing out on qualification for the final round by two points. This summer, he won Olympic bronze medal after a shoot-off against Valeriy Shomin.

Zaid Mohseni Co-Founder and COO, MOBY Group & Co-Founder, Afghan Premier League,

Zaid Mohseni is the co-founder and COO of MOBY Group, a diversified media entity in South and Central Asia and the Middle East founded in 2002. MOBY Group employs over 900 staff across 13 integrated businesses including radio and TV stations, print media, digital, creative agencies, technology solutions, and strategic partnerships. Currently, it specialises in reaching millions of Dari, Farsi, Pashto and English speaking people across the region as well as other substantial populations and language groups across the Middle East and in South Asia.

A lawyer by trade, Zaid graduated from Monash University, where he studied Economics and Law, in 1992. In 1993, he joined Wilmoth Field Warne, a Melbourne-based, boutique law firm, where he was eventually promoted to Partner and stayed for 12 years. In 2004, Zaid relocated to Afghanistan, where he joined Moby Group in a full-time role.

Nick Keller Founder, Beyond Sport,
United Kingdom

Nick Keller is the Founder of Beyond Sport. It was a logical next step for someone who has spent nearly all his working life in sport. In 2000 he set up Benchmark Sport, an entrepreneurial sports company whose brands also include the Sport Industry Group and Square Mile Sport.

During his career Nick has worked with, and consulted for, an array of blue-chip brands including Bloomberg, HSBC and Virgin Atlantic. He was awarded the Entrepreneurial Media Boss of the Year in 2003 and supports two London-based youth charities.

He has been inspired by sport since childhood and believes that as a restless fidgety pupil, sport was his saviour. Nick still enjoys tennis, running and cycling, and has completed London's Marathon and Triathlon. He didn't enjoy either of these but he did have the idea for Beyond Sport in the shower after, for which he is eternally grateful to the pain, the cramp and the blisters.

Riccardo Fraccari President, International Baseball Federation (IBAF)

Serving as a high-ranking baseball official within the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation since 1985, Mr. Fraccari was voted into office as IBAF president in December 2009. As International baseball’s chief, he has worked to bring cohesion to the international baseball calendar, working closely with the preeminent professional leagues of the world.

Under his tenure as IBAF president, he negotiated a multi-million dollar agreement with USA’s Major League Baseball (MLB), which starting in 2013 grants the “World Baseball Classic” champion the official status as “World Champion,” as recognized by the IBAF.

The agreement also sees the implementation of a qualification system and silver and bronze medal games, bringing the event in line with the Olympic model, while transforming/expanding this event from an invitational tournament into a true world championship. Mr. Fraccari participated in 7 Olympic Games as a baseball umpire, umpire director and an official.


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