Speakers

Abdul Halim Abdul Kader

Title:
SECRETARY GENERAL
Company:
ISTAF - International Sepaktakraw Federation

Established in 1988 by visionaries within the Asian Sepaktakraw Federation (ASTAF), the International Sepaktakraw Federation (ISTAF) is the undisputed international governing body for the sport of Sepaktakraw, recognised as such by the Olympic Movement. Officially based in Thailand and with its Secretariat in Singapore, ISTAF has benefited both from a healthy continuity of leadership and from the incredible drive displayed by its executive.

Under the stewardship of ISTAF President, Maj. Gen. Charouck Ariracharakan, and its long-serving Secretary General, Dato? Abdul Halim Kader (often described as the hardest-working man in the sport), ISTAF has today grown to represent over 30 member associations, and a budding international Sepaktakraw community throughout Europe, Oceania and the Americas.

Under ISTAF?s expert guidance, Sepaktakraw has enjoyed medal-sport status at the South-East Asian Games since 1965, and uninterrupted medal status at the Asian Games since 1990. It was also introduced as a demonstration sport at the 2009 World Games in Chinese Taipei.

Angela Ruggiero

Title:
Chair, IOC Athletes' Commission, IOC EB Member
Company:
International Olympic Committee

Balázs Fürjes

Title:
Chairman
Company:
Budapest 2024

Ben Avison

Title:
Editorial Director
Company:
Host City
Website:

HOST CITY is the media brand of choice for cities, rights holders, organising committees and suppliers in their quest for best practice on hosting major events. First published in 2003 for the organisers of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, HOST CITY magazine, website and event now serve stakeholders in all international sports, business and cultural events.

Bent Sorensen

Title:
Head of Communications
Company:
European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017

Bill Sweeney

Title:
CEO
Company:
British Olympic Association

Governing Body for The British Olympic Association

Charmaine Crooks

Title:
President
Company:
NGU Consultants Inc

Chris Wells

Title:
Communications Manager
Company:
WA - World Archery Federation

World Archery is the international governing body for the sport of archery. It is recognised the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee and many other organisations. World Archery serves to promote and regulate archery worldwide, developing the sport with over 160 member associations through international events, coaching and development.

World Archery was founded on 4 September 1931 in Lwow, Poland by seven nations (France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, the United States, Hungary and Italy) as FITA. The federation is currently based in the Olympic capital of Lausanne, Switzerland.

World Archery is responsible for the premier international archery tour, the Archery World Cup, which it has organised since its inaugural year in 2006.

Craig Howe

Title:
CEO & Founder
Company:
Rebel Ventures

David DeBehr

Title:
Head of Sales Aggreko Major Events
Company:
AGGREKO

David Eades

Title:
Director
Company:
Allday Media Ltd and BBC News

David Lucas

Title:
Head of International Federations
Company:
Nielsen Sports

Supplier of sports market research, analytics and consultancy

David Simon

Title:
President
Company:
Los Angeles Sports Council
Website:

The Los Angeles Sports Council works to attract major sporting events to the Los Angeles area, often staging or helping to stage events after successful bids. We have been awarded World Championships or World Cups in six different Olympic sports in addition to the Super Bowl, Breeders' Cup, Olympic Trials, NCAA Championships and many others.
We also stage the annual L.A. Sports Awards, a televised event now in its 13th year.

Dirk-reiner Martens

Title:
Partner
Company:
Martens Rechtsanwälte

Eiji Uda

Title:
Chief Technology Innovation Officer
Company:
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is the organisation responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020. The city of Tokyo, Japan's vibrant capital, was elected as Host City of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 7 Sept. 2013.
The organising committee was launched on 24 Jan. 2014. Spearheaded by former Prime Minister of Japan Yoshiro Mori as organising committee President, the Organising Committee is composed of members from various organisations including the Japanese Olympic Committee, the Japanese Paralympic Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the national government.

Fiona Green

Title:
Director, Co-Founder
Company:
Winners FDD Ltd

Winners is a consultancy that specialises in the use of CRM and Business Intelligence in the sports industry. When sports organisations emulate the data-driven approach to customer engagement used by brands such as Amazon, Netflix, and eBay, the natural loyalty, passion and excitement they create will result in a growth in ticket revenue, increased merchandise sales, greater participation, and partners and sponsors who are prepared to invest more.

Governing bodies that rely on centralised or public funding, and clubs that suffer fluctuating fortunes, will be able to create a sustainable business model driven by an unparalleled level of customer service and access to insights that enable fact-based decision making.

By converting fan loyalty into repeat purchases and re-engaging disenfranchised fans, clubs and teams can experience year-on-year financial growth irrespective of success. Federations retaining players and volunteers already participating will no longer have a reliance on major event hosting to create legacies.

Winners provides the support, guidance, tools and tactics to help rightsholders achieve all of this - we implement the CRM processes used by the most successful companies in the world, aligned for the size of their organisation and business goals

Greg Stremlaw

Title:
Head of CBC Sports & General Manager, Olympics
Company:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

CBC Sports takes pride in ensuring Canadians always know the athletes who represent them before they see them at the top of a podium. The network has forged a legacy of excellence through a history of providing audiences with world-class coverage of some of the most memorable moments in Canadian sport.

As Canada’s Olympic Network and home to numerous World Cup and World Championship events, CBC Sports continues that tradition by extending this conversation through year-round coverage of Canada’s high-performance and next-generation athletes on and off the field of play, allowing fans to follow the athlete’s journey from grassroots to the Olympic Games.

CBC Sports brings fans closer to the athletes they admire through in-depth stories – often told by the athletes themselves – across multiple platforms, including: Road To The Olympic Games hosted by Scott Russell and Andi Petrillo each weekend on CBC-TV; live streaming event coverage at cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app; and through Off Guard, a new weekly podcast – a first for CBC Sports – hosted by Olympian and World Champion hurdler, Perdita Felicien, that goes beyond the scores and statistics to reveal personal stories from some of the biggest names in high-performance sport.

Ishveen Anand

Title:
CEO + Founder
Company:
OpenSponsorship

The largest global sports sponsorship marketplace connecting brands directly to athletes, teams, events and agencies for marketing purposes.

Jackie Brock-doyle

Title:
Executive Director; Communications for the IAAF
Company:
IAAF - International Association of Athletics Federations

Governing body of International Athletics

Jakob Larsen

Title:
Director
Company:
Danish Athletic Federation

Danish Athletic Federation

Jay Balmer

Title:
Co-Founder, COO
Company:
Session Games Inc

Session Games is a production company specializing in creating, delivering, and operating original sports games.
Our Vancouver-based team is uniquely experienced, driven by our passion for quality games and sports. Session is growing a portfolio of profitable titles; for ourselves, and our selected partners.

Jens Sejer Andersen

Title:
International Director
Company:
Play the Game

Play the Game is an initiative run by the Danish Institute for Sports Studies (Idan), aiming at raising the ethical standards of sport and promoting democracy, transparency and freedom of expression in world sport. Through its nine international conferences since 1997, its website, news production, extensive network, and research initiatives, Play the Game has become a unique independent platform for raising and developing awareness on a number of issues related to modern sport.

Jeongkang Seo

Title:
Chief of Staff
Company:
WTF - World Taekwondo Federation

The World Taekwondo Federation is the International Federation (IF) governing the sport of Taekwondo and is a member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF). The WTF recognizes national Taekwondo governing bodies recognized by the NOCs in the pertinent country as its members.

Johannes Holzmüller

Title:
Head of Football Technology & Innovation
Company:
FIFA - Fédération Internationale de Football Association

John Michael Evans

Title:
President
Company:
Alibaba Group

Alibaba Group's mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. The company aims to build the future infrastructure of commerce. It envisions that its customers will meet, work and live at Alibaba, and that it will be a company that lasts at least 102 years.

Julien Sieveking

Title:
Director, Legal Affairs
Company:
World Anti-Doping Agency
Website:

World Anti-Doping Agency

L. Fernando LIMA

Title:
Secretary General
Company:
FIVB - Fédération Internationale de Volleyball
Website:

As the global guiding organisation for volleyball, the FIVB upholds the highest standards to ensure the legacy and excellence of the sport is experienced and enjoyed around the world.
The FIVB is the global governing body responsible for all forms of volleyball, with currently 222 affiliated national federations and five continental confederations. The FIVB's key role is to
provide leadership to over 500 million players and 33 million licensed athletes.

Mariel de Haan

Title:
Head of Digital & Managing Director Penceo USA
Company:
Penceo
Website:

Penceo is an all-round Digital Communications Agency dedicated to the world of sport, among our clients are many international and European sports Federations and Organizations. Headquartered in Geneva, Penceo has offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Stockholm, Budapest and Krakow.
Our 360° Digital Marketing & Communication Services include:
 Digital Strategy
 Branding & Design
 Social Media Content Planning
 Video Campaigns & Social Media Posts
 Website Design
 IT Support, Web Development & App Development
 Online Games & Initiatives
 Fan Activation & Event Promotion

Our team is equipped to offer a 360° support to our clients when it comes to putting in place a digital marketing strategy and developing their digital footprint. Our team of graphic designers, developers and project managers offer professional support in communicating your message across digital and offline platforms. We offer more than creative and technical support, as we believe that a solid strategy lies at the foundation of every successful project. Our Marketing Managers and Digital strategist are ready to help your organization tell your story and activate your community with honest communication.

Penceo is the official digital delivery partner for the SportAccord website.

Mark Barfield

Title:
Technical manager
Company:
UCI
Website:

I have worked in Sport for over 17 years initially as a coach and contractor and then progressing into coach education with British Cycling and then British Triathlon. I worked inside Triathlon for over 12 years as Coaching and Education Manager, Director of Development and Triathlon England Director. During this time the sport grew at a rapid rate and I was responsible for the funding bids that facilitated this growth. I created the most successful funding bid Triathlon in the UK has ever received and was effective at developing my team and delivering against targets.
As the Technical Manager for the UCI I am now Managing the Equipment Unit and the International Commissaire team. I have a dedicated and effective group of colleagues in my team as part of the wider sports department.

Equipment
Managing the equipment regulations and technical checks at races. Managing the equipment approval process and working with the industry, WFSGI, AIGCP and other bodies to encourage innovation. Also working across all cycling disciplines to ensure equipment compliance

Commissaires
Managing the team that allocates International Commissaires, educates Commissaires and develops CPD and evaluation materials.

Developing work programmes, strategies and partnerships to contribute to the long term aims of the team and the organisation. As a part of the wider Sports team we perform a cross discipline function in many exciting areas.

Mark Parkman

Title:
Olympic Channel - General Manager
Company:
Olympic Channel

Matthieu Reeb

Title:
Secretary General
Company:
Court of Arbitration for Sport

Mélanie Duparc

Title:
Secretary General
Company:
World Union of Olympic Cities

Smart Cities & Sport, the multiplatform initiative that allows cities from all around the world to learn, share and connect around smart strategies that link cities to sport.
Launched in 2013, the Smart Cities & Sport Summit is the first conference specifically tailored for cities to discuss common challenges and opportunities linked to sport. Organized every year the Summit brings more than 60 cities coming from all around the world. Whether the vision is, to host other sporting event or to create new ways to develop a city with an active and healthy lifestyle, the Smart Cities & Sport Summit provides the most high-level and prestigious platform for exchange of ideas and experience among cities of all sizes.
The online platform www.smartcitiesandsport.org, launched in 2016 enables cities to keep the discussion alive all year long and to find information about the latest sport trends, to share best practices and inspiration and to stay connected.
Smart Cities & Sport platform is the reference for any city wishing to learn about efficient and sustainable sport development strategies and to network with important actors in the sport sector.

Michael Lenard

Title:
Vice President, ICAS
Company:
ICAS/CAS

TAS/CAS

Michal Buchel

Title:
CEO
Company:
International SAMBO Federation

The International SAMBO Federation (FIAS) is a non-governmental organisation and the only recognised international body in charge of developing SAMBO worldwide. The self-defence martial art is present in 120 countries around the globe and there are currently 90 National SAMBO Federations affiliated to FIAS.

With Headquarters in Lausanne - SUI, FIAS organises annually numerous international events around the world, including continental and world championships for cadet, youth, juniors and elite, both male and female. Moreover, SAMBO has been included into the program of several multisport events, such as the European, Asian and Central American Games.
SAMBO is composed of three disciplines: Sport SAMBO, Combat SAMBO and Beach SAMBO.

As an active member of the IOC recognised international sports organisations such as SportAccord, AIMS, WADA, FISU, TAFISA and others, the International SAMBO Federation promotes and complies with the Olympic principles and values.

Michelle Collens

Title:
Director of Sport Partnerships
Company:
Sport Hosting Vancouver

Sport Hosting Vancouver is a partnership between the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association, PavCo, the University of British Columbia and Tourism Vancouver. We work to unite all interests of sport hosting in Vancouver, providing a responsive and streamlined approach to attracting major events and making them successful on every level.

Oleg Matytsin

Title:
President
Company:
FISU - Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire
Website:

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) is responsible for the organization and governance of worldwide competitions for student-athletes between the ages of 17 and 28(25 from 2018). It was founded in 1949 as the world governing body of national university sports organizations and currently has 170 member associations from 5 continental regions. Being the only international federation with more than 60 sports and disciplines on its competition programme, FISU stages biennial events. They include two Universiades (Winter & Summer) and 46 World University Championships. FISU permanently links the academic world with sports by hosting a number of educational events as well ? conferences, forums and seminars. These events closely assist in promoting sport as one of the main components of the educational system.

Rachael Church

Title:
Director, Editorial and Communications
Company:
World Academy of Sport

The World Academy of Sport (WAoS) works with partners in order to create a learning pathway for those involved in sport from high school through to on-going professional development and executive education programmes for International Federations and Major Event Organisers.

WAoS organises the IPC Academy Campus (in partnership with the International Paralympic Committee), which includes an Observer Programme, Games Experience Programme and Inclusion Summit. The IPC Academy Campus runs in parallel with each edition of the Paralympic Games.

The World Academy of Sport originated in Australia in 2003 and has offices in Melbourne, Manchester and Geneva with its main office in Manchester, UK.

Roham Gharegozlou

Title:
CEO
Company:
Axiom Zen

Axiom Zen is an award-winning venture design studio. We are the team behind Timeline, named Best App of 2015 by Apple.

From the success of Timeline, Axiom Zen has developed Legends -- a sports product that adds historical context to live sporting events. Sports fans can easily experience the full history and context on any sport, athlete or organization in one visual interface. For any sports federation looking to help their fans deepen their understanding and enjoyment of their sport, Legends will be an invaluable media channel to reach a new generation of fans.

Shiny Fang

Title:
Secretary General
Company:
UIPM - Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne

International Federation of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM) is the international governing body of Modern Pentathlon. Its headquarters is in Monaco, managed by Secretary General Mrs. Shiny Fang. UIPM is the official organization that administrates the development of Modern Pentathlon Sport, including the rules and regulations, the annual competitions and NFs.

Stephen Townley

Title:
Chairman
Company:
Active Rights Management Limited

Susanne Schoedel

Title:
Secretary General
Company:
FAI - Federation Aéronautique Internationale
Website:

The Federation Aeronautique Internationale, FAI - The World Air Sports Federation, was founded in 1905. It is a non-governmental and non-profit making international organisation recognised by the IOC with the basic aim of furthering aeronautical and astronautical activities worldwide, ratifying international records and coordinating the organisation of international competitions. After over a century of steady growth, FAI is now an organisation of more than 100 member countries, forming a strong network linking all those who participate in air sports worldwide.

Tania Braga

Title:
Head of Legacy
Company:
International Olympic Committee
Website:

Tingting Zhang

Title:
Business Development Manager
Company:
Yutang Sports
Website:

A leading Chinese sports company consisted of sports business & marketing media, sponsorship agency & platform, and sports business institute. We believe in the power of sports to connect China and the world.

With readers from both China and around the world, we provide dedicated content about the global and Chinese sports business and sponsorship industry.

Sponsorship agency services unite numerous Chinese companies and rights holders to provide a most effective sponsorship approach.

Tom Glick

Title:
Chief Commercial Officer
Company:
Dow Jones/City Football Group

Tom Hollowell

Title:
Secretary General/CEO
Company:
IOF - International Orienteering Federation

The IOF is the global governing body for the sport of orienteering. An orienteering competitor must visit a series of checkpoints in the shortest time possible using a detailed topographical map for navigation. The IOF governs 4 disciplines, Orienteering on foot (running), Ski Orienteering, Mountainbike Orienteering and Trail Orienteering. The IOF is an IOC recognized federation since 1977 and member of SportAccord, ARISF, IWGA and IMGA and has Memorandums of Understanding with FISU, CISM and ISF. The IOF has 70 member countries and orienteering is practiced globally by people of all ages.