#GSWPARIS HIGHLIGHTS

More than 2,000 delegates from 70 countries, 250 investors and 130 international media attended the event across the two days to explore the future of sport at the intersection of business and society.

WHAT IS GLOBAL SPORTS WEEK?

Sport is facing a global revolution.

Societal shifts are transforming sports business, while creating new opportunities for sport to be part of societal solutions.

Global Sports Week is a cross-sector platform to accelerate change, driven by the next generation.

Between February 5th and 7th 2020, 2,000 global leaders and 50 young change makers gathered at the Louvre in Paris, in the heart of the world’s emerging sports capital, to Shake the industry, Shape its future and Share their experiences and vision.

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Leaders, disruptors and rising stars of the global sports economy shared the stage with some of the biggest and most influential voices from sectors including government, academia, finance, technology and entertainment.

YOURI DJORKAEFF

FIFA World Cup 1998 winner, Director FIFA Foundation

 

Youri Djorkaeff was appointed CEO of the FIFA Foundation in September 2019.

Over the course of an illustrious playing career spanning more than three decades, he reached pinnacle of the sport, winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2000 UEFA European Championship with France.

At domestic level, he played for some of Europe’s top clubs, including AS Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan, winning the Coupe de France (1991), the UEFA Cup Winners'Cup (1996) and the UEFA Cup (1998) along the way.

As a gifted attacking midfielder and playmaker, Djorkaeff accumulated a total of 82 cups for the French national team and scored 28 international goals.

On hanging up his boots in 2006 and after having played in France, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom and the US, Youri devoted himself to social projects, which eventually led him to establish his own foundation in 2014.

Having been an integral part of the FIFA Legends programme, he now sees his position within the FIFA Foundation as the evolution of his commitment to employ football as a tool to build a better future.

FIFA World Cup 1998 winner, Director FIFA Foundation

SALLY BOLTON

Strategic Planning & Operations Director and future Chief Executive

All England Lawn Tennis Club

 

Sally is Strategic Planning & Operations Director at the All England Lawn Tennis Club and will become the organisation’s Chief Executive in August this year. Prior to joining the AELTC in May 2016, Sally spent two years as Managing Director of the Organising Committee for the London double header of World Athletics Championships in 2017.

Sally assumed this role having led the team that delivered a highly successfully Rugby League World Cup in 2013, a role for which she was recognised with the award of an OBE.

Sally is also a Board member of UK Sport and has been a member of their Major Events Panel since 2013.

Strategic Planning & Operations Director and future Chief Executive – All England Lawn Tennis Club
TONY ESTANGUET

3-time Olympic Champion and President, Paris 2024 Organising Committee

 

Tony Estanguet heads the Paris 2024 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games– the next French edition of the biggest event on earth, 100 years after Paris 1924.

As an athlete, Tony has won every title in his discipline as a single-seater slalom canoeist: three-time European Champion, three-time World Champion and three-time Olympic Champion. He is the only Frenchman to have won three gold medals at three different Olympics.

As Co-Chairman of the Paris 2024 Bid Committee, he lead France to victory after 5 unsuccessful attempts to host the Games.

As President of Paris 2024, Tony manages a fast-growing organization (from 200 people today to 4.000 in 2024). Their collective ambition: to break the traditional codes to offer a new model for the Games - more responsible, more accessible, more spectacular.

3-time Olympic Champion and President, Paris 2024 Organising Committee

MATT CLIFFORD

Musician, Rolling Stones

 

From a classical music background as Head Chorister of an English cathedral, Matt quickly moved into the rock world as an in-demand keyboard player, but not before he’d been flown to Los Angeles aged 21 to score his first Hollywood movie.

In 2003 an invitation from Champions League composer Tony Britten led to his first involvement with UEFA, and he has been responsible for the music for that tournament (and others) since then.

This has led to commissions from FIFA (World Cup Official Broadcast Music 2010), FIBA, the Six Nations, the World Boxing Super Series and in many other fields, such as the theme for Amazon’s “The Grand Tour”.

He enjoys working closely with some of the top graphics agencies in Europe and developing briefs that reflect the brand values of world-class sporting organisations.

Matt has also played keyboards and written with Julien Clerc and Daniel Balavoine.

He has toured and recorded with The Rolling Stones since 1989 and works with Mick Jagger as his co-writer and producer.

Musician, Rolling Stones

CHRIS CARROLL

Director of Digital Engagement

International Olympic Committee

Christopher Carroll is the Director of Digital Engagement at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

As a member of the IOC senior leadership team, Mr. Carroll leads the IOC worldwide efforts to establish marketing and digital engagement with fans globally.

Mr. Carroll has extensive experience building iconic brands and leading digitally innovative, fully-integrated global media programmes.

Christopher joined the IOC in 2019 from 90/24 Media in Amsterdam, where he was a Managing Partner and Chief Commercial Officer.

Before that, he worked in various senior marketing and communications positions for global brands such as Under Armour, Heineken International and Coca-Cola, and has a deep understanding of the Olympic brand and the Olympic Movement.

In his previous marketing leadership roles, Christopher led a digital-first approach across digital channels to establish connections with consumers worldwide. He has considerable experience of marketing in the tech world, using data-driven marketing for the delivery of TTL, digital and social media programming to global sports and entertainment fans.

Christopher, who has spent most of his professional life in various countries and cultures, whilst at Under Armour was responsible for global marketing management and programmes across brand, media, trade, digital and e-commerce within the EMEA and APAC regions.

At Heineken International, he was responsible for directing and managing all global marketing initiatives in advertising, media and sponsorship including Twitter, Facebook, Google, UEFA, the James Bond franchise, Sony Music and Rugby World Cup.

Director of Digital Engagement, International Olympic Committee
JUSTINE DUPONT

Professional surfer

 

'Atypical' is a word often used to describe France's Justine Dupont because of her natural ease on both small waves and the monsters that wake up during the winter time.

Born in Bordeaux and brought up in the surfing haven of Lacanau, at the age of 11 she was riding her first waves and just four years later, in 2007, she finished second at the World Longboard Championships, which was an incredible feat for a 15-year-old.

Fast forward six years and Dupont had become one of Europe's most promising surfers and she'd begun to focus on her performances on the big wave scene.

In 2013, she managed to surf the 15m monster of Belharra the Northern Basque Country of France – twice. That duo of achievements saw her become the first female surfer to succeed in taming the huge wave, and she went back and did it all again three years later just for good measure.

Dupont put in some impressive displays at competitions around the world over the following five seasons, winning prestigious events like the ASP European Longboard Championship, the French Longboard and Shortboard Championships and the WSL Qualifying Series along the way.

But it was her headline-grabbing performances throughout 2019 that really earned Dupont a place among the elite of world surfing. He rode the highest wave she’s ever tackled in Nazaré, Portugal, on November 13, before scoring first place at the ISA World SUP & Paddleboard Championships in El Sunzal, El Salvador, a few weeks later.

Dupont's exploits made her one of the highest-achieving surfers in the big wave game right now – now she's hoping to ride Nazaré and Mavericks harder and higher than all the other surfers and continue her high-scoring displays in all the WSL competitions. Watch this space...

Professional surfer

MATT BIONDI

Winner of 11 Olympic medals, Director Swimming Athletes Partnership

 

In 1988 Matt graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a four time All-America in both swimming and water polo and was a member of three NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) water polo team championships in 1983, 1984 and 1987.

Biondi is best known for his competitive swimming accomplishments and twelve World Record performances. He earned his first Olympic gold medal at the 1984 games in Los Angeles, when he swam the third leg of the 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay for the victorious United States relay team in World Record time.

At the 1985 U.S. National Championships in Mission Viejo, California, Biondi broke the World Record in the 100-meter freestyle race, becoming the first swimmer in history to finish that distance in less than 49 seconds.

In 1986 he won six gold medals and one silver medal at the World Championships in Madrid, Spain, becoming the first athlete to win seven medals in a world competition.

He became the first swimmer in 50 years to win all three NCAA sprint freestyle events and repeated the same feat the following year (1985,86). Matt was named NCAA swimmer of the year his last three collegiate seasons.

At the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Biondi set 5 World Records and won an astounding seven medals! He won five gold medals, including victories in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle races, in addition to one silver medal in the 100-meter butterfly and one bronze medal in the 200-meter freestyle.

After the 1988 Olympics, Biondi won a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle as well as swimming the last leg for the winning 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay and 4 x 100-meter medley relay at the 1991 World Championships in Perth, Australia.

At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, Biondi earned three more Olympic medals, with golds in the 4 x 100-meter freestyle and 4 x 100-meter medley relays, and a silver in the 50-meter freestyle race, thereby completing his outstanding Olympic career with a grand total of 8 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals.

He remains the American and NCAA record holder a decade later in the 100 and 200 freestyles. He also became the first swimmer to win gold in three consecutive Olympiads and shares, with Mark Spitz and Michael Phelps, the honor of being one of America’s most decorated Olympic athlete of all time.

He was named Pac-12 Swimmer of the Century in 2001 and has been inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame, International Swimming Hall of Fame, University of California Sports Hall of Fame, Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, and National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame.

After retirement, he donated all eleven Olympic medals to the National Italian-American Hall of Fame for public display in Chicago, Illinois. Matt is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the International Swimmer’s Alliance organized to promote swimmers and the sport, strengthen relations with all governing bodies while improving economic conditions for professional swimmers.

Winner of 11 Olympic medals, Director Swimming Athletes Partnership

CLAUDE LELOUCH

Film Director

 

It was while hiding in cinemas during the Second World War that Claude Lelouch developed a passion for the seventh art.

In 1957, while working as a news cameraman, he went to Moscow to film clandestinely moments of life in the USSR. During this documentary, Claude Lelouch found himself by chance at the Mosfilms Studios, on the set of the film that gave him a taste for directing: Mikhail Kalatozov's The Cranes Are Flying.

After military service at the Army Film Service, he decided to set up his own production company: Les Films 13. In 1960, he shoots his first feature film, Le propre de l'homme, a public and critical failure.

With the profits obtained from the making of hundreds of scopitones (the ancestor of the music video) and commercials, he financed a few feature films without success... " Claude Lelouch... Remember this name well: you'll never hear about it again...":

In 1966, six years after this first murderous critic, "a Man and a Woman" won him a Palme d'Or at Cannes, two Oscars and forty international awards. Carried in triumph, then booed on the Croisette, crowned in Hollywood, Claude Lelouch will alternate successes and failures by making what he considers to be a popular auteur cinema.

In more than 50 years, Claude Lelouch has directed nearly fifty films, including Vivre pour vivre (1967, Golden Globe for best foreign film), Un homme qui me plaît (1969), Le voyou (1970), L'aventure, c'est l'aventure (1972, official selection at the Cannes Film Festival), La bonne année (1973), Toute une vie (1974, Oscar nomination for best screenplay), Le chat et la souris (1975, Grand prix de l'Académie Française), The good and the bad guys (1975), The good and the bad guys (1981, Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival), Viva la vie (1984, Official Selection at the Venice Film Festival), Leaving, coming back (1985), Itinerary of a spoiled child (1988, Cesar for Best Actor for Jean-Paul Belmondo, Best Actor for Richard Anconina at the Chicago Film Festival), There are days... and moons (1990, Official Selection at the Venice Film Festival), All this... for this! (1993, César for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Fabrice Luchini, Director's Award at the Montreal World Film Festival), Les Misérables (1995, Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film, César for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Annie Girardot), Hommes, femmes : mode d'emploi (1996, Petit Lion d'or at the Venice Film Festival), Roman de gare (2007, official selection at the Cannes Film Festival), Un + Une (2015), Les plus belles années d'une vie (2019, official selection at the Cannes Film Festival).
Claude Lelouch has also been a producer and distributor. He has notably produced Napoleon by Abel Gance (new long and sound version, 1970), Ca n'arrive qu'aux autres by Nadine Trintignant (1971), Far west by Jacques Brel (1973), Molière by Ariane Mnouchkine (1978), and Entre adultes (2006) by Stéphane Brizé. More recently, he distributed Geoffrey Enthoven's film Hasta la vista (2012, Audience Award at the Alpe d'Huez Festival).

Film director

JEAN-FRANÇOIS MARTINS

Deputy Mayor in charge of Sports and Tourism

City of Paris

 

Jean-François Martins, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of Tourism, Sports & the Olympic and Paralympic Games is, at 38, the youngest member of the Executive Board of Paris.

He holds a master’s degree in Social Economy & Management and was President of one of the major student unions (FAGE) from 2004 to 2006.

As such, he was a member of the Youth, Education & Higher Education Councils of the French government.

Jean-François Martins then became one of the young leaders of the Democratic Party (Mouvement Democrate) in Paris.

At the same time, he started a career in communications, dealing with corporate issues and crisis management.

Elected as a member of the Council of Paris in 2010, he was spokesperson for the Democratic Party in that assembly and was also appointed Head of Communications for François Bayrou during his campaign for the presidential election in 2012.

He was reelected to the Council of Paris in 2014 and Mayor Anne Hidalgo appointed him Deputy Mayor in charge of Tourism & Sports. In this capacity, Jean-François Martins supervises the Paris Visitors Office & Convention Bureau and is in charge of formulating Paris tourism strategy, including issues related to the Eiffel Tower and hotel accommodation.

As the elected official in charge of sports, he also leads the challenge of guiding preparations for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Deputy Mayor in charge of Sports and Tourism, City of Paris
TRACEY RUSSELL

COO

McCourt

 

Tracey Russell is the COO for McCourt, a family-owned business building a new model of enterprise that maximizes value by integrating financial results and social impact.

McCourt’s current portfolio includes operating companies and active investments in real estate, finance, sports, technology and social impact. In her role, Tracey is focused on further development of the company’s infrastructure to provide innovation, process and value to the operating companies across the McCourt ecosystem and ensure the organization is well positioned for global growth going forward.

Additionally, she manages the key functional areas of the company and works with the Senior Management team to further define governance structures and metrics to ensure the success of McCourt and its numerous business units.

Before joining McCourt in 2017, Tracey was CEO of Conqur Endurance Group, a McCourt subsidiary, creating world-class experiences that ignite passion in athletes and connect communities through the transformative power of sport.

She spearheaded the city-wide effort to secure Los Angeles as the host of the successful 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials for the Men’s and Women’s Marathon.

Tracey previously served as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club and Race Director for the AJC Peachtree Road Race – the world’s largest 10K running event with 60,000 participants.

Tracey received a B.A. from the University of Virginia where she was a collegiate swimmer and 1988 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials participant.

COO, McCourt
HRH PRINCE ALI BIN AL HUSSEIN OF JORDAN
Founder
AFDP Global

 

A leader in international football for over 20 years, HRH Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein has been a consistent advocate for the unifying power of football.

 

First named President of the Jordan Football Association in 1999, Prince Ali founded the West Asian Football Federation in 2000 to promote harmony and drive the rapid growth of football in the region.

 

In 2011, Prince Ali was elected by the Asian Football Confederation to represent the region as FIFA’s youngest-ever Vice President.
He served as Deputy Chair of the Development Committees at both FIFA and the AFC, overseeing a global growth in grassroots, youth and women’s football.

 

Prince Ali was also instrumental in removing FIFA’s ban on headcovers, which had caused difficulties in World Cup women’s football in the Middle East. With his FIFA salary, Prince Ali launched the Asian Football Development Project (APDP) in 2012. This non-profit project focussed on youth development, female empowerment, social responsibility, and the protection and evolution of the game across Asia.
In October 2018, Prince Ali made the decision to launch AFDP Global, building on the heritage of AFDP in Asia.
AFDP Global is an international social enterprise working to unite communities and transform the lives of children and young people around the world through football.
Founder, AFDP Global
BRETT GOSPER

CEO

World Rugby

 

Brett joined World Rugby (then the IRB) as CEO in 2012. This followed a successful career with major international marketing services companies around the world.

This included Ogilvy Group in Australia and Paris, CEO of Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper (HAVAS) - a top 10 London agency, CEO of TBWA\Chiat Day in New York, President of the largest US advertising agency; McCann Worldgroup USA, and most recently as CEO of McCann for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

As Chief Executive of Dublin based World Rugby and Rugby World Cup since July 2012, Brett is responsible for the strategic and business operations of rugby’s global governing body which comprises 122 national federations and 6 regional associations.

As the sport continues to engage and inspire fans and participants in record numbers worldwide, Brett’s responsibilities have grown in complexity. They include: rebranding and re-launching the IRB as World Rugby, the implementation of World Rugby's significant global development and high performance investment, deployment of industry leading player welfare strategies, the planning and delivery of a two record-breaking Rugby World Cups; 2015 in England and 2019 in Japan, tendering and forward planning for Rugby World Cup in France 2023, the global growth of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and rugby's successful return to the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

A former rugby player himself, Brett was a Wallaby trialist for tours to Argentina 1979 and the UK in 1981 and represented Australia Under 21. At 22 he was recruited from Australia by top French club, Racing 92 , whom he represented for almost a decade in Paris, also earning selections that included the French Barbarians against the All Blacks in 1986. Brett is married with 3 children and lives in Wimbledon.

CEO, World Rugby
ALBERTO UNCINI MANGANELLI

General Manager BU Running

adidas

 

Alberto holds a degree magna cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy, where he was born and grew up and where he played football competitively, starting from the junior teams of the Bologna F.C.

Hired by Procter & Gamble at time of graduation Alberto has developed a 20 years-long career in P&G first in manufacturing/supply chain in the first 5 years, and then moving into marketing and business management, with growing accountabilities at market, regional and global level, up to leading and building global brands and global categories.

With the merger between the P&G Luxury, Cosmetic and Professional division with Coty inc., Alberto led as Senior Vice President the global marketing and brand building.

In 2018 he moved to Adidas, following his passion for sport, where currently leads the Global Running Business Unit across all footwear and apparel products, services and activities.

As of 2018 he is a board member of the Football Business Academy (the FBA) in Geneva, Switzerland. Alberto has double nationality (Italian and Swiss), has lived in Italy, Switzerland, UK and Germany.

General Manager BU Running, adidas

NICOLETTA PICCOLROVAZZI

Global Technology and Sustainability Director - Olympic & Sports Solutions

Dow Europe GmbH

 

Improving the world through sport is more than an Olympic Movement philosophy; it’s a way of life for Nicoletta Piccolrovazzi.

As Global Technology & Sustainability Director for Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions, Nicoletta helps the International Olympic Committee (IOC), organizing committees of the Olympic Games, business partners and other key stakeholders to address technology and sustainability-related needs with Dow solutions.

The programs led by Nicoletta combine sports and technology to create solutions with a positive impact on society, business and the environment.

Among her greatest triumphs is Dow’s carbon mitigation platform, implemented by Dow on behalf of the Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Organizing Committees and expanded globally by Dow as the “Official Carbon Partner” of the IOC.

The program has delivered 4.3 MM tonnes of CO2e, received several external recognitions and has already allowed the IOC to balance its carbon emissions for the period 2017-2020. Nicoletta co-leads Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goal to Advance a Circular Economy.

Working with businesses across Dow she seeks to develop successful approaches that embed circular economy thinking into business strategies, collaborates on new business models and builds understanding on the topic across the organization. Nicoletta oversees Dow’s Pulling Our Weight program, a global volunteering initiative that raises awareness of the issue of waste in the environment.

In 2019 the program mobilized 18’000 volunteers and collected 175’000 lb. of waste during 174 clean-up events. Nicoletta joined Dow in 1989 as a Technical Service engineer in Switzerland.

She previously led the Technical Service organizations for multiple Dow businesses, responsible for customer support and technology implementation throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She has held positions in Research & Development and Marketing & Sales before her current role.

Her expertise covers a range of topics from Sustainability, R&D to end-use markets for advance materials. Nicoletta holds a Ph.D. from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland and a master’s degree in chemistry from Padua University in Italy.

As mother to two grown-up daughters she is a strong advocate and promoter of gender diversity and a sponsor and member of employee resource groups at Dow.  Together with her family she actively supports the Rainbows4Children Foundation that provides education to children in Ethiopia.

Global Technology and Sustainability Director – Olympic & Sports Solutions, Dow Europe GmbH
BEN SCHWERIN

Vice President of Partnerships

Snap Inc.

 

Ben has been the Vice President of Partnerships at Snap, Inc. since 2015. In this role he is responsible for Snap’s global strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining Snap, Ben co-founded Fenway Strategies, a communications consulting firm.

He also worked for U2 on two world tours, and with former President Clinton as assistant director of scheduling and advance.

In addition, he has served as an advisor to the ONE Campaign. Ben holds a B.A. in psychology from Cornell University and currently resides in Los Angeles.

President of Partnerships, Snap Inc.
SOPHIE PROUST

CTO

Atos

 

Sophie has been the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Atos since January 2019.

She joined the Atos group in 2014 following the acquisition by Atos of Bull, where she held the position of Head of Research & Development.

At Atos, Sophie was head of the Research & Development for the Big Data & Cybersecurity division, from 2014 to January 2019.

Alongside this, Sophie is part of the Atos Quantum Advisory board, chaired by Thierry Breton with Serge Haroche (Nobel 2012).

Before Atos, Sophie she held various technical managerial positions at Bull in the mainframe, IT administration solutions and HW server design.

In 2010, Sophie headed the Tera100 Project which delivered the CEA with the first Petaflops-scale calculator in Europe. She has been a member of the board of directors of Worldline since December 2016 and a member of the board of directors of the Université Technologique de Troyes (UTT) since December 2018.

Sophie Proust is a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité “Supélec” of Paris.

 

CTO, Atos

MARCELIA
Ambassador for gender equality by sport
Terres en Mêlées

 

Marcelia was born and lives in Antsepoka, a village in the South-West of Madagascar, where the main activity is fishing.

She had to quit school very early because her family could not afford it anymore.

In 2014, when she was only thirteen years old, she became the mother of a little boy.When she was 16, as Terres en Mêlées’s educators came to her village, she discovered rugby and it changed her life. From simple player, she quickly became captain of the Côte Saphir Team and then educator herself.

In 2017, her passion and her commitment became the subject of a documentary, La jeune fille et le ballon ovale, by Christophe Vindis, granting her both national and international recognition.

This year, not only was she chosen among the five women of the year by the first lady of Madagascar but she also became Société générale’s ambassador during the Rugby World Cup in Japan, starring in their commercial which was seen by millions of people.

Today, she is one of the Terres en Mêlées ambassador for gender equality and inspires young women from all over the world with a very simple but powerful message: With sports, Everything is possible!

Ambassador for gender equality by sport, Terres en Mêlées 

JESSE LOVEJOY

Director, 49ers EDU & 49ers Museum; Managing Partner, EDU Academy

 

Jesse Lovejoy is the director of 49ers EDU & the San Francisco 49ers Museum. He is also the Managing Partner of EDU Academy. Lovejoy joined the 49ers in August 2013, when he was brought on to envision and implement educational and community programming for the 49ers, and develop the content of and operating structure/plan for the 49ers Museum.

While spearheading the 2014 launch of the Museum—a 20,000 square foot facility featuring 11 unique gallery and exhibit spaces exclusively dedicated to the 49ers past, present and future—Lovejoy concurrently led the 49ers into a domain where no professional sports organization had ventured before, a comprehensive STEAM Education Program for students in grades K-8, completely free to the end-user.

In 2017, as inbound interest in the 49ers STEAM efforts continued to rise, Lovejoy formed and launched EDU Academy, a consulting arm which helps organizations envision, build and launch education programs.

Lovejoy sits on the board of governors for the International Sports Heritage Association, the education committee for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and the corporate council for the National Association for Gifted Children. He was named as one of Silicon Valley’s 40 most influential people under 40 years of age in 2016 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and one of SportTechie’s “20 Innovators” in 2017

ANDREW PARSONS

President
International Paralympic Committee

Andrew was elected President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Paralympic Movement’s global governing body in September 2017.

Before becoming IPC President, he served the IPC in multiple roles. Among others he has been IPC Vice President (2013-2017), IPC Governing Member (2009-2013), as well as Chairperson of the IPC Paralympic Games Committee from 2009-2013. Additionally, he was the President of the Americas Paralympic Committee, the regional voice of the Paralympic Movement, from 2005-2009 after serving as its Secretary General from 2002-2005.

In October 2018 Andrew was elected an IOC member and currently he represents the IPC in the IOC Coordination Commissions for Tokyo 2020 (since 2013) and LA 2028. He is also a member of the IOC Marketing Commission and is on the Board of Directors for the Olympic Channel and is a member of the WADA Foundation Board.

Aside from his involvement with the IPC, he has been active in Paralympic sports in his home country Brazil for many years. Between 2009 and 2017, Andrew served as President of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB) after working as CPB Secretary General from 2001-2009. He led the Brazilian delegation in several international competitions such as the Paralympics Games, Parapan American Games, World Championships and World Cups.

Director, 49ers EDU & 49ers Museum; Managing Partner, EDU Academy

NOURIA NEWMAN

Championne du monde de kayak extrême et IOC Young Leader

 

Originaire du Villaret du Nial, un petit village en Savoie, Nouria commence le kayak à l’âge de 5 ans sur la Haute-Isère.

Si elle se consacre principalement à la compétition en slalom (la discipline olympique au début de sa carrière), elle continue le kayak freestyle et le kayak extrême en marge de son quotidien d’athlète de haut niveau et d’étudiante à Sciences Po Toulouse.

Après un titre de vice-championne du monde en 2013, elle peine à revenir d'une blessure en 2015 et décide de prendre un nouveau départ.

En 2017 elle abandonne son rêve olympique et les stades d’eau vive artificiels pour retourner à sa vraie passion : la rivière.

Aujourd’hui à l’âge de 28 ans, elle voyage à travers le monde avec son kayak à la recherche d’aventures en eau vive mais aussi humaines.

Extreme kayak champion and IOC Young Leader

ANDREAS HEYDEN
EVP digital innovation
German Football League (DFL)

 

Since June 2015, Andreas Heyden has been serving as CEO of the DFL Digital Sports GmbH, responsible for the digital platforms, production and distribution of national and international media content.

In July 2019 Heyden took on the additional role of Executive Vice President Digital Innovations at the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga Group. Prior to this, Heyden held several senior positions within leading organisations – working as Managing Director of maxdome GmbH since 1 July 2013 and also as COO at ProSiebenSat.1 Game GmbH from December 2011 onwards.

Heyden was a managing director of startup sevenload where his responsibilities included cooperation with content and distribution partners as well as internationalisation of the portal.

Before joining sevenload, Heyden was head of the innovation and production unit at RTL Interactive where he established new internet business models in the games industry and other segments.

Heyden began his career at Metronet AG in 1996 where he worked in the Subscriber Marketing Department. In 1997, Heyden became a Key Account Manager for I-D Media (in Hamburg and Singapore).

Following his professional work in Singapore in 1999, he began working with Microsoft GmbH as part of the Product Marketing team for MSN.de.

EVP Digital Innovation, German Football League (DFL)

NADIA NADIM

Professional Football Player at PSG and Champion for girls’ and women’s education

UNESCO

 

Nadia Nadim has become an emblematic figure in women’s sport through her life story and her performances on the pitch.

She was born on 2 January 1988 in Herat, Afghanistan where she grew up until her father was assassinated by the Taliban in 2000.

At the age of 12, she left the country with her mother and four sisters on a long and perilous journey to Denmark build a better life. In Denmark Nadia discovered football and signed her first professional contract at the age of 18 with IK Skovbakken, a club from Aarhus, the country's second largest city.

In 2009 the striker was naturalised as a Danish citizen and became the first foreign player to join the national team for the EURO in Finland that year.

Three years later she moved to another Danish club, Fortuna Hjorring, and made her Champions League debut, scoring twice against Glasgow City FC. Nadia became a rising star in Europe before leaving in 2014 for the USA, a country that is a major force in the women's game.

For three years she lived the American dream, first with New Jersey's Sky Blue FC and then with Portland Thorns of Oregon. Alongside her football career, Nadia also studied medicine, driven by another of her great ambitions: to become a surgeon.

After a short stint with Manchester City in 2018, she joined Paris Saint-Germain in January 2019. At the capital club, UEFA Women’s Champions League finalists in 2015 and 2017, Nadia’s technical qualities and personal experience made her a key player in the Parisian squad.

To date (15 January 2020), she has made 25 appearances, scoring 9 goals so far for the Rouge & Bleu.

An extraordinary example of success despite life's trials, Nadia Nadim was designated UNESCO champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education on 5 July 2019.

Professional Football Player at PSG and Champion for girls’ and women’s education, UNESCO
YANNICK BOLLORE

Chairman & CEO Havas Group,

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vivendi 

Chairman & CEO Havas Group, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vivendi
VIBEKE JENSEN

Director for the Division for Education for Peace and Sustainable Development

UNESCO 

 

Vibeke Jensen was appointed Director for the Division for Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, UNESCO HQ,  from 1 January 2020.

Prior to that she was Director of UNESCO’s Pakistan Office from 2014-2019.

From 2013-2014, she served as Director UNESCO and Head, Secretariat of the Secretary-General's Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), United Nations, New York.

She joined UNESCO in 1989 in Paris , but has since 1994 worked as education programme officer in many different countries in Asia and Africa, and has - in addition to Pakistan -, been  heading UNESCO field offices in Vietnam and Tanzania.   Professionally the focus of her work has to a large extent been girls’ and women’s education and the promotion of inclusive, child friendly schools.

Director for the Division for Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, UNESCO
RICHARD BRISIUS

Race Chairman

The Ocean Race

 

Richard Brisius is Race Chairman of The Ocean Race, since 1973 sailing’s greatest challenge and dubbed ‘the toughest test of a team in sport’.

Brisius took the reins of the Race in 2017, alongside his long-time business partner Johan Salén.

He has been involved in nine editions of The Ocean Race, his first experience dating back to the 1989-90 race, where he raced onboard Gatorade and returned the following edition as a crew member onboard Brooksfield. Brisius then found success with team management, including winning efforts EF Language (1997-98) and Ericsson 4 (2008-09), as well as second place finishers, Assa Abloy (2001-02).

In 2014-15, he managed the Team SCA, the first all-female race entry in over 10 years. He has also raced in the America´s Cup, sailed to Antarctica and been head of global marketing communication at Ericsson. Most recently, Brisius was the CEO of Sweden’s ‘Stockholm Åre 2026’ Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid – a bold and groundbreaking proposal to deliver the most sustainable Olympic Games of all-time.

Since taking the helm of The Ocean Race in 2017, Brisius and Salén have promoted ‘Racing with Purpose', putting an award-winning sustainability programme at the heart of the race.

Race Chairman, The Ocean Race
GUILLAUME DE MONPLANET

SVP, General Manager

adidas France

Guillaume de Monplanet joined Reebok France in 2005 and successively held the positions of Sales Director (2005-2007), Marketing Director (2007-2009) and Brand Director (2009-2012).

After being appointed adidas Brand Director (2012-2015), he has been managing the French subsidiary of adidas since 2015 and is involved in the development of the European market.

After beginning his career with the Essilor Group in marketing functions in France and the United States, in 1999 he co-founded 180s Europe (a brand of textiles and accessories for outdoor sports) and took over its general management.

SVP, General Manager, adidas France

CARINE DE BOISSEZON

Senior Vice-President for Sustainable Development

EDF Group

Senior Vice-President for Sustainable Development, EDF Group

MATHIAS VICHERAT

Senior Vice President, General Secretary

Danone

 

Mathias Vicherat started his career in 2004 as Chief of Staff of the Prefect of the Picardy Region (France).

In 2006, he was appointed Deputy Prefect of Bobigny (Seine-Saint-Denis - France).

In 2008, he joined the General Management of the French Police as Head of the Territorial Division and advisor to the French Police Head.

In 2010, Mathias Vicherat moved to Paris’ Mayor as Deputy Chief of Staff for two consecutive Mayors: Bertrand Delanoe in 2012 and Anne Hidalgo in 2014.

Since January 2017, Mathias Vicherat was Deputy CEO of SNCF, the third European railway company, in charge of Strategy, Communication and Branding.

In this role, he contributed to the definition of the Company strategy and its reform in accordance with the European railway deregulation, and he managed the recent crisis as well as the company digital transformation.

Senior Vice President, General Secretary, Danone

RÉMY RIOUX

Executive Director

Agence française de développement

 

Rémy Rioux is a Senior Advisor at the Court of Auditors. He has held high-level positions in a career devoted to development and Africa.

As Director of the Office of the Minister of the Economy, Finance and Foreign Trade, Pierre Moscovici, from 2012 to 2014, he contributed to restoring the competitiveness of the French economy and consolidating public accounts.

In 2014, Laurent Fabius, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, appointed him as Deputy General Secretary. He was the pillar for the economic diplomacy policy. Moreover, he coordinated the “finance” agenda for the French presidency of COP21, up to the final negotiation of the Paris Agreement on Climate.

Rémy Rioux is an expert in international financial institutions, particularly development banks.

He is passionate about development and climate and familiar with Africa and its opportunities.

Since June 2016, he heads the French Development Agency (AFD), whose mandate and resources in favor of development policy have recently been expanded.

He was reappointed for a second term in May 2019. Rémy Rioux is also Chairman of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC), IDFC, created in 2011, is the leading group of 24 national and regional development banks from all over the world, a majority active in emerging markets. IDFC is the largest provider of public development and climate finance globally, with USD 4 trillion in combined assets and annual commitments above USD 850 billion, including USD 200 billion of climate finance.

Executive Director, Agence française de développement

CRAIG EDMONDSON

CEO

Zwift Esports

 

Craig is the CEO of Zwift Esports, and most recently, he has been responsible for agreeing terms with the UCI, the World Governing Body of Cycling, to host the inaugural Cycling Esports World Championships in 2020 on the Zwift platform.

The introduction of this new discipline of the sport will be a major milestone in the history of cycling.

Craig has nearly two decades of rights holder and agency experience in the sports, media and entertainment industry.

He has previously been responsible for leading commercial strategy and sales, digital transformation and global brand development at the Premier League, one of the world's most successful sports properties with 1.3 billion weekly followers, £3bn annual revenue and a 17% CAGR over the last decade.

Prior to the Premier League he worked in a variety of roles at agencies and governing bodies. Craig is a Chartered Marketer and Loughborough University graduate, with a Master's degree from The University of Texas.

An avid sports fan and participant, Craig has undertaken various endurance events for charity and is a former collegiate athlete who represented Great Britain at the World University Games.

 

CEO, Zwift Esports

MARIE SAMMONS

Executive Director

Ultra-Trail World Tour

 

Since its creation in 2013, Marie Sammons has been part of the UTWT teams with an initial mission focused on the development of the circuit in relation to the candidate races and elite athletes.

In 2018, she takes over the Executive Direction of the circuit. After having been Director of the Paris Fashion Shows (Prêt-à Porter Paris, Paris sur Mode, Kid's Fashion - Children's Fashion) for almost ten years, Marie Sammons takes a 180° turn in order to orient her career in the universe dear to her heart, Sport.

Indeed, in parallel with her professional life and as a mother of two children, Marie Sammons pursues a career as a sportswoman of good level, which she started at a very young age.

In April 2014, on the podium of the Marathon des Sables, a 240km race in the Moroccan desert in food self-sufficiency, Marie is alongside runners from all over the world, all driven by a common passion. She discovers a discipline where the values of respect, sharing, solidarity and surpassing oneself take all their meaning.

The Ultra-Trail®World Tour, a world circuit gathering in 2020, 28 events among which the most majestic such as the UTMB® (France), the Western States (US), the Ultra-Trail® Mount Fuji (Japan) etc. represents for Marie Sammons the ideal framework to pursue her path for the development, the structuring of a discipline in insane growth on a worldwide scale.

Executive Director, Ultra-Trail World Tour

LAURENCE FISCHER

Ambassador for sports, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs

 

Laurence Fischer is a karateka who specialised in the kumite category of + 60kg. She has won three karate world championships: two in individual and one in team.

She graduated from the Graduate School of Economics and Business and is strongly committed to education through sport.Her international career spanned from 1995 to 2006 and she won her first world title in 1998, then her first European title in 1999.

Alongside her high-level sports career, she joined the Sports Department of the City of Marseille in 1998.

In 2006, the last year of her studies and international career, she won all the major competitions: the Paris Open, the French Championships, the European Championships and the World Championships.

Laurence is the founder and former president of the Fight for Dignity NGO created in March 2017 which sets up sport and social programs specifically adapted to women victims of violence.

Since 2019 she was also named as an Ambassador for Sport in France.

Ambassador for sports, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs

LISE VAN LONG

Sustainability Manager

International Olympic Committee

Lise joined the IOC in 2016 as Corporate Sustainability Manager. She coordinated the development of the IOC’s first Sustainability Strategy published in 2016 and first Sustainability Report released in 2018.

She is now leading the integration of sustainability in the IOC’s daily operations, with the aim to make the IOC a role model in this area.

She oversees the IOC’s carbon neutrality plan, among other topics. Prior to joining the IOC, Lise worked for 15 years as a sustainability consultant at AECOM, BIO Intelligence Service and Deloitte, in France and in the UK. She holds a MSc in Chemical Engineering from The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and a MSc in Environmental Management from Mines ParisTech.

Corporate Sustainability Manager, International Olympic Committee

ANDREW PARSONS

President

International Paralympic Committee

 

Andrew was elected President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Paralympic Movement’s global governing body in September 2017.

Before becoming IPC President, he served the IPC in multiple roles. Among others he has been IPC Vice President (2013-2017), IPC Governing Member (2009-2013), as well as Chairperson of the IPC Paralympic Games Committee from 2009-2013. Additionally, he was the President of the Americas Paralympic Committee, the regional voice of the Paralympic Movement, from 2005-2009 after serving as its Secretary General from 2002-2005.

In October 2018 Andrew was elected an IOC member and currently he represents the IPC in the IOC Coordination Commissions for Tokyo 2020 (since 2013) and LA 2028. He is also a member of the IOC Marketing Commission and is on the Board of Directors for the Olympic Channel and is a member of the WADA Foundation Board.

Aside from his involvement with the IPC, he has been active in Paralympic sports in his home country Brazil for many years. Between 2009 and 2017, Andrew served as President of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB) after working as CPB Secretary General from 2001-2009. He led the Brazilian delegation in several international competitions such as the Paralympics Games, Parapan American Games, World Championships and World Cups.

President, International Paralympic Committee
NORMA BASTIDAS

Ultramarathon Athlete

Fight for Dignity

 

In 2014, Norma Bastidas a single-mother, a survivor of sexual violence, human trafficking and ultra athlete broke the Guinness World Record for Longest Triathlon after swimming, biking and running 3,762 miles (6,054 km) from Cancún, Mexico to Washington, D.C. She views athletic feats as metaphors for the incredible trials faced every day by the survivors of sexual violence.

Norma’s mission is to educate and empower, demonstrating to the world that one’s past does not dictate one’s future, and prove that everyday people are capable of making extraordinary strides in the fight against the problems facing the world today.

Ultramarathon Athlete, Fight for Dignity
CHASE CAREY

Executive Chairman

Formula 1®

 

Chase Carey was named Executive Chairman of Formula 1 in September 2016, and Chief Executive Officer in January 2017. He is responsible for the strategy and operations of Formula 1, and since his appointment has focused on increasing fan engagement with the brand on and off the track, as well as taking Formula 1 to new audiences.

From 2009 to 2016, Mr. Carey served as President and Chief Operating Officer of 21st Century Fox, as well as Executive Vice Chairman. He oversaw the world’s premiere portfolio of entertainment, news and sports franchises as well as worldwide broadcast, pay television and satellite assets. Mr. Carey continues to serve as a non-executive Vice Chairman of 21st Century Fox.

Prior to working at 21st Century Fox, Mr. Carey was President and Chief Executive Officer of DIRECTV, Inc., where he led the operations and strategic direction of the DIRECTV, Inc. companies, as well as serving on The DIRECTV Group board of directors.

Mr. Carey is also a director of Sky, Plc. He is a graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Business School and a Trustee Emeritus at Colgate University.

Executive Chairman and CEO, Formula 1®
LAURENT MIGNON

Executive Chairman

Group BPCE

 

Laurent Mignon, 55, is Chairman of the Executive Board of BPCE Group. He is also Chairman of the Board of Natixis. In addition to his duties with the BPCE Group, he sits on Arkema's Board of Directors and as a Director of Oddo BHF and Fimalac.

After graduating from HEC in 1986 and the Stanford Executive Program, he spent more than ten years at Indosuez Bank in the market and investment banking and financing activities. In 1996, he joined Schroders Bank in London, then AGF (General Insurance of France) in 1997 as Chief Financial Officer. He was appointed member of the Executive Committee in 1998, Deputy Managing Director in charge of AGF Bank, AGF Asset Management and AGF Real Estate in 2002, and Deputy Managing Director in charge of Life and Financial Services and Credit Insurance in 2003, before being appointed, in 2006, Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee. From mid-2007 to 2009, he was managing partner of Oddo and Co. Laurent Mignon was Managing Director of Natixis from 2009 to 2018 and a member of BPCE's Board of Directors since 2013.

Executive Chairman, Group BPCE
ROXANA MARACINEANU

French Minister of Sports

 

Born on 7 May 1975 in Bucharest (Romania)

Education

  • Collège Jean Macé middle school then lycée Montaigne high school in Mulhouse, University of Haute-Alsace
  • Graduated from ESCP Europe in 2005. Applied Foreign Languages (LEA) Master’s degree in English/German

Political career

  • Regional councillor for Ile-de-France (2010-2015)

Sports career

  • Swimmer
  • French Champion in the women’s 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke (30 titles since 1991)
  • Selected to perform in the French team
  • Winner at the Mediterranean Games in the 100m backstroke (1997)
  • Silver medal in the 100m backstroke and bronze medal in the 200m backstroke at the European Championships (1997)
  • Winner in the 200m backstroke at the World Aquatics Championships, France’s recordholder for the women’s 100m and 200m backstroke in both short- and long-course pools (1998)
  • European Champion in the women’s 200m backstroke in Istanbul (Turkey, 1999)
  • Silver medal in the 200m backstroke at the Sydney Olympics (Australia, 2000)
  • Officer of the National Order of Merit

Community involvement

  • Mulhouse Olympic Natation member as a swimmer
  • Founder of two associations in Ile-de-France: Educateam and J'peupa G piscine!

The first women’s world champion in French swimming history, in 1998 in the 200m backstroke, European Champion in 1999 and Olympic Silver Medallist in 2000 in Sydney in the same distance, Roxana Maracineanu was appointed Minister of Sport by the Prime Minister Édouard Philippe on Tuesday 4 September. Since retiring fromcompetition, this former swimmer for Mulhouse Olympic Natation (MON) worked as a media consultant before being elected as Regional Councillor for Ile-de-France from 2010 to 2015. As a dedicated role model in her community – she particularly founded the Clamart-based (Hauts-de-Seine) association "J'peupa G piscine" (which offers families a new approach to learning how to swim) – Roxana Maracineanu is also a mother with three children (Nina,Cléo and Kimi).

French Minister of Sports

AHMAD KONTAR

Breakdancer & Model

 

Ahmad Kontar is a professional model, breakdancer and physical education student, who lives and works in France as a Syrian refugee.

He was born in 1996 in Libya but spent his entire childhood in Soueïda, Syria. His father was an architect and his mother a psychoanalyst. He also has a twin sister.

Ahmad was four years old when he began practicing gymnastics. At six, he started tennis and then played football at the age of eight before falling in love with the style of the basketball players who trained on the court next door.

For the next six years, he played basketball at the national level in the first division, before the organization was dissolved with the onset of the conflict in Syria.

At the age of 14, he discovered breakdance and began to compete alongside training as a coach for a period of two years.
In 2016, he joined his mother, who was already living in France. He arrived with two immediate goals: to learn French and buy a basketball. Through basketball, he was able to make friends and find his place in France.

In 2017, Ahmad began taking French classes at the Sorbonne and joined the university's basketball team. At the same time, he attended up to three sessions a week at 104, a public cultural institution where he mainly practiced breakdance, while also learning other dance styles.

Since the end of 2018, he has been modelling with the Elite model agency, representing major fashion brands such as Hermès, Jacquemus and GmbH.

Today, Ahmad hold a refugee status that allows him to study as a PE Teacher at the University of Amiens. His goal is to become a sports physiotherapist.

Breakdancer & Model

ANDREAS ZAGKLIS

Secretary General

FIBA (International Basketball Federation)

 

A Greek national, Andreas Zagklis joined FIBA in 2016 as Legal Director after having acted for 9 years as its external legal advisor.

He received his under-and post- graduate degrees from the Law School of the University of Athens while he spent two semesters as visiting student at the Universities of Salamanca (Spain) and Western Ontario (Canada) respectively.
He also completed the postgraduate programme on Olympic Studies at the International Olympic Academy. Most recently, he attended the Leadership in Corporate Counsel programme at the Harvard Law School (USA).

In his professional career, Mr Zagklis advised basketball players, coaches and clubs and acted as assistant to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in three Olympic Games (2004, 2006,2008). He practised next to the pioneer sports lawyers Pantelis Dedes (Greece, 2004-2008) and Dirk-Reiner Martens (Germany, 2008-2016), before his appointment to head the FIBA Legal Department.

He was instrumental in the growth of the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT), supervising more than 1,000 basketball related cases, as well as in the governance changes adopted by the extraordinary FIBA Congress in 2014.

He has published numerous scientific articles in the areas of good governance, dispute resolution and commercial rights in sports. He also frequently lectures on management of sporting events and sports law at the Universities of Neuchâtel and Zurich in Switzerland.

Mr Zagklis was a basketball player, coach and administrator in Greece. He speaks five languages: English, Spanish, German, French and Greek.Mr Zagklis is married and has two children.

Secretary General, FIBA (International Basketball Federation)

FANTA DIALLO

Director of Sports, Youth and Grassroots Association

City of Dakar

 

Fanta Diallo is a strong advocate in Gender issues specially related to politics and violence.

Her first steps in Politics starts when she decides to enhance skills of women in Politics as a Program assistant in the “Citizen Movement”, a NGO funded by the famous Pr Penda Mbow. Within the organization, Fanta is known for Youth Empowerment and for her engagement in National Elections.

Despite her young age, she sticks to her vision “Educating. Empowering. Engaging”. She writes publications & participates in Radio Programs and Public lectures. Her dedication to Environmental issues and her pledge for more impactful Social Programs drove her to the Division of Social Programs, and now she is the Director of Sports, Youth and Grassroots association at the Municipality of Dakar City where she manages a male-dominated team.

Fanta is part of the Movement “Africtivist”, a pool of social influencers recognized in their countries as Leaders of Change across Africa.

She is the president of the NGO JEADER, one of the top 25 most influential organizations dealing with Education & Entrepreneurship in Africa. At JEADER, Fanta is a Mentor and the Program Lead for 2 successful initiatives
called “CitiZEN” & “MiniME”. Fanta benefited from the “Programme d’invitation des personnalités d’avenir” (PIPA) du Ministère des Affaires Étrangères de France. Fanta holds a Master II Degree in Sociology.

Director of Sports, Youth and Grassroots Association, City of Dakar

GUY-LAURENT EPSTEIN

Marketing Director

UEFA

 

Guy-Laurent Epstein is the Marketing Director of UEFA Events S.A. set up in 2009 as a wholly owned UEFA subsidiary company; it manages the marketing and commercial interests of UEFA.

In 2002, Guy-Laurent joined UEFA as TV & Sponsorship Manager and soon became Head of Marketing Activities. In 2005, he created the Media Rights unit which is responsible for the overall sales of broadcast rights for UEFA competitions. Thereafter in 2010, he was appointed Marketing Director, responsible for the on-going development of all marketing and commercial activities across all UEFA competitions. This includes the management of all media and sponsorship rights, the TV production of content (live and additional programming), the management of all UEFA digital platforms as well as traditional marketing activities such as brand, promotion, CRM or marketing research.

After graduating from Paris IX Dauphine University in 1990 with a Masters in applied mathematics and social science and since gained an MBA from ESSEC Business School also in Paris, Guy-Laurent started his career as a financial consultant for Arthur Andersen before moving into the field of sports marketing. He worked on the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France before joining ISL Marketing where he was responsible for the licensing and merchandising for the 2002 FIFA World Cup held in South Korea and Japan. In 2001, he joined the marketing division of FIFA, overseeing the development and implementation of the World Cup licensing programme.

Marketing Director, UEFA

DAVID KAHN

Co-owner & CEO

Paris Basketball

 

David Kahn is the co-owner and CEO of Paris Basketball, the French League club scheduled to play at the new, 8,000-seat arena at Porte de la Chapelle, beginning in September 2022.

Paris Basketball, still in only its second year of existence, has aspirations to become a leading basketball brand in Europe and compete at the highest levels.

Kahn is a former General Manager of two NBA teams, the Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves, and has worked in and around the NBA for most of his adult life.

As the General Manager of the Pacers, Kahn served as the driving force behind the creation of the team’s new arena, the Fieldhouse, still considered by many to be the league’s best arena.

Following his nine-year stint with the Pacers, Kahn in 2005 formed a company that purchased four NBA Development League teams from NBA Commissioner David Stern, at a time when the D-League was in danger of extinction with only eight teams.

The Timberwolves hired Kahn in May 2009 as its first-ever President of Basketball Operations. Kahn spent the next four years rebuilding the team’s basketball infrastructure from top to bottom.  Despite limited resources – including the league’s second-lowest player payroll -- the team returned to stability.

Kahn also has led a public-private partnership in a sports setting. Members of the Portland business community asked him in 2004 to lead the Oregon Stadium Campaign, a private volunteer organization that had thus far failed to develop a finance plan for a new Major League Baseball stadium.  Kahn led the effort to win approval from the Oregon Legislature for a $150-million stadium construction bill, as part of an overarching finance plan, and later served as the baseball consultant to Portland Mayor Vera Katz. Beginning in 2014, Kahn has been an Adjunct Professor for New York University’s Tisch Institute for Global Sports, teaching sports law and business courses.

Co-owner & CEO, Paris Basketball

KELY NASCIMENTO-DELUCA

Founder and President

The Nascimento Foundation

 

Born in Santos, Brazil, Kely Nascimento-Deluca is a mom, activist and artist. She is the eldest daughter of Brazilian soccer legend Pelé.

Kely attended the United Nations International School and the Parsons School of Design and has worked as an editorial, portrait and social commentary photographer, creative director and producer of multi-media and art projects.

Kely is currently directing a feature documentary as part of a global multi-platform initiative to promote women’s football and gender equality, www.warriorwomenoffootball.com.

She is the founder and president of The Nascimento Project and travels the world speaking on gender equality in sports as well as on the power of storytelling, the arts, sports and activism as tools for social development and for furthering the UNDP 17 Global Goals and for building sustainable peace.

Kely is an advisor of both the UNDP and Eir Sport Global Goals World Cup as well as LEAD Africa.

Founder and President, The Nascimento Foundation

ALEXANDRE MARS

Founder Epic, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Board Member Paris 2024

 

Over the past 20 years, Alexandre Mars has successfully launched and sold several start-ups in Europe and North America.

In 2014, he harnessed the momentum of his success and experience to found Epic, a global non-profit start-up that fights to change the lives of disadvantaged youth. In the same year, Alexandre also founded blisce/, his venture firm focused on helping entrepreneurs build mission-driven global consumer brands and technology companies.

Since 2014, blisce/ has invested in many leading new companies including Spotify, Pinterest et Brut. Mars is among Town & Country’s "50 philanthropists of 2019", and among Vanity Fair’s “50 most influential French people”.

He is also a board member and Ambassador of Paris 2024. Alexandre Mars is the author of "La Révolution du Partage" (Flammarion) and "GIVING: Purpose Is the New Currency" (HarperOne/HarperCollins).

Founder Epic, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Board Member Paris 2024

LISA ZIMOUCHE

Soccer Freestyler

 

Lisa Zimouche is a game-changer, evolving at the intersection of sport, culture and empowerment.
Born on June 29, 1999, Liza Zimouche grew up with her parents and her older sister in Antony, located in Paris’ suburbs.

Lisa started playing football at Paris Saint-Germain's youth academy. By 10, she became fascinated with street football, freestyle and panna despite the fact that for many, this is a male sport.

Lisa started competing in freestyle football at the early age of 13 and was part of the Red Bull Street World Final in 2012 where she earned the bronze medal. In 2014, Lisa won the World Female Panna Championship and became the world freestyle female soccer champion. She finally made the brave decision to leave the PSG’s academy and pursue her new career, hyper-focused around her passion: Street Football.

She started sharing videos on digital & social media platforms, juggling and playing one-on-one in the streets. She is now highly popular with a global reach of 3.7 millions followers. Lisa has performed at the most high profile sporting events, against A-List celebrities, athletes, artists such as and she is also a brand ambassador for companies. Thanks to freestyle, Lisa had performed with athletes and artists such as Usain Bolt, Paul Pogba, Ronaldinho, Drake or Major Lazer and much more.

But, Lisa is more than an athlete. She is cultural role model and a committed activist. She is now using her voice to advocate for women’s right, to promote the values of gender equity while at the same time working with girls in the real world to achieve their best potential.

Her discipline and the message of women’s empowerment that she is spreading on digital platforms has allowed her to attend the United Nationals Youth Forum at UN Headquarters in April 2019.

Lisa is a member of Common Goal movement and she is committed to give 1% of her annual earnings to the movement in order to change the lives of disadvantaged girls all over the world.

Soccer Freestyler

HERVÉ ANDRÉ-BENOÎT

Founder of FISE and CEO of Hurricane

 

Herve is the CEO of Hurricane Group and the founder of FISE, the world’s biggest action sports festival.

For over 20 years he has been dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in action sports and delivering ground-breaking, authentic and inspirational events.

FISE has been a driving force behind the democratisation of urban sports and remains committed to ensuring the development of urban sports worldwide.

Founder of FISE and CEO of Hurricane

SIR RUSSELL COUTTS

CEO

Sail GP

 

SailGP CEO Russell Coutts’ historic sailing career has spanned all corners of the sport. He has won the America’s Cup five times, including three times as skipper (1995, 2000, 2003) and twice as CEO (2010, 2013). His three undefeated campaigns (14-0) make him the most successful America’s Cup skipper in the 167-year history of the event.

Aside from the America’s Cup, Coutts is an Olympic champion (1984), 12-time world champion and two-time World Sailor of the Year. His Olympic gold medal in the Finn singlehanded class led to him being named a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1985. Ten years later at the 1995 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Coutts was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

After leading ORACLE TEAM USA to victory as CEO in both 2010 and 2013, Coutts served as CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority for the 35th edition in 2017. He has been instrumental in the development of stadium racing and the introduction of high-speed, foiling, wingsailed catamarans.

Beyond his contributions as a competitor and administrator, Coutts’ earned an engineering degree from Auckland University and utilized his knowledge to conceive and co-design the RC44, a one-design, monohull class yacht that has been raced in the RC44 circuit throughout Europe since 2007. In addition, he runs the Russell Coutts Sailing Foundation, aimed at introducing children to the joys of sailing.

CEO, SailGP
JACKY LORENZETTI
Chairman of OVALTO (holding company)
Owner of Paris La Défense Arena and Racing 92 Rugby Club

Jacky Lorenzetti, born in Paris on 13 January 1948, is a Swiss entrepreneur.

He founded his first company in 1972, which would become the European leader in real estate.

As early as 1998, Jacky Lorenzetti, at the head of Foncia, decided to invest successfully in sports sponsorship via sailing and ocean racing, but it was with his family holding company, Ovalto, that he became a major player in the world of sport in France.

Ovalto developed itself in five activities: rugby with Racing 92, show business with the Paris La Défense Arena, wine growing, financial management and real estate. In 2007, as soon as he became head of Racing 92, Jacky Lorenzetti wanted to endow the club with an asset that would allow it to generate income and become independent of its sponsor's finances. These resources should come not only from rugby but from all the activities that can be generated. This is why he has decided to build a totally innovative Arena which is above all the largest European auditorium and in which rugby can also be played, thus imagining a new model that harmoniously combines entertainment and professional sport.

Chairman of OVALTO (holding company) and Owner of Paris La Défense Arena and Racing 92 Rugby Club
LUIS VICENTE

CEO

Eleven Sports Group

 

Luis is a vastly experienced sports executive, with a 25-year track record of driving innovation, commercial growth and brand engagement.

Before joining ELEVEN in January, Luis was FIFA’s Chief Digital Transformation & Innovation Officer, where he worked to champion new technologies, gaming, data and content strategies.

Luis has worked with some of the world's leading brands in football and motorsports, including FIFA, Manchester City, Valencia CF, Real Madrid, AC Milan, the Premier League, La Liga, Red Bull, Ferrari, Lotus and A1GP.

He began his career in talent management, representing Luis Figo and Ronaldo Nazario among other world class athletes.

CEO Eleven Sports Group

FLORENCE HARDOUIN

Managing Director

French Football Federation

 

Former international fencer athlete between 1989 and 1996, Florence Hardouin became team vice champion in Budapest in 1991 and won three World Cup tournaments.

A remarkable and high quality woman, she began her professional career at the Ministry of Sports and Youth in 1991, and worked for various companies including Bouygues, the Canal + group and SFR, before joining the French Football Federation ( FFF) in 2008.

At the FFF, Florence Hardouin first held the position of Head of Marketing and Commercial Development before becoming Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2011, then Managing Director in 2013.

Within UEFA, she was first a member of the 2011-2015 Marketing Advisory Board. She was then elected as the first woman member of the UEFA Executive Committee at the UEFA Congress in Budapest in May 2016.

Added to this position, she is now President of the Marketing Advisory Commission and Vice President. of the Media Committee.

Managing Director, French Football Federation

IBRAHIMA WADE

General Coordinator Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2022

 

Mr Ibrahima Wade, born on July 21st 1965 in Thiès, Senegal, is the principal Inspector of the Treasury.

He graduated from the National Administration School in Senegal and is now the General Coordinator of the Dakar Youth’s Olympic Games Organisation Committee (Dakar Youth Olympic Games 2022).

He formerly occupied high functions, such as General Manager of the Senegal Emergent Plan’s Monitoring Operational Office (July 2014 – June 2019), permanent Secretary of the Accelerated Growth Strategy (March 2006 – July 2014), Minister, Secretary General of the Government of Senegal (May 2001 – August 2005).

Before that, he spent 8 years participating and leading negotiations to reach multilateral and bilateral financing plans for various projects and programmes in Senegal.

Mr Wade graduated from Harvard Institute for International Development of Cambridge, Massachussets, in “Program on Budgeting and Financial Management in the Public Sector”.

He holds a degree from the French International Training Centre for DC in Paris, a master’s and a degree from Dakar University’s Extensive Special Studies in Public, and a certificate for Dakar’s Bar.

He is part of several international Think Tanks, including the Strategic Orientation Counsel of the Francophonie’s University Agency.

He is the President of Senegal’s Federation of equestrian sports and Vice President of Senegal’s National Olympic and Sport Committee.

General Coordinator Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2022

JULIE HARRINGTON

Chief Executive

British Cycling

 

Julie Harrington was announced as British Cycling’s new chief executive in March 2017.

Before her current role, Julie amassed almost 15 years’ experience in senior leadership roles in a sports environment.

In her former role as group operations director at the Football Association, Julie was responsible for running both Wembley Stadium and St George's Park, in addition to women's and development team games away from Wembley.

Julie joined the FA in 2011 as managing director of St George's Park, tasked with the final stage of construction and launch of a £100m elite training centre, home to the 24 England teams.

She was also responsible for developing the strategy for the centre and its commercial performance against its business plan.

Since joining British Cycling, Julie has overseen the implementation of the organisation’s action plan following the Cycling Independent Review, as well as widespread changes to allow the governing body to comply with the government’s new Code for Sports Governance.

Chief Executive, British Cycling

LUCIEN BOYER
Chairman and Co-Founder
Global Sports Week

 

Lucien Boyer has been an industry pioneer in sports business, sponsorship activation, branded content, experiential marketing, fan engagement and social entertainment,

Lucien began his career with the French Challenge in the America's Cup in the mid-80's before joining Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising in 1987.

He then became Director of Marketing for the Larousse-Lola-Lamborghini Formula 1 racing team for three years. This experience helped him found LMG (Lifestyle Marketing Group) in Paris in 1991, later acquired by Havas in 1998 to launch its sport division, which was renamed Havas Sports.

Lucien oversaw the global expansion of the agency which led to the creation of Havas Sports & Entertainment in 2008. Lucien was the President & Global Chief Executive Officer of Havas Sports & Entertainment until 2015.

One of the world’s leading sports & entertainment networks, Havas Sports & Entertainment boasted more than 600 professionals in 30 countries delivering award-winning innovative brand engagement solutions for brands such as Coca Cola, Barclays, Orange or Louis Vuitton, in partnership with major sports and entertainment industry stakeholders like the International Olympic Committee, the FIFA, the NBA, the NFL, the English Premier League, etc...

Lucien Boyer then sevred as Chief Marketing Officer from 2016 to 2019 Havas’s mother company Vivendi Group (Universal Music Group, Canal+ Group/Studiocanal, Havas, Gameloft, Dailymotion, …) that operates globally businesses throughout the entertainment value chain, from talent discovery to the creation, production and distribution of content.

Beyond his management role, Lucien is recognized as one of today’s leading experts in sports and entertainment marketing. He was awarded his first Gold at Cannes Lions in 2006, before serving as a member of the jury of the Branded Content & Entertainment category in 2014.

Lucien Boyer initiated the creation of the Global Sports Forum Barcelona, of which he is the General Commissioner from 2008 to 2012. A graduate from ESSEC Business School, Lucien Boyer is 55 years old. He is married, has three sons and lives in Paris. Lucien Boyer is passionate about sailing, skiing, the Olympics and music.

Chairman and Co-Founder, Global Sports Week

AHMAD KONTAR

Breakdancer & Model

 

Ahmad Kontar is a professional model, breakdancer and physical education student, who lives and works in France as a Syrian refugee.

He was born in 1996 in Libya but spent his entire childhood in Soueïda, Syria. His father was an architect and his mother a psychoanalyst. He also has a twin sister.

Ahmad was four years old when he began practicing gymnastics. At six, he started tennis and then played football at the age of eight before falling in love with the style of the basketball players who trained on the court next door.

For the next six years, he played basketball at the national level in the first division, before the organization was dissolved with the onset of the conflict in Syria.

At the age of 14, he discovered breakdance and began to compete alongside training as a coach for a period of two years.
In 2016, he joined his mother, who was already living in France. He arrived with two immediate goals: to learn French and buy a basketball. Through basketball, he was able to make friends and find his place in France.

In 2017, Ahmad began taking French classes at the Sorbonne and joined the university's basketball team. At the same time, he attended up to three sessions a week at 104, a public cultural institution where he mainly practiced breakdance, while also learning other dance styles.

Since the end of 2018, he has been modelling with the Elite model agency, representing major fashion brands such as Hermès, Jacquemus and GmbH.

Today, Ahmad hold a refugee status that allows him to study as a PE Teacher at the University of Amiens. His goal is to become a sports physiotherapist.

Breakdancer & Model

ANDREAS ZAGKLIS

Secretary General

FIBA (International Basketball Federation)

 

A Greek national, Andreas Zagklis joined FIBA in 2016 as Legal Director after having acted for 9 years as its external legal advisor.

He received his under-and post- graduate degrees from the Law School of the University of Athens while he spent two semesters as visiting student at the Universities of Salamanca (Spain) and Western Ontario (Canada) respectively.
He also completed the postgraduate programme on Olympic Studies at the International Olympic Academy. Most recently, he attended the Leadership in Corporate Counsel programme at the Harvard Law School (USA).

In his professional career, Mr Zagklis advised basketball players, coaches and clubs and acted as assistant to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in three Olympic Games (2004, 2006,2008). He practised next to the pioneer sports lawyers Pantelis Dedes (Greece, 2004-2008) and Dirk-Reiner Martens (Germany, 2008-2016), before his appointment to head the FIBA Legal Department.

He was instrumental in the growth of the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT), supervising more than 1,000 basketball related cases, as well as in the governance changes adopted by the extraordinary FIBA Congress in 2014.

He has published numerous scientific articles in the areas of good governance, dispute resolution and commercial rights in sports. He also frequently lectures on management of sporting events and sports law at the Universities of Neuchâtel and Zurich in Switzerland.

Mr Zagklis was a basketball player, coach and administrator in Greece. He speaks five languages: English, Spanish, German, French and Greek.Mr Zagklis is married and has two children.

Secretary General, FIBA (International Basketball Federation)

FANTA DIALLO

Director of Sports, Youth and Grassroots Association

City of Dakar

 

Fanta Diallo is a strong advocate in Gender issues specially related to politics and violence.

Her first steps in Politics starts when she decides to enhance skills of women in Politics as a Program assistant in the “Citizen Movement”, a NGO funded by the famous Pr Penda Mbow. Within the organization, Fanta is known for Youth Empowerment and for her engagement in National Elections.

Despite her young age, she sticks to her vision “Educating. Empowering. Engaging”. She writes publications & participates in Radio Programs and Public lectures. Her dedication to Environmental issues and her pledge for more impactful Social Programs drove her to the Division of Social Programs, and now she is the Director of Sports, Youth and Grassroots association at the Municipality of Dakar City where she manages a male-dominated team.

Fanta is part of the Movement “Africtivist”, a pool of social influencers recognized in their countries as Leaders of Change across Africa.

She is the president of the NGO JEADER, one of the top 25 most influential organizations dealing with Education & Entrepreneurship in Africa. At JEADER, Fanta is a Mentor and the Program Lead for 2 successful initiatives
called “CitiZEN” & “MiniME”. Fanta benefited from the “Programme d’invitation des personnalités d’avenir” (PIPA) du Ministère des Affaires Étrangères de France. Fanta holds a Master II Degree in Sociology.

Director of Sports, Youth and Grassroots Association, City of Dakar

MODERATORS
AMANDA DAVIES

Sports Anchor

CNN

 

Amanda Davies is a sports anchor for CNN International, based in the London bureau.

Since joining CNN in April 2012, Amanda has fronted the network's 'World Sport' coverage for multiple major events. This includes the Summer and Winter Olympics, Football World Cups, Champions League Finals, The Tour de France and the World Athletics Championships.

Amanda has led on key news stories in the sporting world including Lance Armstrong's fall from grace, the FIFA corruption scandal, Russian doping controversy, the death of Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Leicester City's fairytale Premier League campaign and the retirement of football legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

Alongside being an anchor for CNN 'World Sport' Amanda also hosts monthly Formula 1 show 'The Circuit' -- following the F1 calendar around the globe, hosting live shows from the paddock on race weekends, and interviewing the leading names in the sport including 5-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

Amanda has interviewed high profile names from all the leading sports including Serena Williams, David Beckham, Usain Bolt, Michael Schumacher, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar, Roger Federer, Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins and Gianni Infantino.

Before joining CNN, Amanda was a presenter at the BBC, providing the sports news onthe flagship BBC News weekend bulletins and BBC Breakfast. She also hosted international football show 'Sports World Have Your Say' on BBC World News, and 'Your News' -- a weekly magazine show.

Amanda started her career in production working for Sky Sports and Sky Sports News. She earned a Master's degree in Geography from the University of Oxford, and whilst there was awarded the prestigious Philip Geddes Memorial prize for journalism.

Amanda was born in Manchester, and now lives in West London.

CNN

THIERRY BORRA

Founder and CEO

Sport Matters Consulting

 

 

Thierry is the founder of Sport Matters Consulting, leveraging his expertise and 25 years of experience in sports marketing to provide thought leadership, strategic advice and creative thinking to organizations and people leveraging sport to create value and leave a positive impact on our society.

Thierry has been collaborating with various major global organizations such as The International Olympic Committee, Dentsu Inc., the Organizing Committee for the Olympic & Paralympic Games in Paris 2024, The Coca-Cola Company, Discovery Channel / Eurosport, Danone, as well as start-ups such as Sports Innovation Lab (USA), Sport Innovation Summit (MEX) and the Global Sports Week (FRA).

Prior to this, Thierry led The Coca-Cola Company’s global partnership with the Olympic Movement, including the Company’s association with the Olympic & Paralympic Games, the Olympic Torch Relay and the Youth Olympic Games.

In his twenty+ years with the Coca-Cola system, Thierry has held various general management & marketing positions in various countries and has a wealth of experience with global sporting events - including 12 Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, Tour de France, IAAF World Championships - and sport partnerships such as Special Olympics, football clubs, stadiums & venues.

In addition, Thierry has been mentoring Olympians, helping them to transition from the field of play to a new career.

Thierry is curious, creative & passionate. While Sport Matters a lot to him, he has also launched another venture together with his wife, Terroirs by Adeline, creating unique and authentic food & wine experiences in Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy.

Sport Matters Consulting

JONATHAN EDWARDS

Olympic champion and triple jump world record-holder

 

Olympic Champion, 2000. Twice a world champion and the current world record holder in triple jump.

Board member for London 2012, and Chair of the Athletes Committee.

Broadcaster, conference host, motivational speaker.

Olympic champion and triple jump world record-holder
NICK KELLER

Founder, President and CEO

Beyond Sport

 

 

Nick Keller is the founder of Benchmark, a company that creates and invests in purpose-driven business.

At the helm of this dynamic company, Nick has spearheaded multiple brands that have changed the face of how sport interacts with business and purpose.

This includes Sport Industry Group and the Sport Industry Awards – the world’s largest commercial sports awards evening and the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay, which harnesses the power of teamwork and employee engagement through physical wellness by running corporate races in 12 cities across the world.

In 2008, Nick recognised that the socio-economic landscape was on the brink of a monumental shift, and that business relationships with society were going to have to change, particularly in light of the financial crisis.

In a move that proved prescient , he founded Beyond Sport with the support of some of the world’s most influential leaders like Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson and Tony Blair and the backing of sports biggest players including the major US sports leagues — MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA and MLS —  and brands like Barclays, TIME Magazine and PwC.

The organisation has since become the global force for sustainable social change through sport, convening in cities around the world for thousands of people, where hundreds of high-level experts in politics, tech, innovation, shared-value and ethics speak, engage and debate on sport’s role in hard-hitting issues like the refugee crisis, youth gun crime and religious and ethnic divides.

Off the back of Beyond Sport’s success, he founded a consultancy division, thinkBeyond which has grown into one of the foremost agencies that advises some of the world’s biggest brands on social impact, including SAP, ESPN, the IOC, BT, among many more rights holders, leagues, teams and athletes.

Alongside this, Nick saw an opportunity within the burgeoning esport sector and founded NSE, the UK’s first governing body for university esport which engages thousands of students across the country and continues to grow through influential partnerships with the likes of BUCs, Microsoft and Intel.

A noted figure and regular commentator on sport’s role in sustainable development, social equality and purpose, Nick has also sat on the Global Advisory Board for The World Economic Forum on Sport and Society and speaks regularly on leadership, shared values and the future of business and society.

Benchmark & Beyond Sport

LOUISE EKLAND

Journalist and host

 

Louise Ekland is a British television reporter with a longlasting passion for music, dance and acting. She featured in several musicals, such as « Grease », « Singing in the rain », « Seven Brides for Seven Brothers » or « Emilie Jolie ».

Her artistic career led her to France, her first experience as a television anchor was on « Game One », a channel dedicated to video games. It launched her television career and she then went on to appear on many popular shows on different French channels :
- M6 :"Le Morning", "France’s got talent, "100% Mag", "2016 European football Cup", "Talent W9","W9 Home Festival"
- BFM TV: 4 years of cultural reports (2008-2012)
- France 2, 4 and 5 :"Côté et Match", "Roland Garros", "La FACup", "La Danse à tout prix", "L'art à tout prix", "Louise Contre Attaque", "C à vous"...

During the summer of 2012, Louise covered the Olympic Games for France Télévisions hosting a live breakfast show from a double decker bus.

She has also co-hosted the breakfast radio show RTL2, and appeared on Europe 1’s breakfast show with her funny chronicle « The French are formidable ».

She is currently presenting « Cultissime», a weekly cultural magazine show on France info TV and a a weekly televisioon, show on France 3 inspired by solutions journalism called « We have the solution», travelling throughout France to present innovative and resourceful local initatives.

Her extensive media experience and on stage charsima, in English and in French, have made her a very sought after master of ceremony for many famous companies, entrusting her with their top events’ animation, or even made her their brand ambassador.

Journalist and host
BRIEUX FÉROT

Development Director of independant media group

SOPRESS

Brieux Férot is Director of Development for the media group independent So Press (So Foot, Society, So Film, Trashtalk, Tampon, Pédale...) He advises and accompanies different actors in the world federations (FFF, FFT...), organizations (Paris 2024, NBA), clubs (PSG, OL...), clubs (PSG, OL...), athletes...

He is also the founder of the associative structures a which are very unusual, such as Soso (Socios Solidaires), which aims at developing collective intelligence through the use of culture sports, starting from the very concrete problems of a neighborhood. Graduated from ESCP, he holds a master's degree in policy management public of the University of Paris X Nanterre and Mines Paris Tech.

He is a winner of the Nonprofit Leaders 2019 program from Stanford University.

Development Director, SOPRESS
RICHARD GILLIS

Owner

Unofficial Partner

 

Unofficial Partner is the number one sports business podcast, with a reputation for entertaining and thought provoking industry coverage.

It’s not about news, press releases or the latest deals, it’s about people, themes and stories.

The company was created by Richard Gillis and Sean Singleton and sits at the heart of a network of creative professionals, working with clients to create brilliant thought leadership content across every editorial outcome from podcasts and print to digital and live events.

Richard Gillis is an award-winning journalist, author and sports strategy consultant, writing for The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and The Irish Times. Formerly Managing Partner of Cake, the Havas brand entertainment agency,

Richard led the specialist sports and entertainment strategy and insight division.

Unofficial Partner
LAURENT THIEULE

Sports et Citoyenneté

 

President of the European Think tank Sport and Citizenship, Laurent Thieule is particularly involved in sport and social topics, such as the integration of young refugees through football programme that he initiated at Kraainem Football Club, that is close to Brussels and of which he is also President.

Aside his active volunteering in both these organisations, Laurent is Director at the Committee of the European Regions. Laurent started his career a parlementary assistant at the French National Assembly, before becoming a journalist for Midi Libre.

Prior to moving to Brussels, he was also general director of the 1993 Meditarrenean Games's organising committee.

Sport et Citoyenneté
DAVID BARROUX

Companies News Editor in Chief

Les Echos

 

1989 : BA in English, Institut Charles V de Paris, degree in History (Paris 7)
1990 : Student and teaching assistant at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1992 : Graduated from Sciences Po, l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris
1992-1993 : Service Militaire (served in the Army) at the Cabinet of the Chef d’Etat Major des Armées.
1993 to 2000 : Reporter covering the telecomunication industry and Internet for L’Expansion, La Tribune, Les Echos
2000-2005 : Tokyo Bureau Chief, Les Echos
2005-2008 : New York Bureau Chief, Les Echos
Since mid-2008 : News Editor in Chief (rédacteur en chef), in charge of the companies’ section, Les Echos + in charge of a daily editorial on Radio Classique (since 2009).

Being the son of a diplomat I grew up in France and in Asia, leaving in Singapour, Tokyo and with very frequent trips to China and India since the early 80s.

When I am not working, I play squash on a regular basis and read « bande dessinée » (I also cover the BD at Les Echos). I also try to spend some time with my family.

Les Echos

MATTHEW CAMPELLI

Founder and Editor

The Sustainability Report

 

Matthew Campelli is a journalist, strategist and communicator specialising in sport and sustainability.

He is the founder of The Sustainability Report, a platform that helps sports organisations become more environmentally and socially responsible.

The Sustainability Report

EOIN CONNOLLY

SportsPro

 

Eoin is a sports industry writer and presenter who is currently
editor-at-large of SportsPro, the leading media company for the business of sport across print, digital and events.

He was previously the editor of SportsPro and has contributed to other publications as a freelancer.

Over the past decade, Eoin has interviewed some of the leading global figures in sport and the business of sport, and has reported widely from major events like the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Uefa Euro 2016 and ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He has moderated at conferences including SportsPro Live, One-Zero and the Soccerex Global Convention, and was the host of SportsPro OTT Summit Asia in Singapore in 2019.

Eoin presents and produces the SportsPro Podcast and has appeared as a guest on TV and radio programmes including CNN World Sport.

SportsPro

NEILL DUFFY

Co-Founder and Chief Executive

17 Sport

 

Neill is Chief Executive and Co-Founder of 17 Sport, the world’s first sports impact company the provides purpose led advisory, commercial and engagement solutions to brands, sports properties, athletes and non-profits wanting to manage their investments in sport in a more purposeful way.

17 Sport operates worldwide out of offices in Paris and San Francisco. After 15 years in the traditional sports marketing space culminating in his role as President EMEA for Octagon Worldwide, Neill has spent the last 15 years honing his expertise at the intersection of sport, business and purpose.

During this period he has helped deliver a number of purpose led firsts including Super Bowl 50 as the most giving and sustainable Super Bowl ever and the first ever carbon neutral and zero waste America’s Cup.

Neill is the co-author of “Legacy Sport – How To Win At The Business Of Sport In The Age Of Social Good” that will be published by Sunbury Press in the Fall of 2020.

Neill regularly presents at major sports and purpose conferences and contributes to sports and purpose focused publications.

17 Sport

MOUNIR ZOK

CEO

N3XT SPORTS

 

Mounir is a co-founder and the CEO of N3XT Sports, a sports consulting firm that specializes in innovation, technology & investment strategy, founded in 2018.

Mounir oversees several projects on technology roadmap, innovation ecosystem development, and new monetization.

Prior to this, he was the Director of Technology & Innovation at the United States Olympic Committee leading many projects related to technology, data, and innovation as Director of Technology & Innovation.

Born and raised in Beirut, Mounir is a world citizen who is passionate about sports, technology, innovation & entrepreneurship, is constantly challenging the status quo, and has 15+ years experience in creating, managing and advising startups.

Mounir relocated recently from Silicon Valley to Barcelona with his wife and 2 kids, and speaks 4 languages and holds a PhD in Bioengineering.

N3XT SPORTS
ERIT YELLEN

Founder

Orna Drive Productions

 

Erit Yellen is a believer in sharing what her experiences are in sports and with athletes, that most of what exists around the world is positive and those stories have not been told.

With almost 20 years working in the sports industry creating businesses and opportunities that had not existed before, Erit’s ability to see a story, share, tell and gather others to believe has been her unique skills in the sports industry.

With a background as a college athlete and a belief that “if you empower an athlete, you empower an entire community,” she wants everyone to experience the positive impact sports can have on all aspects of life and the most powerful way to do that is through film, storytelling and sharing those stories.

Erit is also an adjunct professor at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication. She teaches a course that she designed herself about how to understand the world of Public Relations for professional athletes.

She also sits on multiple regional and global boards for the international diplomatic and human rights organization, American Jewish Committee.

Orna Drive Productions
SIMON PRAHM

Co-founder and CEO

GAME

 

Simon Prahm is the co-founder and CEO for GAME. Founded in 2003, GAME is a Danish based Top 150 NGO with a mission to create lasting social change through youth-led street sports and culture.

Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark GAME creates impact through a network of more than 500 Playmakers who organize street sports activities in their own communities across Africa, The Middle East, and Europe.

In partnership with cities, architects and private foundations, GAME addresses the need for facilities offering low-cost, accessible and flexible street sports activities.

In 2019 this secured a gold medal from IAKS for the newly opened GAME Streetmekka Viborg. Simon holds a BA in Sports and an Executive MBA from Henley Business School. Simon recently returned to Copenhagen after spending three years in Beirut, Lebanon with his wife and three children.

GAME
DAVID MELTZER

Co-Founder

The Playbook and Sports 1 Marketing

 

David Meltzer is the co-founder of Sports 1 Marketing, with hall of fame quarterback Warren Moon.

David formerly served as CEO of the renowned Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment agency, which was the inspiration for the movie Jerry Maguire.

Named a Top 100 Business Coach by Marshall Goldsmith, David regularly speaks at the world’s biggest business, sports, technology, and motivational events, while consulting for multiple companies, ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 500.

David has invested in over 30 companies including one of the ten most valuable E-Sports franchises in the world, OverActive Media (OAM).

David currently sits on the boards of over 40 companies and charities, including his Unstoppable Foundation.

David has been named the Chief Chancellor of Junior Achievement University with over 100 million alumni, and has recently been named a chairman and head professor for Forbes University for Entrepreneurship.

David is a three-time international best-selling author, the head judge of Entrepreneur‘s #1 digital business show, Elevator Pitch, and the host of the top entrepreneur podcast, The Playbook.

His newest book, Game-Time Decision Making, is a #1 new release, and David has been recognized by Variety Magazine as their Sports Humanitarian of the Year and awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

As a lead consultant who combines inspiration, energy, and pragmatism, David has been recognized by outlets such as CNBC, Cheddar, ESPN, Fox and many more.

Additionally, David has a starring role in WGN’s World’s Greatest Motivators and the sequel of The Secret.

The Playbook and Sports 1 Marketing
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