Formula One CEO and Executive Chairman Chase Carey, International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons and world record-breaking endurance athlete and campaigner Norma Bastidas are the first three speakers revealed by organisers of Global Sports Week Paris.
The trio will be among 50 leading global figures from sport, entertainment and society to appear at the inaugural event in February at the Louvre.
The cross-sector platform, organised under the high patronage of Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, sets out to explore the future of sport at the intersection of business and society.
The concept places a strong emphasis on youth, with 50 international Young Sports Makers set to represent the next generation in discussions in the French capital.
American Carey will participate in a talk entitled “The new challenge: How can major events make sense in a purpose-driven world?” It comes as Formula One embarks on a major new sustainability strategy with a
target to become carbon neutral by 2030.
Brazilian IPC President Andrew Parsons will reflect on his organisation’s new partnership with the United Nations, designed to support the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Meanwhile Mexican-born Canadian ultra-marathoner Norma Bastidas will share her extraordinary personal story as a survivor of rape, poverty and addiction who went on to complete a series of record-breaking endurance challenges in support of societal causes close to her heart as a single mom.