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.

International Paralympic Committee

President

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.

Fight for Dignity

Ultra Athlete

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.

Formula 1®

Chairman & 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.

BPCE

Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of 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).

Government of France

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.

FIBA

Secretary General

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.

Municipality of Dakar

Director of Sports, Youth and Grassroots Association

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.

UEFA

Marketing Director

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.

Paris Basketball

Co-owner & CEO

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.

The Nascimento Foundation

Founder, President and Advisor

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).

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.

Hurricane Group and FISE

CEO and Founder

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.

Sail GP

Co-Founder and CEO