published at Thursday 22 May 2014

WISE 2014, International Convention for Careers in Sports, post-event news round-up!

First of all we would like to extend a warm thank you to all Partners, Ambassadors, Speakers, Exhibitors and Participants for the amazing contribution to the first ever International Convention for Careers in Sports - WISE Work In Sports Exhibition!

We are happy to share with you a few insights now that the event is over. For a first edition, we are extremely proud to announce the following numbers :
  • 900 participants over the 2 days from 40 countries
  • 40 exhibitors
  • 100 speakers
  • 3 ambassadors
Both the excitement and commitment towards the event have been amazing! We are therefore willing to share with you the video clips we have built up with our very creative Media Partner Actua ( over the 3 days of the event. We hope you will like them and please do not hesitate to share them! “Our first edition of WISE has been a great success. Ever since we created its vision we have received nothing but support. It is great to see that despite the fact of being a brand new concept, the interest has been there with 900 participants from 40 different nationalities. Most importantly it shows that our Partners that strongly believed in WISE have received the return they deserved as WISE will definitely become an annual meeting for the leaders of today and tomorrow in the sports industry”, said Giancarlo Sergi, Exhibition Director.


The inaugural WISE Work In Sports Exhibition has opened with a gala evening reuniting many of the world's top sports leaders. Moderated by Denis Oswald, Member of the IOC and CIES Director, the round-table co-organised by Centre International d'Etude du Sport (CIES) on the topic "Brazil, from FIFA World Cup 2014 to 2016 Olympic Games. The legacy of major sporting events", has been a great success. The speakers (see full list below), especially Jérôme Valcke, FIFA General Secretary, have been challenged on the sustainability and security challenges engendered by sports events at a large scale and their legacy.

Speakers :
  • François Carrard (Lawyer and former Executive Director, IOC)
  • Pierre-Alain Dupuis (Journalist, RTS)
  • Gilbert Felli (IOC Olympic Games Executive Director)
  • Miranda Kiuri (Architect, specialised in sports infrastructures)
  • Denis Oswald (Member of the IOC and CIES Director)
  • Jérôme Valcke (General Secretary, FIFA)
Before joining a cocktail, participants attended the Official Opening of WISE, in the presence of Philippe Leuba, State Councillor and Marc Vuilleumier, Municipal Representative. David Wise, the first ever men’s Olympic gold medallist in halfpipe freestyle skiing, also participated to the inaugural ceremony.

Opening Gala Night Video


On the second evening, the “Wednesday WISE Fever” set a milestone for further editions and the first ever WISE Award was presented to Christophe Dubi, Deputy Olympic Games Executive Director. After a very interesting session of questions and answers between IOC’s and athletes’ representatives, moderated by our beloved ambassador Colin Jackson, Athletics Legend and Sports Media Professional, the awards night started. Here are the results:
  • Best Sport Manager Award (presented by Association Suisse des Managers du Sport – ASMS) : Laurent Meuwly – Managing Director, Playmaker Sport & Event Management
  • Sport Science Award (presented by European College of Sport Science – ECSS) : Helen Baye PhD – Head of Biomechanics, University of Pretoria
  • Best Postgraduate Sport Course Award (presented by our media partner SportBusiness) :
    • Overall Winner : FIFA Master (CIES)
    • Professors’ Choice : Ohio University’s Master of Sport Administration
    • Graduate Choice : Ohio University’s Master of Sport Administration
The evening was followed by music and drinks.

Wednesday WISE Fever Video

Sport & Development

The role sport can play in helping developing countries was one of the main topics on the Sport & Development theme. Our Forum Partner Vale in Switzerland, through the President of Vale International, Fidel Blanco, presented its Brasil Vale Ouro project. This project was created five years ago and involves 2’500 children in five Brazilian states. It is designed to promote the development of life skills, capacities and competencies among children and teenagers, using sport as an essential social and education tool to this end. Vale is also the main partner of Association Trako, which develops the judo activities in the public schools of Switzerland. Raphaël Morgulis, Information Manager, FIFA also gave a presentation on the importance of developing sustainable projects in sports.

Sport & Development Video

Leaders in Sport

The leaders in sport, such as Debbie Jevans, Director of Sport London 2012 & Chief Executive, Rugby World Cup 2015, Martin Gibbs, Director, UCI and Patrick Baumann, Secretary General, FIBA, among others, have discussed at length what it takes to be a success at the highest level. “It was a very constructive event which highlighted the importance of acquiring and retaining talent,” said Will Lloyd, GlobalSportsJobs CEO. “The opportunity to bring together key Human Resource figures from the sports industry to discuss challenges we all face is an integral part of understanding how we can become more professional as an industry. The WISE audience recognised the importance of technology and the additional value it is bringing to the talent acquisition process. The ability to attract a greater quality of applications through greater reach is increasing the capability and performance of organisations across the sporting landscape. Challenges in addressing volumes has been brought to the forefront, and investment in appropriate technology will ensure sport organisations can accurately manage their hiring processes and engage the most suitable professionals without the burden of improper applications.”

Leaders in Sport Video

Career Transition

The challenges faced by athletes transitioning to a career after their competition days are over has been a key talking point. Great participation has been registered in the Presentation Series on “Valuable Insights from the Athlete Career Programme” from Patrick Glennon, Vice President "Athlete Career Programme" for the IOC, Adecco.

Career Transition Video


Education for a career in sport has been a leading topic of discussion at the inaugural WISE sports conference in the Swiss city of Lausanne. Key players such as Claude Stricker, Executive Director of AISTS and Vincent Schatzmann, Secretary General of CIES, both our academic partners, have given insights on the importance of having a multidisciplinary knowledge to be a good professional in the sports industry.

Education Video

Marketing & Sponsorship

Some of the biggest names from the world of sports marketing and sponsorship shared their thoughts on this dynamic and fast moving industry. Jean-Claude Biver’s (Chairman of Hublot’s Administrative Board) and Sébastien Leclerc’s (Head of Club Competitions Commercial Operations, UEFA) presentations in particular draw a lot of participation and discussions as they are amazingly inspiring people. A lot of questions were also asked to the President of Rio 2016, Carlos Arthur Nuzman.

Marketing & Sponsorship Video

Sports Sciences

The role sport can play in developing sports sciences was interestingly discussed with Jean-Pierre Egger, Physical Trainer & Olympic Coach and representatives from the Sports Institute of the University of Lausanne, among other universities and institutes represented.

Sports Sciences Video

Other highlights include the very committed implication of WISE ambassador Colin Jackson, from whom we used all skills and expertise as motivational speaker, moderator, entertainer, friend, etc… follow him behind-the-scenes through his first full day at the inaugural WISE convention.

Colin Jackson Video

We cannot close this post-event news round-up without thanking all exhibitors present during WISE as they gave this special networking and fruitful encounters’ atmosphere to the event.

WISE Exhibitors City: Video

We leave you now with what sports insiders think of the first edition of WISE – Work In Sports Exhibition as well as with the best moments’ memories.

Sports insiders on WISE: Video

Best of WISE 2014: Video

Have a look to our WISE Picture Gallery: Picture Gallery

See you in 2015, in the first week of May (final dates to be confirmed very soon)… Be WISE, Work In Sports!