published at Tuesday 10 February 2015

WISE, the International Convention for Careers in Sports, releases an amazing list of conferences and speakers

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 6, 2015 – The Forum programme of “WISE – Work In Sports Exhibition” is well underway and we are pleased to release the preliminary list of topics, covering the four main points of focus of this year : Human Resources & Management, Marketing & Commercial, Events & Communication and Sports Science & Technology.

Split over two days (May 6 and 7), not less than 26 attractive panels and presentations will be showcased. Trending topics such as “Exploring the Roles and Challenges of Human Resources Managers in Sport Organisations”, “360° Digital Media in Sports”, “Sporting Goods Industry” and “CSR Trends in Sports” among others will be presented.

Colin Jackson, Athletics Legend & Sports Media Professional is the Ambassador of WISE this year again and he will welcome all participants on both days.

He will be supported by an amazing panel of speakers that is increasing every day. Here is a preliminary list :

Mario Andrada – Communication Director, RIO 2016
Horesh Ben Shirit – CEO, PlayfulVision
Jérôme Brunet-Moret – Project Manager, RTSsport.ch
Simon Cooper – Head of Sport, City of London
Donna Da Varona – Olympic Medallist (Swimming), DAMAR Productions
Shaun Dawson – Chief Executive, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Frédéric Dehu – Former Player, Football (Lens Captain, Marseille, PSG & FC Barcelona Player)
Guy-Laurent Epstein – Head of Marketing, UEFA Events
Chantal Koller – Managing Director, Novagraaf
Mike Kurt – Canoeing Athlete, Founder of I Believe in you
David Labouré – Head of Online Relationships, RTS
Sébastien Leclerc – Marketing Expert, Former Head of Commercial Operations, UEFA
Sarah Lewis – General Secretary, FIS
Will Lloyd – CEO, GlobalSportsJobs
Hicham Montasser – President, Sports Academy Lausanne
Laura Montgomery – Founder & Manager, Glasgow FC Women Football Club
Barbara Moschini – International Relations, Italian Football Federationv
Harald Müller – Director, Education and Standards, FEI
Adnan Nawaz – News Anchor & Presenter, BBC
Florian Python – Human Resources Manager, UEFA
Gregory Renand – Global Head of Sponsorship and Thought Leadership Marketing, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd
Jean Christophe Rolland – President, FISA and Olympic Gold Medallist (Rowing)
Eric Saintrond – Secretary General, FISU
Hisashi Sanada, Chairman, Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies
Satoshi Shimizu, Vice-Chairman, Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies
Georg Spazier – CEO, Innsbruck Tirol Sports
Mette Stannow – European Go To Market Leader, Software Group IBM Corporation
Alex Stone – Social Media Manager, Communications & Public Affairs Division, FIFA
Geoff Wilson – Consultant, Geoff Wilson Consultancy
Manuel Zubiria – Head of Special Projects & Planning, AS Roma
Hugo Sharman – Director Special Events, Deltatre Media
Prof. Jean-Loup Chappelet – Professor, IDHEAP (UNIL – University of Lausanne)
Yacine Abdessadki – Former Player, Football (SC Fribourg, RC Strasbourg, Toulouse FC)


Special Guest
Patrick Müller – Former Player, Football (82 caps for Swiss National Team, Servette, Olympique Lyonnais, AS Monaco)

These well-known actors in their field will be leading a selection of panels of discussion :

State of the Industry: Where is Sport Now and Where is it Going? For this inaugural panel, participants will hear about future trends from several leaders in different sports areas.

Sports & Media
What it is like to work in the media, how to get a job in the field, but also the relationship between sporting institutions and the media.

Leaders of the World’s Most Talented Sports Agencies
Sports agencies develop marketing strategies, represent talents, manage events and entertainment for their clients : do you have what it takes to be part of this very dynamic environment?

The Wide World of Sports Event Management and Managers
From the Olympic Games to community-level competitions, sports events can be complex and pose a particular set of managerial challenges. Overview of those challenges.

Sponsorship 360°
A round table to discover more about this profession, the markets involved : private sector, sports, events, etc. – local or global.

Leaders of Today
Hear the views of confirmed leaders on event management, tomorrow’s career trends, their career path, their view of leadership and the challenges they dealt with over the course of their careers.

Sports Law : Understanding the Rules of the Game
Sports Law is something every professional sporting institution, whether it be an individual football club or a National Olympic Committee, needs to understand : how the law might affect both events on and off the field of play, anti-doping, image rights, intellectual property, fight against match fixing, just to name a few things.

Beyond Business as Usual: CSR Trends in Sports
How sports can encourage the breaking down of social barriers. Today’s challenges. Other topics of interest as well as practical workshops are currently being developed and will be released soon.

On both evenings of May 5 and 6, a gala night will be proposed to all participants. Further details regarding the content of those evenings will be disclosed soon. On the same principle as last year, both events will be concluded by a cocktail aiming to connect all people interested in the sports industry and to develop a strong network of expertise.

Online registration is open here

It is still possible to book a booth here : Exhibitors

WISE is the International Convention for Careers in Sports. It offers a 360° sharing platform to leaders of today and tomorrow, as well as active and former athletes entering the business world. The first edition in 2014 gathered ca. 900 participants from 40 countries, 40 exhibitors, 100 speakers and 3 ambassadors over 2 days.