published at Thursday 19 March 2015

WISE, the International Convention for Careers in Sports, unveils partnership and opening night ‘s programme with CIES

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 18, 2015 – WISE – Work In Sports Exhibition is proud to announce a renewed academic partnership with CIES (International Centre for Sports Studies), an independent and international study centre located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, for the Convention’s second edition to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 6-7 May 2015.

Through this partnership, CIES and WISE will benefit from their mutual international network of partners. Additionally, CIES has been constantly providing expertise and strategic advice for the set-up of the Convention’s Forum programme.

As part of the collaboration, there will be this year again, on May 5, an opening night presented by CIES – including a presentation followed by a round table – with sport industry celebrities as well as local politicians on the following topic : “Olympic Agenda 2020 : towards a new bidding model for the Olympic Games?”


18.30-18.35 Welcome message: Jean-Philippe Rochat, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MCH Beaulieu Lausanne SA and Vice-President of Swiss-Ski

18.35-18.45 Official opening of WISE : In the presence of Andreane Jordan Meier, Secretary General of Economics and Sports Department of the Canton de Vaud and Marc Vuilleumier, Municipal Representative, City of Lausanne

18.45-19.00 Olympic Agenda 2020 : Presentation Christophe Dubi, Olympic Games Executive Director, IOC

19.00-20.00 Round table: Olympic Agenda 2020: towards a new bidding model for the Olympic Games? Moderator : Denis Oswald

20.00-20.30 Questions from the audience From 20.30 Complimentary cocktail


Patrick Baumann : Secretary General FIBA and President of Lausanne 2020, Candidate City for the Youth Olympic Games François Carrard : Lawyer, former General Director of the IOC Christophe Dubi : Olympic Games Executive Director, IOC Denis Masseglia : President of the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF) Denis Oswald : Member of the IOC and CIES Director Perrine Pelen : Olympic Champion, Alpine skiing and Ambassador for Annecy 2018 Candidate City

Registration: Participation to the evening is free. However registration is mandatory by sending an e-mail to: before Monday, May, 4 2015.

In addition to this, CIES will also be presenting an “Entrepreneurship Workshop” on May 6 2015 during the WISE Convention. This session will be delivered by the FIFA Master Alumni (FMA), of which an increasing number have begun to launch their own businesses and ventures. This talk is likely to be of interest to anyone looking to start their own business or become self-employed in the sports industry either now or in the future. Here, among others, the theme of sport entrepreneurship and explanations of what it means in terms of possible careers (e.g. start-up founder vs. contractor vs consultant vs social entrepreneur) and the relevance/importance of entrepreneurship and innovation to the sports industry will be introduced.

Vincent Schatzmann, CIES General Secretary, commented: « WISE- Work In Sports Exhibition is an important event in CIES schedule. This exchange and learning platform gives us the opportunity to highlight our expertise in research and education. We really hope that this collaboration will go on in the future ».

Giancarlo Sergi, WISE Director, added: “Partnering up for the second consecutive year with CIES, our worldwide well-known academic partner, means strengthening our relationships and receiving quality strategic advice for the setting up of specific Forum panels. It is a strong and valuable connection that we are willing to consolidate year after year.”

The full WISE 2015 programme can be found here: Programme

Online registration is open here

It is still possible to book a booth here Exhibitors

ABOUT CIES The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) is an independent study centre located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. It was created in 1995 as a joint venture between the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the University of Neuchâtel, the City and State of Neuchâtel. Using a multi-disciplinary approach (law, sociology, geography, management and history), CIES provides research, top-level education and consulting services to the sports world with the aim of overcoming the complexities of sport in today's society and improving how it is governed and managed across all sports

ABOUT WISE 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.