Former Player, Football, SC Fribourg, RC Strasbourg, Toulouse FC
Yacine is a football player with dual French and Moroccan citizenships, who played for the Moroccan national team as an attacking midfielder. His career begins at a young age when he plays for Sporting Toulon Var before joining the RC Strasbourg for 4 years. He then joins l'Effectif du Grenoble Foot and Toulouse FC before ending up as a member of the German club SC Fribourg. During the 2013 off-season he tried out for a couple of days with FC Sochaux Montbéliard. Yacine won the Coupe de France (French Cup) in 2001 and the League Cup in 2005 with the RC Strasbourg.
Programme Manager, Institute for Human Rights and Business
Lucy Amis is a Research Fellow (Mega Sporting Events) with the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB). Lucy wrote and devised the recently launched Mega Sporting Events 1.0 Website www.megasportingevents.org based on research and findings from a series of IHRB stakeholder workshops convened in Brazil in March 2014. Lucy is also author of IHRB’s Striving for Excellence – Mega-Sporting Events and Human Rights (2013), and a series of commentaries on the subject. She is co-author of the Dhaka Principles for Migration with Dignity (2012) and has carried out research on migrant workers’ rights, and business and human rights training practices and needs in a emerging economies.
Previously, Lucy Amis led IBLF’s Business and Human Rights Programme for almost a decade, where among other things she authored reports and advised companies on human rights policies. She is the author of the Guide on How to Develop a Human Rights Policy (UN Global Compact, 2010), Human Rights Translated: A Business Reference Guide (IBLF, Castan Centre, OHCHR, UN Global Compact, 2008), and Human Rights: A Geography of Corporate Risk (Amnesty International, IBLF, 2002). She collaborated with UN Special Representative Ruggie on his survey of human rights policies and practice in 2006, and and has served on the advisory Amnesty International Business Group and the UN Global Compact Human Rights Working Group.
CEO, Trianon SA
Isabelle received her Master degree of law (MLaw) in 1990, and has over 23 years of consulting experience including work in fiduciary office, tax administration (pension, and determination of gainful employment taxable income), and supervisor authority OFAS. She also held the role of Swiss vice-president of the Commission tax and pension fund and international consulting company (head of Towers Watson Lausanne) from 2007 to the end of February 2013 including support on all aspects of pension funds, employee mobility, project management, communication and Governance. From 2001 to 2007 she was engaged at the national workshop group on taxation (Innovation Deuxieme Pilier IDP/IZS, responsible for the French-speaking part of Switzerland) and international associations (International Employee Benefits Association IEBA, member of the executive committee). Isabelle is CEO of Trianon SA since 1 March 2013 and Chair of the Collective Foundation Trianon since the 1st of January 2014.
Olympic Medalist, Trako Ambassador, Director of the Centre des Sports Villars
Sergei is the perfect example of a young leader having been able to transfer the skills and values learned during his sports career to the business world. Sergei retired from professional sport after winning an Olympic bronze medal in judo during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Graduate with a Master in Sports Management from the University of Lausanne, he is now Director of the Sports Centre in Villars, Switzerland
Knowledge Management Director, FISU
Prior to becoming the Knowledge Management Director at FISU, Lilia was Knowledge Management Project Manager for the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee. She was also Head of Knowledge Management Department for 2 years as part of the 27th Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan Organizing Committee and Executive Director of the FISU International Educational Centre for two years. Lilia also worked as a Head of Volunteers Programme for 27th Summer Univerasiade in Kazan from 2009 to 2012.
Head of Human Ressources, British Olympic Association
Alice is currently Head of Human Resources at the British Olympic Association (Team GB), a position she has held since May 2011. In her role Alice oversees all operational and strategic aspects of Human Resources and Organisational Development at the BOA that includes: learning and skills development, recruitment, employee relations, compensation and benefits, talent and performance management. Alice also works closely with the Games delivery functions at the BOA to ensure the highest level of support team is in place for Team GB at all Olympic Games events, this currently includes Baku 2015, Tbilisi EYOF 2015, Lillehammer YOG 2016 and Rio 2016. Prior to the BOA Alice developed her experience of human resources management in the government sector working with Buckinghamshire County Council for two years. Previous to that she worked for over 10 years in the advertising and marketing sector where roles included Human Resources Manager with Fallon London, part of the Publicis Groupe.
BEN SHITRIT Horesh
Dr. Horesh Ben Shitrit is the founder and CEO of PlayfulVision, which provides Video-based Sport Analytics, including 3D ball position and speed, players position and skills and team tactics. Dr. Ben Shitrit pursued his PhD in Computer Science at the Computer Vision Laboratory (CVLAB) at Ecole Polythecnique Federal de Laussane (EPFL), Switzerland. His research interests include behavioral analysis from videos using people detection, tracking and identification. Prior to that, Horesh received his B.Sc and M.sc in Electrical Engineering from Ben-Gurion University and held engineering positions at Freescale Semiconductors and at AudioCodes.
President of the Board of Director of Vale International SA
Fidel Blanco is Vale’s Senior Managing Director for Iron Ore Sales for Europe and North America. He’s also the President of the Board of Vale International SA, based in Switzerland. He has an MBA from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and post-graduations courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T), tel.M.D in Lausanne, INSEAD in France and Cornell University in the State of New York. Before joining Vale, Mr Blanco worked at the Safra Bank, at Toshiba and at Shell Petroleum in Brazil. Fidel Blanco joined Vale 29 years ago as a trainee. “It’s really fulfilling to have witnessed and contributed to Vale’s remarkable development over the decades. I have occuped different positions in the Iron Ore Commercial Division in Brazil, Belgium, Japan and Switzerland and I am proud to be part of this fabulous multicultural team that transforms natural re- sources into prosperity and sustainable development, conciliating excellence with passion for people and the planet”. Passionate for sports, Mr. Blanco says he was a very good basketball player, but not tall enough, and an average football player for the South-American standards. Currently he is taking golf lessons and has not yet given up from learning to ski.
Programme Officer at U.S. Dept. of State, US Sport Diplomacy Programme
In her professional role as a programme officer at the U.S. Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy Division in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Trina works with U.S. Embassies and other bureaus to manage public diplomacy programmes and sports exchanges for delegations from every corner of the world. Within her portfolio, the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, the flagship espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program, and Greening of Sports Initiative have emerged as her key areas of focus. Overall, the Sports Diplomacy office taps into the power of sports to increase dialogue and cultural connectivity between people around the world with the goal to promote U.S. foreign policymaking and positive social change worldwide.
Network Director and COO, streetfootballworld
Vladimir was born in Pančevo, Serbia. After studying Psychology at the University of Belgrade, he obtained postgraduate education in Sport Sciences at the University of Darmstadt and a doctoral degree in Human Sciences at the University of Potsdam, both in Germany.
Being one of the three founding members of streetfootballworld, he is the Network Director since 2002. In this role he is responsible for the creation and development of the streetfootballworld network. His scientific expertise and interest lie in applied socialisation theory and in developing community-based monitoring and evaluation systems.
In addition, Vladimir supervise the operational management of Football for Hope, the key element of the strategic alliance between FIFA and streetfootballworld. In the academic world, he acts as tutor at the FIFA Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport, and had the opportunity to lecture in over 30 countries around the globe.
Beyond being native speaker of Serbian and German, he is fluent in English and Spanish, and charming in Portuguese and Russian. Admittedly, he is passionate about the potential of the next generation, while remaining realistic about my own contribution to a brave, new world.
Multimedia Project Manager, RTSsport.ch
Head of Human Resources, IIC (INTERSPORT)
Rosmarie Burkhalter is Director for Human Resources at IIC – INTERSPORT International Corporation GmbH, the management company of the world-wide operating INTERSPORT Group. Rosmarie has a commercial background and has already successfully completed the Swiss Certification as a HR Specialist and is currently studying for her Diploma in Advanced Studies in Human Resources (DAS HR). Even prior to joining INTERSPORT Rosmarie has had a keen interest in sports and fitness as she also holds a diploma as a certified fitness trainer.
Senior Manager, Head of Human Resources, FEI
Originally from Brazil, Maria Byrne came to Switzerland in 2000 to study hospitality management at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL). Before joining the FEI in 2006 as HR Assistant, she worked in the luxury hospitality industry in different countries such as Brazil, China, US and Europe. In 2008, she was promoted to HR Coordinator. Since 2013, she has been in charge of the HR and Administration Department overviewing a team of 6 talented employees. Over the past 9 years, she has seen the FEI experiencing a strong period of growth and has almost doubled its headcount. In 2010, Maria obtained the Brevet fédéral de Spécialiste en RH. She speaks Portuguese, French and English.
Senior consultant, SCHWERY CONSULTING
Daniel is a senior consultant at SCHWERY CONSULTING. He manages research and evaluation projects, provides tools to enhance strategies and facilitates a multi-stakeholder approach between different organisations involved in the field of sport and development and corporate social responsibility.
He has an undergraduate degree in Sports Science and Business Management from Oxford Brookes in England and a Masters degree in the Management, Law and Humanities of Sport.
Daniel sees sport as a valuable companion in life, bringing people in to the moment and leaving them fulfilled. He believes that sport can be used as a fresh way of engaging with people and opening them up to experience new things.
His main sport is football, which he plays and coaches with a passion. He also competes for fun in triathlons and enjoys skiing.
He is a native English speaker and speaks French and German.
Nordic Director of FIS Marketing Ltd
Jürg is the current Nordic Director at FIS Marketing Ltd. Prior to that he held the position of FIS Race Director for Cross-Country skiing events for almost 10 years. He also has experience as Chief Marketing Officer for FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, St. Moritz 2003. Jürg was a Swiss cross country skier who competed from 1988 to 1994, coming fourth in the 4 x 10 km relay at Calgary in 1988.
Head of Digital, FIBA
Nicolas Chapart is FIBA’s Head of Digital and has been working in the industry since 2002 after completing a Bachelor in Sport Science at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Nicolas is responsible for the definition and the implementation of FIBA’s global digital and content marketing strategy, ensuring that all FIBA digital properties are entertaining and engaging for basketball fans. His main projects currently include preparations for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the reorganisation of FIBA’s digital assets following the company’s recent global restructuration. Nicolas also headed up all digital activities of FIBA’s 3x3 discipline from 2011 to 2014.
Professor, IDHEAP (UNIL – University of Lausanne)
Jean-Loup Chappelet, PhD, is a full professor of public management at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) of the University of Lausanne. He was IDHEAP Dean from 2003 to 2011. He previously held managing positions at the International Olympic Committee and in a “big-four” firm. In 1995, at IDHEAP, he launched the first sport management course in Switzerland which is still held every autumn. For twelve years (1999-2011) he was the director of the MEMOS programme, a master programme run by eleven universities for Olympic Solidarity. He founded in 2000 the Académie internationale des sciences et techniques du sport (AiSTS) with colleagues from the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). He is the General Secretary of the International Coubertin Committee and a member of the Education Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). He authored many scientific articles and several books (in English, French, Japanese, Korean and Russian) on sport management and the Olympic phenomena, as well as on public management and information systems organization. He has attended most Olympic (Summer) Games and Olympic Winter Games, as well as Youth Olympic Games since 1980. He currently coordinates the Certificate in Football Management, a blended learning programme for UEFA (Union of European Football Associations).
Television/radio journalist, Formerly with BBC
Francis is a former BBC journalist and television presenter. He is now a freelance film maker and journalist based in London. He presented on the BBC rolling news channel in the United Kingdom, and on BBC World News. He also presented the sport on the national BBC One news and on BBC Breakfast. He has experience of covering football World cups, Olympics, Paralympics, Wimbledon and a myriad of other major sporting events for the BBC. Francis was brought up in Gibraltar and has lived in 8 countries to date.
Head of Sport, Mayor of London's Office, Greater London Authority
Simon has been the Head of Sport at the Greater London Authority (GLA) since 2008. He set up the Mayor of London’s Sports Legacy Fund, which is the Mayor’s ongoing contribution to deliver the sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Fund has invested millions of pounds in grassroots sports projects across London. Simon also leads the work on major sports event for the Mayor of London and is involved in a number of major sporting events coming to London in the coming years.
He is a former civil servant and worked for a number of Government Departments. In 1997 he joined the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) where he worked on Government sports policy and in the Private Office of the Minister for Sport. In 2002 he was seconded to the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit as part of the team that wrote the Government policy document on sport and physical activity, 'Game Plan'. Simon is a Director and Trustee of the London Marathon. He enjoys playing and watching a number of sports.
NGU Consultants Inc., President, Board Member 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, Olympic Medallist (Athletics)
is a Canadian athlete, five-time Olympian and Olympic Silver Medallist (LA ’84, 4X400m Relay). The first Canadian woman to run 800 meters in under two minutes, she won Gold medals at the Pan American, Commonwealth, World Cup, and the World Student Games. In 1996, she had the honour of being Canada’s Flag Bearer at the Opening Ceremonies of the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games. Charmaine is President/Founder of NGU Consultants (since 1994), a sports marketing, management and corporate consulting company, which provides strategic counsel and growth strategies to major corporations on a national and global basis. She was elected to the IOC Athletes Commission in 1996 and was elected as a full voting Member of the IOC from 2000-2004. She continues to serve on the IOC Athletes Commission, has been a Member of the IOC Press Commission since 2001, and was a founding member of the independent IOC Ethics Commission. As an elected member of the Executive Board of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), she is Chair of Olympians Canada (alumni body of Olympians) and the COC’s Awards and Recognition/Hall of Fame Committee. As one of the original 2010 Olympic bid team members (since 1998) she is also one of twenty Directors for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), and served on both the VANOC Governance and Strategic Communications Committee. From 2003-2011, Charmaine was elected by her peers to serve on the Executive Board of the alumni body of Olympians, the World Olympians Association (WOA) and was a WOA Vice President. She was the founding and first Chair of the PASO Athlete’s Commission. Charmaine is a founding member and past member of the International Board of Directors for Right To Play, an athlete-driven international humanitarian organization that uses sports to encourage the development of youth in disadvantaged areas. Charmaine Crooks is today a member of the ‘Champions for Peace’ club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization. In 2006, she was the recipient of the IOC Women in Sport Trophy.