11th-12th April 2018Register Interest
CEO, British Olympic Association
MD, Eurosport Digital
CEO and President of Euroleague Basketball
President, World Anti-Doping Agency
Chief Executive, International Cricket Council
Chief of ICT, UEFA
CEO, Beach Majors Company
Group MD, ITN Productions, ITN
Senior VP & International Development, Jacksonville Jaguars
Chairman, ONE Championship
Chief Commercial Officer, AC Milan
Chief Operating Officer, Seattle Sounders FC
As the Senior Vice President of International Development for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Hussain Naqi is the man responsible for developing the Jaguars brand in the UK, and overseeing the team’s annual home game at Wembley Stadium.
Within three years, the Jaguars have moved from the 31st to the 8th best supported team in the UK and now boast a fan base of over 55,000. The franchise makes 15% of its local revenue in London.
Daniel Marion holds an Engineering degree and an MBA from the London Business School. He has extensive experience in the delivery of ICT solutions thus enabling the operations of major Football competitions, including the UEFA Champions League and the last five UEFA European Championships, in areas ranging from Networking, Event Management and Digital Media.
Mr Marion joined UEFA 16 years ago and has held different jobs within ICT as well as Digital Media areas and is currently heading ICT with a team of more than 80 people.
During the last two European Championships, he held a position in the tournament management team. In the last couple of years Marion worked on optimizing internal and external processes, while maintaining an above average level of service to its business partners.
The overall objective of ICT is to bring value to its stakeholders and help UEFA deliver the ultimate best during competitions.
Promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2014 from his previous role as Vice President of Business Operations, Bart Wiley oversees all business operations for Sounders FC, including sales, marketing, corporate partnerships, communications, broadcast and digital-related content, international marketing and community outreach.
Under his guidance, Seattle has garnered unprecedented business-related success for a North American soccer club, including the top seven single-season attendance totals in MLS history, culminating in an active sellout streak of 127 consecutive matches. Sounders FC’s 2015 average attendance of 44,247 fans-per-match was good for second in the Americas last season, with the club holding firm amongst the top 30 clubs in global football attendance for the past two seasons. Additionally, Sounders FC has set record regional television ratings over the past two campaigns under Wiley’s stewardship, including a 32 percent year-over-year rise between the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Previously, he worked as Director of Communications for 711, Net Inc., Director of Publicity for NASCAR Busch Grand National Division driver Bobby Hillin and as publicist for former Major League Baseball player Brett Butler.
Wiley has represented Sounders FC across the globe at numerous conferences and special events, including events in Europe, Japan and Australia.
Ralph Rivera joined Eurosport as Executive Vice President / Managing Director for Eurosport Digital in September 2016 after six years with BBC Digital.
Prior to re-locating to the BBC in 2010, Ralph was SVP/GM Games, International Programming at Aol in the United States, a company at which he worked for over a decade.
A digital media executive with extensive experience building and operating highly-scaled, global online businesses, Ralph is a results-orientated leader with a strong track record of success spanning corporate, divisional, consulting and start-up environments.
One of Ralph’s tasks at Discovery Communications will be to emulate the success of the BBC iPlayer by giving viewers and users an enhanced Eurosport.com and Eurosport Player experience.
Born in Barcelona, Spain, Jordi Bertomeu Orteu earned a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Barcelona.
From its inception in March 1982, he undertook the roles of Legal Advisor and Secretary General of the Spanish Basketball Clubs Association (ACB) In December 1994, he was appointed vice-president of the ACB until July 2000, when he was named CEO of Euroleague Basketball. He later added the titles of Chairman (2009) and President (2011) of Euroleague Basketball.
In 2000, Mr. Bertomeu led the creation of an innovative model of management in European sports with the creation of a 100% private organization owned by the clubs and the domestic professional leagues that ever since has managed the two premiere European club basketball competitions, the EuroLeague and the EuroCup. Most recently, in 2016, Euroleague Basketball broke new ground again by creating the first true league in European basketball and among all European major sports in a joint venture with media and enterntainment giant IMG/WME.
Mr. Bertomeu has also been a member of the "Spanish Governmental Commission for the Transformation of Basketball and Football Clubs into Incorporated Sports Companies", a member of the "Executive Committee of the Spanish Basketball Federation" for 12 years, as well as an arbitrator for the Spanish Olympic Committee on the Court of Arbitration for Sport since October 1997.
He has also lectured as Professor of Sports Management in the Masters Programme of the INEFC at the University of Barcelona and as Professor of Sports Management and Administration in the Masters Programme at the University Complutense of Madrid.
A Dutch citizen, Jaap Kalma studied in the USA receiving a BA in Economics from Roosevelt University and an MBA from Stanford business school. He worked at Unilever for 11 years in various marketing and sales roles in the Netherlands, UK, and Italy. In 2006 he joined car company/F1 team Ferrari in Maranello, where he worked in sponsoring, licensing, and retail, before taking on responsibility for the Ferrari brand and entering the company board. After a brief period in consultancy and various board positions, in 2014 Jaap joined football club AC Milan as Chief Commercial Officer with marketing and sales responsibility.
Bill Sweeney, is CEO at the British Olympic Association. He joined in November 2013 and is responsible for directing the day-to-day activities of the BOA, including overseeing Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games and the many other international, multi-sport events in which Team GB will compete.
From 2003-2010, Bill served as Senior Vice President of adidas Reebok Group, where he was responsible for the global management and strategic direction of a multi-billion euro business unit. Following that Bill was Global Head of Business Development for PUMA AG.
Prior to his career in the Sports industry he held various senior brand management and marketing positions with Unilever, Mars, and British American Tobacco.
On November 15, 2013, the final day of the Fourth World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Foundation Board elected Sir Craig Reedie as WADA’s third President, representing the sport movement. His three-year term began on January 1, 2014.
Sir Craig has enjoyed a Sports Administration career spanning five decades.
A former President of the Scottish Badminton Union and the International Badminton Federation, Sir Craig was responsible for the admission of his sport to the Olympic Programme in 1985. In 1992, he became Chairman of the British Olympic Association and led the organization through the Olympic Games of Atlanta, Sydney and Athens, and the Olympic Winter Games of Lillehammer, Nagano and Salt Lake City.
He was a leading member of the London 2012 Bid Team which won the right to host the Olympic Games in London and is a Non-Executive Director of the London Organising Committee. Furthermore, he became a Board member of the Olympic Lottery Distributor in 2006.
He became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1994 and has served on many different IOC Commissions including the Evaluation Commissions of 2001 and 2009, the Co-ordination Commissions for the Games in Athens and Beijing, the Marketing Commission, the Programme Commission and the Ethics Commission. He was elected as a member of the IOC Executive Board in October 2009 and became a Vice President in July 2012. He was Chair of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Mark is Group Managing Director of ITN Productions, one of the UK’s biggest production companies, working across Television, Digital, Commercials, Branded Content and Sports production.
Since joining ITN in January 2009 he has diversified ITN Production’s capability; tripling the division’s turnover in the last 4 years. New ventures include TV Commercial Production including producing the UK’s most popular TV ad for two years in a row, Sports Production for all Football League coverage plus digitally for the EPL, SPFL, England Cricket and Premiership Rugby, Branded Content as well as building a post-production division and US business.
Previously, Mark spent seven years with Heart, where he led the station to number 1 in London including launching the new Heart breakfast show with Jamie Theakston, which became the first morning show to topple Capital from the number one spot.
Mark began his career as a journalist. He was head of news at a number of commercial radio stations including Gemini Radio in Devon and Neptune Radio in Kent winning 3 Sony Radio awards between 1996 – 2000 for best news and current affairs programme and news presenter of the year.
Hannes Jagerhofer, an Austrian entrepreneur and founder of the PR and event agency ACTS, has been organizing the world’s most famous beach volleyball tournament in Klagenfurt (Carinthia) for over 20 years – which has helped to mark a new era for beach volleyball.
With the establishment of the Beach Majors Company in 2015 – a joint venture with Red Bull – and the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series, Hannes Jagerhofer has pushed beach volleyball to an even higher level by setting new standards for sport and entertainment with two spectacular seasons.
Furthermore, he founded the flight search engine www.checkfelix.com, which he sold in 2011 to the market leader KAYAK. Another of Hannes Jagerhofer’s big projects was the YPD Challenge in 2009, a modern recruiting tool, while in 2013 he launched the start-up checkrobin.com, an innovative online platform that enables simple and fast transportation of packages around Europe.
As the Chairman of ONE Championship™ (ONE), Sityodtong has been instrumental in the promotion’s success, driving the company with passion, fervour and a keen sense of business. Sityodtong credits martial arts for guiding him throughout both his business and personal life and is a firm believer of hard work and perseverance. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, supporting himself through college by working various jobs while teaching Muay Thai on the side.
Under his leadership, today, ONE Championship holds exciting live shows in iconic cities across Asia, showcasing the region’s best talent on a platform that provides action and excitement unlike any other mixed martial arts promotion in the world. ONE is currently broadcast to 1 billion homes in over 118 countries worldwide. It has forever changed Asian sports history and is further continuing to push the boundaries of how MMA is delivered to the fans.
South Africa’s premier wicketkeeper for the first seven years after its readmission to international cricket, David Richardson played 42 Tests and 122 One-Day Internationals before retiring from all cricket in 1998 after a 21-year first-class career.
Mr Richardson, a qualified lawyer, remained in touch with the game after retirement as both a media commentator as well as a business director with Octagon SA, the company responsible for negotiating player employment contracts with the United Cricket Board of South Africa, as Cricket South Africa was known then. Then, in January 2002, he was appointed the first ICC General Manager of cricket, a post he retained till June 2012, before becoming the fourth ICC Chief Executive.
DFL Digital Sports
International Triathlon Union
Director, Sales & Marketing
Chief Commercial Officer
Vice President, International Digital & Corporate Development
World Surf League
Chief Digital Officer
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