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During his studies at the Oriental Languages School in Paris, Déal was published in Japanese magazines as photographer. After 10 years working for Nippon Television as news producer, Déal joined HBS to prepare the FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan. After a successful delivery of the 2002 World Cup, he moved EBU in Geneva for half a year before going back to Japan to open the first GlobeCast office in this country. Once the office settled and running, Déal moved back to France to take care of the Major Events at GlobeCast, starting a direct relationship with the IOC, FIFA and UEFA. In 2007 he created a company, evenBROADCAST, to design, implement and operate the contribution and distribution network for the Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland. In 2010, he joined the IT Department of UEFA to design and operate the fully integrated IT/Broadcast network between Poland and Ukraine for the Euro 2012 and the World Distribution. In this framework, he also successfully realised a full remote production live test, using uncompressed signal for the first time in history.
During the flawless delivery of the Euro in France, where within other challenges, the contribution and distribution were including all the Digital Broadcasting, different tests were performed. Source timed switching and IP virtualisation were the main topics of the tests in view of the Euro 2020 in 12 different countries.
Three working languages: French, English and Japanese; has travelled and worked in a high number of countries and different cultures; loves innovation and challenges, has extended knowledge in IP networks, broadcast and event management.
Véronique Lugrin founded Enmouvement – a unique and innovative health and performance centre for athletes and artists - in the heart of Lausanne in Switzerland.
The Enmouvement team believe strongly in providing holistic support, with a tailored and hands-on approach for everyone. The Centre provides a variety of services including coaching, performance training, injury prevention and treatment.
Véronique provides physiotherapy to the Béjart Ballet Company and works with a variety of professional and amateur athletes, including several Olympians, a few of which participated in the recent Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Prior to opening Enmouvement, Véronique graduated from HES-SO University of Applied Sciences in Physiotherapy in 2009 and completed her Master of Science in Human Movement and Sports Science, Training and Performance in 2014. She is currently completing the IOC Diploma in Sports Physical Therapies, which is organised by International Olympic Committee’s Medical Commission and a Master in Dance Science at Bern University
Albert Mundet is Head of Knowledge and leads Barça Innovation Hub, a key strategic project that aims to leverage FC Barcelona’s know-how to rethink the future of the sports industry. Barça Innovation Hub promotes research & innovation under an open and collaborative culture, working closely with leading brands, universities, research centres, and start-ups from around the world.
Albert is a Fulbright Fellow with a multidisciplinary background and extensive experience in Research & Innovation Management and Multimedia Technologies. He is a passionate of team sports performance and a strong advocate for a user centric approach when developing and implementing new technologies.
Terho Lahtinen has over 25 years of experience of sports wearables as an athlete and, since 2000, in various product and business related roles at Suunto including product management, new product concepting, consumer experience management and user insights collection. Currently in Suunto Emerging Business Team, he is driving Movesense, an open development platform for motion sensing solutions. In his leisure time, he is organizing popular trail running events in Finland.
Véronique Michaud is currently Associate Professor, head of the Laboratory for Processing of Advanced Composites and Associate Dean of Engineering for Education, at the EPFL in Switzerland.
She received a PhD in Materials Engineering from MIT in 1991, and a Research Habilitation from INPG in France in 1994. She is the author of about 300 publications, among which about 130 peer reviewed. Her fields of research are fundamentals of composite materials processing, in view of cost-effective composite structures, as well as functional materials and structures including self-healing, shape and vibration control and tailored damping.
Claire Lewis has worked with the world’s biggest brands in sport, entertainment and digital media. She has held leadership roles for major live initiatives including the Apple Music Festival (2007-2014) and the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games (London 2012) and has managed brand and fan engagement strategies for F.C. Internazionale Milano in Italy, China and USA (2014-2015).
Beginning her career at MTV Networks Europe, Claire later joined EMI Music where she was responsible for driving digital revenue and managing accounts including iTunes, Napster and MSN. Invited to join iTunes Europe in 2007 to develop a live music strategy, she worked at Apple for seven years during a period of rapid expansion. Part of the original team who built the Apple Music Festival into the largest digital music event in the world, Claire led international partnership marketing to broaden the reach of the concert series to new audiences and markets.
Hired by F.C. Internazionale Milano as Marketing Director in 2014 to bring music marketing experience into a sporting context and support the Club’s expansion into China and the USA. They executed a number of ‘firsts’ for the Italian market to reach, engage and monetise the fans well beyond the San Siro.
These experiences led Claire to found Lewica Consulting: A Live Audience Business, dedicated to “the 99%” of fans who watch sport from their sofas, in pubs or even on-the-go. They are increasingly connected and the fastest growing and most lucrative segment.
Lewica collaborates with leading brands and rights holders across sport, entertainment and retail to aid their international expansion and audience development. Positioned at the cross-section of sport, music, media and technology, the team has access to an extensive global network. They are passionate about live experiences, an evolving content landscape and the increasing overlap between sport and music.
Involved in sport for over 30 years, Claire has held non-exec appointments for The Football Association and Sport England. She is a keen sportswoman and has represented Great Britain in netball winning a bronze medal at the World Maccabiah Games in 2013 and used to play for Arsenal Girls. She is a long-standing contributor to BBC London Sport and season ticket holder at Tottenham Hotspur.
Claire speaks regularly to students and executives about brand-building through live experiences, digital transformation and sport and music communities.
Born 1977 in Biel / Bienne, Switzerland.
Graduates in 2006 at the University of Applied Sciences of Northwest Switzerland as Industrial Designer (Dipl. Designer FH).
Thilo launches his design studio right away after graduation day and starts his career with projects for Swatch.
In 2010 and following several common projects, Thilo founds Brunner Mettler Co. together with study colleague Jörg Mettler.
Thilo becomes a tutor at ECAL in 2012 and eventually Head of Master in Product Design in 2014.
Today, Thilo is Associate Professor at ECAL and runs Brunner Mettler Co. with currently 9 people in Zürich.
Brunner Mettler Co. has been specializing in product design for the sports and outdoor industry.
Clients of Brunner Mettler Co. include On, Swatch, Advance, Airstreeem, Sigg, Malvaux, FIVB and more.
Pete joined Deltatre in 2010 as a project manager. Between 2010-2013 he managed the delivery of five-concurrent projects with BBC Sport for the London 2012 Olympic Games, culminating in the 2013 Webby for ‘Online Film & Video>Sports’. Other projects included work with Channel 4 (2011 IAAF World Athletics Championships), European PGA Tour (Ryder Cup 2012) and UEFA Champions League.
In 2013, he joined the commercial team and has worked with a range of clients across broadcast and digital transformation. His focus is in building strategic partnerships, developing fan focused solutions for market. Pete works with a range of Deltatre clients, in particular, ATP Media, The All England Club, Formula 1, European PGA Tour, NFL and Discovery Eurosport (2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics).
He is passionate about sport and competition, a keen runner, frustrated Arsenal fan and father to Sophia and Elijah.
Dr. Christophe Ramstein is an entrepreneurial and innovative executive with over 20 years of experience in designing and developing consumer products and solutions for mobile, gaming, PC, automotive, and virtual reality markets now shipping in 100s of millions of devices.
Prior to Myotest, Ramstein was Vice President of Engineering at Logitech, and Chief Technology Officer at Immersion. Ramstein is the author of numerous patents, and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Polytechnic Institute in Grenoble, France.
Sébastien Kulling is currently the Head of Suisse romande at digitalswitzerland. Sébastien has more than 20 years of experience in marketing & sales in large corporations such as Nestlé, Nespresso and Orange communications as well as in two start-ups, Flatev and QualySense, respectively active in the food and the agritech sectors. As a natural networker, the collaborative approach inspires and motivates him.
Sebastien holds a MSc in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BSc in Thermal Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences, Western Switzerland.
Clemens Schnellert has joined SAP 15 years ago with a steady focus on consulting services for the media and telco industry. After the last 2 years in SAP’s Products & Innovation organization, he recently took over the role as a Gigya Senior Sales Executive for Media, Sports & Entertainment.
Christoph Heimes possesses some 15 years of multi-national sales, partner management and strategic experience. Before joining Infront, he was YouTube’s Head of Sports in Europe, Middle East and Africa since 2014 and took over the company's News partnerships in the region. He also played a major role in Google’s global product, content and commercialisation efforts around the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Prior to joining YouTube in 2012, Heimes worked in various sales, partner and business development positions at Google and Microsoft Corp. Christoph Heimes has a Masters Degree in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics from Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich.
At Infront he is in charge of the development and implementation of the company's digitalisation strategy as well as its global innovation efforts.
Rebecca is the CEO of the recently created STA (Sports Technology Awards) Group. This is a collection of businesses which includes the Sports Technology Awards, now the leading global celebration of tech-led innovation in sports and ENS, an award-winning sports PR agency, which is also the UK's longest standing independent sports specialist.
Rebecca has led the team over the past 16 years, starting with ENS in 2002, and now oversees the STA-AP (Asia Pacific), the STA Start Ups and the STA TechTalks, as well as industry insight and networking events. She is a regular TV pundit about sports business, former presenter of The Sports Marketing Show, a founding partner of the Sports Reputation Group and Women's Sports Week. Rebecca regularly serves on numerous industry bodies and awards judging panels, including the National Council of the PRCA, the Football Business Awards, the London Sport Awards and the PRCA Awards. Rebecca has recently joined the Advisory Board of Loughborough University's Business School.
Jean-Pierre Hubaux is a full professor at EPFL. Through his research, he contributes to laying the foundations and developing the tools for protecting privacy in tomorrow’s hyper-connected world. He has pioneered the areas of privacy and security in mobile/wireless networks and in genomics.
He is the academic director of the recently created Center for Digital Trust (C4DT). He leads the ETH-funded project Data Protection in Personalized Health. He held visiting positions at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and at UC Berkeley. He is one of the seven commissioners of the Swiss FCC and a member of the “Information Security Task Force”, set up by the Swiss federal government. He is a Fellow of both IEEE (2008) and ACM (2010). He is among the most cited researchers in privacy protection and in information security.
Jean-Christophe Lonchampt is a seasoned entrepreneur and industry business developer with 30 years of experience in the technology world on 3 continents including a decade spent in a variety of management roles with Intel Corporation and Intel Capital. He is a company seed investor in Australia and Switzerland and co-founder of Better by Sport, a unique predictive human performance and preventive health digital platform exploiting intramuscular activity as stimulator of “whole body” adaptations. He and his team are currently building awareness of physiological fitness and demonstrating why and how it should become part of everyone’s active lifestyle and objectives.
Jean-Christophe is also a strategy advisor to other senior executives of innovative companies and other societal transformation leaders in private and public sectors. He has facilitated a few M&A deals and been invited to work on complex short projects by major consulting firms like Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, McKinsey. He held Board positions in venture capital funded start-ups in Europe, the Wireless World Research Forum, DesignGov a recent public service innovation project by the Australian Government, and he is currently on the Board of Aventyn in San Diego, a pioneering digital therapeutics company.
Jean-Christophe holds triple citizenship French, Luxembourgish, Australian. He holds an MS at Polytech Engineering School in Orleans and an MBA at Bocconi School of Management in Milan. He is also an alumnus of The Wharton School and University of Pennsylvania with a Wharton Fellow senior management certificate.
A proud father of 3 sporty daughters, Jean-Christophe has always been an energetic sportsman testing and practising many sports including running a few marathons and sharing experience with other practitioners, athletes and coaches. He is an internationally certified downhill ski instructor and enjoys all terrains on all continents and his favourite islands Japan and New Zealand.
Alexandra has achieved industry-wide recognition in her use of technology to transform the perceptions of a traditional brand in her role at Wimbledon, building an award-winning digital and communications strategy that has grown Wimbledon’s global digital audiences to over 30 million, more than doubled commercial return, and is at the heart of the long-term future of the brand.
Through the combination of a content-first, platform second approach, a data-led audience strategy, and placing value on consistent innovation as well as continuous evolution, Alexandra has led Wimbledon to become one of the most well-respected digital brands in sport. A WEF Young Global Shaper, she was named Sports Technology Young Exec of the Year 2017.
Simon drives various market development and product marketing activities for NAGRA, the world's leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions designed to connect people to the content they love. His areas of focus include next generation content protection and user experience TV solutions that leverage IP, cloud and data technology.
In addition, he spearheads the Pay-TV Innovation Forum, a global industry research program developed by NAGRA for senior pay-TV executives which explores the innovations and strategies that will drive the next phases of growth for pay-TV service providers.
Simon has more than 20 years of international software industry experience in strategic and corporate marketing, product management, new product launches and consulting. He holds an MBA in Marketing from McGill University and is a Canadian professional engineer. A seasoned industry speaker, Simon has spent most of his career in Europe, working for international large organizations as well as startups. He is based at NAGRA’s European headquarters in Switzerland.
Ali Russell has been working in the sports industry for over 15 years. With a career spanning across multiple sports, including roles in rugby, football and motorsport, he has worked for multiple high-profile teams such as Rangers, as their Chief Operating Officer and at Queen Park Rangers as Acting Managing Director.
Ali currently works as Media and Business Development Director at the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series. With arguably the most relevant series in motorsport continuing its fourth season, Ali has played a key role in the championship since its inception in 2012, working on team acquisition, media rights and broadcast content development.
Liam McTiernan is the Head of Regulations and Compliance at European Professional Club Rugby, with responsibility for the sporting and medical governance of the Champions Cup, Challenge Cup and Continental Shield tournaments. He is 35 years old, and is married with two daughters.
David joined the Board of Sportradar as a non-executive director in 2012, moving into an executive role as Managing Director Corporate Services at the end of 2013. David is based in London and heads up Sportradar’s UK business. At group level he also oversees a number of different functions including Legal, Compliance, Communications, and Offices amongst others.
David is a qualified accountant who has spent over 13 years in the sports industry. During this time he has been at the forefront of developments in the governance framework for sport including the licensing of agents, financial fair play and betting integrity. He has had senior roles at national governing bodies (working for The Football Association as Head of Financial Regulation) to international federations (advising FIFA on its Transfer Matching System and serving on the UEFA Club Licensing Committee), and from clubs (as Chief Executive of Portsmouth FC) to fan groups (as Chief Executive of Supporters Direct, a not-for-profit organisation promoting fan involvement and good governance in sport). He is passionate about sport, speaks French and Italian and is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur.
Dr. Horesh Ben Shitrit is the Director of Computer Vision Products at Second Spectrum, and the head of the company’s Switzerland office.
Dr. Ben Shitrit received his PhD in Computer Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). His research focused on behavioral analysis from multiple video sources using people detection, tracking and identification. After obtaining his PhD, he founded and directed PlayfulVision, a spin-off from EPFL, which provided video-based player and ball tracking technology.
In Sep 2015, Second Spectrum acquired and integrated PlayfulVision into its core operations. Using the integrated video-based player tracking technology, Second Spectrum has signed a multi-year league-wide contract with the NBA and is servicing as its official player tracking and analytics provider.
As Head of Global Strategic Initiatives in Alibaba Cloud International, Joey is responsible for various portfolios, including leading special projects such as Alibaba Cloud Olympics team, working closely with the Olympics movement on innovations and digital transformation.
Prior to heading up the Alibaba Cloud Olympics team, Joey leads the expansion of Alibaba global cloud datacenter coverage, and manages the global strategic alliances and joint ventures to form new partnership with business leaders, incubators and educators to accelerate the development of cloud and data driven ecosystems for their local economy.
In his various roles, Joey has coached and helped various entrepreneurs in the regions. He has a passion of business disruption and technology innovation.
Joey has more than 18 year of experience in Infocomm Industry, 10 years are in business engineering and transformation. He currently sits on the board of directors for Alibaba joint venture companies and resides in Singapore.
Stefan started his broadcast career at German national public television broadcaster ZDF in 1989 as a personal advisor to the editor-in-chief during the democratization process in Eastern Europe and German unification. In 1992 he became Head of International Programme Affairs. From 1996-2001 he was Controller Sports Rights. In 1998 he was elected as the EBU Sports Committee Chairman, a position he held until his appointment to the EBU in 2001.
Stefan Kürten started his career at the EBU in 2001 as Director of Eurovision Operations, responsible for the EBU’s business strategy and activities. Under his responsibility, the EBU developed its business strategy and commercialization of the EBU`s operational arm EUROVISION and positioned it as a global provider for technical broadcast transmission solutions for all international top events in news and sports with subsidiaries in Europe, USA and Asia.
Under his current responsibility as the Executive Director at EBU Sport, the EBU has managed to secure mayor sports rights for member territories including Football WC until WC 22, World- and European Championships on major summer (cycling, athletics, swimming etc.) and winter sports (biathlon, ski world cups, figure skating etc.) - holding more than 35 contracts with more than 30 international sports federations. Years of experience has amounted to profound understanding of the media sports market in Europe and worldwide.
Stefan is an international lawyer and has studied at universities in Germany, England and Latin America. He is married and has 2 children.
At ETH Zurich, Roland Sigrist studied Human Movement Sciences and trained as a physical education teacher. From 2009 to 2014, he did his PhD studies in the Sensory-Motor Systems Lab of Professor Robert Riener focusing on complex motor learning with augmented feedback.
Following this, he took over the responsibility for the development and organization of the CYBATHLON 2016 races as the Competition Director. Since 2017, he has been the project leader of CYBATHLON at ETH Zurich.
Michael Journot is a 26-year-old Swiss student, living in Lausanne. He is currently working on a Bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Western Switzerland. He has been playing Counter-Strike for 17 years, is a member of the Swiss National Team, and the current reigning Swiss Champion eGamer.
Professor Vincent Gremeaux is specialized in Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
After training in Dijon (France), he worked in Montpellier, Montréal, Dijon and took the head of the Sports Medicine Centre of the Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland, in June 2017. He is also Associate Professor at the Sports Science Institute of Lausane University (ISSUL).
He is the author of more than 80 Publications referenced on Pubmed in rehabilitation journals, sports medicine and physiology, cardiology, and 20 publications in educational journals / continuing education in the field of rehabilitation and sports medicine.
He is co-investigator of 1 funded FNS project in translational research, 1 funded project in association with EPFL in the field of prevention of injuries related to sports, and investigator of a French national-funded translational project aiming to develop patient-centererd eccentric ergometers.
His passion is to imagine how to transfer the principles of sports training to the management of injured athletes and patients suffering chronic diseases, and sometimes vice-versa!
Dr. Andrew Walshe (Andy) is a globally recognized leader and expert in the field of elite human performance. For over 20 years the Australian native has been focused on the goal of “de-mystifying talent” by researching and training individuals and teams across a vast network of world-class programs in sport, culture, military and business settings.
Dr. Walshe is currently the Director of High Performance for Red Bull, where he works with hundreds of international athletes and cultural opinion leaders; supervises a team of industry-leading scientists, engineers, physicians and technologiests to develop and implement elite performance models. Dr. Walshe was the Performance Manager for Red Bull Stratos, leading the performance plan for Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking jump to Earth from the stratosphere in 2012.
In 2013, Dr. Walshe was awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to Performance Innovation Award’ at the prestigious Leader’s In Performance Conference.
Dr. Walshe founded “Glimpses”, the annual Human Potential Red Bull conference, which is now in its third year. This conference is a two-day symposium that brings together world-class talent from all areas of life to illuminate our understanding of human potential. The highly interactive symposium is designed to challenge our belief systems and shift the paradigm of what we think is possible.
Prior to joining Red Bull, Dr. Walshe designed a highly successful performance program for the U.S Olympic sky and snowboard teams, guiding their athletes to victories on the world stage. Dr. Walshe has also held Senior consulting roles at the Australian Institute of Sport, NSW Institute of Sport and Queensland Institute of Sport.
Dr. Walshe consults directly with numerous organizations and institutions in his field, including the Armed Forces, Fortune 500 companies, technology companies, artists and athletes worldwide. Dr. Walshe has been invited to participate and share his learnings at a number of global events and conferences, and has had projects featured in numerous US and global leading publications, including Wall St. Journal, Men’s Health and Huffington Post.
Carlos Rodriguez, better known in the esports industry as “ocelote”, is a serial entrepreneur and former legendary esports player who has experienced esports from several different angles for the last thirteen years.
During his 9 years of professional player career, Carlos created what was considered the largest brand based off an individual player in esports called “oceloteWorld”. Simultaneously, he went through remarkable levels of competitive and business success by consistently placing high in world championships in different games, becoming the captain of every teams he’s been a part of, and, as his own agent, becoming the first active player to close individual sponsorship deals for and by himself. To top things off, Carlos became what was considered the largest streamer on both the own3d.tv and Twitch.tv video game live streaming platforms for a period of two years, averaging 20,000-30,000 concurrent viewers on every streaming session, now six years ago.
Today, Carlos is the founding CEO of G2 Esports, widely considered one of the most powerful brands and successful esports organizations in the world.
Anna Baumann is a leading expert in Europe on legal matters in the esports sector. Her legal practice focuses solely on the esports sector, and principally on commercial, contractual and regulatory matters (both contentious ad non-contentious). Representing and advising premiere esports teams, players, casting talent and intermediaries in the esports industry, she has comprehensive knowledge of the complexity of different stakeholders’ interests. Other legal fields she has worked in include intellectual property, competition, commercial and employment.
As a former university lecturer, she is engaged in education in all matters relating to integrity, regulation and compliance in esports. She regularly gives presentations on these topics and provides in-house training for teams. She also got appointed by peer review to be a member of the ESIC Discplinary Panel (http://www.esportsintegrity.com/esic-disciplinary-panel/). She has been integral to the founding of the German Esports Association ("eSports-Bund Deutschland e.V.") and acts as legal counsel for the association.
Anna graduated from the University of Heidelberg and is qualified as a Rechtsanwältin (German attorney-at-law).
Dr. Brett Abarbanel is Director of Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, International Gaming Institute, with a joint appointment at the UCLA Gambling Studies Program. Dr. Abarbanel's research covers Internet gambling policy and behavior, esports and gambling, operations and technology use, and responsible gambling and community relations.
Dr. Abarbanel is the co-executive editor of the UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal and editorial board member at International Gambling Studies and Harvard’s Division on Addiction’s Brief Addiction Science Information Source. Dr. Abarbanel serves on the International Advisory Panel for Singapore’s National Council on Problem Gambling, and sits on the advisory boards for Leet LLC and Global iGaming Summit and Expo. She is a founding director of the Nevada Esports Alliance, which promotes development of best practices at the intersection of the esports and regulated gambling industries.
Dr. Abarbanel was named to the 2016 Global Gaming Business 40 Under 40 and received the the Global Gaming Expo and The Innovation Group with their 2015 Emerging Leader Award. She completed her B.S. in Statistics at Brown University and M.S. and Ph.D. at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Brent Barry is the head of esports at Logitech G, Logitech's gaming brand. In this role he is responsible for growing Logitech G's strategic engagement with the world of esports worldwide. Brent joined Logitech in 2014 as head of marketing for Logitech G but has been focussing on esport since 2016.
Prior to joining Logitech, Brent spent over 15 years in marketing and the world of gaming at large working with AMD and Sega.
Brent holds a bachelor of arts in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Julien has been with Ubisoft for 10 years, first as Group Brand Manager for Assassin’s Creed and then entering the role as Strategic Planning Director overseeing Ubisoft E-Sport activities. Julien is now in charge of Steep, Ubisoft’s action sports video game brand, developed in Annecy.
Before Ubisoft, he was Senior Product Manager at adidas group in Germany, for 6 years.
Professor Yannis Pitsiladis has an established history of research into the importance of lifestyle and genetics for human health and performance. Following 15 years at the University of Glasgow, Scotland where he created the largest known DNA biobank from world-class athletes, he was appointed (in 2013) Professor of Sport and Exercise Science and Director of the FIMS Reference Collaborating Centre of Sports Medicine for Anti-Doping Research at the University of Brighton.
Current research priority is the application of “omics” (i.e. genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and proteomics) to the detection of drugs in sport with particular reference to recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo), blood doping and testosterone. Research undertaken in the FIMS reference laboratories is having a significant impact in the field of sport science and medicine. Two primary examples are the SUB2 marathon project (www.sub2hrs.com) and the Athlome Project (www.athlomeconsortium.org).
His most recent research is funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), he is currently a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical and Scientific Commission, a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Scientific Commission of the International Sports Medicine Federation (FIMS), and has sat on two WADA committees. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and an expert committee pool member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers, written and edited a number of books and has featured in numerous research documentaries (e.g. ESPN, BBC, NHK Japan, CNBC) and popular books (e.g. Bounce, The Sports Gene).
Professor Pitsiladis is the founding member of the SUB2 marathon project (www.sub2hrs.com): the SUB2 marathon project is the first dedicated international research initiative made up of specialist multidisciplinary scientists from academia, elite athletes and strategic industry partners with the aim to promote clean marathon running i.e. high performance marathon running without doping.
He is also the founding member of the Athlome Project: The main aim of the Athlome project is to characterize the genetics and biology of sport and exercise medicine, as a platform to understanding healthy body function and major chronic disease conditions (e.g., cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes). The Athlome project captures genotype and phenotype data of elite athletes, adaptation to exercise training (in both human and animal models), and muscle-related injuries from excising studies and consortiums worldwide.
To achieve this ambitious goal, different approaches are being used including (but not limited to) genome-wide association studies (GWAS), whole exome sequencing, RNA sequencing, genotype-phenotype association, and epigenetic analyses. Particular priority is also given to tissue-specific and systemic “omics” analysis (such as transcriptomics in the first instance) to develop personalized medicine applications including “intelligent training” and the discovery of “omics” signatures of doping.
Nicolas Henchoz is the Director of EPFL+ECAL Lab, the Design Research Center of the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. With backgrounds in Material Science and Journalism, he turned to be art director. His book Design for Innovative Technologies, from Disruption to Acceptance, defines a new vision about how technologies can be turned in meaningful user experiences.
The projects have been presented in institutions like Harvard University, the Musée des arts décoratifs, in Paris, the American Institute of Architecture in NYC or the Royal College of Art in London. The research work have also led to several articles and conferences as ISMAR, Include or Siggraph. He’s a Visiting Professor at the Politecnico di Milano and member of the board of the Global Alliance for Media Innovation.
Dr. med. Mathieu Saubade is specialized in physical & rehabilitation medicine and in exercise & sports medicine.
He is graduated in medicine of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium and completed his post graduate training in physical & rehabilitation medicine (PRM) between the university hospital of Geneva (HUG) and the Clinique Romande de réadaptation SUVA in Sion. He succeed to be fellow of the European board of PRM in 2013, and obtain the FMH title in PRM and the certificate in exercise & sports medicine from the Swiss society of sports medicine in 2014.
He holds the position of chef de clinique in the Swiss Olympic Medical Center of the Lausanne university hospital (CHUV) since 2014 with clinical consultations, medical research and university teaching. Since May 2018, he is engaged in partial time at the Policlinique Médicale Universitaire of Lausanne to develop a consultation in physical activity counselling. He is co-investigator in a Swiss National Fund (Synergia) interdisciplinary collaboration project for real-time sweat analysis in athletes, with a PhD candidate position in Life Sciences at the university of Lausanne. In parallel, he is doctor of the Swiss rugby federation and the men's XVs Swiss national rugby team.
An Dang Duy joined as IAAF Chief Information Officer (CIO) in late October 2017. An’s vast international experience in the technology field has been gained through two decades of IT Management in global companies.
Just before joining IAAF, An was the global CIO for Kantar Media WPP group where he was driving innovation around advertising monitoring, reputation intelligence, audience measurement and targeting, leading multiple multidisciplinary teams of hundreds of people located around the world.
An is now leading an IT team responsible for the management of the competition results technology workflow, data management and software that provide access to athletics for millions of people around the world.
Professor Patrick Schoettker specialized in Anesthesiology and Emergency medicine.
After working in Switzerland, France, Canada and Australia, he became a Head Physician in the Department of Anesthesiology of the Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland.
He is the author of more than 50 scientific papers and editor of a bestseller medical textbook. Prof. Schoettker holds numerous patents and inventions in the field of anesthesia, acute care medicine and wireless physiological signals acquisition and monitoring.
His focus of interest is bringing technology towards patient care, in order to increase patients’ safety and comfort.
Imagine! The data acquired through innovative technology has been validated scientifically in a medical environment. Shouldn’t that be the case with all health related monitoring?
Professor Martial Saugy is Biologist and specialized in anti-doping sciences. He is now the head of the Center of Research & Expertise in anti-Doping sciences (REDs) at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
After working in Switzerland and Canada, he became in 1990, the co-founder of the Swiss Laboratory of Doping Analyses at the Lausanne University Hospital and became its director in 2002.
He is the author of more than 150 scientific papers in peer-reviewed publications. With his team and in collaboration with the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA), he invented the athlete biological passport, which is now implemented in all International Sports Federations.
As anti-doping expert, he has been involved in the organization of numerous important international sport’s events like several Olympic Games, IAAF and UCI World Championships, FIFA World Cups and European football Championships.
He is still scientific adviser in anti-doping for many sports organizations and has been called as such for many doping cases (>50) at the Court of Arbitration of Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Responsible for the coordination between the Swiss and Spanish entities of the Olympic Channel, as well as with the various IOC departments.
Before joining OCS, Jochen was the Head of the IOC President’s Executive Office since 2013. Previously, Jochen had been the Managing Director of the Olympic Training Centre for fencing in Germany, and head of the Centre’s marketing arm. He was involved in the organisation of four Olympic Games, four Paralympic Games and more than 20 Fencing World Championships, and was head of broadcasting at the International Fencing Federation. He also worked for over 20 years with Eurosport, founded and ran his own PR and communications agency for over 10 years, and was responsible for the communications side of the Munich 2018 candidature.
The last 15 years I’ve been leading companies with a double-digit growth in Sales and profits
I like to lead and create high performance teams (engage, with diversity,focus on targets and achievements) with experience in managing different cultures and markets, creating innovative strategies to grow. I have experience in big multinational companies and in Start-ups (at the beginning of my career).
Olivier Glauser is the co-founder of Shankai Sports, China’s leading sports management and media company. Olivier led the negotiations to acquire many China exclusive rights, such as FIFA World Cup exclusive hospitality sales agent, the UEFA EURO sponsorship by HiSense, and was instrumental in the ground breaking 12 years partnership between the International Olympic Committee and the Alibaba Group. He also acted as the advisor to Wanda Group’s acquisition of Infront Sports & Media.
Prior to co-founding Shankai Sports he managed the venture capital fund of the Walt Disney Company, investing in leading digital media companies in China. Earlier in his career, Olivier led the international investment group of QUALCOMM Incorporated (one of the world’s largest semiconductor company), where he started his career as an engineer in California and authored several patents in wireless communication. He has been based in Beijing since 2003 and is now splitting his time between China and Switzerland, where he recently opened an office.
Olivier received a Master of Science Degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Laurent Mekies is a graduate mechanical engineer of the ESTACA School in Paris, which included a final year at the UK's Loughborough University.
A large part of Laurent's working life has been spent trackside, eventually tasting F1 with the Arrows team in 2001. A year later he joined Minardi as a race engineer and has stayed in Faenza for the following 12 years, taking on the role of Chief Engineer when Scuderia Toro Rosso was born in 2006. In this role, he was responsible for all track operations, from the construction of the car at the factory to the race team at the track.
Since the end of 2012, the Frenchman has been given a much broader role, with the team creating the new position of Head of Vehicle Performance. In that position, he notably managed six departments working on core car performance.
At the end of 2014, Laurent left Toro Rosso to join the FIA.
He manages there the activities of the Safety Department and works on defining a global strategy for safety in motor sport. He was also appointed General Manager Research of the Global Institute for Motor Sport Safety, the research partner of the FIA.
Nicolas Chapart is FIBA’s Head of Digital and has been working in the sport 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 strategy, ensuring that all FIBA digital properties are entertaining and engaging for basketball fans.
His current focus being the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the promotion and distribution of FIBA’s Youth Event live streams. Nicolas was also in charge of all digital activities of FIBA’s 3x3 discipline from 2011 to 2014.
Mehrsan Javan is the co-founder and CTO of SPORTLOGiQ, the intelligent sports analytics platform. He holds a PhD in computer vision and machine learning with several years of experience in building intelligent systems for different applications, including security and surveillance.
He is passionate about new technologies with a particular interest in intelligent systems and their positive impact on our daily lives. He is also an adjunct faculty member at McGill University's ECE department, has published numerous research articles, and holds several patents and patent pending applications.
Stéphane Guerry began his career as Marketing and Development Manager at web agency BaBeL@STaL.
He joined Euro RSCG C&O (now Havas Worldwide Paris) in 2002 as Digital Manager, and subsequently as Partner and Deputy Managing Director.
In 2011, Stéphane was appointed CEO of Duke - Razorfish network. Following the agency's merger with Saatchi & Saatchi in 2012, he was named General Manager of Saatchi & Saatchi + Duke.
In 2014, he returned the Havas Group as General Manager of Arena Media (Havas Group) and was appointed to additional duties as President of Havas Sports & Entertainment in 2017.
During his career Stéphane assisted sports brands & institutions such as - Nike, adidas, New Balance, and the International Olympic Committee) - Music & Entertainment mammoths (Universal Music and Warner Music) helping them to make the link with sports brands and fashion. His current client roster includes Orange, Total, Carrefour, BMW, Coca-Cola and Louis Vuitton.
Jay Stuart is Editor of iSportconnect, helping to shape the content offer of this unique platform as a community for sharing information, ideas and opportunities. He is a founding director of PB Conference Solutions, which helped organise the first Sport at the Service of Humanity Conference at the Vatican in October 2016. He is also a partner in animation company Northern Creative Studio, whose clients include sports right holders.
During three decades of covering the international media and sports businesses, he has been staff correspondent in Italy of Variety, editor of Television Business International, and he produced Naked Sport, a major documentary on the sports business for US and UK television. He co-founded Perspective Media, which published the official magazine of the international sports federations, and he managed press and media for SportAccord Convention. He is a consulting editor of World Screen.
Jonathan leads the mission to pioneer the digitization of sports in the EU by driving the next wave of powerful technologies that will allow fans to experience the game in a more personal and immersive way.
His group is responsible for forming new key partnerships with international leagues and federations; including teams, properties, media-rights holders, broadcasters and networks.
Jonathan joined Intel in 2016 as part of the acquisition of Replay Technologies where he served as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development responsible for driving the company's strategic vision and global partnerships of freeD: Replay’s Emmy-Award winning, volumetric video format. Earlier in his career Jonathan work in a number of family offices, primarily investing is start-ups whilst taking hands-on roles accelerating their growth. Jonathan lives in London with his wife, Michal, and enjoys running and yoga in his spare time.
Prof. Federico M. Winer is the Head of Entertainment Industries EMEA at SAP. He is a trusted industry advisor for both SAP customers in eSports, game publishers, sports betting, lotteries and others. He is visiting lecturer at Universitat Pompeu Fabra [Catalonia] and DeporTEA [Buenos Aires].
He graduated in Humanities and Arts [UOC, 2017], Executive Master in Business Administration [EADA&UCLA, 2014], Telecommunications and Computing [IES Guineueta, 2004] and Journalism [TEA, 2001].
Federico has developed international business for media, sports and entertainment firms since the start of his career, with a firm understanding of how humanities and IT coexist.