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Andreas Zagklis

Secretary General
FIBA
Andreas Zagklis - Secretary General , FIBA

Greek national, Andreas Zagklis, 38, joined FIBA in 2016 as Legal Director after having acted for 9 years as its external legal advisor. 

He received his under– and post-graduate degrees from the Law School of the University of Athens while he spent two semesters as visiting student at the Universities of Salamanca (Spain) and Western Ontario (Canada) respectively. 

He also completed the postgraduate programme on Olympic Studies at the International Olympic Academy. Most recentlyhe attended the Leadership in Corporate Counsel programme at the Harvard Law School (USA). 

In his professional career, Mr Zagklis advised basketball players, coaches and clubs and acted as assistant to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in three Olympic Games (2004, 2006, 2008). He practiced next to the pioneer sports lawyers Pantelis Dedes (Greece, 2004-2008) and Dirk-Reiner Martens (Germany, 2008-2016), before his appointment to head the FIBA Legal Department. 

He was instrumental in the growth of the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT), supervising more than 1,000 basketball-related cases, as well as in the governance changes adopted by the extraordinary FIBA Congress in 2014. 

He has published numerous scientific articles in the areas of good governance, dispute resolution and commercial rights in sports. He also frequently lectures on management of sporting events and sports law at the Universities of Neuchâtel and Zurich in Switzerland. 

Mr Zagklis was a basketball player, coach and administrator in Greece. 

Jon Ridgeon

CEO
World Athletics (IAAF)
Jon Ridgeon - CEO, World Athletics (IAAF)

Following a career as an international track & field athlete, that culminated in a World championship silver medal in 1987 and representing GB at two Olympic Games, Jon moved into a dual career in broadcasting and sports marketing.  

In 1998, Jon was a founding partner of International Sports Marketing agency Fast Track, where he held a range of roles, including CEO 

When Jon left Fast Track in 2012, he became a Director of Achieve Events, where he helped build the mass participation events business to the point of acquisition by Virgin. He also became a Director of the 2018 European Sports Championships, where he helped create a ground breaking new multi-sport championship event.  

In 2016, Jon founded CSM Active and become Executive Chairman of the businesswhich was focused on creating active lifestyle mass participation events. 

From March 1st 2019Jon took up the role of CEO at World Athletics (IAAF). 

Timo Lumme

Managing Director
IOC Television & Marketing Services
Timo Lumme - Managing Director, IOC Television & Marketing Services

Timo Lumme is the Managing Director of IOC Television & Marketing Services, the marketing department of the International
Olympic Committee (IOC).

As Managing Director, Timo is responsible for the sale of all broadcast rights to the Olympic Games, the negotiation and sale of Worldwide Olympic Partnerships as well as the management of the IOC’s global sponsorship programme known as TOP. His responsibilities include the development and implementation of the IOC’s strategic marketing plan and oversight of Olympic marketing programmes worldwide.

Timo joined the IOC in 2004 from ESPN where he worked as Vice President Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) since 2001. He combines a strong background in the worlds of marketing and broadcast with Olympic Games experience. He started his career in 1988 with the International Management Group (IMG) where he held marketing and management positions in London, Paris and Milan. Specific Olympic Games work includes the 1992 Albertville and 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Winter Games.

Other achievements include three years at Nike as European Sports Marketing Director, negotiating and overseeing commercial sponsorship arrangements with over 1,000 athletes, teams, events and federations. He also worked in new media for Quokka Sports, including as general manager for nbcolympics.com, complementing NBC’s coverage of the Sydney 2000 and Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Games.

A qualified lawyer from the London firm of Slaughter and May, Lumme speaks five languages (Finnish, English, French, Italian and German).

Murray Barnett

Head of Global Sponsorship & Commercial Partnerships
Formula 1
Murray Barnett - Head of Global Sponsorship & Commercial Partnerships, Formula 1

Murray is a Sports Marketing professional with over 20 years’ experience in Media, Marketing & Sponsorship worldwide. Starting his career at a couple of International Pay TV operations, Murray transitioned into sports working for broadcasters, agencies and sporting bodies. He was worked on some of the biggest sporting brands including ATP, FIFA, NBA, ESPN and Rugby World Cup. When Liberty acquired F1, Murray was one of the new team and is responsible for sponsorship and commercial partnerships 

Starting out in Italy and Hungary with Orbit and Nethold respectively, Murray worked on two international TV start-ups in marketing, sales and programming capacities. Upon leaving Hungary, he was employed by NBA Europe to manage marketing partnerships & programme development with NBA Broadcast partners. From there he was headhunted by ISL to manage TV accounts for FIBA basketball and Fina swimming. Amongst ISL TV’s sales portfolio were also IAAF, FIFA and ATP Tennis which Murray sold across a number of European territories.

From there, he was asked to join ESPN to launch their European TV Sales operations which included 3 channel brands and over 10,000 hours of content sales. Murray was also part of the launch team for ESPN UK which broadcast English Premier League, Rugby and US Sports for four seasons.

After 11 years at ESPN, Murray was recruited for the role of Chief Commercial Officer at World Rugby, the governing body for the sport. His many responsibilities include all TV sales, content development, sponsorship & commercial agreements, licensing and hospitality.

Following the change of ownership at F1, Murray was asked to join the management team as Director of Global Sponsorship & Commercial Partnerships tasked with developing and growing commercial opportunities for partners within F1. 

 

Steve Davis

President
Fanatics International
Steve Davis - President, Fanatics International

Steve Davis is President of Fanatics International business and oversees the vast, rapidly growing global network of Fanatics partners and properties across the world, including many of the world’s top football clubs. A seasoned e-commerce and branding executive with a deep understanding of the global retail landscape, Steve is tasked with creating a sophisticated multichannel commerce and on-demand manufacturing platform that provides sports brands and teams across the world access to the largest and most timely merchandise assortment that Fanatics designs, makes and sells. The agile, international supply chain that Steve and his team is building helps Fanatics’ partners create a better way to service the increasingly real-time demand of their global fan bases regardless of how or where they want to shop – online, on mobile, at games or at some of the world’s biggest sporting events.

Throughout the course of his career, Steve has strategically navigated the evolving retail markets both in North America and abroad, having most recently served as the CEO of leading digital fast-fashion retailer Rue La La, where he used a mobile-first approach to grow the business. Prior to Rue La La, Davis was headquartered in Spain overseeing the global operations for GSI Commerce, a leading e-commerce and marketing solutions company that was acquired by eBay in 2011.

Sarah Lewis

Secretary General
International Ski Federation (FIS)
Sarah Lewis - Secretary General, International Ski Federation (FIS)

Sarah Lewis has been involved with skiing on both a competitive and administrative level for over 30 yearsShe was a member of the British Alpine Ski Team from 1982-1988 and competed in the 1987 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships and 1988 Olympic Winter Games, as well as many international FIS competitions including World Cup and Continental Cups. 

Sarah began working for FIS in 1994 and for four years served as Co-ordinator for the Continental Cups covering the series in Europe, North America, Far East, South America and Australia New ZealandShe became FIS Director in 1998, before being appointed Secretary General by the FIS Council at its meeting in Melbourne in 2000. 

She currently serves as the Secretary General of the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) and is a member of the IOC Olympic Programme Commission, Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games and Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games IOC Coordination Commissions. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (CHN) she chaired the World Anti-Doping Agency Independent Observers. 

Sarah was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to sport by Her Majesty The Queen in the New Year Honours List for 2018. 

 

Gareth Balch

CEO
Two Circles
Gareth Balch - CEO, Two Circles

Gareth co-founded Two Circles, the award-winning data-driven sports marketing agency, in 2011. 

Using a technology-driven, service-led offering, Two Circles helps its clients improve customer experience, increase revenue and enhance their partner proposition.  

The business today employs just under 200 people across four offices worldwide – and works with over 100 sports rights-holders including the NFL, Premier League and UEFA.  

Previous to Two Circles Gareth worked at Manchester City, where he led a number of commercial projects focusing on driving commercial growth in support of the club’s vision of becoming the successful and sustainable football club of the future. 

Ralf Reichert

CEO
ESL / Turtle Entertainment
Ralf Reichert - CEO, ESL / Turtle Entertainment

Ralf has grown up loving to compete. In video games, football or any other sport. While still going to university he joined forces with his brothers and friends and founded the now world-renowned clan, SK Gaming. Making a name of himself in the community he came across a group of young entrepreneurs from Cologne with whom he founded and grew ESL to the largest esports company in the world. Ralf’s belief that video games as the most exciting entertainment medium available today. Esports as its competitive sports arm is changing society, inspires the company vision and continues driving it further. 

Michael G. Cole

CTO
European Tour & Ryder Cup Europe
Michael G. Cole - CTO, European Tour & Ryder Cup Europe

Michael was appointed as CTO for the PGA European Tour in November 2017and sits on the Executive Leadership Team. His responsibility extends across Business SystemsIT and Digital InfrastructureData Management and Scoring Systems, and includes the Official World Golf Rankings. His most recent accomplishment with the European Tour was the delivery of the technology infrastructure for the worldrenowned Ryder Cup 2018 in Paris.  

Prior to joining the European Tour, Michael was the London 2012 Marketing and Communications Director for BT Global Services, where he was responsible for their award-winning Olympic and Paralympic Games technology and marketing campaign worldwide.  

From there he went on in a consultative role to advise Organising Committees and technology sponsors for the Olympic Games, including Rio2016, Pyeongchang 2018 and Tokyo2020, as well as the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.  

Michael has worked extensively within the sports sector since 2007, and with over 25 years of experience in the technology industry, remains a regular speaker at international sporting conferences as a global thought-leader discussing the impact of technology and commercial programmes on major sporting events 

Michael is a former member of the Paralympics Ireland commercial advisory boardremains a member on the executive board of UK Government’s Department for International Trade Global Sports Advisory Council and business adviser to StreetGames, a British-based sports charity.  

Paul Samuels

Executive Vice President, Global Partnerships
AEG
Paul Samuels - Executive Vice President, Global Partnerships, AEG

Paul Samuels joined AEG Europe in November 2007. In his role as Executive Vice President for Global Partnerships, he is responsible for overseeing all Sponsorship Sales, Partnership Activation & Premium Seating across all AEG assets internationally, outside of the US.  

Paul joined O2 in 2001 and has been involved with The O2 since 2004, when he negotiated the naming rights for the venue as Head of Sponsorship at O2, a position he held for six years. Under his role at O2, Paul was also the major broker in sponsorship deals with Arsenal FC and the England Rugby Team. 

Iis Paul’s creative negotiation of The O2 naming rights partnership that will be his legacy at O2. The partnership re-defined the traditional corporate sponsorship as a huge customer engagement opportunity and it continues to deliver ROI for O2 and AEG twelve years on. This year, The O2 was voted the Best UK Sponsorship of the past 25 years, via a public vote at the UK Sponsorship Awards 2019 

Paul left O2 in 2006, after being selected as American-owned The Bonham Group’s CEO for Europe at just 30, subsequently overseeing the sale of the company to AEG Europe in 2007, where he has remained ever since.  

In his current role at AEG, he oversees a team of 100 people across Europe, Asia, South America, and Australiarunning the Global Partnerships team for AEG’s assets including sports teams, venues and festivals and works with some of the world’s largest brands including O2, Sky, Barclaycard, American ExpressCoca Cola, Heineken, Accor Hotels and ABInbev. The team oversees all sponsorship sales, partnership activation and premium seating.   

Paul sits on the fundraising committee for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and their Silver Clef Awards committee. In 2019, Paul won the acclaimed Entertainment “Sponsorship Champion Award” at the UK Sponsorship Awards, recognising his status as a leader within the field of global sponsorships & partnerships.  

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