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ABRUTYN David

Executive Vice President & Principal

Bruin Sports Capital

David Abrutyn joined Bruin Sports Capital in the spring of 2015 as Executive Vice Presedent and Principal. Abrutyn was formerly the Senior Vice President & Global Managing Director of IMG Consulting, which he joined in 1999. Abrutyn was responsible for the global leadership and management of the consulting business unit within IMG Sports and Entertainment. He led a team of over 150 executives in 20 offices across 13 countries focused on corporate consulting, strategy, activation, communications, public relations, property consulting, public sector and tourism consulting.

Abrutyn’s 23 years of industry experience also includes assisting many of the Fortune 500 companies in the development and implementation of sports and entertainment marketing strategies. In addition to consulting responsibilities at IMG, Abrutyn also represented NHL superstar Alex Ovechkin for all of his off-ice marketing and business ventures and he will continue to do so through Bruin Sports.

In 2008, Abrutyn was named one of Sports Business Journals’ Forty Under 40, which recognizes executives who have made significant contributions to the sports business industry. In addition, IMG Consulting received the following recognitions: Sports Business Journals’ Best in Corporate Consulting, Marketing and Client Services in 2009 and 2010; the Hollis Award winner for Sports Consulting Agency of the Year in the UK in 2011; and the SIA Award for Best Integrated Sports Marketing Campaign in the UK in 2012.

Prior to IMG Consulting, Abrutyn worked in corporate marketing at the NHL where he managed relationships with sponsors including Duracell, FedEx, Nike, Norelco, Nortel Networks, Wendy’s and Yahoo. He also served on a league-wide taskforce responsible for implementing NHL branding initiatives, including a project with Wendy’s to execute title sponsorship of All-Star Fan Balloting and the first-ever presenting sponsorship of NHL All-Star Weekend for Nortel Networks.

Before joining the NHL, Abrutyn was Associate Publisher & Director of Marketing of The Sports Business Daily from its launch in 1994 until 1997. Prior to The Daily, he worked in Corporate Sales and Marketing for the Washington Capitals.

Abrutyn earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Hartford in 1992. He currently resides in Rye Brook, New York with his wife and two children.


ADALBERT Vicky

Vice President, Head of Legal

Eurosport Group

Vicky Adalbert leads the legal department. She is an experienced media and litigation lawyer.
She is responsible for overseeing the company’s legal, compliance and litigation matters. She leads all legal efforts supporting the company’s main activities such as sports rights acquisitions, distribution, advertising sales, digital services and organisation of sporting events.

Vicky joined Eurosport in 2014, after 13 years in private practice, leading the media and telecoms departments of Vogel & Vogel, a law firm based in Paris. She was in charge of strategic antitrust, commercial, regulatory and litigation matters for clients such as TF1, NBC Universal and Bouygues Telecom. She participated in the most important cases of the last decade in her areas of expertise (French and European competition and distribution law).

Speaker at: SPORTEL LAW CONFERENCE - Session 1: The EU Digital Single Market: the impact of the proposed copyright reforms on sport"


AKA Jonathan

Professional Basketball Player

Special Guest

Jonathan Aka is a former international basketball player. He won bronze at the Junior European Championship.

He spent most of his career with the best French basketball clubs such as Paris Levallois Basket club. With his team he won the French cup in 2013. Last season, he played with the AS Monaco Basket club with whom he won the Leader Cup and finished first of the regular season.
Jonathan Aka now wishes to pursue his career in the fashion world by launching his own top-end clothing line.


AMODIO Florent

European Champion in Figure Skating

Jury member of the Advertising Prize – Christian Blachas

Florent Amodio was born in 1990 in Sobral, Brazil. He began figure skating at only 3 at the Cergy Pontoise club. Bernard Glesser trained him during 15 years until he competed in Olympic Games for the first time in 2010 in Vancouver. The same year, he won his first tittle of champion of France. Then, Florent Amodio moved to Russia to train with Nikolai Morozov. Few months later, he competed European championship for the first time and won the tournament. In 2012, he finished 5th in the world championship and he competed in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sotchi. He announced the end of his international career in January 2016.

Ever since then, he kept performing during prestigious gala and attended training in journalism. He also set up summer training courses which first edition was held this summer in Vaujany.


BAILEY Donovan

Global Track and Field Legend

Jury President of the Golden Podium

One of the greatest sprinters of all-time, Hall of Fame track & field legend, Donovan Bailey, is a 3-times world record holder (current record holder over 50m), 2-times Olympic champion (1996 - 100m and 4x100m) and 3-times world champion (1995 in the 100m and 4x100m and 1997 in the 4x100m, silver in 100m). He was named Track & Field News sprinter of the decade for his stellar 10-year career (1991-2001) greatest sprinter in Canadian history and was only anchor of all of Canada’s gold medal team relay wins to date.

As CEO of Bailey Inc., Donovan has focused on investments and successful business ventures across the globe in the real estate, restaurant, and health and wellness industries for the past 25 years. His accomplishments on the track and in the boardroom have helped Bailey develop a vast global network and led to his appointment as a board member, brand ambassador or spokesperson for a range of organizations and causes including: Adidas, Coca-Cola, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada, Alzheimer’s Research, Participation, and the Humber River Hospital Foundation.

Bailey is a world-renowned sports media analyst for leading broadcasters such as the BBC and CBC. Most recently, he covered the Scotland 2014 commonwealth games, 2013 World Athletics Championships in Russia, London 2012 Olympics, 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto and the 2015 World Games that took place in Beijing.


BELAUD Valentin

Modern Pentathlon World Champion

Special Guest

Valentin Belaud was born in 1992 in Chesnay. He is training full-time at the French National Sport, Expertise and Performance Institute (INSEP). Before becoming one of the best world pentathlete, Valentin was an outstanding rider. At the age of 10, he joined the cadets of the Republican Guard.

Last May, in Moscow, Valentin won gold at the World championship, first time for a French since 1998. At the Rio Olympic Games this summer, Valentin finished at the twentieth place in the general ranking. For now, he is training to get prepared to win the gold medal at the next Olympic Games, in Tokyo in 2020.


BLANK Raleigh Anne

Director Live Content

Twitter

Raleigh Anne Blank is the director of Live Content for Twitter, working to build and maintain live video rights partnerships. Prior to her current role, Blank was a member of Twitter's media partnerships team, helping athletes, teams, leagues and broadcasters build audiences on Twitter. Blank previously spent three years on the company’s sales team where she worked with advertisers to leverage Twitter’s marketing capabilities.

Prior to Twitter, Blank worked for Disney and ESPN in digital and brand marketing and affiliate sales, and for Credit Suisse in their private wealth management group.

Blank holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management.

Speaker at: SPORTEL MARKETING PANEL: #GoLive with Twitter: How sport connects and dominates on Twitter and how you can build a global, mobile fanbase to monetize live sporting moments"


BLAZER Adam

Founder & CEO

Livit Media Inc

In 2014 Blazer Founded Livit Media Inc., a visual media company. Livit creates experiential products for its clients by leveraging cutting-edge visual technologies including virtual reality, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence.

Blazer is also Co-Founder of JLTV, and has 11 years of experience in the cable and satellite programming industry.

Adam studied international relations and economics at Tel Aviv University and received both his Bachelor of Sciences in Management and his MBA in Entrepreneurship from Pepperdine University.

Speaker at: SPORTEL TECH PANEL - Getting Real about Virtual and Augmented Reality


BRABANTS Matthew

Senior Vice President, Global Media Distribution

NBA

As SVP, Global Content & Media Distribution, Matt Brabants plays a central role in fueling the league's global growth, overseeing international media distribution and content development for the NBA, WNBA, D-League and USA Basketball. Under his direction, NBA games and programming are viewed in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages.

During his tenure at the NBA, Brabants and his team have expanded the NBA's television and digital presence and established many first-time partnerships with well-established media companies. His groundbreaking partnerships include the NBA's agreements with Tencent and CCTV in China and new/expanded alliances with ESPN, Perform Group, beIN Sports (France/MENA), Econet (Africa), Globosat (Brazil), LeSports (Hong Kong) and Sony SIX (India).

Under Brabants' leadership, the NBA has produced a number of internationally driven content initiatives, including the launch of 19 local language NBA-branded web destinations, the roll-out of the "NBA Sundays" weekly primetime game throughout Europe, and the expansion of NBA LEAGUE PASS, the league's direct-to-consumer digital business.

Speaker at: LESPORTS PRESENTATION - LeSports sets the industry trend with its OTT service and PPV and subscription models

Speaker at: LESPORTS PRESENTATION: LeSports sets the industry trend with its OTT service and PPV and subscription models"


CAPON Gareth

CEO

Grabyo

Gareth Capon is CEO Grabyo, the global market leader in real time social video based in London, UK. Grabyo enables broadcasters and rights holders to create, share and monetise real time video across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other digital platforms. Gareth brings more than 16 years experience in digital, mobile and television covering both corporates and startups.

Prior to joining Grabyo, Gareth was a Product Development Director at Sky where he managed Sky’s award winning mobile app portfolio and led investments in tech startups in Europe and North America. Gareth was also responsible for driving social TV initiatives across BSkyB during his tenure. Gareth previously founded a digital media consulting business and co-founded two start-ups covering music, mobile and social. He began his career as a strategy consultant in the telecoms and media sector at Accenture.

Speaker at: SPORTEL & TVSM Expert Panel - Social Media: from ancillary option to primary distribution platform


CARTER Dan

2015 Rugby World Cup Winner

Special Guest

Regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of world rugby, the New Zealand fly-half Daniel William Carter retired from international rugby in 2015 after a glittering career in the famous All Blacks jersey.

Born and bred in the tiny country town of Southbridge in the Canterbury province, between his first cap in 2003 and his last appearance in the triumphant 2015 Rugby World Cup final, Carter played 112 tests for the All Blacks, winning the IRB world player of the year award on three occasions, in 2005, 2012 and 2015. The first player in history to reach 1500 points in international rugby, he holds the world record as the highest scorer of all time, with an incredible total of 1598 points for the All Blacks, far ahead of his closest rival, the Englishman Jonny Wilkinson (1246).

One of only three New Zealanders to have played in four Rugby World Cups (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015) Carter is a highly skilled all-rounder, able to play either at fly-half or inside centre. As proof of his all-round value on the field, in the World Cup final at Twickenham he not only scored 19 of his team’s 34 points, including a crucial drop-goal and a 50-metre penalty goal in the dying phases. But he also had the highest work rate on defense, putting in even more tackles than his illustrious team-mate Richie McCaw.

Unsurprisingly elected best player of the World Cup final, Carter claimed the same honour eight months later with an equally impressive performance in the colours of Racing 92, the French club he joined in November 2015. Guiding his new team to their first Championship title since 1990, kicking five goals from six attempts and scoring 17 of his team’s 29 points, Carter was once again designated ‘Man of the Match’, in the French club final against Toulon.

Dan Carter is married to Honor, a former New Zealand hockey international. They have two sons, Marco and Fox.


CHENUT Christophe

General Manager Elite World Model Management

Jury President of the Advertising Prize - Christian Blachas

After studying at the University of Dauphine, Christophe Chenut completed a MBA at HEC (highly reputed school for management science studies in Paris) in 1986. In 1987, he launched with Xavier Romatet Directing, a consult agency in direct marketing.

They decided to sell the agency to DDB Group in 93 to merge it with Rapp Collins (DDB subsidiary), he then became chairman of Rapp Collins France and Rapp Collins Europe. In 2000, he became General Manager of DDB Group France.

In 2003, he moved from DDB Group to take the head of L’Equipe Group until 2008. From 2008 to 2013, he was CEO of Lacoste Group. Then, he founded his own company Christophe Chenut Conseil SAS. Through it, he created L’Opinion, a daily newspaper (digital and paper format). He was general manager of this partnership until 2015 and invested in a lot of different activities such as fashion (via Ines de la Fressange) and sport (via Urban Soccer New-York, Kilomètre 0, and the start-up E-Cotiz).

Plus, he is Board Member of two communication agencies: Lonsdale and Hopscotch. At the same time, he headed the Stade de Reims football club from 1996 to 2004 and helped the club to return to a professional level. In 2009, he was Board Member of the Paris Saint-Germain until Qatar’s takeover. Then, he became one of the shareholders and Board Member of Evian-Thonon-Gaillard football club until 2014.


CLOUVEL Elodie

Pentathlon Olympic Medal Winner

Special Guest

Elodie Clouvel was born in 1989 in Saint-Priest-En-Jarez. Currently enrolled in the French National Sport, Expertise and Performance Institute (INSEP), she recently became Olympic vice-champion of modern pentathlon (Swimming, Riding, Running, Shooting and Fencing). Besides her successful athletic career, Elodie began training in drama class in the famous cours Simon in Paris. She is also attending journalism classes.
For now, Elodie is starting to get prepared for winning gold at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. She also got involved in defending the colours of Paris application for 2024.


DAVID Ronan

Chief Editor

droitdusport.com & Football Legal

Ronan DAVID is Chief Editor of the website droitdusport.com, first digital publisher in France specializing in sports law. He is also Chief Editor of Football Legal, a journal dedicated to football law, a must-have for all football law stakeholders.

Ronan was previously a business lawyer with the French law firm Fidal. He was also Chief Editor of "Lamy droit économique".

Moderator at: SPORTEL LAW CONFERENCE - Session 1: The EU Digital Single Market: the impact of the proposed copyright reforms on sport
SPORTEL LAW CONFERENCE - Session 2: Copyright protection of sports broadcasts and its enforcement
SPORTEL LAW CONFERENCE - Session 3: Impact of new digital technologies on the sports rights market


DE MARCHIS Carlo

Chief Product and Marketing Officer

deltatre

Carlo De Marchis is the Chief Product and Marketing Officer at deltatre and has joined the company in 1988; for 26 years now, he has experienced the highest levels of sport all around the world and participated to every step of deltatre’s impressive growth. Today, Carlo De Marchis leads the Company’s Product Strategy with an exclusive drive on Social Media, Multi-platform digital solutions and their interaction with the TV.

Carlo is seen as an innovator, challenger, and visionary, someone who is curious, passionate, assertive, early-adopter. He also has a fanatical user-perspective attention to the quality and usability of what deltatre delivers to clients and end-users.

carlo.demarchis@deltatre.com ; www.deltatre.com

Moderator at: SPORTEL STARTUP COMPETITION

Speaker at: SPORTEL TECH PANEL: Getting Real about Virtual and Augmented Reality"


DUNNE Frank

Chief Sports Writer

SportBusiness Group

Frank Dunne is the Chief Sports Writer for the SportBusiness Group, contributing to the group’s three main titles – SportBusiness International, TV Sports Markets and Sports Sponsorship Insider – with a strong emphasis on the football industry.

Frank had two spells as Editor of TV Sports Markets, first between 2001 and 2003, and most recently from May 2010 to June 2015. He began working for TV Sports Markets as a Reporter in 1999, gaining a reputation for his authoritative coverage of European football and media regulation.

In 2009, he wrote the book The Business of TV Sport for the SportBusiness Group. He has also contributed to a number of group publications, including The Football Media Money League, European TV & Sports Rights, The Future of Sports Marketing and World Football Leagues and TV Rights.

From 2003 to 2010, while still contributing to TVSM, he worked as a freelance football writer, focusing on Italian football. Among other things, he covered the ‘Calciopoli’ match-fixing scandal for the Independent and the Juventus doping trial for the Financial Times.

In 2008, his book on youth football coaching methods in Italy, Coaching Champions, was published by Reedswain. He has also edited a book on football stadiums for FIFA.

Moderator at: SPORTEL & TVSM EXPERT PANEL: SPORTEL & TVSM EXPERT PANEL"


FIELD William

Partner

Prospero Strategy

William Field is a Partner at Prospero, a sports and media strategic advisory firm, which he founded in 2009. He has over 25 years' experience in strategic management consulting, having worked with Spectrum Strategy Consultants and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

William is an internationally-recognised expert in sports media and has advised many of the world’s biggest rights holders, broadcasters, service providers and intermediaries. He has worked with the top football leagues in England, Netherlands, France and Spain, as well as with UEFA, on broadcast rights and digital media strategies. He has worked in many other sports on issues covering media rights, digital, sponsorship, organisation, governance, public policy, fan-development strategies and mergers & acquisitions; across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

William qualified as a chartered accountant, studied television production at the Royal College of Art, and has a BA (Hons) degree from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Speaker at: SPORTEL & TVSM EXPERT PANEL: Social media: from ancillary option to primary distribution platform"


FRIEDLAENDER Daniel

Head of the EU office

Sky Plc

Daniel is the Head of the Sky Group's EU office. Sky is Europe's largest entertainment company, directly present in five European countries and active in all EU Member States through joint ventures or partnerships. Sky is in a unique position in Europe as a content creator, distributor, licensor, pay tv and free to air operator, over the top service provider, Internet service provider and now mobile network operator. Sky is also launching Europe's leading virtual reality content offering and is the largest investor in sports rights in Europe.

Daniel holds a BA from McGill University in Montreal, an MA from the College of Europe in Bruges, and an MBA from Imperial College in London, having focused on digital distribution platforms. Daniel is responsible for many of the European political dossiers for Sky, providing a Group perspective and working on partnerships with public and private institutions, EU stakeholders as well as the media.

Speaker at: SPORTEL LAW CONFERENCE - Session 2: Copyright protection of sports broadcasts and its enforcement


FUCHS Ken

CEO

STATS LLC

Ken joined STATS in 2015 from Yahoo! Inc. where he served in various product and media leadership roles including oversight of Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Entertainment and strategic product partnerships. He brings an extensive background in sports technology and digital media to STATS and has particularly deep domain experience in fantasy sports and analytics.

Prior to Yahoo Ken held senior digital leadership positions at News Corp. and Time Inc. Ken holds a Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University.

Speaker at: SPORTEL TECH PANEL - Getting Real about Virtual and Augmented Reality


GEMMELL Mark

President and CEO

Electric GT Championship

Mark is a Scottish entrepreneur based in Spain and has started several businesses in the software space. Passionate about technology, the future and the marvels that await us.

He graduated in Electrical Engineering (BEng Hons 1st) in 1988 from Glasgow University and in 2000 earned his MBA. Previously he has worked at Hewlett Packard Labs, Telefonica Labs, and Remedy Corp, California, before launching several startups, the last of which was acquired by the French multinational, Devoteam SARL.

Now dedicated to the electric transport and renewable energy revolution, and to promoting the wonders that a sustainable energy future will provide us all. He is married to a wonderful Spanish surgeon and has three fantastic children.

Speaker at: CHAMPIONNAT ELECTRIC GT


GUAZZINI Max

Former President of the Stade Francais rugby club and current General Manager of the Barbarians rugby club

Jury member of the Advertising Prize - Christian Blachas

Max Guazzini was first press secretary in the world of show business, a lawyer and pioneer in the free radios with Jean-Paul Baudecroux. Later, he was Vice-President General Manager, NRJ program manager and Chairman of the executive management board of NRJ.

Also, he has been President of the Stade Francais rugby club, five-times champion of France. Since 1966, he is also a member of the Steering Committee of the general-purpose French Stadium. Plus, until 2016 he was Vice-President of the Rugby National League. He is now the current General Manager of the Barbarians Rugby Club and a music producer.

Max Guazzini got the Vermeil Medal of the city of Paris in 1997 and has been made a chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 2013.


GUILLARD Philippe

French director and scriptwriter

Jury member of the Golden Podium

Philippe Guillard was born in 1961 in Guadeloupe. He lives there until the age of 16, and then he moved to Fontainebleau for 5 years before definitively moving to Paris. He played football from age 6 to 14 but his passion for rugby led him to join the Sporting Club University of France (S.C.U.F) in 1981. Then, he pursed a successful career between 1982 and 1993 by joining the Racing Club of France. He became champion of France in 1990.

In 1993, he started working in the rugby department at Canal+. In the same time, as he liked writing, he published two novels:
- “Pourquoi c’est comment l’amour?” (Franc dire editions), 1991
- “Petits bruits de couloir” (table ronde editions), 1999, which received the Great Prize for Sports Literature

Between 2001 and 2013, he was co-author of 5-feature film including “3 zéros” (2001), “Camping” (2006), “Disco” (2008), “Camping 2” (2010) and “Turf” (2013). He became author-director of his two first feature film: “Le fils à Jo” (2011) and “On voulait tout casser” (2015).

During 2015, Philippe Guillard is presenter at Canal+ for the Canal Rugby Club programme. For now, he is writing his third feature film.


HACK Rufus

Director of Media, Digital and Strategy

PGA European Tour, Ryder Cup

Rufus Hack leads the Media, Digital and Strategy teams at the European Tour.

He is responsible for driving the European Tour's media and digital strategy creating significant growth in fan engagement across its digital channels.

In addition Rufus heads up the group strategy function driving strategic alliances with other global golfing organisations and introducing format innovation to the sport.

He also sits on the Board of European Tour Productions (a JV between the European Tour and IMG), which is the world’s largest producer of live golf content.

Speaker at: SPORTEL LAW CONFERENCE- Session 3: Impact of new digital technologies on the sports rights market"


HANG Yu

Chief Operating Officer

LeSports

Mr. Yu Hang is a respected specialist in the area of sports media rights, Internet and IP law related to sports property.

He had a comprehensive working experience in sports marketing and new media as marketing manager of the Asian Football Confederation, and also a short period in Octagon.

Mr. Yu joined Sina.com in 2002 and led the sports section to be the number one online sports platform in China.

He joined LeSports in 2014 as Vice President in charge of acquisition of strategic resources and investment, and has been promoted to COO in 2016.

Mr. Yu graduated from Liverpool University in the UK, and holds a degree in MBA football industry.

Speaker at: LESPORTS PRESENTATION: LeSports sets the industry trend with its OTT service and PPV and subscription models"


HARDOUIN Florence

Executive Director of the French Football Federation

Jury member of the Adv‎ertising Prize - Christian Blachas

Florence Hardouin was member of the French Fencing team between 1989 and 1996. She was many times champion of single World Tournament (Warsaw 89, Budapest 91 and Cuba 95) but also vice world champion by team in 1991 (Budapest).

In 2008, the president of the French Football Federation named her Marketing and Business Development Manager.

After being Deputy Managing Director in 2011, she became in 2013 Deputy General Manager of the Federation and then General Manager in 2016 that is the number 2 of the institution. Thus, she is the first woman holding this rank in the most important French federation. In May 2016, Florence Hardouin was elected to the UEFA’s Executive Committee.


HEIMERMANN Benoît

Publisher and writer

Jury member of the Book Prize

Publisher at “ Editions Stock ” Benoît Heimermann is the author of many publications (“ Tabarly ”, “ L’Aéropostale ”, “ Femmes des poles ”) and half a dozen televised documentaries (“ Kasparov ”, “ La Légende du Tour de France ”, “ Maradona ”, “ Les Champions d’Hitler ”).

Benoît Heimermann has been an international reporter for “ L’Equipe Magazine ” during 26 years.

He has received the Prize of the Mumm foundation for a series of reports devoted to Muhammad Ali and is also President of the Sport Writers Association since 2006.


HEIMES Christoph

Head of News & Sports Partnerships

Google / YouTube

Christoph Heimes has been YouTube’s Head of Sports Partnerships in Europe, Middle East and Africa since 2014 and has recently taken over the company's News partnerships too. His team manages partners ranging from leagues and federations, to broadcasters, content creators, publishers and news agencies.

Prior to joining YouTube, Heimes worked in various sales and business development positions at Google and Microsoft Corp. He holds a masters degree in Economics, Political Science and Philosophy and works from Zurich and London.

Speaker at: SPORTEL & TVSM Expert Panel - Social Media: from ancillary option to primary distribution platform


HOULLIER Gérard

Global Sporting Director Red Bull Soccer

Jury member of the Adv‎ertising Prize - Christian Blachas

Gérard Houllier is a highly respected French football manager. Since 2012 Houllier has been Head of Global Football for Red Bull. At Red Bull, he is responsible for the development and sporting performance of the entire Red Bull family of soccer clubs. He is also a consultant to the club Olympique Lyonnais.

Houllier started his coaching career with Le Touquet Athletic Club and US Noeux-les-Mines before taking charge of RC Lens in 1982, moving on to Paris Saint-Germain FC three years later. He guided the club to the title in his first season in charge, at the same time becoming the technical director of the French Football Federation (FFF) in 1988 and holding the post for the next decade. He coached the French national team between 1992 and 1993.

More success followed at Liverpool FC, which he managed from 1998-2004, most notably in 2000-01 with victories in the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup becoming the first club to win three knockout competitions in one season. This triple win is still considered the finest moment in the club's illustrious history. After six major trophies in six seasons, Houllier left Liverpool in 2004, returning to France to guide Olympique Lyonnais to league titles in each of his seasons in charge.

He was part of UEFA's and FIFA's Technical Study Group in the 2006, 2010 World Cup finals and the head of the FIFA's Technical Study Group for 2014 World Cup 2014. He became manager of Aston Villa in September 2010, before stepping down in June 2011 for health reasons. He has been awarded the Légion d'Honneur for his services to French football, and an OBE for services to British football.


ITHURBURU Isabelle

Sports Journalist

Jury member of the Advertising Prize - Christian Blachas

Dedicated Journalist, Isabelle Ithurburu became in a few years a leading figure of CANAL + Channel.

After her debut at Infosport+, she headed up presenting “Jour de Rugby” in 2011. From last November she has been presenting “Canal Rugby Club”, every Sunday at 18:15 live on Canal +. True icon in the French rugby world, Isabelle gets cheer from the rugby fans every time she appears in a stadium.

From now, Isabelle will be in charge of the “Tube”, a TV media magazine aired on Canal + every Saturday.


KERSCHBAUMER Ken

Editorial Director

Sports Video Group

Ken Kerschbaumer is executive director, editorial services, of the Sports Video Group and SVG Europe. He has been writing about how sports networks and leagues use video and audio technology to deliver a quality TV experience since 1991 when began his career at Television Broadcast magazine and TVB Europe.

In 1998 he was named editor of Digital Television magazine before joining Broadcasting & Cable in 2000 as senior editor, technology.

He left Broadcasting & Cable in 2005 to begin SVG. Today the organisation has a global presence as it supports advances in sports content creation and distribution.

Moderator at: SPORTEL TECH PANEL - Getting Real about Virtual and Augmented Reality


KRISTICK John

Global CEO

ESP Properties
  • Senior sports marketing executive with nearly two decades of international experience
  • Since 2011, served as Global CEO of GroupM Entertainment & Sports Partnerships (ESP), GroupM's entertainment and sports consultancy unit that provides strategy and activation services to clients worldwide
  • Former managing director of Premier Partnerships
  • Former Managing Director for the USA Bid Committee, the organization that led the United States' bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup
  • Involved in every World Cup since 1994, either on sponsorship (1994 in the US and 1998 in France), broadcasting (2002 in South Korea/Japan and 2006 in Germany), or politics (within the US bid at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa)
  • Prior to his role with the Bid Committee, based in Europe for 15 years, where he had a successful career serving as an Executive Director for Infront Sports & Media. There he led all marketing and corporate communications from 2001-2006 covering all sports ranging from soccer, basketball, and multiple winter sports. In that role he worked with clients including leading federations like FIFA, several European football national associations, the International Ice Hockey Federation and other major winter sports federations. From 2006-2008, he led the group's business in Asia, including the re-branding and marketing of the Chinese Basketball Association

LAMBIN-BERTI H.E. Yvette

General Secretary of the Monaco Olympic Committee

Jury member of the Book Prize

Member of the Monaco Olympic Committee since 1976 and General Secretary since April 1994. President of the Monaco Swimming Sport Association since 1975. Vice President of the Monaco Swimming Federation since 1976. Sports Director of the Organizing Committee of the 2nd Games of the Small States of Europe in 1987. Member of the Executive Committee of the Games of the Small States of Europe since 1989 . Vice President, responsible for coordination of the Organising Committee of the 101th IOC Session in 1993.

Responsible for the organization of the 30th General Assembly of the EOC in 2001. President of the Organizing Committee of the 12th Games of the Small States of Europe in 2007. Commissioner-General of the organization of the 127th IOC Session in Monaco in December 2014 Member of the Sports Book Prize since its creation in 1997.

Commissioner-General of the National Education, Youth and Sports Ministry from 1993 to 2009. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, permanently delegated by the Principality of Monaco under UNESCO in Paris since January 2010.


LEVINE Simon

Global co-CEO

DLA Piper Law Firm

Simon is the Co-Managing Director for Groups and Sectors, and the former Group Head of the Intellectual Property and Technology practice. A partner in our London office, he specialises in intellectual property law, and advises on all aspects of patents, design rights, trademarks, breach of confidence and copyright. His clients include Motorola, Nike, Avon, Toshiba, Honda, LG Electronics, Invensys, Panasonic, The Premier League, NBC, HSBC and UBS.

Simon has led teams in all aspects of IP and licensing litigation and arbitration. He has IP litigation experience in worldwide courts and in co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional litigation, and arbitrated under a number of rules including the ICC. He has worked on various UK patent litigation actions, in some cases with related actions in the US and continental Europe. In the UK, he has litigated in the High Court, the Copyright Tribunal, the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords/Supreme Court and the Privy Council, as well as the Trade Mark and Patent Registries in the UK and Europe, and the European Court of Justice. A number of his cases have been reported, set legal precedent in both IP and arbitration law, and have been the subject of media interest. Simon is recognised in the UK and global directories as a leading intellectual property practitioner, including Chambers and Legal 500. Intellectual Asset Management Magazine elected Simon to its inaugural "IAM 250 - A Guide to the World's Leading IP Strategists".

Speaker at: SPORTEL LAW CONFERENCE - Session 2: Copyright protection of sports broadcasts and its enforcement


LICHTENHEIN Mark

Chairman

Sports Rights Owners Coalition (SROC)

Mark Lichtenhein is the Chairman of the Sports Rights Owners Coalition (SROC), a forum of some 50 international and national sports bodies and competition organisers with a particular focus on rights issues. He has worked in the sports industry for over 20 years, when he started to pioneer the transition of golf and other sports into the digital era.

A software engineer by education, Mark Lichtenhein previously held a number of positions in the European software industry with Siemens and the Cap Gemini Group before becoming the first Director of Business Development for the industry-led European Software Institute in Bilbao, Spain, co-funded by the European Commission.

Speaker at: SPORTEL LAW CONFERENCE - Session 1: The EU Digital Single Market: the impact of the proposed copyright reforms on sport"


LINARTAS Ramunas

Policy Officer in the Sport Unit

DG EAC, European Commissioner

The Directorate's mandate is to promote and to build on the vital role of sport not only in individual health and fitness, but in shaping wider European society, support dialogue between policy makers and sport organisers promoting healthy living and social cohesion for across Europe. The implementation of mission requires ensuring timely and coordinated implementation of the EU Work Plan for Sport, which also focuses on sport's economic potential for Europe. The economic dimension of Sport has become an increasingly important consideration in the EU as enabler of the best possible economic benefits from the sport sector. This involves a focus on a fair competition and intellectual property rights as followed and enforced at the European level.

Ramunas spent 14 years at the Commission and before joining the Sport Policy unit was involved in the Digital Single Market initiative, promoting internal market for electronic communications and earlier promoting internal market for energy and EU's cohesion policy. Before that, his career developed in the national administration where he was heading the unit in Ministry of Finance responsible for development investment priorities for the EU funding, coordinating national development plan, creating management and control systems and was actively engaged in Lithuania's EU accession negotiations.

Speaker at:SPORTEL LAW CONFERENCE - Session 1: The EU Digital Single Market: the impact of the proposed copyright reforms on sport"


LLODRA Michaël

Tennis Olympic Medal Winner

Jury member of the Advertising Prize - Christian Blachas

Son of the former professional football player of the Paris Saint-Germain, Michael Llodra began playing tennis at the age of six. During his career, he achieved 5 titles in singles and 25 victories in doubles of the ATP tournaments, including 3 Grand Slams : the Australian Open in 2003 and 2005 with Fabrice Santoro and Wimbledon in 2007 with Arnaud Clément. He is also winner of the three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and of the 2005 Tennis Masters Cup.

In singles, Llodra reached 2 titles in 2008 : the first in Adelaide, where he defeated Jarkko Neiminen in the final, and the other in Rotterdam, where he edged out Robin Söderling. In 2009 Michael Llodra made two finals in singles : the 2009 Open 13 in Marseille and the 2009 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon in Metz.

Llodra had been playing with the French Team in Davis Cup for 15 years. He reached 3 time finals in 2002, 2010 and 2014. Michael Llodra is an Olympic vice champion in doubles partnering Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Olympic Games in London.


LONGO Jeannie

Olympic Champion in Cycling

Special Guest

Jeannie Longo was born in 1958 in Annecy (France). She started her career by skiing before turning to cycling at the age of 20. From then, she pursued a successful career: four Olympic medals, including a gold one, thirteen World champion’s rainbow jersey, three crowns won on the women Tour de France et broke no less than 38 world records.
In 2011, at the age of 53, she became time-trial France champion. Besides, in 2011, French people elected her as their favourite sporty woman (according to l’Equipe magazine survey). Her energy and great longevity can be explained by her strict dietetic food. She even wrote a book about this topic “Vivre en Forme”. Jeannie Longo is also known for her outspokenness and her commitment for the environmental preservation.


LOTH Georgina

Deputy Director

French Tennis Federation (FFT)

Georgina LOTH graduated in 2004 from Telecom Ecole de Management, a public business school in the French "Grande Ecole" tradition recognized for its dual expertise in management and information and communication technologies. After one year spent within IBM company at the worldwide sponsorship department, Georgina joins the French Tennis Federation and develops the Multimedia Business.

She's now Deputy Director of the Media and Production Department, working alongside with the Media and Production Director on the definition of the commercial strategies of the media right sales, on the study of the broadcasters' business model evolutions and offline online uses in addition to internal cross department projects.

Julien Mauriat

MAURIAT Julien

Managing Director

Fédération Française d’Athlétisme

MADANI Aneesh

Sports Partnerships

Twitter India

Aneesh Madani is the Head of Sports Partnerships for Twitter in India and leads cricket partnerships for the company globally.

Aneesh works closely with all stakeholders in the sports industry, from federations to broadcasters, teams to athletes, to help widen total audience reach and increase user engagement with their content and content experiences on the platform.

Under his leadership, the Indian Premier League (cricket) has become the fastest growing global sports league on Twitter and Twitter has established itself as the first and most authentic communications platform for athletes and sports organizations in India while giving fans increased access with immediacy.

Aneesh is an experienced sports, technology and entertainment business executive with previous roles at international sports events, Indian sports TV channels, a global advertising agency and an IPL franchise.

Follow him on Twitter: @aneeshmadani

Speaker at: SPORTEL MARKETING PANEL: #GoLive with Twitter: How sport connects and dominates on Twitter and how you can build a global, mobile fanbase to monetize live sporting moments"


MAURIAT Julien

Managing Director

Fédération Française d’Athlétisme

MONTANÉ Emilie

Media Director

French Tennis Federation (FFT)

Emilie Montané has a Master’s degree in Business Law and a DESS (Diploma in superior specialised studies) as in house counsel.

She started at Universal Studios Channels as legal and business affairs in 1999, then as head of law and human ressources from 2002 - 2006.

She then practiced as Legal Director of NBC Universal Global Networks France from 2006 - 2009.

In 2009, Emilie joins the FFT as Legal Director.

In October 2015, Emilie becomes Media and Production Director and aims to define the commercial strategies and sell media rights, while working alongside with the broadcasters' business model evolutions and offline online uses.

Speaker at:SPORTEL LAW CONFERENCE- Session 3: Impact of new digital technologies on the sports rights market"


MOREUIL Mathieu

Head of European Public Policy

Premier League

Mathieu Moreuil has been dealing with sport related issues in Brussels for more than 10 years. He started in 2003 in the European Commission, first in the sport unit of DG EAC and then in the free movement of workers unit of DG EMPL where he was in charge of infringement proceedings in the field of professional sport.

In 2007 Mathieu joined APCO, a Public Affairs Consultancy, where he advised clients in the media and sports sectors.

In 2010, Mathieu was appointed Head of EU Public Policy for the English Premier League. Mathieu also coordinates the Brussels activities of the Sports Rights Owners Coalition (www.sroc.info).

Mathieu graduated from the Strasbourg Institute for Political Sciences and holds two Master Degrees, one in European law and one in Business. He speaks fluent French and English and good German and Spanish.

Speaker at: SPORTEL LAW CONFERENCE - Session 2: Copyright protection of sports broadcasts and its enforcement


NELSON Thomas

Head of Sports

NEMEA, Vizrt

Thomas heads up Vizrt’s sports solutions in NEMEA based in London, focusing on developing business opportunities for its sports production platforms, as well as dealing with sports sales. He moved to the Vizrt UK office in 2016 after 3 years based in Zürich and 5 years in Sydney working as sports business development manager and graphics specialist. Prior to that, Thomas held several positions within TV 2 Sports in Norway, both in-house and as part of the outside broadcast team supervising the graphics execution on national and international productions.

With his vast experience of sports broadcasting, Thomas has a great knowledge of AR and VR production workflows and understands how to continuously push new solutions forward.

Speaker at: SPORTEL TECH PANEL - Getting Real about Virtual and Augmented Reality


PAHL David

Senior Counsel

DLA Piper Law Firm

David Pahl joined DLA Piper in March 2016 and focuses his practice in the media, sport and entertainment sector. Prior to that, David was with ESPN, Inc., for 28 years, serving as its Chief Counsel, the company’s chief legal officer, for approximately 20 years. In that capacity, he had oversight responsibility for all of the legal affairs of the company, including content acquisitions and distribution, labor and employment, facilities, corporate acquisitions and divestitures, new business launches, litigation and compliance.

During his tenure with ESPN, David participated in all of its major rights and programming acquisitions, including the first with both MLB and the NBA, the acquisition from the NFL of a full season of games (from what had been a half season), and the move of Monday Night Football to ESPN from ABC.

Speaker at: SPORTEL LAW CONFERENCE- Session 3: Impact of new digital technologies on the sports rights market"


PERICARD Arnaud

Lawyer

Cabinet CPC

Arnaud Péricard is a French qualified lawyer, Member of the Paris and New York Bars and Founding and Co-Managing Partner of the law firm CPC & Associés (Paris). His main areas of expertise are, among others, Sports Law, Mergers, Acquisitions & Joint Ventures, Capital Investment & Private Equity and Media & New Technologies.

He studied law at Paris X Nanterre University, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Master degree in Economics & Finance) and at the University of Chicago Law School. Before founding CPC & Associés, Arnaud worked as a lawyer in the law firms Paul Hastings and Debevoise & Plimpton.

Speaker at: SPORTEL LAW CONFERENCE - Session 1: The EU Digital Single Market: the impact of the proposed copyright reforms on sport"


PERLEMUTER Jérome

Head of Legal Affairs

Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP)

Jerome Perlemuter joined the Ligue de Football Professionnel in 2004 as Head of Legal Affairs.

He works on all legal and strategic issues relating to the LFP’s media rights. More generally he works on all LFP’s business relations including advising on contentious matters involving litigation.

Jerome is heavily involved in public affairs at national and European level. He represents LFP’s international relations through the Association of the European Professional Football Leagues and also focuses on integrity issues, managing the relationship with betting operators and regulators.

Prior to joining the LFP, Jerome was a member of the Paris bar where he worked at international law firm Dentons, specialising in contractual negotiations and litigation. He has also been a parliamentary advisor for a French member of parliament.

In addition to his position at the LFP, Jerome serves as judge of the Paris Commercial Court, where he was elected in 2014.

Jerome earned a law degree from Paris II Law School (Panthéon-Assas), in which he today gives lectures on economic regulation. He also graduated from ESSEC Business School in Paris.

Speaker at: SPORTEL LAW CONFERENCE - Session 1: The EU Digital Single Market: the impact of the proposed copyright reforms on sport"


PREVOST Candice

Football vice-champion of France in 2011

Jury member of the Adv‎ertising Prize - Christian Blachas

Candice Prevost is a French football player. She was born in 1983 in Evreux. She started her career playing in Evreux Athletic Club before joining Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in 2003 as an attacking player. During these 9 years with the PSG Club, she got 4 appearances for France. In 2010, with her team, she won the French football Cup against Montpellier and became vice-champion of France in 2011. Plus, Candice Prevost carried the Olympic Flame in Paris for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

At the 2011 and 2015 Women’s Football World Cup, she was a consultant for Eurosport France. Candice Prevost has been elected to the popular amateur soccer league and is now the Director of the National Authority of School Sport.

Souad Rochdi

ROCHDI Souad

Marketing & Communication Manager

Fédération Française d’Athlétisme

QUÉMÉRÉ Anne

French sailor (Brittany)

Jury President of the Book Prize

Anne Quéméré was born in Quimper, Brittany, where she grew up. She was about 20 when she moved to the United States and settled down first in Louisiana, then in New York where she gave lectures for 10 years.

In 2000, she came back to her homeland, Brittany. She started training in rowing and finally decided in 2002, she would go across the Atlantic Ocean, rowing solo and without assistance. She travelled from Canary Islands to the West Indies and completed her crossing in 56 days, breaking the women’s world record. It did not take her long before she decides on another challenge and right after coming back to Brittany, she planned another odyssey: rowing the North Atlantic ocean solo and without assistance. She left Cap Cod (USA) mid-June 2004 and reached Brittany’s seashore 87 days later after experiencing rough weather conditions. She broke once again the women’s world record. Then, in 2006, she crossed the North Atlantic but this time by kite boat (a 6 meters long prototype pulled by a kite). It took her 55 days to kite solo across the ocean. This trip was a world’s premiere.

In the summer of 2010, she joined an expedition in Greenland. The goal was to raise awareness among the general public of ice floe destruction. A year later, Anne Quéméré aboard her kite boat sailed across the Pacific Ocean, solo and without assistance. This 78 days journey was again a world’s premiere. When she is not alone in the middle of oceans, Anne Quéméré spends most of her time writing articles, sharing her travels, giving lectures or talking about concerning topics such as the future of our planet.


REED Dan

Head of Global Sports Partnerships

Facebook

Dan Reed is Facebook's Head of Global Sports Partnerships, where his team’s mission is to connect, inform, entertain, and engage the world’s largest community of sports fans. In this role, Reed leads strategic partnerships with leagues, teams, athletes, broadcasters and publishers, helping them grow and engage their global fan base, develop and distribute their content in innovative digital and social formats, and achieve their business goals across all of Facebook's platforms and experiences - including Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and Oculus.

Reed and his team also collaborate with Facebook's product and engineering teams to develop innovative and personalized experiences for sports fans, enabling them to watch video of their favorite sports and teams, engage directly with their favorite athletes, express their fandom with friends and related communities, connect around live sporting events, and more. Reed joined Facebook after a 10-year career at the National Basketball Association where, as President of the NBA Development League, he led the turnaround of the NBA's minor league into a financially valuable property and a thriving talent development system. He also helped drive record business results advising NBA team executives as a Senior Director with the NBA's Team Marketing and Business Operations (TMBO) unit.

Prior to the NBA, Reed worked as a management consultant with A.T. Kearney. A "40 Under 40" award recipient from both the Sports Business Journal and Crain's New York Business, Reed holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Northwestern University, and currently resides in the Bay Area with his wife and two sons.

Speaker at: Facebook Presentation


ROCHDI Souad

Marketing & Communication Manager

Fédération Française d’Athlétisme

Rob Simmelkjaer

SIMMELKJAER Rob

Senior Vice President

NBC Sports Ventures & International

ROMATET Xavier

Conde Nast France CEO

Jury member of the Advertising Prize - Christian Blachas

Xavier Romatet was born in 1962 in Paris. After studying at the Institute of Political Studies, he completed a MBA at HEC (highly reputed school for management science studies in Paris). He started his career as an editor of Strategies magazine.

In 1987, he launched with a colleague Directing, a consult agency in marketing. In 1993, he became chairman of Rapp Collins from DDB Group (after its merger with his agency). In 1999, he was appointed chairman of DDB group, which was later named Tribal DDB Paris and then Rapp Digital. In 2002, Xavier Romatet became CEO of DDB Communication France and then co-chairman in 2004. Since 2006, he has been the CEO of Conde Nast France.


SIMMELKJAER Rob

Senior Vice President

NBC Sports Ventures & International

SPINDLER Bernard

Writer journalist

Jury member of the Book Prize

Bernard Spindler has been an audio-visual journalist since 1962. In 1968, he became sports Director of Radio Monte Carlo (RMC) until 1981. He won the Radio Grand Prize in 1986. From 1987 to 1989, he was Director of broadcasting of Tele Monte Carlo. Then, he was in charge of content for Formule 1 on la Cinq for 3 years. From 1978 to 2001, he was named Editor in Chief of Radio Monte Carlo. Recently, he was President of the Monaco Press Club for 6 years until 2012. Beyond his stellar career, Bernard Spindler got involved himself in cinema. He has been the author of several historic series on television and of forty movies on automobile racing. In the 90’s, he was the Director-Host of “Ligne ouverte”.

Besides, Bernard Spindler was a member of “Académie du Second Empire” and was made Knight of the Order of Saint Charles and the Order of Cultural Merit.


STUART Jay

Editor-at-Large

iSportconnect

Jay Stuart has been covering the international media business for three decades and has regularly attended SPORTEL since the very first edition. As Editor at Large of iSportconnect, he helps curate 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.

Moderator at: LESPORTS PRESENTATION: LeSports sets the industry trend with its OTT service and PPV and subscription models"


TEBAS Javier

President

LaLiga

Javier Tebas Medrano became the President of LaLiga league in April 2013, having previously served as Vice President and as a member of the league’s Executive Committee. Prior to that he had been President of the Spanish football club SD Huesca.

He has been a practising lawyer since 1987. He has served as legal advisor to several Spanish and foreign clubs and sports entities and serves on the boards of several national and international associations. He also teaches Masters degree courses on sport and commerce.

Speaker at: LALIGA PRESENTATION: Is the project of a European Super League feasible in the face of the reality of consolidated national Leagues such as LaLiga, the Premier League and the Bundesliga, etc.?"


TRICKETT Alex

Global Chair of Sport and Head of Sport

Twitter

Alex Trickett is Global Chair of Sport for Twitter and Head of Sport for Twitter UK. He works closely with the biggest sports teams, players, organisations and broadcasters in the world, advising them on how to use Twitter, Vine and Periscope to grow reach, revenue and engagement.

With more than 15 years of senior digital experience, Alex spent a decade at BBC Sport, as a journalist, social media lead and international editor. He then joined creative agency Imagination as a senior planner, working with brands like Ted Baker, Asics, Shell and Ford.

Speaker at: SPORTEL MARKETING PANEL: #GoLive with Twitter: How sport connects and dominates on Twitter and how you can build a global, mobile fanbase to monetize live sporting moments"


TRUJILLO Nacho M.

Managing Director of Innovation & Global Development Department

LaLiga

He has worked in different positions of high responsibility, in both the private and public sphere.

In recent years he has focused on leading technological projects, in which he has worked alongside Google and others companies.

In 2013, he was named Director of Strategic Projects at La Liga. In October of 2015 he was appointed as the Director of Innovation and Global Development - in this role, he oversees the Department of Digital Strategy, Technological Development, Multichannel Development, Strategic Projects, Intellectual Property, Antipiracy, LaLiga Lab and International Projection of Brand.

His primary motivation is to instill innovation throughout LaLiga, from the changing room to the global fan.

Speaker at: SPORTEL LAW CONFERENCE- Session 3: Impact of new digital technologies on the sports rights market"


VASSEUR François

Marketing Director

Fédération Française de Football
François Vasseur joined the French Football Federation in 2010. He is currently marketing and commercial director, in charge of sponsorship and business development. He is also responsible for the federation’s brand and digital strategies and overseeing CRM.

He started his career as a marketing executive for French telcos Bouygues Telecom and SFR between 2005 and 2010.

Speaker at: SPORTEL & TVSM EXPERT PANEL: Social media: from ancillary option to primary distribution platform"


VASTINE Adriani

Professional Boxer

Special Guest

Adriani Vastine was born in 1984. He is the only French amateur boxer ever to win seven times the amateur senior France championship in three different categories.
Besides, he won the gold medal at the Mediterranean Games in 2009 and was bronze medallist at the European championship in 2010. He is now a licence holder of the Boxing Monegasque Federation and won his first professional fight on last 30th of September in Monaco.


VEBER Philippe

Lawyer

Cabinet Veber Avocats

Philippe VEBER is an attorney at law since 1992.

He was partner of one of the largest French law firm before he created his own, VEBER AVOCATS, in Lyon and Paris.

These last years, Philippe VEBER has concentrated his activity on business law, IT law and sport law.

Philippe VEBER has represented and advised many athletes, national federations, professional teams, sport agents.

At the same time, he participated in the development of robotics law in France.

Speaker at: SPORTEL LAW CONFERENCE- Session 3: Impact of new digital technologies on the sports rights market"


VILCHES Laura

Head of European Public Affairs

LaLiga

Law Degree
Master in European Law in Liege (Belgium)

She has worked on European legal and policy issues in the private and public sectors.

Currently, Head of European Public Affairs at LaLiga, she advises on European initiatives to LaLiga from a legal and political perspective and liaises with European and national public bodies as well with industry representatives.

Speaker at: SPORTEL LAW CONFERENCE - Session 2: Copyright protection of sports broadcasts and its enforcement


WALAVALKAR Miheer

Co-founder & Chief Business Officer

LiveLike

Miheer is the co-founder and chief business officer of LiveLike, responsible for leading global business development and overseeing financial strategies. Under Miheer's leadership, LiveLike has Miheer secured partnerships for with major broadcasters such as Fox Sports and Sky Sports. Recently, the company has secured funding from a powerful group of investors including David Stern, Evolution Media Capital (CAA), Dentsu Ventures, Elysian Park Ventures and others. He was also critical in the company winning TechCrunch and the NFL's prestigious "1st and Future" startup competition.

Miheer brings a strong background in sports business and technology to the LiveLike team. Prior to his role at LiveLike, he served as chief business officer then later CEO of YouFoot, a UK-based tech startup that worked with soccer federations and teams around the world. Before this, he was the co-founder and head of business development for Zaya (formerly TeachAClass), an India-based education technology company for students in low-income schools. The company received multiple awards including NASSCOM's Social Innovation Honor and the Global Education Challenge, and Miheer was subsequently recognized as one of CNBC's India "Young Entrepreneurs".

He also held several roles at RBC Capital Markets where he was responsible for evaluating hedging strategies for the group's $30 billion portfolio.

Miheer graduated with a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Speaker at: SPORTEL LAW CONFERENCE- Session 3: Impact of new digital technologies on the sports rights market"

Pierre Weiss

WEISS Pierre

Vice president

Fédération Française d’Athlétisme

WEISS Pierre

Vice president

Fédération Française d’Athlétisme

WHITEHEAD MBE Richard

Paralympic champion

Jury member of the Golden Podium
Richard Whitehead is a world record holder in full and half marathons, but he’s also one of the world’s best sprinters – and the current European, Paralympic and World Champion in the T42 200m. As a double leg amputee, life is full of challenges, but that’s never got in Richard Whitehead’s way…Since that first marathon in 2004, Richard has run more than twenty marathons, not to mention competing at the 2006 Winter Paralympic Games in sledge hockey. In 2009, he became the first leg amputee (single or double) to break the three-hour mark for a marathon, a world record he has now lowered to 2 hours, 42.54 minutes. He also broke the half marathon world record with an incredible run of 1 hour, 14.14 minutes.

Richard won Gold in the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the T42 200m.

Richard’s aspirations are far bigger than just winning races. To prove that even though he has a disability, he has overcome barriers that have been put in front of him. Following gold medals at the IPC World Championships and Anniversary Games (200m T42), Richard completed the challenge of a lifetime – running 40 marathons in 40 days, from John O’Groats to Land’s End in the United Kingdom. He ran a total of 977 miles for his two chosen charities, Scope and Sarcoma UK.

In September 2016 at the Rio Paralympics, Richard Whitehead defended his 200m Paralympic gold with a dominant performance and secured a silver in the 100m, an event that is not his primary focus making Rio 2016 a storming success.


WITVOET Emmanuel

President

Mojjo

Emmanuel Witvoet graduated in 2007 from Telecom Sud Paris engineering school and quickly became a mobile strategy and user experience expert in France's leading mobile agency. After 7 years spent in digital agencies, Emmanuel launched Mojjo with two friends.

Mojjo's products look like the team's unique mix of skills: a sleek User experience and disruptive engineering!

Richard Young

YOUNG Richard

Managing Director

NFL China




YIN Yuan

Vice-President

PPTV

Yuan Yin, Vice President of SHANGHAI PPTV MEDIA TECH. CO., LTD., is mainly in charge of strategy deployment of Internet Affairs Department, PPTV, also the leading officer of PPTV Sports. Mr. Yin used to be the General Manager of Department of Strategic Planning & Cooperation in China International Broadcasting Network, Beijing, and Vice President of Global Interactive Entertainment, Beijing.

Based on his rich and multi-area working experience, Mr. Yin has been the leading figure and pioneer of OTT TV content operation and new media terminal business promotion.

Speaker at: PPTV PRESENTATION: PPTV Sports Multi-Element O2O Strategy

YOUNG Richard

Managing Director

NFL China

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