Presidents of FIFA and UEFA in Football Talks 2017
Football Talks 2017 promises to consolidate its prominent position as an important stage for reflection about the most structural and pertinent topics in world football. The efforts made to bring the best speakers to the event are again in evidence through the confirmation of the presence of Gianni Infantino (FIFA President), Aleksander Čeferin (UEFA President), Victor Montagliani (CONCACAF President), Alejandro Domínguez (CONMEBOL President), David Elleray (IFAB Technical Director) and Gary Stevenson (MLS President), among many other illustrious, experienced and well-known personalities linked to the beautiful game.
Keeping in step with the innovative advances of a globalised world, the event will include some surprises and also a forecast of the main future trends we can expect.
Ajaz founded AKQA aged 21 and today it employs 2,000 people across 19 offices worldwide. AKQA is the winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Innovation, the highest accolade bestowed on business in the UK. Ajaz co-authored the definitive text for the digital decade Velocity and wrote Limitless – Leadership that Endures. All proceeds from his books are donated to charities voted for by employees of AKQA. Ajaz’s thoughts and essays: http://www.akqa.com/ajaz/
Aleksander Čeferin was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 13 October 1967.
A graduate of Ljubljana University's law faculty, Aleksander Čeferin went on to work for his family's law firm, and developed a special interest in representing professional athletes and sports clubs. He later took over from his father as company director.
He first took a formal interest in local football in 2005 through his work with the executive board of KMN Svea Lesna Litija, one of Slovenia's most successful futsal clubs. A member of the executive committee of amateur side FC Ljubljana Lawyers since 2005, he served as a member at NK Olimpija Ljubljana from 2006-11.
A married father of three, fluent in English and Italian, Aleksander Čeferin was elected as Football Association of Slovenia president in 2011. He has also served as a second and third vice-chairman of the UEFA Legal Committee since 2011.
Aleksander Čeferin was elected as UEFA's seventh president at the 12th Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Athens in September 2016, and automatically became a vice-president of the world body FIFA.
Alejandro Dominguez was born in 1972 in Asunción, the capital of Paraguay. After completing his secondary studies at the San Andres School, where he was the first president of the students’ association, he graduated in Economics at Kansas University, in the United States of America, and later completed a Master’s Degree in Business Management, at Asunción Catholic University.
His career in football began through his father Osvaldo Dominguez’s influence, who led Paraguay’s most popular team, Olimpia, for 30 years. He was a board member of the club between 1995 and 1996, and vice president between 2005 and 2006. In 2007, he became the vice president of the Paraguayan Football Federation, and was made the interim president seven years later when Juan Angel Napout was elected president of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). In January 2016, he again replaced Napout, but this time as the head of CONMEBOL, becoming the third Paraguayan to lead the confederation.
Away from football, he is a successful businessman in areas as wide-ranging as the production of bottle tops and communications. He has been president of the National Communications Group (1999-2014), and was the founder of the Cronica newspaper and the 970 AM radio channel.
Andreas Krannich is Managing Director Sport Rights Holders for Sportradar AG.
Joining Sportradar in April 2008 as Managing Director Strategy and Integrity, Andreas led the development of our Security Services into its current position as the global leader in the detection, prevention and investigation of betting-related manipulation across a range of sports worldwide.
Today, Andreas is responsible for the operational and commercial performance of the Sport Rights Holders division. As well as including the Security Services department, this division includesSportradar’s Licensing team, which handles all aspects of audio-visual and data rights, as well as the new Federation Management Platform solution.
Prior to joining Sportradar, Andreas worked for Germany’s Deutscher Fußball-Bund and Deutscher Bundesliga across marketing and media licensing. He was also entrusted with setting-up and coordinating the Integrity program within German football following the 2005 Hoyzer Scandal.
He is an Economics Graduate from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn.
Andreas splits his time between Munich, Germany and London, England.
The prime minister António Costa will take part in the opening session of Football Talks, during the morning of 22 March (Wednesday).
The head of the Portuguese Government will discuss, among other topics, the important of Portugal’s image being projected in the world, through the national football team.
António Luís Santos da Costa was born in Lisbon on 17 July 1961.
The Leader of the Portuguese Socialist Party since November 2014, Costa was the mayor of Lisbon Municipal Council between 2007 and 2015.
He has been the Prime Minister of Portugal’s 21st Constitutional Government since 26 November 2015. In previous governments, he was Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Minister of Justice and Minister of State and Internal Administration. He has also been a European MP and vice-president of the European Parliament.
Director of Sport,
Barbara Slater took up her role as Director of Sport in April 2009.
She had previously been Head of Production and Head of General Sports for the department.
Her responsibilities include working with governing bodies to retain a broad portfolio of broadcasting rights, overseeing the planning and coverage of major sporting events and leading the sports journalism operation at BBC Sport’s new base in Salford. In 2012, Barbara was responsible for the BBC’s cross-platform sports coverage of the London Olympic Games - the most watched TV event in UK broadcasting history. Barbara was awarded the ‘Inspirational Woman Prize’ at the Women in Film and Television Awards in recognition of this achievement and has since been appointed as an expert to the International Olympic Committee Radio and Television Commission for 2014.
Barbara joined the BBC in 1983 as a trainee assistant producer in the Natural History Unit in Bristol, but has spent most of her career as a producer in BBC Sport, specialising in outside broadcasts and overseeing the production of a range of sports including tennis and golf. Barbara was awarded the OBE in 2014 for her services to sports broadcasting.
She grew up in Birmingham, and was an international gymnast, competing for Great Britain at the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976. Barbara is married with three children.
CEO and Co-Founder,
Dr. Daniel Chao is a neurotech entrepreneur, specializing in devices that improve brain performance.
Currently, Dr. Chao is co-founder and CEO of Halo Neuroscience, a venture-backed human performance company based in San Francisco.
The company's first product, Halo Sport, is the world's first neurostimulation system built specifically for athletes.
Prior to Halo, Dr. Chao was the head of business development at NeuroPace, where he helped create the world's first closed-loop neuromodulation device for the treatment of epilepsy.
Before NeuroPace, Dr. Chao was a consultant at McKinsey & Company in the New York office, and he received his M.D. and M.S. in neuroscience from Stanford University.
Technical Director, International
Football Association Board (IFAB)
David Elleray’s education had a strong physical component and his passion for sports came as a natural consequence. He has always combined his refereeing with teaching (he was a Geography teacher in a leading school) and his teacherly style, respectful of the rules, when he officiated matches was always his distinctive feature.
With an enviable curriculum, he was an elite English referee between 1986 and 2003, and officiated many of the most important domestic matches, including the 1994 FA Cup final. As an international FIFA referee (1992 – 1999) he refereed at Euro-96, and his key international matches include the UEFA Super Cup (1997), the FIFA Club World Cup final (1995) and the COSAFA final (1999).
His passion for refereeing did not finish with the end of his active career. David is Chairman of The FA Referees’ Committee in England, a member of UEFA Referees Committee (he runs the UEFA Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE) programme) and as Technical Director of The IFAB he led the recent major revision of the Laws of the Game and is deeply involved in the current Video Assistant Referee (VAR) experiments.
A former international fencer from 1989 until 1996, Florence Hardouin became world vice-champion with the French national épée team in Budapest in 1991 and won three World Cup tournaments. She started her professional career at the French Ministry for Sports and Youth in 1991, and worked for different companies including Bouygues, the Canal + group and SFR before joining the French Football Federation (FFF) in 2008.
Florence Hardouin joined the FFF first as head of marketing and commercial development, and was promoted to the position of deputy chief executive officer in 2011, before becoming general manager in 2013.
She was elected as female member of UEFA Executive Committee at UEFA's Congress in Budapest in May 2016.
Previous UEFA roles
Marketing Advisory Committee (member) 2011–15
Gabriele Marcotti is a Senior Writer for ESPN and the World Football Columnist for The Times as well as a correspondent for Corriere dello Sport. He is a regular on the daily ESPN FC show which can be seen in four continents.
He is the author of four books, including the award-nominated "The Italian Job" together with Gianluca Vialli. His most recent book is a biography of Claudio Ranieri, following Leicester City's historic achievement of winning the Premier League.
Over a 20 year career, he has covered 13 Champions' League finals, four World Cups, four European Championships, a Copa America and an Olympic Games.
He currently lives in London, but is proud of the fact that he grew up all over the world, from Italy to the United States, from Poland to Germany to Japan and likes to think he has taken something from each culture he has experienced
Major League Soccer
Gary R. Stevenson was named president and managing director of MLS Business Ventures in August 2013. Stevenson oversees the domestic and international commercial business of MLS which includes Soccer United Marketing (SUM), media and broadcasting, digital, club services, marketing, consumer products, special events and content creation and distribution.
Prior to coming to MLS, Stevenson was President of Pac-12 Enterprises, where he was the first employee and successfully launched a diversified and integrated media company, including the Pac-12 Networks, the Pac-12 Digital Network, and Pac-12 Properties. After just one year in existence and having televised and streamed 550 live events, the Pac-12 Networks were named as a finalist for the SportsBusiness Journal’s “Best in Sports Television" award in 2013.
From 1987 to 1994, Stevenson propelled growth and innovation at the PGA TOUR as executive vice president of business affairs, where he was responsible for all television and marketing initiatives, including the creation of the TOUR Championship, the Presidents Cup, the Champions TOUR and what is known as the Web.com TOUR today. Sports Hall of Fame in April 2013.
After representing KR Reykjavík at all youth levels, Geir Thorsteinsson moved into refereeing in his teens, officiating at senior levels as well as coaching young players; combined these duties with positions in the KR administration, initially as club secretary, then as a member of the board and vice-president.
Joined the Football Association of Iceland (KSÍ) as office manager in 1992, becoming general manager five years later and then being elected president in 2007. His success in coach education and infrastructure development were crowned as Iceland competed at the UEFA Women's EUROs in 2009 and 2013, and qualified for the 2011 mens' UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Thorsteinsson was elected for a fifth term at the helm in February 2015.
Thorsteinsson said: "We have tried our best to build for the future, both in terms of stadiums and indoor sports halls as well as coach education, and that has paid off. Youth participation is increasing and we can see many young, talented players, both boys and girls, making the step up in technical terms."
Before being elected FIFA President, Gianni Infantino was the UEFA General Secretary since October 2009, having joined the organisation in 2000. He led a team of over 400 staff which has helped further strengthen both national team and club football in Europe and UEFA's role as a respected and credible international governing body.
At the helm of UEFA’s administration and together with the Executive Committee, he has intensified UEFA’s work to provide a democratic and sustainable environment for European football. This has been achieved through initiatives such as Financial Fair Play, improved commercial support and an increased role in the decision-making process for Member Associations of all sizes, and the development of UEFA's competitions at every level of the game – including the exponential growth of the UEFA Champions League and the expansion of the UEFA European Football Championships.
Gianni led the fight against social ills and threats to the integrity of football in Europe, including all forms of racism and discrimination, violence and hooliganism, and match-fixing.
Deputy General Secretary,
Giorgio Marchetti joined football’s European governing body in February 2004 as Director of Professional Football and Marketing. When the department was renamed UEFA Department of Competitions, Giorgio’s title followed suit and he became UEFA’s Director of Competitions in 2007. In this role he is responsible for all UEFA club and national team competitions, at senior and youth level. In December 2016 he was promoted to UEFA Deputy General Secretary in addition to his role as UEFA Director of Competitions.
Giorgio Marchetti has a long and extensive experience of Italian and European football on both the administrative and commercial fronts and he has contributed greatly to raising the profile of the European football industry. During his career Giorgio has been an integral figure in some of the key issues and developments in European football governance, such as regulation of transfers and competition models.
Prior to starting at UEFA Giorgio had been General Secretary of the Italian League (Lega Calcio) for seven year between 1997 and 2004, having served as deputy secretary from 1991.
He is married with three sons.
Exercise Physiology Professor,
University of Copenhagen
Jens Bangsbo was born on 2 October 1957, in Aarhus (Denmark).
He is an Exercise Physiology professor at the Department of Exercise and Sports Sciences of Copenhagen University (Denmark) and is the head of a research group that studies the muscle metabolism, the transport of ions and the onset of fatigue during physical activity and training. He also manages the Training, Exercise and Sports Science Department of the university where he teaches, and is a member of the Research Council of the same institution.
Bangsbo became a FIFA instructor on 2 October 1957, in UEFA and the Asian Football Confederation, and he is also a UEFA Pro coaching course holder. He supplied consultancy services to Juventus FC between 1999 and 2001, where he worked with Carlo Ancelotti. Between 2001 and 2004 he was an assistant of the World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi in the successful “Veccia Signora” team that won two Italian championships, two Italian Super Cups and reached the final of the Champions League in 2003. He is currently a member of the coaching staff of the Danish national football team, having previously worked with Denmark at Euro 2004, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
He has written over 300 scientific articles and 20 books, some of which focusing on tactical training in football, such as “Offensive Soccer Tactics” and “Defensive Soccer Tactics”, and “11 against 10 – why is it so difficult?”, published in 2012. The books have been translated and published in a multitude of different languages.
Leonardo Jardim, 42 years old, is one of today’s most well-reputed Portuguese and European coaches.
Manager of AS Monaco since 2014/15, he previously coached Sporting (2013/14), Olympiakos (2012/13), Braga (2011/12), Beira Mar (2009/11), Chaves (2007/09) and Camacha (2003/07), achieving success and showing great leadership qualities at all his clubs.
At AS Monaco, he is the leader of French Ligue 1, after 30 rounds. In Champions League, he already reached the quarterfinals this season, as he got during 14/15.
Born in Venezuela on 1 August 1974, the son of Portuguese emigrants, he grew up in Madeira, the island where he began his coaching career, and he soon showed himself to be a competent and ambitious manager.
As a speaker at Football Talks 2017, Jardim will discuss the difficult balancing act a coach of a big team has to get right in the management of his players’ club and national team commitments.
As a football administrator, Mr. Lin Xiaohua is Executive Board Member and Vice President of the Chinese Football Association, Vice President of the East Asian Football Federation, Deputy Chairman of the AFC Competition Committee, and member of FIFA U17 World Cup Organizing Committee. Participation in 2010/2014 FIFA World Cup & 2011 AFC Cup as observer, 2009 AFC Women’s Asian Cup as head of the LOC. Organization of the football tournaments of 2010 Asian Games Guangzhou, 2011 World Universiade Shenzhen, 2012 East Asian Games Tianjin, and many AFC Championships U19/U16/U14/U13 for Men & Women in China during 2009-2015 as head of LOC. Responsible for CFA several administration, marketing and communications, and international and legal affairs.
Co-CEO, Delaware North
Alternate Governor, Boston Bruins
Louis M. Jacobs is Co-Chief Executive Officer of Delaware North, a hospitality and food service company that is one of the most admired family-owned and operated companies in the world. Delaware North has annual revenues of $3 billion and more than 60,000 employees, and they serve half a billion customers annually on four continents. As Co-CEO, Mr. Jacobs provides stewardship to the 100-year-old Delaware North and its operating subsidiaries, which include industry leaders in food and retail operations at airports and sports venues, sports facility ownership and management, operations of parks and major tourist attractions, hotel ownership and management, and gaming operations.
Mr. Jacobs’ professional involvement with Delaware North began more than thirty years ago. In 1995 he was named executive vice president after serving as president of Delaware North Companies International, during which time he oversaw the subsidiary holdings in the Pacific Rim, Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Prior to that Mr. Jacobs was the chairman of Delaware North’s Australia division. He first came to the company with a focus on Delaware North’s pari-mutuel and gaming operations, and had responsibility for operations, business strategy, and expansion of the company’s pari-mutuel holdings. Delaware North’s current gaming portfolio now includes regional casinos and venues in seven states.
Chief Marketing Officer,
The “Leaders Under 40” award he was recently attributed by the Leaders consultancy and by the Aspire Academy consolidated his reputation, at 34 years of age, as the world’s best digital strategist in the sports field, but this is only the public face of a career that has spanned 13 years. A communication sciences graduate from the University of Minho (Braga), he knew from an early age that his future would be closely intertwined with sport.
Before embracing the challenge to lead Nike’s digital marketing department in 2011, he spent four years in London, at MTV, maturing his ideas which he says was an essential phase in his learning path. Nuno Moura has managed projects of brands such as Coca-Cola, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Pantene, Head n’Shoulders and Malibu, and also successfully coordinated campaigns for Euro 2016, the 2016 Olympic Games, Copa America 2016, the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2012.
In November 2016, he became the Chief Marketing Officer of the Portuguese Football Federation, which is his current position.
Head of The Story Lab for Iberia and SSA
Nuno Santos was born on 19 April 1968 and has been immersed in the world of media since an early age, beginning in radio when he was 17 years old. He was a producer and presenter at Rádio Comercial, before moving into television.
He was part of the team that founded SIC, the first private TV channel in Portugal, and SIC Notícias (SIC News), the country’s first 100% news-dedicated cable channel.
He was the director of information at SIC Notícias, and later programme and content director at RTP and again at SIC. He returned to RTP again as director of information.
Throughout his career Nuno Santos has kept in permanent touch with several of the key players involved in television and the press. In 2013 he embraced a new project in Africa, overseeing the content management with the Portuguese language partners of Multichoice, a South African TV operator that broadcasts in 49 countries, including Angola and Mozambique.
In 2016 he moved to the Story Lab international platform, where he was in charge of the content and programming department and the business unit for Portugal, Spain and Sub-Saharan Africa.
CMO – Chief Marketing Officer,
Nuno Teles is Heineken USA’s Chief Marketing Officer. Since his appointment in early 2014, Teles has driven the 3Ss marketing strategy, focusing the team behind Science, Story and Speed, delivering top creativity and thought leadership in digital across the entire HUSA portfolio, with relevant industry recognition.
Most notably, Heineken brand’s 2014 Cannes Creative Marketer of the Year award.
Teles was also named to AdWeek’s top 50 list of most influential marketers, buyers and sellers in the U.S.
Prior to his current role, Teles served as the CMO for HEINEKEN Brazil, during which time he grew the Heineken brand by 500% over four years and helped it achieve the top market share position among all premium imported brands in the country. Teles began his career with Unilever, spending eight years in a variety of marketing and innovation roles across Europe, had his own business and acted as Global CMO of Scottish & Newcastle group before Heineken's acquisition.
A native of Portugal, Nuno holds an Executive MBA at IMD Business School Switzerland and graduated in Business Administrations at Universidade Catolica Portuguesa. He lives in New York City with his wife and four daughters.
Deloitte Sports Business Group
Paul Rawnsley, Director of the Deloitte Sports Business Group, has over 15 years of experience in sports management working with leagues, governments, clubs, investors and other organisations linked to sport all around the world.
His advisory work has contributed to the businesses of new investors in sport, the decisions made by governors and legislators, the creation of regulations for the integrity of competitions, as well as helping managers bring about cost control and profit generation.
He was a UEFA advisor for over ten years, working to ensure the success and implementation of UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play.
Paul Rawnsley is also the author of the widely-praised Deloitte Annual Review of Football Finance and Deloitte Football Money League.
He is a founding member of the Board of the Supporters Trust and led the development and implementation of the movement to save and recover York City Football Club.
The President of the Portuguese League will give his talk on the morning of 23 March, as one of a prestigious panel of speakers who will be at Estoril Congress Centre to attend the International Football Congress organised by the FPF.
Born on 3 November 1970, Pedro Proença is a qualified Financial Manager and became a major figure in Portuguese football thanks to a refereeing career that earned him respect all around the world. His performances allowed him to officiate in some of the planet’s most high-profile matches, notably two European showpiece matches in 2012: the finals of the Champions League and the European Championship, earning him the distinction of the best referee in the world at the time, as nominated by IFFHS (International Federation of Football History and Statistics).
After his refereeing career, he moved into sports management and since 30 July 2015 he has been the President of the Portuguese League. He is also a Board member of the EPFL (European Professional Football Leagues Association).
Chairman of the FIFA
Pierluigi Collina, 57 years old, chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, is the 30th confirmed speaker at Football Talks 2017.
Born in Bologna on 13 February 1960, he is the son of a civil servant and a teacher.
Unanimously considered one of the best referees in football history, he was a youth player for Allievi da Pallavicini, but an injury ended his career as a player and made him switch to refereeing. He began refereeing in 1977, as a 17-year-old, and he debuted in Serie A on 15 November 1991, officiating the Verona-Ascoli match.
In this 1991/92 season he refereed eight Serie A matches, a record for a referee in his first year in the Italian top flight.
He obtained FIFA credentials in 1995. He whistled the final of the 1996 Olympic Games between Nigeria and Argentina, the 1999 Champions League final between Manchester United and Bayern Munich, the 2002 World Cup final between Brazil and Germany, as well as many other high-profile international matches, and was a referee at the 1998 World Cup in France and at Euro 2000, jointly hosted by the Netherlands and Belgium.
He was elected the best referee in the world six times (IFFHS) and the best Italian referee seven times (Italian Association of Players). In January 2010, he was elected by IFFHS as the all-time best referee in the world.
He finished his career as a referee in 2004/05, at 45 years of age, with his final match being Pavia-Bari in the Italian Cup, on 21 August 2005, having officiated 240 games in Serie A, 109 international matches, 79 in Serie B and 42 in the Italian Cup.
From July 2007, he took charge of Italian refereeing, was subsequently the head of the UEFA Referees Committee, and since January has been the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, succeeding the Spaniard Angel Villar.
An Economics graduate from Bologna University, he worked as a financial consultant in a bank in Viareggio.
In 2006, he told an Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera: “A wise person is one who thinks. A referee can’t be wise. He must be instinctive. He has to decide in three tenths of a second.”
CCF Gol de Letra
Raí Souza Vieira de Oliveira was born on 15 May 1965, in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, where he began his career as a professional footballer in the youth ranks of Botafogo Futebol Clube.
Part of the team that won Brazil’s fourth World Cup (1994), he played for five years at Paris Saint-Germain, where twice he won the French championship and lifted two French League Cups. In 1996 he also won the now defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup.
He also played for São Paulo for eight years, winning the São Paulo state championship five times, the Brazilian championship once, the Copa Libertadores twice and the club World Cup, which was then called the Intercontinental Cup.
Raí was the Brazil captain for three years, playing a total of 51 games for the national team, in which he scored 16 goals and won the 1994 World Cup, in the USA.
He is currently the President of the Board of Trustees of the “Gol de Letra” Foundation, President of the “Atletas pelo Brasil” organisation, and Founding Partner of Raí+Velasco, a company responsible for managing Brazilian sportsmen and sportswomen’s contracts, images and businesses.
The “Gol de Letra” foundation, created in 1998, with his friend and former Brazil star Leonardo, provides support to around 1,500 children, adolescents and youths in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro through a programme of educational projects that aim to impart knowledge, culture and citizenship.
Many believe Roberto Carlos is the best left-back in the history of football. The 2002 World Cup winner with Brazil will be a speaker at Football Talks 2017, the major international event organised by the FPF, which will take place from 22 to 24 March at Estoril Congress Centre.
With an amazing technique, his free kicks have gone down in football folklore. Wearing the shirt of Brazil and for over a decade of Real Madrid, he became a global superstar and a reference point on and off the pitch.
The statistics of Roberto Carlos’s football career are truly remarkable: 952 matches, 113 goals, 126 caps for Brazil (scoring 11 goals).
He began his career at União de São João (1991-1992) and subsequently played for At. Mineiro (1992), Palmeiras (1993-1995), Inter Milan (1995-96), Real Madrid (1996-2007), Fenerbahce (2007-2009), Corinthians (2010-2011), FC Anzhi (2011-2012) as well as a spell at Delhi Dynamos, in India (2015-16), where he was also a coach.
He also coached at FC Anzhi, in Russia (assistant coach in 2011/12, technical manager in 2012/13), at Sivasspor and Akhisar in Turkey (2013-15), Delhi Dynamos in India (2015-2016) and Real Madrid (youth team), in 2016.
He accumulated a long list of trophies as a player: one World Cup for Brazil (2002), one Confederations Cup, two Intercontinental Cups, three Champions Leagues, two Copa Americas, one European Super Cup, four Spanish championships, three Brazilian championships, three Spanish Super Cups, two Turkish Super Cups.
Individually, he was twice elected by UEFA as the best left-back in Europe; he won one Golden Foot; he was three times voted the most influential player of Brazil’s national team and he won an award as a star of the Brazilian championship, playing at left-back.
Chief Women’s Football Officer,
Sarai joined FIFA in November 2016 to lead the newly established Women’s Football Division as the first ever Chief Women’s Football Officer. As the sole female member of the FIFA Reforms Committee in 2015, she called for concrete requirements for more women in leadership positions and more resourcing for women’s football. Her appointment in the new role now allows her to ensure these new measures are implemented.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand to a Samoan mother and Dutch father, Sarai played football for 20 years, representing the Samoa women’s national team.
After a 12-year career in the banking and finance industry in New Zealand, she moved to Samoa and started her career in football working for the Samoan Federation. This was shortly after the inception of normalisation by FIFA and following two years of rebuilding the financial management of the federation, Sarai took over as the CEO and continued to grow and develop the sport of football in the country.
In July 2014, she moved back to New Zealand to take up the position of Operations Manager at the Oceania Football Confederation. Shortly thereafter, Sarai was promoted to Deputy General Secretary where she had a significant positive impact on the operations of the Confederation and Member Associations in the region.
Co-Chief Revenue Officer,
Born in Padova on 24 July 1972, he graduated in Business Administration from Bologna University before furthering his studies in Colorado. His first role in Italy was with Ferrari, where he worked on marketing, brand management and market analysis between 1998 and 2000. After a spell at consultancy agency Landor Associates, he returned to work for the Ferrari-Maserati Group in 2002 as Licensing Manager, Head of International Communications and PR and Licensing and Sponsorship.
His CV, which also boasts experience as a tutor at Bologna University, was enriched between 2006 and 2008, when he served as Licensing Manager for Ferrero Group. This was then followed by Head of Marketing and Communications and Strategic Planning positions at Bonfiglioli and Bormioli Rocco Groups. Vigato’s most recent venture saw him co-found and act as Chief Marketing Officer for start-up company Ship&Duck.
From 2015 he joins the club’s management as Head of Brand, Licensing and Retail. In 2016 he also took on the title of Co-Chief Revenue Officer.
Principal Engineering Manager,
Steve Fox is a Principal Engineering Manager at Microsoft, who’s currently leading a number of engineering programs in Engineering—one of which is a platform for the sports industry supporting team and player performance. With over twenty years in IT, Steve’s skills and role at Microsoft runs across the deeply technical, highly innovative to helping manage collaborative business opportunities. For the last few years, Steve has worked deeply where sports and technology converge—from architecting fan engagement solutions to his current role developing the team and player performance platform. He holds a PhD from the University of Washington and currently lives in Seattle.
Born on 12 September 1965, Victor Montagliani is the president of the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and in 2016 was elected the leader of CONCACAF, the confederation that oversees the sport in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. He is also the vice president of FIFA.
His passion for football since he was a child led him to embark on a career as a footballer, which was however cut short owing to the injury he suffered when playing for his Canadian club Columbus. Montagliani moved into the field of insurance, while always staying connected to sport and football.
He was the president of the Football Association of British Columbia, a region of Canada, and vice president of the Canadian Federation, before becoming its president in 2012.
While president of the federation he headed Canada’s successful bids to organise the women’s World Cup in 2015 and the women’s U20 World Cup in 2014. Previously, in 2007, he was part of the organising committee of the men’s U20 World Cup, which Canada also hosted.
The CONCACAF president is academically trained in the areas of Political Science, Public Administration, French and Spanish.
Wendell Silva Lira
Wendell Silva Lira
Wendell Silva Lira was born on January 7, 1989 in Goiânia. He followed the dream of millions of Brazilian young men and managed to fulfil it becoming a football professional player and having even represented his country in the national team.
On 11 March 2015 he scored an incredible goal in the state championship, recognised in the 2016 FIFA gala as the best of the season. Wendell took Puskas Award and beat Messi and others in the voting. Nothing would be the same again… but things didn’t turn out exactly as expected. The player himself explains it: “When everybody expected me to make a deep change in my career, I actually did. But in a surprising way. Exactly 200 days after having been seen by the entire world beating all the stars of world football, I announced my retirement. On 28 July 2016 WLPSKS was born. It is my Youtube channel combining two of my passions: football and videogame.”
Virtual sports have always fascinated Wendell Lira. And he curiously discovered his main vocation during the days of the Puskas Award. “During FIFA event, Abdulaziz Alshehri invited me to play a football videogame. I beat him 6-1 and then I realised he was… the world champion!” He then understood that the future was in the game consoles.
Johannes Gutenberg University
Wolfgang Schöllhorn has a solid academic background, with a Degree and Master’s Degree in the areas of Applied Physics, Sport and Pedagogy, as well as a PhD in Biomechanics that he completed in Frankfurt (Germany), in 1990. He also contributed to other in-depth studies on neurophysiology, non-linear dynamics and analysis of signs for the development of his Differential Learning Theory, which was published in 1999, and he received the “Miyashita” Performance Award from the International Society of Biomechanics.
His knowledge gained from all his experience as a keen sportsman and former coach of elite international athletes was the basis for these scientific discoveries and drove forward the learning about dynamic systems. Wolfgang Schöllhorn has also won awards for his academic work, from the prestigious Deutsches Werkbund Label academy.
Wolfgang Schöllhorn has been the executive director of the Institute of Sports Sciences at the University of Mainz since 2007 and has had a growing influence among Europe’s major clubs, which have applied his theories in areas such as music, psychotherapy and even training.
Renowned coaches such as Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool) and Thomas Tuchel (Dortmund) have said they have been inspired by the Differential Learning Theory, whereby the teaching avoids repetition and makes ongoing corrections.
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22-24 MARCH · ESTORIL
ESTORIL CONGRESS CENTRE
The Estoril Congress Center boasts a privileged location on the Estoril coast, 25 km away from Lisbon airport, and right next to the famous Casino with its surrounding gardens and sea view.
The Estoril Congress Center is the ideal venue for all types of corporate, institutional, cultural and social events. It is the only venue in Portugal with EarthCheck’s Green Venue certification.
It was designed to be widely flexible, with different means of use and state-of-the-art technology. The Estoril Congress Center is suitable to host all types of event and several activities simultaneously.
How to get there
1. THE LISBON METRO
The Aeroporto metro station works from 6h30 am until 1h00 am. The journey between the Lisbon Airport and Cais do Sodré railway station (train to Estoril) takes 30 minutes. Ticket: 1,25€ + 0,50 for the Viva Viagem card.
2. THE BUS
CARRIS AERO-SHUTLLE No.91, from Lisbon Airport to the Cais do Sodre railway station.
Buses leaves the airport every 20 mins from 07.00am - 23.00pm to Cais do Sodre (last stop).
Currently costs 3.5 Euros. You purchase your ticket from the driver, who also validates it for you.
Takes 20-45 minutes to the city (depending if travelling during the rush hour)and makes quite frequent stops along the journey, along many of the main sights in Lisbon.
The terminus is Cais do Sodre railway station, which is the train station for Estoril.
Bus Nº 208: Cais Sodré – Airport– Estação Oriente (between 0:30 and 5:35)
You purchase your ticket from the driver : €1,75
3. THE TRAIN TO ESTORIL
It is a pleasant 30 minute journey along the coastline, with views of the Monument to the Discoverers and the 25 de Abril Bridge as you leave Lisbon behind. Sit on the left side of the train for the best views. There are frequent trains (every 15-30 minutes) from early morning (6.30 until around 1 am).
Tickets are purchased from either the ticket office, or the green machines (which accept coins, notes and credit cards).
A single ticket costs 2.45 Euros. Tickets must be validated at the yellow machines or turnstyles before boarding the train.
Departure boards are easy to follow, with time of departure and platform clearly displayed. You should take the train that says Cascais.
Estoril is two stops before Cascais (which is the terminus).
Estoril Congress Center is about 3 minutes walking from the Estoril Station. Next to the famous Casino, granted with the surrounding gardens and sea views.
4. Of course, taxis are also a fast way to reach Estoril
They are lined up outside the Airport terminals, and with luggage, it should cost you between 35 and 45 Euros. Be sure to ask for a receipt.
5. Bring your own car (and share it with other passengers)
You can opt for the A5 or Avenida Marginal.
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