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TIAS & AISTS Short Programme for 2015

〈Speaker Profiles〉

Ariane CURDY,Independent Consultant

Prof. Philippe BOVY, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

Ariane Curdy is a management training and organization development practitioner who specialized in intercultural perspectives crucial to success in today’s world. She brings two decades of international experience covering four continents, and notably lived and worked in Africa for MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières), and in the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia for the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross). She created her Lausanne based company Ctrl Culture Relations in 2001, and her clients include international sports organizations (IOC, UCI, UEFA), top 500 corporations (ABB, HSBC, Nestlé, Novartis, Siemens), governmental (FDFA) and non-governmental organisations (QUNO), as well as international humanitarian organsiations (ICRC, GCSP, UNOG). She regularly teaches in the world of academia (EUROMED Management Marseille, Università Bocconi Milano). From 2008 till 2011, she was an elected member of the Swiss Commission for the UNESCO.

Philippe FURRER,International Olympic Committee

Prof. Philippe BOVY, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

Philippe is Senior Manager at the International Olympic Committee
– Head of the Youth Olympic Games Culture & Education Programme and Creative Services. Previously Head of Olympic Games Knowledge Management Programme and Head of Media Operations. Also served as Communications Director for a utility company and as senior consultant in corporate branding. Philippe holds a Masters degree in Geography and BA in Physical Education and has practical training in Sports Management and business administration. Philippe is also the founder and President of a charity which supports young athletes in Western Switzerland:
www.amisdecookie.ch

Sue HALBWIRTH,University of Technology Sydney / KnowledgeScape

Prof. Philippe BOVY, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

Susan (Sue) Halbwirth, is Adjunct Professor, Information and Knowledge Management (Faculty Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney) and Director of KnowledgeScape Pty Ltd (Australia). KnowledgeScape specialises in communication, information and knowledge management and has been engaged as an adviser to a range of organisations within the Olympic Movement (including the IOC) and the sports / events sectors. During engagements with the IOC Sue developed editions of the technical manual for information management, delivered workshops for organising committees and advised on knowledge transfer programs. Sue was Program Manager, Knowledge Services for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Organising Committee and is currently Global Information Manager for an international energy management company.

Geert HENDRIKS,AISTS

Prof. Philippe BOVY, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

AISTS Head of Projects, responsible for a range of applied research and consulting projects, working closely with international sports organisations to deliver on a range of initiatives. He is also tasked with the management of the AISTS Sustainable Sport and Events Centre, whose goal is to engage and empower cities and event organisers through providing practical and comprehensive resources on sports event sustainability and (corporate) social responsibility. Geert is regularly invited to speak at international sports conferences and advises cities and international sports organisations on their sustainability strategy.
Being Dutch of origin, Geert cycles his bike to work every day and used to be an active korfball player. He has a quite extensive experience at amateur level with about any sport involving a ball. In his free time he enjoys the organising of small-scale sports activities for Swiss based refugees and asylum seekers.

Lindsay IMPETT,ARC Event Consultancy

Prof. Philippe BOVY, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

Lindsay joined the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2010 two years prior to the event and as Venue General Manager of Wembley Arena led the team responsible for the Badminton and Rhythmic Gymnastics training and competition venues. As well as UK experience Lindsay has worked internationally coordinating the sport requirements at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival and overseeing the management of 36 venues at the Sydney World Masters Games in Australia. Lindsay also provided logistical management services during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and worked most recently on the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai.
Lindsay has recently begun work as a freelance event consultant providing project management to England Netball ahead of the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England.

Vlad MARINESCU, SportAccord

Prof. Philippe BOVY, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

Mr. Vlad Marinescu was born in Romania, raised in the USA and completed his higher education in Budapest. Mr. Marinescu started his career in international sport seven years ago when he became European Judo Union Assistant to the President. After two years, he accompanied Mr. Vizer, assisting him in the presidency of the International Judo Federation (IJF), later becoming Director of the Presidential Office of the IJF. During these years, he was deeply involved in all activities of the federation including TV, sponsorship, marketing and the organisation of more than 50 major Judo events amongst which World Championships and Olympic Games. Mr. Vlad Marinescu is General Director of SportAccord since July 2013.

Mario MEDEIROS, International Volleyball Federation

Prof. Philippe BOVY, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

Mr. Mario Medeiros, a Brazilian national who was previously the Strategic Sponsorship Sales Manager for the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games for the past four years, responsible for the main sponsorship deals of the 2016 Games, such as Automotive, Sports Apparel, Beer, Telecommunications, and others, joins the FIVB as its Commercial Director with focus on the sponsorship and sales strategy around the FIVB´s key events including the FIVB Volleyball Men´s and Women´s World Championships and the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. Mr. Medeiros has extensive international experience in major events, speaks five languages and has a bachelor degree in Communications and Law and a master degree in Sports Administration (MSA) granted by AISTS (Class of 2009).

Peter van de Vliet, International Paralympic Committee

Prof. Philippe BOVY, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

Dr. Peter Van de Vliet is Medical & Scientific Director of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), with office in Bonn, Germany, since October 2006. His portfolio includes classification, anti-doping, medical services, and sports sciences. Dr. Van de Vliet, Belgian citizen, holds a Ph.D. in Physiotherapy and Motor Rehabilitation from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, on the theme of ‘Exercise in Clinical Depression’. Prior to taking the position in the IPC, he was commercial agent in mobility devices for persons with impairment, and later worked as researcher at the Leuven University with particular interest in Paralympic classification and psychosocial determinants of sports-participation in athletes with impairment. He was member of the Belgian Paralympic Team for Atlanta 2006 (Athletics Coach) and Athens 2004 (Wheelchair Rugby Team Manager), and member of the Belgian Paralympic Committee Elite Athlete Sport Counseling Group. He also was Chef de Mission for numerous Belgian delegations at European and World Championships in IPC Athletics and IWAS Wheelchair Rugby in the period 1992-2006. Dr. Van de Vliet regularly speaks and publishes on Paralympic sport classification, anti-doping and medical care, and acts as occasional reviewer for several international journals.

Paul WILLIAMSON, England 2015 Rugby World Cup

Prof. Philippe BOVY, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

Paul Williamson has worked on ticketing projects for many major sports events, including World Cups, Rugby World Cups, Cricket World Cups and Commonwealth Games. Most recently he was Director of Ticketing at London 2012, which sold 10.99m tickets, value $1bn. He is now Ticketing Director at Rugby World Cup and leads a consultancy focusing on reducing ticketing risk and improving revenues at major events.

 


 

TIAS & AISTS Short Programme for 2014

〈Speaker Profiles〉

Prof. Philippe BOVY, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

Prof. Philippe BOVY, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

Professor emeritus of transportation at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) Switzerland. Specialized in mega event transport planning and design since 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games followed by 1988 Calgary and 1998 Nagano Olympic Winter Games observer programs. IOC transport advisor since 1996. Transport development and traffic management monitoring of Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens, Turin, Beijing, London, Sochi and Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Evaluation commission member for 2012 to 2020 Olympic Games. Transport and mobility management expertise and research on Lisbon 1998 Expo, Swiss National 2001 Expo, Euro 2008-Geneva, UEFA-Euro 2012 football tournament transport planning in Poland/Ukraine. 120 communications and conference papers. Permanent update of «Olympic and mega-event transport bibliography 1997-2014» on www.mobility-bovy.ch

 

Patrice CHOLLEY, International Olympic Committee

Patrice CHOLLEY, International Olympic Committee (IOC)

A historian by training, Patrice Cholley joined the IOC in October 1991 to participate in research and analyses conducted in the framework of producing a three-volume work entitled “1894-1994 – A Century of the International Olympic Committee”. He was then tasked with coordinating all of the writing produced for the Centennial Olympic Congress held in Paris in 1994. This task was once again entrusted to him as part of the organisation of the XIII Olympic Congress, held in Copenhagen in 2009. Trained in programme management, Patrice Cholley has spent most of his career carrying out projects for the IOC President’s Executive Office and Director General’s Office. Since 1 October 2012, he has occupied the position of Head of Coordination of the IOC’s Youth Strategy in the International Cooperation and Development Department.

 

Ariane CURDY, Independent Consultant

Ariane CURDY, Independent Consultant

Ariane Curdy is a management training and organization development practitioner who specialized in intercultural perspectives crucial to success in today’s world. She brings two decades of international experience covering four continents, and notably lived and worked in Africa for MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières), and in the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia for the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross). She created her Lausanne based company Ctrl Culture Relations in 2001, and her clients include international sports organizations (IOC, UCI, UEFA …), top 500 corporations (ABB, HSBC, Nestlé, Novartis, Siemens …), govermental (FDFA) and non-govermental organizations (QUNO), as well as international humanitarian organziations (ICRC, GCSP, UNOG … ). She regularly teaches in the world of academia (EUROMED Management Marseille, Università Bocconi Milano …). From 2008 till 2011, she was an elected member of the Swiss Commission for the UNESCO.

 

Clare HARTLEY, ARC Event Consultancy

Clare HARTLEY, ARC Event Consultancy

Clare has worked in Major Events for over 13 years, working across the UK and abroad on a mixture of international sports, mass participation and charity events. Her first taste of the events started at Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games followed by venue management roles Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games and Special Olympics World Games in Dublin in 2003. From 2003- 2007 Clare worked at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life events team, she then moved to UK Sport. In 2009, Clare moved to LOCOG where she worked in venue management and led the planning of the central London venues, moving into a role as Road Events General Manager in 2011. As a director at ARC Event Consultancy she is currently working on a number of large events in the UK including the 2014 Tour de France, Special Olympics National Games, National and World Triathlon Championships.

 

Geert HENDRIKS, AISTS

Geert HENDRIKS, AISTS

AISTS Head of Projects, responsible for a range of applied research and consulting projects, working closely with international sports organisations to deliver on a range of initiatives. He is also tasked with the management of the AISTS Sustainable Sport and Events Centre, whose goal is to engage and empower cities and event organisers through providing practical and comprehensive resources on sports event sustainability and (corporate) social responsibility.
His current research focuses on the private sector’s involvement in sport for development and peace as well as sustainable sport and events. He is regularly invited to speak at international sports conferences.

 

Vlad MARINESCU, SportAccord

Vlad MARINESCU, SportAccord

Mr. Vlad Marinescu was born in Romania, raised in the USA and completed his higher education in Budapest. Mr. Marinescu started his career in international sport seven years ago when he became European Judo Union Assistant to the President. After two years, he accompanied Mr. Vizer, assisting him in the presidency of the International Judo Federation (IJF), later becoming Director of the Presidential Office of the IJF. During these years, he was deeply involved in all activities of the federation including TV, sponsorship, marketing and the organisation of more than 50 major Judo events amongst which World Championships and Olympic Games. Mr. Vlad Marinescu is General Director of SportAccord since July 2013.

 

Christopher PAYNE, International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Christopher PAYNE, International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Chris Payne started out in the military before moving into sports, helping to found the British Mountain Bike Federation, and from there moved to the International Cycling Union. He was the Technical Delegate at the inaugural Olympic Mountain Bike event in Atlanta, 1996. He went on to work for two sports related start-ups in first Internet bubble, and then spent 9 years with the London Olympic project in a variety of roles until late 2012, finishing as Head of Technology Operational Readiness. He started with the IOC in August 2013 as Head of Olympic Games Knowledge Management.

 

Aurelia Ruetsch, BAKU 2015 European Games

Aurelia Ruetsch, BAKU 2015 European Games

Aurelia has been working for major sporting events for over ten years with experience in Language Services, Press Operations and Protocol. She is a natural leader who likes to build, inspire and empower individuals and teams for success. Previously a freelance translator, Aurelia’s interests in the Games industry lie with the human journey it involves and the opportunity to interact with a variety of stakeholders. She found her calling for Protocol at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, pairing her operational skills with high quality service delivery to the Olympic Family. To date Aurelia’s key achievements in capability and capacity building for Protocol has included delivering training to 2,800 Protocol volunteers and nurturing a team of 15 Venue Protocol Managers and Deputies for her cluster at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Since January 2014, she is the Head of European Games Family Operations for the Baku 2015 European Games and is working hard to bring together experienced multi-sport event internationals with a
knowledgeable local team of staff, graduates and volunteers to deliver successful Protocol Operations at the first European Games.

 

Dr. Tomasz TRZCIŃSKI, PlayfulVision

Dr. Tomasz TRZCIŃSKI, PlayfulVision

Dr. Tomasz Trzciński is the Vice-President R&D of PlayfulVision – a Swiss-based startup specializing in video analytics for team sports and a spinoff of the Computer Vision Lab at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland). Within his responsibilities in PlayfulVision he concentrates on media aspects of the tracking technology provided by PlayfulVision for the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). He has received his Ph.D. in Computer Vision from EPFL in 2014, M.Sc. in Research on Information and Communication Technologies from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain) and M.Sc. degree in Electronics Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy) in 2010. He worked in several high-tech companies, including Google (Zürich, Switzerland) in 2013, Qualcomm (San Diego, USA) in 2012 and Telefónica (Barcelona, Spain) in 2010.

 

Paul WILLIAMSON, England 2015 Rugby World Cup

Paul WILLIAMSON, England 2015 Rugby World Cup

Paul Williamson has worked on ticketing projects for many major sports events, including World Cups, Rugby World Cups, Cricket World Cups and Commonwealth Games. Most recently he was Director of Ticketing at London 2012, which sold 10.99m tickets, value $1bn. He is now Ticketing Director at Rugby World Cup and leads a consultancy focusing on reducing ticketing risk and improving revenues at major events.

 

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