Speakers at Play the Game 2007

We have the pleasure of announcing the following names as speakers at Play the Game 2007.

Profiles for some of our confirmed speakers are available by clicking on the speaker's name. Profiles unavailable now will now will be uploaded in due course (*).

Please note that all programme elements are subject to change.


Official opening by

Olafur Ragnar Grimsson (Iceland) President of the Republic of Iceland, International Board Member of the Special Olympics


Invited speakers (in alphabetical order)

Michael Ashenden Phd, Project Coordinator, Science and Industry Against Blood doping (SIAB) research consortium, Melbourne, Australia

Richard Bailey  (United Kingdom)  Director, Professor, University of Roehampton, Roehampton, United Kingdom

Susan Bissell (Canada) Chief, Implementing International Standards Unit, UNICEF Innocenti Research Center, Florence, Italy

Keld Boldinggard (Denmark) Denmark Under-20s and Under-21s National Football Team Coach

Henrik Brandt (Denmark) Director, Danish Institute for Sports Studies, Copenhagen

Simon Chadwick  (United Kingdom) Co-Director, Birkbeck Sport Business Centre, University of London, London, United Kingdom

Ask Vest Christiansen  (Denmark) Lecturer, Department of Sport Science, University of Aarhus, Denmark

Rachael Church-Sanders  (United Kingdom) Editor of ezine Sport and Technology and Techonolgy Consultant for SportBusiness Group

Sandro Donati  (Italy) Consultant of the Minister of Social Affairs, Italy

Mario Goijman (Argentina)  Engineer, President of the former Argentine Volleyball Federation (Federación Argentina de Voleiból)

Dag Vidar Hanstad (Norway) PhD Student, The NorwegianSchool of Sport Sciences 

Jonathan Hill (United Kingdom) Head of UEFA's Brussels Office

Declan Hill (Canada) Journalist and PhD student, Green College, The University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

Shaka Hislop (Trinidad & Tobago) Professional Footballer and President of the Football Players Association of Trinidad and Tobago (FPATT)

Barrie Houlihan (UK) Professor, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

David Howman  (New Zealand/Canada) Director General, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 

Jörg Jaksche (Germany) Professional cyclist

Andrew Jennings  (United Kingdom) Journalist and author

Mogens Kirkeby (Denmark) Secretary General, International Sport and Culture Association, Denmark

Dr Markus Kurscheidt  (Germany) Msc and PhD Economics, Senior Lecturer of Sport Management, School of Sport Science, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Sigmund Loland  (Norway) Professor, Rector, The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway

Pat McQuaid  (Republic of Ireland) President, the Union Cycliste Internationale (International Cycling Union)

Andrew Moger (United Kingdom) MM Consulting

Bob Munro  (Kenya) Chairman, Mathare United Football Club, Kenya

Verner Møller (Denmark) Professor, Department of Sport Science, University of Aarhus, Denmark

Niels Nygaard  (Denmark) President of the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF)

James Oliver (United Kingdom) Journalist, BBC Panorama

Richard W. Pound  (Canada) President, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

Matthieu Reeb (Switzerland) Secretary General, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Switzerland

Magnus Scheving  (Iceland) CEO, creator and co-founder of LazyTown Entertainment

Kim Schimmel  (United States of America) Associate Professor of the Sociology of Sport, School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Anne Schwöbel (Germany) Head of office, Transparency International, Switzerland

Giselher Spitzer (Germany) Lecturer, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

George Springborg (Germany) International Media Coordinator, Streetfootballworld, Germany

James Stibbs (United Kingdom) Head of Communications, Central Council for Physical Recreation, United Kingdom

Brian Sturgess (United Kingdom) Publisher/Director of Soccer Investor; the University of Bournemouth

Thorolfur Thorlindsson (Iceland) Professor, Faculty of Social Science, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

Professor Dr. Gerhard Treutlein (Germany) Heidelberg Doping Prevention Centre, Heidelberg, Germany

Pedro Velázquez   (Spain) Deputy Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, The European Union, Brussells, Belgium

David Walsh (United Kingdom) Chief Sports Writer, The Sunday Times, United Kingdom

Jens Weinreich   (Germany) Sports Editor, Author, Berliner Zeitung, Germany

Lars Werge (Denmark) Journalist, Ekstra Bladet, Denmark

Aidan White (Reupblic of Ireland)  Secretary General, International Federation of Journalists (to be confirmed)


Also speaking at Play the Game 2007

In addition to our list of invited speakers, we have also accepted abstracts from the following speakers to present papers at Play the Game 2007.

Yann Abdourazakou PhD, Lecturer, FSSEP University of Lille 2, France

Eugene Aidman University of Adelaide, Australia

John Beech Head of Sport and Tourism Applied Research, Applied Research Centre for Sustainable Regeneration, Coventry University Business School, United Kingdom

Mel Brennan Towson University, Towson, Maryland, United States of America

Velayutham Chandrasekaran   Journalist and Academic, Anna University, Chennai, India

Jonathan Ellis Charles Russell LLP, London, United Kingdom

Alex Figueroa Journalist, Catano, Puerto Rico

Borja García   Department of Politics, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom

Sean Hamil Birkbeck Sport Business Centre, University of London, London, United Kingdom

Garry Humphries  Regional Manager – South West Queensland, Department of Local Government, Planning, Sport and Recreation

Mary Hums University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Lisa Kihl   University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Murali Krishnan Journalist, Indo-Asian News Service, India

Antti Laine   University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland

Driton Latifi Journalist, Lajm Daily, Kosovo

Dr Roger LeBlanc École de kinésiologie et de récréologie, Moncton, Noueveau-Brunswick/New Brunswick, Canada

Ben LivingsSenior Lecturer in Law, University of Sunderland, United Kingdom

Kasper Lund Kirkegaard Researcher, Danish Institute for Sports Studies

Steve Menary Journalist and Author, Ringwood, United Kingdom

Ezequiel Fernández Moores Journalist, Diario La Nación, Argentina

Klaus Nielsen Professor, University of Roskilde and Birkbeck College, London

Norman O’Reilly B.Sc., MA, MBA, PhD, Director and Associate Professor, School of Sports Administration, Faculty of Management, Laurentian University

Amrish PatelDepartment of Economics, Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom

Rachel Payne Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, Australia

Dr. Ann Pegoraro Associate Director of the Institute for Sport Marketing, Laurentian University

Andrea Petroczi Course Director, Management, Sports and Exercise Science, Faculty of Science, Kingston University, London

Gertrud PfisterUniversity of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Werner Pitsch Lecturer, University of Saarbruecken, Germany

Kaveri Prakash Student, Sophia College, Mumbai, India

Paul Ruijsenaars Social psychologist; Owner of Ruijsenaars CS, coaching and advisory service

Michael Sauer Researcher, German Sports University, Cologne

Andreas Selliaas Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo, Norway

Martti Silvennoinen University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland

Tetyana Snopko Journalist PAN Football Magazine, Ukraine

Claude Sobry Professor, Director FSSEP University of Lille 2, France

Andy Stevens Event and Venue Management consultant, London, United Kingdom

Rasmus Storm Researcher, Danish Institute for Sports Studies, Denmark

Jan Toftegaard Støckel Lecturer, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Olukayode Thomas Sports Editor, Osodi, Nigeria

Lorenz UrsprungFederal Office of Sport, Magglingen, Switzerland 

Kristen Worley Elite Cyclist and Water Skier, Canada

Fikir Yilkal Journalist, Ethiopian Radio and Television Organization, Ethiopia

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