Speakers

Play the Game conferences always present a long line of expert speakers from various areas of world sport. On this page you will find a list of speakers for Play the Game 2022.

If you think you are missing on the list, please contact Stanis Elsborg, head of conference, at stanis@playthegame.org.

N.B. The list will be updated regularly.

Speakers, who have confirmed their invitation and/or have had their abstract accepted, and session chairpersons at Play the Game 2022 (in alphabetical order):

Affy Sheikh, Head of Starlizard Integrity Services, UK

Akaash Maharaj, board director, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. Ambassador-at-Large, Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption, Canada

Alex Phillips, freelance and consultant, FIFA, Switzerland

Alessandro Oliverio, attorney at law, isportlaw | international sports law firm, Italy

Alessandro Moretti, postdoc, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Allison Wagner, Director of Athlete and International Relations, USADA, USA

Amal Ganesha, director, Ganesport Institute, Indonesia

Ana Mitric, independent researcher and writer, United States

Anders SolheimChief executive officer, Anti-Doping Norway, Norway

Andrea Florence, acting director, Sport & Rights Alliance, Switzerland 

Andrea Gotzmann, chairperson of the executive board, National Anti Doping Agency Germany, Germany

Andrea Schültke, journalist, Germany

Andreas Selliaas, journalist and academic researcher, freelance, Norway

Andreas Xenofontos, master student, University of New Haven, United States

Andy Spalding, professor, University of Richmond, United States

Andy Brown, freelance journalist, editor, The Sports Integrity Initiative, UK

Andy Harvey, lecturer, Swansea University, UK

Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen, Minister for Culture, Denmark

Anne Dietrich, Texas A&M University, United States

Anne Dyrehauge, CEO, Media City Odense, Denmark

Anne Mette Thorhauge, associate professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Annette Hofmann, professor and vice president, ICSSPE, Germany

Annette Stubkjær Rimmer, policy advisor, Amnesty Denmark, Denmark

Antoine Duval, senior researcher, Asser International Sports Law Centre, T.M.C. Asser Institute, the Netherlands

Bastien Wallace, masters of philosophy student, Western Sydney University, Australia

Benedikt Stoffers, University of Münster, Germany

Benjamin Bendrich, blogger/scientist, Germany

Benjamin Best, journalist and filmmaker, ARD/WDR, Germany

Bram Constandt, postdoctoral researcher, Ghent University, Belgium

Brian Wesaala, founder and project leader, The Footballl Foundation for Africa, Kenya

Bruce Kidd, professor emeritus, University of Toronto, Canada

Carl Holst, chairman of the board, Play the Game/Danish Institute for Sports Studies

CAS representative, name to be confirmed

César de Cima, PhD candidate, Iscte – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal

Charley Nordin, Paralympian, United States

Christian Gjersing Nielsen, senior analyst and PhD student, Play the Game/Danish Institute for Sports Studies, Denmark

Christina Friis Johansen, freelance, Play the Game/Danish Institute for Sports Studies, Denmark

Christoph Clephas, German Univercity of Health and Sport, Germany

Christophe Brissonneau, sociologist, University of Paris Cité (I3SP), France

ClearSpeed, name to be confirmed

Claudia Villa-Hughes, head of safeguarding, Commonwealth Games Federation & Commonwealth Sport Foundation, UK

Csilla Szomolaiová, PhD student, Masaryk University Brno, Faculty of Law, Czech Republic

David Goldblatt, journalist and academic, UK

Daniel Read, lecturer, Loughborough University London, UK

Daniel Westmattelmann, assistant professor, University of Münster, Germany

Dejan Stefanović, president of the Slovenian Footballers & Sportsmen Union (SPINS), member of the Executive Committee at Word Players Association, member of FIFPRO Board, Slovenia

Donata Taddia, co-founder, SCORE Sport Think Action Tank, Switzerland

Drago Kos, Chair, OECD Working Group on Bribery, Slovenia

Eric Bisschop, vice federal prosecutor, Belgium

Erin Willson, PhD candidate, University of Toronto, Canada

Evald Bundgaard, acting head, CISC at University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Emilie Pii, student, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Emily Jane Hayday, lecturer, Loughborough University London, UK

Eze Alloysius Amaechi, director, PLAY!YA Nigeria, Nigeria

Faraz Shahlaei, adjunct professor, Loyola Law School, United States

Federico Darío Teijeiro, journalist and professor, investigative journalist specialized in corruption and money laundering, Periodismo & Punto, Universidad de San Andrés y Grupo Clarín, Argentina

Fernando Marinho Mezzadri, Paraná Federal University, Brazil

Florian Yelin, head of policy and research, World Players Association,  UNI Global Union, Switzerland

FIFPro representative, name to be confirmed

Friba Rezayee, Founder and executive director, Women Leaders of Tomorrow, Canada

Gema Souvenir, PhD student, Ghent University, Belgium

Gretchen Kerr, professor, University of Toronto, Canada

Grit Hartmann, freelance journalist, Germany

Günter Younger, director, Intelligence and Investigations, WADA, Switzerland

Grzegorz Botwina, president, Institute for Sport Governance, Poland

Hajo Seppelt, head of investigative team, ARD, Germany

Harry Arne Solberg, professor, NTNU Business School, Norway

Hans Natorp, president, National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF), Denmark

Hilary Findlay, Brock University, Canada

Holly Collison-Randall, senior lecturer, Loughborough University London, UK

Ian Mengel, member, PLAY!YA, Germany

Jan Jensen, journalist and sports columnist, Ekstra Bladet, Denmark

Jens Weinreich, journalist, blogger and publisher, www.jensweinreich.de, Germany

Jesper Møller, UEFA ExCo member and president of the Danish FA, Denmark

Jorge Leyva, CEO, The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations e.V., Germany

Jörg Krieger, associate professor, Aarhus University, Germany

Jörg-Uwe Nieland, dr. phil, German Sport University Cologne, Institute of European Sport Development and Leisure Studies, Germany

Jack Kerr, journalist, Australia

James Corbett, journalist and senior correspondant, Off The Pitch, Ireland

James M. Dorsey, academic, journalist, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies / Institute of Fan Culture / The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, Singapore/ Germany/Morocco

James Oliver, producer, BBC Panorama, United Kingdom

Jeppe Laursen Brock, journalist, Politiken, Denmark

Jules Boykoff, PhD, Pacific University, USA

Julie Gómez, professor, Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas y Ambientales U.D.C.A, Columbia

Julien Attuil-Kayser, Head of the anti-doping unit, Council of Europe, France

Kasper Hjulmandhead coach, Denmark's men's national football team, Denmark

Katherine Starr, CEO, Team Athlete Integrity, USA

Khalida Popal, director, Girl Power Organisation, Afghanistan

Klaus Nielsen, professor, Birkbeck, University of London, Denmark

Lars Johnsen, journalist, Josimar, Norway

Lasana Liburd, journalist, Wired868.com, Trinidad & Tobago

Lasse Lyck, public affairs, National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF), Denmark

Laura Robinson, journalist, Canada

Lauren Burch, senior lecturer, Loughborough University London, UK

Liam Mc Groarty, Strategic development manager, UEFA, Switzerland 

Line Krag Mortensen, student, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Louis Vandercruysse, PhD candidate, Ghent University, Belgium

Marcelo Moriconi, researcher and professor, Iscte - Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, Portugal

Marcus Mazzucco, sessional lecturer, University of Toronto, Canada

Mariah Warner, graduate student, Ohio State University, USA

Marija Andjelkovic, professor, Sinigdunum University, Serbia

Marius Sprenger, University of Münster, Germany

Martin Purbrick, chairperson, Asian Racing Federation Council on Anti-Illegal Betting & Related Financial Crime, UK

Mary Harvey, CEO, Centre for Sport and Human Rights, USA/Switzerland

Matthew Graham, director of Legal & Players Relations, World Player Association, UNI Global Union, Switzerland

Mauricio Hernandezdirector, University of San Buenaventura, member of governance commission ACODEPA, director and founder of Transparency in SportColombia

Maximilian Seltmann, research associate and project coordinator, German Sport University Cologne, Germany

Michael Ask, senior manager, International Testing Agency, Switzerland 

Michael P. Gibbons, attorney, USA

Miguel Poiares Maduro, director, professor, School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute, Italy

Mike McNamee, professor, Swansea University and KU Leuven,

Mikkel Rugaard, independant director, Parkour Earth, Denmark

Minky Worden, director of Global Initiatives, Human Rights Watch, USA

Mogens Kirkeby, president, ISCA, Denmark

Murali Krishnan, Journalist/International Broadcaster, Freelance, India

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, founder and CEO, Champion Women, USA

Nenad Dikic, University Singidunum, Serbia

Nicolas Sayde, Coordinator, Sport Integrity Divison, Council of Europe, France

Nick Harris, journalist, Sporting Intelligence, United Kingdom

Nick Raudenski, head of intelligence & investigations, International Testing Agency, Switzerland

Nikki Dryden, associate, Australian Human Rights Institute UNSW, Australia

Paolo Bertaccini Bonoli, IIISSS Institute, Member of ITA MFA Inter-Institutional Anti-Corruption Mechanism, Italy

Paul J. Greene, attorney/founder, Global Sports Advocates, USA

Peter Donnelly, professor emeritus, University of Toronto, Canada

Peter Forsberg, senior analyst and PhD, Danish Institute for Sports Studies/Play the Game, Denmark

Poul Broberg, director of public affairs, National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF), Denmark

Philippe Auclair, journalist, France

Ralf Andersson, acting head, Center for Journalism at University of Southern, Denmark

Rasmus Klarskov Storm, head of research, Danish Institute for Sports Studies/Play the Game, Denmark

Richard H. Mclaren, professor, lawyer, McKenzie Lake Lawyers, Canada

Rikke Rønholt, board member, National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF), Denmark

Rob Koehler, director general, Global Athlete, USA

Roger Pielke, professor, CU Boulder, USA

Romain Molina, investigative reporter, France

Sabrina Furtado, PhD candidate, Inst. Inteligencia Esportiva/ UFPR, Brazil

Sabrina Vettorato, researcher, IIISSS institute, Italy

Sada Reed, assistant professor, Arizona State University, USA

Samindra Kunti, journalist, freelance

Sandra Meeuwsen, director, Erasmus Centre for Sport Integrity & Transition, Netherlands

Sandy Adam, research associate, Universität Leipzig, Germany

Sarah Lewis, managing director, Sarah Lewis Global Sports Leader GmbH, UK/Switzerland 

Scott Brooks, associate professor and director of research, Global Sport Institute, Arizona State University, United States

Severin Moritzer, CEO, Play Fair Code, Austria

Shubham Jain, research fellow, Sports Law and Policy Centre, India 

Spencer Harris, assistant professor of Sport Management, UCCS, USA

Stefan Walzel, secretary general, European Association for Sport Management, Germany

Steffen Rask, analyst, Danish Institute for Sports Studies/Play the Game, Denmark

Steve Maxwell, editor, owner, The Outer Line/Velonews, USA

Steve Menary, freelance journalist, UK

Sven Daniel Wolfe, junior lecturer, Department of Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Thiago Santos, postdoctoral researcher, Universidade Federal do Paraná | UFPR, Brazil

Thomas Preiss, co-founder, Common Goal, Germany

Thomas Horky, professor, Macromedia University of applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany

Tim Bridgman, guest lecturer and PhD student, University of Lodz, Poland

Tim Walters, college professor, Okanagan College, Canada

Tom Tresser, co-founder and COO, The CivicLab, United States

Troels Rasmussen, director, Play the Game/Danish Institute for Sports Studies

Urvasi Naidoo, professional doctorate candidate, Nottingham Trent University, UK 

Velayutham Chandrasekharan, assistant professor, Anna University, India

Vitaly Kazakov, ESRC postdoctoral fellow, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, member, European Parliament (Greens/EFA Group, Germany), Germany

Whitney Bragagnolo, PhD researcher, Charles University Prague, The Netherlands

Wouter de Groot, freelance sport consultant, OGV Sportadvies, The Netherlands

Yannick Kluch, assistant professor, Center for Sport Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University, United States

Zachary Calo, professor, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar

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