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 2017. 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 2017 (in alphabetical order):


  • Aleksandra Goldys, Principal researcher, University of Warsaw, Poland

  • Andreas Selliaas, Journalist, Academic Researcher, Norway

  • Arno Hermans, Founder, Sport eXperience, the Netherlands

  • Arnoud Strijbis, CEO, Dutch Archery Association, the Netherlands

  • Arnout Geeraert, PhD, KU Leuven/Play the Game, Belgium

  • Benjamin Cohen, Director, European Regional Office and International Federations Relations, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Switzerland

  • Christopher Gaffney, Independent Scholar, USA

  • Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Vice-president of the IOC, UK

  • David Howman, chairperson, IAAF Athletics Integrity Unit, former Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), New Zealand

  • Emiel Krijt, ‎Senior Account manager Public Affairs, NOC/NSF, the Netherlands

  • Frank van Eekeren, PhD, Senior Consultant, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

  • Grit Hartmann, Freelance journalist, Germany

  • Hajo Seppelt, Freelance journalist, ARD/WRD, Germany

  • Hans-Joachim Eckert, lawyer, chair of the adjucidatory body of FIFA’s ethics committee, Germany

  • Harry Arne Solberg, Professor, NTNU Business School, Norway

  • Ian Smith, Integrity Commissioner, Esports Integrity Coalition, UK

  • Ivo van Hilvoorde, assistant professor, Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterda and lecturer at the School of Human Movement & Sport, Windesheim, Zwolle, The Netherlands

  • Jean-Yves Lourguilloux, Deputy Financial Prosecutor, Franch National Finances Prosecution Office, France

  • Jesper Frigast Larsen, Legal Manager, Anti-Doping Danmark, Denmark

  • Judit Farkas, Senior Advisor and Grant Researcher, Faculty of PE and Sport Sciences, Semmelweis University, Hungary

  • Koen Breedveld, Director, Mulier Institute, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

  • Marjan Olfers, professor of sports law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  • Mike McNamee, Professor of Applied Ethics, Swansea University, UK

  • Mogens Kirkeby, President, International Sport and Culture Association, Denmark

  • Osasu Obayiuwana, freelance journalist, BBC World Football, Nigeria

  • Pâquerette Girard Zappelli, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, International Olympic Committee, Switzerland

  • Paulina Tomczyk, Policy Officer, EU Athletes, Poland

  • Peter Barendse, Researcher, Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands, the Netherlands

  • Raí Oliveira, chair, Atletas pelo Brasil (Athletes for Brazil), Brazil

  • René Wijlens, Manager, Sports and Technology Foundation, the Netherlands

  • Richard H. Mclaren, lawyer and CAS arbitrator, Canada

  • Richard W. Pound, Member, Doyen, International Olympic Committee, Canada

  • Roger Pielke Jr., Professor, CU Boulder, USA

  • Steven Vos, ‎Professor at Fontys University of Applied Sciences & Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • Tine Rindum Teilmann, Board Member, National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF), and member of the IOC Women’s Commission, Denmark

  • Travis T. Tygart, Chief Executive Officer, USADA, US


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