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 2019.

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 2019 (in alphabetical order):

  • Alex Phillips, Head of Governance and Compliance, UEFA, Switzerland

  • Alex Wolf-Root, Doctoral candidate and activist, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

  • Ana Arias, Professor, Department of sports science, Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas y Ambientales, Colombia

  • Anas Aremeyaw Anas, journalist, TigerEye Investigations, Ghana

  • Andrea Florence, Child Athlete Wellbeing and Protection Officer, World Players Association - Project CARE, Brazil

  • Andreas Selliaas, Journalist, Academic Researcher, Freelance, Norway

  • Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics, Smith College, USA

  • Annette Greenhow, Assistant Professor, Bond University, Australia

  • Beatriz Farrugia, Journalist, ANSA, Brazil

  • Beckie Scott, Athlete, Chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Athlete Committee, former member of the IOC Athlete's Commission, Canada

  • Benjamin Bendrich, Scientist/blogger, Georg-August University/ www.derballluegtnicht.com, Germany

  • Bill Cuddihy, Member of Anti-Doping Committee, Sport Ireland, Ireland

  • Bonita Mersiades, Managing editor, Fair Play Publishing, Australia

  • Brad Horn, Professor, Syracuse University, USA

  • Bradley David Ridpath, Associate professor, Department of Sports Administration, Ohio University, USA

  • Bryan E Denham, Professor, Clemson University, USA 

  • Cerianne Robertson, Activist, NOlympics LA, USA

  • Chris Knoester, Associate professor, Department of Sociology, Ohio State University, USA

  • Christian Tolstrup Jensen, PhD student, Department of Sports, Physical Education and Outdoor Studies, University of South-East Norway, Norway

  • Christopher Gaffney, Clinical associate professor, New York University, USA

  • Dan Mills, Training & technical assistance manager, U.S. Center for SafeSport, USA

  • Daniel Westmattelmann, Assistant professor Center for Management, University of Münster, Germany

  • David Howman, Chairman, Athletics Integrity Unit, and former Director General of WADA, New Zealand

  • Declan Hill, PhD, author, University of New Haven, Canada

  • Denis Mike Becker, Associate professor, NTNU Business School, Norway

  • Eric Federez Dimzon, Journalist, Bandera-Inquirer, Philippines

  • Erin Willson, Olympic Synchro Swimmer, Toronto Synchronized Swimming Club, Canada

  • Ernesto Rodríguez III, Editor, www.EPHECTOsport.com.ar, Argentina

  • Evan Norris, Lawyer, former director of the US Department of Justice’s Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Task Force, Cravath, USA

  • Faraz Shahlaei, JSD Candidate, Loyola Law School, USA

  • Geoff Parsons, Olympic athlete, By Design Group, United Kingdom

  • Gigi Alford, Director of Sport and Human Rights, World Players Association / Sport & Rights Alliance Coordinator, Switzerland

  • Gregory Ioannidis, Sports lawyer, anti-doping litigation expert, UK

  • Gretchen Kerr, Professor, University of Toronto, Canada

  • Hajo Seppelt, Head of investigative team, ARD, Germany

  • Han Xiao, Chair of the Athletes’ Advisory Council, USOPC, USA

  • Harry-Arne Solberg, Professor, Trondheim Business School, Norway

  • Helen Staff, Postgraduate research fellow, Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom

  • Howard Jacobs, Attorney at Law, Offices of Howard L. Jacobs, USA

  • Ivan Miljkovic, Former volleyball champion, General Manager, ACPV

  • Jack Anderson, Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Jens Sejer Andersen, International director, Play the Game, Denmark

  • Jens Weinreich, Journalist, blogger and publisher, www.jensweinreich.de, Germany

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

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

  • Jill Yesko, Fellow, Mood College of Communications, University of Texas, USA

  • John Wolohan, Professor, Department of Sport Management, Syracuse University, USA

  • Juha Kanerva, Sports writer, Sanoma Media Finland, Finland

  • Karen Lynn Jones, Executive Director, Global and Graduate Programs University of Houston, USA

  • Karen Lynn Perry, Student-at-law, PwC Law LLP, Canada

  • Karissa Conrad, PhD Student, Purdue University, USA 

  • Katia Rubio, Associate Professor, University of São Paulo, Brazil

  • Kelsey Erickson, Safe Sport Director, USA Cycling, United Kingdom

  • Ken Bensinger, Author of 'Red Card', journalist, BuzzFeed, USA

  • Kimberly S. Dickman, Consultant, United States Air Force Academy, USA

  • Laura Robinson, Freelance journalist, Canada

  • Laurie Patterson, Senior lecturer, Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom

  • Linda Helleland, Vice-President of WADA, Member of Parliament, Norway

  • Lisa Kihl, Associate professor, University of Minnesota, USA

  • Lone Hansen, CEO, Team Danmark, the elite sport organisation of Denmark, Denmark

  • Luiz Gustavo Nascimento Haas, PhD Student, Faculty of Human Kinectics - University of Lisbon, Portugal

  • Madeleine Pape, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

  • Madhu Subedi, PhD research scholar, Department of sports management, Tamil Nadu physical Education and Sports University, India

  • Madison Danford, Student, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto, Canada

  • Manuela Gamba, Professor, Secondary School Olivieri Orazio, Italy

  • Marci A. Hamilton, Professor, founder, CEO, and Academic Director, CHILD USA, USA
  • Margaret MacNeill, Associate professor, Media & Motion Collaboratory, University of Toronto, Canada

  • Maria Perez Tello, Sport science student, UDCA University, Colombia

  • Marianne Dortants, Researcher, Utrecht University, Netherlands

  • Marika Warner, Director of research and evaluation, MLSE Launchpad, Canada

  • Marjorie Enya, Board member, Brazilian Rugby Union, Brazil

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

  • Matthias Fett, Research associate, Chair of Constitutional Economics, Helmut Schmidt University, Germany

  • Mauricio Hernandez, Director, Transparency in Sport, Colombia

  • Michael Ask, president, Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO), and CEO, Anti-Doping Denmark, Denmark

  • Michael Bahrs, Detective Chief Superintendent, member of an organised crime unit, Bochum Police, Germany

  • Michael Dias Correa, Doctoral candidate, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil

  • Minhyeok Tak, Lecturer, School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

  • Mojca Doupona, Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • Mulemba Issiaka, Sports editor, Big Television Network Rwanda, Rwanda

  • Murali Krishnan, Journalist/International Broadcaster, Freelance, India

  • Nadyne Venturini-Trindade, PhD Student, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

  • Nancy Hogshead-Makar, CEO, Champion Women, USA

  • Natalie Galea, Researcher, Australian Human Rights Institute, UNSW, Australia

  • Niels Nygaard, President, the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark, Denmark

  • Nikki Dryden, Olympian and human rights lawyer, athlete activist, Australia

  • Nyza Faustine Munar Chan, Pharmacist, Lorma Colleges, Philippines

  • Paul Melia, CEO, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, Canada

  • Paulina Tomczyk, General secretary, EU Athletes - Brussels Office, Poland

  • Peter Donnelly, Professor, Centre for Sport Policy Studies, University of Toronto, Canada

  • Poul Broberg, Director of public affairs, NOC and Sports Confederation of Denmark, Denmark

  • Richard H. Mclaren, Professor, lawyer, McKenzie Lake Lawyers, Canada

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

  • Rob Koehler, Director General, Global Athlete, USA

  • Roger Pielke, Professor, CU Boulder, USA

  • Roxane Coche, Assistant professor, Department of Telecommunication, University of Florida, USA

  • Ryan Gauthier, Assistant professor, Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University, Canada

  • Sada Reed, Assistant professor, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University, USA

  • Sandy Adam, Researcher, Leipzig University, Germany

  • Sarah Lewis, Secretary general, International Ski Federation, United Kingdom

  • Severin Moritzer, CEO, Play Fair Code, Austria

  • Siena Araceli Morgan, PhD Student, Loughborough University London, United Kingdom

  • Simon Gardiner, Professor, Law School, Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom

  • Simon Licen, Assistant professor of Sport Management, Washington State University, USA

  • Spencer Harris, Assistant professor of Sport Management, UCCS, USA

  • Stacy Warner, Professor, Department of Kinesiology, East Carolina University, USA

  • Stanislas Frossard, EPAS Executive Secretary, Council of Europe, France

  • Steve Maxwell, Editor, owner, The Outer Line/Velonews, USA

  • Steve Menary, Freelance journalist, United Kingdom

  • Tatiane Antonovz, Doctoral candidate, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil

  • Thiago Santos, Postdoctoral researcher, Universidade Federal do Paraná | UFPR, Brazil  

  • Tim Walters, Professor, English Department, Okanagan College, Canada

  • Todd Fraley, Associate Dean, East Carolina University, USA

  • Tom Farrey, Journalist, Aspen Institute, USA

  • Travis T. Tygart, CEO, United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), USA

  • Vassos Koutsioundas, Head of finance, Cyprus Sport Organisation, Cyprus

  • Velibor Jakovleski, Head of research Global Governance Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland

  • Witold Banka, nominee for the WADA presidency, sports minister, Poland (via Skype, tbc)

  • Yuliya Stepanova, Athlete, Russia/USA

  • Vitaly Stepanov, Former anti-doping officer, Russia/USA

  • Zehra Betul Ayranci, Legal Counsel, Fox Sports, USA

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