Sir Craig Reedie - President, WADA
On 15 November 2013, the final day of the Fourth World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg, South Africa, WADA’s Foundation Board elected Sir Craig Reedie as the Agency’s third President, representing the sport movement. His first three-year term began on 1 January 2014; which, was renewed in November 2016 for a second three-year term that commenced 1 January 2017.
Sir Craig has enjoyed a Sports Administration career spanning five decades.
A former President of the Scottish Badminton Union and the International Badminton Federation, Sir Craig was responsible for the admission of his sport to the Olympic Programme in 1985. In 1992, he became Chairman of the British Olympic Association and led the organization through the Olympic Games of Atlanta, Sydney and Athens, and the Olympic Winter Games of Lillehammer, Nagano and Salt Lake City.
Sir Craig was a leading member of the London 2012 Bid Team, which won the right to host the Olympic Games in London; and, was a Non-Executive Director of the London Organising Committee. Furthermore, he became a Board member of the Olympic Lottery Distributor in 2006.
Sir Craig became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1994; and since, has served on many different IOC Commissions including the Evaluation Commissions of 2001 and 2009; the Co-ordination Commissions for the Games in Athens and Beijing; the Marketing Commission; the Programme Commission; the Ethics Commission; and, as Chair of the Evaluation Commission for the 2020 Olympic Games.
He was elected as a member of the IOC Executive Board in October 2009 and became a Vice President in July 2012 – a role that he held until August 2016.
Sir Craig has been involved with WADA since the beginning, having served as Chairman of the Finance and Administration Committee since the organization’s formation in 1999 and having been a member of both WADA’s Executive Committee and Foundation Boards.
Educated at Stirling High School and Glasgow University, he has also held other sports appointments including membership and Deputy Chairmanship of UK Sport. For many years, he was Senior Partner in the Glasgow Firm of Financial Advisers D.L. Bloomer and Partners.
Sir Craig is married with two children and lives in Bridge of Weir, Scotland.
Olivier Niggli - Director General, WADA
Effective 1 July 2016, Olivier Niggli assumed the role as WADA’s Director General.
He was previously Chief Operating Officer (COO) and General Counsel of WADA.
From 2011 to 2014, Olivier was a partner with the law firm Carrard & Associés in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he was active in sport, arbitration and commercial law. He possesses extensive experience in the fight against doping, including his time as WADA’s Legal Director and Chief Financial Officer from 2001-2011.
Olivier Niggli holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from the London School of Economics (LSE) and an MBA from McGill University, and is fluent in both English and French. With his background and experience, he brings expertise to WADA in the legal, financial and governance areas.
Oscar Tosato - Municipal Councillor, Director of Sports and Social Cohesion, City of Lausanne
Mr. Oscar Tosato has been a member of the Municipality of Lausanne since January 1st, 2002.
Initially in charge of the Department of Youth and Education, Mr. Tosato took over as head of the Sports and Social Cohesion Department as per the previous legislature. He was also Member of Parliament for the State of Vaud between 2011 and 2016.
A trained teacher and social worker, Mr. Tosato is strongly committed to the defense of human rights and pays particular attention to the rights of vulnerable persons and migrants. His fight for human rights is based on the principle of equal treatment for all.
Mr. Tosato is a member of the board of the “Lausanne 2020” Youth Olympic Games organising committee as well as of other important sporting events in Lausanne, such as the Lausanne Marathon and Triathlon.
He is currently chairing the bid committee for the 2025 Federal Gymnastics Festival in Lausanne, the largest sporting event in Switzerland (and in the world!) in terms of participation (70,000 athletes!).
Mr.Tosato is a volleyball fan. A sport in which he not only played at the amateur level, but also coached young and emerging coaches for many years.
Reid Aikin - Manager, Athlete Biological Passport , WADA
Reid Aikin joined WADA in 2014 as Manager of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) and is responsible for developing the global use of the ABP and for the scientific advancement of the ABP program, notably in promoting the discovery and implementation of new biomarkers for the ABP.
Reid has a BSc in Biochemistry and PhD in Surgical Research from McGill University and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Nice, France, where has applied innovative screening tools to uncover new players in various biological processes. His nearly 20-year scientific career has spanned several fields including publications in cell biology, endocrinology, and diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
Reid has provided scientific support for several WADA investigations, including the Pound Independent Commission and McLaren Independent Person Investigations.
He is located at WADA’s Lausanne, Switzerland office.
Shin Asakawa - Chief Executive Officer, Japanese Anti-Doping Agency (JADA)
Currently Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors member of the Japanese Anti-Doping Agency (JADA), over the years Shin Asakawa has a built a solid experience inside the sports industry, mainly in the Anti-Doping context. It all began with his participation within the Drafting Group for UNESCO Convention in 2005, the same year he joined the Japanese Olympic Committee and became Anti-Doping Committee member.
In 2007 he was a member of WADA Independent Observer team during the Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Among other positions, Shin is currently member of the Board of the Japan Sports Arbitration Agency and also WADA NADO ad Hoc Advisory Group member.
Aklilu Azazh - President - National Anti-Doping Organization of Ethiopia
Graduated as a Medicine Doctor from Addis Ababa University (AAU), Dr. Aklilu Azazh completed his specialty program in internal medicine in 2003 and obtained sub-specialty in emergency and critical care medicine from University of Wisconsin in 2010.
Dr. Azazh served as head of Medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Tikur Anbesa Specialized Hospital (TASH) from 2005 until 2011. He has been associate dean for undergraduate program at the medical faculty from 2007-2010 and associate director for graduate programs at AAU College of Health Sciences for the 2012-2013 period.
He is emergency medicine task member and advisor in emergency and critical care medicine development for the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia and President of National Anti-Doping Organization of Ethiopia. He is also and board member of Yekatit 12 Medical College and of AMREF Health (formerly the African Medical and Research Foundation) Ethiopia. He has been the founding member and the current president of the Ethiopian society of Emergency Medicine Professionals (ESEP) and board member of African Federation of Emergency Medicine (AFEM).
Dr. Azazh has over 45 publications in international/national journals and ten Quality Improvement/Kiezen works. He is also a Lancet commission member on Non-Communicable Diseases and Injury of the Poorest Billion (2015-present).
Olivier Banuls - Deputy Director of the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF)
Olivier Banuls is the Deputy Director of the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF).
He initially joined the UCI anti-doping services in 2007 before holding different positions within CADF after its creation in 2008.
He’s also participated in various WADA working groups and is currently a member of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Anti-Doping Taskforce.
Holding a master’s degree in computer science, he had previously worked 6 years in IT project management in the banking area.
Passionate about sport, Olivier decided to reorient his professional career in 2005 to obtain a year later the FIFA master’s degree in sport management. Finally, he has recently obtained the executive certificate in finance at the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC) of the University of Lausanne.
Dr Osquel Barroso - Deputy Director Science, WADA
At WADA since January 2007, first as Senior Manager Science and from 2014 as Deputy Director Science, his main responsibilities include the management of WADA laboratory and scientific research activities.
Osquel is MSc in Chemistry (Moscow State University “M.V. Lomonosov”, Russia, 1992); MSc in Immunology (Imperial College, London, 1997, ICI Prize for Best Student of the Year) and a PhD in Immunology (Imperial College, London, 2003).
His research background comes from both academia and industry: Centre for Molecular Immunology, Havana, Cuba (research scientist, 1993-1996), Imperial College London (post-doc, 2002-2004) and GlaxoSmithKline (Senior Scientist / Principal Scientist, 2004-2006). Holder of the GSK Exceptional Science Award (2006).
Dr Stéphane Bermon - Director of the Health and Science Department, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)
Dr. Bermon is the Director of the Health and Science Department at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
He also works as a Sports Physician (MD) and Exercise Physiologist (PhD) at the Monaco Institute of Sports Medicine and Surgery.
He also holds a Specialised Master (Ecole Centrale de Paris) in Health Engineering.
He is or has been a medical advisor for several International Federations (UIM, IBSF) and Anti-Doping Organisations. Stéphane is the author and co-author of more than 50 books or peer-reviewed scientific publications.
He is 52 years old and was a professional snowboarder in the early ages.
Thomas Blyverket - Consultant and Advisor, Antidoping Norway (AND)
Thomas Blyverket graduated from Norwegian Police University College in 2010.
He started off as an investigator in Oslo working with all types of criminal offences (burglary, theft, drugs, assault). In 2012 Thomas was transferred to the patrol unit in Oslo.
From 2015 until he started in Anti-Doping Norway (ADNO) (September 2016), Thomas worked as an investigator, investigating sexual assault and child abuse, and domestic violence only.
In ADNO he mainly investigates doping-cases and works with intelligence gathering (handling tip-offs, the whistleblower system, target-testing). Thomas tries to develop and integrate new methods/routines, and maintain a good connection with the police/customs to share information.
Thierry Boghosian - Senior Manager, Laboratory Accreditation, WADA
Thierry Boghosian, Senior Manager – Laboratory Accreditation, has been a member of WADA Science Department since 2004 with primary focus in the area of Laboratory accreditation which included involvement in the WADA External Quality Assessment Scheme (EQAS), laboratory site visits and compliance issues as well as the annual WADA testing figures.
Prior to joining WADA, he graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in Biology and then worked for 12 years at the UCLA Anti-Doping Laboratory with the final years in the position of Laboratory Manager.
As a member of the laboratory, he was involved with the testing services for Anti-Doping Organizations in the U.S. as well as for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games.
Thierry Borra - Founder & CEO, Sport Matters Consulting
Thierry Borra is the founder of Sport Matters Consulting, leveraging his expertise and 25 years of experience in sports marketing to provide thought leadership, strategic advice and creative thinking to organizations and people leveraging sport to create value and leave a positive impact on our society.
Thierry is working with sport & business organizations such as The International Olympic Committee, Dentsu Inc., Discovery Channel / Eurosport, The Coca-Cola Company, the International Cycling Union, as well as start-ups such as Sports Innovation Lab (US), Sport Innovation Society (MEX).
Prior to this, Thierry led The Coca-Cola Company’s global partnership with the Olympic Movement, including the Company’s association with the Olympic Games, Youth Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games.
In his role, he managed the overall relationship with the International Olympic Committee and the other stakeholders of the Olympic Movement, built event management capabilities in the respective host countries by providing coaching, subject matter expertise, leadership through a disciplined global event process and transfer of key learnings from event to event. In addition, Thierry provided stewardship for the successful system-wide activation of global events to extract maximum value and ensure contract fulfillment. As part of his global responsibilities, he also led Coca-Cola’s involvement with the international leg of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch relay.
Prior to this role, Thierry was the Company’s lead for the Torino 2006 Olympic Torch Relay. In his twenty years with the Coca-Cola system, Thierry has held various marketing positions at both Coca-Cola France and bottling partner Coca-Cola Enterprises and has a wealth of experience with global sporting events – including 12 Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, Tour de France, IAAF World Championships – and sport partnerships such as Special Olympics, football clubs, stadiums & venues.
In addition, Thierry has been a member of the IOC commission Sport & Active Society, and has been mentoring Olympians, helping them to transition from the field of play to a new career.
René Bouchard - Advisor, Government Relations, WADA
René Bouchard joined WADA as Advisor, Government Relations, in 2016. However, for many years prior, René was engaged in external roles with WADA; such as being: Canada’s representative on the Agency’s Executive Committee and Foundation Board; and, delegate of the Canadian Minister of Sport. He was also Chair of WADA’s Education Committee; WADA’s Independent Observer Mission for the London 2012 Olympic Games; and, more recently, the founding Chair of the Agency’s Compliance Review Committee (CRC).
Before joining WADA, René held various roles with the Canadian Government; including Director General of International Affairs with the Department of Canadian Heritage, which oversees Canadian Culture and
Sports. While, from 1995 to 2005, he was Director General of Copyright Policy and Legislation; and then, Director General of Broadcasting Policy and Legislation. René began his career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
René has a Bachelor’s degree in Economic Sciences from the University of Sherbrooke and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Ottawa.
Dr Richard Budgett - Medical and Scientific Director, IOC
Dr Richard Budgett has been Medical and Scientific Director of the IOC since November 2012.
Before that he was Chief Medical Officer for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games from 2007 to 2012. He was Director of Medical Services for the British Olympic Association from 1994 to 2007 and has been Chief Medical Officer with Team GB at the summer and winter Olympic Games in Atlanta, Nagano, Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens and Turin. He was team doctor to the Great Britain men’s rowing team from 2005 to 2008 and was Governing Body Medical Officer and team doctor for the Great Britain Bobsleigh Association from 1990 to 2007 attending the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville in 1992 and Lillehammer in 1994. He was a member of the IOC Medical Commission at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 and Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010.
After a completing a Diploma in Sports Medicine at the London Hospital he worked as a Medical Officer at the Olympic Medical Institute (previously British Olympic Medical Centre) from 1989 to 2012. In 2003 he was appointed lead physician for the South East region of the English Institute of Sport (EIS) based at Bisham Abbey.
Since 1987 he has conducted research into the problem of fatigue and underperformance and has published widely on the subject of Overtraining or Unexplained Underperformance Syndrome (UUPS). In 2005 he was appointed to the World Anti Doping Agency list committee, which he chaired from 2010 to 2012.
He was Chairman of the British Rowing Medical Committee for 20 years and won an Olympic Gold Medal in rowing in Los Angeles in 1984.
Anne Cappelen – Director Quality Management, Anti-Doping Norway (ADN)
Since 1999 Anne Cappelen has been working with anti-doping in Norway and has been with Anti-Doping Norway since its establishment in 2003. She has assumed many different roles in anti-doping working with doping controls and results management, rules, regulations, programs, systems and quality management.
Anne Cappelen was part of the team developing the initial International Testing Standard and has also developed the International Certification Guidelines and the guideline on establishing a national Anti-Doping Organisation – “Cook Book”, together with WADA.
She has been the Project Manager and advisor to several countries in their efforts of developing anti-doping structures and programs.
Prior to joining the anti-doping world Anne was a Certified Lead Auditor for accredited certification for 9 years and has also had her own business as a Quality Management Consultant for 13 years.
Anne Cappelen has been Vice Chairman of the Norwegian Ski Association and Board Member of the Norwegian Ladies Ski Club.
Jean-Loup Chappelet - Professor, IDHEAP
Jean-Loup Chappelet, PhD, is a full professor of public management at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) of the University of Lausanne. He was IDHEAP Dean from 2003 to 2011.
He previously held management positions at the International Olympic Committee (1982-1987) and in one of the “big-four” international consulting and accounting-firms (1988-1992).
In 1995, at IDHEAP, he launched the first sport management course in Switzerland which is still held every autumn. He was a guest professor at the University of Lyon (France), the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), Seoul National University (Korea) and Tsukuba University (Japan).
In 2000, Prof. Chappelet founded the Académie internationale des sciences et techniques du sport (AISTS) with colleagues from the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), and is a member of its Board since the beginnings. For 12 years (1999-2011) he was the director of the MEMOS programme, a master programme run by 11 universities for Olympic Solidarity. He was the General Secretary of the International Coubertin Committee (2003-2017) and a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s Education Committee (2013-2016) and social science research group. He is a member of the ASOIF (Association of Summer Olympic International Federations)’ Governance Taskforce.
He authored many scientific articles and several books on sport management and the Olympic phenomenon, as well as on public management and information systems organization. His latest book (2016) was published under the title: The Olympic Games, rekindling the flame, in French and Korean (soon in Japanese and English). He has attended most Olympic (Summer) Games and Olympic Winter Games since 1972, as well as the first Youth Olympic Games.
Carolyn Chmiel - Commonwealth Games Taskforce Manager
Carolyn Chmiel joined the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) in November 2017 to manage the pre-Games Taskforce ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Prior to relocating to Australia, Carolyn worked in various roles at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) where she was most recently responsible for managing the implementation of its testing program.
Through her work with the CCES, Carolyn contributed to the anti-doping programs for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and Paralympics and Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
Benjamin Cohen - Director, European Office & International Federation Relations, WADA
Effective 1 November 2016, Benjamin Cohen assumed the role of Director, European Regional Office and International Federations Relations. He is located at WADA’s Lausanne, Switzerland office.
Prior to assuming his role with WADA, Benjamin was the Head of Governance and Legal Affairs for the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) since 2009. Prior to FIBA, Benjamin held various roles with the United Nations Office of Sport for Development and Peace in New York and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) in Nyon, Switzerland. He also regularly acts as expert in sports legal and governance matters for the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the European Commission.
Benjamin is a member of various Commissions, Task Forces and Expert Groups with the IOC; the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). He is also President of the Legal Commission for the International League against Racism (LICRA).
Mr. Cohen teaches sports law, dispute resolution and sports governance in various universities worldwide. Mr. Cohen has a Bachelor and Masters of Law from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and the University of Durham, England. Benjamin also holds a Masters of Advanced Studies in Sports Administration and Technology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), University of Geneva & Lausanne. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Law on International Sports Governance at the University of Zurich, in Switzerland.
Daniel Cooper - External Counsel, Covington & Burlington LLP
Daniel Cooper advises clients on information technology regulatory issues, particularly data protection, e-commerce and data security matters.
According to the latest edition of Chambers UK (2017), “he is very good at calibrating and helping to gauge risk.” In 2015, “sources praise his ‘insightful, sophisticated knowledge and reasoning,’ and say he is ‘creative, practical and solution-oriented.’”
Mr. Cooper also regularly assists leading technology companies, including social networking sites, online content and entertainment providers, and e-shopping sites, on their European and global compliance strategies. He also has deep experience with the regulation of mobile and e-health technologies. Mr. Cooper is also known for his ability to guide clients through the issues arising from data breach incidents, and has advised a number of high-profile clients in this area. Mr. Cooper co-authored the data protection standard that governs organized sport.
Mr. Cooper is qualified to practice law in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. He has also been appointed to the advisory and expert boards of privacy NGOs and agencies, such as Privacy International and the European security agency, ENISA
Maria Crisci - Office for Sport, Presidency of the Council of Ministers
Maria Crisci, Italian, degree in International relations and diplomatic affairs from Rome University, fluent in English, French and Spanish is in charge of International Sports Affairs at the Office for Sport which has, amongst the other competencies in the field of sport, the functions of expertise in the prevention of doping.
She has a long experience in dealing with issues concerning sport integrity. With this respect, she has been involved in the work of anti-doping both at national and international level.
Since 2011, Ms Crisci has been engaged in the fight against doping, representing Italy, at all the European Institutions dealing with the topic.
Prior to joining the Office for Sport she worked for the Department of Civil Protection. In this capacity she was actively involved at the Operational Core 3275 in the definition of emergency plans for the identification of medical-health interventions with respect of chemical, biological, nuclear and radioactive components contamination and to prepare information plans with rules of conduct for the population, public and private structures.
For the exercise of the implementing powers described above Ms Crisci availed of the technical-scientific collaboration of the competent administrations, and in particular of the General Directorate of Prevention of the Ministry of Health, of the Higher Institute of Health and of the Institutes of Hospitalization and Care of scientific nature.
In particular, the experience gained over the years spent in the Department of Civil Protection with respect to prevention and management of heath emergencies addressed to citizens has led to a deeper awareness also regarding issues concerning doping.
Tony Cunningham - Education Senior Manager, WADA
Tony Cunningham is Education Senior Manager at WADA. He started with WADA in April 2013 covering both Education and RADO Relations before moving fully into Education in 2015.
He is responsible for overseeing WADA’s eLearning projects, including the delivery of WADA’s new platform, ADeL (Anti-Doping eLearning). This will allow anti-doping organizations to use WADA resources as their own and manage users under their jurisdiction through the platform. The platform will host a number of courses and resources, including the new Kickstart program which is designed to support ADO administrators in managing key anti-doping functions and processes.
Tony also manages WADA’s Social Science Research Program and is leading the drafting of the International Standard for Education.
Before joining WADA, Tony was the Head of Performance Planning for the Irish Sports Council, working closely with national federations in designing their high performance plans for Olympics and Paralympics.
Tony holds a B.Sc. in Health and Fitness, a M.Sc. in Social Science Research and an Executive Masters in Sport Organization Management.
Clement De Maillard - Project Manager, INTERPOL
Clement De Maillard is officer in the French Gendarmerie.
He has been working 9 years for the French Gendarmerie, in different areas. He was especially appointed as Head of Tactical Surveillance Unit specialized in organized crimes & terrorism, for the South-East area of France.
Since 2014, Clément de Maillard is seconded by the French Gendarmerie to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat Lyon as Project Manager (Anti-Corruption Unit). Clément is dealing with anti-doping and performance-enhancing drugs trafficking in the framework of the co-operation agreement signed between INTERPOL and WADA.
Currently, Clément is also PhD candidate in criminology for the School of Criminal Justice in Lausanne (Switzerland). He is specialized in police, criminal intelligence, and intelligence-led policing. He has written and published several contributions on these matters.
Alessia Di Gianfrancesco - Head of Science and Anti-Doping Controls, NADO Italy
Alessia Di Gianfrancesco is Professor of Pharmacology at the State Sports University “Foro Italico”, Rome, Italy and Head of Science and Testing Programme at NADO Italia.
Graduated in Pharmacy at the Rome University “La Sapienza”, she holds a Master degree in Dietetics and Applied Clinical Nutrition from the Catholic University in Milan, and a PhD in Physical activity and health methodology from the State Sports University “Foro Italico” in Rome.
Alessia has also held a number of positions in sport administration. These actually include Member of the WADA Health, Medical and Research Committee; Representative of the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers in the Anti-doping and Health Committee of the Italian Ministry of Health; Member of the Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee of the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation; Member of the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation – TUE Committee.
She contributed to several topics in Sport nutrition and anti-doping as author of books and scientific articles published in international peer-reviewed journals.
Frédéric Donzé - Chief Operating Officer, WADA
Effective 3 October 2016, Frédéric Donzé assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer. He is located at WADA’s headquarters in Montreal, Canada.
Prior to this, Frédéric was Director of WADA’s European Regional Office and International Federations Relations – a role that he held since 2011 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
In 2002, Frédéric joined WADA as Media Relations and Communications Manager in Montreal; and, subsequently was promoted to Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications. In this capacity, Frédéric served as WADA’s primary media spokesperson from 2002 to 2011.
Before joining WADA, Frédéric was a journalist and an editor with various Swiss print media outlets; for which, he covered in particular matters related to the Olympic Movement and issues of a social/political nature related to sport. Frédéric holds an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Lausanne and a graduate degree in public relations management from McGill University in Montreal.
James Fitzgerald - Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications, WADA
As of January 2018, James is a Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications at WADA.
Since 2012, James has held the position of Media and Communications Manager at World Rugby. Prior to joining World Rugby James held a similar role at the International Cricket Council in Dubai, UAE, from September 2006-December 2011.
James holds a Graduate degree in Applied Communications from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Valérie Fourneyron - Chair of the International Testing Agency (ITA)
Valérie Fourneyron served as French Sports Minister between 2012 and 2014 and remained a member of the National Assembly until this year.
Valérie began her career as a sport and exercise medicine doctor at Rouen hospital. She specialised in sports traumatology. She has been a doctor for France’s ice hockey and volleyball teams. She quickly joined the Ministry for Sports, and practiced as a doctor for many teams and individual athletes of high level. She is also a former volleyball player
Valérie is a former Deputy of Seine-Maritime 2007-2017 and former Minister of Youth, Sports, Popular Education and Community Life 2012-2014.
It was only in 1995 that she made her debut in politics. Initially a sports assistant for Rouen City council, she pursued a political career becoming one of the few women to run a city of more than 100,000 inhabitants. She then became the Minister for Sports and Young Citizens in Jean-Marc Ayrault government.
Designated in 2012 to represent Europe on the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency, she became chair of the Health, Medicine and Research Commission on 1 January 2015.
Valérie has 30 years of anti-doping experience and has played a leading role in the Steering Committees set-up to pave the way for the ITA. She was recently appointed as the Independent Chair of the Independent Testing Authority (ITA).
Yuriy Ganus - Director General, RUSADA
Effective 1 September 2017, Yuriy Ganus assumed the role as RUSADA’s Director General.
He was previously independent professional director, chairman of the board and executive director of Russian and foreign public and private corporations.
From 2014 to 2017, Yuriy was an independent director in the OJSC industrial holding Northern Machine –Building Enterprise Sevmash (Shipbuilding).
From 2013 to 2017, Yuriy was the Chairman of the board in the OJSC North-West Industrial railway transportation.
From 2002 to 2017, he was a managing partner of Tomorrow Business Laboratorium, legal & turnaround management firm (crisis management, corporate governance, conflicts and restructuring, strategic alliances and M&A).
Yuriy has also been associate partner of Wyn River Limited (London, UK). From 2011 to 2016, he was an independent anticorruption expert of The Russian Federation Ministry of Justice.
From 2008 to 2017 Yuriy was program director and lecturer of Business School Advanced Management Institute, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow State University Graduate School of Public Administration.
Pedro Gonçalves - Project Manager, Doping Free Sport Unit (DFSU), GAISF
Pedro Gonçalves is a project manager at the Doping Free Sport Unit (DFSU) of GAISF, currently working on the Pre-Games Taskforce project related to PyeongChang 2018.
Since 2011, he is part of the DFSU and has been managing the Anti-Doping programs of several Olympic and Recognized sports, with a particular focus on the Athlete Biological Passport program.
Pedro holds a PhD in Biophysics conducted at the Institut Curie in Paris and an Engineering degree from the Lausanne Institute of Technology.
Andrea Gotzmann - Chairperson of the Executive Board, National Anti Doping Agency Germany (NADA)
Since 2011, Dr Andrea Gotzmann acts as Chairperson of the Executive Board of NADA Germany.
Before, Andrea gathered experiences for more than 25 years in biochemical analysis at the WADA accredited laboratory in Cologne with specific expertise in quality management and international cooperation.
Among other positions, she is currently Board Member and Vice-Chair of the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (INADO), Chair of the Advisory Group on Science reporting to the Monitoring Group at the Council of Europe and member of the Anti-Doping Panel of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). She was recently appointed member of the WADA Laboratory Expert Group and is one of two NADO representatives within the Working Group on WADA Governance Matters.
Andrea was an enthusiastic Basketball player, winning the German championship 11 times with her team and playing 103 matches with the German national team.
Colin Grahamslaw - Secretary General, World Curling Federation (WCF)
Colin Grahamslaw was appointed Secretary General of the World Curling Federation in August 2010. Prior to that he had spent 15 years working in various national federations in his home country of Scotland including the sports of Fencing, Field Hockey and Curling.
In addition to his professional roles Colin has held a number of voluntary positions in sport including Vice Chairman of the Scottish Sports Association, National Team Manager for the Scottish Universities Cricket team and Student Vice Chairman of the British Universities Sports Federation.
Colin graduated with an honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Warwick where he took his first steps in sports management when he was elected as the Student Union’s full time Sports Officer.
Previously an active footballer and cricketer these days Colin’s own sporting activity is restricted to the golf course and curling rink, he is married with two daughters age 11 and 10.
Rüştü Güner - General Coordinator, Turkish Anti-Doping Commission
Mr Rüştü Güner is Medical Doctor and he has both Ph.D. degrees in Physiology and in Sports Medicine.
He is Professor and head of the Department of Sports Medicine at Ankara University Medical Faculty. His main fields are physiological assessment of the athletes and Anti-Doping.
Rüştü Güner has been working in Anti-Doping field since 1989. He is a member and General Coordinator of Turkish Anti-Doping Commission and he is a member of International Committee of the Mediterranean Games, Medical and Anti-Doping Commission.
He has participated in three WADA Independent Observer missions having been a member of the IO teams for the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, 2004 Athens Paralympic Games and 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.
Birgit Haukland - Manager, Intelligence and Investigation, Anti-Doping Norway (ADN)
Birgit Haukland iscurrently working as the Manager in Intelligence and Investigation in Anti-Doping Norway.
She has been working in the Norwegian police for 17 years as an Officer in several areas and mostly with investigation of organized crime, sexual abuse and intelligence. The last 6 years in the police, she was a Superintendent in the National Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) in Norway with investigation and criminal intelligence/ intelligence-led policing.
In September 2016, Birgit joined Anti-Doping Norway and the Department of testing, Investigation and legal.
Linda Hofstad Helleland - Vice-President, WADA & Minister of Children and Equality, Norway
Linda Helleland is WADA’s Vice President and Minister of Children and Equality of Norway, responsible for the rights of consumers, families, children and young people, as well as for anti-discrimination and full equality between men and women.
From December 2015 until January 2018, Linda was Minister of Culture of Norway, in charge of cultural policy, church, religious and belief-related matters, media policy, sports policy, gaming and lottery regulation, and the coordination of government policy relating to the voluntary sector.
Karine Henrie - Manager, Standards and Harmonization, WADA
Since 5 June 2017, Karine Henrie is the Manager, Standards and Harmonization at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Karine holds a Master’s degree in Sport Sociology from the University of Ottawa. She has dedicated over 10 years of her career to protecting the integrity of sport and the right of every athlete to compete on a level playing field through her work at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) as well as, with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).
Karine is fluent in both French and English and brings to WADA an excellent grasp of anti-doping rules and programs, her enthusiasm for teamwork and, her passion for clean sport.
David Ho – Anti-Doping Science and Results Manager, World Rugby
Dave Ho’s experience in Anti-Doping has been broad and multifaceted, grounded with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Auckland. His career began as a chaperone which eventually led to a full-time position at Drug Free Sport New Zealand where he spent the better part of 4 years involved in coordinating testing activities across NZ and as well as internationally more specifically in establishing capacity within the Oceania RADO.
In 2008 he moved to Dublin and the International Rugby Board as it was known at the time to take up the position of Anti-Doping Officer and was charged with educational resource development and the implementation of ADAMS. Dave has been involved in various Anti-Doping capacities at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the 2009 World Games, as well as numerous World Rugby events including the 2011 and 2015 editions of Rugby World Cup. Dave currently serves as World Rugby’s Anti-Doping Science and Results Manager but also deals with regulatory matters and WADA Code Compliance.
Mathieu Holz - Investigator, Intelligence and Investigations Department, WADA
Mathieu Holz is a Senior Officer in the French Gendarmerie.
He has been working 11 years for the French Gendarmerie first as Deputy Head of a Regional Criminal Investigations Department. Then, in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2009 between WADA and INTERPOL, he was seconded by the French Gendarmerie to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat at Lyon, as criminal intelligence officer in charge of anti-doping and performance-enhancing drugs trafficking.
In September 2014, Mathieu joined WADA Intelligence and Investigations Department and was involved in Pound Independent Commission and McLaren Independent Investigations. He is also coordinating WADA Anti-Doping Investigators Network gathering NADO, IFs and INTERPOL project manager Clement de Maillard.
Shafag Huseynli - CEO, Azerbaijan National Antidoping Agency
Effective December 23, 2016, Shafag Huseynli assumed the role of CEO, Azerbaijan National Antidoping Agency.
Prior to this, she was the CEO at Sports & Healthcare Group.
Prior to Sports & Healthcare Group, she held the position of Financial Analyst at International Bank of Azerbaijan.
Shafag is a member of World Wide Fund for Nature and International Solar Energy Society.
Shafag Huseynli teaches Anti-Doping course in Azerbaijan State Academy of Physical Training and Sport and has bachelor and MBA Degree in Finance from Khazar University.
Marco Ienna - Anti Doping Manager, World Taekwondo (WT)
Since 1 November 2013, Marco IENNA is the Anti Doping Manager of the World Taekwondo (WT). He is located at WT’s Seoul, Korea Headquarter, where he covers also the role of Manager of President’s Office.
Prior to assuming his role with WT in 2012, Marco has collaborated with the Italian Embassy in Korea and cooperated for different international events focused in sport and culture’s fields like 2010 G20 Seoul Summit as student’s ambassador, Daegu 2011 IAAF Organizing Committee, 2012 Yeosu Expo as Ambassador. Recently he has been appointed as Competition Director of the World Taekwondo Grand Prix Roma 2018 by Italian NOC (CONI).
During his University studies, Marco competed as Taekwondo player with Kyung-Hee University Taekwondo Team. He studied his Master degree in Physical Education obtaining the scholarship from the Korean government in 2011.
He is currently pursuing his PhD in Taekwondo Philosophy at Kyung-Hee University.
Dr Sergei Iljukov - Sports Medicine Physician, Sports and Exercise Medicine Clinic
Sergei Iljukov graduated from the University of Tartu, Estonia, where he studied medicine from 1998 to 2006. Since 2004 he is actively involved in anti-doping activities, first as a doping control officer (DCO) for IDTM (International Doping Test and Management) and then, in 2005, joined Estonian Anti-Doping Agency.
In 2006 he started his specialisation in sports and exercise medicine at the University of Helsinki. In 2007, he received an honorary position of medical expert in Estonian Anti-Doping Agency, position he served until 2010.
Worked for the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League) medical commission as a sports physiology and medicine expert, developing and creating frames for intelligent anti-doping testing strategy based on scoring modelling and sports physiology data (game statistics, injury surveillance, “red flag connections” with particular coaches, physicians etc.).
In 2013 he joined back the Estonian Anti-Doping Agency to implement the biological passport and WADA’s new testing guidelines.
Completed his sports medicine fellowship at Aspetar clinic in Doha, Qatar, in 2017.
Stuart Kemp - Deputy Director, Standards and Harmonization (Principal ADAMS Advancement), WADA
Stuart Kemp is Deputy Director of Standards and Harmonization at the Word Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Stuart has contributed to several WADA projects and initiatives including the development of the Athlete Biological Passport Program (ABP), WADA’s out of competition testing program, Code compliance monitoring efforts, and the ongoing development of stakeholder resources such as technical documents and best practice guidelines.
Stuart was a member of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code and International Standard for Testing and Investigations drafting teams, and is currently working alongside WADA’s IT team in order to advise on the development of the Next Gen ADAMS platform. In addition to Anti-Doping experience, at the 2004 Athens Paralympic and 2004 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Stuart managed WADA’s pre-Games testing at the 2008 Beijing and 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games and has been a member of WADA Independent Observer and advisory programs including the 2011 Doha Arab Games, 2012 London Olympic Games, 2013 Cali World Games, 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, 2015 Baku European Games, and the 2016 Rio Olympics. Prior to joining WADA in 2006, Stuart worked with Canada’s national anti-doping agency; the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES).
Stuart holds an honors degree in Political Science and International Development Studies from Dalhousie University, and a Master’s degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa.
Sergey Khrychikov - Head of Sport Conventions Division, Council of Europe
Sergey Khrychikov is responsible for monitoring inter alia the implementation of the Council of Europe Anti-Doping Convention.
He also serves as a Secretary to the Ad Hoc European Committee to the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA) – a European inter-governmental committee of experts responsible for coordinating the positions of European states parties in WADA.
Since 1 January 2018, Mr Khrychikov also lead the Secretariat of the ‘One Voice Platform’, a newly-established mechanism for an ongoing exchange of views and the development of better-informed strategic positions on current and emerging anti-doping issues across the pubic authorities of all five continents.
Mr Khrychikov also sits on the Supervisory Board of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) as an international member appointed by WADA since spring 2016.
Mr Khrychikov hold MA in Society and Politics from the Central European University (Warsaw, Poland) and PhD in Politics and International Law from Lancaster University (Lancaster, UK).
Rob Koehler - Deputy Director General, WADA
Effective 31 March 2016, Rob Koehler was appointed WADA’s Deputy Director General with immediate effect.
Rob has been an integral member of WADA’s staff since 2002; and, in his most recent role as Senior Director, Education & NADO/RADO Relations, was largely responsible for the advances made in initiating Regional Anti-Doping Organizations around the globe which includes the development of anti-doping programs in 16 regions in over 127 countries. Rob is also responsible for the oversight of all National Anti-Doping Organizations and global anti-doping education.
Rob was also the chairperson for the WADA Independent Observer team at the 2001 World Swimming Championships in Fukuoka, Japan and Vice Chair for the WADA Independent Observer team at 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. He was also a member of the Independent Observer Team at 2010 Vancouver Olympics and managed the WADA pre-games testing programs for both the Sydney and Salt Lake City Olympics.
Rob has been working in anti-doping field for almost two decades. Prior to joining WADA he worked with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). During his tenure with the CCES, he was also responsible for managing doping control programs for major Games in Canada including the summer and winter Canada Games, the 1999 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg.
Dr Tiia Kuuranne - Director of the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses (LAD)
Dr Tiia Kuuranne is director of the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses in Lausanne since June 2016 and before the transition to Switzerland, she was the director of the WADA-accredited laboratory in Helsinki, Finland.
A graduate from the University of Helsinki, specialised in steroid metabolism and liquid chromatographic-mass spectrometric (LC-MS) based technologies, Dr Kuuranne holds an academic position of an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She has authored or co-authored more than forty-five academic publications, which involve mainly enzyme-assisted syntheses of drug metabolites, mass spectrometric technologies and general aspects of doping control.
Dr Kuuranne served on the executive board of the World Association of Anti-Doping Scientists (WAADS) in 2011-2015, is a member of the WADA Laboratory Expert Group since 2013, and an associate editor of the “Drug Testing and Analysis” journal since 2009.
Kenny Lee - Deputy Director, Doping Control Division, Korea Anti-Doping Agency (KADA)
Korea Anti-Doping Agency (KADA) was established in November 2006 and Kyu Hwan (Kenny) Lee have worked with KADA since December 2006.
Prior to that, he had spent 5 years as a lecturer in several universities. His main fields were sport psychology and organization theory & sport management.
Kenny holds a Master’s degree in sport management from the University of Technology, Sydney and Ph.D. degree in sport psychology from Sung Kyun Kwan University.
He is currently in charge of doping control program for professional sports in Korea and also responsible for result management of KADA. Kenny is a Member of Anti-Doping Committee in International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
Florence Lefebvre-Rangeon - Manager, Government and NADO Relations, WADA
Florence Lefebvre-Rangeon joined WADA in 2015 as Manager, Government and NADO Relations in the European Office in Lausanne.
Prior to joining WADA, Florence has been working as Policy Officer in the European Olympic Committees EU Office in Brussels and as head of cabinet for a Member of the European Parliament.
Florence holds a PhD in Law and has authored many articles in various legal publications, mainly on Sports Law and Public Law.
Florence has played football at national level and is now practicing football and triathlon at recreational level.
Adrian Lorde - Chairman, Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO)
Dr. Adrian Lorde has been the chairman of the National Anti-Doping Commission of Barbados since 2000, and the Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) since 2005.
Dr. Lorde was Barbados’ representative on the WADA Foundation Board for two terms. He was an Independent Observer for the WADA since 2004, and a member of the WADA TUE Expert Committee for a three year period. He previously served as FIH TUE Committee Chairman and presently adjudicates TUEs for various international federations of the GAISF.
A Director of the Barbados Olympic Association, and team physician for Barbados Teams to CAC, Pan Am, Commonwealth and Olympic Games since 1986, Dr. Lorde was Chef De Mission for Barbados at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He has also served as a member of Medical and Anti-Doping Commissions of both the CAC and Pan Am Games since 2003.
A Family Physician and an Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, he is Medical Coordinator of the Barbados Defence Force and has the rank of Major.
He is also the President of the Pan American Confederation of Sports Medicine (COPAMEDE) and newly appointed Chairman of the Medical Panel of Cricket West Indies.
Ieva Lukosiute-Stanikuniene - International Expert within RUSADA
In April 2016, the World Anti-Doping Agency appointed Ieva Lukosiute-Stanikuniene as the International expert within the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to help in RUSADA reinstatement.
Ieva Lukosiute-Stanikuniene has extensive and diverse management and leadership experience in anti-doping, both at the national and international levels, and in implementing the World Anti-Doping Code, the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport and the Anti-Doping Convention of the Council Europe. Since 2005 she has been working as the Director of Lithuanian Anti-Doping Agency.
In 2012 Ieva Lukosiute-Stanikuniene was elected as a chair of Advisory Group on Education (TDO ED) by the Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention, and re-elected in 2014 for the second two years term of office. She was part of the WADA Out-Reach team during European Games 2015 in Baku.
WADA invited Ieva Lukosiute-Stanikuniene as an observer to the WADA Education Committee for 2016. Ieva Lukosiute-Stanikuniene defended the dissertation “Adaptation of human motor system to hyperthermia” in 2009 at the Lithuanian sports university, and received her PhD in Physiology, Biology, and Biomedical Sciences.
Dr Marcia MacDonald - Deputy Director, Athlete Biological Passport, WADA
Marcia MacDonald joined WADA’s Science and Medicine team as Deputy Director, Athlete Biological Passport in August 2017.
With more than 20 years of experience overseeing a range of biological projects in non-profit, industry, and academic sectors, Marcia understands the challenges of implementing research findings and new technologies into practice. Prior to joining WADA, Marcia was Director, Research Programs at Genome British Columbia, where she oversaw a portfolio of large multi-stakeholder projects that focused on applications of genomics and proteomics.
Before moving to the non-profit sector, Marcia worked in the biotechnology industry to identify and validate targets for gene silencing and other therapeutic approaches to anemia, metabolic diseases, and pain. Marcia obtained her PhD in Genetics from The University of British Columbia, where she studied mechanisms of atherosclerosis and inflammation.
Tom May - Deputy Director, NADO/RADO Relations, WADA
As Deputy Director, NADO/RADO Relations at WADA, Tom is responsible for managing the Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) Program in addition to supporting the further development of National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) world-wide. Over the years, Tom has been involved in many projects at WADA, including managing the Independent Observer Program at three Olympic Games, two Asian Games, one Pan American Games and one African Games.
Prior to joining WADA in 2004, Tom worked in international relations at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport.
Tom holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick and a graduate diploma in Sports Administration from Concordia University.
Kate Mittelstadt - Director of Anti-Doping, IRONMAN
Kate Mittelstadt serves as the Director of Anti-Doping for IRONMAN®. The IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world, with more than 200 events across 50 countries.
In 2005 IRONMAN became the first private, non-federation sports company to formally adhere to the World Anti-Doping Code and strives to protect the integrity of events and the health of athletes through the IRONMAN Anti-Doping Rules and I AM True outreach initiatives.
Kate began her anti-doping career with the United States Anti-Doping Agency from its inception in 2000 through 2008; serving as its Director of Doping Control for six years. Prior to taking over direction of the Ironman Anti-Doping Program in 2010 she was the Director of Doping Control for the Association of National Anti-Doping Organizations. She has been involved in major games in several capacities, including testing, outreach and WADA Independent Observer roles.
Jean-Pierre Morand - Attorney at Law & Partner, Kellerhals-Carrard
Jean-Pierre Morand graduated in law from the University of St-Gall (Hochschule).
From 1984, he worked as a trainee and then associate at Baker & McKenzie New York and Geneva. He was admitted to the Geneva Bar in 1986. From 1988 to 1995 he worked for the Marc Biver Développement SA, a sports marketing agency, which became IMG Switzerland in 1993 . Having returned to the bar, he was a partner of Legrand, Morand & Partners until 2008. He joined Carrard & Associés in 2009.
Jean-Pierre Morand specializes in corporate and sports law. He acts as counsel for international sporting federations and major event organisers. His services are regularly required in international arbitration proceedings, including before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Jean-Pierre Morand is also a member of the board of directors for various Swiss companies. He is a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) and the International Bar Association (IBA).
Dr Jakob Mørkeberg - Scientific Consultant, Anti Doping Denmark (ADD)
Dr. Jakob Mørkeberg is Scientific Consultant at Anti Doping Denmark (ADD) since 2013. He is responsible for developing ADD’s Risk Assessment and Test Distribution Plan as well as running the organization’s Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) program.
Jakob is sitting on WADA’s Blood Expert Group and Project Review Panel and was member of the Independent Observer team in Rio 2016.
Before joining ADD, Jakob conducted anti-doping research related to the detection of EPO and blood transfusions.
Jakob holds a B.Sc. in Sport Science (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), a M.Sc. in Human Physiology (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and a Ph.D. in Medicine (University of Copenhagen, Denmark).
Dr. Lars Mortsiefer - Member of the Executive Board, NADO Germany
Dr. Lars Mortsiefer is an effective member of the Executive Board and Director of Legal Department of the German Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
He is also Head of Legal Expert Group of the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (INADO), the international body of currently 60 national anti-doping organizations.
He has graduated as a lawyer at the University of Bonn in 2005 and in 2008 he specialized in Sports Law at the Open University Hagen. In 2010, he got his PhD in law at the University of Bonn defending the thesis “The fight against doping and data protection – fundamentals and fields of tension”.
Eva Nyirfa - Legal Counsel, International Weightlifting Federation (IWF)
Eva Nyirfa has worked with the International Weightlifting Federation since May 2015.
She started as a Junior Legal Counsel and was appointed as Legal Counsel in September 2016.
She is in charge of coordinating all aspects of IWF’s Anti-Doping Programme through liaising with the different decision making Commissions and Committees, such as the Anti-Doping Commission, the Clean Sport Commission, the Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee and the Medical Committee. She is also in charge of coordinating Results Management and dealing with the general legal issues of the IWF.Her office is based in Budapest, Hungary.
She qualified as an LLD in 2013 and worked at the Litigation unit of the Office of Immigration and Nationality in Budapest prior to moving to the Sports sector.
Hitesh Patel - Head of International Sport, Major Sports Events and Sports Integrity, UK Government (DCMS)
Hitesh Patel is Head of International Sport, Major Sports Events and Sports Integrity at the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
He has held a range of positions since entering the Civil Service in 2002, including roles at the Cabinet Office’s Civil Contingencies Secretariat and The Royal Parks. In his current role, Hitesh oversees the Government’s relationship with UK Anti-Doping and has represented Europe and the UK Government at the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Foundation Board and UNESCO’s Conference of Parties (CoP) to the International Convention against Doping in Sport respectively. He was re-appointed as Rapporteur to the Bureau to the Convention at ‘CoP6’ in September 2017.
More widely, Hitesh oversees the UK’s engagement in the development of international sport policy, which has previously included leading the UK delegation at the Council of Europe’s negotiations on its Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions. Hitesh leads the UK Government’s support for major sports events, which has previously included the London 2017 IAAF and IPC World Championships, the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart. Hitesh led the team that supported the sport elements of the UK Government’s Anti-Corruption Summit in 2016 which, through working with a range of Governments and key partners such as the International Olympic Committee, led to the development of the ‘International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport’, and he has represented the UK at the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group.
Working with Sport England and UK Sport, he was also involved in the development of the UK Code for Sports Governance published in October 2016.
Outside of work, Hitesh is Chair of Trustees at Sport 4 Life UK, a Birmingham-based charity that delivers sports-themed programmes which support young people to improve their key life skills and employability.
Nick Paterson - Chief Executive Officer, Drug Free Sport New Zealand
Nick joined Drug Free Sport New Zealand as Chief Executive in July 2017.
Prior to this role he was General Manager Fraud and Corruption at the New Zealand Serious Fraud Office from 2010 to 2017.
A chartered accountant, he was responsible for the SFO’s corruption work, leading a multidisciplinary team of lawyers, forensic accountants and investigators examining and prosecuting corruption allegations.
He also represented NZ at the OECD Working Group on Bribery in Paris in 2013 and 2015, as well as at APEC in the Philippines in 2015.
Before the Serious Fraud Office, Nick worked at a number of chartered accountancy firms providing education, training and advice on fraud prevention as well as carrying out numerous fraud investigations.
Henrique Pereira - Director, Brazilian Doping Control Laboratory
Working in the doping control field since 1997, Henrique assumed the position of Director in the Brazilian Doping Control Laboratory (LBCD) in July 2017.
Henrique has a MSc and PhD degrees in Chemistry by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) where works as Associate Professor of the Chemistry Institute, teaching Analytical Chemistry and Analytical Toxicology for undergraduate and graduate students since 2005.
He has authored or co-authored more than thirty academic publications dedicated to doping control in sports and correlated themes, as mass spectrometry, chromatography and bioassays.
As a member of the LBCD, Henrique had the opportunity to contribute in the anti-doping analysis of several international events, including the Winter Olympic Games Seul 2018, Summer Olympic Games Rio 2016 (as Deputy Director and of LBCD) and the Pan-American Games 2007.
In parallel to the analytical activities, Henrique develops an education project dedicated to prevent the use of doping agents in young students and athletes.
Leonardo Picciani – Brazilian Minister of Sports
Leonardo Carneiro Monteiro Picciani, born on November 6th 1979, agriculturist and bachelor of law, married and father of three children.
Born in Nilópolis (RJ), he occupies the fourth consecutive quarter as a PMDB Congressman of Rio de Janeiro.
He was Secretary of the State for Housing in Rio de Janeiro between the years of 2009 and 2011, and evaluator of the Presidency of the Court of Auditors of Rio de Janeiro, between the years 1998 and 2002. In the Chamber of Deputies, he has integrated innumerable permanent commissions, such as the Constitution and Justice of Citizenship, Participatory Legislation, Inspection and Financial Control and Urban Development.
Among his specialties, he has worked in several commissions, such as the World Cup and the Confederations Cup, Improvement of Brazilian Institutions, Application of Royalties Resources and Reform of the Penal Code, among others.
Dr Olivier Rabin - Senior Executive Director, Sciences and International Partnerships, WADA
Dr. Rabin joined WADA as Science Director in 2002. Over the years, he has established an international reputation as an expert in pharmaceutical research and development. Prior to joining WADA, he worked more than seven years for IPSEN Pharma, in the United Kingdom and in France, in the fields of research and business development. In this capacity, he was responsible for international development of new medicines and led scientific and medical teams for in-depth assessment of projects.
Prior to his work at IPSEN, Dr. Rabin was a principal investigator of research in pharmacology and toxicology for government organizations, including having spent four years at the National Institutes of Health in the United States, where he was responsible for a cerebral ischemia program and development of pharmacological strategies for brain neuroprotection. He also worked at the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale in Paris, France.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Rabin has been instrumental in establishing partnerships with high profile public or private organizations; and therefore, it was fitting that, in 2016, International Partnerships be added to his WADA portfolio.
Dr. Rabin has a PhD in fundamental and applied toxicology and a degree in biomedical engineering. He speaks fluent French and English; and, is the author of numerous scientific publications.
Tim Ricketts - Director Standard & Harmonization, WADA
Tim Ricketts joined the WADA team in July 2013 after leaving his post as Anti-Doping Manager for the International Federation of Rugby Union where he was based in Dublin, Ireland for ten years.
Tim began working in Anti-Doping in 1992 in Australia after completing an undergraduate degree in Sports Science and Sports Administration at the University of Canberra. His first role was as a Doping Control Officer and Testing Coordinator with the Australian National Anti-Doping Agency. Tim went on to be the Anti-Doping Manager for the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, USA and again for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Tim has participated in five WADA Independent Observer missions having been a member of the IO teams for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, 2010 Tour de France, 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Dr Neil Robinson - Anti-doping and Project Manager, IOC
Since November 2016, Neil Robinson is working for Medical and Scientific Department of the IOC as an Anti-doping and Project Manager. He is currently in charge of the IOC re-analyses program and in settling the ITA (International Testing Agency). He is also responsible for the follow up of the present research projects supported by the IOC.
Before that, he worked for 20 years for the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses (LAD) in Lausanne. He was responsible at that time for the Athlete Passport Management Unit (APMU), the blood, urine hormone and EPO analyses. In 2003 he finished is PhD; he conducted his research on blood doping and set up the basis of the so-called athlete biological passport (ABP). He published quite a few articles in this field and took part in writing some of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) technical documents (e.g. Blood Analytical Requirements for the Athlete Biological Passport). Before his thesis, he conducted a research on nandrolone showing that football players could excrete nandrolone metabolites in urine following an intense exercise.
Francesca Rossi - Director, Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF)
Francesca Rossi took the leadership of CADF (Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation) assuming the role of Director in 2010.
Prior to starting this role in CADF, she was the Scientific and Administrative Manager in IAAF since 2007, but she started her professional career in the Anti-Doping Laboratory of Rome, where Francesca had the role of Deputy Director and Operational Manager.
She was the responsible of the operations, logistics and HR activities during the Winter Olympic Games held in Turin (2006) when the Laboratory was moved from Rome to Turin.
Francesca is a member of different Working groups in WADA and she gives regularly lectures on different Anti-Doping topics not only in the Lausanne University but also in several congresses and workshops. Francesca is a Pharmaceutical Chemist with a PhD in Pharmacology and a Master in Business Administration.
*CADF is the Independent body delegated by UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) to manage the overall Anti-Doping Program in Cycling from Strategy to preliminary Result management. The Foundation is ISO 9001 certified and it is based in Aigle, Switzerland. The CADF runs one of the most comprehensive Anti-Doping program in sport, following WADA statistics.
Japhter Rugut - CEO Kenyan NADO
In February 2016, Japhter Rugut was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) after having benefitted from various trainings and collaboration meetings with other partners in the industry and exhibiting commitment for the development of integrity in Sports.
Prior to that, he was the Secretary of Sports in the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts and in 2014 he was the Director General, National Youth Service in the Ministry of Devolution.
He has over 25 years of experience in Public Administration. He rose steadily through the ranks from the level of District Officer, District Commissioner and eventually Provincial Commissioner in the Kenya Public Service.
Japhter holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Literature and Public Administration.
Ben Sandford - Member, WADA Athlete Committee
Ben Sandford is a three time Olympian in Skeleton from New Zealand. He won a bronze medal at the 2012 World Championships and has multiple World Cup medals, he retired from Skeleton racing after the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
Ben has been a member of the WADA Athlete Committee for the last 5 years, was the Skeleton athlete representative at the FIBT (now IBSF) from 2006-2014, and is currently the Vice President of Legal Affairs at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF), and a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee Athletes Committee and Integrity Committee. Ben has a law degree and arts degree from Victoria University in New Zealand and a Executive Masters in International Sports Law (LLM) from ISDE in Madrid, he works as a lawyer at Sandford & Partners in Rotorua, New Zealand.
Ben was a member of the IO team at the Asian Games in 2014, has been a part of various outreach programs for WADA and the IBSF and is currently part of the Code Drafting Team
Nicole Sapstead - Chief Executive, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD)
Nicole was appointed as interim Chief Executive of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) in January 2015 and was appointed to the position permanently in March 2015.
Previously UKAD’s Director of Operations, Nicole was responsible for the delivery of the organisation’s testing, intelligence and investigations, and science and medicine functions.
Nicole has worked in anti-doping since 1997, having previously worked as the Assistant to the Director and Legal Advisor at the Drug Control Centre at King’s College, and in various roles at UK Sport, where she progressed to Head of Operations before joining UKAD in 2009.
Beckie Scott - Chair, WADA Athlete Committee
Three-time Olympian Beckie Scott retired in 2006, capping nearly two decades of competitive cross-country ski racing as Canada’s most successful cross-country skier and one of the world’s best all-around cross-country racers.
Scott was a trailblazer for nordic sports in Canada from the moment she joined the country’s national program in 1994. During her 11-year career she re-wrote the Canadian record books, winning two Olympic medals – a gold medal in the five-kilometre pursuit race at the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games and a silver medal with teammate Sara Renner in the team sprint event at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games – as well as 15 World Cup medals, among her other achievements.
Her career accomplishments off the snow are equally impressive. Scott’s pursuit of justice around her 2002 Olympic gold medal was a triumph for athletes’ rights and fair play. She is also a tireless advocate for drug-free sport, and is currently Canada’s representative on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s newly formed Athlete Committee.
During the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, Scott’s peers elected her to the IOC Athletes’ Commission for an eight-year term. She also serves on the board of directors for the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and the Trans-Canada trail. Having recently completed an 8-year term with the International Olympic Committee, Beckie Scott remains a tireless advocate for ethical, drug-free sport.
Beckie is a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Executive Board, and was appointed Chair of the World Anti-doping Agency’s Athlete Committee. She is a frequent presenter and contributor to global conferences and audiences on the issues and challenges around clean, fair sport with integrity.
Julien Sieveking - Legal Affairs Director, WADA
On 1 July 2016, Julien Sieveking assumed the role of WADA’s Director, Legal Affairs.
Julien joined WADA Legal Department on 4 January 2005 as Manager, he was subsequently promoted to Senior Manager -effective 1 January 2010, and then to Chief Legal Manager effective 1 July 2012.
Before joining WADA, Julien Sieveking worked for seven years for the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) as Disciplinary Counsel. He has also worked in major sports or sports-related events.
The multilingual Swiss lawyer holds a law degree from the University of Lausanne; specializing in sports law, in particular in sports litigation. He also holds a Master’s degree in sports organizations management from the University Claude Bernard in Lyon and completed an executive program at McGill University. He is also a lecturer in several sports law master programs worldwide.
Dr Pierre-Edouard Sottas - Senior Advisor, Athlete Biological Passport, WADA
Dr Pierre-Edouard Sottas is Senior Advisor, Athlete Biological Passport, at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
After 7 years in the development of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) program at the Laboratory for Doping Analyses (LAD), Lausanne, he joined WADA in 2010 to manage the implementation and use of this program worldwide.
Pierre-Edouard holds a M.Sc. in Physics, a M.Sc. in Biology and a Ph.D. in Life Sciences (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). He is the author of more than 70 book chapters and peer-reviewed scientific articles in the field of biomarkers.
Pierre-Edouard is also co-founder and CEO of BioKaizen SARL and BioKaizen Lab SA, two companies active in the field of personalized nutrition, wellness and health monitoring.
Sasha Sutherland - Executive Director, Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO)
When it comes to the passionate advocacy for equity in sports, you’ll find no greater proponent than Sasha Sutherland, Executive Director of the Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO). In her role she manages teams in the 18 Caribbean RADO member countries by ensuring that the rules, regulations, education and testing are maintained at international standards, which she anticipates will redound to the benefits of all athletes competing in sport.
With a desire to increase the awareness of sport internationally, Sasha is a Senior Lecturer in The Hague University of Applied Sciences’ International Sport Management Programme (ISPM), and is also a Part-Time Lecturer with The University of the West Indies Cave Hill’s Sport Science and Tourism Programmes.
Sasha is a former triple-discipline athlete of Lawn Tennis, Football and Hockey and former national team manager for football in Barbados. She is a member of the Barbados Olympic Association’s Women and Sport Committee and brings her knowledge of being athlete, administrator and academic together to inform the world in any way she can.
Rodney Swigelaar - Director, African Regional Office, WADA
Rodney Swigelaar has served as Director of WADA’s African Regional Office in South Africa since 2003. A keen cricketer who also represented SA Universities in the sport, Rodney Swigelaar studied at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, in the Republic of South Africa and also pursued further studies in Applied Linguistics at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.
Upon his return, he joined his alma mater, the University of the Western Cape, as a lecturer. In 1996, he was appointed as a researcher dealing primarily with sport and recreation in the National Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.
Following the country’s second democratic general elections in 1999, he joined Sport and Recreation South Africa (a government department) and the Ministry of Sport and Recreation as Deputy Director for Parliamentary Relations.
He represented South Africa at numerous WADA Foundation Board and Executive Committee Meetings and also participated, on behalf of the Republic South Africa, the various sessions of the Informal Inter-governmental Consultative Group on Doping in Sport (IICGADS). He was also the coordinator of the IICGADS IV Meeting hosted by South Africa, served on the Secretariat of IICGADS, and occupied various coordinating roles in sport on behalf of the South African Government.
Roh Taekang - Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea
Effective Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea, Roh Taekang graduated in Public Administration at Kyungpook National University, where he further got his Masters in the same field. He is also a PhD in Social and Cultural Studies (Europa-Universität Viadrina – Frankfurt).
In 2005, Roh Taekang began his carrer in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) as Director of International Sports.
In the following years, he moved between relevant positions inside the MCST, as of Director of International Culture (2006), Director of Korean Cultural Center in Germany (2010), Director of Library and Information Policy (2012), Director-general of Sports (2013) before becoming the Chief in Education and Cultural Cooperation Bureau of the National Museum of Korea (2016).
Jonathan Taylor - Chair, WADA Compliance Review Committee
Jonathan is one of the world’s leading sports lawyers, advising nationally and internationally on cutting-edge commercial, regulatory and contentious issues across all major sports.
Jonathan is co-head of the law firm Bird & Bird’s Sport Group, based in London.
He advises a wide range of sports bodies (including international and national governing bodies, public agencies, event organisers, leagues, clubs, and their commercial partners and agents) on commercial matters such as the exploitation of broadcasting and sponsorship rights, contentious matters including challenges to regulatory decisions, commercial disputes, and regulatory and disciplinary issues (including in particular match-sanctioning, match-fixing and doping issues).
Jonathan is an experienced advocate, appearing regularly before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, as well as a range of internal sports tribunals. In recognition of his skills as an advocate, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017.
In 2016, Jonathan chaired the WADA Independent Observer team that served at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and in December 2016 he was appointed chair of WADA’s Compliance Review Committee.
Jon sits as an arbitrator in sports disputes (as chairman of the International Baseball Federation’s Anti-Doping Panel, under FA Rule K, and as a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of Sport Resolutions), and is also a member of the British Horseracing Authority’s Ethics Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Working Group on Legal Matters.
Holding both UK and US law degrees, Jonathan originally qualified and practised as a commercial lawyer in New York, before moving back to the UK in 1997, since he has since focused exclusively on advising sports sector clients.
Alongside his practice, Jonathan is co-editor (with Adam Lewis QC) of the leading UK sports law text, Sport: Law and Practice (3rd Edn 2014). He was a tutor at University College, Oxford (Tort Law and Administrative Law) in 1992/93 and Director of Studies in Sports Law at King’s College, London from 2000 to 2007.
Sandro Teixeira - Director of Information and Education ABCD (Brazilian NADO)
Sandro de Oliveira Teixeira, born June 19th 1972, married and father of three children.
Born in Vitória (Espirito Santo), he is a Physical Educator specialized in Judo (4th degree by the Brazilian Judo Federation) and also with experience in Sports Events Management (national and international levels).
Working for the Brazilian Sports Ministry at ABCD – Brazilian Authority on Doping Control as a Director of Information and Education, Sandro has as primary responsibility the implementation of the national information and education program, also manage the institutional relations with all Olympic Sports Organizations, Paralympic and also with sports that are not yet in the Summer Olympic and Paralympic or Winter Olympic and Paralympic programs.
Other priorities of his position are to develop a good relationship with the World Anti-doping Agency, and the National Anti-doping Organizations around the world.
Marthinus van der Merwe – Director, South African Doping Control Laboratory
Marthinus has been the Director of SADoCoL (South African Doping Control Laboratory) at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, since January 2015.
Previously he was the Scientific Director at the Bioanalytical Service Laboratory of PAREXEL in Bloemfontein, South Africa (2004 – 2014), responsible for research and in-house training of analysts, as well as method development and validation of quantification methods and feasibility studies for the Laboratory.
During this time he was also appointed as Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and currently also Associate Professor at the Department of Genetics at the University of the Free State, where he teaches in Forensic Sciences.
His scientific background started with and MSc (1979) and PhD (1986) in Medical Sciences at the Medical Faculty of the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He later developed and managed the first electrospray mass spectrometry laboratory in South Africa (1992 – 2004), providing research and service support to diverse disciplines in the local scientific community. This Laboratory still operates within the Central Analytical Facilities of the University of Stellenbosch.
Marthinus has been author and co-author of more than 50 peer reviewed scientific publications and presentations.
Michele Verroken – Director, Sporting Integrity
Michele Verroken is Founding Director of Sporting Integrity, the international sports consultancy specialising in integrity and governance innovation. Clients include Professional Sports (Golf, ESports), International and National Sports Federations as well as athletes, medical, media and law professionals.Initially a teacher and lecturer in human and sports sciences before taking a management role at The Sports Council in 1987, later UK Sport.
Her first assignment with Sports Minister Colin Moynihan and Sebastian Coe was to create the UK’s first Independent Anti-Doping Programme. As Director of Ethics and Anti-Doping at UK Sport for twenty years, Michele achieved a number of other firsts (ISO certified procedures for Anti-Doping which became the operating standards of the World Anti-Doping Code), professional sports Illicit/Recreational drugs programme, Drug Information Database and whistleblowing line. Michele worked with the Football Association and Professional Footballers Association to introduce their first in and out of competition anti-doping programmes, including illicit, recreational drugs testing and intervention.
Since 2002 Michele has been Commonwealth Games Federation Medical Commission Secretary, organising and delivering medical and anti-doping services for Commonwealth Games. Michele serves on several sports arbitration panels and is visiting lecturer for several university MSc courses.
An eternal student, Michele recently graduated from the first ICSA Sports Governance and Administration course with Distinction! A former international netball umpire, England handball and korfball player, county netballer and cricketer, Michele has retired from competitive sport for the moment.
Mekonnen Ydersal - Director General, Ethiopian NADO
Mekonnen Ydersal Graduated with M.A Degree in Communication and Journalism from Addis Ababa University.
He has served as a Head of Anti-H.I.V/AIDS Office in the Ministry of Youth and Sports for 4 Years (2008-2011), Head of Sport Change Management Office in the Ministry of Youth and Sports for 5 Years (2011-2016) and is currently Director General of the Ethiopian NADO.
Mekonnen is actively involved in the Policy and Strategy Developments of Sport Sector at different levels.
Gunter Younger - Director Intelligence and Investigations, WADA
Effective 3 October, Günter Younger assumed the role of Director of Intelligence and Investigations for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Mr. Younger was previously Head of the Cybercrime Division at the Bavarian Landeskriminalamt (BLKA) in Germany, which he created as the central point of contact for police, State departments and private companies in all cybercrime matters of Bavaria. While fulfilling this role, in 2015, Günter was seconded to WADA’s three-person Independent Commission that investigated and exposed widespread doping in Russian athletics.
After graduating from Police Training School in Dachau and Kӧnigsbrunn in 1988, Mr. Younger joined the BLKA as an investigator. Over the years, Günter held numerous increasingly senior positions with a particular focus on international investigations; specifically, combating drug trafficking and organised crime.
After completing postgraduate studies at the Police College of Public Administration in Fürstenfeldbruck and at the National Police Staff College in Münster, Mr. Younger served as Deputy Head of the Organised Crime Division of the BLKA. In 2006, he was deployed to Europol as an Analyst for Serious Organised Crime.
In 2008, Mr. Younger was seconded to Interpol´s drug unit in Lyon/France where he was swiftly promoted to Team Leader/Coordinator. By the following year, he had assumed responsibility for the organization’s Drugs and Criminal Intelligence Unit (DCIU) and the newly created Anti-Doping section.
Upon completion of his term at Interpol, in 2011, Mr. Younger returned to Germany to lead Bavaria’s Counterfeit Currency Unit before joining BLKA.
Andreas Zagklis - Legal Director and General Counsel, International Basketball Federation (FIBA)
Andreas Zagklis is the Legal Director and General Counsel at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) since June 2016.
He started his career as an attorney-at-law in Greece (Dedes-Makroglou and Associates, 2004-2008) and continued in Munich, Germany (Beiten Burkhardt 2008-2009; Martens Lawyers 2009-) where he acted also as Head of the Secretariat of the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT).
His experience includes assisting the Ad-Hoc Division of CAS in three Olympic Games (Athens 2004, Turin 2006, Beijing 2008), representing numerous parties – primarily in football disputes – before the CAS and providing legal advice on a wide range of regulatory, contractual and disciplinary matters to international sports organizations, including FIBA and FIVB.
He is a member of the UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal and of the FIG Disciplinary Commission. Since 2009, he lectures regularly at the International Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport (FIFA Master) and at the LL.M. course on International Sports Law at the University of Zurich.
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