Presenters & Moderators
in alphabetical order
Venera Abdulla – Manager of Central Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organization with over 10 years of experience in Anti-Doping sphere.
Works in position of Central Asia RADO Manager since 2013 with major responsibilities: coordination and management the RADOCA overall activities and programs and working closely with the Central Asia National Olympic Committees, Governments, International and National Federations, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and all the relevant stakeholders, including other RADOs.
Member of the OCA Anti-Doping Commission
Graduated from Kazakhstan National Medical University in 2010.
Started career as International Doping Control Officer in 2009, and participated at various sport events including Asian Games and Olympic Games.
Sue Backhouse is Director of Research and Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Nutrition in the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University. Sue and the Sporting Integrity and Welfare Research Group at Leeds Beckett have established a globally recognised programme of research investigating doping and clean sport behaviour from multiple perspectives (e.g., athlete, athlete support personnel, policymaker). Her research work has attracted funding from the European Commission, World Anti-Doping Agency, International Olympic Committee and National Governing Bodies of Sport. For example, in 2018 Sue launched the European Union Erasmus + funded Clean Sport Alliance with partners from three academic institutions and five national anti-doping organisations across Europe. Sue is a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency Social Science Research Group, a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, an Associate Fellow and Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Session 2: Opening remarks by WADA President and Director General – presenter
Session 7: A Q&A session with WADA President, Vice President, and Director General – panelist
Session 13: Symposium wrap-up – panelist
Effective 1 January 2020, Witold Bańka commenced in his role as President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Prior to this, since May 2017, Mr. Bańka served as the European representative on WADA’s Executive Committee in his capacity as Minister of Sport and Tourism, Poland.
In November 2015, Mr. Bańka was appointed Minister of Sport and Tourism, Poland, to the cabinet of Prime Minister Beata Szydło; and, in December 2017, he was reappointed to the cabinet of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. In this role, Mr. Bańka initiated the amendment of the Act on Sport that’s main objective was to increase transparency of the work of Polish sports associations; and, to eradicate corruption and nepotism from sport. He is the author of the bill on the Fight Against Doping in Sport, which comprehensively regulates all matters relating to combating doping in Poland.
Prior to entering politics, Mr. Bańka worked in the public relations sector, delivering training courses in media relations and reputation management. In this capacity, he also created advertising campaigns and built PR strategies with leading Polish companies.
As a 400-meter runner, Mr. Bańka represented Poland internationally from 2005 – 2012, with career highlights that included: silver medals in 2005 and 2006 at the Polish Athletics Junior Championships; a relay gold in 2005 at the European Athletics Junior Championships in Erfurt, Germany; a gold and a silver medal in 2007 and 2009 respectively at the Summer Universiade in Bangkok, Thailand and those in Belgrade, Serbia; and, a bronze medal in 2007 at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan.
Mr. Bańka was born in October 1984 in Tychy, Poland; and, graduated with a degree in political science from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. While he retired from elite sport in 2012, he is still very active in sport, including running marathons.
Working lunch: International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) – moderator and presenter
At WADA since January 2007, first as Senior Manager Science, then Deputy Director Science from 2014-2018, and most recently as Senior Deputy Director for Laboratories and Scientific Research, his main responsibilities include the management of WADA laboratory accreditation and monitoring activities, the coordination of scientific expert working groups as well as the supervision of specific scientific research projects.
Osquel has a 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 scientific 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).
Session 11b: What should be the next steps for Governments in the fight against doping in sport? – moderator
Session 12b: How can Governments contribute to building Anti-Doping capacity worldwide? – moderator
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.
Session 12c: An outlook on future analytical detection methods – main presenter
Dr. Buisson joined the French Antidoping Laboratory in 2005 as Manager of the Specialized Analyses and Research and Development Department. Over the years, she reinforced the capacities of the laboratory for IRMS and peptides analyses, as well as the research activity thanks to scientific collaborations.
Before joining the French Antidoping Laboratory, Corinne Buisson obtained a PhD in analytical chemistry and more particularly focused on the analysis of steroids by GC-C-IRMS. The strong experience in steroid analysis by IRMS and the years’ experience in antidoping allowed her to integrate the WADA IRMS expert group.
Since 2014, Dr. Corinne Buisson participated to the implementation of APMU activities in the laboratory where she is currently the Steroidal Module manager. Recently the French Antidoping Laboratory obtained the WADA accreditation for APMU services.
Session 6c: Testing and Investigations in practice (ISTI) – presenter
Session 9c: Testing and Investigations in practice (ISTI) – presenter
Deputy Head of Athletics Integrity Unit
Head of Testing and Compliance
Working in the fight against doping in different capacities for the past 14 years
Session 6b: Anti-Doping privacy obligations in practice (ISPPPI) – main presenter
Session 9b: Anti-Doping privacy obligations in practice (ISPPPI) – main presenter
Session 13: Symposium wrap-up – panelist
Daniel Cooper is a partner based on the London and Brussels offices of Covington & Burling LLP, where he advises clients on European and international data protection and cybersecurity matters. He has been advising on European data protection laws for the past 20 years, and is qualified to practice in the United Kingdom, Ireland and U.S. jurisdictions. Mr. Cooper helps anti-doping organizations on their compliance with data privacy rules and helped draft the Privacy Standard, and also advises the Council of Europe on global efforts to eliminate sports manipulation.
Session 5c: The new Education Standard (ISE) and Guidelines in practice – moderator
Session 8c: The new Education Standard (ISE) and Guidelines in practice – moderator
Session 11a: An update on the development of tools to measure doping prevalence – moderator
Session 12a: An overview of what the social science research is telling us – moderator
Tony joined WADA in April 2013 where he serves as Senior Manager for Education. His primary responsibilities include the development and implementation of education programs with key stakeholders. He is also responsible for administering WADA’s Social Science Research Program and is currently coordinating the development of the International Standard for Education.
Before he joined WADA, Tony was Head of Performance Planning with the Irish Sports Council where he was responsible for Olympic sports. He also has a background in designing and delivering health intervention programs to initiate behavior change, particularly in young people relating to childhood obesity. He was Director of a national healthy eating program in Ireland from 2005 to 2008, with participation of every schoolchild in the country, it was the largest program of its kind in Europe at the time.
Olivier de Hon is Chief Operating Officer at the official National Anti-Doping Organisation of the Netherlands, ‘Dopingautoriteit’. He successfully defended his PhD-thesis called ‘Striking the Right Balance – Effectiveness of Anti-Doping Policies’ at Utrecht University, the Netherlands in 2016. He is a member of WADA’s Working Group on the Prevalence of Doping. In his private time he is a volunteer guide of the Olympic Stadium in his hometown Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Rob Donovan (PhD Psychology) is a behavioural scientist with an international reputation in social marketing and public health promotion. He is currently Adjunct Professor in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Western Australia. He has been involved with WADA since its inception, and was an inaugural member of the Education Committee, serving from 2000 – 2012. He chairs the Social Sciences Research Committee and led the team that developed the WADA Social Sciences Research Package. He was also a member of the recent Working Group on the International Standard for Education.
Session 5c: The New Education Standard (ISE) and guidelines in practice – presenter
Session 8c: The New Education Standard (ISE) and guidelines in practice – presenter
Eva Erfle is a consultant in the Education department at the World Anti-Doping Agency. Her current tasks involve helping with the implementation of the International Standard for Education, including the development of the Education Guidelines, and overseeing the development of the Sport Values in Every Classroom toolkit. Eva has a background in education with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the field and many years of teaching experience.
Session 13: Summary of Symposium Discussions – moderator
James joined WADA in January 2018 as Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications.
Prior to that, he held similar positions at World Rugby in Dublin, Ireland, and the International Cricket Council in Dubai, UAE. He originally worked as a journalist for several years in his native Ireland, including as a sports correspondent for The Irish Times.
A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, James also holds a masters degree in Applied Communications from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Chief Executive Officer of SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport since 2008, Khalid has served on various international and continental forums representing anti-doping policy perspectives on behalf of South Africa and Africa. His academic background includes graduate degrees in sports medicine and business management.
Session 1: Welcome – presenter
Effective 13 August 2018, Sébastien Gillot assumed the role of Director, European Regional Office and International Federation Relations.
Before joining WADA, M. Gillot was Head of Communications for the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) from 2014–2018. Before the UCI, he held numerous communications and stakeholder engagement roles in the sports industry; most notably, from 2011–2014 as Director of Public Relations and Communications for the International Boxing Association (AIBA); in 2011 as Manager of Communications for the Annecy 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Committee; in 2011 as Editor-in-Chief at the Global Sports Forum Barcelona 2011 with Havas Sports & Entertainment; from 2003–2011 as Lead Editor of FIFA.com with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA); and, from 2001–2003 as Communications Coordinator for the Paris Saint-Germain Football Club.
Sébastien holds a Bachelor of Accounting from the ICS Bégué (Paris) and a Masters in Communications and Journalism from the Institut Supérieur des Médias de Paris.
Kevin Haynes is the Deputy Director (Audits and Monitoring Program) within the Standards and Harmonization department at WADA. His responsibilities include monitoring code compliance of signatories, supporting signatories with their compliance activities and developing tools and standards to assist the anti-doping community with their responsibilities.
Previously, Kevin was the Anti-Doping Manager at the English Football Association between 2012 and 2015 and prior to that the Deputy Anti-Doping Manager at the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games responsible for implementing the anti-doping program at those Games.
Between 2001 and 2010 Kevin fulfilled a number of roles with UK Anti-Doping (and its predecessor UK Sport) culminating in the role of Head of Testing.
Kevin has a Bachelor of Science degree from Loughborough University in Physical Education, Sports Science and Geography.
Karine joined WADA in June 2017 and is currently in the role of Senior Manager in the Standards and Harmonization team.
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.
Session 6b: Anti-Doping privacy obligations in practice (ISPPPI) – moderator
Session 9b: Anti-Doping privacy obligations in practice (ISPPPI) – moderator
Frédérique is Lead Counsel for Privacy and Data Governance at WADA.
She is multilingual and holds two law degrees from McGill University in Montreal (civil and common law) as well as a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Modern Languages from the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining WADA, Frédérique practiced in the area of privacy and data management at a leading Canadian law firm.
Session 4: What is expected of ADOs in preparation for the 2021 Code? – presenter
Session 5c: The new Education Standard (ISE) and Guidelines in practice – presenter
Session 8c: The new Education Standard (ISE) and Guidelines in practice – presenter
Effective 5 August 2019, Amanda Hudson joined WADA as Director, Education.
Before joining WADA, Amanda was Head of Education at UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), where she led their education strategy, making clean athletes her top priority and supporting UKAD’s aim to protect clean sport. She also represented the United Kingdom (UK) on the Advisory Group on Education that supports the Council of Europe’s Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention, and was until recently a member of the WADA Education Committee.
Involved in sport and education for over 30 years, Amanda’s focus has always been to harness the power of education. She delivers strategies which impact culture and change behavior by unifying stakeholders in a common direction. Throughout her career, Amanda has led many UK ‘firsts’ including: publishing a Clean Sport curriculum; establishing the Clean Games Policy mandating education for those attending a Major Games; launching a Clean Sport Accreditation Program for universities; creating a UK-wide Education Delivery Network that services UKAD’s 100% me program, implementing values-based schools programs dedicated to developing good sporting ethics; and, founded the annual UK Clean Sport Forum.
After studying Sports Science and Physiology at the undergraduate level, Amanda completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with the University of Huddersfield, England, qualifying as a teacher in the post-compulsory education sector.
Session 4: What is expected of ADOs in preparation for the 2021 Code and Standards? – moderator
Session 11c: An update on the new and upcoming features of ADAMs – moderator and presenter
Stuart Kemp is WADA’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer. As well as having responsibilities related to the re-development of ADAMS, Stuart contributes toward monitoring of Code compliance and Anti-Doping program development and related initiatives. Stuart has been a member of World Anti-Doping Code and International Standard for Testing and Investigations drafting teams. In addition to experience at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games and 2004 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Stuart managed WADA’s pre-Games testing at the 2008 Beijing and 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Stuart 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, and 2015 Baku European Games, 2016 Rio Olympics, and 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Prior to joining WADA in 2006, Stuart worked with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport in Ottawa. Stuart holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Development, and a Master’s degree in Human Kinetics.
Working lunch: The Prohibited List – main presenter
Dr. Audrey Kinahan, PhD, B.Sc. (Pharm), Dip FM, MPSI, is Chair of the WADA List Expert Group. She was appointed to this expert group in 2008 and has been involved in many significant changes to the List during that time. She holds a first-class honours degree in pharmacy (1991) and PhD (1995) from Trinity College Dublin and is a fellow of the Royal Irish Academy of Medicine in Ireland.
Audrey has presented at WADA TUE symposia (Paris, 2013, Helsinki, 2017), Tackling Doping in Sport (London, 2016), at the recent World Conference on Doping in Sport (Katowice, 2019) and chaired the WADA gene doping session at the International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (Glasgow, 2012). She also presents an online module of the IOC Certificate in Drugs in Sport. She has been an expert witness for WADA in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, for the International Ski Federation (FIS) and for World Rugby (WR).
Since 2000, Audrey has provided information on anti-doping to Sport Ireland with their endorsement of Eirpharm.com, an online medicines-and-sport database, developed by Audrey and her husband, which at the time, was the first of its kind in Europe. In 2010, Audrey began overseeing the TUE administration service of Sport Ireland. She is a member of the World Rugby Anti-Doping Advisory and TUE Committees. She primarily works as a practising community pharmacist and in medicines’ regulation where she is listed by the European Medicines Agency as an expert. Dr Kinahan has published on anti-doping including as the lead author on the chapter, Structure and Development of the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, in the book Acute Topics in Anti-Doping (2017).
Session 6a: The new Results Management Standard (ISRM) in practice – panelist
Session 9a: The new Results Management Standard (ISRM) in practice – panelist
McGill Law graduate, B.C.L./LL.B., member of the New York State Bar Association, Head of the Legal Affairs at the International Testing Agency since October 2018, previously Head of the Legal Anti-Doping Services at the Union Cycliste Internationale for 7 years.
Jorge studied Economics and Business Administration in Heidelberg, Germany, and in his hometown Guadalajara, Mexico.
He also holds a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from the German Sport University in Cologne (DSHS) where he focused his research on sport development and sport policy. Before joining iNADO he held positions in management areas such as supply chain, sales and finance of large- and medium-sized companies.
Session 12b: How can Governements contribute to building an anti-doping capacity worldwide? – panelist
On 1 January 2019, Tom assumed the role of Director, Program Development and NADO/RADO Relations.
Tom joined WADA in January 2004 as Manager, Doping Control Policy and Development. He was subsequently promoted to the position of Senior Manager, Program Development in 2010, and then to Deputy Director, NADO/RADO Relations in 2014.
Prior to joining WADA, Tom spent five years at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), where he served in various roles related to national and international activities. In total, Tom has over 20 years’ experience across all areas of anti-doping.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick, Saint John and a Graduate Diploma in Sports Administration from Concordia University.
Stuart is the Senior Executive Director for Integrity and Development for the International Tennis Federation. He oversees the ITF’s governance, integrity, science, medicine, safeguarding, technical and dispute resolution provisions, and has been responsible for the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme since 2006.
Session 2: Opening remarks by WADA President and Director General – presenter
Session 7: A Q&A session with WADA President, Vice President and Director General – panelist
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.
María José Pesce Cutri joined WADA in March 2010 as the Director of the Latin America Regional Office, located in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Prior to this, María José Pesce Cutri served for five years as the Director of the International Cooperation Office of Uruguay’s Sport Ministry.
A certified Physical Education Teacher, she also holds a degree in international relations from the Law School of the Universidad de la República in Montevideo. She completed graduate studies in international cooperation projects at the Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos in Madrid, Spain.
María José Pesce Cutri, a former hurdler on the Uruguayan national athletics team, received a scholarship from the Blake School in Minneapolis, United States, for her senior year of high school.
Her responsibilities include liaising with stakeholders in the region, actively promoting WADA and its mission, and coordinating projects relating to the fight against doping in sport in Latin America.
Session 11a: An update on the development of tools to measure doping prevalence – main presenter
Andrea Petróczi is a Research Professor at Kingston University London. She is an internationally recognised expert in anti-doping research, with background in psychology, research methods and applied statistics, marketing and journalism. She holds a Mercator Fellowship with University of Münster (Germany) and an adjunct position at ‘Foro Italico’ University of Rome (Italy), and serves as an advisor for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK.
Professor Petróczi’s research is centred on behavioural choices with public health implications. With a strong commitment to multidisciplinary approach, her work in anti-doping includes estimating doping prevalence as well as anti-doping education and evaluation.
Professor Petróczi has been involved in research and consultancy to the World Anti-Doping Agency for over a decade. This work includes the WADA online educational tool (Athlete Learning Program about Health & Anti-Doping, ALPHA) and the evaluation of WADA outreach activities at major Games.
Currently, Professor Petróczi chairs the WADA Expert Group on Doping Prevalence and focuses on developing and validating methods for assessing the prevalence of doping in a robust and reliable manner.
Anti-doping projects: SAFE YOU, SAFE YOU+, SMART, RESPECT, RESPECT-P
Working lunch: The Prohibited List – moderator and panelist
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 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.
Session 5b: TUE management in practice (ISTUE) – main presenter
Session 6a: The New Results Management Standard (ISRM) in practice – panelist
Session 8b: TUE management in practice (ISTUE) – main presenter
Session 9a: The New Results Management Standard (ISRM) in practice – panelist
Session 13: Symposium wrap-up – panelist
Liz is the General Counsel for the International Paralympic Committee. Prior to that, she worked for ten years in the sports group at Bird & Bird. Liz is a co-author of the chapter on Selection Disputes in Sport: Law & Practice (Bloomsbury, 3d edn, 2014), and has also played representative rugby for England at international level.
Session 10: The Athletes’ Anti-Doping Rights Act – How can ADOs support its Implementation and Promise
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 6 years, was the Skeleton athlete representative at the FIBT (now IBSF) from 2006-2014, was the Vice President of Legal Affairs at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) from 2014-2018 and is 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 and 2018, has been a part of various outreach programs for WADA and the IBSF and is currently part of the Code Drafting Team.
Session 6a: The New Results Management Standard in practice – moderator
Session 9a: The New Results Management Standard in practice – moderator
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.
Session 6c: Testing and investigations in practice (ISTI) – presenter
Session 9c: Testing and investigations in practice (ISTI) – presenter
Dan-Thanh Tran has been at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) since 2002. She has held positions in various departments within the organization, including over 10 years as the Testing Manager. In this role, she was responsible for implementing the International Standard for Testing (now the International Standard for Testing and Investigations) within the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. She is currently the Senior Manager of the CCES’ Ethical Sport Enterprises department, which provides national and international sport organizations with anti-doping services such as education, sample collection personnel training, doping control, consulting, and Code compliance review.
Dan-Thanh was involved in anti-doping in several Major Games, including the 2004 Athens Olympics, the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics, and the 2016 Rio Olympics.
In addition to her anti-doping work, Dan-Thanh is a devoted soccer and ski mom! She is fluent in French and English.
Session 6a: The new Results Management Standard (ISRM) in practice – panelist
Session 9a: The new Results Management Standard (ISRM) in practice – panelist
Cyril Troussard joined WADA Legal Affairs in September 2016 as Manager, and was subsequently promoted to Senior Manager, Legal Affairs – effective 20 July 2018. Prior to this role, he worked 11 years in Paris as the Head of the Legal Department at the French National Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD).
Prior to joining the AFLD, Cyril worked in the field of criminal law as a legal assistant for the Ministry of Justice, and for the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).
Cyril Troussard has a pre-doctoral research degree in private law from the University of Burgundy, a master’s degree in criminal law from the University of Montpellier and a certificate of sports law from the University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Session 5b: TUE management in practice (ISTUE) – moderator
Session 8b: TUE management in practice (ISTUE) – moderator
Alan Vernec, a Sport and Exercise Medicine physician and WADA’s Medical Director has an extensive history of working with athletes of all levels. He is committed to inclusiveness of athletes and maintaining the integrity of the sporting environment.
Dr Vernec joined WADA in October 2009, as the Agency’s Medical Director. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego (Bioengineering) and McGill University, Montreal (Medicine), Dr Vernec has worked extensively in clinical sport medicine and has taught at both l’Université de Montréal and McGill University in Montreal (Canada). Having extensive experience with elite-level sport, he has worked as team physician for several professional and national sport teams, at many international competitions, as well as served as physician for Team Canada at three Olympic Games
Kamila Vokoun Hajkova is the Anti-Doping Manager at International SAMBO Federation (FIAS). She is leading FIAS Anti-Doping Program since 2014, particularly FIAS Prevention Program which focus on education of all FIAS members in collaboration with local NADOs. She holds a master’s degree in Sport Management from AISTS in Lausanne, Switzerland and has received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.
In 2012 she was a part of the Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck as a Young Ambassador. Thanks to this experience she was invited to speak at the 8th IOC World Conference on Sport, Culture and Education, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
She is an Olympian in Figure Skating of the Czech Republic. She is also a multiple Czech Ice Dance Champion who retired from competitive skating following the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. Nevertheless, she is active in figure skating as a coach and technical judge up to the present.
Working lunch: International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) – main presenter
Terence Wan, PhD, EurChem, CSci, CChem, FRSC, FAORC, FCSFS
Chair, WADA Laboratory Expert Group
Dr Terence See Ming WAN has been Chair of the WADA Laboratory Expert Group since 2017. He was appointed to this group in 2012 and has been involved in assessing WADA Laboratories and revising WADA’s International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) and associated documents. Terence is a member of the Working Group for revising both ISL versions 9.0 and 10.0.
Besides WADA, other international organisations Dr Wan has been serving include: International Federation of Horseracing Authorities — as Chairs of respectively its Advisory Council of Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices and its Reference Laboratory Technical Committee; International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation — as Convenor of its Working Group on Racehorse Testing, which is responsible for revising the guidance document ILAC-G7, Accreditation and Operating Criteria for Horseracing Laboratories; Association of Official Racing Chemists — as Chair of its Analytical Data Review Board; and Asian Racing Federation — as the Vice Chair of its Drug Control Committee.
Terence is a native of Hong Kong, China, obtained his doctorate in organic chemistry from MIT, and has worked for four decades in established laboratories in UK, Switzerland and Hong Kong. He headed the Racing Laboratory of the Hong Kong Jockey Club from 1999 until 2018, when he took up his current position of Chief Advisor, Doping Control. Terence is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of the Association of Official Racing Chemists, Fellow of the Chartered Society of Forensic Science, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and has over 150 refereed publications. He has testified as an expert witness in courts of law and national/international sport tribunals since 1984. In 2012, Terence received the Association of Official Racing Chemists Award, a career achievement award for having made exceptional contributions to assist the science and practice of racing chemistry.
Session 6a: The New Results Management Standard (ISRM) in practice – presenter
Session 9a: The New Results Management Standard (ISRM) in practice – presenter
Session 13: Symposium wrap-up – panelist
Ross Wenzel is a Partner of Kellerhals Carrard. His practice is exclusively dedicated to sports law, with a focus on doping and football-related disputes. He is one of the most active advocates before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) where he has successfully represented WADA, International Federations, National Anti-Doping Organisations and football clubs. In particular, he has acted as lead counsel in hundreds of doping-related disputes before CAS. He also advises a number of sports organisations with respect to their commercial programmes and governance issues.
Session 3: An overview of the most impactful changes to the Code and Standards – co-presenter
Rich Young is a partner in the Colorado Springs office of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner specializing in US and International sport regulation and disputes. Rich has been involved in Anti-Doping matters since the early 1990’s serving as a CAS Arbitrator, an Arbitrator on International Federation Hearing Panels, and as an advocate and advisor to National Anti-Doping Organizations, International Federations, for other Sport Organizations and WADA. He was the lead draftsman on the Project Team for the original World Anti-Doping Code and has played the same role with all of the subsequent Code amendments. He was also involved in drafting the original International Standard for Laboratories and subsequent amendments.
Thierry Zintz is a professor of Sports Organisations Management at the Faculty of Sports Sciences of the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He was the Dean of the Faculty between 2010 and 2016. He is in charge of the Olympic Chair Henri de Baillet Latour – Jacques Rogge in Management of Sport Organisations at the same university. In this framework, he works closely with the Louvain Research Institute in Management (LouRIM) as a senior researcher and member of the Center for Research in Entrepreneurial Change and Innovation Strategies (CRECIS). He was also Vice-President of the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee from 2001 until 2017 and is President of the European Observatory of Sport and Employment (EOSE). Since May 2010, he is the director of MEMOS, an Executive Master in Management of Sport organisations, organised by the International Olympic Committee. He is a member of the Olympic Education Commission of the International Olympic Committee (since 2015) and of the Standing Committee for Education of the World Antidoping Agency (since 2018). He is the secretary general of Sportimonium, the only Belgian sport museum recognized as an Olympic museum, and member of the board of directors of Special Olympics Belgium.