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World Conference On Doping In Sport Katowice 2019 | 5-7 November

SPEAKERS/PRESENTERS

  • Susan Ahern
    Susan Ahern
    Barrister
    Session 11: International Standard for Testing and Investigations
    Biography

    Susan Ahern is a practising Barrister in Ireland and an international arbitrator, being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a CAS Arbitrator.  She is the Lead Drafter on the WADA ISTI Working Group, is a member of the IAAF Legal Commission and was formerly General Counsel of World Rugby.  Susan has over 20 years’ experience in sports administration including sitting on the Executive Committee of the Irish NOC and was a former president of Volleyball Ireland. She is currently a Director of Sports Dispute Solutions Ireland

  • Alan Abrahamson
    Alan Abrahamson
    Columnist
    Session 2: Reflection on the Past and Vision for the Future
    Session 3: Vision for the Future
    Biography

    Alan Abrahamson is an award-winning sportswriter, best-selling author and in-demand television analyst. He also teaches sports-writing and journalism at the University of Southern California.
    Since 2010, Alan has run his own website, 3 Wire Sports, widely regarded as the world’s best source of information about the sports, politics, business and culture of the Olympic movement. From 2006-10, he served as chief columnist at NBCOlympics.com. Before that, he spent 17 years as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times. The 2018 PyeongChang Games marked his 10th Olympics. 
    Alan co-wrote Michael Phelps’ and Apolo Ohno’s books; both are New York Times’ best-sellers. As columnist for NBCOlympics.com, Alan is a winner of three Sports Emmys (2016, 2014 and 2008 Games). Other winning honors include: AP Sports Editors’ award for enterprise reporting; National Headliner Award for sports writing; FINA international aquatics federation’s first-ever World Journalist Award; Track and Field Writers of America’s award for excellence in online journalism.
     

  • Thomas Bach
    Thomas Bach
    President, International Olympic Committee; Olympic Champion, Fencing, 1976
    Session 1: Welcome
    Biography

    Thomas Bach was born on 29 December 1953 in Würzburg, Germany. Married and a lawyer by profession, he has had a successful career in sport both on and off the field of play. He became an Olympic champion when he won a gold medal in fencing (team foil) at the Games of the XXI Olympiad in Montreal in 1976; and in 2006, he was named as the founding President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB).


    Thomas Bach was an athletes’ representative at the XI Olympic Congress in Baden-Baden (1981) and a founding member of the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission. He became an IOC member in 1991, was elected as a member of the IOC Executive Board in 1996 and served as an IOC Vice-President for more than 10 years. He has also chaired several IOC commissions.


    On 10 September 2013, Thomas Bach was elected as the ninth President of the IOC.

  • Nada Al-Nashif
    Nada Al-Nashif
    Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences UNESCO
    Session 1: Welcome
    Biography

    The Social and Human Sciences (SHS) Sector supports Agenda 2030 by mobilising knowledge and values to foster just, inclusive and peaceful societies. The Assistant Director-General leads work with youth, researchers and policy makers, communities and cities to combat exclusion, discrimination and intolerance, harnessing intercultural dialogue to promote social cohesion. SHS programmes seek to strengthen implementation of the human-rights based approach, and develop normative standards, tools and action plans for the application of ethical standards in science and technology and the integrity of sport.


    She is the holder of a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1987) from Balliol, Oxford University and a Master’s in Public Policy (1991) from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


    Prior to joining UNESCO, she served (2007-2014) as Assistant Director-General/Regional Director of the International Labour Organization’s Regional Office for Arab States, based in Beirut, Lebanon. Previously she worked at UNDP, where she started her UN career in 1992, serving in various duty stations at Headquarters in New York and in the field.


    As a development economist and practitioner, she serves in an advisory capacity on several boards, notably the Boards of Trustees of Birzeit University and the Human Development NGO, Taawon

  • Witold Bańka
    Witold Bańka
    President-Elect, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
    Session 1: Welcome
    Session 2: Reflection on the Past and Vision for the Future
    Biography

    Since May 2017, Witold Banka, Minister of Sport and Tourism, Poland, and former elite athlete, has served as the European representative on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Executive Committee (ExCo); and, in May 2019, was nominated by the public authorities of WADA’s ExCo and Foundation Board as their preferred candidate for the position of WADA President, effective 1 January 2020.

     

    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. Banka 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. Banka 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. Banka 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.

     

  • François Carrard
    François Carrard
    Senior Partner, Kellerhals Carrard Lausanne SA; Legal Advisor, International Olympic Committee
    Session 18: Conference Conclusions and Presentation of Conference Resolution
    Biography

    A Doctor of Law from University of Lausanne, after a two-years training period in Lausanne with some practice in Stockholm, François Carrard was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 1967, when he joined the firm currently named Kellerhals Carrard Lausanne SA.
    He specialized in sports law and acted as Director General of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 1989 to 2003 and is currently regularly involved in international arbitration proceedings, among others before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and other panels.
    He speaks fluently French, English, Italian, German and understands Spanish.
    François Carrard is a member of the board of directors and chairman of several companies in Switzerland and abroad in particular of the Beau-Rivage Palace SA (Chairman), the Lausanne Palace SA (Chairman), Compagnie Financière Tradition – CFT (Vice Chairman), Olympic Broadcasting Services – OBS, IOC Television and Marketing Services – ITMS, Tupperware Suisse S.A and Fondation Montreux Jazz Festival (Chairman). He also chaired the 2016 FIFA Reform Committee. He is a member of various associations, including in particular the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA).

  • Brett Clothier
    Brett Clothier
    Head, Athletics Integrity Unit
    Session 3: Vision for the Future
    Biography

    Brett Clothier is the Head of the Athletics Integrity Unit, the independent body that manages all integrity related issues (both doping and non-doping) for the sport of athletics. The AIU became operational in 2017 following changes to the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) Constitution. These changes enshrined the operational independence of the AIU from the rest of the IAAF and put in place an independent Board to oversee its functions. Mr Clothier has worked in sport integrity for more than 15 years. Prior to becoming the inaugural Head of the AIU, Mr Clothier worked in Australia as Head of Competition Integrity for the Australian Football League (AFL) and Legal Counsel to the Integrity Services Department of Racing Victoria.

  • Jakub Chełstowski
    Jakub Chełstowski
    Marshal of Silesian Voivodship
    Session 19: Closing ceremony
    Biography

    Born in Tychy on 7 April 1981. He completed postgraduate studies in management at the Collegium of Management and Finance at the Warsaw School of Economics in Warsaw, based on the structure of an MBA programme as well as postgraduate studies in European projects management at the University of Economics in Katowice at the Faculty of Finance and Insurance. He obtained his master’s degree at the College of Universal Knowledge Society in Warsaw at the Faculty of Social and Pedagogical Sciences in Katowice.


    For many years he was professionally associated with a housing cooperative in Tychy, being responsible for marketing and development as well as broadly understood socio-cultural issues. He has held managerial positions in the financial sector, including that of the director for ownership supervision and director for strategic activity.


    In 2010 and 2014 he was appointed a councillor of the city of Tychy. Initiator of, among others, the establishment of the Tychy Civic Budget. Member of the Public Finance Committee and the Local Initiatives and Spatial Order Committee.


    In 2014, on behalf of the Tychy Our Little Homeland Association, he applied for the office of the mayor of Tychy, finishing second. In 2017 he joined the Law and Justice (PiS) councillors’ club. On behalf of the group, he stood in the elections to the Silesian Voivodeship Assembly, obtaining
    a mandate of a voivodeship councillor. He gained 33,315 votes. He served as the president of the Vistula Tourist Agency based in Tychy. On 21 November 2018 he took the office of the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship.

  • Daniel Cooper
    Daniel Cooper
    Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
    Session 16: International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information
    Biography

    Daniel Cooper is a partner in the London office of Covington & Burling LLP, where he advises clients on European and international information technology regulatory issues, particularly 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 a variety of U.S. jurisdictions.  Mr. Cooper was involved in drafting the original International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Data, as well as subsequent revisions of the Standard

  • Jean-Paul Costa
    Jean-Paul Costa
    President, International Institute of Human Rights – Fondation René Cassin
    Session 4: Overview of the World Anti-Doping Code Review
    Biography

    French citizen, born on November 3, 1941 in Tunis (Tunisia). Graduate studies in law and political science. Doctor of Law (University of Toulouse), Graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris, Former student of the National School of Administration Doctor honoris causa of several foreign universities. Professional career of judge and academic in France. Former judge and president of the European Court of Human Rights (1998 to 2011). Since 2012, President of the René Cassin Foundation-International Institute for Human Rights. Consultant for WADA (since 2013). Author of the 2013 legal opinion on the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code. Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (since 2014).

  • Munashe Dangare
    Munashe Dangare
    Athlete, Zimbabwean national field hockey team
    Session 2: Reflection on the Past and Vision for the Future
    Biography

    Ms Dangare is a Zimbabwean athlete, who represented her country at the African Youth Games in July 2018 in Algeria in the sport of Hockey. Her team won Bronze, qualifying them for a position at the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was shortlisted for the U21 World Cup 2021 Hockey qualifiers.


    When she is not representing her country on the Hockey field, Ms. Dangare enjoys reading books and expanding her knowledge. She attained the Leadership Role at Gateway High School (School Prefect) and captained the School Quiz team in the Best Books Competition 2018.


    She has a love of sport and is a fan of the English Premier League Football, supporting Manchester United Football Club. She also supports the Zimbabwe and Australia women’s hockey teams.


    She is currently enrolled at the Gateway School in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she is the Gap Year Assistant and an Assistant Coach for Hockey and Tennis.

  • Karri Dawson
    Karri Dawson
    Senior Director Quality Sport, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES)
    Session 10: International Standard for Education
    Biography

    Karri Dawson is the Executive Director of the True Sport Foundation and the Senior Director of Quality Sport at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. She received a Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Administration from Laurentian University and has more than 20 years of professional experience managing corporate sponsorship, philanthropic donations and community engagement programs in amateur sport at the national level. Karri leads a team that engages sport leaders and organizations that share a common belief about what good sport can do and works with partners and funders to develop initiatives that advance values-based and principle-driven sport in Canada. Internationally, she represents Canada on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Values-Based Education Committee. Domestically, Karri gives back to the sport community in a numerous way including as mentor for the Canadian Olympic Committee’s WELD program. Karri also puts her professional passion into practice as a sport parent and volunteer.

  • Marco Diaz
    Marco Diaz
    Vice Minister of Sports, Ministry of Sports of the Dominican Republic
    Session 1: Welcome
    Biography

    International Marathon Swimmer Hall of Fame and Vice Minister of Sport for the Dominican Republic since 2012. During his mandate in government Marcos was elected and served two terms as President of the American Council of Sport (CADE) from 2015 until early 2019.


    As a Vice Chair from Latin America to the UNESCO Conference of Parties Bureau, and as WADA Executive Committee (deputy) member representing the Americas in 2019, Marcos has been actively involved in anti-doping for several years. He has chaired the WADA Public Authorities coordination group during 2019, and he was also a member of the WADA Working Group on Governance Reforms in 2017-2018.


    With post graduate studies in marketing and an International MBA, Marcos has for several years been highly involved in sport and social challenges at the national and international level, as well as in international public policy development. He was declared a United Nations Good Will Ambassador in 2010.

  • Andrzej Duda
    President of the Republic of Poland
    Session 1: Welcome
    Biography

    Coming soon

  • John Fahey
    John Fahey
    Former President, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
    Session 2: Reflection on the Past and Vision for the Future
    Biography

    In a distinguished public career now spanning four decades, John has demonstrated leadership, commitment, integrity and dynamic energy at the highest level of Government, national sport, community organisations and business.
    John served Australia’s largest State Government between 1988 and 1992 as a Cabinet Minister for Employment, Industrial Relations and Further Education before becoming the Government Leader and Premier and Treasurer between 1992 and 1995. He was also Chairman of Sydney’s successful Olympic Games bid awarded by the IOC in 1993.


    In 1996 he was elected to Australia’s National Parliament as the Finance and Administration Minister in the Howard Government Cabinet. He led the Australian delegation to the WTO 4th Ministerial Conference in Doha in 2001 and made the 3rd speech of welcome to China’s admission to WTO.


    In his young days he was active in the sport of Rugby League and he was Chairman for 10 years of Australian Rugby League Development and is ongoing Patron of the National Club, the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs.
    He was a Board member and Chairman of the Bradman Cricket Foundation which sponsors cricket development and operates the world’s best cricket museum in John’s home town of Bowral.


    In business, inter alia, he has chaired a road tunnel company, an insurance company, a National Government Reconstruction Authority and was a member of the J P Morgan Australia business Advisory Council.
    John was WADA’s first public Authorities nominee as President from November 2007 to November 2013.
    In 2002 for his services to workplace reform, economic productivity and international relations he was awarded his nations highest honour – a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC). Currently he serves as Chancellor of Australian Catholic University which has 35,000 students on 8 campuses.

  • Ulrich Haas
    Ulrich Haas
    Professor of Procedural and Private Law, University of Zurich
    Session 4: Overview of the World Anti-Doping Code Review
    Summary – World Anti-Doping Code Review
    Biography

    Ulrich Haas is a Professor of Procedural and Private Law at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). As an expert researcher and practitioner in the field of sports law, he regularly acts as arbitrator with, among others, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). In 2018 he was appointed President of the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT). He also served as a member of the WADA Code project team that drafted the WADC 2009, WADC 2015 and WADC 2021 and, more recently, he chaired the WADA working group on governance. In 2014-2015 Ulrich Haas was part of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) that conducted an investigation into doping allegations in international cycling. In 2010 and 2016 he acted for the CAS ad hoc Divisions at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. From 2002-2004 he chaired the advisory group on legal issues of the monitoring group of the Council of Europe Anti-Doping Convention.

  • Audrey Kinahan
    Audrey Kinahan
    Chair, WADA Prohibited List Expert Group
    Session 14: International Standard for the Prohibited List
    Biography

    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), chaired the WADA gene doping session at the International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (Glasgow, 2012) and 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 medicine’s regulation where she is listed by the European Medicines Agency as an expert. Dr Kinahan has published in anti-doping and is the lead author on the chapter, Structure and Development of the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, in the book Acute Topics and more recently has contributed to British Journal of Sports Medicine Glucocorticoids in elite sport: current status, controversies and innovative management strategies—a narrative review.

     

  • Marcin Krupa, Ph.D.
    Marcin Krupa, Ph.D.
    Mayor, City of Katowice (2014- )
    Session 1: Welcome
    Biography

    He has always been associated with Katowice - he was born, works and lives here. A graduate of the Faculty of Transport at the Silesian University of Technology. In 2005 he defended his doctoral dissertation in the field of Machine Construction and Operation, and then worked as an adjunct at the same university. He also completed post-graduate studies in Organizational Management. He is an expert in the assessment of EU projects within the framework of Regional Operational Programme for the Silesian Voivodeship and an expert in motor vehicles appraisals.


    In the years 2006–2010 he was the member of the Katowice City Council and in the years 2010–2014 the Deputy Mayor responsible for such key areas in the city policy as: strategic planning, development of transport systems, environmental protection and management, municipal services, spatial planning and development, civil engineering.  In 2014 he announced his election program - "Agreement with the inhabitants of Katowice" and was elected mayor of Katowice.


    Privately - enthusiast of motor sports and good music. He spends his free time with his family - wife Joanna and children: Martyna and Błażej.

  • Christine Mugera
    Christine Mugera
    Executive Manager, Africa Zone V Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO)
    Session 3: Vision for the Future
    Biography

    Christine Mugera is the Executive Manager of Africa Zone V Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) working in anti-doping program development in 11 countries in the greater Eastern African region and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2017 and 2018 she was a member of the WADA NADO Ad-Hoc Working Group. Prior to that she worked in multiple marketing disciplines with a passion for Sports Marketing. She holds a Masters in Strategic Management from Kenyatta University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Daystar University.

  • Richard Pound
    Richard Pound
    Former President, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
    Session 2: Reflection on the Past and Vision for the Future
    Biography

    Richard W. Pound is the current Doyen of the International Olympic Committee. He was a double Olympic finalist in swimming at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. He later became Secretary of the Canadian Olympic Committee 1n 1968 and President in 1977. He was Assistant Chef de Mission of the Canadian Olympic team at Munich in 1972. He was coopted as a member of the IOC in 1978, served for more than 16 years on the IOC Executive Board and was twice Vice-President of the IOC.
     
    He served on many IOC Commissions and was in charge of television negotiations and marketing for Games up to and including the 2008 Olympics.
     
    He chaired the First World Conference on Doping in Sport held in Lausanne in 2009 that recommended creation of what became WADA and was the founding President of WADA from 1999 – 2007, during which the World Anti-Doping Code was adopted in 2003 and came into effect in 2004, and was accepted by the Olympic Movement prior to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. This was followed by the UNESCO International Convention Against Doping in Sport that was adopted in 2005 and came into force in 2006.
     
    Following his three-term presidency of WADA, he has remained a member of the WADA Foundation Board and has chaired a number of Working Groups.
     
    He chaired the WADA Independent Commission that investigated and reported on doping in Russian athletics, which led to the dismissal of the Director of the WADA-accredited laboratory in Moscow, revocation of the accreditation of the Moscow accredited laboratory, the declaration of the Russian national anti-doping agency (RUSADA) as non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and the suspension of the Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF).

  • Sir Craig Reedie
    Sir Craig Reedie
    President, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
    Session 1: Welcome
    Session 2: Reflection on the Past and the Vision for the Future
    Biography

    On November 15, 2013, the final day of the Fourth World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Foundation Board elected Sir Craig Reedie as WADA’s third President, representing the sport movement. His three-year term began on January 1, 2014.

    Sir Craig Reedie 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.

    He was a leading member of the London 2012 Bid Team which won the right to host the Olympic Games in London and is a Non-Executive Director of the London Organising Committee. Furthermore, he became a Board member of the Olympic Lottery Distributor in 2006.

    He became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1994 and 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 and the Ethics Commission. He was elected as a member of the IOC Executive Board in October 2009 and was a Vice President from July 2012 to August 2016. He was Chair of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2020 Olympic Games.

    Sir Reedie 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 Reedie is married with two children and lives in Bridge of Weir, Scotland.

  • Liz Riley
    Liz Riley
    General Counsel, International Paralympic Committee
    Session 12: Review of International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions
    Biography

    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.

  • Ben Sandford
    Ben Sandford
    Member, WADA Athlete Committee
    Session 13: Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights
    Biography

    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.

  • Beckie Scott
    Beckie Scott
    Chair, WADA Athlete Committee
    Session 13: Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights
    Biography

    Beckie Scott is a 3-time Olympian, competing at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Olympic games – winning gold in 2002 and silver in 2006.

     

    An inducted member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame, Beckie is an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta.

     

     

    She is the founder and CEO of Spirit North, a sport for development organization working to improve the lives of Indigenous children and youth, and Chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Athlete Committee.

     

  • Franz Schwarzenbacher
    Franz Schwarzenbacher
    Chief Inspector, Criminal Intelligence Service Austria
    Session 3: Vision for the Future
    Biography

    Franz Schwarzenbacher is the Head of the "Integrity in Sports Unit" of the Federal Criminal Police office in Vienna. He has been a police officer since 1986 and has worked as an investigator for the past 26 years.


    Since 2010, he has been leading the Integrity Unit with a focus on doping, match fixing and pharmaceutical crimes. Numerous international procedures were successfully completed under his leadership, in close cooperation with sports organizations such as National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Most recently, Mr. Schwarzenbacher oversaw the successful execution of “Operation Aderlass" during the Nordic World Ski Championships in Seefeld, Austria.


    Mr. Schwarzenbacher is an avid amateur athlete.

  • Jonathan Taylor
    Jonathan Taylor
    Lawyer, Bird & Bird LLP
    Session 17: International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories
    Biography

    Jonathan Taylor QC is an English lawyer based in London who advises exclusively clients active in the sports sector. He appears regularly before different sports tribunals, including the CAS. He is also Chair of WADA's independent Compliance Review Committee.

  • Peter Van Eenoo
    Peter Van Eenoo
    Director, DoCoLab – Ugent
    Session 3: Vision for the Future
    Biography

    Peter Van Eenoo is director of the Belgian WADA accredited Laboratory. He started working in the lab in 1996 as a scientist and obtained his PhD on the detection of doping agents. In 1998 he became deputy director and since 2010 he is director. He is a full professor at the Ghent University. He was WAADS President from 2014 to 2016. He is member of the WADA Lab Expert group and has been on various WADA working groups. He is co-author of over 150 scientific publications.

  • Arly Velasquez
    Arly Velasquez
    Athlete, Mexican Mono-ski
    Session 3: Vision for the Future
    Biography

    Born on August 17th, 1988, Arly Velasquez is the youngest of two and was raised by his mother and grandmother in Cancún, México. From a young age, Arly has always been the most active and athletic person in the room. At only 12, Arly became National Champion in Downhill Mountain-biking; the sport in which he would suffer a life-changing accident at the age of 13. A few years later, after extensive physical rehabilitation, Arly found his way back to the mountain, but this time during the winter, as an alpine mono-skier. He became Continental Champion in 2012; and, in 2014, ranked 11th at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, becoming the first Mexican in history to achieve this result in winter sports. Nowadays, Arly shares his story in conferences around the world and collaborates with the International Paralympic Committee through workshops with elite athletes during the Olympic Summer Games. He is also actively developing media projects to increase the exposure of his Mexican Paralympic colleagues, motivated by collective actions that build a better society.

  • Ross Wenzel
    Ross Wenzel
    Partner, Kellerhals Carrard
    Session 9: International Standard for Results Management
    Biography

    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.

  • YaYa Yamamoto
    YaYa Yamamoto
    Senior manager, Policy and Strategy Department, Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA)
    Session 3: Vision for the Future
    Biography

    Yaya is a senior manager for Education and IR Dept., and delivering the Tokyo2020 legacy project team, PLAY TRUE 2020, Sport for Tomorrow at JADA. After working for Standard & Harmonisation, WADA, Yaya developed the values-based and anti-doping rules programme in Japan, and now shared with the stakeholders through the “Real Champion Education Package” and capacity development programmes. Extensively working with the ADOs including the SEARADO and IFs, she works in partnership to develop the education programme and engage the athletes.


    She completed her Ph.D. at Loughborough University and has some teaching experience as a qualified teacher. Yaya is currently a member of WADA Education Committee and Working Group for International Standard for Education. She was part of the winning team of British University championships in basketball.

  • Yang Yang
    Yang Yang
    Vice-President Elect, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
    Session 2: Reflection on the Past and Vision for the Future
    Biography

    Coming soon

  • Richard Young
    Richard Young
    Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLC
    Session 4: Overview of the World Anti-Doping Code Review
    Session 15: International Standard for Laboratories
    Summary – World Anti-Doping Code Review
    Biography

    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.


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