- Susan AhernBarristerSession 11: International Standard for Testing and Investigations
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 AbrahamsonColumnistSession 2: Reflection on the Past and Vision for the Future
Session 3: Vision for the Future
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 BachPresident, International Olympic Committee; Olympic Champion, Fencing, 1976Session 1: Welcome
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.
- Witold BańkaPresident-Elect, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)Session 2: Reflection on the Past and Vision for the Future
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 CarrardSenior Partner, Kellerhals Carrard Lausanne SA; Legal Advisor, International Olympic CommitteeSession 18: Conference Conclusions and Presentation of Conference Resolution
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 ClothierHead, Athletics Integrity UnitSession 3: Vision for the Future
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.
- Daniel CooperPartner, Covington & Burling LLPSession 16: International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information
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 CostaPresident, International Institute of Human Rights – Fondation René CassinSession 4: Overview of the World Anti-Doping Code Review
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 DangareAthlete, Zimbabwean national field hockey teamSession 2: Reflection on the Past and Vision for the Future
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 DawsonSenior Director Quality Sport, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES)Session 10: International Standard for Education
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.
- John FaheyFormer President, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)Session 2: Reflection on the Past and Vision for the Future
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 HaasProfessor of Procedural and Private Law, University of ZurichSession 4: Overview of the World Anti-Doping Code Review
Summary – World Anti-Doping Code Review
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 KinahanChair, WADA Prohibited List Expert GroupSession 14: International Standard for the Prohibited List
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.
- Christine MugeraExecutive Manager, Africa Zone V Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO)Session 3: Vision for the Future
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.
- Olivier NiggliDirector General, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)Session 2: Reflection on the Past and the Vision for the Future
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.
- Richard PoundFormer President, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)Session 2: Reflection on the Past and Vision for the Future
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 ReediePresident, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)Session 1: Welcome
Session 2: Reflection on the Past and the Vision for the Future
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 RileyGeneral Counsel, International Paralympic CommitteeSession 12: Review of International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions
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 SandfordMember, WADA Athlete CommitteeSession 13: Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights
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 ScottChair, WADA Athlete CommitteeSession 13: Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights
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 SchwarzenbacherChief Inspector, Criminal Intelligence Service AustriaSession 3: Vision for the Future
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 TaylorLawyer, Bird & Bird LLPSession 17: International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories
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 EenooDirector, DoCoLab – UgentSession 3: Vision for the Future
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.
- Ross WenzelPartner, Kellerhals CarrardSession 9: International Standard for Results Management
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.
- Yang YangVice-President Elect, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)Session 3: Vision for the Future
- Richard YoungPartner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLCSession 4: Overview of the World Anti-Doping Code Review
Session 15: International Standard for Laboratories
Summary – World Anti-Doping Code Review
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.