The WI Global Sports Conference (WIGSC) is established by the Washington Institute for Business, Government and Society.
At the intersection of sports, business, government and society, the inaugural Global Sports Conference in 2020 will provide an open and creative forum that tackles the existing and emerging challenges facing the global sports industry and the wider world.
Our mission, therefore, is to:
Enable business, government and society realise the full potential of sport and demonstrate how it can be a catalyst for global economic development and accelerating positive social change.
Create tangible outcomes and learnings for leading decision-makers across the sports industry – helping them to address the challenges and threats to sports, its institutions and broader society – as well as seizing the economic and social opportunities sport now universally offers.
Determine industry best practices for the future, inform national and international policy reviews, promote positive legislative change and ensure sport is embedded into strategies for solutions to create a better, happier, healthier and more prosperous society.
Help the sports industry adapt to modern challenges created by economic and technological disruption.
Inspire the next generation of young leaders to adapt the current methods of thinking and working and place sports and recreation at the heart of future business practices.
Encourage business, government, society and sport to unify their goals, work together with more cross-sector collaboration and achieve economic objectives aligned to greater social purpose.
The Washington Institute for Business, Government and Society is a global nonprofit organization created to bridge critical gaps by facilitating collaboration between public and private sector leaders. As a nonpartisan translator and global voice, we stimulate cooperation and meaningful action, leading to tangible results.
We bring together proven leaders from corporate foundations, government Institution, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, businesses, academia and other entities relevant to our goals and mission. Our Board of Governors and Advisory Council are made up of former heads of state, chief executive officers of major corporations, distinguished academics, award-winning journalists and other accomplished leaders who help define today’s global environment. The Council also includes young people who hold promise as tomorrow’s trailblazers.
We are fiercely independent and determined to address vital, often overlooked issues. Our decisions and actions are informed by decades of experience. We are not confined by a legacy to uphold. Rather, we are focused on the one we are creating today by shaping the world together.
For more information, please visit https://www.washinst.org/.
Jimmy Lynn, a veteran of 30 years in the Sports and Entertainment sectors, is one of the pioneers of the Digital Sports space and is regarded as one of the leading relationship brokers and connectors in the global sports industry. He is a co-founder and Vice- President of Kiswe Mobile, the world’s most advanced cloud-based social-gamified mobile video platform. Previously, Lynn was the managing partner of JLynn Associates, a global strategic advisory firm focused on sports-related digital media, marketing, and retail for a diverse set of clients including teams, athletes, leagues and associations, media outlets and other businesses. Lynn is an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and also with the Sports Industry Management program in the School of Continuing Studies (SCS). Lynn received the “SCS Dean’s Outstanding Service” award in 2010 and the “SCS Faculty Service” award in 2014. He has a B.A. in Public Communication and an M.B.A. in Marketing from American University.
Lucas Kello is Associate Professor of International Relations at Oxford University. He serves as Senior Lecturer/Director of the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs, a major research initiative exploring the impact of modern technology on international relations, government, and society. He is also co-Director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security at the Department of Computer Science. His publications include The Virtual Weapon and International Order (Yale University Press), “The Meaning of the Cyber Revolution: Perils to Theory and Statecraft” in International Security, and “Security” in The Oxford Companion to International Relations (Oxford University Press).
Emanuel was elected as the first CEO of SIGA on 31 January 2018 after having spearheaded the inception and development of SIGA since November 2015, as Coordinator. Having commenced his career as a lawyer in 1993, he played a leading role in several national and international sports organizations. After six years as Secretary General of the Portuguese Football League, he co-founded and led the Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) as CEO for a decade. He was also one of the driving forces behind the creation of the World League Association, having been elected its CEO on February 2012. Emanuel also holds a seat at the European Union’s Expert Group on Good Governance in Sport, since 2011, and, on March 2012, was appointed Ambassador for Sports Ethics by the Government of Portugal. In June 2014, Emanuel was appointed CEO of ICSS EUROPE, currently ICSS INSIGHT. In addition, Emanuel is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum / PACI’s Advisory Committee, the Consultative Committee of EPAS/Council of Europe and the OECD’s Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade.”
Pedro Mendonça Pinto is a Portuguese journalist. Pedro has an extensive career in media and sports, having spent over a decade as a sports anchor for CNN International based in Atlanta and London, and then taking the role of managing director of communications at UEFA in Switzerland. He is currently founder and CEO of a sports communications agency called Empower Sports. From 2006 through 2013, Pinto covered all of Europe’s major sporting events and interviewed the world’s top athletes as a sports anchor in London with CNN. Over his career Pinto has interviewed many huge international sports personalities such as Ronaldo, Kaká, Robinho, José Mourinho, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Alex Ferguson, Pelé and Novak Djokovic. He continued to anchor the CNN World Sport show and later also hosted a new football programme called CNN FC. Pinto left CNN after 15 years to take the job of Chief of Press at UEFA, working directly with President Michel Platini. He occasionally appears on the popular Guardian football podcast Football Weekly.
Heather Rabbatts trained as a barrister but made her name as the youngest local authority chief executive and went on to run the London boroughs of Lambeth, Merton, and Hammersmith and Fulham. She was Executive Deputy Chair of Millwall F.C. from 2006 until 2010 and in 2012 she became the first female board member of the Football Association, serving on the Remuneration Committee. Heather has held challenging positions in both the private and public sector. She made headlines when she took over at Lambeth, seen as the worst council in London, and again at Millwall FC. In each case she succeeded in regenerating embattled organizations. She is currently a trustee of the Royal Opera House and is on the boards of Crossrail and the UK Film Council. She has held a number of senior positions including governor of the LSE and the BBC, and trustee of the British Council.
Tom McMillen—Olympian, Rhodes Scholar, professional basketball player, Congressman, author, businessman—first received acclaim in high school when he was named the best basketball player in the US, featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated,
A graduate of the University of Maryland, McMillen was a Rhodes Scholar, played eleven years in the NBA, was a member of the 1972 Olympic team, served three terms in the US House of Representatives and was co-chair of the President’s Council on Fitness and Sports. McMillen currently serves as CEO and President of the LEAD1, comprising 130 of the premier college athletic programs representing over $8 billion in revenue. During his career, McMillen has been an active investor, principal and board member in many companies, including ten public companies. He was formerly a member of the board of regents of the University of Maryland System and was the Founding Chairman of the National Foundation on Physical Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (where he currently serves as Treasurer). His book, Out of Bounds, examines the conflicts between sports and ethics.
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