Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is Britain’s greatest Paralympic athlete. She competed in five Paralympic Games, winning 11 Gold Medals, and is acknowledged as one of the most gifted and courageous sportswomen of her generation. In addition to her outstanding Paralympic achievements, she won the London Wheelchair Marathon a total of six times between 1992 and 2002.
Retirement has not slowed her down and Tanni has gone on to play a prominent role in public life. In 2005 she was made ‘Dame’ Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE for her services to sport, while in 2010 she was elevated to the House of Lords as a cross bench peer. With a particular focus on sport, disability, health, welfare and youth development she has made significant contributions to debates on welfare reform, assisted dying and sports governance. Amongst other positions she is a Non-Executive Director of the BBC, Chair of uk active, is Chancellor of Northumbria University and President of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations. She also acts as an ambassador for UNICEF, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the sport for social change movement Beyond Sport.
During London 2012 Tanni was a key part of the BBC’s on screen team, presenting on both the Olympics and Paralympics. In the process she became the first Paralympian to commentate on Olympic sport, making the point that the emotions and experiences of elite sportspeople are universal across the board.
Jason Bell is a former NFL player currently residing in London where he works in private wealth management for athletes and entertainers, as well as co-hosting the BBC’s popular The NFL Show and The Jason & Osi Podcast with good friend and fellow NFL veteran Osi Umenyiora. A seven-year veteran of the NFL, Bell played cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and New York Giants, following a successful college football career at UCLA. He was forced into retirement during his time with the New York Giants when he aggravated an existing back injury while working out in the offseason. He had back surgery in 2008, but was unable to continue his athletic career.
Towards the end of his career in the NFL, Bell joined forces with Peter Roe to become a founding partner of Horizon’s Masters Private Client Group where the pair specialise in providing financial education and counselling to athletes and entertainers. Bell holds a BA from UCLA, an MBA from the University of Miami School of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Harvard Executive Business Programme. He has been listed as one of the “Top 36 Football Players on Wall Street” by Business Insider and was a contestant on the 2020 series of the BBC’s popular Strictly Come Dancing.
After 25 years of experience working for some of the best companies in the world and almost a decade successfully leading the Global Sponsorship teams of Visa and The Coca-Cola Company, Ricardo decided to launch its own consultancy firm – Sport by Fort Consulting - to help other sponsors, leagues, investors and athletes to successfully invest in sports.
The proven knowledge of dealing with major global and local sporting organizations and the experience of having negotiated over a billion dollars in sponsorship contracts, position Ricardo as an expert with unique skills to help investors evaluate, decide and negotiate partnerships.
At Coca-Cola (Atlanta, GA – USA), Ricardo led the Company’s global portfolio of sports and entertainment sponsorships, partnerships and events, including the ones with the International Olympic Committee, FIFA, UEFA, the Special Olympics, athletes, McLaren F1 team, record labels, movie studios, the gaming industry and other worldwide sports and entertainment properties.
Prior to this role, Ricardo was the SVP of Global Brand, Product & Sponsorship Marketing at Visa (San Francisco, CA – USA), where he was responsible for all global consumer marketing initiatives including branding, advertising, digital, design and sponsorships.
As one of the most active sponsors in the world, Ricardo led the Visa team in charge of the end-to-end initiatives related to the International Olympics Committee, FIFA, the International Paralympic Committee, UEFA, the NFL, dozens of Football, Baseball and Basketball teams in the USA and a large number of Olympic athletes.
Before Visa, Ricardo also worked as Global Marketing Director for the dairy category at the Group Danone (Paris - France), held several other Marketing roles at Coca-Cola in Brazil, USA and India, and multiple roles at Kellogg’s and Unilever.
Ricardo graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo and has a Specialization in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, both in Brazil. He is married and a father of two teenage girls.
The agent for Andy Murray, Matt has managed his career for the last 11 years on and off the court.
Matt first started working with Andy at XIX Entertainment, Simon Fuller’s company, back in 2009 where he also worked on the businesses of David Beckham and Lewis Hamilton. In 2013 Matt and Andy left XIX to set up 77 Management, which was set up to look after Andy’s interests.
Then, in 2017, 77 Sports Management was formed, a multi-sport talent management agency. Matt, Andy and Gawain Davies are the co-founders of the business, with Andy acting as a mentor to all the talent signed to the firm, which currently spans tennis, football and athletics.
Having completed a degree in Communication & Media at Rome University Marco starts his career with Young & Rubicam London in 1995. He left the agency in 1999 as Account Director of Y&R Europe having worked primarily on accounts such as Andersen Consulting, Longines and Philip Morris. He then joins Lowe in Milan as Client Service Director on Volvo and Aprilia and afterwards takes responsibility of the Unilever brands and of the Rome office. In 2004 he joins Pirelli Tyre as Marketing Director for Brazil, based at the Latin America headquarters in Sao Paulo and as Country Manager Chile during 2006. His career continues at Pirelli as Marketing Director in Milan before joining the Pirelli Formula 1 team in 2011 as Head of F1 Activation.
His international and multicultural expat experience takes him to Vienna / Budapest in 2004 and then back in Brazil as CMO for Pirelli Latam until 2019, when he moves to the New York office as VP, Communication, Motorsport and OE Partnerships for North America. Since 2020 Marco is back at Pirelli’s HQ in Milan as Global Head of Consumer Marketing.
With expertise in all MarCom disciplines, he considers himself an enthusiastic brand champion and a dynamic and results driven manager, always passionate about business challenges, people and start-up projects. Fluent in Italian, English, Portuguese and Spanish he is married, with two kids (and a lovely dog).
In 2017, FC Bayern Munich appointed Dee Kundra as Head of PR & Communications (Americas), driving and overseeing the legendary German soccer team’s brand and reputation in the region. After spearheading the club’s 365-day marketing approach, dedicated to increasing the club’s fan base, Dee was appointed Senior Head of Marketing & Communications in 2019.
Prior to joining FC Bayern, Dee served as Director of Marketing & Communications at the New York Cosmos.
Previously, she oversaw commercial PR at Liverpool Football Club as well as Barclays’ global sponsorship PR of the English Premier League.
Earlier in her career, Dee oversaw PR and logistics for some of Europe’s biggest music events, including The Brits, The Prince’s Trust Fashion Rocks and the MOBO Awards.
Mark started his career with adidas, managing sponsorship properties across football, rugby and basketball before moving on to work for The FA where he led the sponsorship programme and secured multi-million-pound sponsorships on The FA Cup and the England team.
The FA role was followed by a spell working in the commercial team for The London 2012 Olympic Games Organising Committee, before moving on to Coca-Cola, where Mark headed up the Sponsorship function across sport, music and fashion, which included The Olympic and Paralympic Games, Wayne Rooney, The Football League, Jessica Ennis and Team GB.
After Coca-Cola Mark worked as a consultant for Barclays on the activation of their global sponsorship properties and launched their new global activation strategy for The Barclays Premier League.
Mark currently works for NBA Europe and leads the Business Development team across the Europe and Middle East region. He is also a Board Director and Trustee for The Palace for Life Foundation, the official charity of Crystal Palace FC.
Paul Samuels joined AEG Europe in November 2007. In his role as Executive Vice President for Global Partnerships, he is responsible for overseeing all Sponsorship Sales, Partnership activation & Premium Seating across all AEG assets internationally, outside of the US.
Paul joined O2 in 2001 and has been involved with The O2 since 2004, when he negotiated the naming rights for the venue as Head of Sponsorship at O2, a position he held for six years. Under his role at O2, Paul was also the major broker in sponsorship deals with Arsenal FC and the England Rugby Team.
It is Paul’s creative negotiation of The O2 naming rights partnership that will be his legacy at O2. The partnership re-defined the traditional corporate sponsorship as a huge customer engagement opportunity and it continues to deliver ROI for O2 and AEG fourteen years on. This year, The O2 was voted the Best UK Sponsorship of the past 25 years, via a public vote at the UK Sponsorship Awards.
Paul left O2 in 2006, after being selected as American-owned The Bonham Group’s CEO for Europe at just 30, subsequently overseeing the sale of the company to AEG Europe in 2007, where he has remained ever since.
In his current role at AEG, he oversees a team of 100 people across Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia, running the Global Partnerships team for AEG’s assets including sports teams, venues and festivals and works with some of the world’s largest brands including O2, Sky, Barclaycard, American Express, Coca Cola, Heineken, Accor Hotels and AB Inbev. The team oversees all sponsorship sales, partnership activation and premium seating.
Paul sits on the fundraising committee for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and their Silver Clef Awards committee. In 2019, Paul won the acclaimed Entertainment “Sponsorship Champion Award” at the UK Sponsorship Awards, recognising his status as a leader within the field of global sponsorships & partnerships.
Molly Thompson-Smith is the UK’s shining light in Lead Climbing. Five times National Champion at only 23 years old, she is currently ranked 7th in the World and set to compete in Tokyo as climbing enters the Olympics for the first time in 2020.
Born into the diverse community of Ladbroke Grove in London Molly started climbing at her local Westway sports centre at the age of eight. By the age of 16 she was ranked no. 1 in the world and won the European Youth Cup, and since 2011 she has continued to achieve outstanding results at both junior and, more lately, senior competitions. In 2017 she came third in the Senior Lead World Cup championship in Kranj, Slovenia, and finished 7th in the world overall.
A finger injury at the end of the 2017 season forced Molly to take 8 months out, but she has fought her way back through patience and hard work to make a stunning return, winning the National Championships again in October 2018. Taking the decision to focus solely on her climbing ahead of Tokyo she now splits her time between the UK climbing hub in Sheffield and Innsbruck in Austria.
A leading figure in a visually striking sport Molly perfectly embodies female physical strength, agility and grace, as well as diversity in the world of outdoor sports. With 90% of the UK’s black population never having tried mountaineering or climbing Molly is determined to do her part to grow this by taking to the international stage and demonstrating the raw strength, physicality and mental challenge of putting yourself against the wall.
Paul is Head of Commercial Partnerships at Sky Media, the advertising sales arm of Sky.
His role is to focus on Partnership Development Strategy for Sky Media, and develop partnerships with brands leveraging Sky’s assets across content, platforms and products.
A key area of focus is in sport due to Sky’s status, credibility, and multi platform presence in this arena. Aside from being a passionate sports fan, Paul works within a team of creative and enterprising individuals developing sports partnerships with brands of all shapes and sizes with sport across the spectrum
In his role as VP Partnership Marketing & Creative, Peter leads teams supporting Man City and City Football Group’s Club Partners with strategic planning, creative direction and partnership implementation. Developing bespoke marketing partnerships, creative concepts and innovative initiatives.
With 19 years’ experience working across the Sports Marketing industry, Peter’s helped a broad spectrum of leading Global businesses and brands harness the power of partnerships across a wide range of sports. Prior to CFG, Pete was Business Director at Fast Track Agency (part of Chime Sports Marketing) where alongside other clients he was responsible for leading the strategic direction, planning and implementation of Lucozade Sport’s extensive multi-sport partnership portfolio.
Tim has created campaigns and sponsorships for major brands at the world's largest events, including FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League. He has worked at Saatchi & Saatchi, Dentsu and Hotels.com. He has led partnerships with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Olympique de Marseille and Miami Dolphins. His political blogging earned regular appearances on BBC TV and radio as a pundit.
Rachel Stringer is a sports presenter and athlete currently residing in London. Rachel works across a wide variety of sports including co-host/reporter for British Super Bikes, presenter for EA Sports covering the FIFA global series, co-presenter for Roborace - the world’s first autonomously driving, electrically powered vehicles, presenter/reporter at the Wimbledon All England Championships and The FA plus many more. Rachel has worked for many of the UK's major broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. Rachel also hosts and produces her own running podcast, ‘Keep Running’.
A familiar face in the esports scene, Rachel recently produced and presented the first major all-women's FIFA tournament which was broadcast on International Women's Day 2021, Rachel is motivated to grow women in this community with more events planned for this year.
During her time as a GB athlete, Rachel was mentored by double Olympic champion, Dame Kelly Holmes and her biggest achievement was winning the silver medal at the Youth Commonwealth Games in India, coming second to elite 800m athlete, Caster Semenya. Rachel now runs in a non competitive form and has recently joined forces with Under Armour as an ambassador where she is tasked with capturing running content, not always successfully, for her social media channels and wishes she has just 10% of the photography skills on show in the awards.
Fabio Caveira is a Brazilian Senior Art Director working for close to 30 years in the advertising industry.
His career has taken him all over the world, from Brazil to Portugal, to Poland, to Romania, to Jordan, to Qatar, and now to China. After working at global networks such as J. Walter Thompson, M&C Saatchi, Leo Burnett, and Y&R, he decided to join an in-house agency. So he moved to Shenzhen, China, to join OPPO – one of world's top 5 mobile companies.
Besides OPPO, he worked with QNB (Qatar National Bank), Orange Telecom, IKEA, Kia Motors, Portugal Telecom, Coca-Cola, and Petrobras and his work was recognised by the industry receiving awards and nominations such as London International Awards, New York Festivals, Ad Stars Asia, Lisbon International Advertising Festival, Brazilian Creative Club - CCSP, and featured on many Lürzer's Archive editions. He also served on the jury of festivals in Brazil, USA, South Korea, and Portugal.
Stew is currently EVP, Global Rights Partnerships at DAZN, leading the division responsible for managing and commercialising their portfolio of global media rights including FIBA, WTA, EHF and NFL.
With almost two decades experience in the sports media industry, Stew was an early hire at Inform (becoming Perform Group) helping develop and grow the business internationally. After founding and running his own agency in Africa, Stew joined beIN Sports to establish the London-based commercial team with the responsibility of managing their worldwide strategic rights partnerships.
Adrian has worked in the sports industry for 10 years following 10 years in FMCG. He has led the Marketing & Communications (incorporating Brand & Design) teams at The Football Association, UEFA, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and is now Chief Marketing Officer for Harlequins
Paul Murphy is the Digital Image Expert at UEFA, where he has been managing photography since 2013. He has created workflows and processes that have got match photography from pitchside to fans in record breaking times of under 30 seconds. Paul also leads the artistic direction of UEFA photoshoots with teams and players, and UEFA's events and matches.
Paul's life in sports photography began in a daily newspaper and was greatly enhanced at the helm of the picture desk at Sportsfile, Ireland's leading sports photo agency. He counts himself very lucky to have worked alongside the world's top sports photographers at both elite and grassroots sporting events.
Dealing with the challenges of getting images to fans and meeting sports industry stakeholders requirements Paul juggles photographer creativity and detailed briefs to ensure that photographers get to focus on their art and above all else shoot world class football photography.
Reem is a creative manager that specialises in creative strategy and commercial development in football partnerships and has worked for some of the most prestigious organisations including AS Roma, Chelsea Football Club and the BBC.
A passionate and driven creative, who has a collaborative and strong team work ethic, with a proven track record of winning multi-million-pound partnership deals in the sports industry.
Paul Hepworth is Vice President, Licensing at Liverpool Football Club, overseeing the global merchandise licensing business. Paul has been with the club since 2019 having previously held senior roles within The Walt Disney Company, Dreamworks Animation and latterly NBCUniversal.
Paul began his career working with FMCG brands before joining Disney. Paul’s experience in consumer products, media and entertainment is helping to build the club’s global merchandise licensing programme. Liverpool FC won Best Sports Licensed Property at the Licensing Awards 2020.
Fadi Zouein resides in Dubai, UAE; has over 20 years of experience, of which 11 years have been in the Sports industry and is currently the Group Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer at Al Jazira Sports Club in Abu Dhabi - which includes Al Jazira Football Club, one of the UAE’s leading and most popular football clubs in the region. In this role Fadi manages a team that oversees the Club’s partnerships, marketing and communication, retail, and events.
Prior to this role, Fadi has worked for the sports media agency Sport360, where he had driven and supported the expansion of their sporting portfolio.
For the previous 11 years in the sporting sector, Fadi had worked for the sports marketing and media rights agencies, B4 capital and MP Silva; where he was responsible for their strategic partnerships and business development.
In 2010, Fadi started his sporting career as a Senior Marketing Manager for Abu Dhabi Sports Channel - which had the rights for the English Premier League in the Middle East. In addition to these sporting roles, Fadi also has experience working in both international advertising and Media agencies; TBWA/RAAD and OMD.
Fadi is an extremely passionate sports fan and in his free time enjoys watching and playing sports, in particular football, which he coaches too. He is a Dutch national but is originally Lebanese and speaks English, Arabic, French and basic Dutch. He is married with 3 children.
Ruth Grundy has been working for the last 25 years in public relations, media and marketing in sports and with international brands, while matching philanthropists with her key projects whenever she can. She has worked with a UN Messenger Peace and Olympic athlete, inside one of the world’s biggest and oldest International Federations, at two Olympic Games and with key sponsors and players in the business of sport. With a passion for the power of photography and its unique ability to capture sheer emotion, drama and poignancy universally, regardless of language and culture, Ruth holds the still image on a pedestal for the future of sport and its rightful place in bringing good to our global society.
Stuart is the Chief Operating Officer at the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA), the representative body and collective voice of professional rugby players in England, representing more than 800 male and female current rugby players, as well as more than 400 former players. The RPA also act as the exclusive commercial representative of the England Team. Stuart joined the RPA in 2005 and has over 20 years’ experience in various finance and management roles from within trade association and membership based organisations, including Equity, the union for performers and creative practitioners. A member of the RPA Management Board, he is responsible for the management of the daily business operations of the RPA Group.
Stuart sits on the board of trustees of the Kinetic Foundation, London’s most successful football academy for 14–19-year-olds. The charity use sport to attract and engage with disadvantaged young people from South London who are at risk of disengagement or deprivation.
Alex has worked in the Sports and Events Industry for 20 years, working with brands, leagues, teams, cities and Federations.
Prior to joining The Jockey Club, where she is currently Director of Partnerships, Alex was Commercial Directorat Harlequins, overseeing the most successful sponsorship programme within the Gallagher Premiership. Before joining Harlequins, Alex was Director of Partnerships of the NFL in for the UK during its period of rapid expansion to multiple London games.
For the previous 12 years Alex worked in events, most notably for London’s Major Events team at Visit London, who’s role it was to identify and bid for major events to bring to the Capital to drive economic benefit and a major events legacy from the 2012 Olympics andParalympic Games.
Misha Sher is Global Vice-President at MediaCom Sport & Entertainment, an award-winning sports & entertainment marketing division of MediaCom (WPP Group).
Industry veteran who has been at the forefront of the sports industry for more than 15 years, Misha has negotiated and advised on more £1B in sponsorship investments with major sport & entertainment properties, including UEFA, IOC, NFL and F1 in more than 25 countries.
At MediaCom, he has built and scaled global sport & entertainment business that sits at the intersection of sport, media, lifestyle and culture, with clients that include some of the biggest blue-chip brands like Toyota, Shell, Richemont, American Airlines and Allianz as well as top talent such as Pelé, Brian Lara, Mesut Özil and Eniola Aluko, to name a few.
A former professional footballer, Misha began his business career in banking with Brown Brothers Harriman before returning to sport as an executive.
Misha is a published author and his opinions are regularly featured in leading media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Fortune, CNN, Sky, CMO, The Drum, Marketing Magazine and Sport Business International. He is a board director at European Sponsorship Association and holds an MBA in Football Industries.
Clare Booth has experience in marketing, rights activation and sports event management and currently works as the Corporate Communications, Marketing and Brand Manager in the UK for Emirates. Her event management experience began with a role at FIFA working on The FIFA Club World Cup and whilst at Emirates has managed the sponsorship activities and regional marketing strategy for over 30 properties within their portfolio for rights holders including Arsenal, The ICC, The ATP and the European Tour.
Tim Stemp joined the International Tennis Federation in 2017 as Executive Director, Commercial; responsible for Brand, Broadcast and Partnerships across the international portfolio of events, circuits, development and technology.
Prior to working with the ITF, Tim performed large agency roles working with major sports properties; including directorships at Infront Sports and Media and Lagardere. Previously Tim worked within the brand sector working with Samsung and Laureus; Richemont, Vodafone on partnership investment and activation.
Former England Red Roses international and current Harlequins centre Rachael Burford is co-founder of the Girls Rugby Club, a global online platform for female rugby players. Rachael comes from a rugby family and in April 2016 became the first female professional player on the RPA players’ board before becoming a World Rugby Women’s Advisory Committee member. She first picked up a ball when she was just six years old and was in the same team as her mother, Renata, and sister, Louise, for a season at Medway RFC, where she spent the first 10 years of her career.
A talented sevens player, Rachael took part in the 2009 and 2013 Sevens World Cups. Chatham-born, Rachael also played in the 2006 Women’s Rugby World Cup, the 2010 tournament in England, started the 2014 final and became England’s Player of the Year before going on to her fourth World Cup in 2017. Her influence on the game was recognised when she won the International Rugby Players' Association merit award alongside All Black legend Richie McCaw at the end of 2017. Rachael received a full-time England XVs contract in January 2019 and was part of the squad that won the Grand Slam in the Women’s Six Nations.
Malcolm Booth is the Sales and Marketing Director for The R&A. He has worked in the golf and sports industry for more than twenty years and has extensive commercial, marketing, communications and event experience in domestic and international markets. He is a driving force behind the commercial growth of The Open Championship, one of the world’s leading sports events and, in 2016, he was a key member of the team that oversaw golf’s reintroduction to the Olympic Games. Prior to joining The R&A he was the European Marketing Manager for Titleist – a leading golf equipment manufacturer.
Alex joined The Football Association in 2000 and is now entering his third decade working in in the sports industry. After eight years at The FA in PR and Media Relations roles, including a five year stint as Press Officer with the England Women’s team, he moved to FIFA in 2008.
At FIFA, Alex joined the Press Office and started to travel the world, overseeing media operations at tournaments in the UAE, Turkey, Singapore, Japan and Thailand; and alongside LOCOG at London 2012. During these events, it was his responsibility to provide the optimum conditions for journalists and photographers.
In 2013 he became FIFA’s first ever Social Media Manager, helping to drive the world governing body’s digital evolution. In the last eight years, the role grew to oversee all FIFA’s social channels, before a transition at the start of 2021 to become Group Leader of Communications Content Production.
A keen (and often frustrated) photographer since he won a school photography competition aged 13 (!), he is very proud to join the judging panel this year.
A Sports PR Management Professional with over 20 years of solid experience in the industry which includes:
Head of Team Communications, England Men's Cricket Team
Head of Media & Marketing, Yorkshire County Cricket Club
Venue Media Manager, London 2012 (Olympic Football)
Media Manager, England Rugby League (Rugby League World Cup 2013, Four Nations 2011, 2014, European Championships 2012)
PR Manager, The Rugby Football League
Media and PR Manager, Bolton Wanderers Football Club
Media, marketing and PR expert and accomplished company spokesperson with a global network of contacts within editorial and promotional media gained via success in business-critical roles.
Extensive success planning and executing marketing communications and best-in-class media strategies across multiple channels including PR campaigns and events, underpinned by familiarity with current patterns and trends in digital / social media and an early career delivering PR and communications campaigns.
15 years experience in the sports and entertainment industry having worked in multiple markets, across different industry sectors and in a variety of sports. Most recently I co-founded and lead Mallory Group, a sports marketing agency based in London that helps brands and rights holders realise commercial return by effectively growing and engaging their audiences. Clients include AkzoNobel, Land Rover, Musto, arena, Cricket World Cup, 11th Hour Racing Team, The Epicurean Club and Quinta do Lago resort.
Prior to founding Mallory Group, I managed Jaguar Land Rover’s global sports sponsorship activity which included the delivery of award-winning campaigns relating to Land Rover’s worldwide partnership with Rugby World Cup 2015, Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team and Jaguar’s sponsorship of Team Sky.
I started my career at brand Rapport (now CAA Consulting) providing strategic direction and ensuring first class delivery of activation programmes with a number of clients including Barclays, Jaguar, Vodafone and E.ON.
Anna Hellman has been an integral part of the international sports movement for much of her professional career. Over the past four years she launched, managed, and currently serves as Director for ThinkSport, which was founded by the City of Lausanne, Canton de Vaud and the International Olympic Committee.
Prior to that, she spent nine years as Executive Director for Sport Accord Convention, the annual 6-day gathering involving all of the International Sports Federations, the IOC Executive Board, and up to 2000 representatives from within global sport. The event is held in a different country each year and involves up to 18 months of planning for each edition.
Anna has also worked for Além International, an experienced marketing and event management agency specializing in sport and corporate events, with offices in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the US, and was COO for The World Sports Forum for four years, organizing all aspects of the annual event in St Moritz, Lausanne and Doha/Qatar.
Earlier in her career, she served as a Developmental Project Manager for IKEA, was part-owner and General Manager of the Hotel Farinet in Verbier, Switzerland, and had a role in the development of RECCO International, where she introduced and built up avalanche rescue systems in Switzerland, France and Italy.
After founding, building and selling marketing and PR companies, including a specialist crisis PR firm in the 90s, Nigel has worked with governments and organisations across a broad range of industries, including technology, data, broadcast, diplomacy, sports, medtech, catering, construction, manufacturing and others. He has directed and project managed over 500 political, sports and commercial programmes in more than 30 countries over the last 25 years.
Rushmans has worked on major sports events worldwide including Rugby World Cups, Cricket World Cups, European Football Championships, Asian Games amongst others. This has included managing the photographers, their facilities and assigning their positions to capture the action. During Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Nigel was strategic advisor to the bid team.
A seasoned multi-award-winning global brand marketer with over eight years’ experience designing, assembling and executing authentic, meaningful integrated marketing communications campaigns across internal and external audiences through data-driven insights, disruptive creative, commercial innovation and first-class relationship management. Proficient in leading creative development and high-performing teams to embed brands in key cultural moments and drive results at highly complex global organizations.
Currently, Emma is Global Influencer Lead, North American Football at EA SPORTS. An advocate for ‘others’ she also leads communications for Electronic Arts’ Women’s Ultimate Team Employee Resource Group in the UK and sits on Women in Football’s Marketing and Finance Committee. In 2019, she received the accolade of Sport Industry NextGen Leader and a nomination by her alma mater for Girls’ Days School Trust Alumna of the Year Award for ‘pioneering in sport’.
Steve has devoted his career to the field of Sports Marketing, with perspectives from all sides of the coin, brand, agency and rights-holder. Currently Marketing Director at Brentford FC, his experience has spanned the FIFA World Cup and all domestic Football Competitions over the last 20, as well as 3 Olympic Games, 6 Nations Rugby and Premiership Rugby. Steve has always believed that the power of great photography is critical to bring the emotions of sport to life and immortalise great moments in time with its audience.
Chris joined AEG Europe in February 2007. In his role as Vice President of International Partnerships and Strategy, Chris leads AEG’s international partner relationships as well as setting the strategy across AEG’s International Global Partnerships group that includes AEG’s Sports, Music and Venues division. Through this work Chris has also set up a 3rd party consultancy division within AEG working with clients including; FCB Barcelona, French Federation de Rugby, Battersea Power Station and Tottenham Hostpur Football Club.
Chris also oversees AEG’s multi-territory partnerships with American Express, DHL, Accor Hotels, Marriott, Toshiba and others activating across AEG’s Festivals and music tours, The O2, Mercedes Benz Arena Berlin and Shanghai, ICC Theatre in Sydney to name a few.
Prior to joining AEG, Chris ran TUI’s sponsorship relationships across Football, Swimming and Ice Hockey as well the marketing of TUI’s Worldwide Touring brands.
Chris lives in Hampton with his wife and two young children, aged 8 and 5, and whenever possible tries to sneak in a game of cricket or two each season.
Karl has worked within the design for sport industry for over two decades. In 2005, he founded his own agency, The Forest Studio in London before relocating to New York to open a 2nd office in 2011 to concentrate fully on sports. He was recently approached by the New York Islanders to build an internal team and head up that department as Creative Director.
Karl is responsible for the output of all creative and acts as brand guardian for external partnerships and brands.
Tony spent five years as Chief Communications Officer at Silva International Investments, working across the Group’s portfolio of sporting, media and entertainment assets. Previously Tony worked in a range of senior strategy and communications roles in Government and the Corporate sector. Tony now consults with several organisations in sport and sits on the Board of Miami FC.
Samantha Johnson is an International sports anchor based in Istanbul. Samantha has 20 years of experience in media, and has worked for broadcasters such as Sky Sports News, BeIN Sports, and Chelsea TV. She currently presents TRT’s flagship sports show ‘Beyond The Game’ and was recently featured in UEFA’s award-winning documentary ‘Outraged’. Her achievements in the media saw her named in The Power List's ‘Top 20 of Britain’s Most Influential People Under 40’
Her recent highlights include anchoring the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul and securing an exclusive interview with Istanbul Basaksehir’s Demba Ba and Pierre Webo, after the historic walk off with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League over alleged racism, which was picked up by international media outlets such as L’Equipe and Mail Online.
And her event highlights include working with former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein, and hosting a major event for former Chelsea and England international - now Aston Villa Women Sporting Director - Eniola Aluko
Samantha’s experience encompasses wider news coverage, focusing on health and wellness working alongside the founder of 'Global Wellness Day' Belgin Aksoy. A day recognised and endorsed by Oprah Winfrey and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. She also believes in giving back and inspiring the next generation and continues to work as a mentor for young women in the UK and Turkey
Ruoyang Wu is a sports business writer for Tencent, the largest online media group in China. Her writing specialises in sports marketing, sports globalisation and athlete branding.
Ruoyang also runs a sports business column on China’s WeChat public platform called WeChat Sports as well as writes for marketing website Madison Boom.
In 2013, she published her first book A Little Life in A Great City. In 2018, she co-published book Lang Ping and the China women’s national volleyball girls as a co-author. Before becoming a sports business writer, Ruoyang had seven years of experience working in different sectors in sports including brand communication, digital media and sponsorship.
Karthik is a sponsorship and sports marketing specialist with brand, rights holder and agency experience. As Head of Sponsorship at DHL Express UK he leads the team’s marketing activities within sport, culture and entertainment. He has proven experience activating marketing campaigns with some of the largest events including Rugby World Cup, Formula 1, UEFA Champions League and London Fashion Week.
Karthik has had an unusual career path so far as he originally trained and worked as a dentist in the UK and Australia. Having decided this wasn’t the career for him he undertook the Football Industries MBA at the University of Liverpool to enable a transition to working in the sport sector. Since then he has worked at Sport England, Sport Industry Group, Infrared Experience Marketing and now at DHL. In addition to his role at DHL, he is currently a Trustee at the charity Cricket Without Boundaries.
Chris is Chief Operating Officer at Ticketmaster Sport where he leads the UK sports business having joined in March 2020.
Prior to joining Ticketmaster, Chris had worked for 15 years in sports marketing across a variety of agencies, managing sponsorships as part of those agency teams for a number major blue chip brands such as Mastercard, Sony Mobile, AB Inbev, Delta Airlines, GoPro, Fitbit and more.
Jonathan Ford was headhunted in 2009 to be the CEO of the Football Association of Wales (FAW). The FAW is the National Governing Body of Association Football in Wales and the 3rd oldest Football Association in the World. The FAW is a founder member of both FIFA and UEFA and the Association is a key member of the International Football Association Board (together with the other home nations) that decides upon the rules of game globally.
His remit includes the promotion of the game at all levels, from the grass roots to the National Teams. He has responsibility for encouraging more people to play the sport, more people to watch the sport and using the sport to better the lives of the people of Wales through sport participation and community cohesion. Jonathan reports both to the Associations Board of Directors and the full Council of the FAW.
In his role as CEO, he has responsibility for creating the vision, leading & motivating the teams in the delivery of their strategic plan. Key business responsibilities include P&L management, commercial negotiations, stakeholder management, media, and brand management as well as the governance of the sport in Wales.
During his time at the FAW, the national team has secured back-to-back qualification to the UEFA European Champions. In 2016, a historic run through to the semi-finals, the first for a British team in 20 years. Under his tenure, the FAW has successfully bid for and hosted prestigious events including the 2017 UEFA Champions League finals.
Immediately prior to the FAW, Jonathan was European Sponsorship Director at the Coca-Cola Company with responsibility for developing & implementing sponsorship & business building strategies utilising the company’s sports properties. Key programmes included the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championships 2008, and the Beijing Summer & Torino Winter Olympic Games.
Previously within Coca-Cola, Jonathan was the General Manager on the UEFA European Championships 2004, responsible for delivering all elements of the global business building programme, based in Lisbon, Portugal.
Jonathan was initially head-hunted into the GB Division of Coca-Cola, as Head of Sponsorship with responsibilities for all domestic sponsorships including the Football Association, the SFA, the WRU, Wimbledon, the British Open, The Commonwealth Games and many more.
Previously Jonathan worked for MTV (Music Television) where his last position was Project Director, responsible for the key international clients & sponsorship programmes, including the MTV Europe Music Awards. Jonathan started his career as a Graduate Trainee in the sales & marketing function for Fosters Brewing.
Kiki Grigson founded Inkerman in 1996 after five years of working at Tiffany & Co where she was Director of the Corporate Department. Kiki realised British companies wanted to buy British products; they needed well made products, sensibly priced, with the option to make bespoke pieces, offering quick turnaround times and an excellent customer service.
Kiki spent months travelling round the UK visiting workshops and discussing products with craftsmen before launching Inkerman in May 1996; 25 years on and she still works with many of the original craftsmen today.
As a people’s person Kiki enjoys best the time she spends working with her clients. She is a staunch supporter of British business and women in sport and business. She employs staff on character and skillset rather than exam results and runs Inkerman without hierarchy. She supports charities including Racing Welfare to give back to an industry which supports Inkerman.
Kiki has been married to Neil, who works in the film industry, for 25 years and they have three teenage/early twenties children who are starting to forge their own career paths. With a family love of sport the boys are mad keen on rugby, football & cricket and the girls more likely to be found watching equestrian events & racing and riding their own horses.
On starting Inkerman her father gave her a great piece of advice; he said ‘to start a business you don’t have to think of a new idea, you can start selling bricks next door to an existing brick seller, just make sure you offer the same or better quality products with an exemplary service, and remember your products don’t have to be cheaper’.
Adrian Bevington is an experienced senior football executive, holding various leadership positions within the industry. Bevington currently operates as Director of Football Strategy for US investment company, CRED Investments.
Most recognisable for his 17 years at The English Football Association, as Group Communications Director, then as Club England Managing Director.
Adrian was tournament consultant to the Football Association of Wales for Euro 2016 and has worked with various clubs and commercial organisations such as Pitch International LLP and Dugout and UEFA. More recently, he returned to his home town club Middlesbrough FC, where he was a part of Club Executive Management Team and Board until December 2019.
As a Senior Account Manager at sport for social change consultancy thinkBeyond, Lisa has eleven years’ experience in commercial partnerships and a unique perspective on the ability of sports talent to drive forward positive social change.
Particular expertise is focused on strategy creation, commercial partnership development and delivery, project management, communications and foundation management for a range of clients including Legal & General, the International Olympic Committee, Brian Dawkins Impact Foundation and UN Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh.
Lisa previously spent ten years as Executive Director of thinkBeyond’s sister agency thinkBeyond Talent. Offering both management and strategic advisory to talent who care about their role in the world, she specialised in creating values driven talent narratives, positioning and commercial development to blend good business with positive social change. Clients included Michael Johnson, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Will Greenwood, Carl Frampton and Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh. She has worked with commercial and media partners including Virgin Media, Etihad, Land Rover, HSBC, JPMorgan, Aviva, Dove, MasterCard, Microsoft, BMW, Visa, Simon & Schuster, BBC, Sky, ITV and the Telegraph.
As Commercial Director at RLWC 2021 Jon is responsible for sponsorship, broadcast, hospitality, licensing, merchandise, retail and fan travel packages.
Prior to starting his current role in 2019, he spent eleven years at three sports marketing agencies, seven years at Barclays as Head of Sponsorship Partnerships, and two years as a consultant advising a number of brands, agencies and rights holders within the sports industry.
Martyn is Managing Director of Golf Management and Events business - Jenahura. Players include former Porsche European Open Champion - Richard McEvoy and MENA Tour Champion - Jamie Elson both of whom played in the winning GB & I Walker Cup team in 2001.
Jenahura launched in 2004 as a full service sports events and hospitality business focusing on delivering outstanding events and experiences to the corporate sector. Following the global credit crisis in 2008, Jenahura made the decision to focus entirely in the golf sector. The success of their flagship event, The Jenahura Open and invitation only events series played at exclusive venues, encouraged Martyn to develop a professional player management division in 2014.
Prior to launching Jenahura, Martyn tried his hand at professional golf before swapping his clubs for a career in Sales, Marketing and PR working in the IT and Construction industries. Sport however has always been his number one passion and he enjoyed a memorable period in his career at sports photographic agency - Action Images during the “Tiger Slam” era.
Richard is co-owner of the Unofficial Partner podcast. Richard’s career mixes award winning journalism with a career as a strategic adviser to sports governing bodies, sponsors and agencies. He was listed number 5 in the sport category of PR Week’s Powerbook list of industry influencers. As Cake’s Managing Partner he ran a specialist sport and entertainment consulting group within Havas, the sixth largest marketing group in the world. Before joining Cake, Richard was a strategic advisor to Lloyds Bank on its London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Partnership. He was editor of Sport Business International and is a regular contributor to sports industry debate across national and international media, including the FT, WSJ, The Observer and The Irish Times. His book on leadership, The Captain Myth was The Guardian’s sports book of the year.
Ben is a sports marketing expert with approaching 20 years consulting experience working with rights holders and brands looking to optimise returns from their investments in the sector.
Ben is the Global Head of Publicis Sport & Entertainment, the leading sports marketing agency and part of global communications group, Publicis. Based in London and leading a network of sports expert across 15 markets, Publicis Sport & Entertainment is privileged to work with the biggest brands and properties in global sport including Gillette, Heineken, Samsung, Verizon, UEFA, FIFA, World Athletics and The IOC.
Outside of work, Ben is often not far from the sporting field as a fan, a father and a failing athlete.
James started work at Sheffield & Hallamshire FA in 1992 where he was promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer from September 2000 until leaving the organisation in June 2012.
He then formed Onside Sports in August 2012 as he wanted to combine his personal & professional experience in sport to deliver successful projects and use the power of sport to affect people’s lives for good. Onside Sports offered business & sport solutions to a wide range of commercial, not-for-profit and charitable organisations within and around the world of sport.
From September 2015, James was appointed as CEO of Skateboard England. Due to a re-structure in the sport, he has been the CEO of Skateboard GB since November 2017. This role has been focused on setting up the structures and systems to support growth of the sport in the UK and prepare for skateboarding’s first Olympic inclusion in Tokyo 2021.
During the past twenty years James has been a trustee or governor of several charities and organisations including the English Lacrosse Association, Sheffield Council for Sport & Recreation, Football Unites Racism Divides, the Sheffield United FC Community Trust, Dore Primary School and the Mercia Learning Trust.
He has been a keen amateur sports photographer in the past, with photographs published both internationally and nationally, mainly covering women’s lacrosse.
Baljit is the CEO of global sports consultancy Inventive Sports. He is a licensed English FA & AIFF (India) football agent as well as an ECB registered cricket intermediary. He is the founder of both the Asian Football & Cricket Awards in the UK. He is a well known figure in the sports industry with a specialism in the Indian sports arena. He often appears in the media discussing India as an emerging sports market as well as being a seasoned campaigner for Asian inclusion in sport.
Paul McGoohan is the former Senior Commercial Advisor of City Football Group and VP of Business Development for Tepper Sports & Entertainment.
A former journalist with Sky Sports, McGoohan turned to consulting in 2007, working with multiple Premier League and Football League Clubs on a range of commercial, finance and corporate communications issues. He has also advised rights holders in Tennis, Cricket, plus a number of sports industry suppliers from technology to insurance companies.
In 2012, McGoohan became a senior advisor to City Football Group and was part of the team that devised and executed the strategy for City Football Marketing. With a particular focus on commercial partnerships, McGoohan was part of the leadership team that grew revenues across CFG sides, including over 300% for Manchester City.
As VP of Business Development for Tepper Sports & Entertainment, McGoohan was responsible for the commercial partnerships for the Carolina Panthers and Charlotte FC.
Darren Cleary is the Managing Editor of Digital Productions at Communicorp Media, the biggest independent media group in Ireland, they operate some of the best-known radio brands in Europe. Prior to joining, he served as Global Director of Sport at Web Summit, the largest business, technology, and sports conference in the world. A native of Dublin, Ireland, Cleary lead the sports programming at events in Europe, Asia, and North America. Cleary also chaired the selection committee for the prestigious Web Summit Innovation In Sport Award, the international mark of excellence in the sports business community. It recognises people and organisations that have successfully incorporated technology in the pursuit of excellence. The most recent recipient of the award was renowned José Mourinho.
An award-winning journalist and broadcaster, prior to joining Web Summit, Cleary worked with Off The Ball, Ireland's leading independent sports broadcaster. During his time there he was named Sports Broadcaster of the Year at the IMRO National Irish Radio Awards in 2018. Prior to joining Off The Ball, Cleary worked as a broadcast journalist with eir Sport, RTÉ, 98FM, Today FM, Newstalk, and FM104.
Hayley Wood has over 15 years experience in commercial roles in the sports and entertainment industries spanning sales, marketing, business development and event management in world leading venues and at global events.
Hayley started her career by following her passion for cricket and enjoyed four years at The Yorkshire County Cricket Club before making the move to London to continue her career leading hospitality sales for the MCC at Lord’s Cricket Ground. After seven years in the cricket, she went agency side to work with STH Group on Rugby World Cup 2015 and UEFA Euro 2016 before moving to AEG Europe where she was Head of Premium Sales at The O2 for four years. Over the course of her career Hayley has a track record of delivering results, developing teams and building relationships across the industry.
Since leaving The O2 in late 2020, Hayley has been working as a part-time consultant for the Professional Body of Sports Leadership which launched in October last year.
With a passion for the way sport can bring people together at every level alongside a love of creative projects, Hayley is excited to join the panel and take part in judging the awards this year.
An experienced Picture Editor, Leon’s professional journey into the world of sports photography began as Digital Imaging Assistant with Action Plus Sports Images back in 2011 at the agency’s former London offices located in Farringdon.
Currently responsible for the output of visual content across Sky Sports digital platforms, Leon plays a key role ensuring the best use of engaging, dynamic imagery in support of Sky’s digital editorial.
As Chief Operating Officer at UCFB’s Global Institute of Sport (GIS), James oversees business delivery and commercial growth of its university campuses inside iconic stadiums around the world and online.
Having led its marketing team as the organisation grew to 2,500 students at Wembley Stadium and Etihad Campus in the UK, James was a driving force in its global expansion in recent years. With a campus opening at Inter Miami CF Stadium in 2021, GIS also runs global study hubs at New York’s Red Bull Arena, Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Toronto’s BMO Field and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
An Australian native who has held sports marketing and communications roles with British Athletics, the NBA and Setanta Sports amongst others, James was also a former professional athlete in the British Basketball League.
Peter Robinson is a British photojournalist.
Educated at Leicester College of Art and The Royal College of Art in London.
Over a 55 year career in photojournalism he became one of the worlds leading sports photographers and is a veteran of 27 World Cup Finals and OlympicGames.
From 1970 to 1994 he was the Official Photographer to FIFA
His pictures from over 100 countries, have been featured in more than 400 books and hundreds of other publications –his monograph ' Football Days' is the UK’s best selling illustrated book on football , and also regarded as the definitive visual work on the subject.
Other than his editorial work his many corporate clients have included the likes of Land Rover, for whom he photographed and participated in the gruelling 1000km off road event known as Camel Trophy , in Madagascar , The Amazon, and Australia.
In 2012 for The London Olympic Games Organising Committee he acted as the photo operations chief for the Olympic Games football tournament.
Since 2014 he has been the photography consultant to The FIFA MUSEUM in Zurich
He remains an independent freelance photographer , curator , and sports photography historian.
Started in the photo industry as an assistant to David Cannon at Allsport in 1985. Progressed to photo editor for football and golf and attended 3 World Cups and 2 Olympics as a photo editor. Worked for Getty Images, Reuters and Adobe and now happy to be back full circle working in sport again with Colorsport.
Since joining the photographic industry in the late 90’s Mike has been fortunate to work with some of the world’s best photographers as a manager in the Canon team that supported photographers at Winter and Summer Olympics, Football World Cup, European Football Championships and Wimbledon.
He was responsible for the Canon Ambassador programme, Canon Professional Services in Europe and was involved in the launch of every Canon DSLR from the EOS-1D Mark II through to the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R.
After leaving Canon in 2015 he has worked for the outdoor brand f-stop gear and supported several photographers build their businesses.
Upon joining the Panasonic LUMIX team he was instrumental in the launch of their LUMIX PRO programme, their sponsorship of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and was scheduled to have been in Tokyo for the Olympics last year.
After leaving Panasonic in February 2021, he is taking some timeout, while trying to manage home schooling.
James is Co-Founder and Managing Director of PinPep - The UK's leading independent specialist PR photography assignment agency - managing photographic and video assignments for a number of leading PR agencies - producing content for brands such as Disney, Vodafone, William Hill, Huawei and Amazon.
He has a wealth of experience in commercial and sports photography having previously held senior positions at Action Images (Reuters), Colorsport, Rex Features and Shutterstock.
Elliot is currently EVP & Head of Asia Pacific at Grabyo, a global leader in cloud video production. He is responsible for the commercial growth and strategy for Grabyo business across all key and emerging markets. With over two decades experience in the sports media and technology industry, Elliot was an early hire at Getty Images in Singapore before joining Reuters Media to manage content distribution across Asia. After spending time at Nokia Asia-Pacific Elliot then joined PERFORM Group (now DAZN Group) as Managing Director - Emerging Markets Asia driving growth across rights, video distribution and digital advertising. Elliot joined Discovery as Head of Sport in 2016 before deciding to join Grabyo in 2017.
After starting off in food marketing, Gary joined the EFL in the London commercial office and spent 13 years working on partnerships and licensing. He then joined the RFL in 2012 and represented them as a Senior Commercial Manager across their properties, including RLWC 2013, the Super League and the Challenge Cup. Over the 18 years, Gary helped deliver some major naming rights deals including the npower Football League, the Capital One Cup and the Ladbrokes Challenge Trophy
After a period of ill-health in 2017, Gary set up his own agency “The Missing Linke” and his first clients were the SPFL and Leeds United. He has enjoyed tremendous success in helping rights owners acquire new partners. These include Deliveroo and Weetabix who have both invested significantly in Football.
Gary is a keen sports watcher and follows most sport and has been lucky enough to attend some global events and enjoys reading sports publications.
He is known for his wide network of contacts in the sports business and has been a regular contributor to Unofficial Partner and written several blogs on sports partnerships.
Stephen West has over two decades of experience in the photography industry working for some of the largest players in the market including Getty Images. He was the first employee in the UK for Shutterstock. Stephen is currently a Sales Manager at Motorsport Images part of the Motor Sport Network.
Terry is the editor and publisher of Professional Photo Magazine, and has been involved in photographic journalism for the past forty years. After studying photography he moved into journalism following graduation and cut his teeth on What Camera Weekly Magazine, subsequently moving across to become Features Editor and then Deputy Editor of Amateur Photographer. Leaving to become freelance in 1997, he’s since authored some 14 popular photography-related books, including two produced in association with NASA, and he’s also regularly written for the national press and edited a number of titles, joining the team setting up Bright Publishing in 2006. Now the owner and publisher of Professional Photo Magazine, he’s long been focused on the professional end of the market, with a remit to highlight the achievements of the industry and to share some of the great photography that’s currently out there.
Ruben Dennenwaldt is heading the Product Marketing Team for the EMEA region at Western Digital covering all brands and products across the companies broad portfolio. He originally joined SanDisk in 2008 as Product Marketing Manager responsible for the memory cards category in EMEA before SanDisk got acquired by Western Digital in 2016. Being an avid photographer with more than a decade of experience working closely on the SanDisk Imaging cards portfolio, the SanDisk Extreme Team (who are the companies team of brand ambassadors) and partnering with several camera manufacturers across Europe, Rubens passion for photography has always been part of his role at Western Digital.
Claus Fonnesbech (49) is Head of Global PR & Communications at Jabra, leading provider of innovative headsets, audio and video solutions. An expert in corporate communications and media relations, Claus has over 20 years of experience in communications, media and journalistic activities, including visual. Before joining Jabra he was a senior consultant with Nordic agency Discus Communications, working for clients like Sony, EMC and Kaspersky. He has also held senior PR positions with Mærsk Group (Damco) and PwC. He is married and has 2 children.
“Charlie started his career in sports marketing with an internship at IMG in 1999 before moving into the world of sales with a two year stint selling perimeter advertising space and sponsorship opportunities across cricket, football and rugby for Sports and Outdoor Media.
Charlie’s next stop was 10 years spent at one of the world’s leading media agencies, Mediacom. Known as the stand out media planning and buying agency in the UK at that point, Charlie joined at a time when the agency was setting up a new sponsorship consulting division to bring sports capabilities to their clients. Charlie worked on projects including Nokia’s first ever title sponsorship of the African Cup of Nations in 2003, Snickers’ sponsorship of skateboarding, BMX and music at the Download Festival and VW’s sponsorship of the David Beckham Academy.
In 2012, Charlie returned to the world of data and insights, becoming UK MD at a specialist agency named Repucom. Charlie led the agency’s work with clients including The Premier League, European Tour, UEFA, HSBC and Manchester City.
After a short spell back in the world of sponsorship activation at the Omnicom agency, GMR Marketing, Charlie returned once again to the data and insight side of sports marketing via the consumer insights agency YouGov, joining the sports side of the organisation as UK and Europe Commercial Director at YouGov Sport. Clients including Emirates Airline, AS Roma, the ATP, DAZN, The European Tour, Extreme-E and IMG/Endeavor provide a wide range of requirements and a broad view across the marketing and advertising spectrum, via the lens of sport.”
fotoMAGAZIN is one of Germany´s leading photography magazines with a publishing tradition reaching back 65 years.
Manfred Zollner has a degree in Mass Communications from Munich University and began his career as a film critic, working as an editor for several film magazines.
Since 1991 he has devoted his professional work entirely to photography and has taken his current position as Editor in Chief of fotoMAGAZIN in 2019.
Since 2012 he's also Editor in Chief of the annual fine art photography publication fotoMAGAZIN EDITION.
Mr. Zollner is a regular portfolio reviewer at international photography festivals like Foto Fest in Houston (USA) and Rencontres d´Arles/Voiesoff Arles (France) as well as a jury member of annual competitions like the Travel Photographer of the Year Awards (TPOTY) and many other national and international competitions in the field of photography.