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Andrew Guy Taylor – GBR

National Director, Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS)

Guy has been the Director of TASS from its inception. Over 15 years, TASS has supported thousands of Dual Career athletes, with many achieving notable successes in their sporting and professional careers. TASS athletes have gone on to win numerous World Championships, over 180 Olympic/Paralympic medals and many hold significant positions of influence in sport and business.

He also advises several countries and organisations in the development of their own athlete Dual Career programmes, including the EU, IOC and the Japanese, Indian and Brazilian Governments.

For the past four years he chaired the European Union (EU) Expert Group in Human Resources Development in Sport which developed policy and recommendations in the areas of Coaching, Qualifications, Dual Career, Volunteering and Employment. Previously he chaired the EU Education and Training in Sport Expert Group.

Laura Capranica – ITA

Professor University of Rome Foro Italico; President of the European Athlete as Student (EAS) Network

Expert in the field of sport and education, in 2011 Prof. Capranica had been awarded a Mobley International Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Public Health of Indiana University, USA. She authored more than 120 scientific papers on the identification of determinants for sport practice and performance in the lifespan; the development of knowledge and tools for the enhancement of bilateral translational links between laboratory and field evaluations; and dual career of student-athletes. Specifically to dual career she has been cooperating with FISU, EUSA, the European Commission and Parliament, and partner of European-funded projects.

Delise S. O’Meally – USA

Executive Director – Institute for Sport and Social Justice/University of Central Florida

Main Focus: Sport and Social Justice/Sport and Society. The Institute uses the power of sport to effect positive societal change by educating and empowering individuals and organizations through inspiring values-based thinking leading to actions that promote social responsibility and equality.

O’Meally has been involved in university sports administration for more than 25 years. She spent 17 years at the NCAA where she worked with the NCAA Executive Committee; implemented the international affairs program; supervised the work of Association-wide committees, and guided the implementation of several NCAA social justice policies. She is also the Secretary General of the United States International University Sports Federation. She has served on the FISU Executive Committee and the FISU Commission on the Development of University Sport, and as First Vice President of FISU America. She has also served as Head and Deputy Head of Delegation for USA Team, and competed in the 1993 Summer Universiade.

Madeleine Baturina – RUS

Head of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Volunteer Programme

Head of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Volunteer Programme. Leading coach for personnel of the 22 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi 2014. Instructor for preparing the participants of the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students regional programme in Sochi. One of the important activities in 2015-2018 were the projects with state corporations and state authorities – Presidential Executive Office, the Government of the Russian Federation, the High-Potential Management Personnel Reserve Programme by the President of the Russian Federation, Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom. Team Leader of the Russian national team WorldSkills at the World Championship in Abu Dhabi 2017.

Georgiy Bilman – RUS

Head of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Volunteer Centre at the Synergy University

Volunteer Specialist of the LOC Russia 2018, volunteer of the 22th Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, volunteer of the 31th Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, volunteer of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2013, volunteer of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

Leading coach of the project for training the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia volunteers.

Leading coach of the personnel of the 22th Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014.

Leading coach of the project for training volunteers of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2013.

Alexey Moshkin – RUS

Honoured Master of Sports of Russia

Russian skier, public figure. Two-time champion and two-time bronze prize-winner of the Winter Paralympic Games.

Honoured Master of Sports of Russia.

Has the following government honours: Order For Personal Courage (1994), Order of Friendship (1999), Medal of the Order “For Services to the Fatherland.” (2002).

Alexander Ukhov – RUS

Vice-President of the Eurasian Academy of Television and Radio

AIPS member (International Sports Press Association). Journalist, TV host, screenwriter, writer, producer, mentor of the international school YRP FISU, academician of the Russian Academy of Television. Member of the Russian executive committee of sports journalists. He is covering the Olympic Games, World and European Championships, Universiades, Goodwill Games, USSR and Russian Championships. Currently, Alexander is an independent consultant, producer and teacher, observer of the electronic media Russian Stadium. He was awarded a medal and a diploma of the President of the Russian Federation in honour of the 30th anniversary of the Olympic Games in Moscow. Medal For Labour Valour. Medal Veteran of Labour. Awarded the Olympic Order of the Russian Olympic Committee. Honorary Diploma of FISU President. Honorary plaque of the Russian Union of Journalists: “Honour. Dignity. Professionalism”.

Laurent Torrecillas – FRA

President – Inuksuit International, Inc.

A former elite volleyball player and a sport passionate, Laurent has 15 years of experience working with the international Olympic Movement. His expertise covers strategic planning, public sport policies, governance and strategic influence. He is committed to guide Olympic sport organizations in their development along with Governments and public institutions to leverage sport as a catalyst for sustainable social and economic change. Laurent is the author of «Strategic Planning», a guide for NOCs, edited by the Olympic Solidarity. Recently, he was appointed Sport Director and Board Member at World ParaVolley.

Verena Burk – GER

PhD – Senior lecturer at the Institute of Sports Science at University of Tübingen, Department Sport Economics, Sport Management and Sport Media Research

Main focus: questions and problems in the fields of Sport and Mass Media, Sport Journalism, Public Relations, Sport Management and Sport Event Management with special focus on Olympic Sports.

Scientifically involved in sport communication and the development of national and international sports. She published several articles in scientific journals and books and is the author of books about high performance sport and sport in television/communication in sports. As an athlete, as a member of different commissions, as a member of the national board and as Head of Delegation of the German Team at several international championships Dr. Verena Burk has been involved in university sport during the last 25 years. In addition, from 1996 to 2007 she was a member of the FISU International Control Commission (CIC). Since the FISU General Assembly 2007 in Bangkok Verena Burk is a member of FISU Executive Committee. Since 2015 she is FISU Senior Executive Committee Member. She is currently the Chair of FISU Media and Communication Committee and the Chair of FISU Education Committee.

Richard Hsiao – USA

Professor, Graduate Coordinator for the M.S. in Sport Management & Sport Studies, Director for the James G. Mill Center for Health and Fitness, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), USA

Main area of research/work: Sport Leadership, Sport Psychology, Sport Marketing and Risk Management in Sport.

Dr. Hsiao has presented at more than 100 national and international professional conferences. He writes regularly, and his published work includes articles published in journals such as Journal of Recreation & Leisure, International Journal of Aquatic Education & Research, and Sport & Leisure Management International Report. Dr. Hsiao also published a textbook, The Management of Business in Sport: A Global Perspective. For the past 15 years, he has served as a professor, the graduate coordinator, & director of the Center for Health and Fitness at IUP. He also serves as the lead faculty for the faculty exchange program between IUP and University of Taipei.

Barry John Maister – NZL

World Association of National Olympic Committees executive

Barry John Maister, ONZM (born 6 June 1948 in Christchurch) is a former field hockey player from New Zealand, who was a member of the national team that won the gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

He is also a current member of the International Olympic Committee. He worked as school teacher for much of his career, and was a secondary school principal for 15 years. During his hockey career he played 85 games for New Zealand, and was selected for four Olympic Games. Maister was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2012 New Year Honours, for services to sport. Maister has been an International Olympic Committee member since 2010. He is a brother of New Zealand hockey players Chris and Selwyn Maister.

Svetlana Khorkina – RUS

Full State Counsellor 3rd Class of the Russian Federation

Russian gymnast, two-time Olympic gold medalist in bar exercises, 9-time World Champion, there-times champion in individual all-around competition and five-time champion in bar exercises inclusive. First Deputy Chief of CSKA (Federal Autonomous Institution of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation Central Sports Club of Army). The author of the books Magic of Victories and Somersaults on the Spike Heels. The Ambassador of the Winter Universiade 2019.

Dian Caesaria Widyasari – INA

University of Muhammadiyah Malang

Main area of research: Mental Health

Dian Caesaria Widyasari is a young scientist who graduated from King’s College London and currently works as a junior lecturer at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang since 2018. Prior to this current post, she has been working as a junior researcher at the Community Mental Health Research Group at the Faculty of Psychology University of Indonesia since 2014, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her main research interests are youth mental health, women’s mental health, and community empowerment.