25th IAKS Congress
Speakers

 

Tom Ambaum

Global Sales Director at Neptunus, The Netherlands

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Tom started in 1991 within the Neptunus Group. Since 2006 he is Global Sales Director and Member of Board developing strategy, tactics, sales plans and profit targets, coordinating all sales teams, developing relationships with clients, identifying and reporting on business opportunities in target markets, representing at conferences, trade fairs and networking events, maximising new business development opportunities and dealing major customer accounts.


Lars Hjorth Baerentzen

Communications Consultant and Project Consultant at The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities (Lokale og Anlaegsfonden), Denmark

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Lars Hjorth Baerentzen is Communications Consultant and Project Consultant at the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities (Lokale og Anlaegsfonden). He is editor of the foundation’s magazine and website and involved in the foundation’s creative development of new ideas for culture and sports facilities. Besides this, he is the President of IAKS Nordic.


Wolfgang Becker

Manager of the University and Provincial Sports Centre in Rif/Salzburg, Austria

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Wolfgang Becker is a specialist in operations and programme development. Since 1986, he has been managing the University and Provincial Sports Centre in Rif/Salzburg. From 2001 to 2013, he was also manager of the Salzburg Red Bull Arena football stadium before becoming a member of the stadium's directorate. Wolfgang holds a master’s degree in physical education and psychology from Innsbruck University. In addition, he has taken management training courses in the USA and is a licensed football coach for the highest Austrian league. Wolfgang lectures as an Assistant Professor at the University of Salzburg and at the private University "Schloss Seeburg".


Ron Bidulka

Managing Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s Consulting and Deals Market Segment, Canada

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Ronald Bidulka is Managing Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s Consulting and Deals Market Segment, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Ron helps owners, investors and government agencies evaluate, financially structure, negotiate and realize a wide range of projects.  Ron’s expertise in this area involves a broad range of traditional and non-traditional projects and while these include real property development, hospitality and gaming, cultural, leisure, office and retail facilities, he is a recognized international expert in the area of major sports stadiums and arenas as well as community recreation facilities.


Oscar Blasco

Founder and Architect, SCOB Arquitectura i Paisatge, Spain

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Oscar Blasco is founding partner of and architect at SCOB Arquitectura i Paisatge, founded in 2005. He studied architecture at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona and became a landscape architect. In 2002 he achieved his Masters degree in landscape architecture UPC. He currently teaches in the Masters programme in Landscape Architecture of Barcelona and the Italian Centre of Architecture in Milan.


Elger Blitz

Founder of and Senior Designer at carve, Netherlands

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Elger Blitz is the founder of and senior designer at carve. He accidentally became involved in designing playscapes in the early Nineties. He has more than 25 years of experience in projects of this kind in public spaces. His cross-disciplinary and renewing approach to designing spaces from the perspective of play has proven to anticipate actual demands and trends that extend beyond urban spaces for children and youngsters only. His unconventional approach and distinctive ideas on designing for urbanity has made him a keynote speaker at various occasions in the Netherlands and abroad.


Conrad Boychuk

Senior Director of Recreation and Venue Development at HDR / CEI, Canada

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Conrad is HDR / CEI Architecture’s Senior Director of Recreation and Venue Development, and one of Canada’s most experienced designers of mid-size spectator venues. He has been involved in the design and development of indoor facilities across North America, and of over 40 community recreation facilities, including arenas, fitness centres, aquatics and more. Conrad has experience in the public consultation process, particularly as it pertains to community-based programming and design. Conrad is on the Executive Board of IAKS and is Canada’s national representative on the UIA Sports and Leisure Group.


Sergi Carulla

Founder and Architect at SCOB Arquitectura i Paisatge, Spain

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Sergi Carulla is founding partner of and architect at SCOB Arquitectura i Paisatge, founded in 2005. He studied architecture at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona and became a landscape architect. In 2002 he achieved his Masters degree in arquitectura del paisaje UPC. He currently teaches in the Masters programme in Landscape Architecture of Barcelona and the Italian Centre of Architecture in Milan.


Stéphanie Commandeur

Business Development Manager at GL Events, France

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Stéphanie Commandeur is responsible for stadium and arena development at GL Events World. She has managed modular solution projects worldwide, including Paris Fashion Week, the London Olympic Games, events at the rugby stadium in Aix-en-Provence, Euro 2016 in France and the COP22 in Morocco. Her current projects, which relate to stadiums in France and the US, involve responding to budgetary and regulatory challenges while respecting increasingly stringent budgetary policies.



Darryl Condon

Managing Principal at HCMA Architecture + Design, Canada

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Darryl Condon, Managing Principal at Vancouver based HCMA Architecture + Design, is interested in design that acts as a catalyst for positive change. He has been responsible for the design of highly innovative public buildings and spaces, including high performance sport, aquatic and community recreation centres, across Canada. After 25 years of practice creating these dynamic, engaging and effective spaces, Darryl is asking ‘what’s next?’ for both his firm and for himself. His intent is to push, think and break away from the limits of conventional architectural practice and to maximize the social impact of his firm.

 

Simon Cooper

Head of Sport, Greater London Authority, United Kingdom

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has been Head of Sport at the Greater London Authority (GLA) since 2008. He set up the Mayor of London’s Sports Legacy Fund, which is the Mayor’s contribution to deliver the sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Simon also leads the work on major sports event for the Mayor of London.


 

Daniel Cordey

Chairman of AGES, Switzerland

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Daniel Cordey has been elected as the chairman of AGES in June 2014. In 1990 he started working with Nussli. Daniel has been a member of the Group management and in charge of sales, marketing and business development for NUSSLI Group since 2000. Daniel was CEO Market between May 2010 and April 2012; from May 2012 Daniel took on the role of CMO until 2014.


 

Robert J. Fatovic, AIA

Vice President at CannonDesign, USA

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Robert Fatovic, AIA, brings 35 years of experience to his clients, spanning architecture, landscape planning, urban design, programming and master planning. He is uniquely qualified to assist Olympic, collegiate and professional organizations in the delivery of successful stadium, sports, recreation and special event facilities. As a leading member of the CannonDesign sports design team - architects of the Richmond Olympic Oval, an IOC IAKS All Time Award Winner - he has driven the creation of signature sports venues like award-winning TD Place at Lansdowne Park, Hamilton Soccer Stadium, and the University of Maryland’s Cole Fieldhouse Athletic Complex.


Gilbert Felli

Senior Advisor at the IOC, Switzerland

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Gilbert Felli joined the IOC in 1990 as Director of the Department of Sports, Olympic Games Coordination and Relations with International Federations. In March 2003, Gilbert was appointed Olympic Games Executive Director, holding this function until 31 August 2014. He is currently the IOC’s Senior Advisor. As the Olympic Games Executive Director, Gilbert was responsible for the running, coordination and follow-up of all Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games activities, from the candidature phase to the actual holding of the Games. Gilbert has a diploma in architecture, and worked several years in construction business in Switzerland before switching to the sports world.


Dr-Ing Markus Fischer

Managing Partner at Dr-Ing Fischer Consult GmbH – engineering consultancy firm, Germany

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Markus Fischer is Managing Partner of Dr-Ing Fischer Consult GmbH, a design firm specialising in sports facilities. Fischer has been concerned with sports buildings, mainly in the field of sports halls, changing buildings, outdoor sports facilities and football pitches, since 2004. He advises municipalities on the scope of possible reciprocal financing. Fischer is also a member of the DIN Synthetic Turf Areas committee (DIN 18035-7) and has been Treasurer of IAKS International since 2013.


Roger Gut

Owner of maj Architekten ag in Berne, Switzerland

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Roger Gut is the owner of maj Architekten in Berne, Switzerland, an architectural office specialising in schools and sports facility planning. Since 1976, Roger has been involved in many building projects for sports facilities, and mainly for sports halls, outdoor sports facilities and football pitches. As a member of the standards committee of the Federal Office for Sport for the writings of sports halls and indoor sports floors, Roger has played an important role in the scope of government requirements. Since 2016, he has been President of IAKS Switzerland, where he has been working for more than 15 years on the board. Roger is an instructor and head of training for the football referees of a large Swiss regional association.


Michael Hall

Partner at FaulknerBrowns Architects, United Kingdom

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Mike Hall specialises in the design of sports facilities. He is an advocate of developing expertise as a springboard for innovative solutions in this specialist field, where the social spaces are as valuable as the fields of play. Notable examples include the multi award-winning Derby Arena, Lee Valley White Water Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games and the University of Surrey Sports Complex. Mike has travelled widely, researching and benchmarking facilities around the world. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and is an active member of the UIA sports and leisure working group. Mike is currently working on the Beacon of Light, a building that harnesses the power of sport to transform lives.


Bill Hanway

Executive Vice President and Global Sports Leader at AECOM, USA

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Bill Hanway is Executive Vice President and Global Sports Leader for AECOM, the global design, infrastructure and construction services firm. He currently leads the AECOM team for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games Plan - providing, design, engineering, transportation, cost, sustainability, and construction strategy services – and served as the Director of Venues and Infrastructure during the bid.


Bernd Helmstadt

Head of Sales, Nüssli Group, Germany

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Bernd Helmstadt is Head of Sales at Nüssli Group. He was and is involved in several major sports venues like Olympic venues for winter as well as Summer Games going back until 1992, for the Alpine Ski World Tour as well as more World Championships in swimming, handball and soccer. Next to Sports, Bernd Helmstadt was also involved in venues for other cultural events like the Metro Erlebniswelten Pavilon in Düsseldorf or the EXPO 2000 Theater in Hannover.


Gar Holohan

Founder and Executive Chairman at Aura Holohan Group, Ireland

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Gar Holohan is the founder and executive chairman at the Aura Holohan Group in Ireland. Amongst other things the Aura Holohan Group specializes in sports and leisure architecture and provides consultancy as well as management services in the sports and leisure sector in Ireland. Furthermore, Gar Holohan is the chair of the International Union of Architects’ Sports & Leisure Working Group made up of more than 50 of the world’s leading architects specializing in sports and leisure facilities as well as the Vice President of the World Squash Federation.


Gildo Incitti

Co-founder at NIS architects, Italy

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Gildo Incitti is co-founder at NIS architects, where he is responsible for the design and construction phase, project presentation, 3D modelling and rendering as well as publication and media. After finishing his degree in 2014 he spent some time abroad, working for several architecture, engineering and design studios. In January 2015, he and four of his university's colleagues founded their own studio in Rome. NIS Architects is an architectural firm specializing in building and interior design, restoration and urban planning. Gildo has won a Silver medal in the IOC IPC IAKS Architecture and Design Award 2017.


Viktors Jaunkalns 

Founding principal of MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, Canada

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Viktors Jaunkalns is a founding principal of MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects in Toronto, Canada. MJMA has specialized in the design of community and recreation projects. 
Viktors works on the conceptual and detailed design on many MJMA projects that use a modern vocabulary to design projects based on social needs and environmental responsibility. Viktors Jaunkalns is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, a member of Canadian provincial professional associations AIBC, OAA, AAA and a member of the Latvian Society of Architects LAB.


Prof. Geraint John

Senior Advisor to Populous, architects and sport venue design experts, UK

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Geraint John’s previous experience as the Chief Architect and Head of the Technical Unit for Sport at the GB Sports Council has made him an expert in the particular field of sports facilities. Geraint is a Senior Advisor to Populous, architects and sports venue design experts. He is a member of the British Government’s Global Sports Projects Sector Advisory Group, part of the Department of Industry and Trade. Geraint is the co-author and editor of a series of textbooks on Sports Building Design, has written numerous articles for professional journals, and has spoken at many conferences both in the UK and overseas.


Tom Jones

Senior Principal at Populous, UK

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Tom Jones is a Senior Principal at Populous, specialising in the design of sports and entertainment buildings. He has played a leading role in the design and delivery of a number of high-profile projects, including the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal FC, the Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Olympic Games and the new Stadium for Tottenham Hotspur FC. Tom has co-authored the technical guide to Sports Facilities in the Metric Handbook and contributed to a series of international publications. He has also spoken at a range of conferences around the world on the sustainability of sports buildings and is driven by an ambition to design responsible, dynamic architecture – based on specialist research that he has undertaken in environmental design.


Prof. Dr Robin Kähler

Expert in sports facility planning and Deputy Chairman of IAKS Germany, Germany

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Prof. Dr Kähler works throughout Germany as a consultant, specialising in urban and regional development projects focusing specifically on sports, exercise, leisure and health development inclusive of the associated control, coordination and management tasks. He is a retired university lecturer and Deputy Chairman of IAKS Germany. His close working ties with partners in urban and landscape planning, architecture, urban sociology and the sports organisations have enabled him to blend science with the field.


Dr Stefan Kannewischer

IAKS President, Switzerland

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Dr Stefan Kannewischer was a management consultant at Bain und Company for 4 years before joining the family business Kannewischer Holding in Zug (CH) in 2001, where he is the senior manager responsible for consultancy and operational management. Kannewischer Management AG operates five thermal baths and wellness pools of its own in Germany. Kannewischer has been President of IAKS International since 2015.



Maria Keinicke Davidsen

Owner, Keingart space activators, Denmark

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In 2007 Maria Keinicke Davidsen founded Keingart (previously Keinicke & Overgaard Architects) together with Flemming Anders Overgaard. Maria is an expert in developing new sports facilities and activating urban spaces. As a partner of Keingart, Maria has conducted the realization of a series of sports centres, outdoor facilities and urban interventions all over Denmark. Maria is the author of the Danish website “www.aktivitetsrum.dk - a manual for upgrading sports facilities” and the book “Sport Scenes in Denmark” both published by the Danish Centre for Sports and Architecture, Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen.


Zbigniew Klonowski

CEO at TRIAS AVI Sp. z o.o., Poland

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Zbigniew Klonowski is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience of managing a series of companies including the operator of a 5,000 seats sport arena in Poland. Zbigniew is a member of business organizations and is involved as well in non-profit organizations like the National Chamber of Commerce for Electronics and Telecommunication. He is the President of IAKS Poland. In addition to holding a Master of Business Administration diploma, Zbigniew has completed training programmes in management, marketing and promotion in Poland, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.


Rick Kozuback 

President and CEO of International Coliseums Company (ICC), USA

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Rick Kozuback was one of the original founders of the International Coliseums Company (ICC) in 2001 and has been its President and CEO throughout its sixteen years of operation. Rick was also one of the founders of the Western Professional Hockey League (merged with the ECHL in 2014). Most currently as the President of ICC, he oversaw the design and development of eleven multipurpose event center projects. He has been involved in numerous feasibility studies and has acted as a primary arena/event center consultant for communities in both the United States and in Canada.


Manuel Laborie

Business Developer at GL Events, France

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As a business developer in the Stadium and Arena business unit at GL Events, Manuel is responsible for developing cooperation with stadium stakeholders (clubs, leagues and municipalities). He promotes innovative construction principles for architects and others in charge of stadium design, such as engineering offices and programming units. Manuel is currently involved in several stadium and hospitality projects in Western Europe and the US.



Aurélien Le Blan

Aurélien Le Blan, CEO of the Labosport Group, France

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Aurélien Le Blan is CEO of the Labosport Group, one of the leading testing laboratories for sport surfaces, with a presence in 13 countries. Since 2016, he has also been chairman of TC-217, the committee in charge of European normalisation for sport surfaces. An engineering graduate from ParisTech (École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées), Aurélien has worked in business development for various French and European groups, advising on projects in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia.



Casper Lindemann

Consultant at NOC and Sports Confederation of Denmark (Danmarks Idraetsforbund), Denmark

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Casper Lindemann’s tasks as a consultant at the NOC and Sports Confederation of Denmark (Danmarks Idraetsforbund) include advising on strategies and policies for sports facilities, project management and political interest management focusing on ensuring a wide range of available sports facilities and a well-functioning physical environment for all federations and clubs in Denmark. In cooperation with federations, municipalities and other Danish core stakeholders, he aims to develop a comprehensive range of sports facilities, areas and sports environments that are accessible and welcoming to all.


Florian Mathys

Head of planning, construction and maintenance of the Education Department of the city canton of Basel, Switzerland

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Florian Mathys has been head of planning, construction and maintenance of the Education Department of the city canton of Basel since 2015. After graduating in structural engineering and regional planning, Mathys worked as project manager with specialised duties at the Office of Mobility of the city canton of Basel and as senior consultant in the traffic planning department of Rapp Trans AG in Basel.


Brad Mayne

President and CEO of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and IAVM Foundation, USA

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Brad Mayne is President and CEO of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and the IAVM Foundation. Brad has vast experience in professional sports venues including: President & CEO, MetLife Stadium 2012-2016. President & CEO, American Airlines Center 1998-2012. GM, Honda Center and Region Manager Ogden Entertainment 1991-1998. Active in the communities Brad has resided, he has served on Board of Directors for Super Bowl XLVIII, Cotton Bowl Classic, Sports Commissions, CVBs, and Chambers of Commerce.


Andy Mytom

Partner at David Morley Architects, United Kingdom

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As the Partner leading David Morley Architects’ work in the Sports and Leisure sector, he has worked on notable large schemes, specifically to work on sports projects including fifteen projects for the Marylebone Cricket Club. Andy was Project Associate on the Lee Valley Athletics Centre. Recent projects include Sport Park at Loughborough University, which houses the National Governing Bodies of Sport including the Amateur Swimming Association and a new outdoor swimming pool and clubhouse for The Hurlingham Club in London.

 

Dr Harald Nonn

Chairman, German Turf Society, Germany

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Dr Harald Nonn has been working in vegetation consultancy and as head of vegetation research and development at Eurogreen since 1988. He is also a lecturer and examiner in connection with greenkeeper and groundsman training at DEULA Bavaria and DEULA Rhineland. Dr Harald Nonn has been Chairman of the German Turf Society since 2015 and member of numerous other associations and panels of experts in the turf sector. He also lecturer at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences.

 

Flemming Anders Overgaard

Owner, Keingart space activators, Denmark

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In 2007 Flemming Anders Overgaard started the company Keingart (previous Keinicke & Overgaard Architects) together with Maria Keinicke Davidsen. Through his many years of practical experience in the analysis, programming, sketching, planning and project management of schools, sports facilities and activating urban spaces, Flemming has formed an excellent understanding of the factors that are critical to the successful development of future-oriented facilities.



Ana Paula Polizzo

Director and founding partner of Oficina de Arquitetos, Brazil

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Ana Paula Polizzo is Director and founding partner of Oficina de Arquitetos. Since 2013, Oficina de Arquitetos is partner of Rioprojetos2016, developing with Lopes Santos & Ferreira Gomes Arquitetura the Arena do Futuro. Ana is professor at the Pontificia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro since 2011.


Steffan Robel

Founder and executive director at A24 Landschaft, Germany

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Steffan Robel, born in Pirmasens, Germany in 1972, is founder and executive director of A24 Landschaft. Steffan studied landscape architecture at TU Berlin and at the Internationale Agrarische Hogeschool Larenstein in the Netherlands, as well as construction management in Weimar. He held various posts before founding A24 Landschaft in 2005. Steffan worked as an instructor, teaching courses at HafenCity University Hamburg and at Hochschule Anhalt.


Matthias Schöner

Project manager and project coordinator, AS+P Albert Speer + Partner, Germany

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Matthias Schöner is project manager and project coordinator at AS+P Albert Speer + Partner since 2000. Starting in 1995 with AS+P, he was involved with a series of stadium projects like planning services from the location assessment to superior coordination of the interface and schedule for the Allianz Arena in Munich. Matthias has a comprehensive experience in master planning and architectural design services for venues and stadia.


Karin Schwarz-Viechtbauer

Director of the Austrian Institute for School and Sports Facilities (ÖISS), Austria

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Karin Schwarz-Viechtbauer is the Director of the Austrian Institute for School and Sports Facilities (ÖISS) and member of the IAKS Executive Board.


Martin Sheppard

Managing Director at Smart Connection Consultancy, Australia

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Martin has worked in the sport, recreation and leisure industry for over 37 years, managing a diverse portfolio of facilities including leisure sports, cultural facilities, parks and tourism destinations. He has been involved on some of the industry’s most innovative Australian projects over the past eight years including the procurement of $150 million worth of sports fields. Martin has researched extensively on the health, safety and environmental aspects of synthetic field infills and identified strategies to address the communities’ main concerns in adopting the technology.


Prof. Peter Taylor

Professor of Sports Economics, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

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Prof. Peter Taylor is the founding editor of “Managing Leisure: an international journal” and a board member of “7 Hills Leisure Trust”, which owns a number of sports facilities in Sheffield. Peter's research has included analyses of the economics of sport and leisure; the financing of excellence in sport; and performance indicators and national benchmarks for local authority sports centres and swimming pools. Peter is a member of the Sport Volunteers Research Network. He has led numerous evaluations focused on 'what works' in increasing sports participation and using the Social Return on Investment (SROI) approach to assess the impact of initiatives and grants.


Anastasia Tcyganova

Architect at Remstroyproyekt-2, Russia

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Anastasia Tcyganova is the Gold medal winner of the 2017 IOC IPC IAKS Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young professionals. After her master’s degree in architecture at the Yuri Gagarin State Technical University of Saratov, she started her working career at Remstroyproyekt-2She is especially interested in advanced technologies of design and production in architecture, sustainable design, landscape and urban design.

 

Mark Todd

Member of the 2017 Award Jury and Accessibility Consultant, United Kingdom

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Mark Todd is a disabled person with twenty five years of experience regarding accessibility for and inclusion of people with a disability. Recently, he has been working as a consultant for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang 2018. He has worked as an expert for accessibility for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London 2012, the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi 2014, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 and the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. Mark is a member of the commission for accessibility of the IPC. In recognition of this work, he was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2013 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.