Conference Programme


Day 1: Wednesday, 22 April 2015

08:30-10:00   As part of the business panel for the newspaper Vedomosti, representatives from government agencies, the international and Russian sports communities, heads of major government and commercial companies, will assemble to implement sporting projects and support the development of sports in Russia.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Professional Sports’ Development in Russia: Investments in sports: under what circumstances is it profitable for a business to support sports development and sports projects?

  • Arkady Dvorkovich, Vice-Chairman, Government of the Russian Federation
  • Dmitry Dubrovsky, President, Federation of Ski jumping and Alpine combined competition of Russia
  • Sergey Vorobyev, Deputy CEO, Center Omega, Promoter, Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix
  • Paul Erankevich, head of brand development, "Baltika"
  • Vitaly Mutko, Minister of sport of the Russian Federation
  • Roman Rotenberg, First Vice-President, Russian Ice Hockey Federation
  • Dmitry SvischevPresidentCurling Federation of Russia
  • Denis Tikhomirov, President, Federations of snowboard of Russia
  • Dmitry Chernyshenko, President of the Continental Hockey League


10:30-10:45     KEYNOTE WELCOME ADDRESS        

                        Arkady Dvorkovich, Vice-Chairman, Government of the Russian Federation                                         


                        Hazem Galal, Global Leader for Cities and Local Government Sector, PwC UAE

11:00-12:00     PLENARY PANEL SESSION: What’s in a word? The truth about Legacy

What do we mean when we talk about ‘the L word’? And how important is it for any sporting event to provide a legacy? It is just the ‘mega’ events that leave something behind?  What sort of legacy do individual sports and athletes themselves have a responsibility to provide?           

MODERATOR: Hazem Galal, Global Leader for Cities and Local Government Sector, PwC UAE

  • Dmitry Chernyshenko, Board Chairman, Gazprom Media Holding and President, Kontinental Hockey League
  • Mark Egan, Head of Competitions and Performance, World Rugby
  • Dr Arne Feddersen, Professor MSO, Department of Environmental & Business Economics, University of Southern Denmark
  • Dr Bridget McConnell, Chief Executive, Glasgow Life
  • Patrick Nally, CEO, West Nally Ltd, and President, International Federation of Poker

WATCH VIDEO         

12:00               LUNCH BREAK                                                           


How globalization and socialization are changing the impact, influence and income of professional athletes.

  • Thomas van Schaik, Global Brand Director, adidas


14:15-15:15     PANEL DISCUSSION: High Road or Low Road – What it takes for motor sport to thrive in a fast-changing landscape

What are the challenges today for a sport confronted with mounting issues

of danger vs safety, environmental questions, and financial imbalances? How well is the sport developing across the globe – especially in Russia and Asia?

MODERATOR: David Eades, Anchor & Journalist, BBC World

  • Raffaele Chiulli, President, UIM and ARISF
  • Andrew Craig, President, The Craig Company
  • Marit Strømøy, F1 World Powerboat Driver, Strømøy Racing AS
  • Sergey Vorobyev, Promoter, Sochi F1 Grand Prix, head of Sochi Autodrom
  • Oliver Weingarten, General Secretary, Formula E Teams’ Association and CEO, OW Advisory


DAY TWO: Thursday 23rd April 2015

10:00-10:30     The Sporting Future Today – How technology is changing the game plan

An insight into some technological developments which are already shaping the way we appreciate sports - and a game plan for keeping ahead of the curve.              

  • Professor Andy Miah, Chair in Science Communication & Future Media, University of Salford

10:45-12:00     PANEL DISCUSSION: When inequality IS the legacy                                 

What is the legacy being left behind for girls starting out in sport today? Women have made great strides, but still have challenges even playing sport at all in some parts of the world, and often find it difficult to continue as professionals within the sports industry after their athletic careers are behind them. A group of seasoned professionals – both male and female -- discuss the power of mentoring, advice they would offer the next generation, and what they hope their own legacies will be.

MODERATOR: Charmaine Crooks C.M., former Olympian and President, NGU Consultants, Inc.

  • Kate Caithness OBE, President, World Curling Federation
  • Séverine Hubert, Managing Director, John Tibbs Associates
  • Hon Molly Rhone OJ, CD, President, International Netball Federation
  • Paul Smith, CEO & Founder, Repucom


12:00               LUNCH BREAK

13:30-14:30    PANEL DISCUSSION: Managing your reputation before your reputation becomes your legacy

Is sport guilty of having a ‘market driven morality’? Why social responsibility, transparency, and authenticity are non-negotiable in today’s world.

MODERATOR: David Eades, Anchor & Journalist, BBC World

  • David Bond, former BBC Sports Editor and Director, Milltown Partners
  • Scott Bowers, Head of Communications, The Jockey Club
  • Christopher Renner, CEO, Helios Partners
  • Dr. Emily Ryall, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Gloucestershire


14:30-15:00     THE RUSSIAN INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC UNIVERSITY fulfilling the legacy of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games

Now that the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) has successfully fulfilled its task of training highly-qualified staff for the organisation and staging of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, it is entering a new stage in its development. Alongside running widely recognised and sought after educational and research sports programmes, the University continues to develop and launch new projects. Building on its responsibility for the Sochi 2014 Games Archive, which will open to the public this autumn, RIOU is currently establishing the research centre for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games legacy.

  • Lev Belousov, Rector, Russian International Olympic University