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Gary Neville is a broadcaster, hotelier, property developer, football club owner and a director in a TV production company.
Having won everything possible with Manchester United under the great Sir Alex Ferguson, including 8 League Titles and 2 Champions League Trophies.
In 2011Gary joined Sky Sports and quickly became the most influential pundit on television and he and helped the Monday Night Football team win the RTS Award for Best Sports Programme in 2016.
Gary is uniquely placed to look at the sports industry from every angle.
Board Member & Head of Digital
Chief Marketing Officer
Meredith Starkey joined the Panthers as Vice President – Chief Marketing Officer in March 2019 after nearly 10 years at T-Mobile where she was vice president of marketing- sponsorships and events. Prior to joining T-Mobile, she held sponsorship marketing positions at Motorola, Genesco Sports Enterprises, and D.C. United of Major League Soccer.
In her new role, Starkey is responsible for leading the Carolina Panthers first ever marketing organization driving brand growth, fan growth and engagement, and revenue growth while helping foster a fan centric culture.
During her time at T-Mobile, Starkey led the negotiation and renewal of T-Mobile’s multi-year, multi-million-dollar partnership with Major League Baseball reigniting the brand and business growth among a prime audience.
She revitalized entertainment marketing for the brand with partnerships like T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas; the company’s first ever naming rights deal, major music platforms such as American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. Starkey also led the launch of the brand in Esports with an integrated approach of league, team, and media partnerships.
Head of Sales, Americas
Kate Pratt serves as Head of Sales – Americas for Liverpool Football Club working under the stewardship of Fenway Sports Management (FSM). Pratt is responsible for all LFC commercial activities in the region and works in tandem with FSM to develop and execute LFC’s U.S. strategy. She is LFC’s first-ever senior executive liaison in the Americas and brings more than a decade of experience to her role.
Prior to joining Liverpool Football Club, Kate was Director of Team Sales and Marketing Partnerships at the Madison Square Garden Company. At MSG, she was responsible for finding new corporate partners through integrated marketing opportunities across MSG’s sports, live entertainment, and media properties. On the Team Sales side, Kate led the New York Knicks’ first-ever jersey patch partnership and was responsible for securing numerous brand partnerships across the company. Pratt began her sports career at the Breeder’s Cup and previously worked for the New York Yankees in corporate sales and sponsorship.
She was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 sports list in 2017 in recognition of her accomplishments and impact on the business of sports. Kate is originally from Fairfield, Connecticut, and a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH. Kate currently resides in New York City with her husband, Jay.
Chairman & Founder
Andrea is a leading entrepreneur who has has been at the forefront of the global sports media industry throughout his distinguished career.
Andrea is owner and Chairman of global investment company Aser Ventures; Leeds United Football Club and international sports content platform Eleven Sports.
Andrea has also led Aser Ventures’ investment in several growing digital businesses including Whistle Sports, Hellodi, Easyprod and Sports Data Labs, creating an ecosystem of innovative services and sports related content
Global Vice President Personal Care
Patrick Hoven is the Global VP for Personal Care and Market Research & Consumer Centricity at Beiersdorf – the mother company of the world’s No.1 Skin Care Brand NIVEA. Patrick brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing & sales. Born in the USA, he has lived, studied and worked in 3 continents. Also leading the global NIVEA MEN business, his mission is to shape unique consumer experiences that are strategic and breakthrough by celebrating collaboration, diversity, expertise and creativity.
SVP, Corporate Partnerships & Business Development
SVP & Managing Director, EMEA
Chief Operating Officer, International
Chief Strategy Officer
Head of Production
Monica Forlano has over 20 years of media industry experience ranging from managing international operations of cable television in Europe to leading broadcast channels and content production departments in Australia. Monica is Head of Production at the Australian Football League where she has implemented AI technology for matchday highlights production.
Chief Marketing Officer
Los Angeles Chargers
Chief Operating Officer
Jamie joined BT Sport in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer to build the infrastructure, broadcast chain and operating model ahead of launch. A year later BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and BT Sport ESPN all started broadcasting from the brand-new purpose-built studio facility on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Since then BT Sport has expanded to 13 channel outlets to deliver the exclusive Champions League and Europa League coverage, as well as the launch of Europe’s first 4K UHD sports channel.
Senior Vice President, International
As Major League Baseball’s Senior Vice President, International, Jim Small is responsible for the league’s international business initiatives.
Small is responsible for growing MLB’s brand and development globally, planning MLB’s international play schedule, generating new opportunities to grow the sport’s popularity internationally, creating and nurturing a talent pipeline in key markets, and overseeing the World Baseball Classic. Small oversees offices and personnel in China, Japan, Korea, India, the UK, Mexico, and Taiwan, and coordinates their efforts with MLB’s global media, sponsorship and consumer products departments in the Commissioner’s Office.
Prior to assuming his current role in February 2019, Small spent 16 years leading MLB’s Asia Pacific business based in Tokyo, Japan.
After establishing MLB’s first Asia office in Tokyo in 2003, Small was responsible for MLB’s ever-increasing footprint in the region. Since 2008, MLB has seen a 500% growth in the value of its media rights in Japan; played regular season and exhibition baseball games in Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, Taipei and Sydney; and established a business in China that boasts more than 30 million unique program participants, the regular broadcasting of MLB games across terrestrial, satellite and digital platforms that reach 900 million potential viewers and the development of Chinese professional baseball players.
Additionally, Small has helped develop, position and operate the World Baseball Classic – the sport’s premier international competition – since its debut in 2006. He currently serves as the President of the WBC.
Previously, Small oversaw MLB’s international marketing and events as Vice President of Market Development based in New York, beginning in 1998.
A veteran of nearly 40 years in the sports marketing industry, Small started his career in public relations with the Kansas City Royals, the Chicago Cubs, the Texas Rangers and MLB’s New York Office. From 1995-1998, he held a variety of global marketing positions at Nike, Inc., primarily focused on the company’s soccer brand. Small returned to baseball in August 1998.
Small has served as an advisor to the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in its preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games and on the Board of Directors of the General Sports Administration of Saudi Arabia. He is a founding member of Tomodachi, a public-private sector youth initiative operated in conjunction with the US Japan Council and the US Embassy, Tokyo. He has served on the board of trustees for Hands on Tokyo, one of Japan’s leading charitable organizations, and the American School in Japan.
Small holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Kansas and an M.B.A. in Finance from Fordham University in New York.
Head of Regional Marketing, Southern Europe
Jackie leads Regional Marketing for Visa in Southern Europe, covering Spain, Italy and Portugal. In addition to managing all brand and marketing activity for the region, she leads a team responsible for the local activation of world-renowned sponsorship programmes including FIFA, The Olympics and UEFA, with Visa being the biggest and most active sponsor of Women’s Football in Europe.
Prior to joining Visa, Jackie worked at MBNA / Bank of America, where she worked with some of the world’s leading sports and leisure brands in the UK, Spain and Italy, to launch affinity and co-brand credit card programmes. She has now worked in the payments industry for over 20 years.
Will Yoder oversees strategy and initiatives for Instagram Sports Partnerships’ league and team partners, as well as the group’s go-to-market strategy for Instagram Shopping. Over the past three and a half years he has worked closely with hundreds of partners in the sports industry to help them better understand how to be successful on Instagram’s rapidly evolving platform of over 400 million sports fans, while also partnering strategically with them on amplifying their presence around major global sports moments.
Since joining Instagram in 2016, Yoder helped manage the go-to-market strategy for major product rollouts such as Instagram Stories, Instagram Live, IGTV, Camera A/R and Instagram Shopping, each of which scaled from zero to hundreds of millions of users since their launch. Yoder also oversaw the platform’s global initiatives around the 2018 World Cup which registered over 1 billion interactions and was the largest event ever measured event on Instagram.
Prior to joining Instagram, Yoder served as the Digital Lead for Octagon’s Athletes and Personalities group for five and a half years. In that role Yoder managed Octagon’s digital strategy and partnerships as well and oversaw the development and maintenance over Octagon-owned digital applications that reached hundreds of millions of sports fans.
In his spare time, Yoder has previously served as a Mentor for the Los Angeles Dodgers Accelerator as well as a Guest Lecturer for Georgetown’s Sports Industry Management graduate program. Born in Arlington, VA, Yoder graded from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in Journalism focusing on digital engagement and innovation. He currently resides in the New York City area with his wife, Colleen, and his two sons Bobby and Jack.
Matchroom Multi Sport
Group Vice President, International Strategy
As the NHL’s Group Vice President of International Strategy, Jaka Lednik is responsible for the development and implementation of the NHL’s strategy in Europe. Since joining the NHL in 2017, Lednik has been instrumental in the introduction of new NHL initiatives in Europe designed to expand the NHL’s footprint abroad and super-serve fans worldwide. The NHL Global Fan Tour is an interactive fan experience and touring tribute to the NHL. In its first two years, the Fan Tour visited 12 cities in three countries in Europe. The fan experience pays tribute to extraordinary players, championship teams and the Stanley Cup with an innovative museum that includes original video content as well as interactive content.
Lednik leveraged the NHL’s relationships with its international broadcast partners to introduce NHL European Game of the Week, delivering NHL games live in primetime on weekends throughout the season to fans in more than 24 countries and territories across Europe. The programming initiative creates a destination viewing experience for loyal NHL fans across Europe.
Prior to joining the NHL, Lednik served as a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group in London, United Kingdom, where he advised leading national and international financial services, insurance and sports organizations on their key strategic and operational issues.
While in London, Lednik was part of the London Organizing Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games. In the lead-up to the Games, he was responsible for identifying and monetizing new revenue opportunities. During the Games, Lednik was the lead representative for the Commercial Function at the Main Operations Centre, the ‘control room’ for the Games, and coordinated the approach and response to live games issues across ticketing, sponsorship and merchandising. One of his key roles was managing the venue-by-venue operational response to empty seats across both the Olympics and Paralympics.
Throughout his career, Lednik has been involved with nonprofit organizations that have are committed to service, education and volunteerism. He was a trustee and board member for the ABCTT, a charity that aims to introduce young people to climbing.
Lednik earned a first class master’s degree in Chemistry from Oxford University in the UK. He is fluent in German and Slovene and is conversational in French.
Lednik also has an MBA from Harvard Business School. During his time in Boston, Lednik supported the Boston Celtics in sponsorship sales, focusing on the NBA team’s digital assets as well as innovative new business ideas.
Director, European Content Distribution
In her role, Marion establishes and nurtures successful distribution partnerships with publishers across the EMEA region. Prior to joining Roku, Marion held senior business development and partnership management positions at several entertainment companies, including: Orange, MK2 and Musiwave. For the majority of her time at Orange Marion was responsible for all content distribution deals with American entertainment studios and major streaming services. Marion holds a master’s degree in Intellectual Property law from the Bordeaux IV University plus a master’s degree in European Business Law from the University of West England.
Omar El Zayat
Head of Innovation Integration
Engineering Graduate from UC Berkeley and Arts & Métiers ParisTech, Omar El Zayat started his career as a Financial Auditor at EY, in Paris before launching a music co-creation startup. In 2015, Omar joins Paris&Co and becomes the director of Le Tremplin – the first sports innovation platform by Paris&Co. He is currently the Head of Innovation Integration at Paris 2024.
SVP, Business & Corporate Development
Joseph Hopkins is a streaming media and broadcast technology entrepreneur and executive with more than 15 years’ experience bringing advanced technologies to market, including Verizon Digital Media Services in 2014 as well as the first live-streamed Olympics and Super Bowl.
Marlene Álvarez Vicente
Head of Antipiracy Group- Cybercrime Unit
Spanish National Police
Marlene leads the Antipiracy Group of Cybercrime Central Unit since 2015. Antipiracy Group is one of the oldest groups of that specialized Unit. This group is in charge of carrying out investigations about intellectual and industrial property crime when are committed on the Internet both a national and international level. This group also is responsible for the training of this crime in specialized courses of the Police and other agencies.
Marlene joined to the Police as an Inspector in 2010.
Marlene has a Degree in Law and Master of Cybercrime and several trainings in cybercrime, intellectual property crime and organised crime.
President & Co-Founder
Ryan Pessoa is a professional FIFA 20 player for Man City Esports and an official Red Bull athlete. One of the best FIFA players in the world and a lifelong sportsman, Ryan has become known for his approach to performance, in and outside of the game. Alongside his career as a professional player, Ryan is also an established variety streamer and has commentated at high profile EA Sports tournaments.
Ryan has a long list of accolades and achievements which started back in 2017 when he was signed by Hashtag United. In 2018, Pessoa achieved a top-eight finish at the FUT Champions Cup in Barcelona and won 159 games out of 160 in the FUT Champions weekend league, as well as being ranked number one in the world on Xbox One.
Chief Strategy Officer
San Francisco 49ers
Global Content Protection Manager
Degree in Law and Master in Intellectual Property. In 2018 he joined LaLiga to become part of the Audiovisual Department, more precisely of the Global Content Protection area. He and a large team of professionals are responsible of the commitment assumed by LaLiga to fight against audiovisual piracy. This battle against piracy arose as a result of the Spanish Royal Decree Law 5/2015, whereby LaLiga is in charge of marketing the rights to exploit the audiovisual content of its competitions (LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank).
Head of Marketing
Director of Global Partnership Creation
Alex has worked in the sports & entertainment sector for over 15 years, working for agencies and rights holders. His agency experience included helping national governing bodies in the UK capitalise on the commercial opportunities around the London 2012 Olympics. This included work for British Athletics, British Cycling and British Triathlon.
Following his time with CSM he joined Arsenal Football Club in 2013 to lead the Partnership Development Team, helping the Club to grow revenues from marketing & commercial partnerships, pre-season tours & friendlies.
In July 2019 Alex joined Real Madrid C.F. to lead the Global Partnership Creation Team. Based in Madrid the team is focused on identifying and creating brand partnerships on a global and regional basis for the Club.
SVP & Chief Information Officer
DFL Digital Sports
David Arroyo has led the Dorna Digital team since late 2017 covering MotoGP and the entire portfolio of Championships in Dorna Sports. Since then, MotoGP have radically changed their digital content strategy obtaining record viewing and engagement figures. Having quickly progressed through the Dorna ranks from web editor, Live Content Specialist and a Media Sales Executive, David was from 2015 to 2017 the Media Director for World Superbike, setting up the entire media team from scratch including Content, Communication, TV Production and Media Sales. From 2011 to 2014, David was also part of the team launching the Mobile Advertising business for Telefonica Digital.
Sander van Stiphout
Johan Cruijff ArenA
Founder & Chief Executive
Bruin Sports Capital
George Pyne is CEO of Bruin Sports Capital which he founded in January 2015. Bruin specializes in developing high-growth, high-yield global businesses in the technology, sports, media, live events, marketing, and entertainment sectors. Today, Bruin’s reach spans five continents, and its companies are in business with virtually every top sports league, rights holder, governing body, blue-chip brand, and sporting event.
Sean’s background is in management consultancy, having spend over ten years working at Deloitte Consulting and with industry leading agency, The Sports Consultancy (TSC). During this time, Sean was privileged to work with a number of the world’s leading rights holders and major event hosts including the ICC, IOC, BIE, London and Partners, World Rugby, British Cycling, Volvo Ocean Race, the UCI, Formula E, Goodwood and The Sultanate of Oman.
Chief Revenue Officer
Global Digital Director and Media
beIN Media Group
Bhavesh Patel is currently the Chief Digital Officer at beIN Media Group based in Paris. He is working on building their next generation global OTT platform and driving innovation across the group. Prior, Bhavesh was an OTT strategy advisor for CBS Studios International and Verizon Go90, headed up Betfair’s US horserace wagering business, and led the launch of FOX Soccer 2 Go and NBA International League Pass.
Editor in Chief
Mary Byrne is the Editor in Chief for the Olympic Channel. She is responsible for leading the global platform’s overall editorial strategy, including the content planning and implementation for the platform’s digital, social media, news, production and original programming divisions.
Byrne brings more than 25 years of journalistic experience to the Olympic Channel. Most recently, she served as senior deputy editor for ESPN Digital & Print Media where she was responsible for the editorial operations for their daily coverage in addition to overseeing cross-platform collaboration and integration.
Prior to ESPN, Byrne served as sports managing editor at USA Today for three years which included oversight of their sports pop culture site “For The Win.” Previously, she served as deputy sports editor at The Associated Press for six years where she helped with the organization’s implementation across social media. Her experience also includes leading the on-site coverage of six different Olympic Games for multiple media outlets which include a stint as USA Today’s Olympics Editor.
Byrne, a former president of the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE), is an active member of the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM). A native of Michigan, USA, she is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish.
Vice President of Cyber Services
Mark leads the strategic direction, global delivery and management of Cyber Services for sports rights owners, broadcasters/operators, games publishers and other verticals. In addition to managing a global team of analysts, investigators and product management experts, Mark oversees the marketing activities for the Irdeto Cyber Services team.
Mark was previously the Fraud & Operational Security Manager at Foxtel and also served 16 years in New South Wales Police Service including special assignments in the Drug Enforcement Agency, the National Crime Authority and 3 years as a Prosecutor.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wollongong and was admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2004. He is currently Vice President for the leading pan European industry association – AAPA. (http://www.aapa.eu/ )
Director, Barca Studios
Paco Latorre became the Director of Barça Studios in 2018, when FC Barcelona launched this new strategic venture for the creation, production and distribution of content, with the objective of expanding global awareness of the FC Barcelona brand and generating new sources of revenue for the Club.
Prior to joining FC Barcelona, Paco held several executive responsibilities in marketing and media organizations of different world-class sport events, such as sailing’s premier event, the America’s Cup, and the pinnacle of two-wheel racing, MotoGP.
Head of Ads and Dynamic Experiences
Allan Isfan is an engineer, entrepreneur and business development executive. He currently serves as the Head of Ads and Dynamic Experiences at You.i TV, a software company that serves the tier one media and entertainment market. Allan and his team develop innovative cross-platform advertising solutions and dynamic experiences with a focus on sports.
During his career, Isfan has founded several companies – including FaveQuest (social video recommendations), MyEventApps (video centric SaaS app platform for events), Maximum Impact Media (podcast), Zen&Now (meditation) and many others.
Previously, he served as an Entrepreneur in Residence for Skypoint Capital, held product marketing and technical positions with Ciena Corporation, Catena Networks and Nortel Networks and launched his career at Bell Northern Research as an Integrated Circuit designer.
Allan is based in Playa Vista, California near Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and three daughters.
Chief Technology Officer
European Tour / Ryder Cup
Michael was appointed as the CTO for the PGA European Tour in November 2017, with the responsibilities extending across Digital Systems, Scoring Systems, Technology Infrastructure and Data Management including Official World Golf Rankings.
Formerly, Michael was CEO And Co-founder for TrueGold Communications, a sports marketing agency specialising in technology-based global sport sponsorship, supporting the number of Olympic Games and sponsors for Rio2016, Pyeongchang 2018 and Tokyo2020, as well as the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru.
Simon Miller is Global Director at Gracenote responsible for helping the world’s leading video distribution platforms overcome content search, discovery and personalization challenges in order to deliver highly engaging entertainment experiences spanning TV, movies, sports and music.
Prior to joining Gracenote, Simon was an Executive Producer at Bloomberg Sports where he successfully launched a weekly TV show titled “Football Dynamics” which provided fans a unique combination of data-driven insights and expert opinions on the game.
Earlier, Simon served as CEO of Betfair TV where he oversaw development of the world’s first gaming app to sit alongside live sports broadcasts on Samsung Connected TV. During his time at Betfair, he won two industry awards recognizing innovation. Throughout a more than 20 year career in the media, advertising and sports industries, Simon has also held roles at BskyB’s Sky Bet, J. Walter Thompson and Publicis.
Susie established Earth to Ocean in 2009 as a specialist sustainability consultancy specialising in the sports sector as well as other organisations who look to deliver more than business as usual. Her early career was in marine and coastal policy and management from a practical perspective as well as a consultant. Susie continues to lead the sustainability programmes for high profile projects currently working with SailGP, international sailing league, Goodwood Estate and Events, Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team, the Ryder Cup 2014, the European Tour Green Drive Programme as well as London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics
Senior Director, Sports Rights Anti-Piracy
Simon Brydon has worked as a senior executive in the sports industry for 20 years. He joined Synamedia in 2020 from Pitch International LLP, a leading global sports marketing agency.
From 2008 to 2014, Simon ran the media and digital business of Racing UK where he was responsible for managing and distributing the media rights for the UK’s top 34 racecourses. Simon led the way with several ground-breaking digital media innovations including the first launch of a live subscription service on iPhone.
In 2003 he created Cycling Television, the live OTT sports TV channel broadcasting the best professional cycling globally. With over 220 days of racing, Cycling TV was a pioneering business and became a world leader in this emerging sector. In 2007 Simon sold the business to a Canadian media company.
CBO & Co-Founder
As the Co-Founder and CBO of FACEIT, the leading competitive gaming platform which sees over 15 million online game sessions each month, Michele leads the media division which produces multi-million dollar stadium productions and over 1,000 hours of esports content each year. Michele has been a competitive gamer for over 15 years. His passion for gaming is complemented by a career working in a top investment & consulting firm that’s worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies, and he has personally been involved in several technology start-ups.
Michele has spearheaded events in partnership with the likes of NBC Sports (Comcast), NHL, Sky, Turner Sports (ATT/TW) and ESPN (Disney). Through his leadership FACEIT has produced some of the biggest esports events in the world including the FACEIT Major which was the most watched third-party esports
As an esports business icon and respected industry figurehead, Wouter has spearheaded some of esports’ most valuable brands. Before joining Excel Esports, he oversaw one of the industry’s greatest success stories as CEO of Fnatic where under his leadership the organisation grew into a globally renowned lifestyle brand.
As a thought leader in the space, Wouter holds a number of advisory roles in every corner of the industry including some of the most exciting new brands in esports, including Socios.com, The New Breed, Aggero and more. Wouter is also a member of the advisory board for Esports BAR, the leader in esports business networking and previously held a board position at the prestigious World Esports Association (WESA). Prior to his accomplishments in the esports industry, he had a successful career in FinTech, Marketing & Engineering including a masters degree from the Delft University of Technology.
Vice President of Technology
Troy Causey is Vice President of Technology for Turner Sports. In this role, Causey provides strategy and analysis of live video streaming technology and capabilities across the Turner Sports portfolio which includes NBA, NCAA, ELEAGUE, UEFA, a host of digital and social platforms including Bleacher Report and its top-rated app, NCAA.com and the critically-acclaimed NCAA March Madness Live.
Additionally, he leads video technical operations for Bleacher Report Live, the company’s premium live streaming sports platform, serving as the central hub for both the discovery and consumption of live sports content. In this capacity, he oversees B/R Live’s execution of an end-to-end live video and VOD solution for web, mobile apps and connected devices.
Prior to his current role, Causey served as Senior Director, Product Technology for NCAA March Madness Live where he helped educate, streamline and develop the best practices for video delivery solutions for press conferences, social live executions and major tent-pole events. Under his purveyor, Causey helped navigate the technical landscape for successful live streaming of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament via NCAA March Madness Live. MML went on to receive the 2018 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Trans-Media Coverage.
For the 2019 NCAA tournament, NCAA March Madness Live set all-time tournament records in live streams (over 100 million) and live hours consumed (over 24 million), up 31% and 29% respecitvely vs. 2018.
Causey has been with Turner for 15 years and has helped guide the framework for the company’s presence in the live video streaming space with various roles across CNN Digital and Turner Sports.
Causey earned a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Auburn University.
CEO & Founder
Craig Howe has led Rebel Ventures to become the preeminent global sports digital strategy firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Madrid servicing dozens of leading sports organizations, media companies, and brands around the globe. Rebel Ventures is fiercely dedicated to helping sports organizations and brands transform into modern media and entertainment companies, and has long standing working relationships with iconic sports brands such as Real Madrid, the NBA, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Boston Red Sox, Wimbledon, and Juventus.
Craig’s route into digital leadership stemmed from his role as a global marketing executive for Electronic Arts and Universal Interactive. He founded Rocket XL, one of the first social media agencies in 2002 which was later sold to V7 International in 2008. In 2014 Craig joined SnappyTV as a Growth Strategist. The company was sold to Twitter and now serves as Twitter’s Amplify video technology.
Craig has a BA in Business from the University of Colorado, and participated in an adjunct MBA classes at Stanford while working at Electronic Arts. He has also written for Wired, Huffington Post, AdAge, and Bleacher Report.
Product Director, Apps
Justin Hoyman is the Product Director for FloSports where he leads development and innovation strategies for the Apps team. His work focuses on creating engaging user experiences across the company’s iOS and Android apps but also native applications on other devices including Roku, Fire TV, smart TVs and more. Justin has a long-spanning career in technology and sports having constructed immersive app experiences while working with CBS Sports. While there, he managed a suite of core products including the flagship app and other OTT platforms that streamed Super Bowl 50.Justin is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University. He also played professional baseball for the Cleveland Indians. While studying at the University of Florida, he was the SEC Pitcher of the Year, an All-American and 2nd round MLB draft pick in 2004.
UK Sponsorship Lead
As sponsorship lead for Toyota in the UK, Tom has overseen the development and execution the local strategy which will see Toyota communicate the vision for the future of its business through its partnerships with the Olympic and Paralympic Games. As the brand transitions from an automotive manufacturer to a mobility company, next year’s ‘home’ Games in Tokyo is a critical point in the evolution and a unique opportunity to signal this ambition at scale. Part of this strategy has been to develop UK-wide ‘legacy’ projects, which utilise participation as a means of developing a lasting societal legacy for Toyota’s investment in the Games and reinvigorating the Toyota brand.
Prior to joining Toyota, Tom was Senior Strategist at Synergy (now Engine Sport) within their consultancy practice, working with brands such as Martini, BMW, SKY and RBS. In 2017, he was named as one of 30 NextGen industry leaders under the age of 30 by Sport Industry Group.
With more than 35 years of experience as an executive leader and a proven track record working at the highest levels of sports administration on the global stage, French national Thierry Weil is an international, multi-cultural and multi-lingual leader. He is fluent in French, German and English. His strong international reputation in the highest echelons of the sports industry has been cemented thanks to his executive roles at two companies – Adidas Global and FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association).
Thierry Weil spent over 25 years working for Adidas and held the position of Vice President, Global Football Sports between 2003 and 2007, before enjoying a ten-year spell as Director
of Marketing with FIFA. Thierry Weil was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the International Hockey Federation in March 2018. He believes the values and respect within all levels of hockey are unique, whilst new international events, including the FIH Hockey Pro League, as well as Hockey 5s – the five-a-side format of playing hockey – present exciting opportunities for the growth of the sport worldwide.
Since joining FIH, Thierry Weil has overseen the successful organisation of numerous FIH events, including the 2018 FIH Men’s and Women’s World Cups, the launch of the inaugural
FIH Hockey Pro League in 2019, the 2019 FIH Series Finals and the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers.
Director of Strategy and Business Development
Carlo De Marchis
Naturally curious, part of Carlo’s role as Group Chief Evangelist is to push boundaries and ensure innovation remains at the heart of Deltatre. “I’m constantly researching,” he says. “I read between 50 and 200 articles every day.” Today, he is an innovator, challenger, thought-leader, public speaker – a true Deltatre evangelist.
Head of EMEA Media Marketing
Simon Frost is the Head of EMEA Media Marketing at AWS. In this role, Simon is creating opportunities for the media industry to engage with AWS and its partners, to better understand how moving media workflows to the cloud can unlock new value, create fresh growth and ultimately delight viewers globally.
Partner, Head of Sport Business Group
CEO & Co-Founder
Co-Founder & CEO
CEO & Co-Founder
Cristian is the CEO and co-founder of Wildmoka, a leading cloud video production and distribution platform for digital created in 2013. Prior to Wildmoka, Cristian has held a number of senior management positions in various software companies in the mobile industry (team leader @TexasInstrument and CTO @Openplug) and in the telecom industry (site manager @Alcatel-Lucent). Cristian has 20 years of proven experience in the media and telecom domains, setting up ventures, projects and organizations both in startups and large multinationals environments.
As CEO and founder of Delmondo, a social video analytics and audience insights software platform, Nick joined Conviva with its acquisition in 2018. Nick is focused on extending Conviva’s portfolio of video measurement capabilities with Social Insights, a comprehensive cross-platform social video intelligence product. In his 15 years in the industry, Nick has been at the forefront of numerous industry firsts including creating the first enterprise analytics solutions for Snapchat, Instagram Stories, and Facebook Live, and has worked with some of the world’s largest brands and publishers, including ABC News, Turner, Viacom, NASCAR, Red Bull, Universal Music Group, and TED.
Inspector José Luis Gómez Pidal
Head of the Group Intellectual Property Crimes- Specialized and Violent Crime Unit
Spanish National Police
José Luis joined to the Police in 1995.
He has a degree in psychology and several trainings and carried out task leading investigation groups in different crime areas such as Intellectual Property Crimes, Organized crime, Money Laundering, Tax Fraud, Human Trafficking, and Forgeries Issues.
SVP Business Development
Jean-Luc Jezouin is Senior Vice President Business Development at NAGRA, in charge of new opportunities.
Jean-Luc joined the Kudelski Group in September 2007 as Senior Vice President in charge of developing the Mobile TV business. In 2009 he became Senior Vice President Product Line Management responsible for the Digital TV portfolio for conditional access systems and end-to-end solutions. From 2011 to 2017, he was Senior Vice President in charge of Sales and Services for the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to this, Jean-Luc was Vice President UMTS/LTE Product Line Management with Alcatel-Lucent after their acquisition of Nortel Networks’ UMTS business, where he led their UMTS and GSM portfolios from 2004 to 2007 and other executive positions in Sales & Marketing and Operations, in Europe and Asia since 1995.
Jean-Luc holds a PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Paris, France, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, USA, and an Electrical Engineering degree from the “Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Supélec)” in Paris, France.
Deputy Stadium Manager
I have worked for Arsenal for 15 years and have experienced the move from the old Highbury stadium into the new Emirates Stadium. Coming from a facilities-based background we have always been involved in operating and managing building. At Arsenal, we have started our sustainability journey by looking at energy usage and waste management and have had success in reducing both.
The Ocean Race
Consumer Research Lead
Minal is currently the Consumer Research Lead at Ampere Analysis and is responsible for research looking into media consumption habits, sport interest and broadcast engagement and content distribution strategy.
Her previous roles have all been in the sport industry, including at Eleven Sports, Nielsen and Octagon. Her projects ranged from traditional market research to commercial and sponsorship strategy. They spanned a wide variety of clients, both brands and rights-holders, across football, rugby, tennis, motorsports and cycling including Premier League, UEFA, Bacardi Martini, World Rugby, Chandon and HSBC.
Senior Sales Engineer
Jonathan is Managing Director at WorkShare Consulting.
Jonathan has a diverse background in analysis and consulting from companies including; the renowned media boutique “Screen Digest”, IHS Markit and MBI, where he founded new teams and products under the brand Broadcast Intelligence.
As well as being a recognised industry expert in media, pay-TV, VoD, production, consumer platforms and technology, Jonathan has a track record of creating innovative new initiatives and products: WorkShare Consulting represents an iteration of the consultancy business model, tapping into the best talent the industry has to offer.
Head of Esports
Ben Rossiter-Turner is an immensely experienced esports event expert specialising in motorsport gaming activities. Able to deliver engaging competitions globally on a wide variety of software and platforms both onsite and online. In recent months Ben has lead the operations of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, eNASCAR Heat Pro League, Formula E #RaceatHome Challenge and World Rallycross World Series.
Ring Digital llc
Brian Ring is Principal Analyst at Ring Digital llc, a revenue growth agency that uses consumer surveys to understand viewing behaviors, inform client product strategies and execute go-to-market thought leadership for vendors serving TV providers, networks, studios and broadcasters around the world.
John Kosner is an internet pioneer and four-decade veteran of sports media. Today, he is president of Kosner Media, a digital media and sports consultancy. In 2018, John and the late NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern created Micromanagement Ventures, a portfolio of sports technology start-ups focused on media, betting and player health. John continues to serve as an advisor to and an investor in the 15 current companies in Micromanagement Ventures which include WSC Sports, WHOOP and Bit Fry Studios. Separately, John is an advisor to Sportradar, the Big East Conference, Molekule, EDO and the PRCA; he and his former NBA colleague Ed Desser negotiate sports media agreements for rightsholders and John also does expert witness work, currently for Proskauer Rose LLP.
Previously, John led ESPN digital media from 2003-2017, after stints at Sports Illustrated, the NBA, CBS Sports and NBC Sports. In his 21 years at the company, Kosner built ESPN into the world’s leading digital sports destination – a powerhouse in short- and long-form editorial content, streaming, social media, podcasting and fantasy sports – increasing traffic ten-fold and turning an unprofitable business into ESPN’s fastest growing one.
Kosner is the president of the Alumni Association and serves on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, the Collegiate School in New York City. He was graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1982 with a bachelor of arts degree in American History. Kosner lives in New York with his wife, Diane Burstein, and their son, Luke. He has two older children, Walter and Grace.