Conference keynote speakers


  

Adam Roczek (Poland)

Vice-chair of AZS National Board, vice-president of the Organizing Committee of the World Games 2017.

MA in Tourism and Recreation at Wroclaw Academy of Physical Education (2009), postgraduate studies in sport management at Wroclaw Academy of Physical Education (2010). Vice-chair of AZS union of Lower Silesia (2003-2015). Head of Polish delegation for the Summer Universiade 2005,2007,2009.

Vice-chair of Committee for Sport Regulations (2007-2011), vice-chair of the Summer Universiade International Technical Committee (2011-2015), member of Executive Committee of International University Sports Federation (FISU) 2012- present.

Board member (2003-05), Treasurer (2005-07), Sports Director (2007-2011) and President (2012- present) of European University Sport Association (EUSA).

Poland:  
- golden badge of the Student Sport Union (1997),
- sports manager of the year in Lower Silesia region 1999 by the readers of the "Słowo Polskie";
- Bronze (2001) and Silver (2009) Cross of the Merit by the President of the Republic of Poland. 

Other awards: 
- medal of the Republic of Lithuania for contributions to the development of university sport (2007), 
- doctor honoris causa of the State University of Physical Culture and Sport of Ukraine in Kiev (2018). 
-  doctor honoris cause of the State University of Sport and Physical Education of the Republic of Moldova in Chisinau (2018).


Azat Kadyrov (Russia)

General Director of ANO Directorate for Sports and Social Projects.

First Deputy Director General/COO, executive Directorate of the 27th Summer Universiade Kazan 2013.

Diploma with Honours in State and Municipal Management. Diploma in Electric Drive and Automation of Industrial Plants and Technological Complexes.

Main research topic "Legacy of the 27th Summer Universiade Kazan 2013". 

Awards: 
- Certificate of Merit from the President of the Russian Federation, 2014; 
- Honorary title "Honored Worker of Physical Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan”; 
- Medal of the Order of Merit for the Republic of Tatarstan.


Claude Stricker (Switzerland)

Executive Director AISTS - International Academy of Sports Science and Technology.

Phd Economic Sciences;
MBI Master in Business Information Systems;
Master of sc. in Management;
Bachelor degree and Physical Education and Sport.

Professor Chair at the Swiss University of Applied Sciences HES-SO.
Visiting Researcher University of Hawai’i.

Director of the AISTS Master in Sport Administration & Technology, a joint postgraduate programme co-signed by EPFL, Uni. Lausanne & Uni. Geneva.
The programme is ranked 1st in Eduniversal World ranking of sport management programmes. 

AISTS won the 2017 Union International Motonautique (UIM) Environmental Award for developing an inventory of trends and case studies aimed at determining the sustainability of international sporting federations. 

AISTS leader of the International Sport and Events Economic Impacts Studies and of the Studies of Olympic Games Legacies.
Co-author of the book: Lacotte, U, Kiuri, M. Stricker, C., Olympic Games in Switzerland (editions only in French and in German), WerdVerlag.ch, 2017.
Three participations as an athlete (alpine skiing) at Winter Universiades.

Irina Badayan (Russia)

Pro-rector, Head of the Branch Office of the Russian International Olympic University in Sochi Doctor in Education

Since 2010, she has been Head of the branch of the Russian International Olympic University in Sochi, having left the post of Vice-President of External Relations at SC Olympstroy.

2001-2006: Head of the Sochi Educational and Scientific Department.

2006-2008: Deputy Head of Social Policy at Sochi City Administration.

Author of more than 100 scholarly articles published in Russia and abroad. Holds the honorary title "Honored Teacher of the Russian Federation", awarded the Decoration "for Impeccable Service to Sochi" and Appreciation of the President of the Russian Federation.

Lev Belousov (Russia) 

Rector of the Russian International Olympic University, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Education, Professor.

Acting Dean of the Faculty of History at Lomonosov Moscow State University. Head of the Department of Modern and Contemporary History of the Faculty of History at Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Author of more than 170 academic publications, including a number of textbooks and nine monographs on the political history of the West (particularly focusing on Italy), totalitarian regimes in the twentieth century, the dynamics of mentality in totalitarian societies, the relationship between power and society, as well as the history of the Olympic Movement. He has lectured as Visiting Professor at the universities of Rome, Florence, Milan and Parma.

Professor Emeritus of Moscow State University. Honored Worker of Higher Education of the Russian Federation.

Member of the Council of Foreign and Defense Policy.

Chairman of the Board of Alumni of the Faculty of History Foundation "Our History" at Moscow State University.

Olesya Nedvetskaya (United Kingdom)

Lecturer in Sport Business at Cardiff Metropolitan University (United Kingdom).

Her research interests, teaching and professional experience are closely related to mega sport events and the issues of governance and legacies.
Her PhD thesis was on the Social Legacy of Mega Sport Events: Individual, Organisational and Societal Implications of the London 2012 Games Maker Programme.

Dr Nedvetskaya is an author and co-author of published scientific book chapters and papers on sport event management. She is currently an ad hoc reviewer for Event Management Journal (Cognizant Communication Corporation) and Cogent Social Sciences Journal (part of Taylor & Francis, Routledge).
She previously worked for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and London 2012 Summer Olympics, which gave her invaluable practical insights into the world of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Qualifications:
2015: PhD in Sport Event Management, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom;
2008: MPA in Comparative and Developmental Administration, Northern Illinois University, United States of America; 2003: Diploma (with Distinction) Enterprise Management and Economics, Irkutsk State University, Russia;
2002: BSc (Honors) Business and Management, University of Maryland, United States of America.

 Membership of professional body:
European Association for Sport Management (EASM);
Sport Management Association in Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ);
Place and Social Capital and Learning (PASCAL);
International Observatory Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Research grants and awards:
2018: New Researcher Award, 26th European Sport Management Conference, Malmo, Sweden;
2009: Lord Kelvin and Adam Smith Scholarship, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom;
2006: Edmund Muskie Fellowship, US Department of State, United States of America.

Thierry Zintz (Belgium)

Professor in Management of Sport Organisations, Hr Dean of the Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy at Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium).

Master Degree in Physical Education (1977), PhD in Sport Sciences (2005).

Author and co-author of published scientific papers and books on sport management. Holder of the Olympic Chair Henri de Baillet Latour & Jacques Rogge in sports management.
Several mandates of scientific reviewer (journals) and evaluation commissions of universities research centers.

Nominations:
 - Associate professor at the University of Ottawa;
 - Professor in the Master’s Degree Programme "Olympic Studies, Olympic Education, Organization and Management of Olympic Events" (Olympia, Greece – University of Peloponnese);
 - Director of MEMOS (Executive Master in Sport Management of the International Olympic Committee); 
 - Vice-President of the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee (2001 – 2017);
 - President of the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE).

Member of the International Olympic Committee Commission for Olympic Education.

Several research grants from the European Commission, the Scientific Fund Baillet Latour, Belgian Public Authorities.

Vladimir Lednev (Russia)  

First Vice-Principal of Moscow University for Industry and Finance "Synergy". Academic Director of the Faculty of Sports Management, Head of the Faculty of Sports Management. 

Honoured Worker of Higher Professional Education of the Russian Federation. Doctor of Economics. Professor. 
A. Lednev is a member of the Expert Council of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation for Improvement of the Physical Education System in Educational Institutions of the Russian Federation. 

Member of the Expert Council under the State Duma Committee on Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Policy. Member of the Expert Council of the Federal Antimonopoly Service for the Development of Competition in Education and Science. Member of the Federal Expert Council for the Development of Volunteerism. 

Author of over 120 publications devoted to the development of entrepreneurship and competition in sports, sports industry, sports management, sports economics and marketing, the Olympic Movement and sports volunteering. 
Author of monographs Formation of the Sports Industry in the Russian Economy, Market Relations in the Sports Industry and Management in the Sports Industry.

- Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Modern Competition.
- Member of the Board of Reviewing Editors for the Bulletin of the Russian International Olympic University. 
- Since 2010, A. Lednev has been overseeing the process of volunteer training for major sporting events, including the 2013 World Athletics Championship in Moscow, the 22nd Olympic Winter Games and 11th Paralympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi, and the FIFA World Cup in 2018. Participant of the Olympic Flame.

A. Lednev was awarded the Commemorative Medal of the 22nd Olympic Winter Games and 11th Paralympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi.

Vladimir Mikhalev (Russia)

President of Siberian State University of Physical Culture and Sports. Professor of the Department of Management, Economics and Law in Physical Culture and Sports.

Honoured Worker of Physical Culture of the Russian Federation, Doctor of pedagogical sciences.
Since 1974, V. Mikhalev has achieved every level of professional growth: from lecturer to Rector of the University. In December 2017, he was elected President of Siberian State University of Physical Culture and Sports.

Successfully combines his pedagogical work with scientific work. V. Mikhalev has published more than 180 scholarly articles and works. He provides training for academic staff, mentors post-graduate students and candidates. Chairman of the Dissertation Council for the Defense of Candidate and Doctoral Theses.

V. Mikhalev conducts a lot of public work as Vice-President of the Burevestnik Russian Student Sports Union, President of the Siberian Interregional Branch of the Burevestnik Russian Student Sports Union, and President of the Siberian Olympic Academy.

The Order of Friendship (awarded in 2000); 
Appreciation from the President of the Russian Federation (2011) and Russian Federation Presidential Certificates of Honour (2010, 2013, 2014)

Decorations: 
- Excellence in Physical Culture (1999);
- Honorary Worker of Higher Professional Education of the Russian Federation (2000);
- For Merit in the Development of Physical Culture and Sport (2000);
- For the Development of the Russian Olympic Movement (1999).

Medals: 
- Medal in Memory of 30th Anniversary of 22nd Olympic Games 1980 in Moscow;
- Commemorative Medal of the 27th World Summer Universiade 2013 – Kazan;
- Peter Lesgaft Medal of Honour (Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation, 2014);
- Medal for High Achievements (order of the Governor of Omsk Oblast, 2014);
- Commemorative Medal of the 22nd Olympic Winter Games and 11th Paralympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi.

V. Mikhalev has received numerous regional awards.