About the 2nd World Summit on Ethics and Leadership in Sports
16th September 2016 in Zürich, Switzerland
with speakers & moderators
Mr. Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA
Before being elected FIFA President, Gianni Infantino was the UEFA General Secretary since October 2009, having joined the organisation in 2000. He led a team of over 400 staff which has helped further strengthen both national team and club football in Europe and UEFA’s role as a respected and credible international governing body.
At the helm of UEFA’s administration and together with the Executive Committee, he has intensified UEFA’s work to provide a democratic and sustainable environment for European football. This has been achieved through initiatives such as Financial Fair Play, improved commercial support and an increased role in the decision-making process for Member Associations of all sizes, and the development of UEFA’s competitions at every level of the game – including the exponential growth of the UEFA Champions League and the expansion of the UEFA European Football Championships.
Gianni led the fight against social ills and threats to the integrity of football in Europe, including all forms of racism and discrimination, violence and hooliganism, and match-fixing.
Mrs. Rajita Kulkarni, President, World Forum for Ethics in Business
Given the immense importance sports have gained in today’s society, a focus on true sportsmanship and the discussion on ethics in sports have become more relevant than ever.
Rajita is a humanitarian, an educationist, a writer, a leadership guide and a global leader. She is the President of the World Forum for Ethics in Business and a Board member in a number of non-governmental organizations at a national and international level.
She helps organizations globally to achieve excellence in governance, finance & administration. She is committed to create global advocacy to inspire individuals and corporations to embrace an ethical way of life. She has been instrumental in leading a number of action-oriented initiatives towards this goal.
Apart from global responsibility of WFEB, her key current projects include the launch of the prestigious Sri Sri University in India, global design & roll out of TLEX & overseeing the administration of over 100 educational institutions. Her expertise lies in leading large, multicultural, multi country, diverse teams to unleash their full potential and fulfil their vision.
She travels the world addressing various international fora to advocate the message of excellence, ethics and human values. Before committing her life to society 3 years ago, Rajita was a banker for 18 years with Citi. She held many international leadership positions in her career, last of which was Asia Pacific Head for Customer Advocacy & Training for the Retail Assets Business. Considered an expert in her field, she designed 85 management exercises and learning tools released in a book Focus Forward.
She has won 17 awards for professional excellence in her field and has clocked over 1 million man-hours in training and development of over 100,000 participants.
Mr. Ryszard Czarnecki, Vice President of the European Parliament
Sport is something, more than business. It’s a “Fabric of Dream”, it’s a hope to improve the fate of millions of poor people, but also the nations, which didn’t win a lottery in the history. Athletes have often greater acceptance and authority, then us, the politicians- especially sport must be “clean”, without any dope and without the machinations of the unfair industry “bookmakers”.
Ryszard Czarnecki – Polish politician, Vice-President of the European Parliament responsible for Eastern Policy and the Eastern Partnership.
Born in the UK, graduate from University of Wroclaw, where he received master degree in history. Former Minister of the European Affairs, Minister without Portfolio and former Deputy Minister of Culture and Arts. Since 2004 he is a member of the European Parliament. Vice-President of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, as well as interparliamentary forum with national parliaments of Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Coordinator in Committee on Budget Control (CONT), member of the Foreign Affairs (AFET) committee in the EP and the Delegation EU – Ukraine.
In addition, Vice-President Ryszard Czarnecki is a member of the Delegation DCAS to the EU – Kazakhstan, EU – Kyrgyzstan, the EU – Uzbekistan and the EU – Tajikistan and the Commission to corporations of parliamentary relations between Turkmenistan and Mongolia. He was awarded high state awards by Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia. He holds a Doctor Honoris Causa of the University in Erevan. Author of 6 books.
Mr. Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace
Prof. Richard McLaren, WADA Investigation Team Member, Member of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport
A world-renowned expert in sports ethics, reputation and dispute resolution, Professor Richard McLaren will be touching on the global state of sports today. His presentation will focus on the politics and the corruption that permeate international sports and he will suggest solutions to level the playing field.
Richard McLaren is Senior Professor of Law, at the University of Western Ontario where he teaches in the areas Alternative Dispute Resolution, Contracts, Banking, Commercial Law, Secured Financing, Real Property Financing, Debtor-Creditor Rights, Sports Law, Bankruptcy and Insolvency and Business Law. He has published in a wide range of areas, including dispute resolution and bankruptcy. He is also Counsel to McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP and has extensive practical experience as a commercial lawyer and a labour and commercial arbitrator and mediator.
McLaren is involved in the adjudication of sports-related disputes at both the amateur and professional level. As a member and Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS), he has arbitrated key sport cases throughout the world. As an Ad Hoc Panel Member of CAS, he has participated in five Olympic Games during which he resolved disputes pertaining to anti-doping, athlete eligibility and intellectual property rights. He is a Member of the Anti-Doping Panel for the International Cricket Council and In 2011 he was appointed the President of the Basketball Arbitration Tribunal based in Geneva Switzerland and associated with FIBA.
McLaren was the founder of the ADRsportRed pilot dispute resolution program which later evolved into the Sports Dispute Resolution Centre for Canada where he drafted the Code of Arbitration and served as its Co-Chief Arbitrator for the inaugural three years until 2006.
He has served with distinction as an arbitrator for the National Hockey League salary arbitrations and Player/Agent disputes for the NHL Players’ Association. He was appointed Chairman of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Doping Control to investigate allegations against certain American track and field athletes (Report July 2001)