Advisory Board

Nasser Al-Khelaifi Director-General of Al Jazeera Sport Channels,
Qatar

Nasser Ghanim Al-Khelaifi (born November 12, 1973 in Qatar) is a Qatari sports businessman, and a former professional tennis player. He is the current president of the Qatar Tennis Federation (QTF) and vice-president of the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF),[1] and has been the director of Al Jazeera Sports since 2006, as well as being the president of Ligue 1 football club, Paris Saint-Germain.

As a tennis professional, Al-Khelaïfi was the second most successful member of the Qatar Davis Cup team after Sultan Khalfan, playing 43 ties between 1992 and 2002 and compiling a 12–31 record in singles, 12–16 in doubles. Al-Khelaïfi appeared twice on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) main tour, losing each time in his first round matches in St. Pölten in 1995 (lost to Muster) and in Doha in 2001. He reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 995 in late 2002.

H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic,
Qatar

H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani Had a distinguished career in the Qatar Armed Forces Vice-President of the International Fencing Federation, President of the Qatar Fencing Federation, Board Member of the GCC Sports Commission and Vice President of the Olympic Council of Asia.

Sheikh Saoud graduated in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University in the USA. He then went on to earn a Master Degree in Sports Management at University of Lyon (France) under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee.

His Excellency was also the Director General of the 17th Arabian Gulf Cup - Qatar 2004, Director General of the 3rd West Asian Games in Qatar in 2005 and was a member of the board of the Organizing Committee for the 15th Doha Asian Games in 2006, the Board of Directors of Doha Bid for 2016 Summer Olympics, Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee of International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships Doha 2010 and Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee of 12th Pan Arab Games, Doha 2011.

His Excellency is currently the Secretary General of Qatar Olympic Committee since 2002.

Hassan Al-Thawadi CEO Qatar 2022 Bid Committee,
Qatar

Hassan Al-Thawadi leads the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee. He is Director of the legal department at the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Qatar Holdings. The organisations were founded by the State of Qatar in 2005 to diversify the country’s economy, and have recently invested in Porsche and Volkswagen as well as Barclays Bank and the New York Stock Exchange.

Mr Al-Thawadi sits on the board of Hassad Food Company, which invests in and develops the agriculture and livestock sector. The company is currently investing worldwide in strategic projects, companies and operators. He is also on the board of Chelsfield Partners, which invests in real estate and related businesses in the UK and Europe.

Mr Al-Thawadi graduated in law from Sheffield University in the United Kingdom.

Hassan Al Thawadi currently holds the position of Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee. His appointment in March 2011 follows on from his role as CEO of Qatar’s 2022 Bid Committee, where he worked closely with Bid Chairman, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, in promoting Qatar’s revolutionary and eventually successful attempt to bring the FIFA World Cup to the Middle East for the first time.

Al Thawadi is a law graduate from the Sheffield University, United Kingdom. He is a General Counsel at state-owned Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Qatar Holding (QH). Al Thawadi played a key role in the recent QIA and QH investments in Porsche, Volkswagen, Barclays Bank, the New York Stock Exchange and Harrods. Prior to joining QIA in 2007, Al Thawadi worked for Qatar Petroleum. He also holds board positions within the Hassad Food Company.

According to a ranking undertaken by Legal Business Magazine, Al Thawadi is among the top 30 international lawyers under the age of 40, while the Arabian Business Magazine ranked him the 19th in its annual ‘Power 500’ list of the world’s most influential Arabs.

Simon Chadwick Chair in Sport Business Strategy and Marketing, Coventry University Business School,
UK

Professor Chadwick holds the position of Chair in Sport Business Strategy and Marketing at Coventry University Business School, where he is also the founder and Director of CIBS (Centre for the International Business of Sport). His research and teaching interests lie in the areas of sponsorship, sport marketing and commercial strategy in sport, which means that his work covers a diverse range of subjects including football, motor racing, rugby, athlete endorsements, sports branding, fan behaviour at the Olympic Games, the Indian Premier League and Grand Slam tennis tournaments.

Having previously worked at the Universities of London (where he was the founding Director of the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre) and Leeds, Simon is Editor of ‘Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal’.

Simon has worked with numerous organisations involved in sport including Mastercard, FC Barcelona, the International Tennis Federation, Atletico Madrid, UEFA, Michelin Motorsport, Tottenham Hotspur, Sport Business Group, The Economist and the British Council.

Riccardo Fraccari President, International Baseball Federation
Italia

Serving as a high-ranking baseball official within the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation since 1985, Mr. Fraccari was voted into office as IBAF president in December 2009. As International baseball’s chief, he has worked to bring cohesion to the international baseball calendar, working closely with the preeminent professional leagues of the world. Under his tenure as IBAF president, he negotiated a multi-million dollar agreement with USA’s Major League Baseball (MLB), which starting in 2013 grants the “World Baseball Classic” champion the official status as “World Champion,” as recognized by the IBAF. The agreement also sees the implementation of a qualification system and silver and bronze medal games, bringing the event in line with the Olympic model, while transforming/expanding this event from an invitational tournament into a true world championship.

Mr. Fraccari participated in 7 Olympic Games as a baseball umpire, umpire director and an official.

Arianna Huffington President and Editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media Group,
UK

Arianna Huffington is the president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet.

In 2006, and again in 2011, she named to the Time 100—Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people.

Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

Boutros Boutros Senior Vice President, Emirates Airlines,
UAE

Boutros Boutros is head of Emirates’ Corporate Communications, responsible for all marketing and communications activities across the globe for the 40-plus businesses under the Emirates group umbrella.

In his 19-year career with emirates, Boutros has played a key role in building the company’s global brand presence through strategic sponsorships and integrated marketing communications programmes.

He oversees a team of over 150 professionals and more than 100 global agencies, representing the full marketing spectrum, in delivering creative marketing communications campaigns and solutions for Emirates.

Boutros joined Emirates in 1991 as Media Relations Manager for the Middle East. In 1996 he was made Manager Group Media Relations. In 1999, Boutros was promoted to General Manager— Media Relations & Promotions, rising to Vice President—Media Relations & Promotions, and then Senior Vice President—Media Relations, Sponsorships & Events before starting his current position in 2009. Boutros has over two decades of experience in journalism, public relations and marketing communications. Prior to joining Emirates, he was the London-based Business Editor of leading Pan-Arab daily newspaper Sawt Al Kuwait, and was previously Managing Editor for Al Hawadeth, a weekly Pan-Arab magazine.

Johann Koss CEO, Right To Play,
Canada

Norwegian speed-skating legend Johann Olav Koss made world headlines when he won three Gold Medals at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Games, breaking a total of 10 world records over the course of his career. Koss donated a large portion of his winning to Olympic Aid, a fundraising organization created at Lillehammer, and challenged fellow athletes to do the same.

After witnessing the potential of sport to affect change in the lives of children, Koss founded Right To Play in 2000 and has pioneered the Sport for Development movement worldwide. Koss has won numerous accolades, including honorary doctorates from the University of Calgary and Brock University, and was named “One of 100 Future Leaders of Tomorrow” by TIME Magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Johann completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of Queensland, and completed his executive MBA at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Pat McQuaid President, International Cycling Union,
Switzerland

Mr. McQuaid raced as a cyclist from 1966-1982, finishing at the Vikings Cycles Pro Team in Great Britain. He has had an extensive career in cycling administration, starting as the National Coach for the Irish Cycling Federation, where he eventually served as president. McQuaid then became President of the International Cyclist Union Road Commission. In 2005 McQuaid became the President of the UCI, where he focuses on the universalization of cycling and the promotion of sporting ethics at a global level.

McQuad has become a recognized world figure in the fight against doping. Under his Presidency the UCI became the first international federation to adopt the innovative biological passport, which remains to this day the most advanced tool in the fight against doping in elite sports.
He is also a Member of the Executive Committee and of the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency. He is also a member of the IOC and Vice President and Member of the Council of the ASOIF.

Tegla Loroupe UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Champion, Marathon Runner, Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation,
Kenya

Tegla Chepkite Loroupe is a long-distance track and roadrunner, and a global spokeswoman for peace, women’s rights, and education.

Loroupe holds the world records for 20, 25, and 30 kilometers and previously held the world marathon record. She is a three-time World Half-Marathon champion. She was the first African woman to win the New York City Marathon, which she has won twice. She has won marathons in many other cities around the world.

In 2000, she won the London Marathon and the Rome City Marathon. She also won the Lausanne Marathon in 2002, Cologne Marathon in 2003, and Leipzig Marathon in 2004. In February 2006, she won the Hong Kong Half-Marathon.

Loroupe was appointed as United Nations Ambassador of Sport by Secretary General Kofi Annan. She is an International Sports Ambassador for the IAAF and for UNICEF. In 2003, Loroupe created an annual series of Peace Marathons sponsored by the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation “Peace Through Sports”. She has established the Tegla Loroupe Peace Academy school and orphanage for children from the region of Kapenguria, a high mountain town in northwest Kenya.

She is the Oxfam Ambassador of Sport and Peace to Darfur. Tegla Loroupe is today a member of the “Champions of Peace” club, a group of 54 elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.

Wilfried Lemke United Nations’ General Secretary Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace,
USA

Mr Lemke was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace in March 2008. As Special Advisor, he leads and coordinates the efforts of the United Nations system to promote understanding and support for sport as an instrument for development and peace, and encourages dialogue, collaboration and partnerships in this area.

Mr. Lemke has over 25 years of professional experience in both sport and politics. From 1999 to 2008, he served as Senator for Interior and Sport as well as Senator for Education and Science of the State of Bremen, Germany. Prior to that, he was General Manager of Werder Bremen for 18 years, one of the top football clubs in Europe. Throughout his career he has been a dedicated advocate for the importance of sport in education and society. He notably engaged in fundraising, the initiation and facilitation of various international relief projects.

Bin Hou Triple Paralympic champion, High Jump,
China

1975 - Was born in Heilongjiang in northeast China;
1982 - Lost my left leg by train accident at the age of nine;
1992 - Started training of high jump;
1996 – High jump champion of the Summer Paralympics in Atlanta, USA;
1999 – Leading actor in movie of Everybody’s Favorite;
2000 - High jump champion of the Summer Paralympics in Sydney, Australia;
2004 - High jump champion of the Summer Paralympics in Athens, Greece;
2008 - Lighted the Paralympic flame during the of the Summer Paralympics in Beijing, China;
2009 – Delivered a speech at the 6th session of The United Nations Youth Congress;
2011 – Participated China’s Gobi Desert Challenge;
2012 – Participated Antarctic adventure & Arctic expedition;

I have traveling over the world and delivered more than 1,500 speeches about Paralympics stories. My goal is to spread Olympic spirit and peace trough my speeches, and to raise up people who lost their legs.

Boutros Boutros Senior VP, Emirates Airline,
United Arab Emirates

In his 19-year career with Emirates, Boutros has played a key role in building the company's global brand presence through strategic sponsorships and integrated marketing communications programs. He oversees a team of over 150 professionals and more than 100 global agencies, representing the full marketing spectrum, in delivering creative marketing communications solutions for Emirates.

Jonathan Edwards Chair of the Athletes' Committee, London 2012, World Record-Holder, Triple Jump, and Presenter, BBC,
UK

Former British triple jumper Jonathan Edwards, CBE, first made the record books in 1995 when he smashed the world record at the World Championships in Gothenburg with a jump of 18.29m; to date no one has even come close to this distance. In a hugely successful career, Jonathan was Commonwealth, European and World champion and achieved his ultimate goal of winning gold at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000. Jonathan made his last competitive triple jump at the World Athletics Championships in Paris in 2003.

He now works as a presenter for BBC Sport and was also a lead presenter on Channel 4’s Paralympic coverage. He remains passionate about his sport and is committed to broadcasting.

Jonathan is on the board of the Local Organising Committee of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012, as the athlete representative, chairing the Athletes Committee, which played an important part in the success of London 2012. He was also Deputy Chair of the London 2012 Nations and Regions Group, helping to ensure that the benefits of the Games are maximised across the UK. Jonathan is an ambassador for Lloyds TSB.

Stéphane Houdet World number 1 wheelchair tennis player,
France

Stéphane is the world’s number 1 Wheelchair Tennis player. He is a triple medalist at the Paralympics, winning Gold at Beijing 2008, and Silver and Bronze at London 2012. He is famously known as the first French tennis player to have won the French Open since Yannick Noah.

Stéphane started his career in sports by playing golf at the European level after losing his left leg in a motorbike accident. He was the number 1 ranked golfer in Europe in 2003 and 2004 before he switched his golf club for a tennis racket. Since then, Stéphane has made his passion his livelihood and today he travels the world to play in tennis tournaments and share his life’s experiences.

"The most difficult barriers to cross are those put by ourselves" Stéphane Houdet

Ayman Jada Consultant, Al Jazeera Sport Channel,
Qatar

A Qatari Media Expert

Born in Aleppo, Syria on 11/5/1958

Started working in Syrian TV in 1978 and Al-Saqr Sports Magazine as Sports Editor in 1983, then moved to Qatar TV as TV show host and football commentator.

In 1996 he was on the team who kick-started AL Jazeera News Channel, and headed the Sports news section from launch date till 2003 where he was requested among a fine selection to work on launching Al-Jazeera Sport. Managed the Programs department till 2004 when he was appointed as General Manager of the channel till 2008.

He managed in parallel the Media department for the Doha Asian Games Steering Committee 2006.

At present, he is the Channel’s consultant in addition to his original position as presenter and commentator at Al Jazeera Sport Channel

Jean Todt President, FIA,
France

Todt started his career in 1966 as a rally co-driver, winning the Constructors' World Rally Championship in 1980 with Guy Frequelin for Talbot Lotus. From 1981 to 1993, latterly as Motorsport Director of the PSA Peugeot Citroen Group. In 1993, he left Peugeot and became Team Principal of Ferrari Racing Division (Gestione Sportiva). Under his leadership, Scuderia Ferrari won 13 Formula 1 World titles and 98 Grand Prix.

In 2001, Jean Todt took on responsibility for all motor sport activity for the Ferrari-Maserati Group and became Member of the Board of Directors of Ferrari, before rising to CEO. In 2008, he decided to leave his positions of CEO and Director of Gestione Sportiva while maintaining that of Member of the Board and Advisor to the Chairman. In March 2009, he left Ferrari.

Jean Todt is President of eSafety Aware and Member of the Board of Trustees of FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society. In 2009, he was elected President of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile). He devotes himself to humanitarian and other causes.

Jean Todt is also Vice-President and Founder of the ICM (L'Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epiniere), Brain and Spine Institute.