Global Sports Week set to kick-start France's own 'Golden Decade' of Sport
Representatives of more than 70 countries are set to participate in the first Global Sports Week Paris as France seeks to kick-start its decade in the global sports spotlight.
Organisers of the new annual gathering of the world sports economy have confirmed the participation of more than 1,300 international delegates, with just a week to go to the start of the inaugural event.
Conceived as a Davos-style forum, Global Sports Week will take place at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris on February 6th-7th, preceded by a VIP reception and series of off-programme events.
The summit is organised under the high patronage of M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic. It also benefits from the patronage of UNESCO and the « Proud support » of international partners including the International Paralympic Committee, UEFA, Formula 1, FIA, UN Women, EPCR, FIBA, FIVB and the Bundesliga.
In total, more than 65 international commercial and institutional partners are backing Global Sports Week, including many that will also be present when Paris hosts the 2023 Rugby World Cup and 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Global Sports Week forms part of a broader French ambition to mobilise sport as a driver of international economic and social development in the new decade.
Speakers including F1 Chairman Chase Carey, International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons, film maker Claude Lelouch, swimming legend Matt Biondi and surfer Justine Dupont will join international business and political leaders to address issues ranging from the climate emergency to sport’s role in driving gender equality and the impact of digital transformation on sport’s core business model.
At the heart of the concept, 50 young spokespeople, representing 22 nationalities, will voice opinions and challenge received ideas as ambassadors of a new generation driving radical change.
The event will also provide the stage for key policy announcements from the likes of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon), while French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu will host a private meeting of international sports ministers on the sidelines of the summit.
Global Sports Week takes place at a time when Paris is emerging as a post-Brexit challenger to London for the status of Europe’s capital of sports business. It follows the success of the inaugural NBA Paris Games, which were moved from London to the French capital after almost a decade.
Lucien Boyer, President of Global Sports Week, said: « The first Global Sports Week will be a truly international gathering, meeting our ambition to put sport at the centre of the global debate. In this context, Paris offers an ideal stage as it prepares to be the centre of the sports world in the 2020s.
« This event presents a real opportunity to create a bigger role for sport in meeting the big societal challenges facing the world today. »
LATEST GLOBAL SPORTS WEEK SPEAKER LIST
Hervé ANDRE-BENOIT | France Founder of FISE and CEO of Hurricane
Norma BASTIDAS | Mexico Ultramarathon Athlete, Fight for Dignity
HRH Prince Ali BIN AL HUSSEIN of Jordan | Jordan Founder, AFDP Global
Matt BIONDI | USA Olympic swimming champion and Director Swimming Athletes Partnership
Yannick BOLLORE | France Chairman & CEO Havas Group, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vivendi
Sally BOLTON | UK Incoming CEO of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon)
Lucien BOYER | France Chairman and Co-Founder, Global Sports Week
Richard BRISIUS | Sweden Race Chairman, The Ocean Race
Chase CAREY | USA Executive Chairman and CEO, Formula 1
Chris CARROLL | USA Director of Digital Engagement, International Olympic Committee
Matt CLIFFORD | UK Musician, Rolling Stones
Sir Russell COUTTS | New Zealand CEO, SailGP
Guillaume de MONPLANET | France SVP, General Manager, adidas France
Fanta DIALLO | Senegal Director of Sports, Youth and Grassroots Association, City of Dakar
Youri DJORKAEFF | France FIFA World Cup 1998 winner, Director FIFA Foundation
Justine DUPONT | France Professional surfer
Craig EDMONDSON | UK CEO, Zwift Esports
Guy-Laurent EPSTEIN | France UEFA Marketing Director
Tony ESTANGUET | France 3-time Olympic Champion and President, Paris 2024 Organising Committee
Laurence FISCHER | France Ambassador for sports, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs
Pascal CAGNI | France Chairman of Business France, Ambassador for international investments
Brett GOSPER | Australia CEO, World Rugby
Julie HARRINGTON | United Kingdom Chief Executive, British Cycling
Andreas HEYDEN | Germany EVP digital innovation German Football League (DFL)
Vibeke JENSEN | Jordan UNESCO Director for the Division for Education for Peace and Sustainable Development
David KAHN | USA Paris Basketball Co-owner and CEO
Ahmad KONTAR | Syria Breakdancer and Model
Claude LELOUCH | France Film director
Jacky LORENZETTI | France - Switzerland President Group Ovalto, Owner of Paris La Défense Arena and Racing 92 rugby Club
Roxana MARACINEANU | France French Minister of Sports
Alexandre MARS | France Founder Epic, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Board Member Paris 2024
Jean-François MARTINS | France Deputy Mayor in charge of Sports and Tourism, City of Paris
Laurent MIGNON | France Executive Chairman, Group BPCE
Deep MUKHERJEE | India CEO CII National Committee of Sports and Head of Sports Development Star India
Nadia NADIM | Denmark Professional Football Player at PSG and Champion for girls’ and women’s education, UNESCO
Kely NASCIMENTO-DELUCA | Brazil Founder and President, The Nascimento Foundation
Nouria NEWMAN | France Extreme kayak champion and IOC Young Leader
Andrew PARSONS | Brazil President, International Paralympic Committee
Nicoletta PICCOLROVAZZI | Switzerland Global Technology and Sustainability Director - Olympic & Sports Solutions, Dow Europe GmbH
Sophie PROUST | France CTO, Atos
Rémy RIOUX| France Executive Director, Agence française de développement
Tracey RUSSELL | USA COO McCourt
Marie SAMMONS | France Executive Director, Ultra-Trail World Tour
Ben SCHWERIN | USA Vice President of Partnerships, Snap Inc.
Alberto UNCINI MANGANELLI | Switzerland - Italia General Manager BU Running - adidas
Lise VAN LONG | France Corporate Sustainability Manager - International Olympic Committee
Luis VICENTE | Portugal CEO Eleven Sports Group
Mathias VICHERAT | France Senior Vice President, General Secretary Danone
Ibrahima WADE | Senegal - France General Coordinator Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2022
Andreas ZAGKLIS | Greece Secretary General, FIBA (International Basketball Federation)
Lisa ZIMOUCHE | France Soccer Freestyler
NOTES TO EDITORS
About Global Sports Week
Global Sports Week Paris is the new annual gathering of the world sports economy, organised under the patronage of UNESCO and the high patronage of M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic.
The first edition will take place at the Carrousel du Louvre between February 5th and 7th 2020, gathering more than 1,000 international leaders around an agenda focussed on sport at the intersection of business and society.
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