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Speakers at 27th IAKS Congress

Director of the Division for Inclusive Social Development, UNDESA

Daniela Bas

UN Director of Division for Inclusive Social Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, USA
Daniela Bas
UN Director of Division for Inclusive Social Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, USA

is a Political scientist who, before joining UNDESA, held managerial roles in the private sector in Italy. Bas was an advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was the special adviser to the Vice President of the European Commission (Franco Frattini) on human rights, democracy, and social affairs.

Wolfgang

Wolfgang Baumann

Secretary General, TAFISA, Germany
Wolfgang Baumann
Secretary General, TAFISA, Germany

is former Executive Director of the German Sports Federation and has contributed numerous Sport for All programs and campaigns in over 30 countries. Bauman’s area targets participation programs and marketing. He holds a seat on the IOC Sport and Active Society Commission. In 2015, he was appointed member of the High-Level Advisory Group of the EU Sport Commissioner.

Senior Principal - Populous

Al Baxter

Architect, Populous, Australia
Al Baxter
Architect, Populous, Australia

brings extensive knowledge in stadia, sports masters planning, leisure and convention design planning. Al has led the design of Bankwest Stadium, Australia’s newest rectangular stadium and designed the NSW Rugby League Training Facility at Sydney Olympic Park. Al has taken several board roles and served as a director on the Rugby Union Players Association.

Conrad Boychuk

Conrad Boychuk

Architect, Canada
Conrad Boychuk
Architect, Canada

is one of Canada's foremost designers of community recreation facilities and spectator sports venues.  Recently, Conrad developed a set of panel discussions dealing with swimming pools, community facilities, ice facilities, and youth/senior's facilities and programs, which are available on the IAKS website.

Alex Burrows

Alex Burrows

Founder of ActiveXchange Australasia and Canada
Alex Burrows
Founder of ActiveXchange Australasia and Canada

provides data to sport, recreation and government organisations, to shape active and healthy communities. His agency has won multiple awards and has grown across Australia and New Zealand, expanding to Canada and the US. Prior, Alex was in project management teams for a series of Commonwealth and Olympic Games, Football and Rugby World Cup bids.

Managing Principal, HCMA, Canada

Darryl Condon

Managing Principal, HCMA Architecture, Canada
Darryl Condon
Managing Principal, HCMA Architecture, Canada

has created successful public spaces across Canada and has been recognized internationally with over 80 awards, including three World Architecture Festival and five IAKS Awards. Darryl has lectured extensively on designing sport and recreation infrastructure for social impact, inclusion and accessibility, wellness, and the future of community recreation.

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Shaun Dawson

Chief Executive, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, United Kingdom
Shaun Dawson
Chief Executive, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, United Kingdom

has extensive experience in delivering viable and sustainable venues and was involved in the London 2012 Olympic project and the transition of the venues for community and commercial activities. Shaun was in the UK Government’s Rio 2016 Advisory Panel, and also for Tokyo 2020 games advising on venue design and legacy planning to government representatives.

Arnoud Fiolet

Arnoud Fiolet

Managing Partner, Recreational Systems International, Netherlands
Arnoud Fiolet
Managing Partner, Recreational Systems International, Netherlands

has over 25 years’ experience in the artificial turf industry. Arnoud was the co-founder of the ESTO (European Synthetic Turf Organisation) and its first chairman, and was one of the driving forces towards the merger of what is now the European Synthetic Turf Council. In 2015, Arnoud received the first AMI award for his positive contribution towards the synthetic turf industry.

Benjamin Flowers

Prof. PhD Benjamin Flowers

Professor of Architecture at Knowlton School, Ohio State University, USA
Prof. PhD Benjamin Flowers
Professor of Architecture at Knowlton School, Ohio State University, USA

is a Professor of Architecture and the Associate Director of the Knowlton School. Previously, Flowers was a Professor of Architecture in the College of Design and an Associate Vice Provost at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research examines architecture as a form of social activity within the intersecting spheres of politics, culture, and economy.

Charlie Fordham

Charlie Fordham

Associate Principal, Populous, United Kingdom
Charlie Fordham
Associate Principal, Populous, United Kingdom

is an Associate Principal at Populous in London, with a wealth of experience which includes major arena, stadia, convention centres and mixed-use sports masterplans projects in the UK, US, Europe and the Middle East, recently many of these with a focus on E-sports.

 

Jo Ann

Jo Ann Gamble

Regional Sustainability Manager, Lendlease, Australia
Jo Ann Gamble
Regional Sustainability Manager, Lendlease, Australia

aims to make the world a better place by driving sustainability and innovation at all stages of the project, from concept to delivery. A sustainability professional with over 20 years’ experience, her noteworthy projects include Bankwest Stadium, Melbourne Park, Sydney Football Stadium, and the Darling Harbour Regeneration.

Paul Gerrits

Paul Gerrits

Managing Director, Pellikaan, Germany
Paul Gerrits
Managing Director, Pellikaan, Germany

has been active in the field of sports and leisure for decades, who worked in the Netherlands before starting his venture. Paul’s expertise lies in the field sports halls and swimming pools, delivering a range of successful seminars on the topic. Currently, Paul is a member of the working group of IAKS and sits in the Internation Expert Circle Pools of IAKS International.

Warren Green

Warren Green

Managing Director, Warren Green Consulting, Australia
Warren Green
Managing Director, Warren Green Consulting, Australia

is an infrastructure planning advisor with a speciality in aquatic and leisure facilities. With over 300 projects nationally, he is interested in maximising community participation and wellbeing by providing barrier-free access. Warren was involved in the planning for the 2006 Melbourne commonwealth games and the 2007 FINA World Championships.

Mike Hall

Mike Hall

Partner, FaulknerBrowns Architects, United Kingdom
Mike Hall
Partner, FaulknerBrowns Architects, United Kingdom

working closely with sport governing bodies such as FINA, UCI, IAAF, and ICF, Mike has extensive knowledge of the requirements for sports facilities and is passionate about the importance of active infrastructure in towns and cities. He sits on the IAKS International Expert Aquatics Circle and is also a representative of the International Union of Architects.

Elizabeth Hand-Fry

Elizabeth Hand-Fry

Studio HIP, USA
Elizabeth Hand-Fry
Studio HIP, USA

is committed to designing sustainable landscapes and producing innovative designs. Elizabeth has supervised and managed the construction of urban parks and plazas, commercial projects, recreational facilities, housing for the homeless and a range of residential housing throughout New York.

 

Hentze, Mark

Mark Hentze

Architect, DIALOG, Canada
Mark Hentze
Architect, DIALOG, Canada

brings more than 25 years of experience as an accomplished architect. Mark has worked with numerous high-profile firms in North America, including Interplan, PBK (now Arch 49), and CEI Architecture (now HDR Architecture). Recognized for his breadth of knowledge in sport and recreation design, Mark sits as Chair of the IAKS Ice Rinks Expert Circle.

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Peter Hirvell

Managing Director, AST Eis- und Solartechnik, Austria
Peter Hirvell
Managing Director, AST Eis- und Solartechnik, Austria

is a marketing expert with a demonstrated and recognized portfolio working in the recreational facilities and sports industry. Peter has worked with several startup organizations which have enabled him to understand the needs of different geographical cultures.

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Victor Jaunkalns

Partner, MJMA Architecture & Design, Canada
Victor Jaunkalns
Partner, MJMA Architecture & Design, Canada

has overseen the programming, site analysis, and conceptual design of multi-use recreation facilities, focusing on the programming of in-between spaces to give each project a “social heart” that elevates community interaction. Viktors expertise lies in the design of aquatics centres and arenas, focusing on issues of urbanity and city building for greater civic use.

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Tom Jones

IAKS Vice President, United Kingdom
Tom Jones
IAKS Vice President, United Kingdom

has a keen interest in how sports and structures can enhance cities and communities. His passion is reflected by his projects which include the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Emirates Stadium for Arsenal FC and the Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Tom has given a range of conferences around the world on the sustainability of sports and entertainment buildings.

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Dr Stefan Kannewischer

IAKS President, Switzerland
Dr Stefan Kannewischer
IAKS President, Switzerland

completed his MBA and Ph.D. in economic sciences at University St.Gallen (Switzerland) and has worked for four years at strategy consultants Bain & Company in Zurich, Munich and London. In 2001, he became Managing Director of the Swiss family business Kannewischer Management AG. Stefan was appointed by Dr Thomas Bach to the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission.

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Irina Korneychuk

Associate, FaulknerBrown Architects, United Kingdom
Irina Korneychuk
Associate, FaulknerBrown Architects, United Kingdom

is experienced in leading the design and delivery of high-profile leisure and education projects, including sports facilities that challenge traditional models to being forth innovation in the sector. An advocate for using design principles to promote healthy lifestyles and stronger communities, Irina was named a Generation 4 Change Future Leader in 2018.

Holger

Holger Kortbaek

Head of Sports Facilities, Municipality of Gladsaxe, Denmark
Holger Kortbaek
Head of Sports Facilities, Municipality of Gladsaxe, Denmark

manages the sports facilities in the Municipality of Gladsaxe which is located in the east of Denmark. Gladsaxe has about 70,000 inhabitants and stretches over 25 km². Holger is Vice President of the Danish Association for Sports Facilities bringing together owners, operators and managers of sports facilities in Denmark with the purpose of contributing to innovation in and the development and planning of sports facilities. Since its founding, Holger sits on the board of IAKS Nordic.

Laurent Jean Fancois

Jean Francois Laurent

Junior Director, TAFISA, Germany
Jean Francois Laurent
Junior Director, TAFISA, Germany

specialises in the promotion and advocacy of Sport for All and physical activity, with special insight on the topics of Active Cities and Traditional Sports and Games. Jean has been a consultant to various Sport for All initiatives in many countries and has been invited as a speaker to congresses and seminars worldwide.

Lind Lasse

Lasse Lind

Partner and Head of Consultancy, 3XN, Denmark
Lasse Lind
Partner and Head of Consultancy, 3XN, Denmark

is a certified DGNB- consultant in urban development, and an expert in energy efficiency, circular design, and strategies for energy-neutrality. Lasse strengthens 3XN’s lead role in sustainability, sharpening the debate concerning urban areas. As Chairman of the Board at CradlePeople, Lasse intends to create awareness about circularity for waste-free communities around the world.

Casper

Casper Lindemann

Consultant, DIF, Denmark
Casper Lindemann
Consultant, DIF, Denmark

is a consultant at the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark. Casper has a master’s degree in landscape management and has 15 years of experience developing strategies and policies for outdoor facilities. Furthermore, he has been involved in a wide-scale national mapping and analysis of facilities for outdoor sports in Denmark.

Margot

Margot Long

Principal, PWL Partnership Landscape Architects, Canada
Margot Long
Principal, PWL Partnership Landscape Architects, Canada

is a fellow of the Canadian Socierty of Landscape Architects with over thirty-five years‘ experience in community and public realm projects. She is known for her project leadership skills, community participation processes and innovative design solutions that bring people and nature closer. Margot’s projects range from large-scale master planning to urban design projects.

Ola Mattson

Ola Mattsson

Development Consultant, LOA fonden, Denmark
Ola Mattsson
Development Consultant, LOA fonden, Denmark

is passionate about building projects creating places that are future proof and bring a communal sense. Ola’s expertise lies in building projects connected to the sports, outdoor and cultural sector. Ola has been part of advising teams for municipalities, grassroots, and sports clubs to realize their goals, creating meaningful venues for leisure pursuits.

Colleen Mckenna

Colleen Mckenna

Sports + Rec Practice Leader, Principal, CannonDesign, USA
Colleen Mckenna
Sports + Rec Practice Leader, Principal, CannonDesign, USA

brings an in-depth knowledge of functional planning requirements, which helps her to meet the diverse needs of both competitive and recreational athletes. Colleen‘s diverse portfolio includes college and university recreation centres and intercollegiate athletic facilities. She regularly speaks at NIRSA events, writes articles for Athletic Business, and serves on Design awards juries.

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Jan Paterson

Managing Director Sport, NEOM, Saudi Arabia
Jan Paterson
Managing Director Sport, NEOM, Saudi Arabia

is passionate about creating a physically active society, focusing on grassroots up to the elite level. Paterson also leads the Wellbeing and Biotech Sector, which looks to enhancing average lifespans through an active lifestyle. Previously, Paterson spent her career in the Olympic and Commonwealth sport movements, driving sport participation, women in sport and high-performance sport.

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Cornelia Röger-Göpfert

Managing Director, Morton Extrusions Technology, Germany
Cornelia Röger-Göpfert
Managing Director, Morton Extrusions Technology, Germany

joined BASF SE Ludwigshafen and worked in the central department for environmental protection, health and safety. Recently, Cornelia joined Morton Extrusions technology as a Managing Director, which today is part of Tarkett Sports and one of the largest producers of artificial turf fibres for sports applications worldwide.

Marie Sallois

Marie Sallois-Dembreville

Director Corporate and Sustainable Development, International Olympic Committee, Switzerland
Marie Sallois-Dembreville
Director Corporate and Sustainable Development, International Olympic Committee, Switzerland

is in charge of implementing the IOC Sustainability Strategy and the IOC Legacy Strategic Approach. With over 10 years’ of experience, Marie headed the consulting practice of the SchlumbergerSema company, now under the name ATOS, a major Olympic Games technology partner. She holds an MBA and an MSc in Management and is closely connected with the academic world. 

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Martin Sheppard

Managing Director, Smart Connection Consultancy, Australia
Martin Sheppard
Managing Director, Smart Connection Consultancy, Australia

has been in the sport and recreation industry for 35 years. Managing facilities, parks and open space, museums and leisure services have provided him with insights into planning and facilities that are practical and realistic. Martin specializes in using synthetic sports surfaces to encourage people to be active and is recognised as one of the predominant advisors on surfaces in the world.

Marie Traasdahl

Marie Traasdahl Staal

Executive Director of Innovation and Programs, GAME, Denmark
Marie Traasdahl Staal
Executive Director of Innovation and Programs, GAME, Denmark

heads GAME’s ambitious innovation agenda centred around exploring the potential for using street sport as a catalyst for sustainable development. Before moving to the NGO sector, Marie worked for several years as a political advisor to decision-makers in Demark and European Parliament. Marie spearheaded GAME’s IAKS IOC Gold medal-winning facility GAME - Streetmekka Viborg.

Oliver Vanges

Oliver Vanges

Development Consultant, LOA Fonden, Denmark
Oliver Vanges
Development Consultant, LOA Fonden, Denmark

is a development consultant in LOA’s Team Sports. With over 13 years, he has a wide variety of successful projects behind him. Oliver has considerable experience with advising clients, local active groups and clubs, and consulting architects and other specialists to provide innovative, creative meeting places for leisure pursuits of the present and the future.

Ted Watson

Ted Watson

Partner, MJMA, Canada
Ted Watson
Partner, MJMA, Canada

brings 25 years of community recreation experience that focuses on the design of comprehensive spaces. Framing design solutions around social, technical, and environmental challenges, Ted strives to advance the architecture of community and recreation projects that ‘Elevate the Civic Experience’.

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