SPEAKERS

We are proud to present the following Games Experience Speakers 

Sir Philip Craven, President, International Paralympic Committee


Sir Philip Craven is an international sports leader. He was re-elected as President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in November 2009 for his third term of office following the IPC General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur. He is a member of both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Executive Board of the British Olympic Association (2003-present).


Sir Philip represented Great Britain in wheelchair basketball at five Paralympic Games, from 1972 to 1988. He also competed in track and field athletics and swimming at the 1972 Games.


Honours and Awards: Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by HM Queen Elizabeth II for services to Wheelchair Basketball in 1991; induction into the Stoke Mandeville Hall of Fame in 2003; Knight Bachelor by HM Queen Elizabeth II for services to Paralympic Sport in 2005.

Mayor Eduardo Paes, Mayor, City of Rio de Janeiro


Mayor Eduardo Paes is a Law School graduate who was appointed deputy mayor of the Jacarepaguá and Barra districts in Rio at the age of 23. In 1996, he was elected Alderman and went on to be elected to the Federal Chamber of Deputies in 1998. In 2000, he was appointed Rio’s Municipal Environmental Secretary where he refined his knowledge of environmental issues.


In 2007, following his second consecutive mandate as a representative in Congress, Paes was named Secretary of State for Tourism, Sport and Leisure and helped in the organization of the Pan American Games that were held in Rio. In October 2008, Mayor Paes was elected Mayor of Rio de Janeiro for a four-year term, beginning on January 1st 2009. On October 7th 2012, he was re-elected on the first round for a second term.

Matt Smith, Executive Director, FISA


From 1976 to 1981, while reading for his Business Administration degree, Smith rowed for UCLA winning three varsity letters until a back injury stopped his career and he moved into coaching.


Having been appointed Development Director for FISA (the World Rowing Federation) in 1992, Smith was then appointed FISA Executive Director and Secretary General from 1995.


Smith is chairman of the IPC’s Paralympic Games Commission and has been a member of the IOC Sport & Environment and Development Commissions. He has been a speaker on marketing, television and event organisation issues at international seminars including SportAccord conventions, IF Forums and at Sportcal Media Rights seminars. He is an invited lecturer at various sports management master’s programmes as well as sports leadership programmes for USOC and UK Sport.

François Carrard, Partner, Kellerhals Carrard


François Carrard began his legal career at a law firm in Stockholm before being admitted to the Swiss Barin 1967. Here, he joined a firm that became Carrard & Associés in 2008 and, subsequently, Kellerhals Carrard in 2015. He specialized in business and sports law while retaining a position as partner in his law firm. He was appointed director general of the IOC from 1989 to 2003.


He is routinely involved in international arbitration proceedings, including before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and various chambers of commerce. Mr. Carrard is also a member, chairman and vice-chairman of various boards of directors for companies including Compagnie Financière Tradition (CFT), Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne Palace, Olympic Broadcasting Services, IOC Television and Marketing Services, and the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation.

Vicky Rosin, Former Deputy Chief Executive, Manchester City Council


Vicky Rosin has worked in local government for over thirty years, both in service departments and in central policy departments. From 2001, she headed Manchester City Council’s Commonwealth Games Unit responsible for coordinating those Council services that contributed to the successful delivery of the Games. After the Games, Vicky was responsible for ensuring that its legacy was captured for the city, through the development of an integrated Marketing and Events strategy.


Vicky has held various other roles including Director of Libraries, Assistant Chief Executive for Culture, Lead Officer for Council Support and Strategic Director of Neighbourhood Services. She also represents the Council on several Boards/Trusts. In 2009, Vicky was awarded an MBE for her services to Local Government.

Jackie Brock-Doyle, CEO of Good Relations Group and Partner, CSM Strategic


Jackie played an integral role in winning the bid to host the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Her next challenge is advising a portfolio of global organisations and projects on strategic and integrated communications


“The boundaries of communications are expanding and changing at breakneck speed. Managing multiple relationships to ensure credibility, authenticity, inspired action and above all, trust, is critical for all organisations. Success starts with a clear vision, consistently reiterated that connects with people.”


Specialties: global communication strategy and implementation; media relations; community relations; government affairs; internal, new media, and brand marketing communications.

Vicki Austin, Head of Paralympic Legacy, Inclusion and Sports Participation, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


Vicki has lead the Paralympic Legacy Programme since 2012 on behalf of the Mayor of London. The Programme has seen over £10m invested diversely and it has been called the most successful legacy programme from any Paralympics. Vicki is currently working with a team led by UCL to create a Global Disability Innovation Hub on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


With a background in urban regeneration, social justice and the NGO sector, Vicki has previously worked in inclusive economic development and has been working with communities and disabled people in east London since 2008.

Simone Costa Rodrigues da Silva, Planning Coordinator, Transport Secretary of Rio de Janeiro


Simone Costa has been an Architect of the City of Rio de Janeiro since 2008. Since 2013, she has been working on Mobility Plans and designs of interchange hubs as Planning Coordinator in the Rio de Janeiro Transport Secretary.


She has experience in public transport plans for Mega Events such as: FIFA Confederations Cup 2013, FIFA World Cup 2014 and the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Simone Costa took part in the Observer Programme in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Michèle Hyron, Chief Integrator for Rio 2016 Olympics, Atos


Michèle is currently the Chief Integrator for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She has come to Rio de Janeiro with more than a decade’s Games experience, having been Chief Integrator for London 2012, Operations Manager for Beijing 2008, Integration Manager for Athens 2004, and Quality Manager for Salt Lake 2002.


Prior to joining the Olympic Games team, Michèle worked with clients in the nuclear industry for 13 years, holding a number of roles including project manager and systems integration support. She has built a strong expertise in Programme Management, Systems Integration and Operations, Strategy & Organization, and running complex operations under serious time and budget constraints.

Henrique Gonzalez, Senior Director of HR, Rio 2016


Engineer Henrique Gonzalez leads the Games Workforce and Corporative Human Resources functional areas. His main challenges include recruitment, training and engagement of a workforce of 160,000 people; including 8,000 paid staff, 70,000 volunteers and 85,000 contractors. Gonzalez developed his career during 19 years at Shell Brasil, where he performed roles of HR Director across Latin America and the rest of the world.


Gonzalez has experience in the integration of organizational culture and vision with Business Strategic Pillars; emphasizing sustainability actions and organizational values in order to enhance reputation with employees, clients and stakeholders.

Alexis Schäfer, Marketing and Commercial Director, International Paralympic Committee


Alexis studied at the International School of Management in Dortmund, Germany where he got his Master’s Degree in Business Studies. In 2003, he came to the IPC Marketing Department and co-ordinated the organization of the IPC’s first International Paralympic Day the same year. In 2007, Alexis joined the MEMOS programme and obtained his Executive Masters in Sport Organisation Management, with his thesis focusing on Paralympic Brand.


Alexis has worked with the IPC at three Paralympic Summer Games (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 & London 2012) and three Paralympic Winter Games (Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010 & Sochi 2014).

Andrew Parsons, Vice President, International Paralympic Committee and President, Brazil NPC


Andrew Parsons has been President of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee since 2009. He has implemented a number of innovative programmes such as the School Paralympic Games, Brazilian Paralympic Academy, Paralympic School Club, as well as partnerships with state and local governments that have made possible the creation of São Paulo Team and Rio Team. Brazil had their best results in a Paralympic Games in London 2012, with the seventh place; and also in the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, with first place. This series of actions was related to an efficient management focused on results, and became possible with the implementation of the Disabled Athlete Pathway.


Andrew is Vice President of the IPC; a member of the Executive Council and President of Paralympic Integration Committee of the Organizing Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games (since 2014); a member of the Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020 in the IOC; and a member of the Olympic TV Channel Commission of the IOC.

Yiannis Exarchos, Chief Executive Officer, Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS)


Mr Exarchos has held several management, production and senior executive positions in a number of Broadcast Organisations, including the position of Executive Director of the Greek National Broadcaster, ERT. He has served as a top executive for all Olympic Host Broadcasters since Athens 2004. His experience brings a comprehensive perspective to the management and coverage of major events in the world of sport.


Mr. Exarchos was named CEO of Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), the permanent host broadcast organisation created by the IOC, following the London 2012 Olympic Games. In 2015 he was also named Executive Director of Olympic Channel Services (OCS), the corporate entity charged with creating and operating the IOC’s Olympic Channel.

Lara Akeju, Project Lead, Events & Paralympics, Channel 4


As Project Lead for Events & Paralympics, Lara is responsible for bringing together all departments in Channel 4 for the coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Prior to joining Channel 4, Lara was a producer/director and series producer of factual television.

Joseph Merlini, UK Sports Partnerships Director, BP


Jo Merlini took up the position of UK Sports Partnerships Director in May 2013, following a three-year role heading BP’s London 2012 partnership operations. He has over 25 years’ experience along the oil products value chain and in energy markets throughout the world.


From 2004 to 2010 he was the director of strategic cooperation, leading BP’s group-wide strategic engagement with UK MoD and US DoD. This role followed a position in Fiji as Air BP General Manager for the Pacific Islands, leading multidisciplinary teams from diverse cultures.


Jo held a series of international jet fuel positions over 10 years, from end-user supply negotiations across Africa and the Middle East to the traded barrel and managing risk while based in the US.

We are proud to present the following Inclusion Summit Speakers

Sir Philip Craven, President, International Paralympic Committee


Sir Philip Craven is an international sports leader. He was re-elected as President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in November 2009 for his third term of office following the IPC General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur. He is a member of both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Executive Board of the British Olympic Association (2003-present).


Sir Philip represented Great Britain in wheelchair basketball at five Paralympic Games, from 1972 to 1988. He also competed in track and field athletics and swimming at the 1972 Games.


Honours and Awards: Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by HM Queen Elizabeth II for services to Wheelchair Basketball in 1991; induction into the Stoke Mandeville Hall of Fame in 2003; Knight Bachelor by HM Queen Elizabeth II for services to Paralympic Sport in 2005.

Charlotte V. McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, World Bank Group


Ms. McClain-Nhlapo is the Global Disability Advisor for the World Bank Group. She focuses on working with and supporting operational teams across the institution to ensure that Bank policies, programmes and projects take people with disabilities into consideration.


As a well-respected human rights lawyer in disability and child rights, Ms. McClain-Nhlapo was appointed as senior coordinator for disability and inclusive development at USAID by President Barack Obama. She led work on disability inclusive development, from developing policies and strategies to technical assistance for programme implementation.


Prior to this, she worked as a senior operations officer at the Bank to integrate disability inclusive development into operations in the East Asia Pacific and Africa regions. She has also served as part of the South African Human Rights Commission and as a project officer on child protection for UNICEF.

Mayor Eduardo Paes, Mayor, City of Rio de Janeiro


Mayor Eduardo Paes is a Law School graduate who was appointed deputy mayor of the Jacarepaguá and Barra districts in Rio at the age of 23. In 1996, he was elected Alderman and went on to be elected to the Federal Chamber of Deputies in 1998. In 2000, he was appointed Rio’s Municipal Environmental Secretary where he refined his knowledge of environmental issues.


In 2007, following his second consecutive mandate as a representative in Congress, Paes was named Secretary of State for Tourism, Sport and Leisure and helped in the organization of the Pan American Games that were held in Rio. In October 2008, Mayor Paes was elected Mayor of Rio de Janeiro for a four-year term, beginning on January 1st 2009. On October 7th 2012, he was re-elected on the first round for a second term.

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough MP, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Canada


Carla has been President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Chair of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. Carla was on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, and was Vice-Chair of the Delta Gymnastics Society. As a visually impaired athlete, Carla won three Paralympic and four World Championship medals.


Carla has practised human rights law, chaired the Minister's Council on Employment and Accessibility in British Columbia, and was an adjudicator with the Workers' Compensation Appeals Tribunal.


A successful lawyer, dedicated volunteer, and world class swimmer, Carla's commitment to addressing inequality and championing diversity has earned her the title of one of Canada's Most Influential Women in Sport six times and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Gina Badenoch, Founder at OQS/Capaxia and Social Entrepreneur and Talent Manager Advisor


Gina is a social entrepreneur focusing on leadership; human potential; and organisational, cultural and behavioural change. Her work has been globally recognised by the World Economic forum and she has been awarded with a British Empire Medal (BEM). She has been a member of the Young Global Leader Advisory Board since 2012.


By setting up Capaxia, Gina and her team are helping companies such as Unilever and Philip Morris to rethink their recruitment processes by humanising it and creating awareness of the impact of unconscious bias.


Gina has received qualifications from prestigious universities including Oxford Said Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, Yale university and INSEAD. She has also worked closely with the IPC on their diversity strategy.

Eiichirou Kodama, Senior Director General Coordination Division, Bureau of Tokyo 2020 Games Preparation


Kodama entered the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in April 1988. In April 2014 he was appointed Senior Director for the Tokyo 2020 Games Planning. In April 2015 his position became Senior Director for Games Operations.


Kodama is now the Senior Director General Coordination Division, for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Preparation. He is currently responsible for overseeing comprehensive coordination works among various stakeholders and measures conducted to monitor the progress for the delivery of Tokyo 2020 Games.

Mme Zhang Haidi, Executive President, Beijing 2022; Chairwoman, China Disabled Persons’ Federation; President, NPC China


Mme Zhang has been the Chairwoman of the CDPF since November 2008. She is the President of China National Paralympic Committee, as well as the Executive President of Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.


As a famous writer in China, and for her great dedication and influence to the disabled cause, she was elected as both the 9th and the 10th CPPCC (Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference) National Committee member, and the 11th and the 12th CPPCC Standing Committee member. In October 2014, she was elected as the President of Rehabilitation International. Mme Zhang graduated university with a Master’s Degree in Philosophy.

Stephen Frost, Principal, Frost Included; Former Head of Diversity & Inclusion, London 2012 Games


Steve has served as Head of Diversity and Inclusion for KPMG and continues as a strategic advisor to the firm and its clients. Steve was also Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and established the Stonewall workplace programmes. He teaches at Harvard Business School and Sciences Po and is an advisor to the British government, KPMG, the IPC and several other organisations.


He is a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He is author of The Inclusion Imperative (Kogan Page, 2014) and Inclusive Talent Management (Kogan Page, July 2016).

Ki-hong Kim, Vice Secretary General for Games Planning & Coordination, POCOG


Kim takes on the role of Vice Secretary General for the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Games (POCOG) having previously held positions of Director General for copyright policy, sports and media policy at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism since 2008.


Kim received a presidential citation from the Government of Korea in 1999 after completing his master’s degree in Mass Communication in the same year. In 2012, Kim was awarded an Order of Service Merit – Red Stripes.

Andrew Parsons, Vice President, International Paralympic Committee and President, Brazil NPC


Andrew Parsons has been President of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee since 2009. He has implemented a number of innovative programmes such as the School Paralympic Games, Brazilian Paralympic Academy, Paralympic School Club, as well as partnerships with state and local governments that have made possible the creation of São Paulo Team and Rio Team. Brazil had their best results in a Paralympic Games in London 2012, with the seventh place; and also in the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, with first place. This series of actions was related to an efficient management focused on results, and became possible with the implementation of the Disabled Athlete Pathway.


Andrew is Vice President of the IPC; a member of the Executive Council and President of Paralympic Integration Committee of the Organizing Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games (since 2014); a member of the Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020 in the IOC; and a member of the Olympic TV Channel Commission of the IOC.

Shanthi Flynn as Chief Human Resources Officer, Adecco Group


Shanthi joined the Adecco Group as Chief Human Resources Officer in March 2016. She is also Chair of the HR Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.


After having held positions of increasing responsibility at Ford and Boots, Shanthi became Director of HR for Boots International in 2000. In 2003, she joined AS Watson Group in Hong Kong and in 2005 she was promoted to Group International HR Director. Shanthi then founded her own consulting firm, S Flynn Consulting, in 2006. She became Senior Vice President Human Resources of Walmart Asia, leading the HR team for Walmart's retail businesses, which employ close to 150,000 people in more than 800 stores in the region.

Luis Herazo, Agitos Foundation Athlete


In 2013, the Colombian NPC and the Agitos Foundation implemented a project that aimed to identify talented track and field athletes in the most vulnerable areas of Colombia. Luis has spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that affects the lower extremitiesof the body. Despite his little previous sporting experience, Luis was the best athlete of the project, achieving his first medal in an international competition, bronze in the javelin event. The following year, in 2015, he received the gold medal in the same competition, and a bronze medal in the Caixa Loterias Open in São Paulo. Luis went on to become the first Para national champion in his region, and javelin national record holder. He is changing perspectives of disability in his community and country.


Luis’ achievements go beyond the tracks; he is a hospitality management graduate and accounting assistant. He promotes Para sports and rights for people with impairments among his peers in Monteria, Colombia.

Todd Nicholson, Former Athlete; Chairman, IPC Athletes’ Council; and Governing Board Member, IPC


Todd Nicholson’s significant accomplishments have been both on and off the fields of play. As an elite athlete and for over a quarter of a century, Todd represented Canada on the international stage as a member of Canada’s National Paralympic Sledge Hockey Team and a number of other summer sports throughout his career. During his years on the national sledge hockey team, Todd competed in five Winter Paralympic Games and brought home bronze, silver and gold medals.


As a strong motivator and leader, Todd is currently the chairperson for all Paralympic Athletes, for every nation and for every sport. Todd is a valued and respected employee of the CBSA which now benefits from his experiences. Todd was awarded in 2015 the Presidential Citation for Meritorious Service, an award that is nominated by the President only.

Dr Catherine Holloway, Researcher, UCL


Dr Catherine Holloway is a senior lecturer in computer science (UCLIC) and director of the Biomedical Instrumentation Group at UCL’s PAMELA facility (BIG@PAMELA). Catherine is passionate about design for disability and how disability inspired design can be a catalyst to change perspectives.


Catherine’s previous research has spanned the worlds of transport, industrial design and biomedical engineering. Her current research focuses on the best use of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to help develop more enabling technologies. Catherine is also the CEO of Movement Metrics, a social enterprise which looks to use data collected from sensors embedded in assistive technologies to better design products and services for disabled people.

Dan Brooke, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Channel 4


Dan heads up Marketing, Press and Publicity, 4Creative and Corporate Relations across the Channel 4 group. He joined from documentary producer Rare Day, where he was Managing Director. Previously, he was Managing Director of Discovery Networks UK, leading Discovery’s portfolio of channels through a period of change and innovation with the launches of seven new channels and several digital media services.


Dan was responsible for the development and award-winning launches of E4, Film4 and More4 and, in 2001, was elected Young Marketer of the Year by the Marketing Society for his role in the birth of E4. Under Brooke’s direction, Channel 4’s award-winning 4Creative and Marketing teams were awarded Campaign’s 2015 Advertiser of the Year. C4 was also voted “Diversity Brand of the Year 2015” by Marketing Week.


He is on the Boards of Channel 4, Britdoc, the Camden Arts Centre and the Mass Extinction Monitoring Observatory.

Bruno Ramos, Regional Director, ITU Americas Regional Office


Bruno Ramos holds Master's degrees in Telecommunication Regulation and Electronic Engineering. In 2012, Mr. Ramos started a PhD programme in Law and International Policies at the Universidade de Brasilia. Mr. Ramos’ career has been focused on the telecommunications sector, working for TELESP and TELEBRÁS in Brazil for 15 years.


Since 2013, Mr. Ramos has worked for ITU as Director of the Americas Regional Office. He is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with high level representatives of ITU Member States, the ICT sector, and regional and international organizations of the Americas for the adoption of initiatives and projects relating to telecommunications development.

Magnus Berglund, Accessibility Director, Scandic Hotels


Magnus has been the Accessibility Director at Scandic Hotels since 2003. Scandic Hotels is the largest hotel operator in the Nordic region with a network of 230 hotels across seven countries. Magnus Berglund has created a unique programme for Scandic Hotels that has put them in the world leading position in the tourism sector for accessibility for guests with special needs. Scandic has received numerous awards for its pioneering accessibility work, most recently at the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015 for “Best accommodation for disability access”.


Magnus is known worldwide as an ambassador for full accessibility and his activities are recognised internationally by influential media such as CNN. He was invited to be the key note speaker at the UN Accessibility Conference in Geneva and the European Accessible Tourism conference.

Srin Madipalli, CEO, Accomable


Srin is the CEO and co-founder of Accomable, a technology platform to help the elderly and the disabled find accessible travel and accommodation solutions. As a self-taught coder, Srin also serves as Accomable’s lead developer.


Srin is formerly a corporate lawyer who has degrees from Kings College London and the University of Oxford.

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