FISU Conference Keynote Speakers

Alan_abrahamson-160x160 Alan ABRAHAMSON USA
The role of Media in University and Olympic sport

Sportswriter, best-selling author and television analyst. He launched his own website, 3 Wire Sports (, in 2010 dedicated to the Olympic movement. From 2006 until 2010 he was a columnist at NBC's online destinations:, and

With Alan as lead columnist at the 2008 Beijing Games, won the Sports Emmy for “outstanding new approaches [in] sports event coverage.”

After the 2008 Games, Alan co-wrote Michael Phelps' "No Limits: The Will to Succeed," and after the 2010 Olympics he co-wrote Apolo Ohno's "Zero Regrets: Be Greater than Yesterday." Both books are New York Times best-sellers.

Alan taught journalism and new media reporting as part of the IOC's "Young Reporters" initiative at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore." The London Games marked his seventh Olympics, Summer and Winter; he serves on the International Olympic Committee's press commission.

Marat_bariev-160x160 Marat BARIEV Russian Federation
Legacy of the Universiades and the Olympic Games as an opportunity for investments and development

PhD in Political Science, first Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation State Duma Committee on Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Affairs, Secretary-General of the Russian Olympic Committee, Vice-President of the Russian Students Sport Union, vice-president of the All-Russia Athletic Federation, member of the supervisory board of Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, chairman of the “Olympic Council of the Republic of Tatarstan”. Author of the academic works in the field of sports and youth politics.

Ingrid-van-gelder-160x160Ingrid van GELDER Netherlands
Center of Elite Sports And Education (CTO’s) in the Netherlands

Staff member of the NOC*NSF since 2005. She was Head of the coach education department of the Dutch Volleyball Federation. Working as Director of the Dutch Canoeing Federation Ingrid was responsible for a successful merger with the Dutch Sailing Federation.

Since 2009 is within the Elite Sports Department of NOC*NSF as a Senior Project Manager responsible for the strategy and implementation of the Dutch “Masterplan Talent Development”, manages the Elite Sports Infrastructure (including Education), from a regional to a national level.

Clod_gallien-160x160Claude-Louis GALLIEN France
University Sport: the Journey is the reward >Заслуженный профессор Университета Париж Декарт, член совета национального университета  (1988-1992, 1999-2003), почетный профессор университета  Сунь Ятсена  Чжуншань-Кантон (Китай).

Emeritus Professor of the University Paris Descartes, Member of the National University Council (1988-1992, 1999-2003), honorary Professor, Sun Yat Sen University of Guangzhou-Canton (China). President of the International Federation of University Sport (FISU) since 2011.

Author of more than a hundred scientific articles, teaching books and scientific variations from 1966 to 2011 as well as articles and books about sports, physical education, ethics and fair play from 1975 to 2009. Finalist hammer throwing Tokyo Summer Universiade (1967).

• Knight in the Order of Légion d’Honneur (2005)
• Knight in the National Order of Merit (1987)
• Knight of the Academic Palms (1993)
• Silver Medal for Youth & Sports (1976)

Ilshat_gafurov-160x160 Ilshat GAFUROV Russian Federation
Historical traditions and the development of university sport at Kazan University at the current stage

Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Doctor of Economics, professor, Honoured Economist of the Republic of Tatarstan, Deputy of the State Council of the Republic of Tatarstan. Chairman of Rectors’ Council of the Republic of Tatarstan, member of Russian Rectors’ Union. Member of Kazan Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences Presidium, Chairman of Expert Council of Tatarstan’s historical and cultural monuments’ revival, laureate of the Russian Federation government award in the field of culture.

Since April 2010 - Rector of Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University. Author of more than 80 papers in the field of Physics and Economy, research advisor of Management and Territorial Development Institute and Higher School of Municipal and State Management in KFU.

Jean-durry-160x160Jean DURRY France
Pierre de Coubertin, the roots of University Sport and Olympism

Writer, winner of Grand-Prix in the field of sports literature in 1992 for "The Big Book of Sports-Le Grand Livre du Sport». Historian in the field of sports and the Olympic Movement, founder of the National Museum of Sports (France) which he ran from 1963 to 2001 (More than 200 exhibitions in France and abroad).

Lecturer of international level as well as an honorary member of the International Olympic Academy, Member of the Commission for Culture and Olympic Education of the International Olympic Committee, Vice-president of the International Committee of the French Committee named after Pierre de Coubertin.

Secretary-General of the International Fair-Play Committee and the Sports Academy (France). Author of a great number of works (translated into different languages).

Piter-lynen-160x160 Peter LYNEN Germany
Leading a healthy lifestyle: how can University and Olympic sport contribute??

1991 until today scientific university sport manager RWTH Aachen University Sport Department.

Since 2001 responsible for IDEA League sport activities.2001 –

2009 President of European Network of Academic Sports Services (ENAS). Organization of 10 European conferences about relevant current topics of University Sport 1999-2009.

2009 – 2011 Project coordinator of National health project in University Sports as a part of a national German health ministry project.

Nico-shperle-160x160Nico SPERLE Germany

Vice-Chair of the FISU Education Committee, Chairman of the German University Sport Federation since 2007, Director of Sports Department at the RWTH Aachen University, Director of Sport Department at the RWTH Aachen University, Director of Sport Department at Aachen University of Technology since 1900 Germany.

Etsuko_ogasavara-160x160 Etsuko OGASAWARA Japan
Women in University and Olympic sport

Founder and Executive Director of the JWS (Japanese Association for Women in Sport). She holds a Ph.D. in Sport Management from the Ohio State University. She is a professor and a chair of department of sport management at Juntendo University in Japan. She is author of many research papers on swimming, job satisfaction in coaching, and women and sport issues.

At the 1986 Seoul Asian Games and the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, she joined the Japanese national swimming team as a coaching staff.

Dr. Ogasawara has been a leader of Female Athletes Strategic Support Project that has been sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in Japan since 2011.

Natalia_parshikova-160x160Natalia PARSHIKOVA Russian Federation
University and Olympic Sport: two models – one goal?

Professor, Doctor of Pedagogу, State Secretary - Deputy Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation, state Counselor of the Russian Federation. Author of more than 100 scientific articles published in Russia and abroad.

Yannis_pitsiladis-160x160 Yannis PITSILADIS United Kingdom
How can University and Olympic Sport contribute to a healthy lifestyle?

Reader in Exercise Physiology at the Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences in the College of Medicine, Veterinary & Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow and founding member of the “International Centre for East African Running Science” (ICEARS). He is a member of the Scientific Commission of the International Sports Medicine Federation (FIMS) and a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) List Expert Group; the WADA Group in charge of establishing the Prohibited List annually. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He has published over 100 papers, edited a few books and he has featured in many research documentaries

Elena_rudaya-160x160 Elena RUDAYA Russian Federation
Business-education in Russian Sport

Docent of management and marketing department of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), expert of the Teaching and Learning Council on advertising. Member of the International University Sports Federation Education Committee (FISU, EduC).

Author of the textbook «Brand management basics» as well as a number of other teaching guides and articles on advertising and branding.

Since 2009 – head of MBA programme “International business and business administration in sports industry” along with professional retraining courses on “Management in sports and tourism”, business schools and international competences of MGIMO.

Vladimir_tyaimanov-160x160 Vladimir TAYMAZOV Russian Federation
Traditional and innovative technologies in University and Olympic sport

Rector of the National State University of Physical Education, Sports and Health named after P. F. Lesgaft based in Saint-Petersburg, Doctor of Pedagogics, Professor, an expert in the field of physical culture and sports, Honored Coach of the Russian Federation, Honored Worker of Higher Education of the Russian Federation, member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Chairman of the Educational and Methodological Association of Russian universities for education in the field of physical education, a member of the board of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Member of the Board of the Ministry of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation, Member of the Board Committee for Physical Culture and Sports based in Saint-Petersburg and member of the Presidium of the Council of University Rectors of Saint-Petersburg, first Vice-president of the Russian Student Sport Union.

V. Taymazov has authored over 300 scientific works (including monographs, textbooks, books and manuals).

Yang_hua_160x160Yang HUA P.R. China
Role of sports in the educational system: the extrinsic value and advantage

President of Beijing Sport University (BSU) since 2002, grantee of the State Council Special Allowance.

Author of scientific works and researches in field of Sport Sociology and Humanities, Sport Training Science and Development Strategy for Sport.

Member of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC); Member of Committee for Education, Science, Culture, Health and Sport CPPCC; Member of the Standing Committee, All-China Sports Federation (ACSF); Member of Chinese Olympic Committee.

Vice-chairman, China Sport Science Society (CSSS).

Jean-lui-shappele-160x160Jean-Loup CHAPPELET Switzerland
Traditional and innovative technologies in University and Olympic sport

Full professor of public management at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) associated to the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. In the 1980s, he worked for five years as head of the Information Technology department within the International Olympic Committee administration.

Jean-Loup Chappelet specialises in information management, as well as on the management of non profit sport organizations.

Jean-Loup Chappelet was the volunteer technical director of the candidatures of the city of Sion, Switzerland, for the 2002 and 2006 Winter Games. He launched in 1995 the first sport management course in Switzerland. He is a board member of the International Academy of Sport Science and Technology (AISTS) and the Foundation for Sport, Science and Society (FS3).