Who is who in our line-up and why you shouldn’t miss them

Who is who in our line-up and why you shouldn’t miss them

Who is who in our line-up and why you shouldn’t miss them 2667 1667 World Football Summit


EMILIO GARCÍA SILVERO

Who is he?
Chief Legal Officer – FIFA

Why you shouldn’t miss him
Despite his young age, the Spaniard is one of the most prestigious lawyers in the football industry. Before joining FIFA, he was Head of Disciplinary and Integrity for UEFA, where he played a crucial role increasing the efficiency and transparency of the organization’s disciplinary proceedings and fighting against match-fixing. Lately, he has been focused on implementing deep regulatory changes to help FIFA meet its urgent transparency needs and regain credibility. Also tackling piracy and developing a new regulation for football agents in order to stem the flow of money flooding out of the game while protecting the interest of both players and clubs.

Expect quotes like
“Match-fixing is a disease that threatens football’s soul, and the game must be safeguarded from those who seek to profit from it by criminal means”


Assia Grazioli-Venier

Who is she?
Co-Founder, Muse Capital & Board of Directors, Juventus FC

Why you shouldn’t miss her
The first female and youngest person ever to be appointed member of to the board of directors of Seria A’s Juventus, is a good example of a new generation of executives that are storming into football from the Technology and Entertainment industries and transforming the business with disruptive approaches. Before launching Muse Capital, a Series A consumer focused fund that operates as a bridge between Silicon Valley, the brand world and entertainment industry, she was a consultant for leading companies like Northzone, Lamse or Spotify. Assia is also an angel investor, a multi-marathon finisher and an incredibly inspirational speaker.

Expect quotes like
“An idea is nothing without a star capable, visionary founder at the helm, along with a strong, vital team”.


DAVID HOPKINSON

Who is he?
Global Head of Partnerships – Real Madrid

Why you shouldn’t miss him
David Hopkinson is the first Canadian to ever sign for Real Madrid and probably one of the few employees to be hired despite having no experience at all in European football. You need to be very good at whatever you do to achieve such a goal and that is definitely the case. When it comes to attracting sponsors in sports (hockey, basketball, American football— you name it) there are few of his kind. The 800-million 20 year deal he signed in 2017 with the Bank of Nova Scotia as Chief Commercial Officer at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment to rename the rink formerly known as the Air Canada Centre remains one of the biggest in the history of North American sport.

Expect quotes like
“We could always make sports less expensive for fans, but doing so would compromise our ability to win. And we could always make sports more expensive and drive this thing to even higher revenue heights, but we’d risk alienating our fans”


RAHUL KADAVAKOLU

Who is he?
Executive Director, Global Branding & Marketing, Rakuten

Why you shouldn’t miss him
The J-League, the NBA, the new Davis Cup, Vissel Kobe, Golden Eagles, FC Barcelona, Golden State Warriors… even those who know nothing about Rakuten’s business activities are aware that it’s synonymous with sports all over the world. That’s the goal of its unique strategy that’s led to multi-million investments in markets in which the company still has very little presence. How do they make these deals profitable? Come to WFS 2019 and learn from the man himself.

Expect quotes like
Sport unites the world and brings people together because it cuts across language, culture and regional barriers”


Ebru Koksal

Who is she?
Senior Advisor for J Stern & Co

Why you shouldn’t miss her
First female General Manager and the third female appointed as Executive Board Member for Galatasaray, first female General Secretary of the Turkish Football Federation and second women to reach the position in any world Federation, first female to be appointed to the Executive Board Member of the European Club Association… and the list goes on and on. Ebru is an absolute reference for any female aiming to succeed in the football industry.

Expect quotes like
“I work in an industry where the ceiling is not glass, its concrete, the express elevator doesn’t even have a button and the staircase is a jungle”


YON DE LUISA

Who is he?
President – Federación Mexicana de Fútbol

Why you shouldn’t miss him
The President of the Mexican Football Federation and Vice-president of Concacaf has a solid background in the football industry, having played important roles in Televisa Group or America among other organizations. Currently he is one of the main leaders of the 2026 World Cup Organizing Committee, a pioneering project that will take the World Cup to three different countries (Mexico, USA and Canada) for the first time in the history of football. A major challenge taking in account that in 2026 the competition will extend from 32 to 48 teams. How are the three hosts coordinating efforts to meet the tremendous expectations? That will definitely be on the table at WFS 2019.

Expect quotes like
“Mexico, Canada and USA can deliver the best posible World Cup”


PETER MOORE

Who is he?
CEO of Liverpool FC

Why you shouldn’t miss him
He’s only been in the industry for two years but has already proven to be one of the most visionary executives in football. Under his spell, Liverpool has not only reached two consecutive UCL finals but is also leading the path in terms of modernization and the use of technology tools to increase fandom and fan engagement worldwide. His career in the gaming industry —developing Sega’s Dreamcast and Microsoft’s X-Box, among other products— gives him the knowledge every major stakeholder in football would desire in order to face the challenges of the new era.

Expect quotes like
“90 minutes is a long time for a millennial male to sit down on a couch, We need to package content in bites of 60 to 90 seconds to keep their engagement”.


JAVIER TEBAS

Who is he?
President – LaLiga

Why you shouldn’t miss him
Since he took over the Presidency, in 2013, Spain’s LaLiga has boosted its revenue driven by a bold internationalization strategy that produced exponential growth in markets like North America or Asia, where LaLiga is gradually closing the gap on the Premier League. He has also implemented a long-awaited centralized model for the sale and distribution of broadcasting rights that is increasing revenues while decreasing disparity among the clubs. Tebas is also widely known for his straight-talking, specially when it comes to defending his firm position against the Super League plans backed by UEFA and ECA.

Expect quotes like
“The Super League that UEFA and ECA are planning would would be catastrophe and could mean the death of national leagues”


LUIS VICENTE

Who is he?
Chief Digital Transformation and Innovation Office -FIFA

Why you shouldn’t miss him
If football is globally growing and expanding like never before it is in great deal thanks to visionaries like Luis Vicente, one of the first people in the industry to acknowledge the vital importance of fan engaging and the need to advance towards delivering as much personalized content as posible. Under his leadership, FIFA has dramatically increased its presence worldwide thanks to a highly innovative strategy in the use of technology tools and social media platforms, specially in key markets like Asia. It has also taken important action in the development of eSports with the creation of FIFA Global Global Series Rankings or the Global eNations Cup.

Expect quotes like
“As an industry, football is only working at 25% of its potential”


JULIO SENN

Who is he?
Founder Partner – Senn, Ferrero, Asociados

Why you shouldn’t miss him
Julio is one of the most prestigious economists in the sports industry. He was responsable for the extensive reorganization and modernization that Real Madrid undertook in 1999, when he became the youngest General Manager in the history of the club. He moved to Garrigues, where he lead the Sports & Entertainment department before founding Senn, Ferrero Sports and Entertainment, Spain’s most prestigious legal boutique and a globally renown firm that provides tax and financial counseling to top players, clubs and organizations worldwide. He’s a close advisor to Sergio Ramos or Ronaldo Nazario, among others.

Expect quotes like
“Spain’s tax law can have a negative impact in LaLiga’s capacity to compete in the player transfer market”