POSTED: Thursday February 2nd 2012

The first International Herald Tribune Sports Business Summit to be held in Istanbul, the European Capital of Sport 2012

Bringing together its renowned journalists and leading industry figures, the International Herald Tribune (IHT) announces an exclusive forum for sports leaders and investors. A platform for discussing critical developments in the global sports industry, the IHT Sports Business Summit will take place in Istanbul on 25 and 26 April 2012.

Never has the global sports industry been so competitive, so it is essential for senior sports business leaders to stay informed about the latest opportunities for growth and to make the most of insight from their peers.

The impressive speaker lineup at the IHT Sports Business Summit will provide important analysis on commercial opportunities in sport, and look at vital topics from the impact of new media technologies to how globalization and the rise of the BRIC nations is reshaping the sports business landscape.

Istanbul’s commitment to investing in sports also fits perfectly with the agenda of the summit. The city’s planned infrastructure investment over the next few years, including plans for ten major sports stadia, and a bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics makes clear its ambitions to host the world’s most significant sporting events. 

Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, publisher of the IHT, said: “We are excited to be holding this conference in the European Capital of Sport 2012. Istanbul is a dynamic, fascinating city and the ideal setting for our international event, particularly accessible to our loyal audience in Europe and Asia.”

The IHT Sports Business Summit is unique in that, as well as traditional conferences sessions, IHT sports journalists will host conversations with formidable sports leaders such as the Chairman of Chelsea FC, Bruce Buck and Jin-Sun Kim who is heading up the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The speaker lineup includes:
Anders-Sundt Jensen, Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Cars
Bruce Buck, Chairman, Chelsea F.C.
Christopher Clarey, Chief Sports Correspondent, International Herald Tribune
Jin-Sun Kim, President and CEO, The Pyeong Chang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
Dmitry Chernyshenko, President, Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee
Ronald Noble, Secretary General, INTERPOL
Richard Worth, Chairman and CEO, America’s Cup Event Authority
Ser Miang Ng, Vice President, International Olympic Committee
Richard Ayers, Digital Playmaker, Manchester City F.C.
Edwin Moses, Chairman, Laureus World Sports Academy
Rob Hughes, Sports Writer, International Herald Tribune
Haroon Lorgat, Chief Executive, International Cricket Council
Jim Small, Vice President Asia, Major League Baseball
Joel F. Finlay, Global Lead - Major Sport Events; Global Infrastructure Projects Group, KPMG
Kyi Hla Han, Executive Chairman, Asian Tour
Brad Spurgeon, Sports Writer, International Herald Tribune
Marcus John, Global Head of Sports, MediaCom
Poul Hansen, Head, United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace
Killick Datta, Chief Executive Officer and President, International Brand Partners
Giles Morgan, Group Head of Sponsorship, HSBC
Victor Cui, CEO and Owner, ONE Fighting Championship
Ram Reddy, Owner, Deccan Chargers

The summit is in collaboration with Sport Business and in association with Sport 360.

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Notes to editors

The IHT Sports Business Summit brings together some of the most senior figures in the sports industry in conversation with the IHT’s renowned sports journalists for high-level learning, debate and discussion, as well as exclusive networking opportunities with Government ministers, sports federation leaders, investors in infrastructure and global sponsors.

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