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ANNOUNCEMENT: ICC and FIFA Confirmed For iSportconnect Dubai Summit

October 9, 2019

iSportconnect are thrilled to reveal that Manu Sawhney, CEO of the International Cricket Council, and Christian Volk, Director of eFootball and Gaming for FIFA are the latest speakers to be confirmed for the iSportconnect Dubai Summit on the 5th of December.

Manu and Christian join Brett Gosper, CEO of World Rugby, and Alexander Brown, Commissioner of Major League Lacrosse as confirmed speakers for the event in the UAE later this year.

With Manu’s addition we are ecstatic to have two chief executives on board who have helped to oversee two of the biggest sporting events of the year, the ICC Cricket World Cup in the UK and the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Christian is another great inclusion as a speaker with his specialised insight from a role at one of the biggest sports organisations in the world. He also recently appeared at the iSportconnect Lausanne Summit in September.

Manu Sawhney

Manu Sawhney became the fifth Chief Executive of the ICC on the 1st of April 2019, succeeding David Richardson who had held the role since June 2012. He leads the ICC, delivering the global growth strategy for the game in partnership with members and driving the future commercial direction of the sport.

Mr Sawhney is the former CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and Managing Director of ESPN Star Sports, with 22 years of commercial experience in both sport and broadcasting in senior leadership roles.

He was with ESPN Star Sports for seventeen years and during his tenure as Managing Director was responsible for scaling up the business and doubling annual revenues, whilst delivering an innovative content and digital growth strategy and building strong partnerships with stakeholders across 24 countries in Asia. Additionally, he led the global broadcast partnership deal with the ICC that ran from 2007-2015.

He is also a non-executive director and member of the Audit Committee of Manchester United Ltd. He is married to Rachna and has a son, Arjun and a daughter, Gaurika.

Christian Volk

Christian Volk has been working at FIFA for seven years, carrying out a variety of roles throughout this period. Prior to becoming Director of eFootball and Gaming he held roles of Strategic Projects Manager, Head of/Group Leader Strategic Development and Head of Digital Marketing. Christian previously spent three years working for the German Football Association, where his position was Adviser, International Relations.

More Speakers to be announced in due course.

With a maximum of 150 invite-only delegates, iSportconnect provides a media/agency free opportunity to network with influential senior-level sports business executives. We are famous for our intimate and relaxed environment, encouraging ideas exchange and helping to introduce you to the right new connections.

To register your interest in attending the 2019 iSportconnect Dubai Summit, please contact Joe Condon at

Invitation Policy: The Dubai Summit is a complimentary event for iSportconnect members who are from governing bodies, sports teams, brands and broadcasters. There is no fee to become an iSportconnect member. No sports agencies, professional service providers & suppliers are allowed.

For limited partnership opportunities, please contact Brandon Garcia at

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