Top Speakers Confirmed For Sports Connects In China

October 26, 2018

Leading international brands and rights owners will feature on the summit programme of Sports Connects, the China Sports Forum, from November 26-28, 2018 at the Mission Hills resort in Shenzhen.

The two-day conference, in English and Mandarin, will bring together more than 300 senior industry executives from the global and Chinese sports industry.

Sports Connects is presented by social media platform Weibo Sports, digital marketing agency Mailman and rights owner ONE Championship and is produced by event marketing agency Branded, to be held in Mission Hills.

Currently confirmed to speak at Sports Connects 2018 are:

  • Andrew Collins, CEO, Mailman Group
  • Arjun Chowdri, Senior Director, Global and Corporate Strategy, PGA of America
  • Caroline Darcy, Group Head, Advertising, Social Media and Sponsorship APAC, UBS
  • Catherine Gibbs, Head of Sponsorship, ​AIA Group
  • Chris Robb, Founder & CEO, ​Mass Participation Asia
  • Danielle Jin, Vice President, Head of Marketing of Greater China, Visa
  • David Yang, CEO, Wanda Sports China
  • Derek Chang, CEO, NBA China
  • Edmund Chu, Founder and Executive Director/Managing Director, Kosmos/SECA
  • Eric Geng Hui, Senior Director Strategic Business Development, ​China Sports Media
  • Helen Soulsby, Managing Partner, APAC, Sports Recruitment International
  • Ian McGibbon, Global Marketing Lead, Brand Partnerships & Sponsorships, Bose Corporation
  • Jason Fung, Global eSports Director, Alisports,​​ ​Alibaba Group
  • Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive, The R&A
  • Michael Patent, CEO, Culture Group
  • Richard Young, Managing Director, NFL China
  • Robbie McRobbie, CEO, Hong Kong Rugby Union
  • Scott Dinsdale, Managing Director, ​FutureNext Pty Ltd
  • Steve Tew, CEO, New Zealand Rugby
  • Tenniel Chu, Vice Chairman, Mission Hills Group
  • Tianyi Zhou, Operations Director, Weibo Sports
  • Victor Cui, CEO International, ONE Championship

Branded CEO Jasper Donat said: “China has addressed its need to modernise in its continuing journey to commercialise a sustainable sports infrastructure.  There is a discernible difference in today’s China sports industry and it is largely due to the contribution, expertise and calibre of the speakers we feature at Sports Connects.”

“​To build competition IP, we are looking to build our international presence, which is one of the programme tenets at Sports Connects,” said Jason Fung of Alibaba Group.

Tianyi Zhou of Weibo Sports added: “With the development of the internet and new technologies, how Chinese audiences consume information has completely changed. More and more sports fans are checking news on the Weibo platform during their fragmented time, with short form videos around events and tournaments, to engage with sports in every way. China’s sports industry is undergoing earth-shattering change.”

This is an invitation-only event. To register your interest, please contact Ami Vora at