Turkish Government speakers added to the line-up at the IHT Sports Business Summit

By Community | March 20, 2012

London, capsule 13 March, medical 2012: Bringing together its renowned journalists and leading industry figures, physician the International Herald Tribune Sports Business Summit is an exclusive forum for sports leaders and investors to discuss critical developments in the global sports industry.  The conference, which takes place in Istanbul on 25 and 26 April 2012, has just added two high profile members of the Turkish Government to the speaker line-up. 

Mr. Egemen Ba?is, Turkey’s Minister for EU Affairs, and Mr Suat Kiliç, Turkey’s Minister for Youth & Sports, will both be providing opening keynote welcomes to the conference.  Mr Ba?is will be discussing the role of sports in international relations and Mr. Kiliç will be discussing Turkey’s current investment in sports, as well as explaining Turkey’s objectives in bringing more international sporting events to the country.

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.

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.