IHT announces exclusive forum

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

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 globalisation and the rise of the BRIC nations is reshaping the sports business landscape. Istanbuls commitment to investing in sports also fits perfectly with the agenda of the summit. The citys 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 worlds 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 CarsBruce Buck, Chairman, Chelsea F. C. Christopher Clarey, Chief Sports Correspondent, International Herald TribuneJin–Sun Kim, President and CEO, The Pyeong Chang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter GamesDmitry Chernyshenko, President, Sochi 2014 Organising CommitteeRonald Noble, Secretary General, INTERPOLRichard Worth, Chairman and CEO, Americas Cup Event AuthoritySer Miang Ng, Vice President, International Olympic CommitteeRichard Ayers, Digital Playmaker, Manchester City F. C. Edwin Moses, Chairman, Laureus World Sports AcademyRob Hughes, Sports Writer, International Herald TribuneHaroon Lorgat, Chief Executive, International Cricket CouncilJim Small, Vice President Asia, Major League BaseballJoel F. Finlay, Global Lead – Major Sport Events; Global Infrastructure Projects Group, KPMGKyi Hla Han, Executive Chairman, Asian TourBrad Spurgeon, Sports Writer, International Herald TribuneMarcus John, Global Head of Sports, MediaComPoul Hansen, Head, United Nations Office on Sport for Development and PeaceKillick Datta, Chief Executive Officer and President, International Brand PartnersGiles Morgan, Group Head of Sponsorship, HSBCVictor Cui, CEO and Owner, ONE Fighting ChampionshipRam Reddy, Owner, Deccan ChargersThe summit is in collaboration with Sport Business and in association with Sport 360. The IHT Sports Business Summit brings together some of the most senior figures in the sports industry in conversation with the IHTs 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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