The transfer window may have closed across Europe this week, but that hasn’t stopped World Football Summit from dipping into the market to make five big name signings for the return of WFS Live from November 23-27.
Chip Bowers (Elevate Sport Ventures), Paul Bragiel (Bragiel Brothers), Professor Simon Chadwick (EM Lyon Business School), Jordan Gardner (FC Helsingør) and Mary Harvey (Sports Human Rights) become the first confirmed speakers for the second edition of our digital event that kicked-off in July.
The quintet will lead a series of announcements over the coming weeks, which will unveil both our full lineup of speakers and event programme.
They each bring with them a wealth of experience from across the football industry that we are excited to see shared with the WFS community across the WFS Live platform next month.
🚨 NEW SIGNINGS 🚨
🤝 Welcome to the #WFSLive team…
— World Football Summit (@WFSummit) October 8, 2020
Chip Bowers (Elevate Sport Ventures):
- Bowers is president of Elevate Sport Ventures, a best-in-class sports and entertainment consulting firm, providing proven, innovative solutions to organisations across the global sports and entertainment landscape. He has also worked in senior roles at the likes of Golden State Warriors, Miami Marlins and Orlando Magic.
Paul Bragiel (Bragiel Brothers):
- Bragiel is a managing partner at Bragiel Brothers, an early stage venture fund founded by him and brother Dan in San Francisco. The venture capital and private equity company lists the likes of Shipbob, Varjo, Drip Capital, Rare Bits, Siren Care and Ride Report as notable companies they have worked with.
Professor Simon Chadwick (Emlyon Business School):
- Professor Chadwick is director of Eurasian sport and professor of the Eurasian sport industry at Emlyon Business School in France. He is an eminent figure in sports industry academics, featuring in some of the biggest publications in the world, and working with organisations such as FC Barcelona, UEFA, and Adidas.
Jordan Gardner (FC Helsingør):
- Gardner is chairman, managing director, and co-owner of Danish club FC Helsingør. His investment portfolio also includes a minority stake in Swansea City, co-ownership of Dundalk FC, and investment into a group bidding on an A-League side in Australia. He was also previously vice president at digital media company JUGOtv.
Mary Harvey (Centre for Sport and Human Rights):
- Harvey is CEO of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights, which aims to unify governments, the entire sports industry and national human rights institutions. She is also vice-chair on the board of directors for the Green Sports Alliance and was a special advisor for human rights and sustainability on the United 2026 bid that saw Canada, Mexico and the United States clinch FIFA World Cup hosting rights.
In our speaker releases, we will also celebrate some of our most iconic past speakers, with this first round reveal also paying homage to the likes of FIFA president Gianni Infantino, Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba and Juventus board member Assia Grazioli-Venier.
Also among our WFS Icons are Andrea Agnelli (Juventus), Emilio Butragueño (Real Madrid), Rahul Kadavakolu (Rakuten), Ricardo Fort (Coca-Cola), Miguel Ángel Gil (Atletico Madrid) and Al Guido (San Francisco 49ers).