New technologies have changed the fan experience at stadiums and venues like never before. In addition, expectations of the millennial generation of fans have increased. They want to be at the centre of the action and therefore stadiums need to reach and engage each fan in a personalized way to encourage attendance at live matches.
Kenneth E. Martin
Cisco, Executive Director Global Sales, Sports and Entertainment, Consumer Industries
Kenneth joined Cisco in 2005 and is a principal founder of the Sports and Entertainment Solution Group (SESG), establishing a vertical focused on driving Digital Transformation in the Sports and Entertainment industry through the innovation and development of solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of sport and entertainment venues around the world. He has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, and formerly managed global enterprise theater (GET), multi-national, and global accounts teams at EMC Corporation.
IBM, Global Engagement Lead, Sports, Media & Entertainment
Kevin is the Global Engagement Lead at IBM iX with a focus on the Sports, Media & Entertainment industry. He previously worked as the Head of Partnerships for Liverpool Football Club and with a number of sports marketing agencies in the UK such as Fast Track, where he managed the account for Lucozade Sport, which was the agency’s largest sponsorship property at the time. Kevin is also a member of the FIFA Master alumni.
Leonardo Security & Information Systems, Head of Strategic Marketing, Sports & Major Events
Francesco led Leonardo’s team during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where Leonardo was awarded for the delivery of security technologies infrastructures for 21 venues. Previously, he was Director of Security Integration and Strategic Planning for the 2010 Winter Olympics Games in Vancouver and Head of Organizing Committee Games Security and Planning Integration at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin. Since 2003 he has been a permanent participant in the International Permanent Observatory on Security Measures for Major Events, organized by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute.
Microsoft, Business Architect, Digital Innovation & Transformation
Daniel is a Business Architect within Microsoft Digital Innovation focusing on accelerating Digital Transformation with customers, whilst enabling them and the wider Microsoft network to apply innovative strategies to solve hard problems. Dan also works closely with the Microsoft Sport’s Digital Platform team and represents their fantastic work in front of clients and as an evangelist to wider audiences. Dan previously worked in an Innovation team at PwC, indexing on Artificial Intelligence and its potential to transform industries. His team identified disruptive start-ups working with emerging technologies (AI, blockchain, VR, AR) and created commercial propositions for clients to take out costs, generate revenue or transform the way they work.
Ibrahim M. Jaidah
Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB), CEO/Chief Architect
Ibrahim ranks as a pioneer of a new architectural movement which combines the far-reaching influences of Islamic art with modern style creating memorable landmark structures that are helping to shape the developing State of Qatar. He acquired the Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB) in 1991 and under his leadership, AEB has evolved into a leading architectural design consultancy operating across the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Since 1991 his firm completed more than 1500 projects, which he has personally overseen. One of his projects is the design of Al Thumama Stadium.
Josoor Institute, Consultant
Ryan is an award winning strategic sport management, events, marketing and PR practitioner, who mixes a professional life of communications practice and academic teaching and learning. Currently he acts as a consultant and advisor to several key organisations and individuals in the UK, Europe and GCC region including the Josoor Institute in the areas of sport and event business and or education. In his previous role as Director of Education for the Josoor Institute, he helped to launch the Josoor Institute and deliver programmes in sport and events to over 1500 delegates from over 90 countries on professional development workshops, bespoke programmes and the institutes flag ship professional certificate and diploma programmes, as well as helping to launch and manage research and consultancy activity.