Last month we announced our first 9 speakers for Sport Summit at Web Summit – amongst them are Chris Froom and Edwin van der Sar. Today we’re delighted to share another 10 names – including the CEO of Liverpool FC, the Head of the Rugby World Cup and arguably the best skateboarder of our generation – here we go.
Ian is CEO of Liverpool FC, the most successful English football side in European competition and the eighth most-valuable football club in world football, valued at $982 million. He landed his “dream job” in 2007, and has negotiated the £75 million sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and Raheem Sterling’s £49 million move to Manchester City – two of the the biggest sales in football history. Having left school at 16, Ian previously held a senior position in the British Royal Navy before embarking on a business career that saw him head Pace Systems’s Asia-Pacific Operations.
Danny Keens is Twitter’s Head of Sports Partnerships, having initially joined the company in 2013 as Director of Media Partnerships in his home – Australia. Based in New York, Danny spearheaded Twitter’s partnership with Major League Baseball, which allowed fans vote for players to take part in this summer’s MLB All-Star game by tweeting a custom emoji of a player’s face.
Mary Spio – a former deep space engineer who worked on designing satellites for Boeing – is the founder and CEO of Next Galaxy, a developer of virtual reality technologies. Next Galaxy’s flagship application is Ceek, a fully immersive social virtual reality hub that simulates the experience of attending live sporting events. Ceek is set to produce entire high school football games in virtual reality, including Friday night parades, behind-the-scenes interviews, and half-time shows.
Hank is the CEO of Sportvision, a company best-known for developing the virtual yellow first-down marker in televised NFL games. He has said that, in time, Sportivision will be able to render live, 3D sports stars, putting fans on the pitch at the epicentre of the action and interacting with plays.
Alan is the Head of Rugby World Cup, the third biggest sporting event on the planet, which kicks off Friday September 18. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the globally-renowned Rugby World Cup brand, including England and Japan 2019. He has an incredibly strong track record in sport and business. The World Cup final takes place October 31. Alan will be speaking to us about the tournament just days after it finishes.
Rodney revolutionised skateboarding as a teenager, inventing a host of tricks – from the flatground ollie to the kickflip – that form the basis of modern skateboarding. He is now an in-demand speaker in Silicon Valley, where he advises tech titans on areas where the industry could learn from studying skaters’ psychology and skateboarding culture. Rodney is currently a team rider at the Almost brand – a company he founded in 2003 – where he also works on the research and design of skating technologies.