Dr. Giovanni DI COLA

A citizen of Italy, Giovanni Di Cola studied in Rome and Paris, earning a Laurea Cum Laude, four-year Bachelor’s degree in International relations from the University of Rome La Sapienza, a Master’s degree (DEA) from Sciences Politiques (Science-Po) Paris in Soviet Studies, and a PhD in Development Economics from the University of Paris-Ouest (France). Giovanni has served in four UN agencies (UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, and ILO) with assignments at the UN Secretariat to implement the UN Reform. He undertook field assignments in Africa, Latin America and in the Caribbean in national (UNICEF), sub-regional (ILO) and regional offices (with UNFPA-UNESCO and ILO both in Africa and Latin America. His most recent field position was in Trinidad and Tobago as Director of the ILO Office and Decent Work Team covering the Caribbean region. Throughout he has worked on strategic programming, resource mobilization, gender, technical cooperation, partnerships and management. He represented the ILO in the UN Task Force, contributed to the UN SG Report on Sport for Development and Peace and assisted the UN Special Adviser on engaging the world of sport and UN Agencies. He created a network of universities around local economic development as part an ILO inter-regional programme (Universitas) of which he was coordinator between 2001 and 2009 and which built partnerships across local and national training institutions, universities and international organizations, and sport partners. In April 2015, he was appointed Special Adviser on Multilateral affairs in the Office of the Deputy Director General for Field Operations and Partnerships at the headquarters of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva dealing with matters related to Climate change, Sustainable Development Goals and to Mega Sporting Events and Decent Work. He has published books and articles particularly on skills for employability through and in sport and has provided advice to Sport Federations on matter of development cooperation, common frameworks and sustainability, over the years.

Wednesday 26 April : 8:30 – 9:30 

Dr. Gilles KLEIN
Secretary General of the intergovernmental organization “The World Sports Alliance (WSA) New York – United States

KleinSecretary-General of the Intergovernmental Organization World Sports Alliance (2008-today), Associate Professor at the University Toulouse III Paul Sabatier (1993-2009), Honorary and former President (2003-10) of French Committee for Information and Studies on Physical Education and Sport, former publication Director of the review « Education physique et sport » (2003-10), President of the Physical Education Committee – European Network of Sports Sciences, Education and Employment (2000-06), Expert for AEHESIS (Aligning European Higher Education Structure in Sports Sciences), Expert on promotion and dissemination of projects for the European Commission (2005-08), Expert for the Unit Sports of the European Commission (2004-06). Research and teaching areas: sociology of education, sports, sciences. Seating in 5 scientific journal editorial boards. Author of 7 books in sports sociology. Last book in sports sociology : Physical Education and Sport Education in European Union, 2008, Editions EPS, Paris. Last article : 2014, Las políticas deportivas nacionales y la cuestión del desarrollo en un mundo globalizado: 2007-2013, la experiencia de una organización intergubernamental (OIG-AMD), Ebalonmano.com, Revista del Ciencas del Delporte.

Six (6) plenarys conferences debates animated by 33 speakers

Plenary Conference Debates N°1 :  Sport History 

Monday 24 April : 16:30 – 19:00

Organizer: Prof. Didier Rey, University of Corse Pasquale-Paoli (France)

Abstract : For this second Congress of I3SAW, the theme chosen in history is as follows: “Traditional games and sports: between exclusions and identical revenges”. The aim is to reflect on how traditional games may have been instrumentalised in order to exclude some populations dominated by the ‘civilised world’, by opposing these practices to sports in Europe – e.g. in Ireland and Scotland – as well as in the colonial world from Morocco to Iraq. We will also reflect on how these same games and sports may have been appropriated – or even invented – by the dominated populations so as to challenge the established social and political order.

Prof. Didier REY
University Corse, France


Didier Rey, PhD in history, Professor at the University of Corse Pasquale-Paoli (France), in charge of the Department of History, he is deputy general secretary of the review Études corses. He has published articles in specialized reviews and national and international collective books (Bolletino bibliografico della Sardegna, Insanyat, Ethnologie française, Vingtième siècle, Le Monde diplomatique). Didier Rey has coedited the book “Le football dans tous ses états : Évolutions et questions d’actualité” to De Boeck editions (2015). His research is about sports in general and football in particular (under his direction, Football en Méditerranée occidentale 1900-1975, Ajaccio, 2011). He has focused on the links that football has with societies and identity phenomena as well as the construction forms of representations of Other and Oneself and the conflicts they can generate.

Prof. Philip DINE
University, Ireland, Galway


Philip Dine is a Personal Professor and Head of French at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is the author of Images of the Algerian War: French Fiction and Film, 1954-1992 (Oxford, Clarendon Press/OUP, 1994). He has published widely on representations of the French colonial empire, including particularly decolonisation, in fields ranging from children’s literature to professional sport. His other published research includes French Rugby Football: A Cultural History (Oxford, Berg, 2001) and Sport and Identity in France: Practices, Locations, Representations (Oxford, Peter Lang, 2012). He jointly edited, with Seán Crosson, Sport, Representation and Evolving Identities in Europe (Oxford, Peter Lang, 2010).

University of Franche-Comté, France


Paul Dietschy, former pupil of the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Fontenay-Saint-Cloud and qualified teacher in history, he is Professor of contemporary history at the University of Franche-Comté where he manages the research centre of historical sciences. He is also associate researcher at the Centre of history of Sciences Po. He takes part in the European consortium Football research in an enlarged Europe (FREE) funded by the European Union www.free-project.eu (link is external). His research is in particular about the political and cultural history of football.

University of Nice, France


Yvan Gastaut is lecturer at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, UFR STAPS. He is in particular associate researcher in the UMR TELEMME (Time, Spaces, Languages, Southern Europe, Mediterranean) at the MMSH (Mediterranean House of Human Sciences) of Aix-en-Provence. Associate researcher at ERMES (Research Team on the Mutations of Europe and its Societies) at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis; Member of the Policy Committee of the National Society for the History of Immigration. Member of the Scientific Committee of the National Museum of Sport.

Dr. Stéphane MOURLANE
University of Aix-Marseille, France


Stéphane Mourlane is qualified teacher in history and PhD in contemporary history. Former member of the French School of Rome, he is currently lecturer in contemporary history at the University of Aix-Marseille and Sciences Po Paris. He is researcher in the UMR TELEMME at the Mediterranean House of Human Sciences of Aix-en-Provence. His research is about international cultural relations with an emphasis on Italy, migrations and sport.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Plenary Conference Debates N° 2 Education and Training

Tuesday 25 April : 10:00 – 12:30 

Organizer : Dr. Gilles KLEIN, France

Abstract : At the first I3SAW congress, the network Sport Education, Training and Employment (SETE) proposed to study the relationship between the demands of the sport labour market and the supplies of training. The conference carried out a global overview relating to this topic, remaining the European challenges and pointing out the local challenges in the Arab world, taking as examples several States of the Arab league. The workshop aimed to launch the activities of the network. At the Stirling congress, the network I3SAW-SETE proposes to study the education issues, in the areas of school and sport coaching. In the area of physical education, traditional school “subject matter” since the end of the XIX th century, the knowledge and competences it produces and transmits are being contested within the school institutions, mainly for economic and political reasons. Leaving the context of school, the analysis of the coaches’ training allows to understand how the practitioners build knowledge in practice.


Rose-Marie REPOND
Bern University of applied Sciences Federal Institute of sport, Switzerland

Rose-Marie Repond pursues her academic carrier as scientific advisor at the Federal Institute of Sport of Switzerland since 2014. She has been teaching before in the same Institute and for more than 20 years before at the Sport sciences Institute at Lausanne University. She has been responsible for teaching modules on undergraduate and post graduate levels as well as guidance to several masters students in the field of Human kinetics and Human Movement Science. She is involved in different European Projects for Physical education, physical activities and sport, particularly for the children and the young people. Actually she is involved particularly in the Physical Aactivy Serving Society project, the Active School Community Project, the Active Voice Project She developed the exchange program for the Students and was responsible for the international relations for the Institute in Magglingen. She is director of an international summer school for children and adolescents in Laax, Graubünden in Switzerland, the International Juniior and Teen Camp. She is the past president of the European Physical Education Association and president of the Panathlon Club of Fribourg.

Prof. Taib BENNANI
International University of Rabat, Marocco,

PhD in Management, education communication and organizations’ social responsibility. Master in management of human resources and competences engineering. Aggregation in sports sciences. Expertise areas, coaching et accompaniment in organizations, training and competences engineering, management sciences. UN expert in the project Sport, physical education and MDGs Coach qualifies in personal development and accompaniment in organizations. WSA focal point in Morocco. Former champion in gymnastics and vice-President of a gymnastics club. Author of the book Wide angle: the policies of PE and sport in Morocco under the WSA’s aegis coordinated by Pr. G. Klein.

Lecturer in Sports Coaching, University of Stirling, Scotland

Dr. Andy KIRKLAND is a lecturer in skirkland_bisports coaching at the University of Stirling. His research focus is coach learning and knowledge into practice. He is a chartered scientist, and an active triathlon coach. He previously worked for British Cycling and has supported athletes from grass-roots to elite level.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              


Regional Inspector of Sport and Physical Education in Tunisia

Fredj BOUSLAMA, is a Regional Inspector of Sport and Physical Education in Tunisia. Currently he is the representative of the Secretary General of the Intergovernmental organization World Sports Alliance and Director of the office of the WSA Permanent Representation in Tunisia. He has successively held the position of head of the service of the basic training of the staff of physical education and of the studies and applied research in pedagogical inspectorate by the Tunisian Ministry of Sport. As curriculum specialist, Bouslama Fredj chaired the Commission for the Reform of Physical Education Programs in Tunisia in 2005. Author of several studies and articles on education, training and employment, he published his first book “Le curriculum de l’education physique souhaité par les enseignants, enjeux et méthodologies des réformes curriculaires “in 2015 référence de l’ouvrage. PhD student in education science, he conducts his doctoral research on the issue of educational authority in the Tunisian school after the revolution. Founding President of the Tunisian Sports and Development Association, he has successfully piloted the national campaign for the integration of the right to sport in the Tunisian constitution.

Prof. Francisco Carreire da Costa
Full Professor of the Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Doctor in Sport Sciences, he is a retired Full Professor of the Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon, having been Dean, Chairman of the Scientific Council, Chair of the School Board, a founding member of the Portuguese Society of Physical Education, and expert of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (2004-12). Internationally he was Vice-President and General Secretary of the AIESEP – Association International des Écoles Supérieurs d’Education Physique (2002-04); member of the European Physical Education Committee; expert of the AEHESIS Project; and expert in international evaluation teams of training programs in Sport Sciences (2004-12). Recognition’ Awards comprise International FIEP Cross of Honour of Physical Education, Eagle Medal De Oro (Mexico) and Paso de Plata, La Coruña University. Currently he is Full Professor at the Lusophone University, where he is the Director of the PhD program in PE and Sport, and expert of the Portuguese Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education.

Plenary Conference Debates N° 3 Elite Sport Policy

Tuesday 25 April : 13:30 – 16:00

Organizer : Dr. Nadim NASSIF, Notre Dame University, Lebanon

Abstract : Research on the field of elite sport policy calls for all studies related to the establishment of a national policy targeting the development of elite sport and the success of countries in international competitions. It includes the coordination and alignment of the different strategies adopted by the stakeholders of a national sport movement at macro, meso and micro levels: Government, local administrative authorities, ministry of youth and sports, ministry of education, National Olympic Committee, national federation, non-governmental organization, private sector, media, clubs, universities, schools, coaches and athletes.

Dr. Nadim NASSIF
Notre Dame University, Lebanon


Assistant Professor, Communication Deputy of the I3SAW, Academic Adviser of the Physical Education and Sports Major and Manager of the NDU FIFA/CIES Sports Management Program, Notre Dame University, LEBANON. Research and teaching areas: sports management, sports history, sports sociology, coaching, elite sport policy, sport and politics.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Order of the British Empire


Chief Executive of Commonwealth Games Scotland since 2001. Managed with Team Scotland at 5 Commonwealth Games, Chef de Mission in 2010 and 2014. This period saw the planning and delivery of Scotland’s most successful Games teams. Involved from 2002 to 2015 in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games from bid to delivery and dissolution. As a senior manager with sportscotland in high performance sport prior to 2001, key outcomes included development of Scottish Institute of Sport, acting as Interim Director on its establishment, and the Scottish Sport Hall of Fame. Previously worked in New Zealand in high performance sport with responsibilities for sports science, coaching, anti-doping policy and programs.  Awarded Order of the British Empire in 2014 for services to sport in Scotland.

Prof. Wladimir ANDREFF
President of the Scientific Council at the Observatory of the Sports Economy, French Ministry for Sports, France


Professor Emeritus at the University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne (France).Paris, FRANCE. Author of 12 books, 394 scientific articles of which 129 in sports economics, and editor of 17 books, published in 18 languages. Research and teaching areas: sports economics, economics of transition, international economics. Seating in 9 scientific journal editorial boards and serving as a peer-reviewer with 32 scientific journals.  

Prof. Leigh ROBINSON
University of Stirling, Scotland


Dean of Internationalisation and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport at the University of Stirling, Scotland. Leigh is the author of Managing Public Sport and Leisure Services and editor (along with others) of The Routledge Handbook of Sport Management, Managing Olympic Sport Organisations and Managing Voluntary Sport Organisations. Research and Teaching areas : sport management, competitive advantage and elite sport policy in developing nations.

Prof. Simon Shibli ACMA 
Sheffield Hallam University, England, UK


Professor of Sport Management and Head of the Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University, England, UK. Simon is a Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualified accountant whose specialist areas of interest are the finance and economics of the sport and leisure industries.  He is a co-founder of the Sports Policy factors Leading to International Sporting Success (SPLISS) consortium, which has been conducting research into elite sport development systems since 2003.  The SPLISS consortium has published two books to date: The Global Sport Arms Race (2008) and Successful Elite Sport Policies (2015).  Two SPLISS international conferences have been held: the first in Antwerp (2013) and the second in Melbourne (2015); a third is planned for Utrecht in September 2017.

Plenary Conference Debates N°4 Sport Management and Economics

Tuesday 25 April : 16:30 – 19:00

Organizer : Dr. Nicolas SCELLES, University of Stirling, UK

Abstract : The importance of management and economics is growing in the world of sport due to its commercialisation, professionalization and innovative nature. More research is needed in those areas for different geographical regions, e.g. the Arab World and East Europe. This is of prime importance with the development and hosting of more and more major sports events, e.g. the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups in Russia and Qatar, respectively. This symposium is focused on major sports events and innovation in sport from a managerial and economic point of view. The objective is to understand the key challenges in those domains.

University Edinburgh, UK


Associate Professor in Festival and Event Management at Edinburgh Napier University Business School, Edinburgh, UK. Specializing in mega sport events, author of ‘Olympic Event Organisation’, past commissioner for sustainability for the London Olympic Games and just completed a research project on leveraging the FIFA 2022 World Cup.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Dr. Jana NOVA
University Brno, Czech Republic

Senior Lecturer in novaSport Management and Human Resources Management (HMR) at Masaryk University, Brno, CZECH REPUBLICInvolved in 11 national and international projects, published 7 books and more than 40 articles relating to her research focus – organizational issues, quality, performance and HRM in sport organizations and on the scientific status of sport management.

University Bayreuth, Germany

markusProfessor of Sport Economics and Department Chair of Sport Governance and Event Management, Institute of Sport Science at the University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, GERMANY. Vice-president of the International Association of Sport Economists and founding editor of the IASE journal. Research dealing with public and institutional economics of sport governance and major sport events (e.g. event visitor consumption, women’s football, league, fan and stadium governance).  

Dr. Lidija T. PETROVIC
Metropolitan University, Belgrade, Serbia

Formerly, she was Assistant Professor at ALFA University (Faculty of Finance, Banking and Audit, Faculty of Information Technology & Faculty of Management in Sport), Belgrade, SERBIA. PhD in Strategic Management from the University for Peace est. by the United Nations (ECPD UPEACE). MA and BSc awarded by the Faculty of Organizational Sciences of the University of Belgrade. She has published papers in the field of strategic, sports event, technology and innovation management and marketing. Co-author of a chapter on EVENT PLANNING: Principles and Practices (Hesperia Edu, 2013) and the author of international monograph entitled Strategic Management and Event Management in Light of Generating Competitive Advantages of Organizational Units: A Resource-Based Approach (UPEACE, 2016). 

Dr. Mathieu WINAND
University Stirling, UK

Lecturer in Sport Management at the University of Stirling, Stirling, UK. Research expertise in sport governance and innovation in sport. Deputy Editor of Sport, Business and Management, and Chair of the Strategic Interest Group ‘Managing Sport’ at European Academy of Management.  

Dr. Matthieu LLORCA
University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté in Dijon, France,

Matthieu Llorca is an Associate Professor at the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté in Dijon, France, a member of the Laboratoire d’Economie de Dijon, as well as director of the bachelor degree in Banking, Finance and Insurance. He obtained his PhD in Economics in 2005 at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, on the topics of fiscal policy and public debt. His research interests in sports economics focus mainly on football (financial disequilibrium and managerial change in the the French league), tennis (with the tournament theory) and the development of sport in Asia (the Asian football leagues and the next Olympic Games).   

Plenary Conference Debates N° 5 Sciences & Football 

Wednesday 26 April : 10:00 – 12:30

Organizer : Dr. Bachir ZOUDJI, University of Valenciennes, France

Dr. Bachir ZOUDJI
Lecturer and Senior Researcher, Laboratory DeVisu to University of Valenciennes (France)

Bachir ZOUDJI obtained his PhD in Sport Science from the University Paul Sabatier Toulouse (France). Currently Lecturer and Senior Researcher, Laboratory DeVisu to University of Valenciennes (France). This research has outlets on designing the perfect tool for training soccer players and coaches and the development of a methodology for knowledge transmission via imaging technologies. ZOUDJI Bachir is one of four members of inventors “SIMULFOOT.” 3D simulator / video for learning and analyzing tactical football. Bachir ZOUDJI has coedited the book “Le football dans tous ses états: Évolutions et questions d’actualité” to De Boeck editions (2015). In 2009, He Editor is the first French Scientific Football book titled Science & Football “Current Research and Knowledge.” He has published over scientific articles in this field. He gave over 30 lectures on football in International Congress and Conferences around the World. Bachir ZOUDJI is a founding member and President of the “International Society of Sports Sciences in the Arab World (I3SAW).” Head of I3SAW theme Science and Football (I3SAW).

Abdelkader CHENIOUNI
BeIN Sport TV (Qatar)

Sport Comentator for BeIN Sport TV (Qatar), which broadcasts for the whole Middle East and North Africa region, Abdelkader Cheniouni is a trained and a passionate journalist. He capitalizes 35 experience in the domain of sport media and journalism in its different facets (Press, Radio, and TV). He holds BSc in Media and Communication (Algiers University), Diploma in Journalism delivered by Berlin International Institute of Journalism (1981) and MSc in Political Sciences (Québec University, Montreal). Abdelkader Cheniouni started his career first as a teacher before integrating media sector, first as reporter and columnist for the Algerian National Radio. He then joined the Algerian Press Association (APS), first in the editorial board for the national news, then the editorial board for sport news. In 1984 Abdelkader Cheniouni moved to the National Algerian Television where he worked as grand reporter, presentator of sport programs and match commentator. In 1994 he moved to London to work at the Middle East Broadcasting TV (MBC), followed by Arab News Network TV (ANN). In 2000, he joined Abu Dhabi TV in the UAE. In 2004 he moved to the leading Arab sport TV network Aljazeera Sport (Qatar), rebranded as beIN SPORTS MENA (beIN SPORTS Group). With a long standing experience in sport media (Press, Radio and TV), Abdelkader Cheniouni dedicated most of his career to the field. In 35 years he covered multitude of international sports events: FIFA World Cups, Olympic Games, European Cup of Nations, African Cup of Nations, to name a few. In parallel to his work with Algerian Radio and TV stations as well different Arab TV channels, he has collaborated with Algerian and Canadian newspapers.

Dr. Michel PAUTOT
Lawyer and director of the Web site www.legisport.com (France)

Michel Pautot is a lawyer recognised by the Marseille bar and the author of the book “Sport et Nationalités – quelle place pour les joueurs étrangers ?” (Sport and Nationalities – what place for foreign players?) (Ed. L’Harmattan). PhD in law, he is behind the Malaja case (Basketball) which, after the Bosman case (Football), has changed European professional sport completely. He is the author of different books: Le Sport et la Loi (Sport and Law), Le Sport et l’Europe (Sport and Europe), Les responsables du drame de Furiani (The responsible persons for the Furiani tragedy), La Convention collective nationale du sport (The national collective bargaining Agreement of sport), Les contrats de travail des sportifs (The employment contracts of athletes)… He is the author of a national PhD on Sport and Europe. He produces annually the study “Sport et Nationalités” (Sport and Nationalities) for eleven years, which has just been edited to L’Harmattan Editions. His expertise is recognised, he has published numerous columns on international football and the football World Cup. He supports, advises and defends the interests of federations, sports organisations and renowned athletes. He is managing editor for the sport juridical news bulletin Légisport and director of the Web site www.legisport.com

Associate Professor. Craig LaMay
Northwestern University, USA

Craig LaMay is an associate professor and a faculty associate at Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research; former editorial director of the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center and editor of Media Studies Journal; and a former newspaper reporter. His essays and articles have appeared in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Federal Communications Law Journal, Health Policy, Communications and the Law, and many other places. He is author or co-author of several books, among them Measures of Press Freedom and Media Contributions to Development: Evaluating the Evaluators, with Monroe Price and Susan Abbott (Peter Lang, 2011); Institutional Failures: Duke Lacrosse, Universities, the News Media and the Legal System, with Howard Wasserman (Ashgate, 2011); Inside the Presidential Debates, with Newton Minow (University of Chicago, 2008); Exporting Press Freedom: Economic and Editorial Dilemmas in International Media Assistance (Transaction, 2006); Journalism and the Problem of Privacy (Erlbaum, 2003); Democracy on the Air, with Ellen Mickiewicz, Donald Browne and Charles Firestone (Duke, 2000); To Profit or Not to Profit: The Commercial Transformation of the Nonprofit Sector, with Burton Weisbrod (Cambridge, 1998); and Abandoned in the Wasteland: Children, Television and the First Amendment, with Newton Minow (Hill & Wang, 1995). LaMay’s research and professional interests are media development in democratizing and post-conflict societies; comparative speech law; commercial and public broadcast regulation; and sport as a social institution. He has a B.A. from Brown University, an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Mahfoud Amara
Qatar University, Qatar

Dr. Mahfoud Amara joined Qatar University in the fall of 2015. He is Assistant Professor in Sport Management and Policy at the College of Arts and Sciences (Sport Science Program). Before joining Qatar University he was Assistant Professor (from 2004-2015) in Sport Policy and Management and Deputy Director of the Centre for Olympic Studies and Research in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University. Dr Amara has a specific interest in sport business, culture, and politics in Arab and Muslim contexts. He has published material on the politics of the Pan-Arab Games, sport in colonial and post-colonial contexts, sport and the business of media broadcasting , the sport and modernization debate; sport development and development through sport. His other research interest is sport, multiculturalism and intercultural dialogue, including the provision of sport for ethnic minorities/ sport and social inclusion/sport and integration. He has undertaken research for a range national of international bodies including, British Academy, European Commission, UNESCO. He was a member of an external assessment panel of BBC’s regional sports coverage in 2007. He has been invited as speaker to a number of national and international conferences, workshops and symposia for his research on sport in the Middle East and North African region and on sport and multiculturalism debates in Europe. In 2012 he published a book with Palgrave and Macmillan on “Sport Politics and Society in the Arab World”. He is co-editor with Alberto Testa of a new book on “Sport in Islam and in Muslim Communities” (Routledge, 2015).

Dr. Nicolas SCELLES
University Stirling, UK

Lecturer in sports economics at the University of Stirling since 2013. Director of the MSc Sport Management since 2016 (3rd in Europe, SportBusiness International Masters Ranking 2016). PhD in sports economics from the University of Caen Basse-Normandie, France, about the uncertainty of outcome in professional team sports leagues and its impact on fan demand. Defended in 2009 and awarded by the Grand Prix “Research” of the Union of the French professional football clubs (UCPF). Member of the International Society for Sports Sciences in the Arab World (I3SAW). Tutor in the Executive Master in Sport Organisation Management (MEMOS) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) / Olympic Solidarity (OS) and interventions in the OS Advanced Sport Management Course organised by the Qatar Olympic Academy (QOA), at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics and the University of Rouen (France). Publication of 30 articles in international scientific journals (e.g. Applied Economics, Applied Economics Letters, Economics Bulletin, Ekonomicheskaya Politika, International Journal of Sport Finance, International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, Journal of Sports Economics, Managing Sport and Leisure). Also publication of 1 book, 1 book review, 11 chapters and 40 communications. Board member of International Journal of Sport Marketing and Sponsorship, and Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal, and reviewer for 18 other international scientific journals (e.g. Economic Inquiry, European Journal of Finance, European Sport Management Quarterly, Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review), the European Academy of Management (EURAM) and Routledge. Supervision of three PhD students in sports economics and management.

Dr. Oliver C. Witard 
University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland,                                                                           

Title: “The role of nutrition in the day-to-day recovery of soccer players ?”

Senior Lecturer in Nutrition/Exercise Metabolism at the University of Stirling. Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition Research Group. Programme Leader of the MSc Sport Nutrition. Cahir of Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport Research Ethics Committee. Nutrition Society board member and local organiser of Spring 2017 meeting.

Plenary Conference Debates N°6 : Sport and Psychology “in honor of Hubert Ripoll”

Wednesday 26 April : 13:30 – 16:00

Organizer : Dr. Bachir ZOUDJI, University of Valenciennes, France

Prof. Hubert RIPOLL
University of Marseille, France


Hubert Ripoll is Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Sport Sciences – Aix-Marseille University and Honorary President of the French Society of Sport Psychology. He created at the National Institute of Sport and Performance (INSEP) the first French laboratory of cognitive psychology applied to sport and several other laboratories in France and non-french universities. He published more than 100 articles in top ranked revues and 10 sport psychology books. After working more than 30 years with high level champions and French teams, Hubert Ripoll has confronted his experience with those of exceptional athletes, Olympic or world champions.

Dr. Aurélie LEDON
University of Antonine, Lebanon

Aurélie Ledon is a Doctor in Sport Science at University of Antonine in Lebanon. She is also Director of Sports Academy School and Mental coach for many national teams and top athletes in different countries. She obtained her PhD from the French National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance and from the University Reims Champagne Ardenne (France).   Her work and her experiences in Scientific Societies and Associations such as SFPS (French Society of Sport Psychology) as a representative of students and young researchers during two years, ENYSSP (European Network Specialists Young Sport Psychology) or Femi’x sports led her to continue her research on the career transitions in elite sport. Moreover, Aurélie taught five years at the University in France (Paris XIII, Reims) and at INSEP like Associated Researcher. She is a specialist in athletics and martial arts like taekwondo or MMA. She was the first in France to open an MMA section at the University. Finally, she is often a regular reviewer for international scientific journals.

University of Sfax, Tunisia

Aïmen Khacharem, PhD in Human Movement Sciences (Aix-Marseille University). He is Lecturer at the University of Sfax (Tunisia), and associate researcher at DeVisu, University of Valenciennes (France). His research interests include design of tactical-learning environments, cognitive load theory, and expertise reversal effect. He serves as reviewer for numerous conferences and scientific journals.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Dr. Walid BRIKI
Qatar University, Qatar

Dr. Walid Briki joined Qatar University in the Fall 2015. He is an Assistant Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology. He was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of French West Indies (Guadeloupe, France). He is interested in diverse topics in the field of social, sport and exercise psychology, such as momentum and performance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Aspetar’s Exercise and Sports Science department, Qatar

Karim Khalladi is a licensed Clinical and Sports Psychologist. He has worked closely with many Federations and Clubs in France and Qatar. He is currently working in Aspetar’s Exercise and Sports Science department, where he has been stationed since its opening in 2007.