Four faculty members from the Wharton Sports Business Initiative (WSBI) will lead taskforces at the Forum, while WSBI students will join the Doha GOALS Student Ambassador Programme.
Doha GOALS was created under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, and has been designed by the Aspire Zone Foundation and Richard Attias & Associates.
Sheikh Faisal Al Thani, Executive Director of Doha GOALS, said: “Doha GOALS was created to bring together leaders from corporations, from government, from NGOs and from academia. We’re delighted to be working with Wharton to incorporate global research and cutting-edge business theories as the Doha GOALS community works together to find new solutions through sports for some of the biggest social challenges.”
Kenneth Shropshire , the Director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative said: “Working with the Forum is an extension of the work we have been doing with WSBI over the past several years, and am looking forward to working with the taskforce on federations and sporting governing bodies.”
Shropshire has been involved with sports federations since he served as an executive with the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee and on the International Boxing Association (AIBA); he is also on the board of USA Volleyball.
Mori Taheripour , faculty member in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, will be leading the taskforce on women and girls. She is also a faculty member in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative, a partnership between the Wharton School and the American University in Cairo, and serves as senior advisor for Sport for Development in the US Agency for International Development.
She said: “Sport provides a unique and compelling platform for social change. For young women, participation in sports can bring numerous social benefits and challenge gender stereotypes. Having worked to maximise the power of sport for social good throughout my career, I am excited to lead discussions at Doha GOALS that will focus on increasing access to sports for young girls to promote their social, emotional, physical and educational evolution.”
Derrick Heggans , Managing Director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, will be leading a taskforce on sport as a tool to alleviate social challenges in children and young adults. He said, “WSBI is constantly examining the issue of using sport to address social challenges for children and young adults across the globe, as well as contributing strategic resources to the issue.”
Heggans was named to Sports Business Journal 2009 “Forty Under 40″ list of most dynamic young executives in the business of sports; he previously served as General Manager of AOL’s Sports Channel and served as an in-house attorney for the National Football League.
Scott Rosner is an Affiliated Faculty Member and one of the founders of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative. He teaches courses in The Sports Industry, Sports Law and Introduction to Law and the Legal Process to undergraduate students, Sports Business Management to MBA students, and Sports Law at Penn Law School. He was the Faculty Mentor to the University of Pennsylvania’s men’s basketball team from 2003 – 2008.
He will be leading a taskforce on the balance sheet for sport and said: “As someone who has spent considerable time throughout my career looking at the business of professional and amateur sports organisations, I am particularly looking forward to working with the Doha Goals Forum on this topic.”
The four members of the Wharton faculty will moderate the taskforce conversations. They will be joined by Wharton students, who write session summaries from the taskforces, which will then be turned into white papers and policy recommendations.
Doha GOALS – Gathering of All Leaders in Sport – was created as a call to action that will bring together hundreds of key influencers from all spheres of life to assess the role of sport as a tool for social progress and economic development.
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