NYU Abu Dhabi, in Partnership with the NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society Program and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, to Host Conference That Will Focus on the Legacies of Sports Events in the UAE
 
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NYU Abu Dhabi, in Partnership with the NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society Program and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, to Host Conference That Will Focus on the Legacies of Sports Events in the UAE

"Embracing Sports in the UAE: Building Domestically, Expanding Globally" Will Feature Top Athletes, Government Officials, and Sports Business and Communications Professionals From Around the Globe

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Abu Dhabi, November 13, 2014: Under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth, and Community Development, and in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society Program (sps.nyu.edu/sportsandsociety), NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) will host a conference focused on identifying the risks and discussing the legacies of mega sports events across the UAE.

Over the last five years, the UAE has hosted several global elite sports events, bolstering the country's domestic success and enhancing its international identity. In the coming years, the UAE will continue to augment domestic sports participation and infrastructure, engage international fans, and expand media coverage while navigating critical challenges that include gender equality and injury-related health risks.

Bringing together international sports luminaries, including Omar Nour, the first Egyptian professional triathlete, Tamika Catchings, professional basketball player, WNBA’s Indiana Fever, and Cameron Myler, a four-time Olympian in luge; sports business leaders such as Knut Frostad, chief executive officer, Volvo Ocean Race, Ferran Soriano, chief executive officer, Manchester City Football Group, and Aref Hamad Al Awani, general secretary, Abu Dhabi Sports Council; top government officials including H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, minister of Culture, Youth, and Community Development, UAE; and sports broadcast professionals such as Lesley Visser, sports journalist, CBS Sports, Embracing Sports in the UAE: Building Domestically, Expanding Globally will be held from November 19-20 in NYUAD’s conference center at its campus on Sadiyaat Island and will feature seven panels.

The opening panel on November 19, titled Sports as a Pillar of the UAE, will feature moderator and world-renowned legal expert Arthur R. Miller, chairman and founder, NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society Program; Aref Al Awani, general secretary, Abu Dhabi Sports Council; Richard Cregan, chief executive officer, Rasgaira; Martin L. Edelman, non-executive director, City Football Group; Mariam Al Omaira, department manager of teams and sports events, Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy; and Tony Ponturo, partner, Kirmser Ponturo Group.

“The UAE has positioned itself as both a regional and global force in the world of sports. From association football—including the purchase of Manchester City FC—to hosting championship golf, rugby, tennis, and Formula 1 racing, there is a growing sense of momentum and great pride that has served to elevate and to define this county in the eyes of the world,” noted Miller. “This conference explores the opportunities made available, and the challenges posed, when building and growing an elite sports culture domestically and internationally.”

Additional panels on November 19 will include: Managing Risk in Sports: Head Hits, Heat Stroke, and Other Injuries; Media Coverage and Fan Engagement in the Digital Age; Sports Hospitality and Tourism: The Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Model; Increasing Participation for a Healthy Sports Nation; and an evening lecture titled:  Finding Identity and Thriving Through Sports.

On November 20, the Conference will feature the remaining three panels, which include: Time to Play: Women and Sports in the UAE; Featured Presentation: The Volvo Ocean Race: Improving Competition Through Innovation; and the final panel, City Football Club: Creating A Successful Global Brand.

 

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Notes to Editors: To schedule pre-conference interviews, please contact Cheryl Feliciano at cheryl.feliciano@nyu.edu or 212-992-9103.


Details of the program include:


DAY 1

Wednesday, November 19

8:30 – 9:00 am             
Registration

9:00 – 9:10 am              
Conference Welcome

  • Al Bloom, NYU Abu Dhabi

9:10 – 9:30 am              
Welcoming Remarks

  • H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Community Development

9:30 – 10:35 AM            
Panel I: Sports as a PilLar of the UAE

  • Moderator: Arthur R. Miller, NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society Program
  • Aref Hamad Al Awani, Abu Dhabi Sports Council
  • Richard Cregan, Rasgaira
  • Martin L. Edelman, City Football Group
  • Mariam Al Omaira, Ladies Sports Academy
  • Tony Ponturo, Kirmser Ponturo Group

10:55 – 11:40 AM          
Panel II: Managing Risk in Sports: Head Hits, Heat Stroke, and Other Injuries

  • Moderator: Arthur Caplan, NYU Langone Medical Center; NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society Program
  • Garland Allen, NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society Program
  • Rashid Buhari, Healthpoint
  • Deepak K. Lachwani, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
  • Cameron Myler, NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business
  • Chris Nowinski, Sports Legacy Institute

11:40 AM – 12:45 Pm    
Panel III: Media Coverage and Fan Engagement in the Digital Age

  • Moderator: Lee Igel, NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society Program
  • Aref Hamad Al Awani, Abu Dhabi Sports Council
  • Nick McElwee, Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management
  • Tony Ponturo, NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society Program
  • Ted Shaker, NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society Program
  • Lesley Visser, CBS Sports

1:45 – 2:35 PM              
Panel IV: Sports Hospitality and Tourism: The Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Model

  • Moderator: Wayne G. McDonnell, NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society Program
  • Al Tareq Al Ameri, Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management
  • Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways
  • Tony Ponturo, Kirmser Ponturo Group
  • Stewart Selbie, St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
  • Faisel Al Sheikh, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority

2:35 – 3:05 PM              
Feature Speaker: the Williams F1 Racing Legacy

  • ​Claire Williams, Williams Martini Racing
    In conversation with:
    Arthur R. Miller, NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society Program

3:05 – 4:10 PM              
Panel V: Increasing Participation for a Healthy Sports Nation

  • Moderator: Pete Dicce, NYUAD
  • Garland Allen, NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society Program
  • Talal Al Hashemi, Abu Dhabi Sports Council
  • Nick McElwee, Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management
  • Sven Rohte, Daman
  • Olivier Turkel, City Football Marketing

6:30 – 8:00 PM              
Evening Lecture: Finding Identity and Thriving Through Sports

  • Omar Nour, First Egyptian Professional Triathlete
    In conversation with:
    Brendan Parent, NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society Program

 

DAY 2

Thursday, November 20

8:30 – 9:00 am             
Registration

9:00 – 9:10 am             
Day 2 Welcome

  • Dennis Di Lorenzo, Harvey J. Stedman Dean, NYU School of Professional Studies

9:10 – 10:15 AM            
Panel VI: Time to Play: Women and Sports in the UAE

  • Moderator: Lesley Visser, CBS Sports
  • Tamika Catchings, WNBA
  • Zahra Lari, Figure Skater
  • Cameron Myler, NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business
  • Mariam Al Omaira, Ladies Sports Academy

10:35 – 11:05 Am           
Featured Presentation: Volvo Ocean Race: Improving Competition Through Innovation

  • Knut Frostad, Volvo Ocean Race

11:05 AM – 12:10 PM    
Panel VII: City Football Club: Creating A Successful Global Brand

  • Moderator: Simon Pearce, City Football Group
  • Sir Howard Bernstein, Manchester City Council
  • Martin L. Edelman, City Football Group
  • Ferran Soriano, Manchester City FC


About NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society Program
Sports are often referred to as fun and games. And they are, but they are far more than that. Sports are a reflection of the most fundamental norms and values that shape human society. Sports represent escape from the world, but they also are a huge presence within the world, accounting for hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue and bringing together more nations and groups than any political entity is capable of doing. Sports are a test bed for science and medicine, as well as for teaching, communicating, and mentoring.

Sports are big business. Sports fuel the media. Sports are critical to advertising and merchandising many of the world’s most lucrative products. Sports shape the beliefs and values of our children. Sports have and can lead the way in societal reform and ethical progress. Sports create our heroes, villains, and pariahs.

Despite all this, there is no single academic program that is devoted to examining the meaning, the morality, and the impact of sports on a global scale in an intensive and interdisciplinary fashion. The NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society seeks to become the go-to academic program in the world for discussions of all aspects of sports and society. For more information, visit: sps.nyu.edu/sportsandsociety.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Celebrating its 80th anniversary, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and noncredit programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Politics; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Graphic Communications Management and Technology; Health Information Management; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Resource Management and Development; Liberal and Allied Arts; Management and Systems; Marketing; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Social Entrepreneurship; and Sports Management, Media, and Business.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent continuing higher education needs of local and professional communities, as evidenced by close to 48,000 annual noncredit enrollments in individual courses, specialized certificate programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 28,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.

About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi consists of a highly selective liberal arts and science college (including engineering), and a world center for advanced research and scholarship — all fully integrated with each other and connected to NYU in New York. Together, NYU New York, NYU Abu Dhabi, and NYU Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global network university, with faculty and students from each campus spending "semesters away" at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.

 

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