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Health

Sameer Pujari

Currently with WHO, Sameer is working with the newly established Department of Digital Health and Innovations, he coordinated Global Digital Health Strategy and is currently overseeing the implementation roadmap and Action Plan of the strategy.

He is also one of the co-creators of the Be He@lthy Be Mobile initiative which is flagship WHO and ITU joint program on digital health and is overseeing the joint program implementation. Most recently the Be He@lthy Be Mobile team was coveted with the DG’s Reward for excellence for 2016 and the Greenpeace Innovations Award in 2018.

Sameer is currently also the Vice-Chair of the WHO ITU Focus group on AI for health which is creating benchmarking for AI solutions for health. In addition, he is also a core member of the Health Data Forum at WHO. With regards to the Covid response, WHO is co-led the tech4covid track on citizen and community engagement track from WHO. Sameer has worked to support more than 50 countries build information and digital health systems and solutions over the past 20 years.

Before coming to WHO, he worked with the US Governments health agency helping various countries build informatics systems for immunization and vaccination programs in Asia, Europe and Africa. He started his career working with WHO's Polio program in India, where he led the development and implementation of various information management systems for surveillance overseeing the 300 offices across the country.

He holds bachelor degrees in business and software engineering and a master's degree with a gold medal in management, he also has an earned fellowship in public health informatics from the US government health and human services and has delivered at various forums and published several guidance documents, articles on digital health and frugal innovation.


Carol Maher

Carol Maher is a Research Professor in the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) at UniSA.

She's passionate about understanding how children's and adults' daily activity patterns (e.g. physical activity, sleep and sedentary behaviours, like watching television) impact their health. In particular, her work explores how technologies such as wearables, online social networking, smartphone apps, gamification and artificial intelligence can support people to make better lifestyle choices, in an engaging, convenient way. She's interested in developing system-level approaches that improve people's activity patterns and health, and which can be delivered at scale, to positively impact Australians in the general community and in healthcare settings. 

Her work is currently supported by an MRFF Investigator Grant (2021-2025), and she's a CI on 2 current NHMRC Project Grants, 1 NHMRC Ideas grants, and 1 NHMRC Partnership Grant. In total, she's received $12.6M in research funding and was named as a Clarivate Highly Cited Research in 2020 (a distinction awarded to 1 in 1000 researchers). She is a Section Editor for BMC Public Health, and former Chair of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity's e- & mHealth Special Interest Group.

Zan Gao

Dr. Zan Gao is a faculty at the School of Kinesiology in University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, specializing in physical activity and health. Dr. Gao’s research has primarily focused on promoting health through population-based physical activity interventions with emerging technologies such as active video games, virtual reality and health wearables. In the past decade, Dr. Gao has given 246 presentations at various international and national conferences. He has also published 3 books, 28 book chapters and 140 research articles in peer-reviewed journals such as British Journal of Sports Medicine and Obesity Review. Dr. Gao has been the recipient of several prestigious international and national awards and principal investigator of National Institute of Health research grants and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant. He also serves as a reviewer for numerous journals, and is currently the Editorial Board Member of Games for Health, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, BioMed Research International and Journal of Clinical Medicine, and Associate Editor for Journal of Health and Sports Science and Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sports. He is the Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine, and the Fellow of SHAPE America! Research Council.  

Hugo Gamboa

Hugo Gamboa is an Associate Professor at the Physics Department of the Sciences and Technology Faculty of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and member of LIBPhys-UNL. PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from IST, University of Lisbon, He is a founder and President at PLUX, wireless biosignals, where he provides scientific coordination of a

multidisciplinary team that covers microelectronics, biosignals processing and software development. He leads a research team on LIBPHYS with expertise on medical instrumentation, biosignals processing and machine learning applied to biosignals. He is a senior scientist at Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS giving scientific support to the

Intelligent Systems and Lisbon team. Published more than 34 Journal Papers; 10 Book Chapters; 9 books (selected best papers); 89 Conference Papers. He is a IEEE Senior member. Currently he is the PI at UNL of two national projects PrevOcupai (DSAIPA) and Operator (MIT-PORTUGAL) with the focus on biosignals monitoring for ergonomics self-improvement.

Education

Ash Casey

Dr Ash Casey is Senior Lecturer in Pedagogy and the Programme Leader for PE Teacher Education at Loughborough University, UK and Series Editor of the Routledge Focus on Sport Pedagogy. His research focuses on Models-Based Practice, teacher learning/research and the use of new technologies in learning. He is also an Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy (Routledge) and is the author, co-author or editor of five Routledge books and publishes regularly in leading education research journals. Ash is furthermore active on social media where he writes, blogs and podcasts about research in physical education.

Oleguer Camerino y Marta Castañer

Oleguer es doctor en Filosofía y C.C. de la Educación por la Universidad de Barcelona (1995). Mi doble formación como Licenciado en Educación Física y en C.C de la Educación, me ha permitido profundizar en la investigación en el ámbito de las Ciencias de la Actividad Física y el Deporte en el Laboratorio de Observación de la Motricidad (LOM) del INEFC-Centro de Lleida (http://lom.observesport.com/). En este espacio de investigación hemos trabajado en el ámbito de las conductas pedagógicas de la actividad física y el deporte asesorando a otros grupos de investigación y Universidades. Miembro del “Grupo de Investigación en Innovación de Diseños” (GRID) de la Universidad de Barcelona. Colabora el Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de la Universidad de Lleida (IRB-Lleida) (http://www.irblleida.org/es/) y en diferentes proyectos de investigación. En los últimos años ha publicado (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Oleguer_Camerino) artículos científicos en revistas internacionales sobre la observación de la motricidad y el deporte.

Marta es doctora en Filosofía y C.C. de la Educación por la Universidad de Barcelona (1992). Como Licenciada en Educación Física y en C.C de la Educación he profundizado en la investigación en el ámbito de las Ciencias de la Actividad Física y el Deporte en el Laboratorio de Observación de la Motricidad (LOM) del INEFC-Centro de Lleida (http://lom.observesport.com/). En este espacio de investigación hemos trabajado en el ámbito de las conductas pedagógicas de la actividad física y el deporte asesorando a otros grupos de investigación y Universidades. Miembro del “Grupo de Investigación en Innovación de Diseños” (GRID) de la Universidad de Barcelona. Colabora el Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de la Universidad de Lleida (IRB-Lleida) (http://www.irblleida.org/es/) y en diferentes proyectos de investigación. En los últimos años ha publicado (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marta_Castañer) artículos científicos en revistas internacionales sobre la observación de la motricidad y el deporte.

Julia Sargent

Dr Julia Sargent is a Lecturer who has been working in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK, since 2018. Her current role is focused on the use of technology to enhance learning in the curriculum and the development of online courses. Julia has worked in the field of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy since 2015 and has investigated the use of digital technology to support learning and teaching. In her PhD studies, completed at Loughborough University, she focused on Physical Education teachers’ use of digital technology. Her current research seeks to investigate different pedagogical approaches (such as flipped learning) and their combination with digital technologies, online learning in higher education and critically exploring the application of digital technology in learning settings.

Attilio Sacripanti

Nuclear Physicist (Naples 1947). Is the author of 162 scientific papers, 284 international quotations, 23 books, eight industrial patents. Chairman and General Manager of the Italian SITI Project (14 ML Euro).

In 1988, he wrote the first complete book on Judo Biomechanics in Italian. The second edition, “Advances In Judo Biomechanics Research”, was published in 2010 and this Special Edition “, Judo Biomechanical Science for IJF Academy”, as a textbook for the IJF Academy in 2021.

Former Research Director at ENEA, he was also Professor at University of Rome 'Tor Vergata', with the Chairs of Biomechanics of Sports and Paralympic Sports, from 2000 until 2010. Organizer, Scientific Tutor and Responsible in the International postgraduate First Level Master “Teaching and Coaching Judo” ISO 9001, EJU, FIJLKAM, and University of “Tor Vergata” Roma on behalf of Lazio Council from 2008-2011. Former Commissioner at EJU Science Commission. Today he is Biomechanics Senior Consultant at IJF Academy and Federal Scientific Senior Consultant at San Marino Judo Federation.

Sport Management

Juanma Murua

Economist and independent consultant in the field of City and Territories Management, specialist in Sports Policies and the promotion of Physical Activity.

He is coordinator of "New technologies applied to sport" in the Master of Sport Management at the University of the Basque Country.

As a consultant, he has directed and collaborated in numerous projects related to sport and the management of sustainable cities, as well as Local Development Plans supported by sport. The Strategic Plans for Sports in Bilbao, Mondragón, Ermua, Jaca, Elorrio, Lasarte, the island of Tenerife, the Baix Llobregat region and currently Maia (Portugal) stand out. He has also participated in the launch of the sports innovation hub Sportek Hub and the citizen innovation laboratory for sports ActivaLab.

He writes articles and delivers communications on the relationship between sustainable development, health, sport and innovation. He is the author of the blog ‘Economics in tracksuit’.

Claudio Echeverría

Physical Education and Sports Teacher & Diploma in Business Admistration. With a strong experience in the Sport Management field. Almost 20 years in Club Deportivo Universidad Católica of Chile, one of the largest and important sports institution of Chile, during this period held positions like Sports Manager and Commercial & Marketing Director. Also, he has had the chance to develop several projects to the Government of Chile and National Sport Federations in the sport management field. In terms of personal skills, he get a strong interpersonal skills and leadership, focused in team work management, with strong focus in gold achievement.

Kristof De Mey

Kristof De Mey, PhD in sports physical therapy, is working as a Sports Technology, Innovation and Business Developer at Ghent University (Belgium) where he is managing a consortium of experts called Victoris. He’s lecturing a Sports Technology and Innovation course at the same university.

Kristof also manages an initiative called SportUp, functioning as the Flemish/Belgian sport startup acceleration program.

With a special focus on societal impact, he co-founded the non-profit organization Sportamundi.

Lastly, with the objective to better connect the best sports, tech and business scientists with each other, and with research-driven industry representatives, he launched the Sports Tech Research Network.

Joaquín Martínez

Joaquin has +15-year of track record in sport management learning from successes and also from failures, strategically focused on commercial maximization, business development and planning for football clubs, large sport events, sport governing bodies and sport agencies. MLB, NBA, FIFA World Cup, IOC, CFG, LaLiga, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are some of the clients he worked for with his team. Joaquin’s motto has always been “from the idea to the execution, less paper and more hands on the ground” so lets increase revenues through innovation, data, a good team and planning in areas such as venues, sponsorship, media, ticketing, F&B and merchandising.

Joaquin is currently developing a PhD thesis in sport management. He fluently speaks Spanish, French, Italian and English.

High performance in Sport

Martin Bucheit

Martin Buchheit, PhD have a MD in physical fitness and another one in statistics. Currently he is Head of Performance Research at, Kitman Labs and Former Head of Performance in Paris Saint Germain. He have been working at the Aspire Academy, Qatar. Moreover MArtin is CEO of HIIT Science and Co-editor Sport Performance and Science Research.

Javier Sola

Javi is an eminent academic and CEO of the Training4ll company. He is currently head of performance of the Massi Tactic UCI Women Team. Working as a coach of more than 25 professional athletes, some of them Olympians, contributing to their success in World Championships, World Cups and various UCI events.

Patrick Hogan

Patrick Hogan is a Senior Sports Scientist with STATSports, a world leading provider of sports GPS tracking technology. He provides support and consultancy to many of STATSports key clients worldwide. 

Carlos del Barrio

Sport Scientist and Physiotherapist at Atlético de Madrid. Collaborator with Kinesport and Davis Cup. Lecturer at the Ceu San Pablo University. Master in S&C, Sports Rehabilitation and Manual Therapy.

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